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Calling all hands! Have you been to a convergence before? Could the 10th Annual NW Permaculture Convergence be your first??

The Convergence is currently in its planning phase and the Board would love your input! After all, you ARE the convergence, so you should be planning it. The theme for 2017 is Building Bridges: Connecting Diverse Communities and Ideas. In the society we are currently participating in, or at least embedded within, there are so many gaps. We want to begin to bridge those gaps so that the WORLD can begin to experience the concept of a permanent culture: a culture that regenerates its many resources, be they infrastructural, emotional, social, or whatever, rather than constantly operating at 15% efficiency (I know what that feels like). If you care about equality, soil, infrastructure, food or any of the other topics in which people, or other animals, are experiencing gaps, please participate in the 2017 Convergence.

We already have some valuable personalities like Marisha Auerbach and Ridhi Cruz, but the Convergence needs more! Do you know or know of someone who would be a valuable presenter at a Convergence workshop? The Board is currently accepting volunteers and nominations for speakers and skillshare presenters. Are you talented in some area and motivated to make a difference at the convergence, but don't want to get up in front of folks? We need volunteers to plan and execute the Convergence! Please contact me and I will respond with the contact information of your choice so that you can lead this 2017 Northwest Permaculture Convergence. Or just visit the website and start there!

http://www.northwestpermaculture.org/


 
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Hey, this looks great, and in my hometown!  I will put in a request to not be on call for this weekend.
 
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Julia Winter wrote:Hey, this looks great, and in my hometown!  I will put in a request to not be on call for this weekend.


Great! I hope to see you there. The more minds and bodies we have there, the more we can spread this to our mainstream counterparts. Any amazing permaculture icons that you would like to see at the event?
 
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I'd like to see Paul Wheaton!  Tell him he can stay at my place if he comes (he did that this past January).
 
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Julia Winter wrote:I'd like to see Paul Wheaton!  Tell him he can stay at my place if he comes (he did that this past January).

Great idea! I'll put him on the list~. I wonder if he's interested? Maybe he'll chime in.
 
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I know Bill Aal is going to be participating in some sort of panel on the decolonization of permaculture. Any other topics that people want to see addressed? Any other gaps that need bridging?
 
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It looks like the Convergence has planned out 5 tracks to follow through the course of the event:
-Plants
-appropriate technology
-Green & Resilient Neighborhoods
-Sustainable Food
-Wild Spaces

So fun to see it coming together!! Jan Spencer and Pat Rasmussen are putting together the neighborhoods track, so it should be very comprehensive!
 
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Hi, all you beautiful Cascadia permies!

It's that time again...the 10th ANNIVERSARY Northwest Permaculture Convergence!

This year's event will occur at the Clark County Fairgrounds, in Ridgefield, WA - just 20 min north of Portland, and about 2.5 hrs south of Seattle. The theme is "Building Bridges", and the focus will be on creating connections between diverse groups and stakeholders. A nice grounding in Invisible Structures, as well as the old favorites of food production, site assessment and both urban and rural sessions. There will also be some breakout sessions organized along bioregional lines. Probably not as big as last year's event (650 people!), but a more intimate gathering.

Since this is the first convergence that has been organized without the institutional knowledge of our mentor, Michael 'Skeeter' Pilarski, we are asking both attendees and participants to help us get the word out - please forward this information throughout your personal networks and let folks know we are still looking for work traders and attendees willing to volunteer during a few hours of their time at the event. Posters for printing and distributing will be available on the website www.northwestpermaculture.org

As one of the original core organizers for the 'second wave' of NW Convergences (after the legendary Bullock Brothers' Bog Tosses of the 80's), it feels great to return and support the continued tradition of Cascadia permaculture gatherings. I'll be there vending organic trees and produce from Burnt Ridge Nursery & Orchard - will you be there?
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