General Circle Incubation

General Circle incubation

Support the incubation of the General Circle for the Permaculture CoLab.


Aimee Fenech, Nenad Maljković


Circle incubation and nourishment, Capacity+ project


Better coherence and communication across circles, a space to discuss CoLab-wide issues, possibility for cross-circle leanings and collaboration.


Provide coordination, note taking, external facilitation and general support for the incubation of the Circle.



We propose to host a Microsolidarity program for the CoLab and allied community networks including GRC, Ecolise, Deep Adaptation Forum and others who may be interested in this practice. We would use the cohort model. Microsolidarity is a community building practice that helps to build structures for belonging. We would apply the deep listening framework dsigned by Katie Carr from Deep Adaptation Forum.

The program will involve a series of 4 calls of 90 minutes each, spread out over 4 weeks, and set up at a convenient time. The calls involve doing a series of community building practices and working in groups of different sizes. We would aim to have around 20-30 people joining this program.

As an adjunct to the meetings, participants will be recommended some light reading materials. The purpose of the program is to practice different relational modalities with a view to sow the seeds for a mutual aid circle.


Aimee Fenech, Charlie Wilson, Jyotsna Maan


Training and eLearning, Capacity+ project


Aimee has already received C+ funding to attend the Microsolidarity training during the first year and has been a deep adaptation facilitator for 2 years serving the Deep Adaptation community. The incubation of a mutual aid circle is an explicit deliverable for the C+ project and we hope that this creates impetus towards this practice.

Participants will benefit by feeling that are an active part of a larger community doing meaningful work. By working in different sized groups, participants will realize that these groups serve different needs. Participants will explore ideas around power, authority and hierarchy. This can help to create a constructive and radical approach to transforming power dynamics.


A microsolidarity programme following the cohort model:

Instead of using the Case study model using Deep listening framework from Deep Adaptation

NONAME Network Weaving

NONAME Network Weaving

The NONAME Network Weaving initiative aims to facilitate connections across boundaries of impact networks such as Permaculture CoLab worldwide, without inviting people to join one more online community or a platform. Whenever an initiative is given a name a boundary emerges (who’s in and who’s out). By choosing to not name our initiative we are positioning ourselves to work across boundaries.

The long-term goal is to catalyse a functional global network of networks, through support of collaborations across boundaries of impact networks worldwide, mainly by closing triangles and supporting emergence of small groups. An “open triangle” exists where one person knows two other people who are not yet connected to each other: the triangle is closed by introducing these two people to each other.



Carolina Carvalho, Nenad Maljkovic


Network Weaving, Capacity+ project


  • Increased CoLab visibility in other aligned networks.

  • Active connection between the CoLab and stewards from other networks, hopefully leading to meaningful collaborations.

  • A cross-pollination event that will benefit members of all participating communities for exposure to different ideas, backgrounds / approaches.

  • Opportunity for CoLab network weavers to learn and share insights with peers.

  • NONAME initiative microsite at with minimum viable map embedded:


A minimum of 5 triangle closing sessions with Permaculture CoLab connectors and stewards from other impact networks / communities, a minimum of 2 small group cross-network weaving sessions bringing together several communities.

Learn Team

Learn Team

The Learn team is attempting to create both free and paid educational permaculture resources that can be accessed by anybody.

The Learn team receives a small amount of funding from the Next Steps Project that is for LMS digital licenses, plugins, and web hosting.

They have also received funding from the Emergent Festival.

Find the Learn website here

Project Aims

The aim of the project is to create a pool of resources that align with permaculture values. This will provide value, it will give a platform for teachers and facilitators to offer their work,  and it will help to bring people into the CoLab space.


Aimee Fenech, Charlie Wilson, Daniel Atwell

Reporting Officer: Charlie Wilson


Training and eLearning, Next Steps project, Capacity+ project


February 2023

We have already built a course that shows users how to navigate the LMS. This means that they can easily build their own online courses and host them on the Learn website.

Our focus now is on building out more resources. When we have a website with a number of resources, we believe that it will be easier to attract other teachers who want to add their own courses to the Learn website.


 September 2023 Update

We have created an online course – Designing Work Spaces For All. It is now being reviewed and tested.

We have created the CoLab Podcast. One new episode will be released per month.

We are hosting a Transition Facilitators Training course from September- November 2023. Recordings will be available for those who cannot make it live. 

resources created

contact links

Minimum Viable Academy (CoLab Training)

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.