Education and Culture

Presenter: 
Cat Richards

In building the Permaculture International Research Network (PIRN) we are trying to provide a platform which fosters creativity, maximises intrinsic motivation and sharing, facilitates online and offline networking and builds a community based on trust. In this workshop I would like to focus on maximising intrinsic motivation. 

Presenter: 
Charlie Mgee

How can we ensure that a “culture” of permaculture is developed and propagated as much as the practical design skills and the ‘nuts & bolts’ of implementation? How do we – and why should we – rewrite the stories of our present day society to ones that reflect the Earthcare, Peoplecare and Fairshare ethics?

Endowed with artistic flair? Musical talent? Gift of the gab? How can we use these skills to effectively communicate ideas of permaculture to the wider world?

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Jeremiah Kidd

Climate Change presents humankind with immense challenges, how will we adapt in an abundant & resilient manner? Permaculture offers the solutions for whatever our future holds! I will offer hope & resilience with examples from incredibly productive projects that receive less than 35cm of precipitation!

Presenter: 
Jerome Osentowski

Humans work hard to hold back succession - mowing, weeding, plowing, and spraying. If the successional process were the wind, we would be constantly motoring against it. Why not put up a sail and glide along with the land’s natural tendency to become forest?

Presenter: 
Chris Marsh

The workshop is an opportunity to discuss ways of building on the current collaboration between Plants For A Future (PFAF) and the Permaculture Association. We will discuss how the wider international Permaculture movement (and the Transition movement, which has many similar aims) can best take advantage of the information in PFAF’s Plants database and connect with its worldwide user community of gardeners and specialist growers.

Presenter: 
Graham Brookman

Permaculture started life as a grass-roots movement but its promise as a philosophy and design system to enable humans to create  sustainable ways for them to continue to occupy the planet for millennia deserves significant consideration by the academic community. Sufficient  trialling of the design system, writing of texts and success in education institutions at community and polytechnic  levels indicates that the world is ready to recognise permaculture as a field requiring research and education at the higher education (university) level.

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Presenter: 
Dave Boehnlein
Paul Kearsley

During this presentation Dave and Paul will introduce the audience to the Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead (http://permacultureportal.com) on Orcas Island, WA. Originally featured in Bill Mollison’s “Global Gardener,” the Bullock family have continued to develop their site and now run one of the longest standing permaculture projects in the world.

Presenter: 
Aranya Gardens

Permaculture has been around for a very long time; indeed life has been doing it for billions of years. It’s the harmonious interdependency we observe whenever we look around us at the natural world. Yet, we humans have made such dramatic changes to that world that we now threaten not just our own survival but that of many other species too. Solutions are needed fast, but acting too quickly could potentially just make things worse. There’s always a chance we might find those solutions by chance, but it’s far more likely if we use design.

Presenter: 
Andrew Millison

We are a group of experienced Permaculture designers (Andrew Millison, Jeremiah Kidd, Koreen Brennan, Loren Luyendyk, Mario Yanez, Neil Bertrando and Rico Zook.) who have come together to form a collaborative design firm, in order to take on larger and more comprehensive projects than any of us can do on our own. We will discuss our rationale by set the historical context, acknowledging the current state of PC, discuss the need, as each of us perceives it, and show evidence for this need across many sectors.

Presenter: 
Sagara

The East Devon Forest Garden has been an attempt at a lyrical and creative response to our environmental issues. It is in part:

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