Tribute to Bill Mollison

By Graham Bell Graham Bell's moving tribute to Bill Mollison, who died 24 September in Tasmania, a true pioneer who gave up a promising academic career to challenge the status quo and establish the global Permaculture movement. Bruce Charles 'Bill' Mollison (born 1928 in Stanley, Tasmania, Australia and died today, 24 September 2016 in Sisters' Creek, Tasmania). A few people are born who are world class heroes to those who know them and unknown to the great majority, until one day their inescapable influence floats to the surface and is generally recognised for the cream it is. In hindsight such leaders go on to become household names. Such a man was…

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Marcus Littlewolf

Marcus Littlewolf is a traditional, ceremonial Oglala Lakota, focusing his efforts in expanding permaculture to those who need it. He has several permaculture certificates, ones centered on teaching and design. His background is in natural building and is currently focusing his efforts in teaching permaculture.

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Caleb Gordon

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Caleb Gordon is the garden manager and intern coordinator at the Solar Living Institute. He has been living and working at the institute for three years where he is learning and practicing different techniques in sustainable living. His passions are teaching and learning new and innovative ways to live in harmony with the natural world. He is in charge of maintaining the large CCOF certified organic garden as well as assisting interns in site projects throughout the center. His dreams are to create strong resilient communities that provide abundance for all. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Earth Bench & Garden Tours of SLI gardens  

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Ellen Bauer

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Ellen-Bauer.png[/image_frame] Ellen Bauer is the Public Health Division Director for the Sonoma County Department of Health Services.  Prior to this assignment, she was the founding manager of Health Action, a coalition of diverse community leaders convened by the Health Department to identify priority health issues in Sonoma County and to offer leadership to implement initiatives and policies to create a healthier community.  Before coming to Sonoma County, Dr. Bauer had over 20 years of experience designing and implementing national and community-level health program evaluations.  She has led research and evaluation on a wide range of health issues, including implementation and outcomes (quality, utilization and cost) of managed…

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Oscar Chavez

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/AAEAAQAAAAAAAAbsAAAAJDVkZTk1ODljLTYyNDgtNGE5My04NmJhLTE0MmY4ZTY1OTMyZA.jpg[/image_frame] Oscar works for the Sonoma County Department of Human Services. Prior to joining the County, Oscar served as the Executive Director of the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, one of the largest community benefit organizations in Northern California. Oscar has dedicated himself to establishing strong and positive ties between the county's low wealth neighborhoods, public entities and the business community in order to raise awareness about the growing education, health and income disparities that exist in our communities. He is equally committed to finding solutions that get at the root cause of poverty. Friday Oct 6| 7:30pm| Main Stage Cultivating Unity in a Divided World…

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Matthew Stephens

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Matthew Anthony Stephens was born in Beverly on Chicago’s South Side. While the Windy City has not typically been the first place one would think of with regards to permaculture and urban sustainability, up until now, anyway, Matthew is doing his part to change that. As founder of the Earth Reforestation Project, Permaculture America, and Permaculture Chicago, Matthew has done forums for students at his alma mater, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, and conducted after school mentoring programs about sustainability, design, and permaculture. Here he has been able to effectively put into practice his seven years of teambuilding, along with his study of urban food…

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SolarCity

http://www.solarcitybayarea.com/ San Francisco is no stranger to the solar power industry, ranking as one of the cities at the forefront of America’s solar energy revolution. At SolarCity, we know that being one of the most populated cities in California has its advantages, such as the ability to generate a significant amount of solar power. Since 2006, we have become a leader among Bay Area solar companies because we stand behind energy consultants and reputation. We offer 24/7 solar system monitoring solutions as well as warranty product coverage.

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Bastyr University

http://www.bastyr.edu/ The Certificate in Holistic Landscape Design at Bastyr University is a 12 month evening and weekend program grounded in the philosophy of working with nature to create resilient landscapes. The program offers an extended study of permaculture design throughout the seasons, far exceeding standard 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate programs. Additionally, Bastyr has a unique focus on the therapeutic value of a medicinal and edible landscapes. Our unique curriculum includes courses such as Soil Ecology, Biodynamic Agriculture, Horticultural Business practices, and Medicinal and Edible Plants in the Landscape, utilizing hands on activities in the University's wooded 51-acre campus –including the Bastyr Medicinal Herb Garden. The program is open to anyone…

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Tara Marchant

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Tara Marchant is re-defining herself, like many others, in the emerging Green paradigm. As the Local Director for Emerald Cities Bay Area – Oakland Council, Tara is working across a host of stakeholder organizations (public, labor, community and industry and workforce development) to bring a collective effort to retrofit our urban core. In doing so, create high road job and build our democracy, reduce energy use and direct investments to our local communities. Tara also created and was the program manager of the Green Assets Program at the Greenlining Institute, where alliances, advocates and elected officials contributed to California’s Climate legislation AB 32: an ambitious climate…

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Music of the Movement – Singing our Community into Life (Circle Songs Around the Fire)

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Come gather around the fire, and let the richness of the day's events and learning integrate and resonate in song!  Music builds community, and is essential to carrying a movement forward!  What are the songs for our time, and how can we use music to catalyze our communities, create unity, uplift hearts and build our movements?  Composer and singer Ysaye Barnwell teaches that in the African-American tradition, every song has a purpose and that songs are the backbone of building community.  We will share simple songs that you can sing and teach to others, and will invite you to share your songs also.   Presented By: Tara…

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Why International Permaculture Convergences are Important for PC Global Movement

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] For the permaculture community, the International Permaculture Convergences (IPC) are hugely important. Why is there a global permaculture movement? What makes it continue to influence and inspire people, not only in theory, but in hard practical examples of living solutions around the globe? Projects, actual working design strategies, practical skills, and experiences are shared at these Convergences (held bi-annually) on a personal level, it's an amazing experience for all. This is the "culture" in permaculture, our chance to learn about our friends around the world. The next IPC will be in India in 2017, followed by a Convergence in Argentina in 2020. This workshop will be…

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Wes Roe

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Wes Roe is a co-founder of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, an educational non-profit founded in 2000 that has sponsored hundreds of workshops and events about permaculture and sustainability to Santa Barbara region. Wes Roe served as board member & President of the Permaculture Credit Union. he has served as a volunteer coordinator for the International Permaculture Convergence Support Group since its inception in 2005, which has evolved into the Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC) & the International Permaculture Convergence Council (IPCC). 2016 Convergence Workshop: Why International Permaculture Convergences are Important for PC Global Movement

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Margie Bushman

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame]  Margie Bushman is a co-founder of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, an educational non-profit founded in 2000 that has sponsored hundreds of workshops and events about permaculture and sustainability to Santa Barbara region. Until recently, Margie was the Program Coordinator for the Santa Barbara City College Center for Sustainability. She has served as a volunteer coordinator for the International Permaculture Convergence Support Group since its inception in 2005, which has evolved into the Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC) & the International Permaculture Convergence Council (IPCC). 2016 Convergence Workshop: Why International Permaculture Convergences are Important for PC Global Movement

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Jada Imani

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] A soul living a human experience. Getting lifted off the new wave of frequencies. Life's gifts are endless, constantly evolving. Activist, dancer, poet, MCee, love warrior, soula indigo. Member of Tatu Vision: Jada Imani and Maleik Dion, a brother/sister team, are young artists and visionaries, who host and perform at community empowerment events every month. 2016 Convergence Panel: Artists In Action 2016 Convergence Performance: Tatu Vision   Saturday, September 17th | 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM/ 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM | Main Stage

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Neil Bertrando

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Based in Reno, NV, Neil Bertrando manages a 1.3 acre homestead with his wife Katie and the help of many in the community. His passion is enriching bioregions by building community and broadening the local genetic resources of practical plants and animals to relocalize resource supply networks. He strives for collaboration in his work and runs RT Permaculture, a Permaculture consulting, design, and education business. In his teaching and design he applies Keyline Design, Permaculture and Holistic Management as interconnected systems approaches to managing the complexities of ecosystems. While he lives in a temperate arid climate, over the past 12 years, he has gained experience working…

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Loren Luyendyk

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Loren Luyendyk is a Certified Teacher of Permaculture, with over 15 years of practical experience in Permaculture Design, ecological farming, sustainability, and horticulture. He has a degree in Botany from UC Santa Barbara, and is a Certified Arborist and Master Gardener. He has experience with Keyline Design, Holistic Management, Natural Building, Biodynamic Farming, and The Soil Foodweb. His teaching has taken him across the globe, where he has spent extensive amounts of time sharing and learning with local cultures. Loren has taught permaculture in the USA, Central America, New Zealand, and Australia. He is the owner of Santa Barbara Organics, a permaculture design and land management…

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Community Drought Solutions – Building Resilience and Abundance Through a Wholistic Design Approach

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] With many years experience in water harvesting and permaculture design, Loren, Neil and Jeremiah will share case studies of water harvesting designs and installations from small residential active system to broad/farm scale techniques. Join us in exploring proven techniques to achieve water and food security through holistic water, soil and perennial plant design. Presented by: Jeremiah Kidd, Loren Luyendyk, Neil Bertrando Saturday September 17th | 11 AM – 12 PM | Zocalo

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