BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 08 May '15

IPCUK 2015: find out how social, economic and political systems could increase quality of life

We all know that humanity is threatened by its own actions; we hear a lot about the need to minimise footprints and to reduce our impact. But what if we can turn this around and create eco footprints that are beneficial? What if we could meet human needs while increasing the health and wellbeing of our planet?

This is the premise behind permaculture: a design process based on the replication of patterns found in Nature.

Permaculture is a road map for the redesign of human systems. It calls for a culture that acts in harmony with the forces of Nature. We can design agriculture that increases the quality of life for all beings and we are beginning to understand that we can also achieve the same through our social, economic, and political systems.

Designing the world we want

The International Permaculture Convergence (IPCUK) in September will bring together practitioners from across the globe to share ideas and solutions that can be used to transform our futures.

The event, which takes place every two years, will be held in the UK this year with the theme ‘Designing The World We Want’. Speakers already confirmed are Rob Hopkins, Polly Higgins, Jonathon Porritt and Darren Doherty – with another 100 speakers to be added. The conference is calling for contributions to the programme from experts and practitioners from all over the planet.

Prices start at just £145 for two days packed with presentations, workshops, academic papers, exhibitions, music, and art – and only an extra £20 for two days of children’s activities! Some of this will be in plenary but throughout there will be a participatory approach.

A limited number of tickets are available with a 25% discount – click here to book early.

Inhabit – permaculture explained

 

Inhabit presents a vast range of projects, concepts, and people, and translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience. As well as being a call to action, the film presents projects and solutions already underway to offer a glimpse at what’s possible. 

For some it’s a useful introduction to a new way of being and a new way of relating to the Earth. For everyone, it’s will be a reminder that humans are capable of being planetary healing forces.

IPCUK

Before and after the Conference and Convergence there will be a diverse range of Edge events to allow thousands of people to encounter permaculture. These events are for anyone – not just those registered for the Convergence or Conference.

Click here for a list of confirmed Edge events across the UK and Europe.

Conference: 8-9 September 2015, The Light, Euston Road, London
Designing the World We Want – two days packed with presentations, workshops, academic papers, exhibitions, music and art.

Convergence: 10-16 September 2015, Gilwell Park, Essex
Designing the network we want – for people from around the world using permaculture in their everyday lives and communities.

Edge events: throughout the UK and Europe
From tours and courses to talks and more.

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