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Re: [naturalbuilding-41] The Permaculture Guild is Expanding The Permaculture Guild Global Meetup Network

From: Ken B.
Sent on: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 10:06 PM
Peggy,

To a large degree, Gaia's Gardians Permaculture grew organically out of The St Petersburg Permaculture Guild Meetup which I started in 2008 in conjunction with this Meetup. The Tampa Bay Bioregional Permaculture Guild Meetup and The Alachua County Permaculture Guild Meetup are two more examples of Meetup Groups I started in 2008 and 2009 as part of the strategic plan I'm delineating in these writings.

Bill Bilodeau, started Gaia's Guardians following a recommendation from Koreen to start a book study group, which he did, I hooked Bill back up to the St Petersburg Meetup and showed him how to use the tool making him a co-organizer of that meetup. Bill Bilodeau, an amazing gardener for many years, did our PDC at the Earthship site in Myakka City Feb/March of 2009 with a really great teacher, person and comedian, Wayne Weisman. Many years experience to boot...now you know some of the rest of the story....

Anyway, I guess what it comes down to is I can do it for Polk County and train a few people to run it for your community but it would be good if we could get some donations to help pay for the cost of $4.00 per month per Meetup. A hot button from this new Meetup would go to your new website, list serve or whatever, along with any other links to organizations affiliated to permaculture stuff in Polk County. A lean mean connection machine!

I would also need the names of the watershed or watersheds being overlaid by the Polk County boundary footprint.as we need a meetup group for each major watershed in Florida to execute the bioregional design projects, and we might as well start with the watershed you're sitting on for starts. So this makes two more new meetups in Florida.that are part of The Permaculture Guild Global Meetup Network. Not bad for eight dollars a month or $96 dollars a year for both.

This can and should come from donations within the county population, as it is a community resource which has value and a key component in the implementation process of a regenerative permaculture design, county wide.

Do you think that the people of Polk County can come up with $96.00 per year for two Meetups that get people out into the gardens and connect face to face in a variety of ways? One to facilitate a shift to regenerative living within the borders of Polk County and the other to make sure that whatever watershed segment that falls within the county is regenerative as well, just serving to heal the entire river basin, as an example. We can help get this process up and running all we need is a bit of funding. 

By the way, I love your vision for living the simple life, right there with you on that one.

Just let me know what I can do to help. It will be my pleasure to do so.

Ken




On Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 7:47 PM, Peggy Campbell <[address removed]> wrote:
Been thinking about that, Ken, a Polk Guild.  Maybe someone will do this.  I'm currently moderating and organizing and ??? the Barefoot Gardeners web page, yahoo group and FB page and the Barefoot Creek FB page (website coming) and Newsletter.  And an organizer with Connect Polk.  I am one of the most energetic people one could ever know but do have my limits.  We are also very involved with transitioning Barefoot Creek into a Permaculture site, grow and sell veggies at the Farmers Market, work part time for money to keep our ever increasing simple life afloat.  I do dream of and am progressing towards a much simpler life that includes as much of nature and natural as possible, even including creating, playing with the gifts of nature and intelligence we've all been given combined with caring, consideration, communicating and connecting. 
The Polk Guild Meet up could be set up by the ones in our Connect Polk who currently organize our Gaias Garden Book Study group.  :-)

From: Ken Benway <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Tuesday, December 17,[masked]:37 PM
Subject: Re: [naturalbuilding-41] The Permaculture Guild is Expanding The Permaculture Guild Global Meetup Network

Simple Peggy,

 I think that we need to create a new Meetup group for Polk County. And I further suggest that the name of this Meetup group be: "The Polk County Permaculture Guild Meetup." I can assist you with this process if you wish. I also suggest that you keep with this name because eventually it will give your community, dare I say, "brand recognition", but in a good, not for profit kind of way and users can count on consistency across any Meetup group that follows our template and has the name profile of "The (fill in the blank) Permaculture Guild" For me, I like it when a name says what it means, and means what it says. What the name clearly suggests is that this Meetup is part of a uniform global network, come visit us and take a look at what we're doing! Uniform and reliably consistent connectivity throughout the global network.


On Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 6:24 PM, Peggy Campbell <[address removed]> wrote:
And, I thank you for offering the calendar of the page for events.  I can add it to my current check list of "free" promotional tools that I use for each event at Barefoot Creek! 

And how do we simplify and consolidate when necessary and efficient and effective to do so and then separate when it's also good.  Here in our county, Polk, we are facing these questions with Connect Polk.  Polk county is  a big geographical area.  Do we travel for 45 minitues to help someone with their garden and then have them travel over to us for the same reason or do we step up the connections in our own immedaite walking distances.  Temporarily travel far until we have established connections closer to us?  So many things to think about that would not have been in our parents heads to think about--all made possible because of the fabulous???   internet!

From: Peggy Campbell <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Tuesday, December 17,[masked]:01 PM

Subject: Re: [naturalbuilding-41] The Permaculture Guild is Expanding The Permaculture Guild Global Meetup Network

 
Great ideas, Alex and Ken!  Networking, not reinventing the wheel, connecting, centralizing, organizing, yet simplifying by localizing.  I can see it!


Peg, Co-creating at Barefoot Creek

http://www.localharvest.org/barefoot-creek-scottys-produce-M28669
https://www.facebook.com/BarefootCreekFlorida
http://thebarefootgardener.org/
http://connectpolk.com/


From: Ken Benway <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Tuesday, December 17,[masked]:56 PM
Subject: Re: [naturalbuilding-41] The Permaculture Guild is Expanding The Permaculture Guild Global Meetup Network

I wanted to mention that if say for example, PRI would let us put a hot button on the left side of this Meetup, our members could just click it and go directly to the PRI website. Any major permaculture organization could have a hot button as well, like Permaculture Activist, Permaculture Magazine, Grow Permaculture, etc. It will cost them nothing for us to give them this exposure. Donations however, are gladly accepted.


On Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 5:47 PM, Ken Benway <[address removed]> wrote:
Great question Alex. I think that it's a great idea, What organizations do you suggest we integrate with? Let's make it happen! Cooperation is always a two way street. There is no point posting events already on a calendar somewhere else. There is a point however, to letting this membership know where to go to find events at other locations, or other websites.

Thanks for the great feedback Alex. Brilliant idea.

Ken


On Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 5:17 PM, Alex Barcia <[address removed]> wrote:
I'm not sure I understand...if it's a forum for communication, both permies and pri have active forums with a broad range of topics and years of history in those already discussed...might it not be beneficial to integrate rather than segregate?  

My gut says adding many more options will serve to confuse and possibly scatter the energy that is already online. 

Again I am sure I'm not understanding the ultimate goal and look forward to seeing any further interactions.  

Sent from my iPhone 


On Dec 17, 2013, at 3:02 PM, Ken Benway <[address removed]> wrote:

Hello fellow Guilders,
For those who have read the email thread, subject title:"The Permaculture Guild Strategic Plan Part IV, you might remember me asking if anyone had any ideas about what the next step was in the Strategic Plan. I received zero responses. Since we really can't afford to waste time, I'll go ahead and put my recommendation out for the next step in this design process.
Expand The Permaculture Guild Global Meetup Network as described as a component of the first element of the three element strategic plan triad.
To Review what I've already written about in the recent past:
Part 1 This being the internet, communications and information sharing, and related technologies. Esentially this element boils down to effective communications, data sharing and input/feedback loops to all three elements of the strategic plan element triad.
Part 2 This being the actual permaculture design of the geographical footprint of the pattern in question, regardless of the scale of the design. These designs might be anything from an apartment to an entire continent or ocean, and everything in between. Geographical Information Systems, or GIS for short, with GIS compatible platforms, editing software and trained personnel, are critical to the success of this phase or element. This is essentially the actual permaculture design, in its fully expressed regenerative form, period.
Part 3 This being the actual implementation of the design in the real world. And, as I've mentioned previously this is fundamentally the most important element in the triad. Why? Because the entire point of the design is to simply be the "blueprint" for the implementation and facilitation, of the physical design. Otherwise what is the point? And the most important reason that this element is the most important of the three, is that we can't get the end game accomplished without this element, and we don't necessarily need the other two to do this. It will just take a hell of a lot longer to accomplish our goals, without the help of the other two elements. Make sense everyone?
And to reiterate, all three triad elements are fulling interacting with each other like a sophisticated organism of human interaction, if you get what I mean. A fully circular, dynamic matrix of sharing information and energies which can potentially cause the process to be accelerated to unimaginable speeds. I'm talking about full implementation in decades, not centuries.
Now back to Meetup. So I propose that we start at least 21 new permaculture guild Meetup groups, and start expanding The Permaculture Guild Global Meetup Network. The cost to do this is only $4.00 per month per Meetup group. That's only $84.00 per month for this phase of our expansion process.
So what are these new Meetups for? I'm glad you asked. I will list them in order of priority, at least from my point of view.
1. The St Johns River Basin Bioregional Permaculture Guild
2. The Suwannee River Basin Bioregional Permaculture Guild
3. The Florida Permaculture Guild
4. The Georgia Permaculture Guild
5. The Alabama Permaculture Guild
6. The Mississippi River Basin Bioregional Permaculture Guild
7. The Cumberland River Basin Bioregional Permaculture Guild
8. The Cape Fear River Basin Bioregional Permaculture Guild
9. The Gulf of Mexico Marine System Permaculture Guild
10. The Northern Atlantic Ocean Permaculture Guild
11. The Canada Permaculture Guild
12. The Mexico Permaculture Guild
13. The North American Permaculture Guild
14. The Northern Pacific Ocean Permaculture Guild
15. The Self-Governance Permaculture Guild
16. The Land & Nature Stewardship Permaculture Guild
17. The Built Environment Permaculture Guild
18. The Tools & Technology Permaculture Guild
19. The Culture & Education Permaculture Guild
20. The Health & Wellness Permaculture Guild
21. The Finance & Economics Permaculture Guild
22. The Transition Gaia Permaculture Guild
23. The Biosphere Permaculture Guild
24. The Japan Permaculture Guild
25. The China Permaculture Guild
26. The United States Permaculture Guild
So the next step is how to pay for these Meetup Groups, and of course, as always, feedback and suggestions are both welcomed and encouraged. I suggest we ask for donations, set up a checking account, start raising funds, and get these puppies up and running. That's what I think. How about you? We are talking about the cost of a cup of coffee at Starbucks, per Meetup, per month. Can you not see the potential impact that these Meetup groups would have towards the design, and the implementation process of our designs?
And this is only the top tier of the Meetup network of which we speak. We have Meetups planned for every continent, ocean, sea, country, state or province, county, major city or town on the current geopolitical side and one for every river basin, major watersheds, including tributary watersheds from the first order down to the highest order watershed practical.
So, we don't have to bite the financial bullet for the entire planet. But please remember that this is a Global Meetup Group. Always has been and always will be. So the idea is to spread the word and connect, learn, and work with each other, all across the planet, as one dynamic, synergistic and regenerative human community, including regenerative populations of all life forms, from the top of the food chain, all the way down.
This seed just happens to have been planted in Florida. It could have been anywhere, doesn't really matter. As a matter of fact, there are many permaculture guild Meetup groups already out there. I belong to a few. You might want to search Meetup and see where some of these meetups are. Let us know, so we can network with them. These cost us nothing, and knowing and connecting with these groups would allow us to share information and communicate with each other across the planet, eventually.
Any volunteers to be the treasurer, secretary and president of this baby organization. Anyone have an existing non-profit that we could do a DBA under? As far as I'm concerned we can't get these new Meetup groups up and running quickly enough. The first nine or so Meetup groups are critical and would only cost $36.00 per month. Let's do this!
Ken
p.s. please excuse typos, etc., as I'm in a bit of a hurry. later...
 




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