Our 200 Year Plan: Designing our Future Together

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] What is our 200 year plan---for our planet? For our permaculture and communities movements? What are our best strategies? How do we achieve these? Liora Adler, co-founder of Gaia U, will facilitate a panel of permaculture and community leaders to inspire group discussion by attendees. What is YOUR 200 year plan? Presented By: Liora Adler Sunday September 18th | 2 – 3 PM | Mediterranean Garden

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Peepeeponics

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/peepeeponics-1.jpg[/image_frame] In biology there is no free lunch. Since the beginnings of plant and animal life the gift of urine has been a cornerstone of abundance synergy. Come and learn how the eco-san movement is reviving this ancient relationship. We will look at home-scale, humanitarian relief, city-scale and animal husbandry applications. Peepeeponics: How restoring ancient nutrient cycling relationships with modern technologies can heal the world. Presented By: Nik Bertulis Sunday September 18th | 11:20 – 11:40 AM | Solar Panel: El Sol

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Political and Cultural Transformation thru Co-operatives

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Many of us are familiar with the idea of co-operatives as a vehicle for worker empowerment and community oriented housing, but may be less familiar with the ways that cooperatives are being used to renew traditional cultures and sustain political transformation around the world. Explore the role of co-operatives on the frontlines, from the Brazilian landless movement, to the African-American economic hub of "Black Wall Street", to Bay Area working-class struggles against gentrification. Many foundational challenges in our movements remain economic: How do activists and organizers eat and house themselves when so much of our work flourishes best outside capitalist structures? Through the exploration of historic…

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Protecting Democracy from the TPP

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Protecting-TTP.png[/image_frame] We have reached a critical moment in the national campaign against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Despite growing concerns about the threat it poses to well-paying jobs, the environment, public health, food safety, and our democratic freedoms, members of the Obama Administration have said they plan to call on Congress to approve this awful trade deal during the so-called “lame duck” session right after the November elections. We can't let this corporate power grab go unanswered. Thankfully, there are actions we can take as concerned residents to ensure that California's congressional leaders vote against the TPP, and to build a powerful coalition for a fair and green…

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Regenerative Enterprise & the 8 Forms of Capital

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Fig_1_Eight_Forms_of_Captial.png[/image_frame] How can our businesses regenerate multiple sources of capital? Gain a new simple tool to incorporate permaculture into any organization. Work in groups to map out how real world businesses can interlink and cultivate the 8 different forms of capital: Living, Cultural, Experiential, Intellectual, Spiritual, Social, Material and Financial. This topic is important to bring permaculture principles beyond just farming. Participants will utilize a framework to think outside the box and discover new value within their pre-existing businesses. This workshop is highly interactive, I start by describing each form of capital and ask the audience for examples within the Convergence. Then we break out into groups…

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ReInhabiting the Village: Interactive Workshop

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] 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 principals that include Thinking Global, Acting Local practices, 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 greater web of life. Whether on a Land Stewardship project, or…

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Ruthie King

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Ruthie-King.jpg[/image_frame] Ruthie King grew up in Southern California before heading east to attend Columbia University, where she studied planning and design with a focus on ways to integrate sustainability into the built environment. After graduating with a degree in Architecture and Sustainable Development, she moved to Washington State to live and work on farms practicing alternative construction and natural building techniques. This included cob and earth structures, converted shipping containers, living roof structures and more. After working on sustainable building and barn restoration at several farms in the area, she landed at a beautiful historic dairy barn with a family hoping to bring dairy cows back to…

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Sara Smith-Rubio

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Sara-Smith-Rubio-head-shot.jpg[/image_frame] Sara Smith-Rubio is an urban homesteader and mother in Sacramento. She was blessed to be raised white in the heart of a black community in Berkeley California. Sara holds PDC's from both the Instituto de Permacultura e Ecovilas do Cerrado and the Regenerative Design Institute. She complete a B.S. in Health Education, and a minor in Holistic Health from San Francisco State University. She worked for 6 years at Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project before building community from the home out as a stay-at-home-mom. Mrs. Smith-Rubio would like to see an ecological garden in every home, and is interested in building bridges cross…

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Sky Blue

Over the last 18 years, Sky Blue has been a member of Twin Oaks Community, a housing collective, a student housing cooperative, a cohousing community, and two small worker co-operative businesses. He current works as the Executive Director for the Fellowship for Intentional Community. He’s visited dozens of communities and cooperatives, in the US and in Europe. Living in community and furthering the larger cooperative movement has been a primary focus of his entire adult life. He's played a formal or informal role in a number of organizations, as well as forming or developing groups. At Twin Oaks he's had many jobs, including, manager of the Twin Oaks Communities Conference. He…

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Sunil R Nair

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Sunil Nair is the Founder & CEO of Cogarden - a technology platform that connects People, Plants, and Places. Sunil has been involved in a variety of Food Justice initiatives - Seed Lending Libraries, Community Gardens, Urban Homesteading - along the East Bay, and at the NOFA-NJ Beginner Farmer Incubator program. Previously, Sunil led Line of Business, Business Process Engineering functions within technology companies in India, Middle East, and in the U.S. over a corporate career spanning 22 years, before taking a stay-at-home dad gig on becoming a first time parent in 2012. Sunil's primary focus is on creating a Community to Consumer food supply chain…

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Transforming Money to Benefit Society

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/lampa.png[/image_frame] Money itself has hidden characteristics that many people are completely unaware of. Yet these characteristics shape people's behavior in relation to one another, affect social norms, and ultimately influence the culture of communities and society. As a group, participants in this workshop will play a trading game using two types of "currencies". Afterward, participants will discuss the contrasting social dynamics that they experienced during play and the implications this has on communities and society at large, with respect to the real money we use on a daily basis. The game and following discussion will illustrate that money itself is not value-neutral, meaning that if we can…

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What is Adaptive Agriculture?

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/What-is-Adaptive-Agriculture-1.jpg[/image_frame] With so many categories, ideologies, philosophies, styles of growing food sustainably, it is challenging for beginning farmers to enter the local food system with their own identity. Adaptive Agriculture is the concept that the science, art, and business of growing food is going to be entirely unique to the individual or group managing the system, and it MUST be flexible enough to change. Defining your context requires: identification of your values and intentions, placing yourself consciously in your surrounding ecology, and understanding the markets and communities of which you are a participant. Our contexts are constantly in flux, and adaptive agriculture necessitates an awareness and openness…

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Will Wiltschko

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Will Wiltschko is a graduate of UCLA with a B.A. and an M.A. in Political Science. At UCLA, Will worked as a student organizer for civil rights and studied the theory and philosophy behind nonviolence. He was a legal intern with the ACLU in Southern California, where he planned community outreach strategy within the state of California, fighting school districts in response to D.J. v. State of California on issues of equitable access to English Learner programs. Will was also recently a staffer on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Presidential campaign, where he was the lead field organizer in Southwest Virginia. He ran operations out of the Southwest…

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Yasir Cross

Yasir is co-owner and Beekeeping instructor at Soul Flower Farm where he practices the Warre style of beekeeping, constructs hives and teaches others to do the same. A Beekeeper of 14 years Yasir also builds, teaches permaculture design, rain and greywater catchment and bio-dynamic farming. More info: soulflowerfarm.com Friday Oct 6| 11am| Hops Tipi  "Natural" Beekeeping a Holistic Approach Friday Oct 6| 7:30pm| Main Stage Cultivating Unity in a Divided World

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