12th April 2024

Planning meeting with Kim

lorena stove

Summary

steven and Kim discussed their experiences with community-driven projects, energy efficiency solutions, and refugee settlements, emphasizing the importance of effective documentation and inclusive practices. They explored the potential of permaculture as a methodology to address various issues and the possibility of creating a new permaculture foundation. Lastly, they shared their insights on working with refugees and marginalized communities, highlighting the need to recognize and reward achievements, not create barriers to entry.

Exploring Initiatives and Community Solutions

steven and Kim discussed various initiatives and programs Kim had managed, including a three-year project funded by multiple sources and her experiences hosting refugees and Brazilian students. They explored the challenges of matching funding sources and the importance of decentralized, community-based solutions, with a focus on energy efficiency and the use of local resources. Additionally, they touched upon the potential for funding community garden projects in rural Africa and the strategic use of local and natural resources to meet community needs. Kim’s involvement in a Christian group and her Buddhist background also formed part of the discussion.

Exploring Projects and Enhancing Evaluation Systems

steven and Kim discussed the impact of a Dutch employer’s organization on employee health, the merger of two different organizations in the Netherlands, and the significance of storytelling in reinforcing positive changes. They also explored the implementation of a sharing and learning network project in Uganda, with a focus on enhancing evaluation and feedback systems. The importance of documenting their projects effectively to attract further funding and increase participation in the economy was emphasized. Towards the end, steven shared plans to visit refugee settlements in South Sudan to assess the impact of their training.

Community-Driven Projects and Disciplined Approaches

steven and Kim discussed their experiences with community-driven projects, emphasizing the importance of asking questions and listening to the stories of those involved. Kim shared her insights from her PhD research, which involved spending time with refugees, and steven reflected on their work with a community in Africa. They highlighted the need for a disciplined approach to gathering and collating information, and the value of returning to the same communities multiple times to observe patterns and identify key individuals. They concluded that there are always leaders within a community who can take the initiative and inspire change.

Permaculture Projects and Foundation Development

Kim and steven discussed the broad impact of their permaculture projects, beyond just gardening, and how to describe these wider benefits to attract funding. steven emphasized the importance of using permaculture as a methodology to address issues like food security, sanitation, and social cohesion. They also discussed the possibility of creating a new permaculture foundation to help support these initiatives. Kim suggested that steven could collaborate with other existing agencies to achieve this goal. They agreed to meet again after steven had further developed his ideas.

Refugees, Marginalized Communities, and Inclusion

Kim and steven discussed their experiences working with refugees and marginalized communities. They highlighted the importance of recognizing and rewarding people’s achievements, not creating barriers to entry. Kim shared a project she did with at-risk youth, where she paid them to attend, which had a positive impact. steven agreed with Kim’s approach and shared his experience of training South Sudanese refugees, emphasizing the need to be sensitive to cultural differences. Both agreed on the importance of being inclusive and not imposing strict requirements that could exclude people.

Next steps

Exploring Initiatives and Community Solutions

steven and Kim discussed various initiatives and programs Kim had managed, including a three-year project funded by multiple sources and her experiences hosting refugees and Brazilian students. They explored the challenges of matching funding sources and the importance of decentralized, community-based solutions, with a focus on energy efficiency and the use of local resources. Additionally, they touched upon the potential for funding community garden projects in rural Africa and the strategic use of local and natural resources to meet community needs. Kim’s involvement in a Christian group and her Buddhist background also formed part of the discussion.

Exploring Projects and Enhancing Evaluation Systems

steven and Kim discussed the impact of a Dutch employer’s organization on employee health, the merger of two different organizations in the Netherlands, and the significance of storytelling in reinforcing positive changes. They also explored the implementation of a sharing and learning network project in Uganda, with a focus on enhancing evaluation and feedback systems. The importance of documenting their projects effectively to attract further funding and increase participation in the economy was emphasized. Towards the end, steven shared plans to visit refugee settlements in South Sudan to assess the impact of their training.

Community-Driven Projects and Disciplined Approaches

steven and Kim discussed their experiences with community-driven projects, emphasizing the importance of asking questions and listening to the stories of those involved. Kim shared her insights from her PhD research, which involved spending time with refugees, and steven reflected on their work with a community in Africa. They highlighted the need for a disciplined approach to gathering and collating information, and the value of returning to the same communities multiple times to observe patterns and identify key individuals. They concluded that there are always leaders within a community who can take the initiative and inspire change.

Permaculture Projects and Foundation Development

Kim and steven discussed the broad impact of their permaculture projects, beyond just gardening, and how to describe these wider benefits to attract funding. steven emphasized the importance of using permaculture as a methodology to address issues like food security, sanitation, and social cohesion. They also discussed the possibility of creating a new permaculture foundation to help support these initiatives. Kim suggested that steven could collaborate with other existing agencies to achieve this goal. They agreed to meet again after steven had further developed his ideas.

Refugees, Marginalized Communities, and Inclusion

Kim and steven discussed their experiences working with refugees and marginalized communities. They highlighted the importance of recognizing and rewarding people’s achievements, not creating barriers to entry. Kim shared a project she did with at-risk youth, where she paid them to attend, which had a positive impact. steven agreed with Kim’s approach and shared his experience of training South Sudanese refugees, emphasizing the need to be sensitive to cultural differences. Both agreed on the importance of being inclusive and not imposing strict requirements that could exclude people.