Global Permaculture Movement Map
What is this project doing?
The aim of this project is to create an online map of strategic permaculture associations and networks worldwide.
We want the map to be accessible, and able to be updated and maintained by the community. In future phases of work, we hope to include local groups and projects on the map.
Who are the beneficiaries of this project?
- People in the network globally
- New entrants (individuals new to permaculture) that want to connect to projects, groups and organisations near them
- Permaculture organisations, networks and groups that want to connect and collaborate, and attract new entrants.
How will it make an impact?
This project will allow greater self-organisation across the network and better ’self-knowledge’, leading to improved funding proposals, events and effective organising. It will also facilitate growth of the movement by enabling interested individuals to connect with their local networks, groups and projects.
Kate Swatridge, Andy Goldring, Maria Paez
Reporting Officer: Kate Swatridge
Network Weaving, Next Steps Project
Review existing permaculture maps (and databases and surveys) (e.g. Permaculture Association Britain (PAB) database, Permaculture Global (Geoff Lawton), P. Convergence aggregator website database, The Next Big Step organisational survey, EUPN Europe map, etc).
Publish list of current maps, with notes on their uses and limitations, on an initial project webpage on perma.earth.
Identify expected map users and their needs.
Define who to be included on the map (in this phase of funding and in future phases). As part of this, collaborate with Outreach & Engagement project team to develop a taxonomy of permaculture movement for the purposes of CoLab.
Draft a high level specification for the map (to include purpose, audience, accessibility requirements, data fields, desired features and functionality).
On-board the new International Coordinator from PAB to this project.
Find and recruit mapping tech person to help deliver map as per specification (which can evolve as we learn).
Review initial mapping software review work done by Luis Tiago. Do further research of Free Open Source Software (FOSS) mapping platforms as required and select one. (https://ripess.eu/en/digital-solidarity-economy-an-ecosystem-of-free-software-platforms/ )
Identify data fields to be included on the map. Draft questions for the data collection form. Set up form.
Administer a pilot survey (using data collection form) to a mix of at least 20 regional and national networks or associations. Test questions and use data to create a very simple Pilot Map v1. To enable data testing as minimum, could also seek feedback from potential users and mapees, and may also test platform. This may or may not be on the desired mapping platform.
Complete a phase 1 retrospective and design phase 2 and phase 3 of the project.
September 2023 Update
- Researched existing permaculture maps, some other online maps and current mapping technology.
- Developed a simple taxonomy of the permaculture movement.
- Been defining who we expect to include on the map in phase 1.
- Started a high level specification and design exploration giving consideration to overall structure, and where and how the underlying database will be updated and stewarded.
- Welcomed and onboarded to the team the International Coordinator from Permaculture Association Britain.