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The deadline for contributions to the next EuPN Newsletter is 5 October 2017. Any news of your organisation that you want to share with the network is most welcome.

Please submit plain text file and separate best resolution images. Please no MS Word files with embedded images or PDF’s.

Send your posts and announcements to our newsletter editor Cathrine Dolleris.

If you want to announce courses, please include at least: Continue reading “Next Newsletter…”

Herding Cats and Dogmas

To understand permaculture education and its curriculum, it may be useful to learn a bit more about its roots.

In a way permaculture started with the brief period in the 1970’s when David Holmgren and Bill Mollison met in Tasmania, Australia. The different characters of our founding fathers explain perhaps the divergence in permaculture practice, research and education.

At that time Bill was senior tutor at the Psychology faculty of the University of Tasmania. David was a student at the Environmental Design school of the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education. In an essay “Permaculture – A personal history” Holmgren describes it as follows: Continue reading “Herding Cats and Dogmas”

Outputs of the Visegrad program “Permaculture for Farms”

The program “Permaculture for Farms”, 6 – 14 of July, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, gathered more than 70 participants from 4 central European Visegrad countries and from Ukraine. We have visited 6 sustainable farms and organized the conference about technological, social and economic aspects of permaculture farming. Here you can find recorded conference presentations, and in these Google folder – slides and additional materials. Here are the conference proceedings. We invite you to learn collected experience about farming practices in our countries, WWOOF, CSA, food sovereignty, network of permaculture demonstration sites, planning farming business and much more!

We are open for further cooperation! And we would like to thank to the International Visegrad Fund for supporting large-scale cooperation in our region.

Yours sincerely,

Visegrad Permaculture Parthership:

NGO “Permaculture in Ukraine” (perma.ukraine@gmail.com), Permaculture SK (kancelaria@permakultura.sk), Permakultura (CS), z. s. (hauserova@volny.cz), Deep Democracy Foundation (aquaterapia@gmail.com), and Ecological Institute of Sustainable Development (gyulai@ecolinst.hu).

2 August 2017 – Earth Overshoot Day

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On August 2, 2017, we will have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the whole year.

We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester.

See: http://www.overshootday.org/

Of course borrowing from future labor, like we do in everyday banking, isn’t physically possible. What we have been doing systematically is to consume resources built up over eons in the past, to make up for the escalating deficit.

Time for some regenerative design and practice?

Spread the Good News

Organising courses and Events?

We regularly receive requests from members of our network to spread announcements of courses, workshops and other events. Obviously that is an important function that the network can perform.

We have a website that enables us to bring news to the attention of a huge audience. It’s a great tool, provided we use it properly. One of the advantages over printed media is that we can use the computers that make up a big part of the system to help us in gathering, processing and republishing the information about events. There’s even a name for that: syndication or in computer-speak: RSS (Really Simple Syndication).

Recently a special version of RSS was developed: ESS or Event Standard Syndication. As you can guess from this name: it’s specifically for spreading information about events.

The idea is that the organiser of an event publishes all the information about their event on their own website and then ESS takes care of spreading that information to other websites – automatically. This also means that the organiser is in full control of what information is spread and when. It enables automatic updates, when things change, like a change in date or venue or speakers.
It makes the information automatically complete, correct and timely. And is saves a lot of work and effort for everybody, while exposing the announcements to the largest possible audience. Everybody wins!

Now, this system is relatively new and it’s not in use much, but that could change quickly and decisively when a couple of coders pick up our challenge.

Calling all Coders!

We’d like to invite coders in our European permaculture community to help with this project. We want to build on the ESS standard and make it easy for all organisations in our network to publish events on their own websites using ESS. We can then configure our website to automatically check the list of those websites for events and compile a comprehensive and accurate calendar of European courses, workshops and other events. This can then serve to generate traffic to the websites of our members and expose a wide audience (of millions of people in Europe) to their wonderful events.

The ESS website provides detailed information for coders to work with. There is an example application for WordPress. So we don’t start from scratch.

Please send us an email if you are interested and able to help us this summer.

Warm regards from your EuPN Communications & Image Team

International Permaculture Day 2017

International Permaculture Day on the first Sunday in May is a day of celebration and action for permaculture around the world. It is a day when visitors can see these myriad initiatives, ask questions of their developers and decide for themselves whether the permaculture design system has relevance to the challenges we face and to creating communities that are resilient in the face of undesirable and unforeseeable impacts.

Now in its 7th year, International Permaculture Day has grown rapidly from its roots as a local Australian initiative to a global day of permaculture celebrated in over 35 countries.