Primer on Working Groups [WGs] –1] WGs are intended to bring people together who have similar interests so they can compare notes and cross fertilize, and in some cases accomplish actions together. The groups will be facilitated for best results. 2] There will be specific times on the Convergence schedule for Working Groups. Groups can also meet at any other times they care to. 3] A core outcome for the working groups is to create and deepen networks that can help people be more effective in the important culture and economic transformation work they are doing. We can pass on good stories we learn from other members of the working group! 4] A list of working groups can be found below. Other groups can be added.
Working Groups Depend on Participation1] Each working group needs a point person to help manage and focus the group. Great if the point person has experience with meeting facilitation 2] Existing groups will be introduced and new working groups added if there is interest. People can decide what group they want to join or explore. You don’t have to stay with one group the entire time, though it is great if some do as there is continuity. 3] Ideally, we would like to identify active working groups and people who want to participate in a specific group, before the Convergence. If we can name a point person beforehand, this is also very helpful. A real bonus would be for WG participants to actually connect with each other before the Convergence so they can hit the ground running. 4] On the last afternoon, each working group will have an opportunity to summarize what they’ve accomplished or share recommendations for action. Some examples from the last convergence are below. 5] Many groups are already found on the XPollinator platform, and we are working with them to develop a better experience for everyone.
Our current list of working groups: Creating the Reality We Want – Transforming home, community, culture and economy Decolonizing permaculture: indigenous peoples, minorities, cultural diversity. Developing the Pattern Language for Women in Permaculture. Elders Circle Enhancing North American permaculture communication systems. Financial permaculture. History of permaculture in North America. International Permaculture Convergence/Conference. On the ground Message from NAPC to the people of North America. Permaculture and art. Permaculture and government interface. Permaculture design course standards and principles. Permaculture, designing in collaboration, Permaculture for catastrophe/disaster. Permaculture internships/mentoring/wwoofers network. Permaculture Institute of North America Professional guild operations/development Social Permaculture Teaching permaculture to children
Working Groups for NAPC I (2014)
The Working Groups were an important part of NAPC I (2014). Working groups were task oriented to make recommendations to the movement, statements or agreements, and lay plans for ongoing work after NAPC. Generally they met a number of times during NAPC. Working group meetings were scheduled during meal times, early mornings, evenings and during concurrent session periods. Each working group sets its own agenda, goals, facilitation and meeting schedule. Anyone can propose a working group. Some groups will have more support and participation than others. Some round-tables lead into working groups. Our work at this point, is to bridge past to present–involving new people, perspectives, and priorities. The conveners of working groups are re-organizing and preparing prior to NAPC II.
Here’s a series of videos that comprise the official Working Groups reports from the 2014 NAPC:Assembled by Will Crombie.
Here are additions to the working groups:“During the first North American Permaculture Convergence (NAPC) in August 2014, self-organized people of color (POC) and white allies (Allies) identified a need to address issues of race and racism within the permaculture movement. After meeting separately as a POC and Allies caucuses, the groups came together and endorsed various points as powerful requests of all leaders and practitioners within the permaculture movement of North America… “The requests and associated suggestions represent a place to start the long journey towards inclusive community, rather than a conclusive and comprehensive list of appropriate actions. They are practical ways to counteract interlocking social, cultural, and economic systems that perpetuate domination and structural disparity. They are concrete ways to demonstrate that affirming the human dignity of all matters to you…” Read the full article.
Further Developing the Pattern Language for Women in Permaculture–Evolving into Action. Proposed 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 group would then co-evolve this proposed pattern language. Some things that might come out of this roundtable…
- Amendments or additions to the proposed patterns
- Developing lists of suggested “best/wise practices” for supporting women’s leadership
- Gathering signatories to draft documents
- Bringing forth best/wise practices to the wider permaculture community for voluntary adoption.
- Other things the group wants to happen…
Decolonizing permaculture: indigenous peoples, minorities, cultural diversity.
Developing the Pattern Language for Women in Permaculture.
Enhancing North American permaculture communication systems.
History of permaculture in North America.
International Permaculture Convergence/Conference.
Manifesting the New Paradigm, Creating the reality we want to live in.
Message from NAPC to the people of North America.
Permaculture and art.
Permaculture and government interface.
Permaculture design course standards and principles.
Permaculture, designing in collaboration,
Permaculture for catastrophe/disaster.
Permaculture internships/mentoring/wwoofers network.
Professional guild operations/development.
Teaching permaculture to children.
Any further nominations should be sent to Michael Pilarski, email@example.com
See you there!
Scott Pittman of the Permaculture Institute sent some preliminary thinking and agenda for the working group on “Permaculture design course standards and principles” and has contributed the following:
Gives you an idea of what one regional directory looks like.