Annahata Combi

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/10257422_10152527053222161_1100319791380465547_o.jpg[/image_frame] Annahata Combi is an artist, yoga teacher, herbalist, filmmaker, permaculturalist and aspiring musician who grew up in in a international meditation community and in the Redwood forests on the Pacific Ocean in the Bay Area. She designed her own B.A. interdisciplinary degree in Cross-Cultural Social Work and Sustainable Development from University of Redlands and Johnston Center for Integrative Studies. She has been traveling, living, and working in a variety of ecovillages, intentional communities, permaculture and biodynamic farms/gardens and healing arts/yoga/meditation centers in California, Oregon, Hawaii, New York, India, Costa Rica, and Canada sharing her gifts and collaborating with passionate healers, activists, and farmers. She is a…

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Wanda Stewart

Today, Wanda Stewart is an urban farmer and homesteader, educator, mother of twins and comrade to many in the movement to educate and inspire others to grow their own food and communities.  She believes that the skills to grow food and medicine, to maintain a healthy body, mind and spirit, and to live cooperatively and communally, are essential to our collective survival. She is committed especially to working with other African Americans to reframe our shared history, trauma, and greatness through the act of legacy gardening.  As current program director for the Victory Garden Foundation, former Executive Director of People’s Grocery, long time schools administrator, Master Gardener and certified permaculturalist, Wanda…

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Effie Rawlings

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/headshot-from-MST-congress.jpg[/image_frame] Effie Rawlings was born in California and moved to her family’s seed corn farm in Illinois as a child, just in time to witness her aunts, father, and grandmother’s final struggle to keep their business alive in a rising tide of corporate domination of the seed industry.  Her affinity for agroecology and cooperative farming was shaped by her experiences as a volunteer at Sisonke School in South Africa, and as a student organizer at UC Berkeley, where she joined the fight against privatization and skyrocketing tuition.  Her interests found a nexus at the Gill Tract Farm, where she joined other students and community members in their 20-year struggle…

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A Toolkit for Creating The Permaculture City

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/greenwalls.jpg[/image_frame] Based on Toby’s latest book, The Permaculture City, this presentation shows that urban permaculture is about much more than gardening in the city. Growing food is only a small part of the challenges we face in solving our essential and increasingly urgent problem of coexisting with a finite planet and with each other. The new edge for permaculture—where many visionaries are working right now—is taking permaculture out of the garden and into the city streets, the neighborhoods, local governments, and businesses. What permaculture has taught us in the landscape applies perfectly to our need for community, decision-making, justice, livelihood, water, shelter, and energy. This presentation, filled…

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Jobs vs. Environment: A False Choice

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/green-business-stock-photo-e1444093634275.jpg[/image_frame] The reality is that we deal with this everyday. We can probably even think about moments of our own experience (or others) where corporations have pitted workers against communities working to protect their health and environment. In this workshop, we’re removing the choice all together to realize what we know is possible: the ability to build resilient communities within a regenerative, life sustaining economy. We’ll use Bay Localize’s Climate Risk and Job Opportunity Assessment in small group discussions to help identify: How the climate and energy crisis is impacting where you live Actions your community can take to build resilience - by both reducing emissions and preparing for…

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Collaboration: The Permaculture of Relationship Building for a Green and Equitable Future
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 28: (L-R) John Mbugua and his son Giovanni Mbugua, 6, of San Jose, California, and Lavon Johnson and his son Mason Johnson, 2, of Fort Meade Maryland, hold hands while marching with thousands of other people from Capitol Hill to the Lincoln Memorial during the 'Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action' honoring the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom August 28, 2013 in Washington, DC. The 1963 landmark civil rights event was where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous speech, saying, 'I still have a dream, a dream deeply rooted in the American dream...one day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, "We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal." I have a dream . . .' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Collaboration: The Permaculture of Relationship Building for a Green and Equitable Future

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/1782644411.jpg[/image_frame] Join Green For All's Julian Mocine McQueen and Emerald Cities Collaborative's Tara Marchant for an interactive dialogue looking at deep alliance building with unlikely stakeholders that create effective, authentic partnerships that transform our communities, cities and societies. What practices and strategies are involved in building juicy relationships across sectors and demographics that truly move the needle on issues that matter.  How do we create the emergent future we see from where we sit, together, collectively? Strategies include: Creating a vision, agreement, listening, setting the container, building trust, flexibility and more! Learn More About Tara Marchant & Julian Mocine McQueen

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Herbs in the Food Forest

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/marisha.jpeg[/image_frame] Learn how to incorporate culinary and medicinal herbs in the food forest.  In this interactive workshop, Marisha Auerbach will highlight the medicinal uses, ecological functions, and niche of some of her favorite herbs for the understory in the food forest.  Afterwards, participants will get to play the Edible Forest Garden card game, which Marisha has been developing over the past 6 years. Learn More About Marisha Aurebach

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Unlearning the Patrix (Patriarchal Matrix)
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Unlearning the Patrix (Patriarchal Matrix)

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/stockfresh_3323464_modern-cyber-woman-with-matrix-eye-math.jpg[/image_frame] The Patrix, that unwanted but prevalent patriarchal matrix that includes (amongst other memes) racism, sexism and classism, sure needs unlearning and chasing away. Increasingly folks in permaculture are on to it and this workshop looks at strategies in use by Gaia U for accelerated patrix unlearning. Together, we will imagine a world without these memes. We’ll keep this light and avoid blaming anyone. Gaia U is hosting an online patrix unlearning, action-research community starting January 2016. It’s free to join at nopatrix@gaiauniversity.org. Learn More About Andrew Langford & Liora Adler

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Confronting Climate Change, Challenging Capitalism: Local Community Resilience Heroes Converge  

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/climate-change-city.jpg[/image_frame] It has become clear we face two distinct possible futures:  Economic Transition or Ecological Collapse.  If we stay the current course of a globalized industrial model, collapse is inevitable. The dominant economy asserts that young black men are completely expendable,  mountaintops and the peoples in Appalachia are expendable, that  indigenous knowledge that cultivates our global food & medicine cabinet is completely expendable. We must build a movement transitioning away from this destructive model that directly confronts these realities. Urban Tilth’s Executive Director Doria Robinson moderates a panel with the founders of Daily Acts, Acta Non Verba Farm and Movement Generation in a lively dialogue about creating…

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Rekindling a Seed Culture

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/images.jpeg[/image_frame] The first link of a resilient food system is seed- learn about the innovative ways that  people have brought seed back into the commons by creating local exchanges, seed libraries, regional seed companies and farmer breeding projects.  More than just preserving heritage it is about putting breeding work and selection as a core element of developing resiliency. Beyond resistance to the multi national take over of the food system, these projects are creating the alternative we need to reclaim our food system.   Learn More About: Don Tipping, Rebecca Newburn & Marisha Auerbach. Moderated by Sara McCamant

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Women in Permaculture: Celebrating Our Successes, Honoring Our Challenges

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/BrandiMack.jpg[/image_frame] Women have been leading and practicing Permaculture for decades though not always on stage many have made their presence and voices clearly heard as teachers, designers, practitioners  organizers and activists. We'll hear from 7 women of diverse backgrounds, ages and experiences in the permaculture movement. As they share their work, thoughts and experiences on being a leader in the male dominated movement they'll converse on what has worked well for them and what has been particularly challenging. While they face the same issues all women do in our society there are particular ones we face in the Permaculture community. A resurgence of respect and an acute…

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Resilient, Local Economic Development Without Displacement

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/hr6.gif[/image_frame] Gentrification and displacement is a painful reality for many families and communities. Longtime residents of Oakland, particularly its vibrant Black and Latino communities, are being increasingly been pushed out as rents have skyrocketed. Come explore creative, equitable strategies and policies for treating land as our common heritage. Please join Tara Marchant, Emerald Cities Oakland Director leading Anchors for Resilient Communities - a cross sector table targeting procurement dollars for economic development in low-income communities in the Bay Area; Aaron Lehmer-Chang, co-founder of Bay Localize and a Land Justice Fellow at the San Francisco Henry George School; and Yassi Eskandari-Qajar, City and Regional Policies Director, Sustainable Economies Law Center,…

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Julian Mocine-McQueen

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Screen-Shot-2015-10-04-at-1.28.42-PM.png[/image_frame] Julian serves as Director of Education and Outreach for Green For All. His career is fueled by a strong belief in authentic movements that are powered by people. To this end, he’s engaged thousands of young people in the climate movement, by going on tour with Drake and Wiz Khalifa, and by organizing Green For All’s College Ambassador program, which cultivates environmental leaders at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He launched Green For All's Fellowship program, working with seasoned organizers from all over the country and the innovative Green The Block campaign, aimed at bringing sustainability to urban neighborhoods through culture and service. In 2014 he started the Green…

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José Corona

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Jose-Corona-300x300.jpg[/image_frame] José is the Director of Equity and Strategic Partnerships under Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. In this role, José serves as senior advisor to the Mayor, with the responsibility of creating, coordinating, and facilitating public/private/ philanthropic partnerships that foster equitable opportunities and benefits for the people of Oakland. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, José served as Chief Executive Officer of Inner City Advisors (ICA) from 2004 to 2015. He led ICA to becoming a nationally recognized, award-winning organization for its work on scaling small businesses and entrepreneurs as a way to create Good Jobs, especially for people with highest need. In the ten years with ICA, he oversaw a…

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Jingtian Yu

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/jingtian_yu-2.jpg[/image_frame] JT has lived in four different intentional communities for the past 11 years - Santa Barbara Student Housing Co-op (Biko, Manley), Berkeley Student Coop (Lothlorien), and Cooperative Roots (Fort Awesome). He is excited to start a new permaculture community in the Portland area in the next few years. His life philosophy is heavily influenced by Buddhism, anti-war activism, social justice, environmental justice, occupy wall street, occupy the farm and permaculture. He was born in Shanghai, China, moved to the US when we was fifteen. He had academic training in Physics, Neuroscience, and Computer Science. He's also a songwriter/producer passionate about creating conscious and transformational music.

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Lindsey Morriss

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/IMG_3375LindseyMorriss4x6-1.jpg[/image_frame] Lindsey Uluwehimailani Morriss is on a mission to ignite embodied awakening and effective group collaboration focused on evolving our selves and our world for greater purpose, harmony and connection. Lindsey has co-produced multiple embodied dance events, worldwide conscious flash mobs, and rituals and has lead groups on emergence meditation, conscious evolution and connecting with nature throughout the Bay Area and Hawaii. She is currently the Program Coordinator for the 2015 Building Resilient Communities Convergence and was the Cultural Director of The Global Summit (2014) and co-producer of last years Bay Area HiveMind. She is a passionate Dancing Freedom™ facilitator teaching the embodied practice of living oneness.…

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ReInhabiting the Village: Co-Creating our Future

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/reinhabitingthevillagecolorlogo.jpg[/image_frame] Jamaica Stevens ~ Author of ReInhabiting the Village: Co-Creating our Future What is the Culture of the Modern Village and how are we creating a Global Village? As we become increasingly aware of our interconnection on this one shared home called Earth, there is a compelling call to find our common threads and become the stewards for our collective future. By sharing practices that include Thinking Global, Acting Local principals, regional resilience, appropriate technology, cultural literacy, holistic health, living economy and more, the call is to empower engagement and participation in direct action at personal, interpersonal, and local community levels while considering our place in the…

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Bonnie Borucki

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/bonnie_FB-pic.jpg[/image_frame] Bonnie Borucki has been a member of Transition Berkeley since 2011 and active in helping to organize crop swaps, movie nights, and panel discussions on urban agriculture, alternative economies, and moving beyond cars. She is currently the chair of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition Land Use Group. Bonnie received her PDC form Merritt College and has taught gardening classes with elementary students and seniors in assisted living facilities. She is also an artist and graphic designer, designing plans for permaculture landscapes. Merging her longtime interest in connections between people, plants and pollinators with her community, Bonnie currently coordinates activities and workshops in the Ashby Community Garden…

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Designing in Resistance: Beyond Solutionary Permaculture

  [image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/occupy-the-farm-still.jpg[/image_frame] Permaculture is about solutions. This, we know. Describing how they see their own theories of change, many permies, transitioners, and other 'solutionaries' sometimes reference Buckminster Fuller's quote "you never change things by fighting the existing reality. Instead, you build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete". Permaculture, they argue, is that 'new model'. Yet, if Permaculture is a social movement attempting to fundamentally transform society, is this quote that accurate? Can we change things only by building alternatives, like farms and currencies? Thoughtful and protracted observation of past and present movements for change in society should lead to a design for action where…

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Susan Juniper Park

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/SusanPark_pic-e1443910129996.jpg[/image_frame] Susan Juniper Park is an Oakland-based activist and community organizer engaged at the cross roads of food, ecological and economic justice efforts.  She is a proponent/practitioner of appropriate ecological technologies, regenerative farming/gardening, honoring ancestral knowledge and permaculture design (although she sometimes finds this last label problematic).  Her current activism includes land defense with Occupy the Farm, anti-gentrification work with Economic Development Without Displacement Coalition, intersectional identity politics, and building resilient (AND equitable) place-based communities. By day, she does development work for the Ruckus Society--an organization that supports and uplifts grassroots fights against climate, ecological, corporate and state injustices though Direct Action trainings, capacity building and strategic…

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