- Commenced: 01/04/2011
- Submitted: 05/10/2011
- Last updated: 05/10/2012
- Location: Washington DC, USA; Oxford, UK; Paris, France; Nairobi, Kenya
- Website: theresilienceinitiative.org
- Climate zone: Wet/Dry Tropical
Legend of Badges
Note: The various badges displayed in people profiles are largely honesty-based self-proclamations by the individuals themselves. There are reporting functions users can use if they know of blatant misrepresentation (for both people and projects). Legitimacy, competency and reputation for all people and projects can be evidenced and/or developed through their providing regular updates on permaculture work they’re involved in, before/after photographs, etc. A spirit of objective nurturing of both people and projects through knowledge/encouragement/inspiration/resource sharing is the aim of the Worldwide Permaculture Network.
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With the exception of the ‘Member’ who has never taken a PDC, all of the above can apply to become a PRI PDC Teacher. PRI PDC Teachers are those who the PRI recognise, through a vetting board, as determined and competent to teach the full 72-hour course as developed by Permaculture founder Bill Mollison – covering all the topics of The Designers’ Manual as well as possible (i.e. not cherry picking only aspects the teacher feels most interested or competent in). Such teachers also commit to focussing on the design science, and not including subjective spiritual/metaphysical elements. The reason these items are not included in the PDC curriculum is because they are “belief” based. Permaculture Design education concerns itself with teaching good design based on strategies and techniques which are scientifically provable.
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Community projects are projects that help develop sustainable community interaction and increase localised resiliency.
Project TypeUrban, Rural, Community, Philanthropic aid, Demonstration, Educational, Political
Resilience Now is an initiative to build resilience within fragile communities using the principles and practices of permaculture. It provides expertise and support to communities in need and the agencies that help them.
Resilience Now is an initiative to promote the application of permaculture principles and techniques to build resilient communities worldwide. Focusing initially upon the integration of permaculture ideas and practices into the areas of humanitarian response and disaster-risk reduction the initiative is working:
1) to gather and disseminate resources and guidelines on the use of permaculture in emergency environments and in highly vulnerable communities;
2) to promote the use of permaculture in the humanitarian sector through lobbying and advocacy;
3) to develop and support the implementation of permaculture based projects for disaster-risk reduction and resilience building within vulnerable communities, particularly in Africa.
The initiative was launched in June 2011 when we gave a presentation on the benefits of permaculture to humanitarian relief operations at the Second World Conference on Humanitarian Studies in Boston.
In September 2011 we led a discussion on the subject at the International Permaculture Convergence in Jordan together with Jean Renouf.
We are now in the process of:
1) developing research papers to illustrate the benefits of using permaculture in situations of chronic humanitarian crisis;
2) building a resource database for humanitarian workers and permaculturists intending to implement humanitarian response projects
3) seeking out project partners to begin the implementation of practical permaculture projects aimed at building the resilience of communities threatened by climate change, natural resource degradation and conflict
4) establishing resilience centres in Kenya and DRC where we will set up permaculture demonstration sites and engage in training and education of local communities in the use of permaculture design and support them in setting up a variety of social enterprises. You can find more information about these initiatives under the project title "Kudumu Resilience Centre"