The International Permaculture CoLab is actively looking to appoint at least 2 people for the Diversity Stipend Team within the Next Steps Project.
The Diversity Stipend Team will be comprised of people who are ideally themselves eligible for a diversity stipend and have an interest and motivation to support projects and individuals in this theme of work.
We anticipate this position will be paid on an hourly basis on an equitable wage rate and will require 15 – 20 hours of time over the next few months.
The positions will be active until the Diversity Community Pot is exhausted and will be reopened at the start of the project year again in February on the second and third year respectively.
Role & Responsibilities:
Support groups & individuals to apply for a diversity grant / stipend
Review applications for completion upon submission within 48 hours
Provide and pass on feedback of this process in order to improve it
Make a commitment not to disclose the private parts of the applications submitted.
Having 2 people on this team enables a quick turnaround in the process, an opportunity to consult each other in case anything is unclear and also ensures holidays and sickness are covered.
The project manager will be on hand to provide support and induction training.
Diversity Stipend Eligibility Self-Assessment
We want to express an invitation to individuals who, in principle, would love to work alongside us but, in practice, have come up against systemic barriers due to one or more of the reasons listed below:
are a citizen of the Global South
are affected by structural discrimination (i.e. through racism, ableism, classism, ageism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia among others)
are a sole carer and supporting children and/or other dependents with limited financial resources
live paycheck to paycheck or are experiencing financial insecurity
are living under the poverty line in the country of residence
have significant debt without a regular income
receive public assistance
are an elder with limited financial support and limited savings
The Permaculture CoLab is a common space for collaboration in the permaculture movement. In 2020 a team of contributors launched a funded project to develop capacity for Permaculture CoLab to better meet our aims; a major part of which is to invest in our community’s literacy in aspects of social permaculture, and for us to better collaborate across the world.
The Training Coordinator, Naomi, is currently looking for an apprentice who is interested in working in a decentralized, remote “un-organization”, and who is passionate about social permaculture, grassroots education, and systems change.
Update Nov 1: we have found the right person for this post. Thanks for your interest, stay tuned for more opportunities or get involved in the slack to proposition your own idea for a role!
In this role, you will learn the practices and processes that the team (Capacity+) use, and will experience consent decision-making, role-based accountability, and interfacing with various workflows and platforms in Permaculture Colab’s digital ecosystem. You will help with scouting and promoting events relevant to our community, and adding to our map of literacy-building groups and communities. The platforms that we will use include wordpress, nextcloud (open source alternative to Google Suite), slack, parabol, and miro.
During your apprenticeship, you will meet with the team weekly (currently Mondays at 9:30 UTC but open to change), and have regular check-ins with Naomi (based in NZ). We will practice working asynchronously between meetings.
This work exchange offers compensated/funded training in any skill that you would like to developthrough the role. Some examples include: sociocracy, database design, leadership coaching, eco-social design.
To fill this role, we ask the candidate has or commits to:
5 hours per week
Good communication in English
Somewhat reliable internet connection
Discipline (you will be self-managing your workload)
An attitude of respect, solidarity and creativity
Timeline is flexible, however the right candidate will be able to commit to joining the capacity#team through to the end of 2022.
The position is designed as a succession plan, to step into leading the Training Coordinator role in 2022. This will be part time (5- 10 hours per week) with a monthly stipend, depending on your self-assessment of circumstances (currently paid contributors earn somewhere between £15-£30 per hour depending on their situations), and there will be opportunities to submit proposals for supplementary funded work. See our equitable waging guide for more information about self-assessed wages.
This post can start once you feel confident taking the lead.
We will review applications on a case-by-case basis and update this page once the position is filled.
We are collaborating with Ray Milidoni of the Soil Learning Center to offer integrated exchanges with the Permaculture CoLab’s Project-Based Learning programme.
As an invitation to our network, Ray is offering any of these courses for free to people who are keen to road test the user interface and experience (UI/UX). Courses can be downloaded so you can take them with you offline throughout your day.
Side-note for the micro-enterprise designers in our community: Ray is keen to collaborate on a platform for co-farming (sharing land for producing crops), and this could be developed as the ‘project-based’ component to this information sharing platform.
If you are interested in taking one of these courses (enrolling before September 20th), please submit the form below and we’ll be in touch with your access details.
Ray’s team are looking for the following information:
How is the ‘cart’ experience? (Using our discount code, you will check out a $0 course)
How intuitive is it to navigate this site? Anything confusing or difficult to find?
Do you find notifications too much, too few, or just right?
What features are missing, which would really make this awesome for you?
And of course: Bugs!
It’s preferable that beta testers are comfortable using Loom or a similar screen-recording software to make short videos describing the experience, what isn’t working, what you would change, etc.
If you aren’t able to do so, you must at least be able to screenshot the window.
There are no other entry requirements.
After you submit, a member of our team will be in touch with your discount code and details about where to log your feedback.
The International Permaculture CoLab have introduced an Events Aggregator to auto-magically integrate events submitted from across our network. As well as events hosted in the Permaculture CoLab itself (such as our quarterly Open Space events), we also promote events from regional permaculture associations, regenerative communities, social innovation and systems literacy, and other allied movements. Events can be filtered by location, language and topic.View our calendar at perma.earth/events and use this form to submit a one-off event, or this one to link your own events calendar and we will set it to fetch the events that you tell us to, at a frequency determined by you. We envision building a commons around this knowledge asset, allowing the ongoing development to be co-designed by those who benefit from its existence. Email the Calendar Coordinators to learn more!
The Permaculture CoLab is incubating a new circle – the Funding Circle. As we expand into new Domains we are looking for people with experience and / or a strong interest in learning all about funding applications and helping people accessing funds for their Permaculture activities, work and projects.