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 videotape and this will be available on the NAPC website at some point.

We would like to see a written report from each Working Group that can be posted on the NAPC website.  Anyone who wishes to can submit a report. The hope is that the Working Groups will continue after NAPC. It will take some months to see what comes of this.  Stay tuned to the NAPC website.

Working Groups included:

Permaculture design course standards.

International permaculture.

Elders circle.

Permaculture History for North America.

Decolonizing permaculture: indigenous peoples, minorities, cultural diversity.

They produced a statement which was read at the Sunday morning circle.

North American permaculture communication systems.

Financial permaculture.

Permaculture and art.

Permaculture and government interface.

Permaculture for catastrophe/disaster.

Permaculture internships/mentoring/wwoofers network.

Permaculture Outreach and Promotion (POP!).

Teaching permaculture to children.

What is missing here? Or name changes?

Further Developing the Pattern Language for Women in Permaculture–Evolving into Action.

This working group was proposed and coordinated by Karryn Olson-Ramanujan

The purpose of the working group would be to gather a group of folks who have already read and reflected on the “Pattern Language for Women in Permaculture.” This working group met numerous times and had a large participation.

Anyone interested should read Karryn’s writing on this:


Here is part of the report from the International Working Group:

The list of goals for the working group are as follows:

1. Compile and Create Best Practices for International PC Development work

2. Document International PC Longer term failures and successes to track trends and compile best practice info

3. Database International PC sites

4. Database PC practitioners who are doing International PC Development work

5. Create shared curriculum for International PC Development work, and compile locally appropriate resources. (pictoral)

6. Train PC workers with most effective, and culturally sensitive approaches to development and aid work

7. Create support structure and organization for Int’l PC workers

8. Create apprenticeship and mentorship opportunities for new Int’l PC’ers

9. Compile possible funders and sources of revenue for Int’l PC projects

10. Start by having mini workshops via skype or other forum about ideas (gaia was going to open a blackboard site)


Michael Pilarski

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