With 9 Stages, 9 tracks, 70 plus workshops and over 100 presenters… the Workshops at the Convergence are going to be Hands-Down, Amazing!

12182922_941171765953336_687849825466166905_oWith keynotes speakers, workshops, skills shares, & panel discussions from leading resilience thinkers and doers; a model resilient community; live music; camping; child and youth programming; and plenty of opportunities for co-inspiration and cross-pollination… the North American Permaculture & Building Resilient Communities Convergence will bring together leaders, permaculture designers, transition organizers, activists, young people, homesteaders, designers, social entrepreneurs, and others who are passionate  about shifting the paradigm and joining together to cross-pollinate, skill-up, synergize and celebrate!

Check out our workshops themes and topics below, followed by a list of workshop titles and descriptions.

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WORKSHOP TRACKS

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2016 Convergence Workshops


Bring Us with You: Engaging Community in Transforming the Food System

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Food insecurity is a reality faced by many low-income urban families, however the food access movement goes beyond developing local gardens, farmers markets, grocery stores, etc. This workshop is for those who are seeking methods on how to engage community members in altering the food system. Come join this interactive hour long workshop and learn ...
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“Commons” Film Screening

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/QueenChiefWarhorse1-300x168.png[/image_frame] The Commons is a documentary film about communities all over the world re-asserting sustainable, responsible futures using ancient Commons principles. The Commons are the shared resources of the world, owned by all, not just a few. The Commons are an ancient-new open-source code around the sharing of resources. Five years in the making, we listened ...
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Can’t We All get What We Want? Governance, Authority, Holacracy and Freedom from Consensus in a Self-Managing Organization

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] We'll start with an interactive exercise: a well-intentioned group of like-minded people unable to get anything done, because everyone wants to have a say in everything, and everyone has to agree on everything. Once we're all nice and frustrated, Mud Hut will lead a presentation about the importance of governance -- dealing with authority in ...
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Community Resilience = Emergency Preparedness

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] 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’ ...
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Film: “Adventures in Permaculture: Transition West Coast”

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Permie-journos Steven Saint Thomas and Trudy Thomas traveled from San Francisco to Seattle to document the West Coast's burgeoning Transition movement. See how permaculturists are taking design principles to the collective level, transforming whole communities to build resilient, local food systems. "Adventures in Permaculture: Transition West Coast" documents how permaculturists are transforming whole communities to ...
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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 ...
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Community Choice Energy: A Pathway to Resilient, Energy-Secure Communities

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] As the social, economic, and environmental impacts of climate change become more pronounced, Community Choice energy can be a powerful vehicle for democratizing energy, spurring local sustainable economic development, and building more resilient communities. This workshop will consist of a 20 minute slide presentation followed by group discussion on the relationship between local renewable energy ...
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Building Resilient Neighborhoods

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] How do we increase our own resilience and strengthen our communities in the midst of instability? How do we support local community projects, leaders and organizations, strengthening collaboration across differences? What do we do when our own lives are busy and full, yet our community is not responding fast enough? Come share and learn ways ...
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Co-Active Leadership

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Pachamama Alliance works in partnership with the Achuar, an indigenous tribe in the Amazon rainforest, to protect and preserve their ancestral lands. Part of that work is "changing the dream of the modern world" to one that honors and sustains life. The Co-Active Leadership Model from the Coaches Training Institute offers a new framing of leadership ...
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Cob for Kids!

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/cob-for-kids-2.jpg[/image_frame] Come play with clay! Get your hands dirty and learn one of the coolest ways to build with natural material.  For children of all ages, come explore the messy and enchanting world of cob. Less see what we can build! Presented by: Nico Morris Check in at the Cob Building Station. Events will happen spontaneously ...
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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 ...
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Building a Movement for Permaculture to Cool the Planet

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"]http://permacultureconvergence.com.webserver.vera.asdf456.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Global.jpeg[/image_frame] It's possible, we can reverse climate change through permaculture/ regenerative agriculture. And the "we" is everyone on the planet. There is a movement building globally and we need your participation. This workshop will give you skills to add your voice and talents to building the global movement. We'll go over messaging, social media, storytelling, and ...
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Resource or Being, how do we treat our place in the world?

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Is our earth a resource or a being? This workshop will engage the participants in an interactive dialogue to explore the stories of the places we come from and our relationship to them as designers, gardeners and farmers. We will actively seek solutions to the challenges presented by this question using Biodynamic and Permaculture principles ...
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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 ...
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How to Use Local Plants for First Aid and Home Remedies

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Join herbalist Cara Saunders, founder of Bear Wallow Herbs, to explore native plants and abundant weeds in Northern California that can be used as first aid remedies to heal cuts, bruises, sprains, burns, stings, colds, flu, infections, headaches, insomnia, and many more common illnesses and injuries. Learn how to identify seven plants that can be ...
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Growing Justice

[image_frame align="left" height="300" width="300" prettyphoto="false"][/image_frame] Youth leaders will share their story about how/why they planned and implemented an urban food forest on their school campus that features a self-illustrated mural of the solutions they want to see in their community. They will invite participants to share or work on the planning/implementation projects of their own that centers building resilience and ...
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