By Steve Hart, July 2014
At EPT 6 in Denmark there was a strong feeling among many that a “Federation” become the vehicle to support future needs, strategies and developments desired to flow on from the EPT energy.
My personal discussions of such structures has been a response to views commented on over the past four years about the collapse in Permaculture through lowering standards and the values and needs of support and service structures in order to maintain and develop the standards and performances throughout the whole pallet of Permaculture. My essay “Permaculture’s Collapse Dance” introduces this observation.
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Navigation, our group that focuses on strategy and how we relate to the outside world, hosted a couple of sessions exploring the future direction for the EPT. Throughout the Learning Partnership we discussed the possibility of a network of European Permaculture Associations and teachers, and at the meeting in Denmark a conversation cafe was held to look at what a network could do and what the next steps would be to progress it.
Some of ideas for the purpose of a network included the need to maintain a platform to ensure good communication between us and to foster the quality and standards of Permaculture education in Europe. Facilitating the sharing of job opportunities in Europe, coordinating the European LAND projects and offering peer support to teachers were also identified as important functions of a future network.
The next steps identified were to explore the possibility of the the European Permaculture Council hosting an alliance or federation of European Permaculture Associations and for the EPT to present and launch the idea at the European Permaculture Convergence in July 2014.
Read the article “Federation or Foundation” by Steve Hart here.