Mini-Conference Brimming With Great Minds

How Will Permaculture Delegates Contribute? There are three great ways to contribute to our upcoming conference. Prepare a 5min presentation. Keep your delivery short and sweet to enable time for others to contribute. Pecha Kucha is a great guide for how to do an effective delivery. You don’t have to use a powerpoint presentation, you can just stand and speak like many of the greatest speakers throughout history. Keep the message clear by aiming to deliver one idea with some elaboration. There will plenty of time after lunch to contribute to the open discussion tables. Introduce yourself by talking up …

Who Is The Guild of Permaculture Pioneers?

We are a slowly and steadily growing a collaboration of experienced Permaculture pioneers who are happy to occasionally stop doing their excellent permaculture stuff in order to tutor, mentor, lead or chat with other each other and people interested in doing something positive about maintaining a livable habitat for humanity and a beautiful and resilient community. The mentoring pioneers include April Sampson-Kelly, Shane Moon, Paul Kelly, Penny Pyett. Terry Leahy (Australia), Suzie Cahn (Ireland). If you would like to join us, write to us. We run small life-skills courses, opening our permaculture living spaces and stimulating positive discussion through mini-conferences …

All Fry Together

Dr Terry Leah (keynote speaker and facilitator of our upcoming mini-conference) wrote: Our aid budget is nowhere near close to the 0.7% of GDP that is the minimal target suggested by the UN. Instead it is at 0.21% and is threatened to fall even further. What is going on? Australians by and large have no understanding at all that their affluence is built on the hard work of poor people in the developing world. They feel no responsibility to do anything about their plight. Aid is an easy target for government spending cuts. What most Australians believe is that people …

Mini-Conference – Part of Our Ecolution

The recent EcoArts conference lead me to thinking about Eco-lution – the pathway a person may follow in greening their lifestyle. There is a lot of information out there forcing us to be aware of social and environmental issues, many of us are hopeful we can make a change. Some of us feel inspired to make changes. Quite a few of us feel equipped to do stuff that will make a difference, a few feel empowered and have their hearts pumping hard, making changes. But we all need to feel supported. The aim of this mini-conference about the social aspects …

When Shares Drop, Sharing Ups

Terry Leahy, the keynote speaker and facilitator for our upcoming mini-conference writes: Global Sharemarket – Lowest Mark since 2012 The world has still not really recovered from the financial crash of 2008. European governments and the United States are still recommending austerity as the solution. In other words, cut taxes to encourage private investment. Wind back public spending. This solution has not worked and unemployment remains high, especially for young people in Europe and North America. The Chinese, who have created an economy that depends on selling consumer goods to the rich countries, are in trouble because their market has …