As you know, a big part of permaculture and our local group's philosophy is based on the idea of true grassroots, peer-to-peer sharing of knowledge and skills in order to create more resilient households and communities.
In that spirit, we've teamed up with Hour Exchange Portland (http://www.hourexchangeportland.org/index.htm), our local "time bank," to create a celebratory day of skill-sharing, music, food and fun. This event is being called HourFest 2011 because people can use time bank hours (or money) to register for the event and earn time bank hours by offering a skill-share session, playing music, providing food for the event, etc. For more background on this kind of event, you might take a look at Boston SkillShare (http://bostonskillshare.org/2011/info) which has evolved over the years into a full weekend extravaganza (though without the time banking component).
Details & Action Items
This all-volunteer event will be evolving over the next few weeks so check the event's web site frequently (https://sites.google.com/site/hourfest/). Mark your calenders for April 9th for the first ever HourFest shill-share event in Portland! BIG: Consider offering a skill-share session of 1.25 hours (including Q&A) on something you know how to do! Earn timebank hours, too. Here is the little form to submit your skill-share session (https://sites.google.com/site/hourfest/offer-a-workshop). Here's an example of the kinds of sessions (http://bostonskillshare.org/2010/workshops) offered at other skill-share festivals to get your creative juices flowing.
More details coming soon, but just wanted to make sure all you skilled permaculture fans got the news about this asap.