Connecting Across Partisan Divide

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Left-right political divisions that should be irrelevant are getting in the way of movement building. We'll quickly review recent cognitive research on why liberals and conservatives divide, and then workshop through our own problematic conversations. These workshops focus on making political conversations more alive and connected; bring and share your favorite communications techniques.   Presented By: Stephen Cataldo Saturday, September 17th | 2:40 - 3:00 PM | Solar Panel: El Sol

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Crystal Huang

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Crystal_Huang-e1471722945585.jpeg[/image_frame] Crystal employs strategy and implements operations for organizations working on building regenerative systems. She has worked in variety of sectors, including public, private, and development sectors, driving strategy decisions for startups, non-profits and C-suite. Her experience in sustainability consists of resource recovery, energy management, and clean technology. She was also the Associate Producer for Charles Ferguson’s new film, Time to Choose, on climate solutions. She worked extensively with Ferguson on the renewable energy sector in both China and the U.S. Her passion is to inspire and empower individuals to create a regenerative world together. This is why she is also building a digital platform to help…

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David Casey

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/davidcasey-768x509.jpeg[/image_frame] David Casey is a graduate of UC Berkeley in Political Economy of Industrial Societies, with concentrations in Global Poverty & Practice and Energy & Resources. David has lived and worked in seven countries in Latin America, where he has built an extensive network of connections to individuals and organizations. His work has focused on marketing, social networks, experience design, and event production. He is the co-founder and CEO of NuMundo, a platform that connects people and impact centers, encouraging resource sharing on the web and on the ground to catalyze planetary regeneration and individual transformation. NuMundo has recently been accepted into Startup Chile, a prestigious business…

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Decolonizing “Permaculture”

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Decolonize-Mural.jpg[/image_frame] Principles and practice of permaculture are borrowed heavily from existing and historical Indigenous cultures from their respective bioregions. Yet, the membership of the permaculture community and those uplifted within this world (at least here in the US) mostly look like white settlers to this land. Sometimes these well-meaning folks unconsciously mimic the larger social systems of power and privilege. Through speakers, presentation and group dialog, this workshop aims to explore what it means to decolonize "Permaculture". This topic is in line with current conversations within the permaculture movement (various articles have been written by others) and is a follow-up to the community conversation I hosted last…

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Decolonizing Our Resiliency Movements

The effects of settler colonialism on these lands (Turtle Island) have created the dominant systems that now threaten our very survival, and have conditioned us to sever our ties to Mother Nature and to each other.  We will look at colonial systems of oppression, and then talk about how these show up in movements working towards climate & ecological resiliency such as Transition, Permaculture and Re-Skilling.  We will touch upon the unconscious cultural appropriation that sometimes happens in these fields.  We will also learn/share ways to be more just and inclusive in our resiliency work.  This is a continuation of a similar talk from last year's convergence.   Friday, Oct 6|…

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Desirae Harp

Desirae Harp is a member of the Mishewal Wappo tribe from the central coast of California, and she is a descendant of the Diné Nation from the Southwest. She is a singer/songwriter, cultural bearer/activist, and teacher. She sings with Audiopharmacy, an internationally acclaimed world music/ reggae/ and hip hop ensemble. She uses her music as a teaching tool to facilitate workshops on cultural survival, social justice, and environmental justice with youth across the country. She is the founder of the Mishewal Ona*staTis language revitalization program, and she works with the run4salmon campaign to restore the California water ways, salmon runs, and indigenous ways of life. Indigenous Rising  

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Don Hall

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Don_Hall.png[/image_frame] Don Hall is the founder and Executive Director of Transition Sarasota. Previously, he worked for two years as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for Transition Colorado (now, the Local Food Shift Group), the first official Transition Initiative in North America and a statewide hub. Don holds a Master's in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University and is a certified Permaculture Designer and US Transition Trainer. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Effective Collaboration

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Dragon Dreaming the Future

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/ivan-dragon-dreaming.jpeg[/image_frame] Dragon Dreaming is a methodology based upon the principles of personal and group empowerment. Drawing upon the insights and experience of Living Systems Theory, Deep Ecology, Transpersonal Psychology, group dynamics, and organizational development, and from indigenous Third and Fourth World cultures and applying them to community enterprises, local or personal projects, activists and for non-profit organizations. Presented By: Ivan Sawyer Sunday, September 18th | 3:50 PM - 4:10 PM | Solar Panel: El Sol

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Effective Collaboration

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Don_Hall_Effective-Collaboration.png[/image_frame] While working in groups can be fun, it's not always easy. How do we cultivate effective groups without replicating hierarchical structures or spending too much time on group process? Designed for anyone working towards positive social change, this participatory one-hour workshop will provide you with some of the perspective, knowledge, and tools you need to collaborate with others in a more skillful way. This workshop will be a highly-condensed version of a two-day training in Effective Collaboration that was developed by the permaculture-inspired Transition Network to provide local initiative leaders with the skills needed to build resilient communities. Some of its main themes include incorporating diverse…

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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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Embodying Permaculture

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/robin-bloom-and-annahata.jpg[/image_frame] The Embodying Permaculture workshop is an interactive experience that integrates the permaculture principles and ethics with body-centered awareness practices including transformational theater, collective musical creation, and guided exercises that activate the 5 senses. We complete this journey with a solution-focused discussion counsel, culminating in the cultivation of direct action plans for co-creating a thriving, resilient, regenerative global ecosystem. This workshop is all about integrating the permaculture concepts into our being in a physical, interactive and fun way. It builds bridges between those who are drawn to movement, music, theater and the arts, with the ideas and practices of permaculture. I have facilitated this workshop in many…

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Environmental Activism in Disempowered Comunities

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]10891649_10102897975430883_7899056150800038056_n[/image_frame] This workshop is based on a pattern language developed by Benjamin Weiss for white permaculturists wishing to work in underprivileged communities. The workshop will introduce the participants to the pattern language, and guide them briefly through 3 tiers of working points useful for developing skills and sensitivities to aid in cross-community initiatives. The conversation will focus on strategies for self-development as well as interpersonal skills related to dismantling racism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice. This workshop will help build the permaculture movement by encouraging white permaculture activists to do the difficult work of understanding privilege and power dynamics. The intention is to build a more…

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Gaia U: 10 Years of Supporting EcoSocial Designers. What’s Next?

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] In 2006 Gaia U opened its (virtual) doors to 40 intrepid actionists--ready to self-design and direct their learning and unlearning pathways through documented hands-on local projects while creating regenerative livelihoods. A "revolution disguised as a university" was how one of our pioneers put it. Liora Adler, co-founder of Gaia U with other Gaia U team members have created an informative, engaging and fun presentation to share our achievements and answer the question, "what's next?" Presented By: Liora Adler  Saturday September 17th | 2 – 2:20 PM | Solar Panel: El Sol

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Gail Williamson

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Gail Williamson has worked with numerous community-based organizations of low-income workers in an educational and training capacity over the course of her 33 years as a volunteer organizer. Gail is Secretary-Treasurer of National Equal Justice Association and editor of their newsletter, The NEJA Bulletin. NEJA is an all-volunteer non-profit association founded by clergy, attorneys and other civil and community activists, which provides publicity, sponsorship and support for independent, all-volunteer organizations fighting for equal, social and environmental justice in their communities. 2016 Convergence Workshops: Organize for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development    

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Growing Community with Urban Food Forests

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Jessica Bates of El Sobrante, CA, based Food Forest Farm West will highlight the basics and important features of designing a food forest in an urban environment. We will discuss incorporating the over-story and understory, plant placement, as well as maximizing vertical space. We will also cover how earthworks to slow, spread and sink water into the landscape, differ in an urban environment from in large open spaces. We will also discuss the how to's of incorporating community within an urban food forest. With what we have learned, Jessica will ask people to group-out and the groups will design & sketch small urban food forests. Participants…

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Hank Herrera

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Hank Herrera is President & CEO of the Center for Popular Research, Education & Policy (C-PREP), a non-profit community based organization. C-PREP serves vulnerable communities with participatory action research, training, technical assistance and policy. His work specifically focuses on food justice and building community resilience. He recently formed New Hope Farms, a network of small farms linked to a network of small corner stores selling only healthy food, using a cooperative model of ownership. The purpose of this project is to grow and sell healthy, affordable local food; to create sustainable, living wage jobs for community residents; and to develop the social, community and economic benefits…

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Hannah Apricot Eckberg

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Hannah-HAE-Headshot.jpg[/image_frame] Hannah grew up on a rural, coastal ranch in Southern California where she developed a deep connection to nature and growing food. At the age of 19 she became President of Get Oil Out, recognized as America’s first grassroots environmental organization. During her time at UC Santa Barbara, she started an organization to educate about the environmental benefits of Industrial Hemp. She has done massage therapy, property management, event organizing,  media production, and environmental journalism. Since she was a teenager, Permaculture has been a huge influence in her life. She has traveled internationally with it, and is now helping publish the North American version of Permaculture…

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How To Intergrate Permaculture Into Every Day Life

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Permaculture Magazine, North America publisher Hannah Apricot will share ideas about how to take permaculture from the field and integrate it into everyday life. Insight will be given about how to apply the principles into home, school, work, relationships, and other aspects of daily living. A gift for you: 50% off digital subscriptions to the new Permaculture Magazine, North America at www.PermacultureMag.org with discount code: NAPC2016 Presented By: Hannah Apricot Saturday, September 17th | 11:20 - 11:40 AM | Solar Panel: El Sol

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Indigenous Rising

This workshop will discuss how to best support Indigenous peoples rising to address issues of land and food sovereignty, natural resources, and cultural restoration.and how to engage others across the boundaries of culture, class, and community. This workshop is inspired by the rise of indigenous peoples for the protection of our sacred waters. Its facilitators have first hand experience in organizing and activating for standing rock and for the California waters where the salmon will run. They will share how best to show up in support of indigenous communities working to address issues of land and food sovereignty, natural resources, and cultural restoration. Learn the do’s and the dont’s of how…

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Intentional Communities: Workshop Series

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/10487371_633955656711363_6155588328357200126_n.jpg[/image_frame] Workshop 1) How Intentional Communities Can Change the World Intentional communities have been acting as laboratories and social experiments for cooperation, sustainability, and social justice since the 1930's. The current movement encompasses a broad array of models and organizations that bridge historic communities with new innovations responding to global issues. This workshop will provide an overview of the different kinds of intentional communities, the organizations at play, a bit of the history, the current state of affairs, and the role of the communities movement in the larger movement towards cooperation, sustainability, and social justice. Presented By: Sky Blue, Jingtian Yu Sunday, September 18th | 2:00 PM…

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