Tunaweza Permaculture Project

VOLUNTEER/ INTERNSHIP  AND FIELD VISIT PROGRAM IN ZANZIBAR

Supported by Permakultur Danmark

By Steven Odhiambo Otieno

My journey started when on 3rd December 2020 , I was so happy and eager to see what is waiting for me on the other side of the family Indian ocean. It was nice to reach in Nairobi and evening the right traffic jam,  I had hopes that things would go well for me at the end of the day. I arrived in Nairobi so fine,  took  a taxi to the airport to confirm my flight status and any other things I could have forgotten just to get ready for the next days journey, and after I had to get myself some food for the night and a hotel room which I settled at around 9.00 pm .
My next morning which was 4th December became a little bit hectic, I had to wake up at 5:00 Am to make sure I get ready and beat up Mombasa road traffic jam  to the airport . Of course my flight was at 8:99 AM but I still needed some little rush due to unpredictable Nairobi roads. Luckily by 8:30 Am I was at the Airport, passed through the security check and headed to the immigration. In the process through the immigration I learned that my flight was cancelled and forwarded to 7.30 PM so I had to wait till 6.00 pm to finish the immigration process. Oh Noo,  that was a hard task and what made me feel bad is that I was never informed that they cancelled the flight…no text no call. No one seemed responsible for anything so I had to go to Kenya Airways reservation office within the airport of which they agreed to put me on rescission flight to Daresalaam  via Zanzibar. The flight was  scheduled to jet off JKIA at 8:30 PM  which eventually flew off 9.30 pm. So I had to wait for more than 13 hours .
The delay of course interrupted my plans so I had to arrive in Zanzibar very late at night and by time I could find a guest house it was 12:00 AM.

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European Project News – iACT, CCC & BLAST

EUPN members are participating in at least three Erasmus+ funded partnership projects, within a total of around 20 partner organisations from across the permaculture, regeneration and transformative education movements in Europe.

The iACT project is focused on creating and strengthening a collaborating European network of learning and demonstration projects in the permaculture and regenerative sustainability movements, including LAND Centres, Ecovillage living and learning centres and transition hubs. Led by PAB and IPEN with partners in Bulgaria, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg and Portugal, the project will produce a toolkit, Good Practice Guide and learning pathway for those involved in initiating or developing these types of projects, as well as a network mapping and participative research system. These outputs will be produced in 2021, with a range of activities following in 2022 to activate and strengthen the network. In particular iACT will support and stimulate an expanding network of LAND centres across Europe, with better connections to allies in the ecovillage and transition movements. It will also feed into IPEN’s iLAND initiative which has lacked capacity to properly support its pilot network, with 6 projects across Europe – this project will slowly start to help provide that support for the pilot iLAND network in the coming months.

The Community Climate Coaches (CCC) project, led by Cultivate in Ireland with PAB as a strong supporting partner, also with partners in Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, Croatia, Belgium and Finland (not all permaculture organisations) is developing a training pathway and community of practice for educators, coaches and facilitators involved in community climate action initiatives. It will train initial cohorts of at least 6 Community Climate Coaches in the 8 partner countries, with the intention that many of these will be permaculture educators. The project will also produce a toolkit with the 52 Climate Actions website (created by PAB and other partners) as a key part of this, a Community Climate Action good practice guide, a network mapping and participative research system, as well as a blended learning system for training more CCCs over time. These outputs will be produced in 2021, with a range of activities following in 2022 to activate and strengthen the network. The intention is that the role of Community Climate Coaches is one that permaculture educators and practitioners can naturally take up, with potential for example to work with community groups and municipalities.


The BLAST project has 3 permaculture organisations in its partnership and is focused on blended transformative learning, which combines the best of in-person and online methods to create the most transformative outcomes for learners and educators, in terms of both inner and outer transformation. Blended learning seems likely to become the ‘new normal’ even when in-person courses can operate more normally again. The outputs from the BLAST project include a toolkit and training for educators, and will be completed during 2021. Events organised by the various BLAST partners will engage educators with the work of this project will be linked to the educators online event in April (TBC), so watch out for more information soon. The project is also getting creative by recording a range of interviews and discussions with experienced transformative educators about their experiences and journeys in this field, which will be available by summer this year.

Despite Brexit, various EUPN partners and PAB are working to ensure European permaculture collaborations continue. To this end PAB is currently working with IPEN to explore ways to be involved in two new project proposals that are expected to apply for Erasmus+ funding this year – one focused on creating a high quality collaborative European blended learning and blended events programme; and the other looking at how to create collaborative European diploma systems, that work with existing or emerging Diploma systems, and in particular to benefit those countries that have much less mature permaculture movements.

Nordic Permaculture Academy

In 2021 a new Nordic collaboration starts up, The Nordic Permaculture Academy. With two diploma holders from Denmark, Cathrine Dolleris (geoliv.dk), Karoline Nolsø Aaen (permakulturhaven.dk) and two from Sweden Andreas Jonsson and Maria Svennbeck (holisticgardening.se). The aim of the NPA is to promote and assist skilled Permaculture Designers through mentoring and accreditation of the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design. The website is still under construction, but can be found here.

14 IPC (International Permaculture Convergence) Argentina – postponed to November-December 2022

Dear friends of the Permaculture World, Children and Youth Groups, Indigenous- and Rural- and all Communities Everywhere!

The IPC14 Argentina team together with the IPC Council, in the constant effort of adaptation to the world-wide pandemic and its consequences, have decided to delay the next International Permaculture Convergence that was to take place in 2021. The current date for the 14th IPC is November-December 2022.

The event will be hosted at “Madre Selva”, the physical base of the Ná Lu’um Permaculture Institute in Argentina, with the option of online participation in the so-called Blended style (physical event plus real-time coordinated online presence). If the world-wide situation requires continuation of travel restrictions and social distancing, the event may be completely online. Only 2022 will allow for that decision to be made.

Further plans are being made for the 15th IPC to be hosted in Taiwan between October and December 2024, most probably as well via the Blended style. Earth Passengers is the host of the 15th IPC: http://earthpassengers.org / Contact – Hui-i Chiang (twoisone1206 [at] gmail [dot] com)

All updates regarding these events will continue to be shared on the 14IPC Facebook page and the IPCC webpage.

Sending you light, blessings and warm regards from the place each one of us is located now.

  • 14th IPC Argentina Organizing Committee
  • International Permaculture Convergence Council
  • Friends of IPC

WHAT IS A BLENDED EVENT?

A Blended event is an in-person event that includes participants who cannot travel or choose not to travel. It’s a standard meeting, workshop or conference with participants on site and others who join remotely using fully interactive 2-way audio and video communication, from the beginning to the end of the event – during plenaries, breakout sessions, and sometimes even during social breaks, meals and fringe encounters.

In Blended events online participants have priority! It is very easy to ignore online participants. For that reason everyone in the room is invited to direct some personal care into including them. Event organisers must make them visible in the room at all times and whenever there is activity facilitators must invite them to speak first. During breakout sessions, small groups and outdoor activities, everyone is invited to use their own device in order to include remote participants.

Read more about Blended events here:

https://medium.com/urban-arenas-for-sustainable-and-just-cities/for-a-blended-event-byod-b71afa91eb5

Organization in Argentina: Instituto de Permacultura Ná Lu‘um
https://www.facebook.com/IPC14Argentina
http://m.facebook.com/Permacultura.Naluum
Contact person: Tierra Martínez, ipc14argentina [at] gmail [dot] com
Phone number: +39 3896514679

and

IPCC – International Permaculture Convergence Council
Margarethe Holzer and John Nzira (Coordinators)
Mail: council [at] internationalpermacultureconvergence [dot] org
Website: http://internationalpermacultureconvergence.org
Phone: +43 6502851185