Letter to NAPC participants,
The NAPC’s concurrent sessions are currently set up to be composed of presentations, demonstrations, hands-on workshops and round table discussions. I propose that the some of the round tables become working groups or caucuses that meet a number of times during NAPC.
What is the difference between a round table and a working group?
A round table happens once and a working group meets a number of times. A round table enables information exchange between a number of experienced people, their listeners and group dialogue. For instance, a roundtable on farm-scale agroforestry systems or urban permaculture systems.
A working group tends to be task oriented and the people involved are already involved in, and knowledgeable about, the topic.
Round tables are scheduled during concurrent session times. Working groups can be scheduled at concurrent times, as well as during meal times, early mornings and evenings.
Each working group sets its own agenda, goals, facilitation and meeting schedule at their first get-together. This can be revised if necessary. Anyone can propose a working group. There have to be enough people interested in a topic to be a go.
Each working group is working for the movement as a whole. Their findings, directories, statements, proposals, etc can become part of the NAPC I Proceedings.
Only some people will want to participate in a working group. Many people will prefer to focus on workshops. Some people, like myself, would like to be part of four or five working groups, but we will have to choose our highest priority(s).
This working groups proposal will evolve as more people have input. The final touches will be scheduled at the NAPC. Would you like to be part of a working group?
NABC 1 – North American Bioregional Congress, 1984
NAPC 1 – North American Permaculture Convergence, 2014
This working groups proposal is partly inspired by my participation in NABC I near Kansas City, Missouri in 1984. The amount of declarations and proposals that were unanimously approved by all attending was huge and astounding. The Proceedings constituted a veritable book. I am not expecting as focused an intent at NAPC as achieved at NABC, but we should certainly aim for something worth writing down and continuing thereafter.
Proposed Working Groups
Anyone can propose a group.
This list first inititated on July 16. We expect the list of working groups to grow and that there will be a list of names behind each working group.
Permaculture design course certification standards.
Maybe Jude Hobbs
Enhancing North American permaculture communication systems.
Teaching permaculture to children.
Maybe Matt Bibeau and Kelly Hogan
Permaculture for catastrophe/disaster (Plan B) for North America,
(Koreen will ask Andrew and Gaia U as they are working on this topic)
Permaculture internships/mentoring/wwoofers network
Maybe Mario Yanez
Permaculture and government interface.
Message from NAPC to the people of North America.
Permaculture and art.
Permaculture, indigenous peoples, minorities, cultural diversity.
Maybe Pine Ridge contacts of Koreen Brennan.
Maybe Kate Heiber-Cobb (she proposed a roundtable on this topic).
History of permaculture in North America.
What working group(s) would you propose?
What working groups would you like to participate in?
Signing up for multiple working groups now to demonstrate your interest is fine, since you can narrow your choices down to one or two when you arrive at NAPC and suss out the situation.
Contact Michael Pilarski if you are interested in developing this working group proposal in general or any of the above topics in particular. I will be assisting this process as a core group member.