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Permaculture Council of Europe

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EPT was a great success, bringing people together from around Europe, exchanging about culture, education and best practices, making new friends and seeing awesome places. Naturally, the question arises: how can we continue to build our network? Not only within the subject of education but taking care of many more fields of Permaculture.

At the EuPC, we have had several productive meetings about how this wider network can be taken on by the EuPC Council: can the council hold tasks beyond organising the convergences and hosting a website? Can it organise Permaculture European wide, promote political engagement, be the hub of communications for other parts of the world, fundraise and much more?

One of the first steps was that several people stepped up from a number of European countries to become representatives in the European Permaculture Council and to make sure that information between the council and the countries’ networks keeps flowing.
On top of that, there are now 3 working groups within the council:
– A group that coordinates and designs the EuPCs.
– A group that is in charge of the website.

In one of the meetings, we created a first draft for a vision and mission statement:
Vision: We envision a diverse and vibrant Europe grounded in the Ethics of Permaculture.
Mission: We actively support the transition to an ethical and resilient Europe through nurturing an effective Permaculture network with strong connections to the wider society and the world.
So a third group will work on how this vision and mission and the objectives that we worked out in Bulgaria can be put into action.

To start communication about Permaculture on a European level, a new mailinglist has been created.
This is the place where everything from what the European Permaculture Council is working on to practical questions Permaculture and newsbites about the EPT – and everything in between – can be shared.

To join this list, please sign up here:
https://groups.google.com/d/forum/europeanpermaculturenetwork

European Permaculture Federation

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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.