Social Permaculture*Invisible Structures Hui

Social Permaculture*Invisible Structures Hui

Social Permaculture*Invisible Structures Hui
March 16-18 at Sixtus Lodge, Apiti, Palmerston North

Close to 40 beings of all ages from around NZ attended this hui - the 5th in the ‘Making Permaculture Stronger’ series.  As is typical of these hui, participants who are present create the programme in situ, based on their shared interests and passions.  The mode of this hui was more exploratory than a major sharing of tools, techniques, projects and professional practice, as happened at the Professional Designers Hui last year.  Sharon Stevens and her team from RECAP did an excellent job all round. The venue was suitable and affordable, we ate heartily, deep dialogue happened, great alliances were made, and the kids had a fun time.  

A useful way to get a feel for the hui is to take a look at its session themes:  

* Group Processes & Decision Making – to determine operational processes and hui structure and topics.

* Social Permaculture & Invisible Structures - to explore the definitions of social permaculture and invisible structures and how they relate to each other, how they relate to design process, etc.

* PC Approach to the Landscape of your Life – Doris Zuur facilitated a workshop on regarding your life akin to a landscape, applying analysis tools and the PC design process to creating a wholistic lifestyle.  She is willing to share this process with others.

* Decolonization Of Permaculture -  defining ‘decolonization’, identifying its characteristics and impacts, and exploring what it means to practice permaculture in ‘colonized’ countries.

* Designing For Bio-Cultural Life-ways - Creating land-based cultures that can sustain themselves into the future.  Key questions we addressed:  What is the interplay between humans and our environment and social systems?  What contributes to a really live relationship between humans and their environment?  What are the patterns of projects we worked on that have been a transformative learning?  In offering transformative experiences (e.g. permaculture course) what needs to be built in?

* Alternative Economics - Savings Pools, Mutual Aid Societies, Collective Insurance
This was primarily a presentation by Kama Burwell and Bryan Innes on the next step of bottom-up economic power:  an ethical insurance Aotearoa/NZ based on Permaculture principles – how it can work, with questions and feedback from participants, and strategy for ‘start-up’.