[permaculture] Advance notes on Permaculture Standards and Principals for NAPC

farmer1 at gasperfarm.com farmer1 at gasperfarm.com
Mon Aug 18 03:16:55 EDT 2014


Discussions like these give me a sour feeling as I dislike political
wrangling. These things seem inevitably to degenerate into protecting
turf, excluding people, and creating boundaries around accepted thoughts
and practices and all of this serves to squelch innovation.

In movement theory this situation is one that happens when a movement is
peaking and has or soon will reach the apex of its influence and
philosophy. When pioneers and visionaries are driving things folks are too
busy doing and innovating to worry about turf battles and solidifying
institutional control to maintain the ground taken.

I'm not saying your efforts are not warranted or needed; I just take it as
a bad omen and this isn't the first such thing I've noticed.

Is PC capitalism an oxymoron looks like a worthy discussion.  What is the
Price of a PC looks like a ridiculous overreach in grabbing for power.

Pete

> This is meant to expedite this working group and to serve as a focusing
> tool
> for the participants.  I am certainly open to adding to the agenda.  I
> have
> high hopes that this NAPC will be a working event and that we will be able
> to reach some understanding of what is meant when one uses the word
> permaculture and permaculture design course.
>
>
>
> I also hope to stimulate some online discussion prior to the NAPC.  Those
> of
> you who are more computer literate than I please share to other web sites
> where it might generate interest.
>
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Scott Pittman
>
>
>
>
>
> Permaculture Standards and Principals
>
>
>
> This work group will look at PC Standards and Principals in a general way
> and then more specifically at the Permaculture Design Course Standards and
> Principals.
>
>
>
> By standards I mean such things as how many days is a PDC, what is the
> curriculum, who issues certificates, who is qualified to teach a PDC, and
> other questions.  By principals I am attempting to reach an understanding
> of
> how does permaculture ethics come into play as practiced by the
> permaculture
> teacher and designer.
>
>
>
> The following is a partial agenda for discussion:
>
>
>
> o     What is a PDC
>
> o     Who is qualified to teach a PDC
>
> o     How much time is required for a PDC
>
> o     What is the curriculum of a PDC
>
> o     What exercises are required for a PDC
>
> o     What is the price of a PDC
>
> o     Who issues the PDC certificate and under what authority
>
> o     What is a PC Diploma
>
> o     Who is qualified to issue a Diploma
>
> o     What are the requirements for a Diploma
>
> o     How do PC ethics apply to teachers and designers
>
> o     Is PC Capitalism an oxymoron
>
>
>
> To be perfectly candid the Permaculture Institute has already developed a
> standard for the PDC and the Diploma and my interest is in knowing should
> we
> have a standard that applies to all teachers and designers?  This work
> group
> will look at the above and other issues and hopefully reach some
> conclusions
> that could be presented to the general body to be further discussed and
> perhaps adapted.
>
>
>
> I believe that a PDC is a certification course that is the first step
> toward
> an apprenticeship in permaculture and does not confer the right to teach
> or
> to design.  Rather it introduces one to the ideas of permaculture and the
> students may pursue further study to become a teacher or designer.  The
> Permaculture Institute follows a policy that one should have a Diploma of
> Permaculture before teaching or designing on their own.
>
>
>
> I also believe that PDC courses require a minimum of 12 days to reach
> certificate standards, and 3 weeks would be preferable.  The minimum
> standard of 72 hours face time established by Bill Mollison did not
> include
> any hands on exercises, student design, videos, or other extracurricular
> activity.  The 72 hours was intended to cover the basic curriculum of
> permaculture design.
>
>
>
> The standards of the Permaculture Institute is that a teacher of the PDC
> is
> ethically bound to certain standards of teaching and of following the
> curriculum plus any new information or techniques that update the
> curriculum
> ie Global Climate Change.
>
>
>
> I look forward to this discussion and hope this information is helpful in
> preparing for the discussion.  I am attaching the curriculum of the
> Permaculture Institute as well as the curriculum of Robin Francis as
> examples of Curricula that is currently being used.  I also recommend
> Rosemary Morrow's new edition of "A Teachers Handbook".
>
>
>
> Scott Pittman
>
> Permaculture Institute
>
>
>
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