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Latest update on NAPC programming
Letter to the permaculture community from Michael Pilarski
August 1, 2014 Apologies for the mixed type sizes, yahoo isn't allowing me to be uniform.
NAPC is a historic moment. It marks the cusp of a new era, the turning of the
wheel, the passing of the guard. Who knows when the next NAPC will happen but
there will never be the chance to attend the 1st NAPC again. Be a part of this historic event.
David Holmgren to give a keynote talk to NAPC on Friday evening
Permaculture elders council to happen at NAPC.
A session is on the schedule for
Sunday morning. We will have our first meeting on Thursday evening or Friday
morning to make a plan. We will be
conducting video interviews with pc pioneers during the NAPC for the
Permaculture History in North America Project.
International perspective:We will hear reports on the Cuba IPC and from the European Permaculture
Convergence and other international news and initiatives. April Sampson-Kelly
is coming from Australia, someone from Norway, Mexico and other countries. Check
out how European permaculture teachers are cooperating:
HOW MANY BREAK-OUT
SESSIONS DURING THE CONCURRENT PERIODS?
I was just noticing that the 2014 EPC had over 80 workshops
and affinity groups scheduled. How many
will we have at NAPC? We won’t know till
the dust settles since a lot of the action is likely to be open space
scheduling, round-tables, and working groups. Some people think that fewer things should be scheduled with larger
numbers in each group. Some people think
that more break-out groups are better with smaller numbers of people in each. Both of these tensions exist at NAPC. Let’s
see what happens.
Presenters & Program
NAPC will be a gathering
of permaculture professionals with most of them fully capable and qualified to
give presentations. Here are some ways for people to participate in the NAPC
about 50 people have offered to give presentations at NAPC. We are accepting a
limited number of presentations. Some similar workshops are being combined.
Some members of the core group are calling for a deadline of July 30 for
workshop proposals, but if you have a proposal after that time, you should
still contact Michael Pilarski as some late presentations may be accepted.
Discussion groups/round tables:
People sit in a circle
and everyone can share their thoughts on the topic at hand. A round table enables information
exchange between participants. We expect many round tables to be scheduled. Send your nominations for round tables to
Michael Pilarski and/or fill out the program form on the NAPC website (in the
Get Involved menu)
groups meet a number of times during the event and are task oriented. Each
working group sets its own agenda, goals, facilitation and meeting schedule.
Anyone can propose a working group. Working groups can be scheduled at
concurrent times as well as during meal times, early mornings and evenings.
Each working group is working for the movement as a whole. Their findings,
directories, statements, proposals, etc can become part of the NAPC I proceedings. For a list of proposed working groups go to:
This can involve opening
remarks and position statements by experts in a particular field followed by
discussion and interaction by participants.
Hands-on means people are
using their hands and being creative and learning a tactile skill. Some
installations could be done during NAPC that would stay and benefit Harmony
Park for years to come.
People get to see
something come together or how it operates. The presenter does the hands-on component, perhaps with one or several
David Holmgren has agreed to be a
keynote speaker via skype. We will have the skype computer images on a big
screen in the plenary hall with a sound system. We may or may not have
additional keynote speakers.
It has been suggested that we have
several keynote panels such as “Whither the pc movements in North America”.
Short pithy statements, announcements, thoughts by leaders in the movement.
Another keynote could be along the lines of “Reports from the Countries.” A report on the status of the permaculture
movement in Canada, in Mexico, in the US and possibly South and Central
America. There may be a report on the International Permaculture
There will be a period
for bioregional caucuses on Friday.
Open Space scheduling.
There will be space for
ad hoc scheduling of workshops and round tables at the event. Whatever there is
support for. Check out how the European
PC Convergence handles open space scheduling;
At mealtimes, in the
hallways and byways. Conversations are where a lot of the best action and
exchanges take place.
encouraged to be part of the Exposition if you would like to showcase your
services, vend or do outreach. There is an extra fee for this (comes with
sponsorships). See the website for
details and application form.
There will be a poster
session during Saturday dinner period and early evening if you would like to
display/explain a visual presentation or design.
have faith in the permaculture community to have an incredibly productive and
inspiring time together. The NAPC core group is laying the groundwork for
this grand convocation to come together. Certainly there are bumps in the road
and things left undone but NAPC is moving forward and the momentum is for a
historic event. One way we are improving communications is the “Latest
News & Update” section on the front page of the NAPC website.
guess at this point is that at least 500 people will attend NAPC and they will
be a very dedicated bunch of movers and shakers. Together we expect to
make a big contribution to the development of permaculture in North
America. To quote Liora Adler of Gaia University. “Really looking forward
to working together to see how increased collaboration will lead to greater
NAPC as an egalitarian community.
We view the NAPC event
as a gathering of the tribe. A meeting of a peer group. We’d like to see every
permaculture pioneer and author attend. Can you imagine how much it would cost
if we had to pay each one of them what they currently get paid for giving a
workshop or keynote speech!? If half the
people attending are already teaching or consulting how could we pick and
choose which ones get paid and which ones get in free? NAPC cannot afford to do
this. That is why we are asking everyone
to pay their share of the expenses. We value everyone’s input and
participation. We don’t want to set up a
hierarchy. Come because you are excited about participating ... not because you
are getting paid.
We want to invite the permaculture pioneers and the famous
permaculturists, This is not to say that older permaculturists
are necessarily wiser or smarter than people new to the permaculture scene. Or
that they are more well-known or respected in the movement. Some people haven’t
been in the movement that many years but have already made a name for
themselves. Most pdc graduates are doing good work but are not in the public
limelight. Some people are new to permaculture. Everyone has something to
share. We are all part of the
permaculture community. Come on and
let’s get together! You can be a part of the magic, spontaneity and
creativeness that will happen when we come together!
One of NAPC’s raison d’etres is for the permaculture
community to get its house in order. The NAPC is offering an opportunity for a
lot of the most dedicated permaculturists to get together and discuss how to
build more symbiotic relationships and improve the movement. NAPC is not seeking standardization and
hierarchy. Together we can do more good than we can as isolated individuals and
regional organizations. The national
movement is suffering from a lack of dialogue. The NAPC crew will do what we
can to organize things into tracks and schedules that make sense from people’s
feedback ahead of time. The outcome is
up to the participants. We will make
history together. It is not pre-destined or pre-arranged. NAPC’s goal is meaningful content and
Permaculture Elders, Pioneers & Cohorts
IS A PERMACULTURE ELDER?
ARE OUR PERMACULTURE PIONEERS?
is a COHORT?
A cohort is used in forestry to mean a group
of trees in a forest who started their growth in the same time period. Applying this term to the permaculture
movement we could say that there is
1980’s cohort of permaculturists, a
1990’s cohort, a 2000’s cohort and, in progress, the 2010’s cohort.
I am nominating the 1980s North American
permies cohort as the permaculture pioneers for North America. I think that pioneers is a better term than
elders. I am hopeful that quite a few of
the 1980s pioneers cohort will attend this NAPC, as well as large samplings of
all the other cohorts.
people have been throwing around the term ‘permaculture elder’. What does that mean? I imagine that some people might not like the
term. Certainly we know that just because someone is old that they are
necessarily wise and we know that just because someone is young that they are
unwise. There are unwise older people and wise young people.
think we are using the term “elder” to mean someone who has been serving the
permaculture movement in a noteworthy way for many years. In today’s youth
culture, age may be considered a liability rather than something that deserves
respect. Since traditional and
indigenous cultures always valued elders, I would propose that the pc community
also value its elders, in recognition of pc’s predilection for learning from
traditional cultures. This is not to discount that some people in the movement
might have already done very noteworthy work within a few short years, perhaps
even more than some of the permaculture elders using the definition above.
a 25-year cutoff for a permaculture elder, a person would have had to begun
their pc career before 1988. It would be possible to draw up a list of pc
people who have been continuously active in the pc since the 1980s. Here is a
starting attempt as part of the Permaculture
History of North America project. Of course there are many people who took
their pdcs in the early years but did not remain active in the movement. Here I am referring to people who have been
continuously active in the movement. David Boehnlein once referred to us as “permaculture old-growth”.
pioneer is a forerunner, one of the first on a scene. There will continue to be
a new string of permaculture elders as time moves on. But there won’t be any more permaculture
pioneers, ie. the people who started the movement.
These lists were compiled by Michael Pilarski
who is most familiar with the Northwest part of the Continent and less so with
other parts of the continent. This is just a beginning and in some cases I am
just guessing the year of people’s first pdc.
Permaculture Pioneers:(Version #1, April 1, 2014)
Graduated from their first
permaculture design course in the 1980s.
* Indicated they are attending
Marco Chung-shu Lam
Jean Eisenhower (mntd by Peter
Darrell Frey *
Jude Hobbs *
Dick Hogan (mntd by Peter Bane)
Susan Lein (mntd by Peter Bane)
Chuck Marsh, *
Jerome Osentowski, *
Michael Pilarski, *
Scott Pittman *
Barbara Rose (mntd by Peter Bane)
Ali Sharif, Latin America
Richard Wade (mntd by Peter Bane)
Scott, Bruce Bebe, Michael Howden, Bruce Hill, Bill Howe,
Griffith *, Stuart Hill, Oliver Kellhammer, Monica Kuhn, Liz Richardson, Who
Mexico. I know little of the pc scene there. I do know that Alejandra Caballero and Jose Caballero (sister and
brother) were two of the earliest Mexican permaculture teachers. Would someone
familiar with the scene down there put together a list along these lines?
Of course, the list of pdc grads
in the 1980s is much longer than this list above. I made up this list using my memory and
incomplete knowledge. Anyone who feels they (or someone else) belongs on this
list, please let me know. We will update
this list at the NAPC.
permaculture pioneers have gone on to become well-known and influential in
their work, but have not been flying under the banner of permaculture. Some
examples are Craig Elevitch, and Kim Wilkinson of Agroforestry Associates in
Hawai`i, John Quinney of New Alchemy Institute, Sego Jackson of Snohomish County
Recycling, and Carl Woestwin of Seattle’s waste reduction program. I imagine
there are dozens and hundreds of other examples.
Some well-known permaculturists who are part
of the 1990s cohort:
A partial list off the top of my head.
* Indicated they are attending
Peter Bane, *
Albert Bates, *
Margie Bushman *
Dan Halsey *
Hanzi (now working in Brazil)
Toby Hemenway, *
Keith Johnson, *
Penny Livingston, *
Loren Luyendyk *
Wesley Roe *
Michael G. Smith,
Bob Waldrop, *
Wayne Weiseman, *
Lots more to add to this list at
In the long run, it would be good
to have the date of their first pdc after each of their names.
Who knows how many permaculture
course graduates there are in North America? I’d guess over 50,000 at this
point and going up rapidly. How many
people have taught, or are still teaching pc design courses? 500 perhaps? I
have started a project of listing all the PDC teachers in North America and the
years they have taught pdcs. It has over 350 people in it currently. We will be updating it at NAPC.
Contact Michael Pilarskiif you are interested in presenting a workshop, or proposing a round table or
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