Minimum Viable Academy (CoLab Training)

A training program to cover:

  • Governance training

  • Change & Evaluation training

  • Digital Collaboration training

  • Economic practice training

  • Facilitation training

Delivered by the MVA team in collaboration with other facilitators by the beginning of October 2022.

With particular attention to Permaculture CoLab’s needs as identified through the Permaculture Design work carried out in 2021, also by surveying the current active landscape and anticipating what is emergent in the ecosystem.

Please note that from 2024 the MVA Project also encompasses the Re-evaluation Counselling Scholarship Fund Project. 


Aimee Fenech, Jyo Maan, Andrew Langford, Vida Ashmole

Reporting Officer: Jyo Maan



Training and eLearning, Next Steps project, Capacity+ project

objectives 2022

1. Demonstration of different trainings and facilitation methods and tools

2. Practical applications for active members in the different circles and working groups to try out

3. Artifacts in various formats that can be used in a variety of ways eg eLearning courses, podcasts, social media teasers, eResource database

4. We will use training and courses created as offers to other networks including GRC, DAF and others from within the Digital Circle enterprise model (including income sharing)

5. We will share our findings from followups of the trainings within the colab, including outcome harvesting and outcome mapping designs

6. We will create spaces enabling cross community collaboration & networking


  • Permaculture CoLab Ecocycle Planning 4 hour workshop + artifacts delivered in 2 sessions

  • Hosting an Inclusive space – 3 part series workshops of 1.5 hours each + artifacts

  • Remote collaboration 101 1.5 hour webinar + artifacts + recording + personal consultation time for each circle / group for real life application if needed

  • Wise crowds for self-generative business practices – delivered in 2 sessions of 3 hours

  • Happy Money Story Fishbowl exp + artifacts + recording 3 sessions of 1 to 2 hours

objectives 2023

1. Understand the needs of the CoLab wider membership.

2. Set out the program in service of general CoLab needs before the end of April 2023.

3. Deliver the program by the End of the third quarter, October 2023, with associated artifacts and recordings.


Cross Network Collaboration Completed.

Conflict Transformaiton for Self-Organized Teams Completed.

Ethical Business Practices using Permaculture Principles is scheduled for Oct 11, 2023.

objectives 2024

1. Deliver a training programe for the CoLab which is self-elective.

2. Create associated artifacts and recordings from training to enable CoLab members to take the training on an adhoc basis.

3. Promote the existing OMBRA course open for CoLab members.

4. Fill the allocated scholarship slots for the RC trio of courses according to standard rates. Re-evaluation counseling / liberation from oppression, using RC tools for co-creation/conflict navigation scholarship slots 20; 10 for Reclaiming discharge – openings limited.



All objectives were met. See the resources created for more information.