Networking at NAPC I
As I prepare for the 2016 Northwest Permaculture Convergence I ponder the words of Penny Livingston, who was passing through my new home-town of Port Townsend yesterday. She said “I’m so over the talking heads conferences, listening to one speaker after the other. The main thing is the networking.”
The NWPCC will be a BIG networking opportunity. There will be hundreds of permaculturists and hundreds of allies from other sustainable movements. This means thousands of reunion contacts and thousands of new contacts. People will get a chance to meet at mealtimes, breaks, at the skillshare, and in small and large groups. There will be dozens of workshops presented by one or two people. We are accepting proposals for round-table discussions and “working groups” up to the conference and we will have an ad hoc scheduling board at the conference or use the Contact form on this page to inquire.
Convergence Tracks: I recently had a lot of experience scheduling tracks at my April 15-17, 2016 Medicinal Herb Growing & Marketing Conference. 450 people attended and it was an incredible networking event for people into herbs. See the list of tracks below
So far a number of NWPCC 2016 Tracks have emerged.
Fruit & Nut Track
International Development & Permaculture Track
Natural Health Track
Permaculture Pioneers Reunion Track
Decolonizing Permaculture and Anti-Oppression Track
Artisanal skills as found at the Skillshare Village
Updates will be posted on the website.
Social Permaculture Track at NWPCC
A Social Permaculture Track is beginning to emerge. Jacqueline Cramer and Tracie Sage are facilitating this process. This will increase in scope at the convergence itself.
Some speakers presenting on topics related to social permaculture include:
* Pandora Thomas
* Michael Pilarski on the role of festivals and gatherings in human culture.
* Nala Walla. Permaculture Zone Zero. Skills involving body based games to cultivate deeper group flow and rapport which can work well in conjunction with hands-on projects such as natural building, basketry and woodworking.
* Bruce Horowitz. Access to Land: Roundtable Discussion,
* Mark Robinowitz. Fractal Permaculture: local, bioregional, global.
* Andrew Schreiber & Lindsay Hagamen Love, Food and Death: Perspectives on Building and Sustaining Communities.
* Will Carey. Neurodiversity in Social Permaculture: How do we deal with Aspies?
* Networking Roundtable on people seeking community and communities seeking people.
* Indigenous Voices
* Decolonizing Permaculture.
* Women in Permaculture
Let's see what energy there is for which roundtable discussions, panels or working groups.
Tracie Sage from southwest Oregon will give a presentation to help kick off this track called Core Elements of Thriving Communities: Insights and Inspiration for Creating & Collaborating Together
Delving into the social foundations of Permaculture, this is a slide show tour of six European communities and an off-the-grid village—each 25+ years old—highlighting the practices and core elements of functional social structures that have passed the test of time. Sustainable living teacher and relationship coach, Tracie Sage, shares insights from a lifetime of research and experiences participating in community living. She’ll share the seven core elements that make the difference in how we connect, collaborate, cooperate and thrive as a community.
Come enjoy the stories and photos of models of sustainable living and be inspired by the aspects of these communities that have made them successful. These tried and true strategies can be applied in nourishing your own tribe or community, whatever form it takes, to enhance connection and cooperation, reviving the social roots of “village” in our lives today.
Slide show followed by Q&A plus a guided milling and sharing circle.
To have input on this track contact Tracie Sage at 541-479-5128
References and Resources
Tracks at the Medicinal Herb Growing & Marketing Conference (MHG&MC)
Medium- to Large-Scale Herb Farming.
Small-Scale Herb Farming.
Cottage Industry Herb Growing.
Medicinal Plants in Polycultures and Permaculture.
East Asian Medicinal Plants.
Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants.
Native American Perspectives.
Herbs for Essential Oil Distillation.
Herbs used in Beverages.
Herbs used in Body Care Products.
Herb Gardens in Public Spaces.
Community Supported Herbalism - Herbal CSAs.
Regulations, Legalities, GAP, GACP, GMP. Re-coding.
The Uses of Herbs.
All of these tracks happened to one extent or another, ranging from robust to weak, but something happened in all of them.
Working Groups at the North American Permaculture Convergence
The Working Groups were one of the most dynamic parts of NAPC. They formed at the Friday morning opening circle. Some groups met only once but most of them met multiple times. Some involved up to 50 people and others were small. At the closing circle, a representative from most of the working groups gave a brief report. This was captured on video and can be watched on the NAPC website.
Here is a list of the NAPC Working Groups
People of Color and Allies Caucus
Permaculture design course standards.
Further Developing the Pattern Language for Women in Permaculture.
Permaculture History for North America.
North American permaculture communication systems. ??
Permaculture and government interface.
Permaculture for catastrophe/disaster.
Permaculture internships/mentoring/wwoofers network.
Permaculture Outreach and Promotion (POP!).
Teaching permaculture to children.
Permaculture and art.
We have yet to see what working groups happen at NWPCC 2016 . . .
Send nominations. Take the initiative. Use the contact form on this page.