I just had a gratifying experience.
Last September my area had a devastating fire, called the Bastrop Complex Fire. Hundreds of homes and other structures were destroyed. Thousands were evacuated for several days. It was a week before containment was reached. My family was evacuated, although we ultimately had no damage. So many more were not so lucky. People have been rebuilding and several are considering permaculture and alternative structures for their new homes.
This is the Lost Pines area here around Bastrop, Texas. It is a pocket of Loblolly Pines that were thriving here until our ongoing drought made tinder of them.
Our town just hosted a first annual Heart of Texas Green Expo.
http://heartoftexasgreenexpo.org/ I was asked to present an Intro To Permaculture talk for the first day of the Expo.
The talk went well, we had a very good selection of speakers and exhibitors. My partner and I also set up a booth vending our art and talking to folks about Permaculture, Beekeeping, and Avatar. (A self-improvement course.)
The gratifying part I mentioned? The really good turnout, plus seeing so many of the organizations in one place who are working to re-build the area and re-plant the trees!
By the way, our art site is: http://www.catdancing.com/ Much of my partner's Intarsia Art is there. She also does stained glass, fused glas, jewelry, Tarot, and Avatar.
My contribution is Native American Style Flutes.