Education and Culture

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Herminia Pinto
Ego Lemos

For 15 years Timorese NGO Permatil, in partnership with multiple organisations, has improved communities across Timor Leste using permaculture. They are one of Timor’s most respected NGOs, providing trainings, demonstrations, project assessments and education materials to government ministries, universities, international and local NGOs and now over 1100 schools.

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Abigail Conrad

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Small-scale family farming to meet household food and livelihood needs is a central activity for most households in rural Malawi. Food insecurity and malnutrition are persistent problems for these farmers.

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Nicole Vosper

Nicole Vosper is an ex-prisoner that learnt about permaculture while in prison. She believes prisons are inherently violent and cannot be reformed. Nicole organises against the prison industrial complex, challenging the worldview that prisons and policing can solve social and economic problems caused by capitalism and the state. www.emptycagesdesign.org

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Naomi Millner & Karen Inwood & Reina Mejia

The permaculture movement of El Salvador has been growing and changing for just over fifteen years, against a backdrop of post-war economic instability, gang violence, and gender inequalities. In some ways, Salvadorian permaculture shows us an image of an ‘alter-globalisation’ – a vision of a world connected by forms of sharing and exchange that strengthen traditional practices and value local resources, as opposed to markets and calculable profits.

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Trathen Heckman

The purpose of this presentation is two-fold: first to share examples and stories of how we can grow more inspired, empowered and effective leaders and permaculture-oriented organizations; secondly as a call to action to adopt the Community Resilience Challenge program as a platform that creates shared vision and collective impact while supporting and enhancing local autonomy.

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Joanna Bevan

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Joanna Bevan founded Speak Street pop-up language Cafe in 2014. Supported by the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Unltd she is incorporating Permaculture Design into the model. She completed her PDC in Sieben Linden Ecovillage, Germany with the late great Patrick Whitefield. Since then she has become passionate about transferring Permaculture design from the traditional arena of land mangement into her passions of community development and language teaching.

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Specializing in rural livelihoods particularly food and agriculture issues, Ego has worked in over 8 countries directly implementing projects, accompanying local partners and doing advocacy and lobbying with the UN (FAO) and EU on sustainable agriculture and food sovereignty. She is currently the sustainable livelihoods adviser at CAFOD in London.

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Abigail is an applied anthropologist with an interest in agriculture, food security, and nutrition. She earned a PhD in anthropology in 2014 from American University and completed a permaculture design course in 2012. She conducted her doctoral research on the impacts of permaculture among smallholder farmers in central Malawi.

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I am a research-activist, to better understand the world we live in as well as test and promote integral, effective solutions that build local resilience and global sustainability. I am at the moment an invited professor at the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Lisbon, and coordinate research on the topics of Climate Change Adaptation, Sustainability, and Community-Led Initiatives
 

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Three women who have different connections with the movement: Reina Mejia has been co-ordinating the movement for the past 8 years and works to build broad alliances for food sovereignty in El Salvador.

Karen Inwood helped establish the Permaculture Institute of El Salvador and was its Director for 10 years, supporting the emergence of  a wider grassroots movement.

Naomi Millner, a geographer, has been working with both women since December 2012 as a researcher, seeking to document the movement in terms of a broader politics of knowledge.