The Convergence

woe4oncThis very first North American Permaculture Convergence offers a special opportunity to meet up to 1,000 permaculture movers and shakers from across North America to share our successes and strategize how to create a permaculture future. Permaculture pioneers, authors, teachers, organizers, consultants, visionaries and farmers getting together to talk story and build symbiotic relationships.
EVERY PERMACULTURIST IN NORTH AMERICA IS INVITED! Old and young, Experienced and novice.  The NAPC is a historic moment. It marks the cusp of a new era, the turning of the wheel, the passing of the guard. Be a part of this historic event.

This is a meeting of the minds. This is a gathering of the experts.

A permaculture convergence is traditionally just for permaculture design course graduates. NAPC’s main audience is practicing permaculturists, but we willing to take registrations from interested people who are non-pdc grads. One of the goals of NAPC is to bring together the long-term, old-growth, hard-core permies. We expect that half of the participants will be fully capable of teaching permaculture. This is a convocation where we are all talking and sharing together. It will be exciting!

Long-time permaculture pioneers are especially invited. We’d like to hear some of your accumulated knowledge and wisdom.  We’d like to sit with you, reminisce about the spread of permaculture in North America, and discuss our best strategies going into the future. The permaculture pioneers aren’t retiring from permaculture.  Permaculture is a lifestyle, a way of life founded on our three ethics. We suspect many of the permaculture pioneers will die with their boots on; doing their best to make a difference.

THE TRACKS The presentations will be divided into 3 tracks . . . beginner track middle track advanced track

PRESENTATIONS Anyone can schedule a presentation. WE expect and encourage a wave of proposals for presentations, round-table groups, etc.  The NAPC program committee will have to keep track of all of them and categorize them, look for duplicates, and assist them to happen in an orderly manner. If you’d like to put something on the schedule, fill out the form in the Program menu.

Goals of the convergence include: Education Building links between permaculture and broader movements for social change Making permaculture more effective in world affairs Design, teaching, advocacy PDC standards and certification Curriculum Advanced design and teaching courses Specialty courses Enable us individually and collectively to be more effective How to run pc consulting businesses Policy, politics, Networking Building working relationships Increasing linkages Building new and old friendships

NAPC as an egalitarian community. We view the NAPC event as a gathering of the tribe. A meeting of a peer group. We value everyone’s input and participation. Come because you are excited about participating. Everyone has something to share.  We are all part of the permaculture community.NAPC is taking an egalitarian stance when it comes to presenters and speakers. As this is a peer group event, we are asking everyone to pay their share of the NAPC expenses.With the exception of 1) those core group organizers who are putting in hundreds of hours to pull this off. 2) Work-trade people who put in significant extra hours doing the nitty-gritty work of the day. 3) People awarded scholarships because of their great work in disadvantaged communities and demanding situations.Gatherings and festivals are one of the most important parts of being human. Particularly when it is a gathering of your own “culture” or subculture. You feel safe there and belong. People from the same profession getting together is inspiring, empowering and offers a way to exchange information and make connections that can never be achieved via internet or technology.

Convergence: what does it mean? …. the degree or point at which lines, objects, etc., converge. the merging of distinct technologies, industries, or devices into a unified whole. …. Ophthalmology:  coordinated movement of the two eyes so that the image of a single point is formed on corresponding retinal areas …  to tend to meet in a point or line; incline toward each other, as lines that are not parallel. ….to tend to a common result, conclusion, etc …. The act, condition, quality, or fact of converging. …. Mathematics The property or manner of approaching a limit, such as a point, line, function, or value. :  the act of converging and especially moving toward union or uniformity; especially :  the state or property of being convergent :  independent development of similar characters (as of bodily structure of unrelated organisms or cultural traits) often associated with similarity of habits or environment. [convergent evolution]

Synonyms:  concurrence, confluence, meeting, merging, congress, appulse, resort (focus), asymptote, concourse, concentration, coradiation, conflux, convergency, assemblage.

  2 comments for “The Convergence

  1. July 23, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I am interested to present on the availability of American sourced – effects and developments with ANCHI Crystlas from Precious Offerings Mineral Exchange. We are sourcing R&D, grants and land (100 acres) to provide for the 99% and water and agriculture progress.

    Do you have stipend and or scholarship for speakers?

    • July 29, 2014 at 4:25 am

      Thanks for contacting us, and for your interest in participating in the North American Permaculture Convergence.

      Our presentation schedule is almost entirely full at this point, but I would encourage you to fill out an application anyhow, just in case one of the existing presenters drops out. Another option is to sign up to lead an open space session, which anybody attending the event can sign up to lead once they arrive.

      Even if we are able to accept your proposal, you should be aware that we won’t be able to offer free admission to the convergence. Unlike a typical conference or festival, the NAPC is designed as a co-creative event, in which everybody participates and everybody pitches in. Of the 500 people we’re expecting, about half will be assisting directly with the event in some way, whether as a performer, a presenter, or as staff and crew. Rather than charge the other 250 a much steeper price, we’re expecting that all participants, including presenters, purchase a ticket, with the knowledge that this event will benefit us all in the permaculture community.

      Please let me know if you have any questions or other ideas – I look forward to seeing you in Harmony Park next month!

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