[permaculture] The Next Big Step

Lawrence London lfljvenaura at gmail.com
Thu Oct 13 21:49:57 EDT 2016

How can everyone around the world participate in the Next Big Step For
Permaculture and feel that they
belong there and are part of the movement? Obviously this will be online
participation. How can it be accomplished so that as many people as
possible can participate and feel that they are a valued member of this new
global community.

I would really appreciate your feedback on this (hopefully sooner than a
week from now)

THis is completely different from people who have taken PDC's participating
in their community, it is about people who want to find out what
permaculture is and bring it completely into their lives and building an
online network that includes them and makes them feel that they have a home
in this new community. It is outreach and itis building a common

I have some resources like the ones you posted that I will draw on for more
ideas, objectives, mission and how to make the movement work and move

I am also going to make this list more open and inclusive with close
linking to the Google Group that contains the message archives mirror. This
is a standard Google Group. Messages to this ibiblio list are also posted
to this group. It is read only with no subscribers.
I plan to change that to offer subscriptions to people in this list so they
can generate discussion unique to that forum. This will take this ibiblio
list to a new level of functuionality.

How do you plan to implement The Next Big Step for the permaculture
movement. What online resources do you plan to use. How can I help?


On Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 9:04 PM, Steve Hart <stevenlawrencehart at gmail.com>

> Thanks Russ and Graham Bell
> I copy the report here if the link does not open.
> October 2016.
> WE WERE AT APC13 (Australasian Permaculture Convergence 13) on the winding
> banks of the Swan River. There, a small room in a big brick building proved
> a suitable venue to think about where permaculture now goes as a global
> design movement. And like the waters in the Swan, ideas flowed smoothly in
> the little room where around 16 people gathered.
> More than 16, actually, if we consider the telepresence Ian Lillington and
> Ed Walta. Skyping into the meeting from distant Victoria enabled them to
> familiarise those in the room with the background to an initiative that
> could coalesce permaculture into a more unified, global movement.
> The initiative is called the Next Big Step because that is just what it
> promises to be — one small step for permaculture practitioners, one big
> step for the permaculture design system (to paraphrase Neil Armstrong). Ian
> and Ed brought news of the initiative back to Australia from the
> international permaculture convergence in London last year.
> Ian asked us to consider two questions:
>    1. What does the world need from permaculture?
>    2. What can we do to make our own contribution?
> Presented with the two focus questions, we broke into two groups and ideas
> flowed.
> [image: Permaculture singer-songwriter, Charlie McGee, adds his ideas to
> the Next Big Step mindmap.]
> <http://i0.wp.com/pacific-edge.info/wp-content/uploads/
> 2016/10/IMG_0483.jpg>
> Permaculture singer-songwriter, Charlie McGee, adds his ideas to the Next
> Big Step mindmap.
> Needs
> What does the world need from permaculture?
> This was the first big question. The groups took a sheet of flip chart
> paper each and set about answering it. Ideas were many:
>    - purpose
>    - leadership through applied systems thinking
>    - leadership and structure
>    - alternative structures
>    - set of key messages
>    - new thinking — whole systems thinking
>    - know that permaculture exists and what it is
>    - lead the transition — meet energy, housing needs etc
>    - collaboration between organisations
>    - peer-to-peer development
>    - key messages about permaculture
>    - tools for a sustainable existence
>    - advocacy of the permaculture program
>    - equitable distribution of surplus
>    - redefining wealth
>    - abundance rather than fear
>    - more gardens
>    - local activism
>    - to know we exist and who we are
>    - food security
>    - balance of power
>    - a sense of common humanity, with diversity
>    - strengthening community
>    - addressing poverty — redefining wealth and happiness
>    - moving from fear to abundance
>    - resilient food systems — local ownership of food resources
>    - best practice
>    - right livelihood.
> [image: Erin Young, a teacher of the sociocracy approach to group
> decision-making, presents her groups ideas.]
> <http://i1.wp.com/pacific-edge.info/wp-content/uploads/
> 2016/10/IMG_0455.jpg>
> Erin Young, a teacher of the sociocracy approach to group decision-making,
> presents her groups ideas.
> Our contribution
> Like water flowing from a drainpipe, ideas flowed when the groups addressed
> question two: What can we in permaculture do to make our own contribution?
> Again, mindmaps were made and ideas offered:
>    - create open platforms such as an open source database of relevant
>    information
>    - an open source database of projects
>    - agile structures
>    - collaborate
>    - communicate
>    - a home for projects — easy access to people who could offer support
>    - space to dialog
>    - lead with ideas
>    - accessible messages about permaculture
>    - transition for existing material to take it further
>    - targeted communications — accessible key messages for different
>    audiences
>    - regular social meetings and social media
>    - link and share projects
>    - drivers — people to make things happen
>    - thinktanks
>    - celebration
>    - collaboration with government
>    - support for practitioners
>    - establish viable social enterprise with service orientation
>    - work with Permaculture Australia
>    - constellations model developed at internatipnal permaculture
>    convergence in the UK last year… research, enterprise etc; want people
> who
>    can contribute.
> [image: img_0456]
> <http://i2.wp.com/pacific-edge.info/wp-content/uploads/
> 2016/10/IMG_0456.jpg>
> Graham Bell, the well-known permaculture practitioner from Scotland,
> participated in the Next Big Step session at APC13.
> Why not more?
> I wondered why attendance at the session had not attracted a greater number
> of participants.Two reasons account for this, I think:
>    - the first was competition from other sessions running in the same time
>    slot; this was a comment made in reference to other sessions and it is
> one
>    heard at all convergences — you cannot attend everything of interest
>    - the second was that the Next Big Step is a new idea that has not been
>    discussed much in Australian permaculture circles; it is largely unknown
>    and, thus, the session did not attract a lot of people.
> I am consoled, though, by what they say in the Open Space meeting format:
> those people who attend are the right people.
> It was good to see Graham Bell, a long-established permaculture educator
> from Scotland, at the session. Also good to see were younger men and women,
> something that suggests younger permaculture practitioners have an interest
> in developing the design system and taking it into new territory. Their
> presence reminded me of something said earlier at the convergence, that
> younger people in permaculture are less interested in home gardening and
> more interested in making changes in the world.
> Action already taken
> It was either Ian or Ed who mentioned that there already exists two
> entities created at the London International Permaculture Convergence last
> year: the Permaculture International Research Institute and an
> International Permaculture Educators Network. There was the proposal that
> it might now be time to create an International Permaculture Network.
> I don’t know if this will figure in Next Big Step thinking, however what
> enables something like that to happen and to benefit permaculture
> practitioners at the global level would be:
>    1. a means to communicate with each other
>    2. a means to collaborate on works
>    3. and an online repository, a database, of permaculture know-how.
> A new model
> Interesting in the session were comments about the open source model of
> making knowledge available. The open source idea some time ago escaped its
> software industry origins to spread as a good idea into other areas. Why I
> think it relevant is that it well-fits permaculture’s third ethic of
> share-what’s-spare… the distribution of surplus.
> By providing freely-accessible information we can help other people provide
> their own basic needs. Unlike permaculture’s early decades we now have the
> internet to make this happen.
> The mention of peer-to-peer distribution by one of the participants offers
> a means of distributing useful information, as would the establishment of
> an online database of permaculture know-how.
> Where now?
> I wonder where Next Big step goes from here? People volunteered their
> emails so they could be kept in touch. It is my experience that once
> something is started it needs a project, something for people to do,
> something to maintain their interest and momentum.
> The launching of Next Big Step might signify something else: that
> permaculture practitioners are starting to see that challenges stemming
> from a global economy, from climate change and other challenges of global
> dimension can best be met by a global permaculture response that could
> provide global support for local initiatives. That’s a different sort of
> globalisation. It is a type of globalisation we want.
> ……………………………….
> Here’e a video of Ian Lillington and Ed Walta introducing the Next Big
> Step. It was shown at the APC13 session:
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> Comments
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>    October 13, 2016
>    Erin Young <http://anotherdivinefractal.weebly.com/>
>    Thank you for this session that opened the conversation about the
>    permaculture movement to us at the convergence. Attending showed me, yet
>    again, the power of providing space for people to share and conjure
>    together – thank you for this format. There’s something about allowing
>    ideas and concepts to be collectively consolidated that allows something
>    greater than the sum of it’s parts. I remember in the session thinking
>    about and hearing someone mention the mycelium component we need in the
>    movement – something that connects our nodes, distributes energy and
>    information by efficient and effective means, and allows a greater
> entity
>    to grow. I dearly hope the Next Big Step gathers all the momentum
> required
>    to be truly effective in this way. Thank you, once again for sharing,
> from
>    a young passionate permie in Australia.
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> Date: 13 October 2016 at 11:35
> Subject: [New post] The Next Big Step for permaculture
> To: stevenlawrencehart at gmail.com
> Russ Grayson posted: "Towards Permaculture version 3.0… A report from
> Australasian Permaculture Convergence 13, Perth, Western Australia. 2-5
> October 2016. WE WERE AT PC13 (Australasian Permaculture Convergence 13) on
> the winding banks of the Swan River. There, a small room "
> New post on *PacificEdge*
> <http://pacific-edge.info/?author=1> The Next Big Step for permaculture
> <http://pacific-edge.info/2016/10/the-next-big-step-for-permaculture/> by
> Russ
> Grayson <http://pacific-edge.info/?author=1>
> At the 2016 Australasian Permaculture Convergence in Perth, Western
> Australia, a first step towards the Next big Step…
> Read more of this post
> <http://pacific-edge.info/2016/10/the-next-big-step-for-permaculture/>
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