IPC10 Presentation: Integral Permaculture Curriculum

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This is the longer version of the presentation given at IPC10 on 21st Sept 2011, with slide notes (up to slide 16, hope to finish at some later date.. sorry!)

You can also see the recording of this on http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/614739-the-integral-permaculture-curriculum-ipc10-presentation

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IPC10 Presentation: Integral Permaculture Curriculum

  1. 1. Warren Brush from his IPC10 Conference Talk: Permaculture & Peace (17 sept 2011, Amman, Jordan) "We have gotten really good at designing on the landscape but ..  we still need to be doing work for the people-care ethic It's something we have to really look at in depth in these next 30yrs of the PC movement & it's at the root of peace-making I've seen so many good designs on the ground, all around the world, that were abandoned because the people could not work it out any longer they couldn't figure out how to work with the diversities within their group The People-Care ethic is crucial in how are we going to move forward as a group How do we translate the People-Care ethic into practice, to be most effective? "I suspect that what Stella and Cesar have done to the PeopleCare portion of Permaculture is on par with what Bill Mollison & David Holmgren did to EarthCare" Monica, US Pilot & Student of PDC+++ foto
  2. 2. IPC10, 2011 the new integral permaculture curriculum <ul><li>Who we are </li></ul><ul><li>What we've been doing </li></ul><ul><li>Why we decided to do it </li></ul><ul><li>How is it going so far </li></ul><ul><li>Where we are hoping to get </li></ul><ul><li>Who we are looking for </li></ul>this presentation is in www.EcoEscuela.net (PDC+++ page) a course for designing sustainable societies
  3. 3. <ul><li>Expose your mental models to the open air. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Remember, always, that everything you know, and everything everyone knows, is only a model. </li></ul><ul><li>Get your model out there where it can be shot at. </li></ul><ul><li>Invite others to challenge your assumptions and add their own. </li></ul><ul><li>Dana Meadows </li></ul><ul><li>Mother of Integral Permaculture </li></ul>
  4. 4. water ... the myth part <ul><li>represents emotion & imagination </li></ul>our magical dream-ship is making a quick de-tour ... to visit the Convergence in Jordan art by Vladimir Kush VladimirKush.com
  5. 5. IPC10, 2011 the new integral permaculture curriculum <ul><li>Who we are </li></ul><ul><li>What we've been doing </li></ul><ul><li>Why we decided to do it </li></ul><ul><li>How is it going so far </li></ul><ul><li>Where we are hoping to get </li></ul><ul><li>Who we are looking for </li></ul>this presentation is in www.EcoEscuela.net (PDC+++ page) a course for designing sustainable societies
  6. 6. Nodo Espiral is a node of the Permaculture Academy (as per the YearBook ), founded 2003 Who we are Stella Strega César Fernandez full profiles & biogs in www.EcoEscuela.net (NodoEspiral Team page)
  7. 7. Who we are 8 ? 10 ? ? ? 6 ? 10
  8. 8. IPC10, 2011 the new integral permaculture curriculum <ul><li>Who we are </li></ul><ul><li>What we've been doing </li></ul><ul><li>Why we decided to do it </li></ul><ul><li>How is it going so far </li></ul><ul><li>Where we are hoping to get </li></ul><ul><li>Who we are looking for </li></ul>this presentation is in www.EcoEscuela.net (PDC+++ page) a course for designing sustainable societies
  9. 9. we Multi-Functioned & Mini-Maxed ... & Mini-Maxed ... <ul><li>An advanced PDC & action-learning course </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of simultaneous PC study-groups/courses </li></ul><ul><li>A practical facilitation course for PC Activists </li></ul><ul><li>A long-term personal support group for permis </li></ul><ul><li>An easy-to-manage diploma pathway (with de luxe portfolio design support > digital literacy for PC Activists) </li></ul><ul><li>A year-long & practical PC teacher-training course </li></ul>
  10. 10. we Multi-Functioned & Mini-Maxed ... & Mini-Maxed ... <ul><li>7. A vehicle for creating a multi-media PC manual </li></ul><ul><li>8. A great laboratory for testing & discussing how PC theory works in practice >> to improve it constantly </li></ul><ul><li>9. An international exchange & support for many great designs on the ground </li></ul><ul><li>10. Bilingual course - can be used for language-learning </li></ul><ul><li>11. A medium for cooperation (potentially) between LOTS of PC teachers / innovators all over the world </li></ul><ul><li>12. A way to find truly cooperative colleagues to work with (few already imitating us but not collaborating) </li></ul>
  11. 11. An expanded PDC in 5 Modules: 1. People Care 2. Design Techniques 3 . Earth Care 4. Energy & EcoTech 5. EcoEconomy ( 6. Transition) which we later discovered was (/ decided to name as) an &quot;Integral PC Curriculum&quot; (the PDC+++) Equivalent to the standard PDC PEOPLE-CARE & ECO-ECONOMY EARTH-CARE & ECO- TECH An advanced PDC & action-learning course
  12. 12. AQAL = All Quadrants All Levels ... Etc. = The Integral Model (Ken Wilber) Permaculture is by DEFINITION an Integral Science .. in theory Although in PRACTICE it too often isn't PEOPLE-CARE & ECO-ECONOMY EARTH-CARE & ECO- TECH DESIGN is the beneficial association of all of these components SOCIAL People, culture , finance, commerce, etc. ABSTRACT time, Ethics, data, Models, etc. SITE Landscape, water, climate, fauna, flora, etc. ENERGY technologies, structures, connections The left or internal quadrants in AQAL The right or external quadrants in AQAL
  13. 13. Good Design fully takes into account ALL quadrants of experience Resources Technologies Systems People's Insides Culture
  14. 14. Unquestioned Individualism & Addiction-Culture (the 'me, me, me' ethic - everything is taken personally, comfort the max. value) The American Dream is STILL the biggest driver Natural systems & their evolution don’t have value by & in themselves They are resources to exploit, & we are separate from them Darwinism and the evolutive casualty (+ all the post-modern mechanism, consumerism include, as technologies to drug us “ Don’t think ” in various ways) We're facing a VERY good design - with the DC Text > & there is now a 'green' version! The PATTERN is the same. There are 'good' & 'bad' people (or people “naturally” more evolved, eg. People that use or don't use &quot;the Law of Attraction&quot;) All reductionist science lives here! (it 'reduces' everything to an object, to an &quot;IT&quot;) PartyPolitics is a pseudo-system designed to cover up the design of the REAL system operating here ...
  15. 15. Eg. Natural Successions There are a lot more models and combinations – all coherent with the ethics and the vision of a Fair and sustainable world. Good intentions and nice ideals are NOT enough: we must DESIGN well to make it real: MUCH HARDER than talking about it … We have inherited a quite academic way of being, not a very practical way of thinking (& even less of doing) “ Green meme” rejects ‘scientific' & 'theoretical' but both are FUNDAMENTAL to “Yellow meme”
  16. 16. the butterfly ship <ul><li>we've been sailing on this vessel for evolutionaries since </li></ul><ul><li>april 2011 </li></ul>25 people on a year-long design cruise across the chartered oceans of applied knowledge in all aspects of sustainability design PermaCultureScience.com is the starting port for this adventure (new adventurers can board at any time)
  17. 17. IPC10, 2011 the new integral permaculture curriculum <ul><li>Who we are </li></ul><ul><li>What we've been doing </li></ul><ul><li>Why we decided to do it </li></ul><ul><li>How is it going so far </li></ul><ul><li>Where we are hoping to get </li></ul><ul><li>Who we are looking for </li></ul>this presentation is in www.EcoEscuela.net (PDC+++ page) a course for designing sustainable societies
  18. 18. individual collective internal external Current PC is BRILLIANT at designing with these domains: the concrete, physical, visible & least controversial known models. If we give up on the SCIENCE of these domains, we leave a vacuum that gets filled with lots of NewAge pseudo-spirituality Site & Energy components Invisible & Social components PEOPLE-CARE & ECO-ECONOMY EARTH-CARE & ECO- TECH 1) &quot;we need to be doing work for the people-care ethic&quot;
  19. 19. Inter-dependents with the BIG “We” Which People? The conscious effort (DESIGNED!) to embrace ALL the people We get on well with them or not, They seem to us “bugs”, “plagues” or brothers and sisters With the appropriate technologies It’s a way to accelerate the psycho-spiritual growth of everyone The Problem is the Solution 1) &quot;we need to be doing work for the people-care ethic&quot;
  20. 20. It's a strange thing about determined seekers-after-wisdom that, no matter where they happen to be, they'll always seek that wisdom which is a long way off. Wisdom is one of the few things that looks bigger the further away it is. Terry Pratchett , &quot;Witches Abroad&quot; 2) Stop PC being used in the new eco-consumerism
  21. 21. 8 years of Action-Learning Programmes (3-5mths) RESULTS: too few (10%) made significant shifts in their internal or external development as PC designers (compared to resources input) OBTAIN a YIELD Although they can make wonderful holidays &/or can be big wake-up calls, we didn't wish to add to an already saturated eco-experience-shopping market (a new eco-consumerism for westerners )
  22. 22. Particularly worrying were getting to observe very closely a lot of people who had studied permaculture already (& most with very reputable teachers) arriving with some un-shakable idea that permaculture is just a series of 'tricks' and techniques they need to accumulate enough of, to be considered a 'PC expert'. . Mostly they had no initiative, original ideas or indeed even a basic ability to think for themselves - & they strongly resisted growing some. Often they defended all sorts of comfort addictions to the end, also (eg. basic ones around food). 2) Stop PC being used in the new eco-consumerism
  23. 23. This is a direct consequence of our wider culture & education system, not due to 'bad' permaculture teaching (& certainly not due to 'bad students' either!) . BUT if we don't design our teaching to neutralize as much as possible of that wider pattern ... then we're in trouble. We're not helping to produce designers , just a new type of &quot;perma-consumer&quot;. 2) Stop PC being used in the new eco-consumerism
  24. 24. The main stakes for humanity are not hunger, poverty, sustainability, peace, healthcare, education, economy, natural resources or a host of other issues... But Our capability to buil new social organizations that are able to provide solutions. “ Our main challenge is Collective Intelligence.” Jean Francoise Noubel 3) Increase Collective Intelligence
  25. 25. Ineffectiveness of green movement: We don't design organizations well (we're not taught how) lack of cooperation or fertile connections between movements (inside & outside of PC) not enough 'joining up the dots' happening Lack of collective intelligence means 3) Increase Collective Intelligence
  26. 26. Transmission of PC science as a set of techniques or recipes (for gardening, mostly) or a 'lifestyle choice' in over-developed countries. Permaculture Eg. in the EDE Curriculum Permaculture appears as a tiny SUB-SECTION of the gardening part!
  27. 27. IPC10, 2011 the new integral permaculture curriculum <ul><li>Who we are </li></ul><ul><li>What we've been doing </li></ul><ul><li>Why we decided to do it </li></ul><ul><li>How is it going so far </li></ul><ul><li>Where we are hoping to get </li></ul><ul><li>Who we are looking for </li></ul>this presentation is in www.EcoEscuela.net (PDC+++ page) a course for designing sustainable societies
  28. 28. C. (Spain): &quot;All of this (that is happening with the course: classes, my study circle..) is a great stimulus for me to move out of my comfort zone ... in which I am still very hidden. Lucky this lasts one year!! this presentation is in www.EcoEscuela.net (PDC+++ page)
  29. 29. MJ (Spain): &quot;Well, in summary: the best cash I've spent in my life! I love everything I've learned, am playing with what am learning in my immediate surroundings, I feel enriched on a personal level. I thank you for letting this be a free process for each of us & for offering us so many tools for completing the learning to the extent that each of us wants to.
  30. 30. D. (Belgium): &quot;Module 1 was very inspiring for me, though I don't feel like I have grasped all of it yet. The integral model stuff is really brilliant, I use that a lot. Also the group exercises are neat - think/listens, vision support groups and all of that&quot;. this presentation is in www.EcoEscuela.net (PDC+++ page)
  31. 31. M. (USA): &quot;I LOVED Module 1 - learned a lot and had plenty of insights along the way. Thank you Stella and Cesar for the Design Portfolio! It is starting to dawn on me the beautiful work you guys do... You are like the teachers I never had, but always wished for. The depth you go to is the depth I longed for in my teenage years... I suspect that what Stella and Cesar have done to the PeopleCare portion of Permaculture is on par with what Bill Mollison & David Holmgren did to EarthCare
  32. 32. D. (Canary Islands) made & up-loaded her ** first ever video ** to say what is so special for her of the course & especially about the Action Learning modality. You can see it on the PDC+++ page on www.EcoEscuela.net this presentation is in www.EcoEscuela.net (PDC+++ page)
  33. 33. In what they agree <ul><li>Application on the real life and real projects </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility – No need for travel & accessible for parents with young children (who are involving their sons & daughters in their action-learning!) </li></ul><ul><li>Better personal & individual attention for each person </li></ul><ul><li>Supportive relationships (and we hope life-long ones :o) </li></ul><ul><li>High level of dialogue and of design work (plenty of time for reflexion & experimentation in a supportive environment) </li></ul>
  34. 34. IPC10, 2011 the new integral permaculture curriculum <ul><li>Who we are </li></ul><ul><li>What we've been doing </li></ul><ul><li>Why we decided to do it </li></ul><ul><li>How is it going so far </li></ul><ul><li>Where we are hoping to get </li></ul><ul><li>Who we are looking for </li></ul>this presentation is in www.EcoEscuela.net (PDC+++ page) a course for designing sustainable societies
  35. 35. <ul><li>&quot;Imagination is more important than knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>For knowledge is limited to all we now know & understand, </li></ul><ul><li>while imagination embraces the entire world, </li></ul><ul><li>& all there ever will be to know </li></ul><ul><li>& understand&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Albert Einstein </li></ul>
  36. 36. Car Ros Ald MJ Cha Mon Est Del Mar Pau Ped Adr Lor Jon Today Pat Facilitating a Study Group Preparing to Facilitate Doing Other Designs Studying in Group NodoEspiral PC Academy NE Teachers Chi Die E-Text- Book Online
  37. 37. In lots of different languages Full of tutors, student tutors & students working on own, local, real world projects & with an integral approach. Accessible for everyone (economically, compatible with all lifestyles, time & focus capacities, other work, children, special needs, etc....) even for those without internet access (eg. via locally appropriate study groups, facilitated by our students) A holarchy with different levels of accomplishment aiming here Where we are hoping to get Including but transcending of the current anglo framework Based on PRINCIPLES, not PERSONALITIES All inter-connected with the Chaordic Institute design we presented in IPC8
  38. 38. Car Ald Del Ped Adr Lor Tomorrow Pat Cha Est MJ Mon Ros E-Text- Book Online Pau Jon Mar Chi Die
  39. 39. ©2000, The Chaordic Alliance Next Years ... Where we are hoping to get create many more fertile connections agree good protocols for Academy Diploma Institute/s Conferences a more varied, stronger, richer PC work-net lots more innovation & rEvolutionary Designers !! keep having tons of fun :) a complete society re-design
  40. 40. We have created a vessel with the aim to go beyond the &quot;save your arse, build your safety-boat&quot; ideals ... .. to a passionate &quot;declaration of inter- dependence&quot; era, raising our vision to re-designing the whole of society, starting at the end of our own noses. Where we are hoping to get Sailing alongside the Titanic whilst learning how to design eolic, organic & much more beauntiful societies & relation-ships
  41. 41. IPC10, 2011 the new integral permaculture curriculum <ul><li>Who we are </li></ul><ul><li>What we've been doing </li></ul><ul><li>Why we decided to do it </li></ul><ul><li>How is it going so far </li></ul><ul><li>Where we are hoping to get </li></ul><ul><li>Who we are looking for </li></ul>this presentation is in www.EcoEscuela.net (PDC+++ page) a course for designing sustainable societies
  42. 42. Integrals ! i.e. everyone who resonates with these ideals
  43. 43. Thank you for listening :o) for listening :o) <ul><li>You can see some additional materials to this presentation here: </li></ul><ul><li>www.EcoEscuela.net (the PDC+++ page) </li></ul><ul><li>with ways you can contribute to this work. </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks Craig for the techno-help! </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks to all our wonderful Students & Mentors </li></ul>this presentation is in www.EcoEscuela.net (PDC+++ page)

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