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  • 1. InclusionInclusion is fundamentallyis fundamentally about CARINGabout CARING Caring requires expanding our comfort zone (real Observation) & questioning our prejudices (actively wanting to know people not like ourselves) IntegralPermaCulture.org
  • 2. To include people who have difficulty attending or being able to pay for standard residential Permaculture Courses IntegralPermaCulture.org Strategies for InclusionStrategies for Inclusion
  • 3. Rooted People who can't travel because: • they have animals & farms IntegralPermaCulture.org Being rooted (grounded) is an essential quality to be able to transmit PC from
  • 4. People who need ongoing mentoring & support with big projects Often have lots of knowledge already, but no support group or stable (ongoing) mentors Pau was instrumental in setting up the animal husbandry support group IntegralPermaCulture.org
  • 5. Rooted People who can't travel because: • they have children Set up the PermaCulture for Children Group IntegralPermaCulture.org Adriana Journalist & Editor of Positive News
  • 6. Rooted People who can't travel because: • they 'don't do' big groups Many people (who are great permis & great potential permis) don't like crowds at all so would not consider going to any group event, especially for several days. They are often well-rooted in their local community, much more comfortable with people they know well, but not with strangers. Can be difficult to imagine .. that this >> happy scene ... is a nightmare scenario for some people There are more introverts than extroverts in the world (50.7% in USA, random sample by the Myers- Briggs organization in 1998) IntegralPermaCulture.org
  • 7. Poor People who can't afford to pay: • Young people • Unemployed & Low Income people • People with big families & dependants • People from poorer areas • And those nowhere near a Course Eliminated travel & residency costs. Our PDC is 241€, or less & provides much more personal design support (life-coaching). We also use Permis (internal currency) many students paying for their diploma in Permis. IntegralPermaCulture.org
  • 8. Rooted People who can't travel because: • they have full-time jobs & spend holiday time with family Pepa works full-time + is a shop-steward + mother of 2 teen-agers Doing diploma with us (over 3 years) Transiting her life by creating own eco-business Was instrumental in creating the Study Circles Network IntegralPermaCulture.org
  • 9. Some Group Designs Much of the prejudice against 'internet relationships' is that they are 'less real' ... in fact long-term close relationships have created a stable Network of Projects with lots of edge ... & doing daring 'edge' work All offer on-site events & courses (Integral PC), inter-connected Study & Support Groups (various) Women's & Men's Circles Integral Health Group Lots of Free Mini-Courses IntegralPermaCulture.org www.PermaCultureScience.org a great online Integral Permaculture Designers Manual (7yrs of collective work, a modernized & constantly improving PDC curriculum) the Study Circles Network
  • 10. Strategies for InclusionStrategies for Inclusion Observing what people NEED - mostly it's a PC community & support, long-term (lots of CARING) IntegralPermaCulture.org