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A glimpse of what’s happening at APC12…’s just a small selection of some of the many exciting presenters coming to the Convergence in March.

This is in NO way a final program and new people are being added every day.

If you would still like to submit your proposal for consideration, please do so by the 31st January. We will begin developing the full program and timetable from February 1st.

Hannah Moloney & Anton Vikstrom, Tas

The power of making good shit happen: Radical homemaking, community development and digging holes

Hannah and Anton from Good Life Permaculture are part of the younger generation of permies doing amazing work. They will talk about the importance of people DOING positive things (inside and outside of their homes). To answer the question “What are the critical future global and local challenges we are facing and how can permaculture provide solutions?” Hannah and Anton answer: “through doing good stuff, that’s how see it!”

April Sampson-Kelly, NSW

How art succeeds in interpreting permaculture ideas

April will be exploring a wide range of art forms: Realism, Semi-Fictional and Fictional forms and how they can be applied to better inform permaculture design and practice. Innovative and inspiring.

Russ Grayson & Fiona Campbell, NSW

The Anthropocene: what role can permaculture play?

This is one of several presentations considering the ‘Big Picture’ of the place of permaculture in the world. The Anthropocene – the Age of Humanity – recognises humanity’s dominating influence on all earth systems. This is something we have to accept, so the question becomes: “what role can and should permaculture play and how”? Russ and Fiona will consider the history and possible futures for the permaculture movement and the challenges it faces in these critical times.

Robin Clayfield, Qld

The ever-popular Robin will treat us to two presentations. The first is

Social design and the culturing of permaculture

Robin will engage the whole group on the first morning through processes for gently ‘breaking the ice’, discovering patterns and history within the movement, bonding of all sectors of permaculture, honouring of our Elders, using our permaculture principles to embellish and improve our ‘social design’ for our home regions, groups and time together at the Convergence. This is designed to bring alive the ‘culture’ in permaculture and inspire ongoing connections and inspiration for the rest of the Convergence.

Secondly, Robin will present on

Expanding the edge of teaching permaculture creatively

This presentation aims to support the continued up-skilling of permaculture teachers in a way that reflects the principles of permaculture.

Robin will also facilitate the traditional jumping activity to close the Convergence.

Gary Burke, WA

A synergistic match: Permaculture and sustainability-informed economics, accounting and policy

Gary’s presentation will be one of a number relating to the need to reframe economics and finance. As Gary puts it, “It would be a great chance to spiral beyond the conceptual cage of contemporary economics and accounting”

Bruce French, Tas

Maintaining and using diversity for sustainable food crop production

Bruce has done remarkable work in creating the Food Plants International database, which currently has over 26,800 edible plant species and is the largest in the world. Bruce will discuss the importance of the value of using locally adapted plants that are grown in a sustainable fashion with sound agro-ecological principles.

John Champagne, NSW

Permafund – it’s about fair share

John will talk about the Permafund, a charitable trust under Permaculture Australia. The trust gathers funds which are distributed to worthy permaculture projects both in Australia and overseas by the Permafund Committee.

Other presenters focusing on overseas applications of permaculture are Terry Leahy (NSW) who will show his film on permaculture in Zimbabwe, and John McKenzie (Vic) on Sri Lanka.

Guy Stewart, Qld

From Learning to Livelihood

Guy will present his journey from being a student at Djanbung to permaculture project work for grant funds, to achieving now full time stable, ethical employment creating ethical work opportunities to sustain ourselves, our communities and the permaculture movement. Inspiration for us all.

Open Spaces

The program will include Open Spaces – times for people to gather for in-depth discussions on:

  • Permaculture Australia
  • Permaculture education and APT
  • Leadership in permaculture
  • APC13

Call for Presenters – APC12

Please Visit here to register your interest in presenting…



Keynote Speakers – Stuart B. Hill

stuart_hillProfessor Stuart B. Hill was appointed Foundation Chair of Social Ecology at the University of Western Sydney (Hawkesbury Campus) in 1996. Prior to that he had been at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada since 1969, where he had coordinated McGill’s zoology major, and established, in 1974, Ecological Agriculture Projects, Canada’s leading resource centre for sustainable agriculture.

He has published over 300 papers and reports, and in Canada was a member of over 30 regional, national and international boards and committees. He is currently on the editorial board of four refereed journals. He has successfully completed projects in the West Indies, French West Africa, Indonesia, The Philippines, and the Seychelles, as well as in Canada and Australia.

Dr. Hill is committed to working for change that improves environmental sustainability, community and personal wellbeing, and our psychosocial co-evolution. He is critical of the still-dominant tinkering responses to problems, as well as their endless measurement, and is a tireless campaigner for the proactive, fundamental redesign of our lifestyles, our institutional structures and processes, our managed ecosystems and our technologies.

His background in chemical engineering, ecology, soil biology, entomology, agriculture, psychotherapy, education, policy development and international development, and his experience of working with change, have enabled him to be an effective facilitator in complex situations that demand both collaboration across difference and a long-term co-evolutionary approach to situation improvement. As this is a focus of social ecology, he is currently in a euphoric state as a member of a dynamic learning and action community (of over 300 staff and students) with overlapping values and mutually supportive projects.


Keynote Speakers – Nicole Foss

We are excited to announce Nicole Foss as a Keynote speaker at the Australasian Permaculture Convergence.

NicoleFossNicole Foss is co-editor of The Automatic Earth, you may be familiar with her work under the name “Stoneleigh”. She has spent much time writing and interpreting the on-going credit crunch as the most important aspect of the current multi-faceted crisis. The site integrates finance, energy, environment, psychology, population and real politics in order to explain why we find ourselves in a state of crisis and what we can do about it. Prior to the establishment of The Automatic Earth, she was previously editor of The Oil Drum Canada, where she wrote on peak oil and finance.

Foss runs the Agri-Energy Producers’ Association of Ontario, where she has focused on farm-based biogas projects and grid connections for renewable energy. While living in the UK she was a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, where she specialized in nuclear safety in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, and conducted research into electricity policy at the EU level.

Her academic qualifications include a BSc in biology from Carleton University in Canada (where she focused primarily on neuroscience and psychology), a post-graduate diploma in air and water pollution control, the common professional examination in law and an LLM in international law in development from the University of Warwick in the UK. She was granted the University Medal for the top science graduate in 1988 and the law school prize for the top law school graduate in 1997.

Join us in welcoming Nicole Foss as a Keynote speakers for APC12.


Calling for Presenters

pieces of the puzzleThe APC 12 organising committee invites all permies, young and old, experienced and just starting out, to share your knowledge, your passion, your experience, your stories, your creativity and your commitment to a better world through Permaculture. Presentations, workshops, activities, performance, posters, video, art work etc on all aspects of permaculture are welcome. To help guide your planning we are placing a strong focus on deepening our collective understanding and ability to work across the seven interconnected ‘petals’ (domains) of the Permaculture flower…

Please visit our Call For Presenters page for more information and contact details OR follow this link……/call-for-presenters/