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


Training and eLearning


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: https://www.microsolidarity.cc/practices/how-to-run-a-practice-program

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

Minimum Value Academy

Minimum Viable Academy

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.


Aimee Fenech, Stefan Morales, Nenad Maljkovic, Jyo Mann


Training and eLearning


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

Power & Permaculture

Power & Permaculture

To develop an online transformative course covering power and equity in permaculture.
This course will have two aims:

– to provide a shared language and understanding across all of our associated networks, reducing inequitable power, increasing understanding and generating real change / culture shift!

– to empower and share the skills of marginalised and experienced facilitators teaching others about power, through facilitator-led pods, generating revenue for Colab members.

As an online course this can be taken in self-study format lowering the barriers for people taking the course. The course could also optionally be taught by an experienced teacher, offering a more in-depth learning experience, potentially in a blended format.


Wal , Claudiu, Suzie, Luiza, Meera, Paula, Samantha 


Training and E-Learning


CoLab members, Permaculture community and allied networks will benefit from the content of this course, with increased understanding – greater understanding leading to greater cooperation and more solidarity, justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

Facilitators who are marginalised will benefit from being paid to lead, as well as being recognised in a wider setting as leaders in this topic, being paid fairly for their work.

CoLab (and PAB) will benefit as a leader in JEDI work (justice, equity, diversity and inclusion)

Educators and teachers will benefit from continuous professional development (CPD)

Permaculture community will benefit from greater understanding of what People Care and Fair Shares means now after this year; fostering a culture of accountability and designing safety measures for people who are learning, practising, and impacted by the permaculture movement.


A course covering power and equity, from a permaculture focused perspective:

Course Structure:

– Re framing Power Module
– Anti-Racism Module
– Decolonization Module
– Gender Roles and Sexism Module
– Queer Permaculture Module
– Accountability

Safety when volunteering / vulnerability Module (including online.. burnout prevention? Care labour etc? … discuss Rights & how to assert them)

Changing our PDC curriculum in light of equity Module

Action / Next Steps module – including signing up at CoLab and other allied networks

Opportunities created for facilitators to hold small groups of learners through this training, complemented with coaching/consulting/evaluation for working groups.

Options for blended learning, self study online, or pods online.

Online Learning Platform and Educator Commons Collaboration

Online Learning Platform

Educator Commons Collaboration

The Educators Membership and Permaculture Association are co-developing an online learning platform and commons to enable the delivery of remote and blended permaculture and other modules and courses.

The online learning platform will be developed to a state where it is possible for CoLab and its allied networks to create their own online courses. This platform can be used later for upskilling and onboarding into CoLab itself for example.


Ewan Findley


Training and eLearning


Use this learning to make a template for CoLab and it’s wider network to create courses and engage CoLab in the best use of resources to develop a course.
Promote the CoLab through the Online Learning project course and communications (MOG’s, educators slack, newsletters, commons meetings etc), so to engage more people with CoLab


Help them identify the best technologies and processes to support which will be the basis of our learning:
– The move to open source platform
– Align the tech with Open badges
– Blended Transformative learning
– Reach a wider audience
– Develop their current work on accessibility, inclusion and equity
– Reaching further with their international educators membership for the commons