Permaculture Magazine – Update

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So about 4 weeks ago I was approached by Focal Point, one of the most prestigious art galleries in the South Essex region, and asked if I could build ‘an indoor permaculture garden’ as part of the installation of ‘The Peculiar People’, an upcoming exhibition on ‘Radical Essex’…. “Sure no problem”, says I, with fingers crossed behind my back and already working over-capacity with all the other projects and courses I’ve got on the go… So with plenty of blagging, scrounging, solutions thinking, googling, creative collaboration with Project 49 (a local hub for adults with learning disabilities where I work part time) and lots of co-operation and communication with the Focal Point tech team, we created a series of self-watering containers full of tomatos, squashes, chard, basil, peppers and other herbs in time for the grand opening night, which for the next 4 months will be on display to the public in the gallery window… Considering the time frame involved, minimal costs (for the plastic containers, soil and plants mostly) and the general air of ‘winging it’, I think it looks pretty cool, and it’s a bit of an honour to be displaying work alongside the likes of Penny Rimbaud and Gee Vaucher of Crass, Colin Ward, Eduardo Paolozzi, Allen Sorrell, Orthona Community to name but a few! And if it inspires passers by and visitors to maybe start to grow a few of their own healthy veggies in their own gardens and balconies, that’s got to be a good thing too! I’m also thinking in terms of this being a bit of a prototype for something more planned and ambitious next year… Who’s for a pop-up allotment in the Forum square and a containerised orchard in Victoria Circus??? Maybe even Hundertwasser style vertical gardening up the sides of the Civic Centre???

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[Southend-on-Sea Action] Spiralseed are pleased to announce ‘Creating A…

Creating A Positive Revolution – A Six Week Appreciative Inquiry Course, Southend on Sea

Creating A Positive Revolution – A Six Week Appreciative Inquiry Course, Southend on Sea

The world’s full of big problems. You want to do something, but where to start?

Start with something small. Something that makes best use of your unique set of gifts. Something that begins on your doorstep – that tackles the problem in front you – and grows from there. 

This course, an enhanced version of one I ran in 2012 – and this time co-delivered with Permaculture teacher and author Graham Burnett – will equip you with the skills and inspiration to Make Something Happen in your community.

I’m an Appreciative Inquiry practitioner with 10 years of working with this philosophy to help people make a difference. You don’t need to know anything about Appreciative Inquiry (have a Google!) except that it’s originator – Dr David Cooperider – describes it as a way toseek out what gives life in order to ignite the imagination of what could be. It’s used with communities all over the world: working especially well in rural communities in developing countries.

At its heart is story-telling, and finding the best in every person. Everyone has something they can DO. To quote Cooperider (because this is great and I’ve nicked a bit for the course title):

“[Appreciative Inquiry] deliberately seeks to discover people’s exceptionality – their unique gifts, strengths, and qualities. It actively searches and recognizes people for their specialities – their essential contributions and achievements. And it is based on principles of equality of voice – everyone is asked to speak about their vision of the true, the good, and the possible. Appreciative Inquiry builds momentum and success because it believes in people. It really is an invitation to a positive revolution. Its goal is to discover in all human beings the exceptional and the essential.”

Over six weeks you’ll learn how AI works and will be encouraged to build your own project. The course is interactive and practical, and the fee includes a folder with detailed handouts of each session and all exercises. We encourage a certain amount of ‘homework’ but this will be light, fun and optional.

Places are restricted to 16, and will be allocated first come first served. (We’ll start a waiting list if we get over-subscribed!)

Tutors: Sherry Fuller, Appreciative Inquiry practitioner and founder of Southend Soup, Graham Burnett, Diploma of Permaculture Design

Venue: Upstairs at The Railway Hotel, Clifftown Road (opposite Southend Central Station), Southend on Sea,

Dates: One evening a week for 6 weeks, Thursday 28 April through to Thursday 2 June

Time: 7 – 9pm

Course fee: Cost for full course £30.00 for concessions (ie students, and those not currently working.)

£50.00 for everyone else

A deposit secures your place and you can pay the remaining balance on the first night. £5 deposit for concessions, £15 deposit for non-concessions.

See more at the website.

 

[Permaculture Magazine] Today was the first day of our Design 4 ACTION…‏

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Today was the first day of our Design 4 ACTION Permaculture Design Course at Morbeck Farm near Wickford with the One Love Foundation – when discussing the course with the organisers earlier in the week we decided that installing a wood burner in the portacabin classroom would be a good afternoon practical project, however it was actually the first thing we did this morning as it was so cold nobody could sit around for any sessions! Normally we start the course with some icebreaker/group bonding type sessions – this was a REAL icebreaker however, and a great design challenge/team building project as well as illustrating the need for flexibility and adaptability in the PDC curriculum… It took longer than expected and a few sessions had to get shunted, but I’m sure we’ll catch up – looking forward to day 2 tomorrow!

 

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Design 4 A.C.T.I.O.N. FREE Taster Session at The Hive Business Hub, Southend on Sea.

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Tuesday December 1 2015, 09.00 – 12.15

Bring positive design thinking to your business, your life and your world by empowering the genius inside all of us to make a difference!

Permaculture is an ecological design system often associated with gardening and food growing – but its principles of earth care, people care and fair shares can also be applied to ethical business, communities and organisations.

During this workshop we will use interactive and participatory activities to explore;

  • What is permaculture?

  • How can the ethics and principles of permaculture be applied to your business, livelihood, community or organisation?

  • Right livelihood – how to live by your enjoyment and create Active Community Transformation In Our Neighbourhoods!

This workshop can either be considered as a ‘stand alone’ introductory taster, or else can be a lead-in to the 12 day full Design 4 A.C.T.I.O.N. course. For more information see http://spiralseed.co.uk/design-4-action/

Design 4 A.C.T.I.O.N. free taster event

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Design 4 A.C.T.I.O.N! FREE Taster event with Graham Burnett at The Hive Enterprise Centre, Southend on Sea, Dec 1 2015. Permaculture is an ecological design system often associated with gardening and food growing – but its principles of earth care, people care and fair shares can also be applied to ethical business, communities and organisations.

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“What If… Philosophy of Appreciation” Monday at 19:00 The Railway Hotel

Things are emerging from the What if… gatherings. Plans afoot re urban woodlands, plotters planning floral antics, and conversations happening about alternative education.

Who will you meet, and what will begin, at the next one…?

Using ideas, tools and techniques drawn from Appreciative Inquiry, Permaculture Design and other creative methods of group engagement, ‘What If?’ is a series of workshops, events and gatherings for anybody that wants to make positive change happen in their own life, their community or their world! Hosted by Graham Burnett (Spiralseed), Sherry Fuller and friends.

Join us the Railway for the next workshop and open space conversation. Sherry will be talking about the philosophical principles of Appreciative Inquiry; a way of ‘seeking that which gives life, in order to ignite the imagination of what could be’. This will be followed by the usual dialogue about the things that matter most to you.

Come along and be inspired!

Payment by donation. £5 suggested or what you can afford, would like to pay.

TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

Hang around for a pint afterwards in Southend’s best pub and live music venue. 🙂

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The next What If… event will happening upstairs at The Railway next Monday, hosted by Graham Burnett and Dusty Bottems – all welcome, see you there! https://www.facebook.com/events/654593631256895/?fref=ts
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MAKE COMPOST NOT WAR 2 gig. Sunday, 1st of June 2014 13:00-22:30

Graham Burnett invited you to John Fatman ‘s event: MAKE COMPOST NOT WAR 2 Sunday, 1 June 2014, 13:00 – 22:30 at The Railway Hotel Matt King , Carole Shorney and 4 others are guests.

Fine music inside and outside to raise funds for the Railway vegetable garden project and Sea Shepherd. The garden is maintained and managed by local people with learning disabilities in order to help them develop horticultural and food preparation skills, combined with developing community and social engagement. Any surplus produce goes to a local homeless support project.

Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS), established in 1977, is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.

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