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presentation offered to graduating AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassadors considering what's next.

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    • So, what is permaculture ? ... and regeneration ? a quality of life that makes an art & science (y)our integrated approach more of itself possible of employing life to a safer, saner world in service of itself the root & fruit of permaculture (one that is) Beyond Sustainable: nature’s original instructions (driven by these) more alchemical than the capacity Earth Care to simply sustain, both permaculture Ethics: People Care & the planet foster the development resiliency connection community Resource Share of self-supporting systems that grow in co-creation Themes: diversity their own fertility, creativity & possibility (with a) union accumulation sharing (an integral piece of) honoring natural expressions functionality Prime Directive: a Human Health Movement everybody wins LIFE practice teaches to make an ethical choice -- (that yields) to take responsibility clean water, clean air, & healthy soil for our actions on the planet what’s permaculture again? whole-systems thinking & for future generations inspiration, excitement, connection & fun (and at least one clear) a network; a community a vision of abundance (utilizing these) Goal: use & value diversity Principles: observation a toolbox for regenerative living to design & engineer an ethical & functional elegant descent from the peaks operate in zones of interconnection no waste -- great leverage a design methodology a synthesis of disciplines of oil, population, & resources only food redundancy that we now face accept feedback use edges, value Earth-centered human culture the marginal collect & store energy created by nature works all hands to work -- integrate rather the problem is simple machinery design from patterns applied common sense (wearenatureworking.org) than segregate the solution to detailsFriday, May 27, 2011
    • Living Systems Architecture A presentation for: AmeriCorps Career Day May 27th, 2011 Frances Subbiondo living systems architect Co-Founder, Green Collar FuturesFriday, May 27, 2011
    • Green Collar Futures RIDGE & VALEY REGION leadership development empowers communities action sustainability to serve themselves, learning young curricula adults sustainable NJ schools living rural urban inc. e ciency & relevance outdoor educational centers green businesses community service urban renewal JERSEY by cultivating visionary CITY green collar job training local leadership, and by creating pathways Green Collar Futures provides three semesters of experience in to access the unique & sustainable living skills & business practices, uniquely suited to the economic & environmental climate of New Jersey; plus one-month internships with local green businesses. essential gifts in Participants acquire the skills & ingenuity demanded in this emerging green economy, while businesses receive skilled labor & leaders in emergent industries, and outdoor education centers everyone. launch their programs & campuses toward true sustainability. GCF members arrive from diverse backgrouds to join together in creating a new future for New Jersey that is BEYOND SUSTAINABLE Green Collar Futures www.greencollarfutures.org greencollarfutures@gmail.com 732.648.6736Friday, May 27, 2011
    • our workshops offers low-cost, educational workshops that promote healthy people and healthy communities Eco-Art & Recycling (2 hrs - 1 day) Social Permaculture (1 day) Local Foods & Ferments Permaculture Gardening Homesteading & Reskilling Alternative Energy (1/2 day - 2 days) Natural BuildingFriday, May 27, 2011
    • Design & Installation of a Permaculture Learning Garden & Edible Forest Demonstration Garden (nested inside the launch of the Green Collar Futures service-learning program) -- Washington Park, Hudson County, NJ -- Summary:  • Green Collar Futures weaves an urban-rural educational exchange for urban young adults to develop core leadership skills, as they learn how to bring the work of regeneration home to their communities. • The pilot apprenticeship consists of 2 months of service-learning in green collar job training, sustainable living skills, and leadership development for 6 young adults (ages 16-19).  • Apprentices learn hard skills of natural building, permaculture, organic gardening, community event production, and environmental education. • The installation of a Community Permaculture Learning Garden in Jersey City is the apprenticeship’s feature project.Friday, May 27, 2011
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    • Design & Installation of a Permaculture Learning Garden & Edible Forest Demonstration Garden (nested inside thethe launch ofthe Green Collar Futures service-learning program) (nested inside launch of the Green Collar Futures service-learning program) -- Washington Park, Hudson County, NJ -- Population & Applicability:  • The program is designed to serve youth-in-transition from urban areas (graduates of service-based GED support programs such as NJ YouthCorps).  • Jersey City is our primary urban partner at the moment, but the program is designed to be replicable across the state & across the country.Friday, May 27, 2011
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    • Design & Installation of a Permaculture Learning Garden & Edible Forest Demonstration Garden (nested inside thethe launch ofthe Green Collar Futures service-learning program) (nested inside launch of the Green Collar Futures service-learning program) -- Washington Park, Hudson County, NJ -- Population & Applicability:  • The program is designed to serve youth-in-transition from urban areas (graduates of service-based GED support programs such as NJ YouthCorps).  • Jersey City is our primary urban partner at the moment, but the program is designed to be replicable across the state & across the country. Nature-Based Learning:  • At the outdoor ecological education center in northwest New Jersey that serves as our rural training campus, traditional hard skills training is broadened through nature-based learning experiences, and feature break-through personal experiences (through an outdoor adventure curriculum) that connect the principles & ethics of sustainability with the deeper lives of each Apprentice.Friday, May 27, 2011
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    • Design & Installation of a Permaculture Learning Garden & Edible Forest Demonstration Garden (nested inside thethe launch ofthe Green Collar Futures service-learning program) (nested inside launch of the Green Collar Futures service-learning program) -- Washington Park, Hudson County, NJ -- Our Goals:  • Graduates emerge from the GCF program inspired, broadly-skilled, de facto community leaders, and comprise a brigade of young, social entrepreneurs.  • They catalyze & transform areas of economic distress, and carry a vision of their home socio-economic & environmental landscape that goes beyond sustainable, to one that effectively grows in its own resilience & health.  • To each their call -- serving as workers, leaders & enviropreneurs -- GCF graduates engage comfortably & confidently as they return synergies, surpluses and innovation to budding local green economies.Friday, May 27, 2011
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    • Design & Installation of a Permaculture Learning Garden & Edible Forest Demonstration Garden (nested inside thethe launch ofthe Green Collar Futures service-learning program) (nested inside launch of the Green Collar Futures service-learning program) -- Washington Park, Hudson County, NJ -- Strategy: • GCF bridges critical system needs by serving historically under-served communities and re-investing their energies into a progressive socio-economic system -- at home. Friday, May 27, 2011
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    • Design & Installation of a Permaculture Learning Garden & Edible Forest Demonstration Garden (nested inside thethe launch ofthe Green Collar Futures service-learning program) (nested inside launch of the Green Collar Futures service-learning program) -- Washington Park, Hudson County, NJ -- Strategy: • GCF bridges critical system needs by serving historically under-served communities and re-investing their energies into a progressive socio-economic system -- at home.  • Also significant is the additional traction GCF provides to organizational partners & program affiliates with whom GCF collaborates.Friday, May 27, 2011
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    • Design & Installation of a Permaculture Learning Garden & Edible Forest Demonstration Garden (nested inside thethe launch ofthe Green Collar Futures service-learning program) (nested inside launch of the Green Collar Futures service-learning program) -- Washington Park, Hudson County, NJ -- Strategy: • GCF bridges critical system needs by serving historically under-served communities and re-investing their energies into a progressive socio-economic system -- at home.  • Also significant is the additional traction GCF provides to organizational partners & program affiliates with whom GCF collaborates. • It represents a missing piece of both after-care & the local, green economy puzzles.Friday, May 27, 2011
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    • Design & Installation of a Permaculture Learning Garden & Edible Forest Demonstration Garden (nested inside thethe launch ofthe Green Collar Futures service-learning program) (nested inside launch of the Green Collar Futures service-learning program) -- Washington Park, Hudson County, NJ -- Strategy: • GCF bridges critical system needs by serving historically under-served communities and re-investing their energies into a progressive socio-economic system -- at home.  • Also significant is the additional traction GCF provides to organizational partners & program affiliates with whom GCF collaborates. • It represents a missing piece of both after-care & the local, green economy puzzles. • It addresses at once: urban decay, youth-at-risk, a crisis of visionary local leadership, the gap of holistic understanding around sustainability itself, lagging public ecological education, the critical need for a skilled workforce in every emerging green industry..Friday, May 27, 2011
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    • Design & Installation of a Permaculture Learning Garden & Edible Forest Demonstration Garden (nested inside thethe launch ofthe Green Collar Futures service-learning program) (nested inside launch of the Green Collar Futures service-learning program) -- Washington Park, Hudson County, NJ -- Strategy: • GCF bridges critical system needs by serving historically under-served communities and re-investing their energies into a progressive socio-economic system -- at home.  • Also significant is the additional traction GCF provides to organizational partners & program affiliates with whom GCF collaborates. • It represents a missing piece of both after-care & the local, green economy puzzles. • It addresses at once: urban decay, youth-at-risk, a crisis of visionary local leadership, the gap of holistic understanding around sustainability itself, lagging public ecological education, the critical need for a skilled workforce in every emerging green industry.. • AND, the regenerative consciousness shift that ultimately provides a pathway out of poverty.Friday, May 27, 2011
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    • Saturday, May 14, 10am - 4pm Annual Planting in the Park and the Friday, May 20, 6pm - 7:30pm Permaculture Gardening Series: Introduction to Permaculture Friday, May 27, 11am - 4pm Intro to Natural Building with Cob invite you to Friday, June 3, 11am - 4pm Natural Building with Cob, Plasters & Finishes Garden Care Training Days in the (Raindate Saturday, June 4) Permaculture Learning Garden Saturday, June 4, 4pm - 5:30pm at Washington Park Energy Efficiency Friday, June 10, 3pm - 4:30, & 6pm - 7:30 All workshops & community events are free, and hosted in Washington Permaculture Gardening Series: Park, at the border of Jersey City & Union City, in Hudson County, NJ. Composting & the Bokashi Method Events will be held in the new Permaculture Learning Garden at the park (at Paterson Plank Rd. & Sherman Ave.) Friday, June 17 1pm - 3pm Unless otherwise noted, raindates & locations are t.b.a. Mosaics Please wear comfortable clothes & shoes, Friday, June 24 1pm - 3pm, & 6pm - 7:30pm and dress for the weather, as we will learn outside. Permaculture Gardening Series: Soil Building PLEASE EMAIL: greencollarfutures@gmail.com for more information. Wednesday, June 29 (time tbd) Community Knowledge Share w/ the Green Collar Futures Apprentices For even more learning & growing opportunities, join us for these Wednesdays in the Permaculture Learning Garden -- July (time & date tbd) afternoons from 2:00 - 5:00, all summer. Solar Cooking We will host community ‘action-learning’ work days. August (time & date tbd) 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 7/6, 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24 Permaculture Gardening Series: Companion PlantingFriday, May 27, 2011
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    • Architecture: (source: Wikipedia) The art and science of designing & producing buildings & other physical structures. A wider definition may comprise all design activity, from the macro-level to the micro-level. Architecture is both the process & product of planning, designing & constructing form, space & ambience that reflect functional, technical, social, environmental, and aesthetic considerations. It requires the creative manipulation & coordination of material, technology, light & shadow. Architecture also encompasses the pragmatic aspects of realizing buildings & structures, including scheduling, cost estimating and construction administration. Architectural works are often perceived as cultural & political symbols, and as works of art. Historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements. Architecture can refer to the activity of designing any kind of system.Friday, May 27, 2011
    • What is a living system? A whole system?Friday, May 27, 2011
    • What is a living system? A whole system? Besides you.Friday, May 27, 2011
    • Themes of Regeneration Co-Creation Union Resiliency Diversity LIFE Community Nesting Systems Everyone Wins (fractals) Honor Natural Practice Teaches Expressions Functionality Connection Slow Accumulation SharingFriday, May 27, 2011
    • RANCHO MASTATAL -- Costa Rica -- Green Collar Futures Professional & Business Development -- Winter of 2010 --Friday, May 27, 2011
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    • We Design Ecosystems All The Time...Friday, May 27, 2011
    • ... but how healthy are they?Friday, May 27, 2011
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    • How do we merge these two visions?Friday, May 27, 2011
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    • GREEN COLLAR FUTURES: GUILD NETWORKS Guilds are groups of mutually supporting entities that ll a wide range of niches in any (eco)system. Together they form an open, but still largely self-reliant and self-su cient whole system. Below are the guilds that (le ) support & (right) comprise the Green Collar Futures service program. 2) GCF System Inputs (Value Chain Partners) 3) GCF System Outputs (Yields) investors in added value Green Economy water food growing food preparation Earth-based outdoor local green Earth literacy / education ecosystems green buildings / Pathways Out businesses nature awareness infrastructure of Poverty nature-based financial natural hard skills learning resources resources healing / AmeriCorps small business training sunlight regeneration (sponsor model) development GREEN GCF Pillars: energy wild clients COLLAR wind (conservation, CURRICULUM crafting FUTURES creation, storage) GUILD GCF outdoor educator human organizational education nonviolent eco-social communication soft skills & sustainable network resources resources centers development living communication NJCDC / institutions of Habitat for community service leadership higher learning Humanity building learners training ritual culture of extended network of sustainable creation expressive reverence partner network enterprise institutions arts The key features of this support guild include a balanced, broad base of Offered this broad spectrum of inputs, Green Collar Futures transforms contributing partners, and bi-directional energy flows -- even though this them into its program guild above, which forms the keystone in the local is a ‘support guild’. The nature of guilds are such that the primary economy noted earlier. This represents a strengthening, attained through member supported always returns some portion of the energy -- in increased connectivity, toward the formation of what may be called a node altered, or value-added form, directly back to the system as new solutions. of permancnce -- a network so solid it may not easily be taken down.Friday, May 27, 2011
    • the sustainable career health & wellness sustainable career health & wellness - specific skills training YIELD - - specific skills training models of leadership - nourishing, whole, & living foods diet - business & - nourishing, whole, & living foods diet - business / professional training - culture of healing, reverence, professional training - culture of healing reverence CATEGORIES - craftspersonship, & regeneration - craftspersonship, & regeneration sense of excellence - feelings of safety & security sense of excellence - feelings of safety & security of - in/externships & job placement - community support - team building experience - community support GREEN COLLAR - internships & job placement FUTURES the INDIVIDUAL the SERVICE sense of place social growth TEAM sense of place inner growth - framework for - comfort in - culture of respect - co-created OUTPUTS lifetime growth - sense of empowerment & natural world - sense of connectivity to natural world and society & sharing - sense of interdepen- dence, sustainable living unique to place & time support through core challenges - models of action for at the - leadership skills & key learning experiences - personal paradigm shift - cultural mentoring team spirit & team building - circle leadership experience community at home - sense of communal SCALES - invitation for self-reflection (greater sense of personal - group support through core challenges empowerment & connectivity - earth communities grounded awareness) - invitation for in regeneration of place of: community reflection financial environmental leadership business & economy environmental & public the Individual - new & sustainable economic - new model established for - proven triple bottom line health identity for partner facilities environmental education & through core understanding - increasing availability to - reduced energy consumption stewardship of sustainability framework whole, local, & living foods the Service Team savings & greater yields from now productive site ecosystem - healthy soil, clean water - smaller carbon footprint via - scalable production models - regenerative economic models through CSA production & support networks - exposure to full growth cycles organic resource production - skilled work forces across - growing cultures of healing - models of leadership - perennial, edible forest disciplines, including & regeneration Outdoor Ecological that build system network partners gardens on-site leaders, teachers, & mentors - substantial increases in community Education Centers OUTDOOR ECOLOGICAL NEW JERSEY engagement EDUCATION & BEYOND educational sense of place consciousness sense of place New Jersey growth CENTERS - deep investment shift - in place, nature- & Beyond - increased relevance of learning experience in terrestrial & aquatic ecosystems - connection to new global paradigm based prosperity -- bioregional alliances - living laboratory and showcase - 4 season productivity - societal empowerment & both urban and rural for the best practices of - increased connectivity conscious way forward - scalable network of nodes of regeneration between Earth & society - national & international permanence - self-generating & evolving - emergent ‘node of leadership & exchange - guild-based systems curricula for visitors, permanence’ through vital opportunities connections in state new and existing linkages with other & across region system partnersFriday, May 27, 2011
    • biofuels solar bee keeping composting organic farming creation maple sprouting Green Collar Futures: sugaring energy sustainable fermenting wind food system conservation Arenas of Practice perennial crop wild crafting farming permaculture energy salvaged The GCF curriculum guild divides materials audits organic farming local naturally between hard skills & soft materials skills. Diagram 3) is the reference value added foods GCF: retrofits from which these illustrations of (ferments, jams, etc) OUTPUTS dousing program-specific outputs is (hard skills) generated. cottage green industry carpentry building Here again, key features include drums redundancy & functional coppice moccasins, mgmt & accessories, furniture / interconnection -- webs emerge, furnishings living roofs crafts deer leather clothes and balance is created. This tanning indoor air balance of hard and soft skills environmental quality bicycle, tool & produces solid, stable graduates, machine repair education natural cob building which bolsters GCF, and therefore strawbale the local economy, which lends multi-directional clay plaster wilderness more strength back to GCF -- 4) learning guidance continually evolving into something work crew that may be called a node of whole food edible & medicinal experience permanence within the region & medicine wild crafting preparation (with the understanding leadership that nothing actually is).. sustainable training living skills In so doing, GCF creates self- perpetuating upward spirals of free daily practice Peer Spirit healthy, magnificent growth. design Circle painting, drawing, GCF: journaling OUTPUTS culture of (soft skills) reverence cultural expression mentoring ritual music creation communication making conflict community resolution building meal nonviolent sharing communication 5)Friday, May 27, 2011
    • Themes of Regeneration Co-Creation Union Resiliency Diversity LIFE Community Nesting Systems Everyone Wins (fractals) Honor Natural Practice Teaches Expressions Functionality Connection Slow Accumulation SharingFriday, May 27, 2011
    • Themes/Needs of the Profession Co-Creation Use Edges, Open Source Union Value the Everything Marginal Resiliency Diversity Release Accept Feedback LIFE Community Team(work) Integrity Nesting Systems Everyone Wins PRACTICE (fractals) Find Points Honor Natural of Leverage Practice Teaches Expressions Choice - to Push Envelope A New Culture Functionality Connection Team(building) Social / Invisible (Ecosystem)Building Structures Slow Accumulation SharingFriday, May 27, 2011
    • Niche Analysis & Ecosystem Design (what if the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle grew & developed relationships over time?)Friday, May 27, 2011
    • Personal Niche Analysis Where are you now? And how are you growing? What are your Needs, Yields, Core Behaviors, and Intrinsic Strengths?Friday, May 27, 2011
    • www.greencollarfutures.org greencollarfutures@gmail.comFriday, May 27, 2011