Nils Palsson

Nils Palsson is Communications Coordinator at Transition US, and a founding member of Transition Lake County in rural Northern California. He is a father, author, teacher, radio host, Bernie Delegate and former candidate for U.S. Congress, with a passion for building bridges from the world of Transition and Permaculture to the wider movement for social, racial, environmental and economic justice -- scaling up our movement and creating a world of thriving resilience for all. He lives in the North Bay Area, and just completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. In 2015, Nils was displaced by the historic Valley Fire of…

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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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Resetting the Dinner Table, Rebuilding Our World

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/eclectic-landscape.jpg[/image_frame] Holistic Regenerative Food Shed Design for the Next Century Rebuilding our local food systems means not just connecting local consumers to local farmers, but actually rebuilding our local foodshed into a robust interconnected community. We have begun to recapture the art of applying holistic design principles and strategies to ecologically minded kitchen design, local seasonal menu planning, energy systems, 'waste' streams, nose to tail cookery and butchery, cooking in community on the micro level but also adding up to regenerative food shed design on the macro level. It is a realization that food is at the nexus of our society and culture. Both agriculture and food…

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Seth D Peterson

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/11203556_1409853892669581_7548573740690271100_o-1.jpg[/image_frame] Seth Peterson is a second generation urban farmer, who grew up among chickens and mulch piles, and then going on to gain his wealth of knowledge and culinary experience living, working and cooking in the U.S., Mexico & Brazil over the last 25 years. Upon returning home to Berkeley to take over his mother's urban organic garden, he came across permaculture, holistic management and regenerative ag, which gave him a framework to bring his many seemingly disparate beliefs into a coherent system and more wisely apply them to regenerate our neighborhoods, our society and our culture, and to do so at the dinner table. To do…

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Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons

The concept of sharing cities is getting considerable traction with grassroots groups and city governments around the world. Seoul, Amsterdam, London and Milan are just four examples. While these efforts share commonalities, the sharing city concept is not well defined. This presents important opportunities (and risks) that are being addressed by communities large and small around the world. This presentation will highlight people, projects and policies working to create real equitable Sharing Cities. This presentation will highlight replicable projects and policies which are currently supporting city wide resiliency. The work that Shareable does focuses heavily on connecting people and projects working on similar things around the world to strengthen the movement…

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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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Steven Saint Thomas & Trudy Thomas

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] STEVEN SAINT THOMAS earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and has been writing articles for newspapers and magazines for the past 25 years. He has worked as an award-winning daily newspaper reporter in Colorado and editor of six community newspapers in San Diego. His freelance work has been carried by Reuters News and has appeared in more than 60 publications, including Time Magazine and the Denver Post. TRUDY THOMAS holds a bachelor’s degree in Writing from Perelandra College and worked at both weekly and daily newspapers over the past 15 years. She specializes in New Media, including videography, website management and social media.…

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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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Taking Permaculture to The Mainstream – Allies and Assets

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Allies and Assets is about making use of existing social, community and built infrastructure for taking permaculture further to the mainstream. The presentation will describe a variety of city programs, community entities, built infrastructure found in almost any town or city, that can be used to advance the ideals of permaculture. The presenter will explain real life examples from the Pacific Northwest for building bridges - neighborhood associations, mapping your neighborhood, bike tours, front yard gardens, suburban permaculture convergence, faith communities, place making and more. Presenter Jan Spencer, has had extensive experience with this subject. Presented By: Jan Spencer Saturday, September 17th | 11:40 AM -…

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The Evolution of Green Acres Urban Village

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/green-acres.jpg[/image_frame] In 2009, Ann Kreilkamp bought the house next door to hers because it had a large sunny lawn. Over the next two years, the lawn was converted to a permaculture garden via workshops with permaculture teachers and neighborhood involvement. Both houses now hold three people each, two young people in their 20s, and one old woman in her 60s, one in her 70s. The young and old need each other and are learning from each other. Over the last year, the garden itself has become a subset of community, partly due to weekly Community Dinners that are offered free to all. As the village atmosphere grows,…

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There is No Away: Make Your Very Own Bottle Brick

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Brennan-solar_cooking_and_drying_0.jpg[/image_frame] Just throw it Away! Where is this mythical place “Away”? This workshop is a breakdown of the American waste stream and it's impact on the environment and people. Anna Purna encourages you to throw it a better way – into a Bottle Brick that can be used for building. Tired of the thin plastic layer that ubiquitously covers everything you buy and cannot be recycled? Learn about how it can be used in Bottle Bricks and about how Bottle Bricks can be used to build benches, garden beds, walls and entire buildings. See examples from across the world. Make your very own Bottle Brick. Presented By:…

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Tom Llewellyn

Tom Llewellyn is the Organizing Director at Shareable.net, and a lifelong sharer, commoner and story teller. He coordinates the global Sharing Cities Network, #MapJam, and other community sharing campaigns, in addition to collaborating on Shareable’s weekly publishing, co-editing the Shareable Guide to Sharing book series and speaking internationally about real, equitable sharing cities. Previously, he was the Education and Activism Director for Sustainable Living Roadshow co-leading the touring organization across the U.S. for 5 years producing eco events and actions promoting environmental, social and economic sustainability. Tom has co-founded several community and sharing based initiatives including: A PLACE for Sustainable Living, Asheville Tool Library, REAL Cooperative (Regenerative Education, Action & Leadership)…

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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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Transition 101: Permaculture Your Town!

Is your community ready for anything? Join this workshop to explore the dynamic intersection between transition, permaculture, and emergency preparedness. Let’s get resilient! How resilient is your community? How ready are you for the natural and man-made disasters and disruptions that inevitably accompany climate change? Did you know that our work in permaculture, homesteading, and building resilient community is also disaster preparedness work? Join this vibrant discussion about these overlapping fields, and explore ways of leveraging ‘crisis consciousness’ to enhance your efforts to build truly resilient community. Learn how to assemble your own “go bag,” receive great practical resilience and emergency-prep tips that could save lives, and share your wisdom and…

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Urban Permaculture: From Toronto to Tel Aviv

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Join international permaculturalist Jillian Hovey on a slide show tour of urban permaculture in Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Cardiff, London, Barcelona, the Hague, Cologne, Hamburg, Bucharest, and Tel Aviv. Presented By: Jillian Hovey  

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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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