Call for presenters

The 12th Australasian Permaculture Convergence (APC 12) will be honouring the past achievements of permaculture and challenging us to find ever more creative ways to transform the future to a sustainable world.

The 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, flower swirlposters, 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.

The seven broad domains include:

1. Land and Nature Stewardship

2. Land Tenure and Community Governance

3. Built Environment

4. Tools and Technology

5. Culture and Education

6. Health and Wellbeing

7. Economics and Finance

Cutting across these domains are three themes:

1. Creatively applying the ethics and principles of Permaculture.

2. Research and documentation – how do we know if permaculture is effective? What research has been done, what needs to be done and how?

3. The history and possible futures for the permaculture movement and the challenges it faces in these critical times.

We are particularly interested in hearing from people who are working at the cutting edge of these domains and who may be able to offer some reflection one or more of the following questions:

  • Taking stock. Where is permaculture after 40 years and what are its continuing challenges?
  • What are the critical future global and local challenges we are facing and how can permaculture provide solutions?
  • Where is the cutting edge of permaculture thinking and action?
  • What are areas where permaculture hasn’t worked and why?
  • What can permaculture really achieve? Are we expecting too much of permaculture?
  • What are some models of effective leadership in permaculture?
  • Working at the edge with the mainstream – what are permaculture people doing and how can we do better?
  • The permaculture flower represents permaculture as an integrated system – what is missing/not well developed?
  • What would a permaculture design for a community look like?
  • Permaculture and scale – is there an optimum?
  • Where does permaculture fit in a consumer society?

APC 12 Design Gallery

A special feature for APC 12 will be a gallery space for designers to showcase their work, from sketched to computer-generated designs, photos and photo sequences. This is intended to serve four key objectives:

  • An opportunity to explore and discuss the design techniques and approaches with fellow designers,
  • A public interface for people within the region to gain more insight into Permaculture design,
  • A celebration of the scope of Permaculture design applications, andIdentification of a few excellent works to develop into a public promotion kit, which may be used for future displays to increase the profile of Permaculture among the general public.

Please outline your presentation, performance or activity in 150 – 200 words. Include:

  • Presenter’s name(s)
  • Working titleThe domain(s) and cross cutting themes your content will mainly focus on
  • How long you think you would need or space neededType of presentation (discussion, participatory group work, hands-on, lecture, experiential, mixed, other),
  • Any technology or other resources required (eg data projector, music, access to outside areas etc)Limits (if any) on numbers attending
  • Anything else we should knowSend your information via email to Caroline Smith at [OR complete the form below] on or before the end of January 2015 to assist with our planning. If you need to make any major changes let us know asap.

1. Land and Nature Stewardship – food production, horticulture, animal management, organic growing and gardening, biodynamics, biodiversity, reading the landscape, broad acre management, GM, seed saving, perennial tree crops, wild harvesting and gleaning

2. Land Tenure and Community Governance – Transition movement, local food economies, land use, feeding the world, intentional communities – eco co-housing, eco-villages etc, co-ops, practices towards longevity, engaging with mainstream politics, working with local government, conflict resolution

3. Built Environment – building materials and design, low energy building, transport, owner building, community and settlement design, feeding the city through urban agriculture

4. Tools and Technology – renewable energy, water systems, appropriate low impact technologies, reuse and recycling

5. Culture and Education (depending on presentations, this domain may be split into Culture and Education) – permaculture education in formal and informal settings, the PDC, Dip Perm and APT training, permaculture in schools and further education, home schooling, permaculture and ‘Education for Sustainability’ (EfS), the arts, music, dance, performance, worldviews, integral permaculture, deep ecology, permaculture and overseas development

6. Health and Wellbeing – physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing and flourishing, climate change and health, healthy food and its preparation, holistic and western medicine, solastalgia, ecopsychology, home birthing, dying with dignity, mind/body/spirit practices, women’s spirituality, permaculture of the inner landscape, conflict resolution

7. Economics and Finance – ethical investment, divestment, progress without growth, steady state economics, LETS systems, CSAs and subscription food growing, WWOOFing, skill sharing, permaculture and poverty

Expressions of Interest have now closed. Many thanks to those who have sent in a proposal. We will be in touch with you soon.