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8 Diploma System Portugal

8
Diploma System
Portugal
"River of Life" presentation 
by diploma students


After 15 years since the arrival of the permaculture science in Portugal, it came the moment to develop the portuguese diploma system.

This project has been developed with the help of Lesley Martin, that for many years was the only permaculture teacher in Portugal and has been tutoring me on my diploma.


These are important moments when we can announce the development of a diploma system adapted to the portuguese conditions and opportunities.

"For a green future"

Our main goals are to develop a user friendly system that would be cheap and with a low energy footprint and that at the same time would keep a very high standard of quality.

For the develop of such a system we based ourselves on the british permaculture experience and also on other 13 institutions around Europe and the world.

In this process we have developed the permaculture academy which is currently being hosted by the Vale da Lama permaculture institute.
"Permaculture course @ 
Agriculture University of Lisbon"

O.B.R.E.D.I.M.C.E.

Observation

Intuitive Observation
-Not many permaculture teachers in Portugal
-Some regions have no teacher
-No education in portuguese
-Not much research in mediterranean context
-Slow development of permaculture
-Not much diversity in education
-No platform for portuguese speakers

Deductive Observation
-Potential for a boost in permaculture in Portugal
-Possibility for a higher level on education
-Conditions to host the diploma academy at the Vale da Lama institute
-Some logistics will be necessary
-Conditions to create a teachers community
-Creation of higher number of permaculturists
-Great input from international organizations

"European Permaculture 
teachers convergence 2012"

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

Dominant
Good framework is crucial
Logistics required

Abundant
Importance of cheap and user friendly system
Projects must be published on the internet
There must be at least one project about people care.

Frequent
Students must have practical experience to keep high standards
Internet support
Important to integrate other projects in Portugal

Occasional
Potential for providing an amazing experience
Tutor must be paid for the sharing in a fair way

Rare
Difficulty on implementing
Doubts
"Teachers support"

Boundaries

Holistic objectives

Vision
The Vision for the Portuguese diploma system is to create a system that operates with low input and produces diploma holders with a high standard.

Mission

The mission for this project is to create a process that can provide a deeper education for the students and the portuguese permaculture community

Values

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

Quality of life
By developing this project i am looking to provide and healthy and harmonious educational system for the students to develop their diploma and share it with others.
Future resource base
For the future of this project I hope that, the next diploma holders will be able to become tutors and provide the same experience to others.

Visible Boundaries
Land based and online platform to share projects
Not many diploma tutors
Logistics
Archive

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

Subtile boundaries
-Quality of the design of the overall diploma process

Desire lines
-Desired lines to create mainly in the internet


D.A.F.O.R.
Bounderies

Dominant
Time

Abundant
Price

Frequent
Combining with other activities

Occasional
Working force

Rare
No ideas

O.B.R.E.D.I.M.@Teachers trainning course

For the design process of this projects the students can use the O.B.R.E.D.I.M.C.E. as main framework, it is  based on the O.B.R.E.D.I.M. tool to witch i extended the C. and E.

O.B.R.E.D.I.M.C.E. is a mnemonic that stands for Observation, Boundaries, Resources, Evaluation, Design, Implementation, Maintenance, Celebration and Evaluation again.

Ive added the C. that stands for celebration, because i found a critical importance on celebrating and taking some time to rejubilate with the achievements, and i also added another E. for another evaluation, so that the evaluation keeps happening several times along the process, to make it even more holistic and so that the spirit is not lost between the letters, and also so that the people never forget to celebrate and appreciate their inside and outside regenerations .

The process will move on without stopping, after getting to the final E. of evaluation we should go back again to the beginning to improve it or try new updates and then implement the new ideas, maintain them and to celebrate , as a spiral that repeats the pattern...

O.B.R.E.D.I.M.C.E. O.B.R.E.D.I.M.C.E. O.B.R.E.D.I.M.C.E.

It flows like the pattern of a song that repeats itself and we try to keep an open eye for a constant observation of changes

O.B.R.E.D.I.M.C.E. first draft

Index

Observation
Intuitive Observation
Deductive Observation
D.A.F.O.R.

Boundaries
Holistic objectives
Visible Boundaries
Invisible Boundaries
(Legal, finantial, etc)
The scale of permanence
Subtle boundaries
Desire lines

Resources
Visible Resources
Invisible Resources
(knowledge, skills, etc)

Evaluation
Imput and output analysis
P.A.S.T.E.
Limiting factors
S.W.O.C.
Systems dynamics
Web of life
D.A.F.O.R.
Mind map

Design
Master plan
Mind map
Zoning
Sector Analysis
P.M.I.
Filtering Tools
(Aplication of permaculture principles and ethics)



Implementation
Stacking in time and space
Priorities

Maintenance
P.A.S.T.E.
S.W.O.C.
Collecting data

Celebrate
Party
Courses
Meetings

Evaluation
P.A.S.T.E.
Quality of life
Limiting factors
S.W.O.C.
Systems dynamics
Is it working?
If its not working change it...

Stacking
Glossary

D.A.F.O.R.
Ive also used the D.A.F.O.R. Framework in my designs, in many different moments, is used as an evaluation tool, and its a mnemonic, that stands for Dominant, Abundant, Frequent, Occasional, Rare and that can be used to classify the patterns of presence of specific resources like vegetation.

The scale of permanence
Its also possible to use P.A. Yeomans scale of permanence to get to know limiting factors for design, a tool that can be used to find priorities for the regeneration.
Its very important when designing to consider how we can use resources to best effect, and how we can get it to perform as many functions as possible before they leave the site, so that we can achieve energy efficiency and self resiliency.

1-Climate
Weather potentials

2-Landscape
Geography

3-Water
Sources and possibilities

4-Access
Flows of activity

5-Wildife
Ecosystem architecture

6-Micro climates
Sun, water, soil, wind patterns

7-Buildings
Location and function

8-Zones
Environmental, social and legal limits

9-Soils
Type and characteristics

10-Aesthetics
Experiences and feelings

P.A.S.T.E.
The P.A.S.T.E. tool can be used wen evaluating so that one can know who are the main elements in design, and how can one use them.

P.A.S.T.E. stands for Plants, Animals, Structures, Tools, Events

S.W.O.C.
Strenghts, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Constraints

P.M.I.
Plus, Minus, Interesting
Using edge effect

Resources

Visible Resources
-Knowledge and experience from older permaculturists
-Vale da Lama Institute can host the diploma academy
-Other permaculturists
-Students
-Volunteers

Invisible resources
-Time to develop
-Abundance of ideas
-Volunteers work force


S.W.O.C.
Strenghts
Weaknesses
Opportunities
Constraints
Lesley Martin
Vale da Lama Institute
Experimental
Logistics
Organization
Education
Networking
Experience
Other activities
Financial

Future diploma holders

Evaluation

Imput and output analysis
Inputs
Needs

D.A.F.O.R.

Dominant
-Volunteers

Abundant
-Computer and internet connection

Frequent
-Meetings tutor and student

Occasional
-Virtual assessments

Rare
-Lack of interest

Outputs
Yields

Dominant
-Quality diploma holders
-Knowledge

Abundant
-Networking

Frequent
-Exchange of experiences

Occasional
-Adjusting the process

Rare
-Excess of students

The peak

Limiting factors

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

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?
The system have never been tested

Systems dynamics

Key functions
Organizing
Networking
Supporting
Developing
Researching

Systems to support the key functions
Students from Institute
Future diploma holders
Future tutors
Academy
O.B.R.E.D.I.M.C.E.

Elements to support the systems
Myself
Volunteers
Students
Lesley Martin
Other diploma holders
International sugestions

Relations + + between systems
Teaching + + Tutoring
Tutor + + New tutors
New tutors + + Diploma holders

"International Teachers support"

Design

The Portuguese Diploma Process
The portuguese diploma system was developed to be of low input with a small footprint, it must also be and self maintaining as much as possible so of the process can produce as much as possible with minimum management.

To make it as cheap and efficient as possible we looked into having all the information online to reduce the need for questions and answers from the diploma students.

European Permaculture Convergence

Standards
One of the most discussed aspect related to permaculture all over the world, is the teaching quality standards.
By being a self regulating science with no formal central structure, there is no control as such and that reminds me of one of the questions I did to Bill Mollison one day.

Q :What is your dream for the future of Permaculture?
A: All I ever dreamed for permaculture was that it would lose my control...and it has...so I dont have dreams for the future of it.

Specializations
In the diploma certificate there will be described what is the specialization of the diploma holder according to his experience with projects development.
Because permacultursits are very multifunctional people, each permaculturist can have 2 or 3 specializations if they can show that they have the skills .


This are the specialists we expect to find

Teaching
Horticulture
Bio constuction
Project management
Marketing / Networking
Community / Transition
Urban design
Forest management












Design projects requirements
For the students to receive their diploma they must complete 

10 designs representing their experience of a 2 years period.

For the 10 designs they will receive points per project and 

they need 80 points to pass, and the maximum they can get 

is 100 points.

At least 5 of the projects must have been implemented and 

at least 1 must be about networking and social aspects.


Training requirements

Beside the 10 projects the students must also show their 

practical experience and they will also receive points for that.

 They need 70 points and the maximum they can get is 100.


The trainning experience is represented by the workshops, 

courses, meetings or events that they have been part of, or 

developments they have made in permaculture projects.


The portuguese permaculture community will try to provide 

specific courses to support the quality of the training for 

diploma students.

For minimum 5 days specialization course the students get 

10 points per course or per demonstrated working 

experience.

There are also 10 and 5 points courses according to level of 

the learning and working experience.

For the working experience the students can get maximum 

100 points and minimum 70 to pass.

Made on a 5 Days bioconstruction course

Training possibilities

5 days education or practical experience

15 points
Courses and practical experience

10 points
1-2 day courses, workshops

5 points
Advanced design course
Water resource management
Soils analysis
Productive landscapes
Project management



Forest gardening
Horticulture
Teacher trainning
Bioconstruction
Urban design
I.T.
Community / Networking
Marketing / Fund raising
Appropriate tehcnologies
Mushroom
Aquaponics
Composting
Wormcomposting
Bee keeping
Animal husbandery
Food processing
Reskilling
Basket making
Leather work
Etc



In total the diploma student need to get at least 150 points to be recognized as a diploma holder by the portuguese system.

Not many meetings needed

The process
The process starts with a meeting with other people interested and with the coordination of a tutor that will explain the process, this meeting is free of charge and has the function of clarifying and presenting the process to permaculturists.

For the students interested in moving forward the next step of the process is for the student to sent by internet a project or more to the tutor and have a online assessment.

Its important at this stage that the student starts looking for courses or activities were he can get the working experience points and start that process at the same time as the design projects.

This also the moment for the student to start developing and publishing the diploma online so that other permaculturists can learn from the experience and also the tutor can see at any moment the stages of development.
(This is not obligatory, but there is an extreme importance on sharing the achivements with the permaculture community)


Then there is the first personal meeting were the tutor will have a look at 5 or more projects designed by the students and feedback on what can be improved.

The next step is the second virtual assessment to present 7 or more projects for the tutor to help on adjustment of parts that need deeper development.

We get then to the final assessment with two tutors to adjust the final details of the projects and experience and to prepare the final presentation.

Moment for the final presentation in a opened event for the permaculture community and for the celebration of the achievements.

The total price for this experience is 275 euros that will go to the maintenance of the academy hosting the process and for the tutor input.

Fair share

Master plan

Moment 1
-Meetings to discuss international examples and develop portuguese process

Moment 2
-Develop effective system that is user friendly and keeps high standards

Moment 3
-Organize presentations and promote on the internet

Moment 4
-Test the tool

Moment 5
-Increase the number of tutors

Zoning

The portuguese diploma is part of the work in zone 00.


P.M.I.

Plus
Minus
Interesting
Diploma process completely new
Integrates other projects to support with education for students
High standards because combines theoretical and practical experience
Uses portuguese language
Speeds up interest on permaculture in Portugal
Combines many tools
Cheap
Maintenance
Logistics
Not much time
Combining with other educational activities
Something totally new
Never tested before
Must have price
Not many tutors
Abundance of resources
Experience of teachers
Easy promotion
Something totally new
In portuguese
there is a lot of interest
Might change the scenario of permaculture in country
Can create a great network of teachers


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 training of specialists and teachers that will share 

their discoveries and inspire others to follow the same path .


Fair share

One of the cheapest diplomas in the world, that provides a 

highly experienced permaculturist to promote the principle 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 investment

Most of the work has been done by other more experienced 

organizations

Work can be done by one volunteers answering the emails 

and sending information that is not online.


Quality of life

-The quality of life we have tried to achieve, despite the 

limiting boundaries, was to have a good flow of diploma 

students so that then they can also become tutors.

Green gatherings

Implementation

Stacking
Time
Life story

January
2011
-Firs steps on the discussion about development of 

portuguese system

September
2011
-First attempt to develop 5 days specialization courses at the 

internship at Vale da Lama Institute


February

2012

-First steps on the international permaculture teachers meetings project


August

2012

-First meeting in Germany to discuss future of diploma 

process in europe with teachers from 12 countries.


September

2012

-Development of design for the portuguese diploma process 

and first presentations and tests.


January

2012

-Full implementation

Space
-The project was design to use as less as possible any fisical space.
The vale da lama permaculture institute is currently running the maintenance of the archive.
Maintenance

S.W.O.C.
Implementation

Strenghts
Weaknesses
Opportunities
Constraints
Education
Networking
Inclusive design
Never tested
Not for free
Time consuming
New teachers and consultants
Experience
Early days
Time
Logistics

Collecting data

Most of the data collecting will be done on the students on their diplomas and orgaqnized on internet.

The projects can be seen at 

www.permacultura.org.pt
Vale da Lama Academy

Diploma mind map HERE




Celebration

D.A.F.O.R.

Dominant
Courses
Visits

Abundant
Observation

Frequent
Sharing of achievements

Occasional
Art
Music playing
Meditation

Rare
Painting

S.W.O.C.

Strenghts
Weaknesses
Opportunities
Constraints
Central area of farm
Frequent students
Creates a lot of inspiration

Time
Maintenance of demonstration areas
Logistics
Education
Sharing
Relaxing
Exchange

Combining with other developments
Space for big groups



EVENTS

Characteristics

The events organized for the diploma process beside the meetings with the tutor, can be permaculture convergences and meetings, international meetings or specially designed events for the purpose of presenting the results .


Evaluation

Limiting factors

What is limiting your yield?
-We hope to increase the number of students interested on doing this process by a better promotion.

Were can i open more niches?
- Support diploma students internationally.

What improvements can be done?
-System free of charge

How to extend limits and comfort zones?
-Having a bigger group of diploma holders and tutors

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.



What would i do different?

One day we would like to have a diploma process for free, that could be financed by other ways, so that even people without any money could be fully integrated.

In our system a student with no finantial resources can also make an exchange with the teacher for work or materials acording to the needs.


Final observations

The implementation of this project its an old dream for many permaculturists in Portugal. Following the principle of starting small we have came to the point when we have gathered all the resources required and can confidently move to the next steps of implementation.

The main purpose of this project is that more experienced permaculturists can share their achievements with the community and with the ones that are closer to the beginning of their permaculture river of life.

I hope that this system will provide a good opportunity for the portuguese permaculturists to move forward in their education as teachers or consultants and that they can also in the future share the discoveries they have made along this process.

One of the main objectives for the implementation of this project is to create a stronger educational and social network of permaculturists and an example that can be used by other countries. 

This project is dedicated to all the permaculturists in Portugal, that until this moment were most of them inspired and inspiring pioneers species.




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