Bright Green Future – next generation of environmental decision makers | Permaculture Association

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Bright Green Future – next generation of environmental decision makers

Young people needed to take part in Bright Green Future, a new and unique programme to create the next generation of environmental decision-makers.

We’re looking for exceptional young people aged 15-17, with an interest in acting to reduce the impacts of climate change, to take part in a two year programme starting in September 2016.

Joining Bright Green Future will help young people to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to embark on a career path which could influence decisions on energy and climate change, and really make a difference to our planet!

Participants will carry out activities including:
• Local projects – running simple low carbon projects such as a school eco-day or green week, draught proofing workshop, energy auditing, renewable energy assessments, litter picking, film nights, lightbulb swaps and more
• Residential course – a four-day summer school to meet other participants and take part in workshops, talks and hands-on activities
• Training & learning – both face-to-face and online training sessions exploring energy, sustainability, and how to influence decision-making
• Work placement – a ‘policy and influence’ work placement or work shadowing opportunity at a professional organisation which influences local or national policy such as a local authority, a governmental agency, or an environmental and landscape planning body (including our partner organisation, the Town and Country Planning Association)
• Mentoring – help and support throughout the programme from a member of staff at the Centre for Sustainable Energy
Applications are now open to take part in Bright Green Future from September 2016. See www.bright-green-future.org.uk/join for more details. The deadline for applications is Sunday 17 July. An application form, a press release, a poster and further guidance, including a rough timetable and some frequently asked questions, are attached.

Bright Green Future is being run by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), an established and respected energy charity with a huge range of experience in delivering projects that involve: helping households to lower their energy use, addressing fuel poverty, supporting community energy, influencing energy policy, research projects, and much more. CSE staff will be on hand to support and mentor participants throughout the duration of the programme.

We’d be really grateful if you could help us to get the word out to young people, and those who work with them, by sharing this information with your local groups and networks, and by posting information about the programme on your website and social media channels.

Bright Green Future is part of a Big Lottery Fund project called Our Bright Future, aimed at empowering young people to lead progressive change in their communities and local environment. Seewww.ourbrightfuture.co.uk for more details

Early bird convergence tickets on sale now

Permaculture Association

Early Bird until 8 May

Are you designing solutions but want to feel more connected with the permaculture community? Looking for inspiration you can use day to day?

We each make changes in our corners of the world. Coming together with a wider group of people adds to our effectiveness and is a chance to recharge batteries, meet like minded people, and take away new insights.

British Permaculture Convergence 2016

2 – 4 September 2016
Nell Bank, Ilkley, North Yorkshire

We’ve very excited to announce the British Permaculture Convergence will once again be taking place this autumn.

We are sure this year’s convergence will be a suitable follow-on from the International Permaculture Convergence. It will bring members old and new together to share, celebrate, and learn.

There are great workshop facilities, we will be catered for with excellent food, and enjoy a beautiful woodland setting. There is a selection dormitory accommodation plus plenty of camping space.

Expect a range of practical sessions, project case studies, networking opportunities, and lots more.

We hope to see you there Kamil. Book your place now for the best prices. We expect this event to sell out.

Early Bird tickets on sale now

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???

.More information on the facebook page

Intro to Permaculture – Free OSU Permaculture Course | Open Oregon State | Online Educational Resources (OER)‏

Learn Permaculture Design for Free

Intro to Permaculture

Starts: May 2, 2016
Ends: May 30, 2016
Cost: Free

Visit the website for further information and to register your place today.

Permaculture design is a method of landscape planning that can be applied to anything, from a home garden or farm to a city block or entire village. This free permaculture course uses design principles from nature itself and takes into account such things as how indigenous people used the land; how water, fire and wind flow through the land; and how soil, water, vegetation, buildings and habitats can be managed in a stable and enduring way.

A multidisciplinary approach

Permaculture design is an ethically based, whole-systems design approach to create sustainable human settlements and institutions. Although rooted in horticulture and agriculture, permaculture design also touches on regional planning, ecology, animal husbandry, technology, architecture and international development.

Learning outcomes

In this free permaculture course, you will learn about the process, ethics and principles of permaculture design while diving into climate-specific design elements through interactive technology, videos, graphics, and readings. The course is designed to benefit everyone regardless of your learning style, time commitments or available technology.

Students who complete all course activities should expect to spend between two to four hours each week on course work.

Last chance to see this, plus 2 other gifts…

Hi, this is Geoff.

It’s been a while since I last reached out, so I’d love to share with you 3 of the things that have been keeping me busy.

FIRST, permaculture is BOOMING. I’ve been at it for more than 30 years, and even I get dizzy with the sheer variety of things happening. So I’ve decided to put together a short, bullet-point list of the 5 most fascinating things happening across the permaculture world, climate change, off-grid-living, beyond organic and similar things. Once-a-week, 9 am EST, 5 bullet-points, 3 minutes to read. A short, sweet, and fascinating way to welcome your weekend. Interested? Sign up here: http://start.geofflawtononline.com/friday-newsletter/

SECOND, my team and I launched a new website (just this week!) And to celebrate, I handpicked 9 videos to create a mini-course that walks you through the what, why, and how of permaculture. 6 ½ hours, including some NEVER BEFORE SEEN footage of the “Greening the Desert Sequel Site.” Also 100% free. Sign up here: http://www.geofflawtononline.com/

FINALLY: Four times a year, we open up Zaytuna Farm to the public and invite everyone to come experience off-grid living. If you can’t make it to this little patch of paradise near the Gold Coast, here’s the next best thing: An all-new, 45-minute video where I pull back the curtain about how the magic happens, from top to bottom. Everything laid bare for you to benefit from, replicate, and exceed.

This was prepared for Marjory Wildcraft’s “Home Grown Food Summit.” You can click below to watch my video and 7 other well-done Summit presentations for free for less than 24 hours (9 am EST, Wednesday) before they close free access.

Click to watch my free presentation

Cheers,

Your friend,

Geoff

Feel free to enjoy any one of these 3….or grab all 3 🙂

  1. Friday’s Fascinating 5” (I need a better name for this :)),

  2. 9 part, 6 ½ hour  “Permaculture Intro” video course,

  3. 45 minute behind-the-scenes presentation, available only for about 24 hours, here

ALL 100% FREE. My gifts to you for allowing me to share this incredible knowledge…

Open Day – Eastern Avenue Allotment Site

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Monday May 2

10am – 4pm

Visit the facebook page for further information.

[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.