12th April 2024

S39 Permaculture forum, 6 sessions


Permaculture Forum

talking permaculture, S39 forum

Plans were disrupted by personal events. My apologies for any confusion. I have planned six one-hour sessions, loosely themed as follows, commencing on March 26th. The intention is to move beyond the PDC content and bring together community leaders to help plan their next steps and goals:

1. Permaculture and leadership
2. S39 outline plans for the next PDC
3. More on leadership and change
4. Feedback and evaluation
5. Systems thinking
6. Joining the Academy of permaculture

The Zoom link has been updated: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82050674975?pwd=NSIHrw61iQAIK5nOydstbBojLd1LSe.1

steven led discussions on leadership, permaculture, and the importance of diverse perspectives in addressing global issues such as climate change. He highlighted the principles of permaculture and their potential application in project management and leadership, emphasizing the significance of community resilience, energy efficiency, and compassionate leadership. The team also discussed their recent activities and future plans, with a focus on their culture design approach and the need for finalizing their ideas during meetings

Leadership, Permaculture, and Edge Thinking

Steven discussed the complexities of leadership and the concept of permaculture, emphasizing the importance of sharing knowledge for the benefit of all participants. He also touched upon the idea of edges in different landscapes and the unique conditions found there. steven highlighted the challenges encountered but reassured everyone that they were working towards overcoming them. He underscored the necessity of diverse perspectives and new ideas, particularly from younger generations, to combat issues like climate change and environmental destruction. Lastly, he welcomed new and returning attendees to the session.

Addressing Climate Change With Permaculture Leadership

steven addressed the urgent need to set long-term targets to combat climate change, with a specific focus on reducing carbon emissions. He advocated for permaculture farming and leadership as crucial strategies to achieve these goals, and emphasized the importance of turning big ideas into local action. He suggested a bottom-up leadership approach, focusing on local needs and the adaptation of design to local conditions. steven also highlighted the relevance of permaculture principles in addressing global issues such as climate change and stressed the need for precise planning and organization within the permaculture community. Lastly, he touched on the principles and strategies of permaculture, including cooperation, interdependence, and a new political system based on fair share ethic.

Permaculture Principles and Project Management

steven introduced the principles of permaculture and discussed their potential application in project management and leadership. He highlighted the importance of energy efficiency, valuing natural resources, and building self-regulating systems. He also touched upon the value of diversity, the need to adapt to change, and how permaculture can help individuals find inner calm. Lastly, he discussed the significance of designing from patterns to details, building relationships, and starting small to grow steadily.

Leadership Principles and Permaculture Connection

steven discussed the principles of leadership and their connection to permaculture. He emphasized that leadership should be inclusive, action-oriented, and based on a well-thought-out plan. He also highlighted the significance of community resilience and the need for both top-down and bottom-up responses in times of crisis. Lastly, he shared insights from permaculture principles, focusing on the importance of small and slow solutions, communication, feedback, and compassionate leadership, while stressing the need to avoid burnout.

Permaculture, Leadership, and Youth Engagement

steven led a discussion on the importance of permaculture and leadership, with a focus on engaging youth in these areas. Several participants shared their insights and thoughts, including Elijah and Laura. The group also discussed planning a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) in Teso. Towards the end, Laura emphasized the need for intergenerational dialogues, youth engagement, and grassroots restoration of the environment through permaculture practices to combat climate change. The conversation ended with an open discussion and a commitment to continue the conversation in the following week’s session.

Culture Design Approach and Team Collaboration

The team discussed their recent activities and future plans. They emphasized the importance of their culture design approach in addressing community issues and creating sustainable solutions. The team also expressed their interest in sharing and learning from each other’s experiences. Towards the end, they agreed on the need for finalizing their ideas during their meetings.

Leadership plan from Kakuma

*Project Title: Empowering Refugees and Host Communities through Permaculture Initiatives in Kakuma Refugee Camp*

The Social Action Center for Vulnerable Individuals (SACVI) will spearhead the implementation of sustainable permaculture initiatives in Kakuma Refugee Camp. This project aims to address food insecurity, promote environmental sustainability, and enhance community resilience among both refugees and the host community. SACVI will collaborate closely with S39 Academy-PDC to ensure effective partnership and coordination in project activities.

1. Introduce permaculture principles and practices to refugees and the host community in Kakuma Camp, emphasizing sustainable agriculture, environmental conservation, and community empowerment.
2. Enhance food security, nutrition, and livelihood opportunities for both refugees and the host community through the adoption of permaculture techniques.
3. Empower participants with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to build self-reliant and resilient communities.
4. Strengthen collaboration and partnerships between SACVI, S39 Academy-PDC, and other stakeholders for the successful implementation and sustainability of permaculture initiatives.

*Project Activities:*
1. *Training and Capacity Building:* Organize training workshops and hands-on sessions for refugees and the host community to learn about permaculture principles, including organic farming, water harvesting, soil regeneration, and agroforestry techniques. Provide refreshments for participants and necessary training materials such as books, pens, markers, and manila papers.
2. *Demonstration Gardens:* Establish demonstration plots within the camp and surrounding areas to showcase permaculture practices, providing practical learning opportunities for participants. Allocate funds for seeds, seedlings, tools, and irrigation systems.
3. *Community Engagement:* Facilitate inclusive community meetings, discussions, and participatory planning sessions to ensure the active involvement of both refugees and the host community in decision-making and project implementation. Allocate funds for transportation for participants and communication/outreach materials.
4. *Resource Mobilization:* Collaborate with local organizations, governmental agencies, and international donors to mobilize resources such as seeds, tools, training materials, and technical support for permaculture initiatives. Allocate funds for networking, collaboration expenses, and resource mobilization activities.
5. *Monitoring and Evaluation:* Conduct regular assessments to monitor the progress and impact of permaculture interventions on food production, nutrition, income generation, and environmental sustainability, ensuring accountability and learning. Allocate funds for data collection tools and transportation for the monitoring team.

*Expected Outcomes:*
1. Improved food production, dietary diversity, and nutritional status among refugee and host community households.
2. Enhanced resilience to climate change, environmental degradation, and food insecurity.
3. Empowered participants with practical skills, knowledge, and resources for sustainable livelihoods and environmental stewardship.
4. Strengthened partnerships and networks for ongoing support and collaboration in permaculture initiatives.
5. Increased awareness and adoption of sustainable farming practices within the camp and surrounding areas.

*Sample Budget:*

*1. Personnel:*
– Project Coordinator (SACVI): $500
– Field Facilitators/Trainers (SACVI/S39 Academy-PDC): $300
– Administrative Support Staff: $200

*2. Training and Capacity Building:*
– Workshop Materials and Supplies:
– Refreshments for Participants: $100
– Tools for Training (e.g., gardening tools, hand tools): $150
– Educational Materials (e.g., books, pens, markers, manila papers): $100
– Training Venue Rental: $100

*3. Demonstration Gardens:*
– Seeds and Seedlings: $150
– Tools and Equipment: $100
– Irrigation Systems: $100

*4. Community Engagement:*
– Community Meetings and Events: $150
– Transportation for Participants: $100
– Communication and Outreach Materials: $100

*5. Resource Mobilization:*
– Networking and Collaboration Expenses: $100
– Resource Mobilization Activities: $50

*6. Monitoring and Evaluation:*
– Data Collection Tools: $50
– Transportation for Monitoring Team: $50

*7. Miscellaneous:*
– Contingency Fund: $50
– Unexpected Expenses: $50

*Total Project Budget: $1500*

This comprehensive project outline combines the project description with the sample budget, detailing the objectives, activities, expected outcomes, and budget allocations for each component of the permaculture initiative in Kakuma Refugee Camp. Adjustments can still be made based on specific needs and priorities.

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