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Building Various Permaculture Guilds Around the Permaculture Flower and the Design Evolution Process.

From: Ken B.
Sent on: Friday, January 10, 2014 10:57 AM

Hello Fellow Guilders,

I realize it's been a few weeks since I've sent anything significant out to our group other than a few links to some great articles. I've been somewhat focused on Facebook the past few weeks, networking with some great people from all over North America. There's a lot of buzz happening around the North American Permaculture Convergence currently scheduled for sometime in August of this year. In fact, there is a lot of buzz regarding permaculture on Facebook, on a wide range of important topics.

The last time I spoke about the strategic plan for The Permaculture Guild we were discussing the next step in the process being the establishment of various smaller, more focused guilds that are a reflection of the various petals of the permaculture flower.

I've mentioned on numerous occasions that this Meetup is non-locational and has a global focus. I realize this is not exactly how Meetup is intended to be used, but due to the nature of how we intend on building our global network, this Meetup group is kind of a template that other permaculture Meetups can look to for ideas on how we use various guilds to build more cohesive communities, by organizing human resources in a way that aligns with the permaculture design evolution process and the permaculture flower as described by David Holmgren.

So, what we have done is to create a total of 10 new groups (for starters), eight of which have been designed to support the development of permaculture guilds with a specific functional focus. To have created these 10 new groups on Meetup would cost us $40.00 per month, or $480.00 per year. We are not in a position at this time, to cover these kind of expenses, however I was determined to find a way to move this process forward. Fortunately, creating groups on Facebook is free, and although not ideal for the long term, it is a start. Something, is sometimes better than nothing.

Below is a list of the ten new Facebook groups and the links to them. If you are currently on Facebook please consider joining them and becoming involved with the discussions on these new groups. If you are not on Facebook, please consider setting up an account with them and get involved with permaculture on Facebook. There are some really, really awesome resources available through this important, high profile, online venue called Facebook. If you love permaculture, you owe it to yourself to give permaculture on Facebook a shot.

1. Permaculture Ethics & Design Principles

2. The Land & Nature Stewardship Permaculture Guild

3. The Built Environment Permaculture Guild

4. The Tools & Technology Permaculture Guild

5. The Education & Culture Permaculture Guild

6. The Health & Spiritual Well Being Permaculture Guild

7. The Finances & Economics Permaculture Guild

8. The Land Tenure & Community Governance Permaculture Guild

9. Transitioning a Bioregion (The Permaculture Guild)

10. The Surveying & Mapping Permaculture Guild

Finally, I really wish to thank Laurie Wind for her talent, dedication and spending her valuable time creating these various facebook groups for the benefit of us all. Thank you Laurie!

Have a great day, and as always, feedback and suggestions or questions are welcomed and encouraged.

Ken Benway- founding member of The Permaculture Guild




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