There are many different ways to support the CoLab; most we are not even aware of yet. This means that the most important thing, if you find the CoLab interesting, is to get in touch.
However, there are these four main ways that people currently get involved:
The Stewards help steer the CoLab and identifying opportunities to enhance the effectiveness and coherence of local to global permaculture. Become a Steward by application when places become available. These opportunities will be widely circulated, with preference given to people that have been involved in the CoLab in other roles.
For people that want to help projects in a variety of ways – secretary, facilitators, translation, fundraising, mentoring, network connections, map making, enterprise advice, etc.
Contact the secretariat to get involved.
Working Groups: Collaborating on Themes
People developing ideas, research and projects to enhance our local to global movement. New projects can become part of the CoLab by making a proposal to the Stewardship Council, initially via the secretariat. Successful projects can then support new projects to develop, passing on their knowledge and skills. There will be a variety of group types – communities of interest may be the first step for many initiatives – exploring current practice and opportunities for development.
Work on a Theme
If you are inspired to support the development of collaboration and coherence in the international permaculture movement, and can see an opportunity to use the CoLab network to develop a specific area of idea or action, please get in touch.
Please refer to the vision, mission and aims in About to ensure your proposal fits with the CoLab.
For those wanting to observe the CoLab process, find out about the latest projects and opportunities, sign up to newsletter at the bottom of the page.
People wishing to contribute will work in their own time to complete tasks and check-in with individuals and groups they are allocated to/choose to work with. There will be opportunities to follow a personal area of interest or support a new developing group, event or idea. It’s up to you. We anticipate that you will contribute approximately 2-5 hours a week, completed when you have the time.
For virtual collaboration to work we create a balance between three “modes” of communication and collaboration: in-person meetings, synchronous (video and typed instant messaging) and asynchronous (typed only, recorded video, etc.).