“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future” - Robert L. Peters
Tutors – Finn Mackesy and Gary Marshall
This workshop explores the values, invisible structures and networks that form the social and cultural fabric of our communities. Students will be introduced to working models of social design and community development, which explore the role of culture, ecology, education, governance and economics in the building of vibrant communities. The concepts and ideas presented in this workshop will form the basis for practical activities and projects throughout the APW programme. This workshop is essential for anyone interested in developing their understanding of social design and permaculture, and becoming more involved in his or her community.
This is a foundation workshop and essential for participants wanting to complete a permaculture design certificate.
Introduction to - Values, assumptions and perceptions in the formation of community; Governance - Treaty of Waitangi, R.M.A., L.G.A. and L.T.C.C.P; Legal structures; Decision making processes and conflict resolution; Local economic development; Genuine Progress Indicators; Transition Culture; Group dynamics and social organisation; and Social transformation.
- Develop an understanding of what constitutes a living community
- Develop an understanding of tools and technologies that measure and enhance community wealth
- Develop an understanding of existing governance structures and decision making processes
- Develop skills and knowledge in community development and working effectively in groups
- Identify opportunities and challenges to applying the day's learning