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10 Education and Networking

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Celebration
Education and Networking

"EUPC 2012"

Considering the importance of relating to the community in the exterior of the permaculture projects, it came the idea to develop a project about networking and education. Looking for people to get involved and educated was the main goal of this project.


Most of the work ive been developing since the beginning of my permaculture river of life is related to education and networking.

Geoff Lawton once told me that “You start being a permaculture teacher in the moment you have to explain what it is”

"Permaculture Teachers"

Following this directive ive been putting a big part of my energy into learning, so that I could teach my discoveries and ahe same time sharing my developments with the other permaculturists.

Construction by permaculture student

By developing websites on the internet to communicate and by organizing events like courses, fairs, meetings, pizza nights, international events ive been able to apply the permaculture ethic of fair share and that have brought me many resources.



Observation

Intuitive Observation
-Stronger network can be created in Portugal
-Some projects are isolated
-Need for more education
-Not much research in mediterranean context
-Slow development of permaculture
-Not many platforms for portuguese speakers

Deductive Observation
-Potential for a boost in permaculture in Portugal
-Possibility for a higher level on education
-Possible improvements on internet interchange
-Some logistics will be necessary
-Conditions to create a stronger community
-Creation of higher number of permaculturists

"Integrate rather than segregate"

D.A.F.O.R.
Priority of Ideas

Dominant
Good framework is crucial
Logistics required

Abundant
Importance of creating strong network
Projects can be better promoted on the internet

Frequent
Promotion of permaculture to support who is starting
Internet support for projects
Important to integrate other projects in Europe

Occasional
Potential for providing an amazing experience
There will be cost for the maintenance

Rare
Difficulty on implementing
Doubts

"Reportage at Vale da Lama institute"

Boundaries

Holistic objectives

Vision
The Vision for the education and networking project is to create a stronger network of knowledge and cooperation.

Mission

The mission for this project is to
create a way to accelerate the development of permaculture and to promote its ethics and principles

Values

This project has as main values, education, integration, patience, sustainability, hope, growth, diversity and creativity .

Quality of life
By developing this project i am looking to provide more conditions for interconnections between permaculturists and also educational experiences.

Future resource base
For the future of this project I hope that, the next “generation” of permaculturists will be able also to share their developments..

Course @ agriculture university

Visible Boundaries
Online platform to share projects and courses
Not that many courses and teachers
Logistics

Invisible Boundaries
-Time
-Ideas for development
-Limited knowledge
-Budget
-Time for maintenance and development

Subtile boundaries
-Quality of the design of the overal networking strategies

Desire lines
-Desired lines to create mainly in the internet

"Permaculture teachers trainning in Portugal"

D.A.F.O.R.
Bounderies

Dominant
Time

Abundant
Lack of money

Frequent
Combining with other activities

Occasional
Working force

Rare
No ideas

"Video by permaculture aprendice"

Resources

Visible Resources
-Knowledge and experience from older permaculturists
-Websites on the internet and videos for education

Invisible resources
-Time to develop
-Abundance of ideas

Imput and output analysis
Inputs
Needs

D.A.F.O.R.

Dominant
-Time for development
-People involved

Abundant
-Computer and internet connection
-Farms to teach courses

Frequent
-Online organization
-Good conditions for the projects to host courses

Occasional
-Funding

Rare
-Lack of interest

"Video sharing the knowledge of soil teacher"

Outputs
Yields

Dominant
-Stronger network
-Knowledge

Abundant
-Networking
-Development of structures
-Education

Frequent
-Exchange of experiences
-Site visits

Occasional
-Trainning of teachers

Rare
-National meetings


"Worm workshop @ green gathering"

Evaluation

Limiting factors

What is limiting your yield?
-The factor that limits mostly the yield is the time to develop and maintain the structures.

Were can i open more niches?
-A better promotion may create a bigger interest.

What improvements can be done?
-A good organization of time and tasks

How to extend limits and comfort zones?
-Share the results with international community

Energy leaks

Where are you bleeding?
-Still a small number of projects

"Permaculture non formal education course"

S.W.O.C.

Strenghts
Weaknesses
Opportunities
Constraints
-Big portuguese permaculture community

Experimental
Logistics
Organization
Education
Networking
Experience
Other activities
Financial

Systems dynamics
Key functions
Organizing
Networking
Supporting
Developing
Researching

Systems to support the key functions
Internet structures
Permaculture projects

Elements to support the systems
Myself
Volunteers
Students
National Permaculturists
Permaculture teachers
International sugestions

Relations + + between systems
Internet sites + + permaculturists
permaculturists + + Networking
networking+ + projects development






Design

Development of the Portuguese Permaculture network

The design ive created for this project operates in the following levels

Internet
Creation of a online website to promote my achievements


Creation of my personal you tube channel to teach with videos


Creation of a national permaculture social network

"Closing human cycles"

Demonstration sites
One of the best ways to promote permaculture is by teaching courses, by doing this we extend the number of students and permaculturists and at the same time we support developing projects and farms.

Master plan

Moment 1
-Developement of my website and you tube channel to share my work

Moment 2
-Start filming and making records of achievements
-First courses

Moment 3
-Creation of national social network

Moment 4
-Projects tour to promote the portuguese diploma system and the idea of creating network

Moment 5
-Organization of national teachers meeting

Zoning

The celebration, education and networking project is part of the development of zone 000.

P.M.I.
Plus
Minus
Interesting
Motivation of portuguese permaculturists
Integrate other projects to support with education
Stronger promotion of projects and practical experience
Uses portuguese language
Speeds up interest on permaculture in Portugal
Combines many tools

Maintenance
Logistics
Not much time
for developing
Combining with other educational activities
Maintenance costs

Experience of teachers
Easy promotion
Stronger network of teachers, products, consultants and projects
There is a lot of interest
Might change the scenario of permaculture in country
Can create a great network of teachers


"Importance of networking"

Filtering Tools
Permaculture Ethics

Care for earth

This project in not directly related to landscape regeneration, but it can create a huge impact since it works directly with education for permaculturists.

Care for people

Social landscapes
In this project the influence on social landscapes is related with the sharing of developments made by the permaculture community their discoveries and inspire others to follow the same path .

Fair share
The creation of strong permaculture networks is the ultimate manifestation of the ethics of fair share.

Permaculture Principles
The most frequent principles applied were:

The problem is the solution
Integrate rather than segregate
Start small
Use local resources

Financial analysis 
Not a very high financial investment, the biggest part of the investment is on time.

Quality of life
-The quality of life we have tried to achieve, despite the limiting boundaries, was to have a good flow of relations between permaculturists.

"Extending edges and confort zones"

Implementation

Stacking
Time

Life story
Internet

2008
Website to promote my achievements


Its my personal blog to share my permaculture discoveries...and to my big surprise has been visited by more than 100 000 people and more than 130 countries.

2010
Creation of my personal you tube channel to teach with videos.
In this video website ive been adding information about my strategies and methods of implementation for permaculture projects.

To visit the You Tube channel click HERE 


Educational videos

Soil

Vermicompost...a worm story


Solos em Permacultura 1


Biochar...Como fazer carvão


Water

Dowsing....Como encontrar agua


Medir qualidade da água num lago


Usar um lago para produzir fertilizante


How to instal aquaponics


Aquaponics @ Vale da Lama Portugal


Forests

Mediterranean Food Forest Garden...Bananas


Desert Food Forest Garden...Agave and Opuntia


Grafting...Tipos de enxertia 1


Grafting...Tipos de enxertia 2


Como fazer um enxerto em oliveira


Borboleta Monarca em Portugal


Education

"Dragon Monster" Rocket Stove


River of Life...Diploma Permaculture


Vandana Shiva @ Boom Festival


2012
Creation of a online national permaculture social network


This social network was created because of the need of having a social network online only dedicated to permaculture that would operate as a platform for permaculture promotion in Portugal.

Space
-The project was design to use as less as possible any fisical space.
Most of the connections will be developed in a first stage on the internet

"Television reportage 2009"

Maintenance

S.W.O.C.
Implementation

Strenghts
Weaknesses
Opportunities
Constraints
Education
Networking
Inclusive design
Maintenance
Not for free
Time consuming
New permaculturists and consultants
Experience
Early days
Time
Logistics

Collecting data

Most of the data collecting will be done and published on internet.
http://permacultura.org.pt/

"PDC No talent show"

Celebration

D.A.F.O.R.

Dominant
Courses
Online sharing
Abundant
Meetings
Visits
Frequent
Music playing
-Pizza nights
Occasional
Art
Meditation
Rare
Painting




S.W.O.C.

Strenghts
Weaknesses
Opportunities
Constraints
Many events will be organized
Strong sharing online
Creates a lot of inspiration

Time
Video editing
Event organizing
Logistics
Education
Sharing
Relaxing
Exchange

Combining with other developments
Space for big groups


EVENTS

Characteristics
There were many events organized in http://permacultura.org.pt/ for the support of the network .



"Internsip bio construction course"

Evaluation

Limiting factors

What is limiting your yield?
-We hope to increase the number of permaculturists and take permaculture to a higher level of development.

Were can i open more niches?
- By extending the network to rest of the world.

What improvements can be done?
-Number of teachers can be bigger

How to extend limits and comfort zones?
-Integrating local structures and organizations


S.W.O.C.

Strenghts
Weaknesses
Opportunities
Constraints
Knowledge
Experience
Attitude
Networking
Finding proper niche
Timming
Angsiety
Patience

Personal and professional growth
Quality of life
Learning
Organization
Time
Confidence
Luck


Systems dynamics
Web of life

We hope to create an amazing social network and to extend it as much as possible in Portugal and to the world.

What would i do different?

I could have done this diploma in a more professional way, less emotional and more thecnical.


 I am not the best analitic person and right at the beggining of this diploma construction i was getting lost with the constant grammar chalenges with the british language, so i decided to make it as simple as possible, using  no connection words, just main concepts.

Since i am a big fan of  non formal education i decided to create this process sharing what i really am and the inspiration that i have also received from my teachers and fellow permaculturists.


Final Diploma observations

By developing this 10 projects and going thru all of what I have done this last years to support this network, and presenting it to the other permaculturists in Portugal and in the world I found that permaculture is not just the growing of trees or the regeneration of soil or the water harvesting...ultimatly permaculture is us …


...its me, you, the black, the whyte, the red, the ugly, that stone, that rock, that lake, its the inspiration we get from everything that is around us...its the connection with gaia the abundant.



For me its the resurrection of an old way of looking into reality and relating to it, dancing with the patterns and with the succession, for the creation on earth of our most common archetype...the garden of eden.


If I would have a god it would be called nature... and the spirit that makes it more alive would be called...Permaculture.


This is were I found my spirit, the fire that burns and makes tomorrow be alive.


Anar Kaluva Tielyanna


Helder Valente

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