Convergence Research

A research into tools, best practices and learnings from various online, blended and live permaculture convergence organisers across the globe.


Aimee Fenech, Cândida Shinn, Daniel Mello-Mattos

Reporting Officer: Aimee Fenech

Previously also: Maria Prieto, Annaik LeNet, Naomi Joy Smith


Network Weaving, Next Steps project, Capacity+ project

objectives for 2022

Convergence organisers and participants will benefit from this work with access to learnings from previous experiences and recommendations. By working with members of PIRN, IPCC and others we will be strengthening the collaboration bonds between teams whilst working towards a common goal. We will also be raising the visibility of CoLab in the larger permaculture community.


A design and collection of effective practices and most common challenges, feedback that convergence organisers can refer to when preparing online and blended convergences and that other permaculture colab Circles and organizers can integrate into strategy about services to offer to organizers in the permaculture movement.

objectives for 2023

–  Springboard from findings in case studies performed in the previous research phase.

–  Ongoing identification of convergences to include in proceeding stages of research.

–  Share findings of the research using a variety of methods.

–  Perform outreach via a diversity of channels and methods, within and beyond CoLab.

–  Collaborate with the CoLab “Global Permaculture Movement Map” and “Permaculture Convergence website aggregator” activities.

OUTCOMES for 2023

We have collated feedback from last years research report across a number of CoLab members, research participants and stakeholders. Identified focus areas for the next research phase based on the feedback. Shortlisted a number of convergences to be the subject of this phase of the research work.

A collaboration has been initiated with Permaculture Convergence Aggregator / Website and the Global Permaculture Movement Map teams including sharing of a database of past convergences.

We have been in close collaboration with the communications team to handle external and internal communications with CoLab members and newsletter readers.

objectives for 2024

1. Training resources for event organizers.

2. Outreach from the research team.

3. External Research through consultants/existing organisers of events.

4. Case studies to check hypothesis (eg. problem = lack of training on subject a, > provided with training > how has this changed from starting point).

OUTCOMES for 2024