Permaculture Convergence Aggregator

Permaculture Convergence Aggregator

The Permaculture Convergence Website will provide a history of permaculture convergences in the world. It will capture resources and promote support services to permaculture convergence organisers.


Project Aims

Bring to life a website to celebrate past convergences and offer support to future convergences.

The grant helps to support the website development, cover domain, hosting and project costs, micro enterprise development and service design.

Team

Capacity+ team: Kate Swatridge, Luis Tiago

Next Steps team (current team): Aimee Fenech, Ewan Findley, Xavier Bruzaud Grille

Reporting Officer: Aimee Fenech

Area

Network Weaving, Next Steps project

objectives – Capacity+

We will create a system that would make it easy for any individual, community or initiative to find accurate and up to date information about the various convergences we had until today online.

We will try to recover the lost information and provide a long term safe digital place to host that content.

We will also support the digital circle to spread its work and sustain in the long term for this digital infrastructure, finding ways of extra funding (donations ).

We will also continue to support the creation of new relations with those who are already in the movement.

We will continue weaving the work that the permaculture research convergence proposal group has done.

 

Objectives – Next Steps project 2023

February 2023

Receive a handover from the previous team about work already done.

Put together a strategy on how to approach this project and define/update objectives for year 1.

Identify costs for the services needed from the Digital Circle during this first year.

Put together an MVP for the website.

Put together a micro-enterprise development strategy document.

OUTCOMEs – capacity+

A website to catalyze collaboration in the international permaculture community, gathering online content of the permaculture convergences existing local, regional, and at a global scale. It will contribute as a online hub to support permaculture by mapping the diversity of content existing past convergences, has a historical hub and enableling new visions for future convergences.

 

 

OUTCOMEs – next steps project 2023

September 2023 Update

We aim to release the first version of the website by Mid-October.

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Diversity and Decolonization Community Pot

Diversity and Decolonisation Community Pot

The diversity and decolonisation community pot supports diversity and decolonisation work within the CoLab using two methods of access: diversity stipends for participation of people from a diverse background to contribute to existing projects and diversity grants which cover training and aligned events.

Project Aims 

For the diversity stipend: to provide funding assistance to individual CoLab members access to paid work within CoLab projects teams already in place.

For the diversity grant: to provide funding to groups working on training and education with the theme of diversity and decolonisation.

Team

Aimee Fenech

Reporting Officer: Aimee Fenech

Area

Diversity, participation and engagement, Network weaving, Next Steps project

objectives

Support diversity & decolonization activities, training & participation in the International Permaculture Colab.

OUTCOMEs for 2023

Stipends provided in 2023:

2 Stipends to work in the Tepla Gora Eco-Market Team
1 Stipend to work on reviewing diversity course within the Learn Team
1 Stipend for individual to manage the Diversity Grant within the Next Steps Project Manager function

Grants provided in 2023:

3 person team to work on Stories to Decolonize Permaculture
2 person team to work on online training course material – Designing Work Spaces for All
2 person team to work on digitizing the In-person Workshop around Inclusion in Workplace to online workshop

Welcoming and Community Garden Conversations

Welcoming and Community Garden Conversations

Welcoming and induction in the CoLab community using different modes of engagement (eg one to one, on-boarding, events etc). Monthly onboarding calls, adhoc one to one calls, mid-yearly events to promote and highlight projects and initiatives in the colab and the wider network.

An invitation to come to the table, weaving projects and connections for resilience, collaboration, and scaffolding.

Team

Charles Blass, Jyo Maan, Aimee Fenech, Pushpak Parmar

Reporting Officer: Jyo Maan

Area

Circle incubation and nourishment, Diversity, participation and engagement, Network weaving, Next Steps project

objectives

February 2023

Co-design facilitated calls in line with the frequency outlined in the higher objectives:
Monthly onboarding
Mid-yearly community weaving

Offer adhoc one-to-one calls to members of the CoLab when needed e.g. if they express a wish to become active quickly in one or more circles or working groups.

Raw meeting recordings, chat history & any notes accessible through a shared drive for half yearly community contributors gatherings;.

Digestible artifacts, eg. Pre-call welcoming email with the Communications Coordinator: who we are, what we are doing, what you can expect and what we expect of you and after an onboarding call: what now, who to talk to, where to go, skills mapping update request

Closing triangles – matching people coming in with spaces and people in the ecosystem to help them orient themselves e.g. project / person looking for funding refer to Tanya in the funding circle, add person to the channel and show them how to find the funding opportunities database

Brief follow up some months in, how are people doing, are they active, if no, why not, what additional support could be available?

Retrospective of on-boarding and engagement process to turn learnings into process improvements ongoing and annual

OUTCOMEs

September 2023 Update

Midyear community weaving completed.

 

resources created

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Communications, Outreach and Engagement

Communications, Outreach and Engagement

The Communications, Outreach and Engagement project is quite broad and wide-reaching. 

It has several aims;

  • To enhance communication within the CoLab and associated networks. To connect individuals and organizations. To try to create a sense of belonging.
  • To do engagement research into network weaving practices and processes, from the local level to the international level. 
  • Focusing on network weaving, in particular offering cross-network training and knowledge sharing events. 
  • To do outreach work from the CoLab to the wider permaculture audience. This will bring attention to the work we are doing in the CoLab and the resources we offer.
  • To prototype bringing in national and regional networks in order to support the CoLab and the wider permaculture movement. Aiming to bridge projects across bioregions through resources and cross-community engagement.

Team

Charlie Wilson, Aimee Fenech, Kate Swatridge, Hans Ryding

Reporting Officer: Charlie Wilson

Area

Network weaving, Diversity, participation and engagement, Next Steps project

objectives

February 2023

Updating the CoLab website and keeping it up to date with projects. Monthly newsletters for the general mailing list ie external comms. Uplifting the great work already happening in the CoLab & allied networks.

A. Identify our audiences and prioritize audience for year 1 activities. Prototype an “outreach package” i.e. a set of information on Colab and available services and information resource / course schedule etc. including contact information and possibly cost, as a “pitch”. Go for a specific size/scope. For instance: 30 min presentation, and 2 page summary. Finish within specific timeframe, for instance before the end of June.

B. Get feedback from within Colab on the “outreach package” (especially from the people offering/responsible for the services/information resources/courses etc. and adjust it accordingly. Have a specific timeframe for feedback, for instance July and August. And a timeframe for integration, for instance September.

C. Try contacting external organisations during September, and offering to give “pitch” using the “outreach package” at events, or directly to the board of the organisation etc. according to their preference. Reach out to a specific number of organisations in a specific timeframe (for instance 20 organizations the first year), do a specific number of “pitches” in a specific timeframe depending on response received.

D. Gather notes/feedback from the communication and adjust as we go along.

E. Track adoption from external organisations given a “pitch”. Do they partake of Colab services? Information resources? Courses? Did they end up joining the Colab? Aim for a specific amount of uptake over a specific timeframe. i.e. 3 new digital circle “customers” 2 new funding circle “customers”. Increased access numbers to information resources (views/month?), document engagement with the colab ie how are they active here in what capacity?

Revise the outreach package based on feedback. (for instance: Create a document of “bulk” feedback/notes after pitches (gathered by the persons giving the pitches), go through it last week of every month, make suggestions for changes to the “outreach package” within the following 2 weeks. Give time for gathering feedback from within Colab if necessary and do further changes accordingly, then adopt new version. Repeat process for each new version. Aim for, for instance, one revision the first year, and 3 every year for the rest of the project.)

OUTCOMEs

September 2023 Update

Aimee is acting in a consultancy role in this project. She is giving training. She attended the EUPC where she shared about the CoLab funding circle. She has promoted the funding circles service in GreaterThan for a possible collaboration.

Charlie and Aimee are working on a major overhaul of the Perma Earth website, so that everything is up to date, and easy to understand for people with no knowledge of the CoLab. The website will be used as a major tool for outreach work.

We have updated the History of the CoLab and the Projects pages. We are adding Services and Resources pages. We are creating different points of access on the website for different service users.

Kate and Hans have created a taxonomy of the permaculture movement to aid the comms, outreach and engagement work and the Global Permaculture Map project, and hopefully other projects.

Once the website is more up-to-date, Kate and Hans can begin their outreach work. 

resources created

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contact@perma.earth

Impact and Evaluation Support for Community-Based Permaculture Projects

Impact and Evaluation Support for Community-Based Permaculture Projects

This project is offering support to several grassroots / community permaculture projects that want to improve how they evaluate their work and assess its impact.

We work with participating projects to identify areas that they want to work on, agree a pathway to do that work which will be supported by online materials and courses, 1-1 coaching, small group workshops and peer to peer learning through a community forum.
Understanding and assessing impact can help projects to improve their work, access more and better funding, and contribute to a collective evidence base of the impact of permaculture projects.

Previous work has shown that many community permaculture projects are aware that they should be measuring their impact and doing monitoring and evaluation but need help to get started. This project will help up to ten projects directly, and will use learnings to develop wider support in this area.

Team

Kate Swatridge, Aimee Fenech

Reporting Officer: Kate Swatridge

Area

Network Weaving, Prototyping, Next Steps Project

objectives

Project Objectives for Year 1

Design the client support package (‘the offer’).

Define eligibility criteria for client projects and selection process.
Create application form.

Draft Terms of Reference / Commitment for client projects to sign up to.

Communicate (advertise) the  offer and invite applications.

Select first three client projects.  

Hold initial meeting with each project, identify their needs. Seek commitment from their leadership team. 

Research, plan and co-design a pathway for them, ready to start early 2024.  

Identify stacking opportunities between the three projects and their needs.

Integrate individual pathways into a single workplan for Group 8 project team.

Design & setup micro-grant system. Criteria & what can be claimed for, how to apply, consent process, funds disbursement (10 payments over 3 years).

Project management, admin and reporting.

OUTCOMEs

April 2023 Update

This project has not started yet, beyond some initial project planning. This was planned and is due to capacity constraints of the team. Work will commence in earnest in September.

This project will offer bespoke support to several permaculture projects that are wanting to start or improve their evaluation and impact assessment. This could include 1-1 support, access to online courses, and group workshops. More details to follow. If you are working with a project that would be interested in this service, please contact us. There will be an application / selection process depending on level of interest. The service will be free to projects but will require a time and enthusiasm commitment!

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