Design Thinking for Equitable Communities

Let’s talk about Design and Social Justice. We know that design has the power to elevate everything it touches—from products, to systems, to spaces. But when it comes to our greatest challenges around economic equity, access, and inclusion, what roles does design play in advancing equitable communities? Can design catalyze positive change and lasting impact when it comes to solving real problems and human needs? Join us for a discussion focused on how design can support social progress and a just future for all. They will observe, learn, and discuss the difference between Equality & Equity. They will explore their own agency, and how they can use data such as historical…

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Design Your Regenerative Enterprise

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Kevin_Bayuk_Workshop-Design-Your-Regenerative-Enterprise.jpg[/image_frame] Direct discussion and learning to take your ethical regenerative enterprise aspirations into reality or further towards your vision. This workshop is for individuals with an idea for a regenerative enterprise, a nascent venture or even just the intention to someday start your own enterprise. We will work directly with examples brought by participants to provide technical support on how to move forward to grow your enterprise to a self-sustaining vocational pathway providing right-livelihood for you and your community. We’ll use regenerative enterprise pattern literacy to build off of the specific examples to general principles (such as cooperative ownership and decision-making structures, community financing methods, self-managing teams,…

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Effie Rawlings

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Effie Rawlings was raised in California and in Illinois, where her family grew seed corn. Her interest in agroecology, co-operative structures, and community organizing was catalyzed by her family's experiences in the seed industry, her time serving as Cryptologic Linguist in the US Army, and her experiences as a student organizer at UC Berkeley. Her interests found a nexus at the Gill Tract Farm, where she joined the 20-year community struggle to protect the historic farmland from being paved for commercial “development”. Today, she helps collectively farm 2.5 acres at the Gill Tract in collaboration with the UC College of Natural Resources. She practices social permaculture…

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From the margins to the center: Role of youth in the Next Economy

Reflection and conversation on the importance of intergenerational collaboration in order to create the world we all know is possible. In this workshop participants will hear of innovative businesses that are being developed and founded by youth. We will explore the value of intergenerational collaboration and how adults can be better allies to those that will inherit our planet and it's systems. Participants will engage in reflective & team building activities and explore the resiliency of our young people and how we can all learn and benefit from each other. The same mentality that has exploited the environment has benefited from the exploitation of people. Youth and children are the ones…

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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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Gift Economy: Nature’s Economy

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] This talk is an invitation to take a deeper look at nature’s economy, also known as the gift economy. We will be using the tree as an analogy for understanding how humanity can embody a more natural way of life, one in where we are all here to give of our gifts in service to one another. By combining vision with real life experience, Blackhorse Shasta will be sharing his insights on how gifting culture is the key to building resilient and sustainable communities, and for reaching greater spiritual heights on an individual and collective level. Blackhorse has been living on the gift economy for the…

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Grey Water-ReUse

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Ozzi-Kleen-Residential-Grey-Water-Treatment-Diagram.jpg[/image_frame] In this time of drought it is more important than ever to appreciate our access to clean water and to consider using it twice when it is safe and legal to do so. You will get an overview of how easy it is to create a home grey water system. We'll start with an introduction to grey water and what it is, including information on safety, health, legality and grey water approved detergents for your washing machine. We will discuss site assessment, grey water sources, rain water integration, tools and parts needed, layout and set up, and how to create mulch basins to catch grey water…

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How to Design New Social Architectures

  Understanding the principles new social architectures are based on, and then having a go at designing some of these new systems. We look at the process of designing/inventing social architectures like World Cafe, Nonviolent Communication, Timebanks, and Sociocracy. The underlying principles of new systems will be sketched. We will work together to brainstorm/tinker with social, economic, and governance structures for your projects and the world. This teaches people that they are not locked into the given ecosocial structures. And they can create new systems for their projects. Also for the world we need new social, economic and governance structures to be invented. Friday, Oct 6| 5pm| Bioregional Hub Presented by Alpha…

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How to Start an Ecovillage

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/How-to-start-an-ecovillage.jpg[/image_frame] Today ecovillages represent some of the best solutions we have for correcting human habitation living at cross purposes with the natural world, addressing sectors such as housing, energy, transportation, food, water and human behavior. Come learn about the requirements necessary for a successful ecovillage from someone who has started one. Participants will learn best practices for the process of creating an ecovillage.Ecovillages are a convergence of the various strategies and techniques for living in harmony with the natural world including, but not limited to, energy, food, water, waste, community, democracy, and trust and support systems. I will present a 15-20 minute powerpoint then open it up…

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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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Invisible Structures: A Cooperative Model for Local Food Production & Distribution
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Invisible Structures: A Cooperative Model for Local Food Production & Distribution

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"] [/image_frame] Harrison Quigley, Founder of Onchenda Open Global Food Cooperative, will present the Onchenda cooperative social enterprise business model, and how it is intended to regenerate healthy local communities, economies and ecosystems once launched. He will be seeking participation from workshop attendees on perfecting the model in a manner that would motivate them to collaborate with Onchenda long-term in their respective areas of expertise. Presented By: Harrison Quigley and Colleen Dick Friday, September 16th | 11:50 AM - 12:10 PM | Solar Panel: El Sol

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Kevin Bayuk

[image_frame align="left" height="200" width="200" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Kevin_Bayuk.jpg[/image_frame] Kevin Bayuk works at the intersection of ecology and economy where permaculture design meets cooperative organizations intent on meeting human needs while enhancing the conditions conducive to all life. He is a partner with LIFT Economy where he provides strategy and technical support for social enterprises helping them grow. Kevin also works with impact investors identifying organizations creating the highest leverage beneficial impact for all life. He has developed internal and external beneficial impact strategies for market leaders in regenerative agriculture, compostable goods, energy efficiency and socially beneficent technology service providers. Kevin also serves as the Senior Financial Fellow at Project Drawdown developing the business case…

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Koreen Brennan

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Korean Brennan has been involved in people care, earth care and fair share since she was a teenager through activism, community organizing, and education. She has founded two edible plant nurseries, co-estabished several non-profit groups, created and manages a permaculture farm, and founded Grow Permaculture, a permaculture design and education business. She has organized or co-organized public or social justice projects in Haiti, Pine Ridge reservation, Los Angeles and Florida.   2016 Convergence Workshop: Collaborative Economy    

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Lesley Moore

Lesley Moore is a writer, educator, organizer, and artist with fund and organizational development expertise who seeks to apply permaculture principles to its own sustainability and adoption. She works with individuals, groups and organizations to design, structure and resource regenerative right thrivelihoods and use of the flow of philanthropy and other community resources. She is the former Development Director of the Watershed Project, a member of the NorCal Resilience Network Steering Committee and the Gill Tract Farm, and an advisory board member of the Cob Research Institute. She has an MBA and Masters in Social Work from Columbia University, and a background in dance and theatre. She earned her PDC in…

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Mario Yanez

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Mario Yanez has dedicated his life’s work to envisioning and inspiring a transition toward life-sustaining, resilient human communities. He has a professional background in finance, information systems and ecology. Mario has several decades of experience applying systems thinking in nonprofits, developing and funding cutting-edge programming. As an educator, Mario creates provocative and relevant active-learning curriculum supportive of a much-needed cultural evolution. As a Permaculture practitioner, he is applying design at various scales, implementing regenerative productive landscapes, enterprises, and organizational and social systems. Mario is native to the Greater Everglades bioregion and is well versed in tropical/sub-tropical food production. 2016 RED Talk Presentation: Community Food Forestry Initiative …

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Megan O’Neil

Megan O’Neil is the Project Manager at the Local Clean Energy Alliance, where she has helped build a county-wide coalition of over 50 organizations supporting a Community Choice program that brings real benefits to our communities. She also coordinates the Shared Solar Collaborative, which seeks to advance the design, development, and building of community-owned and controlled shared solar energy projects. Megan joined the Local Clean Energy Alliance with over seven years of experience focusing on energy efficiency, environmental issues, sustainable development, and finance, primarily in Asia. After several years in Mongolia and Nepal, Megan is happy to be back in her hometown of Oakland, contributing to climate change solutions rooted in…

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Megan O’Neil

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Megan O’Neil is the Community Choice Outreach Coordinator at the Local Clean Energy Alliance, where she has helped build a county-wide coalition of over 50 organizations supporting a Community Choice program that brings real benefits to our communities. Megan joined the Local Clean Energy Alliance with over seven years of experience focusing on energy efficiency, environmental issues, sustainable development, and finance, primarily in Asia. After several years in Mongolia and Nepal, Megan is happy to be back in her hometown of Oakland, contributing to climate change solutions rooted in local empowerment and social, environmental, and climate justice. Megan holds a B.A. from Kenyon College in Economics…

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Mike Lomuto

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Mike_Lomuto.jpg[/image_frame] Mike Lomuto is dedicated to strengthening the local small business community in the Bay Area.  He grew up in San Francisco's Sunset District and believes very strongly in bringing the old-school principles of Village living into the modern economy.  Mike is excited to bring his experience of small business development and project management to Bay Bucks. 2016 Convergence Workshop: Transforming Money to Benefit Society

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Networking the Transformational Ecosystem

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Networking-the-Transformational-Ecosystem.jpg[/image_frame] Networking the Transformational Ecosystem consists of a number of social enterprises and non-profits (generally 15) giving 3-minute presentations in front of the participants, and then connecting with the participants directly at tables. The organizations present on who they are, what they do, what their needs are, and how you can get involved. Each round of presentations consists of 5 organizations, and rounds are broken up with "tabling/networking" rounds, where each of the presenting organizations tables for 10-15 minutes and receives interested participants who can connect directly with them about engagement opportunities with their organization. NuMundo has presented this interactive networking event at Bioneers (USA), Lucidity Festival…

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Nik Bertulis

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Nik Bertulis is an ecological innovator who is fascinated by humanity's intrinsic regenerative potential. He has a degree in ecological design from Colorado College and has been developing regenerative infrastructure around California, the U.S.A. and Mexico for more than 20 years. He is currently a resident designer at PLACE for Sustainable Living in Oakland CA. 2016 RED Talk Presentation: Peepeeponics    

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