Permaculture Ambassadors

Imagine hives of activity across Britain where people are sharing permaculture design and practical solutions, leading to connected, thriving communities.

Perhaps you're already ambasasdoring permaculture, great! Taking part in the Permaculture Ambassador programme is a great way of developing and practising many different kinds of skills and gaining confidence in using them.

Sign up to Ambassador email alerts and we will email you up to 12 times a year with details of how you can be involved in the Ambassador network and with relevant event information. You can unsubcribe any time by clicking a link in the emails.

Support to get people together where you are

A man and a woman talking on a lawn, in front of polytunnels, besides a trailer with firewood on itWe have been supporting Permaculture Association members to hold local events.

Events should meet the following aims:

  • People meet and network
  • People share knowledge and good practice of practical solutions and permaculture thinking/design
  • More people are engaged with the Permaculture Association and are working towards local ‘hives’ of Ambassadors, who can support and train one another

If you'd like to hold an event please email Sarah [email protected] to find out what support is available.

3 elements of the Permaculture Ambassadors project

Permaculture Ambassadors programme of support - what is happening?

Lots of people are passionate about permaculture and would like to get involved with promoting it, but there is not enough accessible training, support and guidance for them to do so.

At the same time, many people want to make their lifestyles more environmentally sustainable, reduce their climate footprint and find alternatives to consumerist culture.

There are also numerous local groups campaigning for positive change in their communities, often without the necessary skills and numbers to be as effective as they could be.

 

Realising the potential of the Ambassador network

We have been funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Sustainable Future programme from July 2016.

The current phase of the Ambassadors project divides into 3 elements:

  • training for Ambassadors
  • support for local groups
  • a far-reaching publicity campaign #WeLoveLiving www.weloveliving.co.uk

all while building a self-supporting Permaculture Ambassadors network.

 

Training and skillsharing

There is an organised programme of training, support and practical action.

  • A training plan for every person, based on self-identified needs, and the development of free training resources
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A range of key skills have been identified, within the areas of:

  • Media - e.g. social media, photography, graphic design

  • Group - e.g. designing and delivering taught sessions, facilitation skills, decision making tools & processes

  • Personal - e.g. personal effectiveness & organisation tools, sustaining action and recognising and avoiding burnout

  • Project - e.g. project planning and management, fundraising, recruiting and managing volunteers

Training will be mostly online, in the form of static web resources and live webinars. This is supported by occasional face-to-face training opportunities (such as the recent Ambassador Conference in Birmingham), as part of existing Permaculture Association events, and at new local Ambassador gatherings run by members.


A far-reaching publicity campaign

#WeLoveLivingBetween us we have a huge range of skills that with a little organisation and communication could provide much better shared resources.

Together we are developing talks, demonstrations, blogs, workshops, posters, day courses and articles for local media. The emphasis in all these is on fun, simplicity, and low cost.

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All resources will carry the campaign brand #weloveliving during summer 2018.

There are many ways we can work with nature and each other to live lightly on the planet. We hope you will feel inspired and learn something.

Share how you are taking steps to live lightly on the planet using the hashtag #WeLoveLiving on social media.

We have a postcard and poster set available for free for a limited time only - if you are able to distribute these in your local community or at events near you this summer, please email details to Ryan. We'll put some in the post to you!

 

Building a self-supporting Ambassador network

Ambassadors make changes by telling people about permaculture and working with people around them

A key goal of this project is to create an Ambassador network that requires minimal financial support beyond the funded project period of two years, which ends autumn 2018.

To do this, the emphasis is on creating local ‘hives’ of Ambassadors who can support and train one another. Depending on the geographical clustering of the Ambassadors, these hives could be regional or very local.

Part of the Ambassador role will be to recruit more Ambassadors locally, going well beyond the total ~200 that are directly supported by this project already.

After 2018, the Permaculture Association will give limited support through web resources and key campaigning messages, but will these self-organising hives will be the centre of practical delivery and support.

 

How can I hear more?

Sign up to Ambassador email alerts and we will email you up to 12 times a year with details of how you can be involved in the Ambassador network and with relevant event information. You can unsubcribe any time by clicking a link in the emails.