Finance and Economics

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Joshua Msika

The Transition Animal is a thinking tool developed by the Transition Network to help groups reflect upon their function. In this session, I wish to push the metaphor a bit further.

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Julia Kiessig

Beyond down-to-earth practices, permaculture provides as well a brilliant framework for designing sustainable and resilient companies. Changes in economic thinking and economic acting are key factors for creating the world we want to live in. The course for the future is being set now.

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Maddy Harland

Permaculture thinking is a highly effective way of designing homes, gardens, farms and community. But what happens when we apply the principles and ethics to both commercial, business and not-for-profit enterprises? Can we create resilient, creative organizations that both care for people and Earth, or are permaculture and business mutually exclusive?

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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: 
Andrew Mahar

*This will be via video and Skype connection.

Practice and impacts in subsistence farming communities.

Building local economies and social participation is a key solution to addressing poverty and hunger. Xpand Foundation has designed and implemented a number of social enterprise initiatives that focus on ‘replenishing the planet’.

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George McAllister

This case study presents how the hybridisation of permaculture training and organic certification has provided 1000 farmers with diverse trade opportunities and sustainable livelihoods in Zimbabwe.

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Rafter Sass Ferguson

Despite our broad international presence and high public profile, permaculture has received relatively little attention from scientists and scholars - and have had few opportunities for systematic assessment of our impacts.

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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.

About

George is a founder of GardenAfrica which, for the past 12 years, has been designing and developing innovating health and plant-based livelihoods initiatives in partnerships with civil society organisations in Southern and East Africa. She is particularly interested in developing strategies which assist vulnerable people and decision makers to make informed choices about the conservation of their biodiversity, and in creating more inclusive and sustainable forms of community engagement, which view the environment and its hosts as part of a long-term solution.

 

Find out more

www.gardenafrica.org.uk

About

Rafter Sass Ferguson, MS: LiberationEcology.org (Principal), University of Illinois (PhD Candidate and Agroecology Scholars Fellow), Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute (Educator), Quail Springs International Development Advisory Council (Member)

 

Find out more

www.liberationecology.org