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9 European Teachers Convergence Portugal 2013

9
European Permaculture
Teachers Meeting
Portugal


This project is about the process of preparation of a european permaculture teachers meeting in Portugal in march 2013.

The challenge of this project is to organize a 5 days event that would host the european teachers community involved on the development of tools and contents for the teaching of permaculture.
One vision

In this event the teachers will discuss about the past and the future of permaculture and the meanig of it nowadays.

For the meeting we will have the visit of teachers from all european countries involved on the “Teaching Permaculture in Europe. Sustainable ways of sharing knowledge” project supported by the Leonardo da Vinci program.

This event have the objective to create the space to discuss standards, course formats and curriculum and also how we can develop a stronger network.



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


Observation

Intuitive Observation
-Not many permaculture teachers in Europe
-Not much educational material available
-Some regions have no teacher
-Not much diversity in education
-Important to upgrade skills and methods
-Crucial to develop european network

Deductive Observation
-Potential for a boost in permaculture
-Possibility for a higher level on education
-Conditions to develop higher standard in permaculture education
-Some logistics will be necessary
-Conditions to create a teachers community
-Creation of higher number of permaculturists
-Not a consistent educational system in europe
-Possible faster development of permaculture


D.A.F.O.R.
Priority of Ideas for the event

Dominant
Good organization is crucial
Logistics required

Abundant
Importance to have a dynamic experience
Participants must learn more about mediterranean context

Frequent
Participation can not bet too expensive
Important to integrate other permaculturists in Portugal

Occasional
Weather might be a limitation
Preparation of the house to host

Rare
Doubts
Difficulty on implementing

Outputs

Boundaries

Holistic objectives

Vision
The Vision for the Portuguese european meeting is to create the conditions to have a good educational environment and a harmonious sharing ecosystem in the event.

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 inspiration.

Quality of life
By developing this project we hope to have a nice informal event with a strong influence of self organization patterns.
Future resource base
For the future of this project we hope to keep combining permaculturists from all generations, on the following international meetings, to work on the development of permaculture teaching strategies.

Experienced teachers input
Visible Boundaries
Online platform to share developments
Weather
Logistics
House ready for event

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

Subtile boundaries
-Language

Desire lines
-Desired lines to create mainly on the internet

Time is the most common limiting factor

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

Dominant
Time
Abundant
Finantial
Frequent
Combining with other activities
Occasional
Working force
Rare
No ideas


Resources

Visible Resources
-Virtually unlimited opportunities
-Vale da lama permaculture institute

Invisible resources
-European budget
-Abundance of ideas
-Knowledge of permaculture professionals in europe

Imput and output analysis

Inputs
Needs

D.A.F.O.R.
Priorities

Dominant
-Teachers
-Tutors
-Staff members
-Hosting conditions
Abundant
-Cook
-Volunteers
-Students
Frequent
-Trees to plant
-Trip to other project
Occasional
-Field visit
-External organic food
Rare
-Local plants expert workshop
-Music band

Outputs
Yields

Dominant
-Exchange of ideas
-Knowledge

Abundant
-Update on permaculture structures
-Strong european network

Frequent
-Learning Experience
-Book about teaching methods

Occasional
-Inspired teachers and future teachers
-New teaching methods

Rare
-Experience on mediterranean climate

Atlantic ocean is next door

Evaluation


Limiting factors

What is limiting your yield?
-The factor that limits mostly the yield is the imagination of the participants.

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

What improvements can be done?
-Live stream on internet can extend the edges.

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

Energy leaks

Where are you bleeding?
First time such an event is organized in Portugal

S.W.O.C.
Strenghts
Weaknesses
Opportunities
Constraints
Experience of participants
Content of discussions
Experimental
Logistics
Organization
Education
Networking
Experience
Climate
Financial

Systems dynamics

Key functions
Organizing
Networking
Supporting
Developing
Researching
Education

Systems to support the key functions
Associations and institutes of the european countries
Portuguese academy and institute

Elements to support the systems
Myself
Volunteers
Students
Lesley Martin
Other diploma students
International teachers

Relations + + between systems
International Teachers + + Portuguese Teachers
Portuguese Teachers + + Portuguese students
Portuguese students + + Rookie permaculturists

How are we organized

Design

For the design of the tasks and goals of this partnership we are using the viable systems model.
In this model we have a central system that operates as a coordination group, an communication and navigation system, a facilitation and process system, a values and identity system and also the primary activities of working groups.

Master Plan

Teaching Permaculture in Europe. Sustainable ways of sharing knowledge”
Project

Moment 1
August 2012
-Meeting in Germany on the european permaculture convergence for a preparatory event for this project.

Moment 2
October 2012
-Meeting in Slovenia to discuss the next steps of the project

Moment 3
March 2013
-Portuguese event to discuss curriculum and standards

Moment 4
May 2013
-Meeting in England with the british association

Moment 5
September 2013
-Event in Barcelona Spain

Moment 6
2014
-Meetings in Sweden Denmark and Ireland

Zoning

We can say that the portuguese event is part of the work in zone 00 area


P.M.I.

Plus
Minus
Interesting
Teachers from many different countries
Development of methods and strategies.
Discussions about standards and curriculum
Integration of portuguese teachers
Bringing knowledge to Portugal
Logistics
Not much time
Combining with other educational activities
Something totally new
Never done before
Must have price for the event
Maintenance
Abundance of resources
Experience of teachers
Easy promotion
Something totally new
In portuguese
Big interest
Might change the scenario of permaculture in country and europe
Can create a great network of teachers


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 in the european continent.


Care for people

Social landscapes

In this project the influence on social landscapes is related 

with the education for permaculture specialists and teachers 

that will share their discoveries and inspire others to follow 

the same path .



Fair share

With this project we will create methods and strategies for 

teaching permaculture and will share the information in a 

book .


Permaculture Principles

The most frequent principles applied were:

The problem is the solution

Integrate rather than segregate

Multifunctional relations

Use local resources


Financial analysis 

This project is supported by the european union, with the 

budget from the leonardo da vinci program.


Quality of life

-The quality of life we have tried to achieve, is to have a good

 flow of information and knowledge and at the same time to 

create a harmonious environment were everybody have fun.



Implementation


Stacking
Time

5 days event from 24 to 29 March
-Opened for portuguese and international teachers

Day 0
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
24 March
25 March
26 March
27 March
28 March
29 March
-Arrivals

-Site tour
-Introductions
-Open space technology
-Creation of agenda for the event
Creation of
-Working groups
-Inter cultural evening


-Check in
-Presentation of portuguese diploma
-Curriculum
-Working groups
-Feed back


Earth
Celebration day
Visit other project
Or mediterranean plants workshop


-Check in
-Standards
-Working groups
-Feed back



-Conclusions, next steps and feed back
-No talent show
-Jam session

Portuguese Permaculture Teachers Convergence
-Opened for portuguese and as an option for the international teachers     

Day 6
Day 7
30 March
31 March
-Site tour
-VDL presentation
-Creation of agenda for event
-Presentation of portuguese diploma
-Plan for integration of other projects
-Portuguese intercultural evening
-Working groups
-Standards and certifications
-Other aspects
-Next steps
-No talent show
-Jam session

Space

Logistics inputs

-Rooms, camping area or hostels.

-Cook and around 50 meals a day for staff, volunteers and 

visitors.

-Organic food

-Big class room

-Education materials

-Internet for preparation and implementation of structures



Maintenance

S.W.O.C.

Strenghts
Weaknesses
Opportunities
Constraints
Teachers and participants involved
Organizations in the partnership
Online structures
Combining with other developments
Time for maintenance
Experience
New educational methods
Weather
Time
Hosting structures not ready

Collecting data

The data collecting will be done by videos and pictures and with the creation of a online archive.

The information reports can be seen at
http://permateachers.eu/

The maintenance of the process is based on the viable systems model and the functioning of each system inside that structure.


Celebration

D.A.F.O.R.
Potential for celebration

Dominant
-Intercultural evening
-No talent show

Abundant
-Interaction between portuguese and international cultures

Frequent
-Music

Occasional
-Culinary exchange

Rare
-Art development

S.W.O.C.
Strenghts
Weaknesses
Opportunities
Constraints
Different cultures
Songs, food and ways to celebrate
Experimental
Different language and ways of expression
Exchange of cultural habits.
Food and cooking

Organizing
Celebration logistics
Food ingredients


 “I can’t change the world on my own,
 it’ll take at least 3 of us”Bill Mollison"

Evaluation

We hope that the main outcome of this project will be an increase of the quality of life of future permaculturists.


Limiting factors

What is limiting your yield?
-The factor that limits mostly the yield is the climate

Were can i open more niches?
- It would be very good to have a strong presence of portuguese teachers.

What improvements can be done?
-Make the system in a way that it can be maintained by a small number of people

How to extend limits and comfort zones?
-Having a national tecahers convergence the days after.


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
Language
Time
Luck

What would i do different?
It has been an amazing experience to be part of such an inspiring project like this one. Despite being a land person, and being outside in the land its were i feel more confortable, connecting with nature, i get an amazing input of inspiration by being involved in such an adventure.
I belive that what i would do different would be to try to go more into detail of the processess, there are some limitations since we are going to use open space, and will try to integrate as much as possible participants needs and wants, so that we move in an organic flow.


Final observations

 This is the most important project ive ever been involved in and the one that can create a bigger impact, since its area of action is the hole europe and possibly the hole world.
The portuguese meeting will be one of the highest points on the process because we will be discussing the curriculum and the standards of permaculture education.
By being involved in such a project and bringing it to Portugal i belive we gave a huge step on taking the portuguese permaculture community to the same level and compreention as the rest of the european countries and i am sure we have an amazing experience to share with our fellow partners about how and why permaculture has developed so fast in this corner of europe.




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