About IPEN - the International Permaculture Education Network
IPEN’s goal is to help increase the coherence and effectiveness of permaculture education globally, to significantly expand permaculture’s positive impacts.
IPEN aims to make small changes for the greatest possible effect.
To achieve this IPEN is working to create an international network and platform that allows permaculture education resources to be shared, translated, accessed, enriched and adopted by a global teaching and learning audience.
The main beneficiaries from IPEN’s activities will be learners, educators and permaculture pioneers, particularly those whose main language is not English. IPEN is seeking to expand and accelerate permaculture education’s development, including practical learning, where: a) it makes greatest improvements to peoples’ lives, communities and local environments; b) lifestyles have the greatest impact on climate and resource impacts.
Through IPEN's activity the intention is that Tutors and Learners will benefit from better access to a wider range of high quality learning materials and local examples; a common pool of key resources and assets for teaching and learning, including translations to multiple languages. Where permaculture is less established, pioneers will benefit from better support and examples of how pioneers have succeeded elsewhere.
To understand more about IPEN's activity and goals in 2018/19 please go to:
IPEN is working to support, enhance and accelerate the development of permaculture education and teachers, rather than seeking to regulate or manage them. The idea for IPEN emerged at the 12th International Permaculture Convergence (IPC) 2015 in London, when experienced permaculture tutors from across the world considered the question of how to increase the coherence and effectiveness of permaculture education globally. Workshops at the 13th IPC in India in 2017 supported and confirmed the need for IPEN.
It is expected that IPEN will be an independent organisation by 2019, when it has proven its worth and when network members have determined the right status for it to adopt. In the meantime, to enable it to get underway and start working to create benefits for the movement, IPEN has been set up as a project by members of the UK Permaculture Association (this does not mean it is coordinated by the UK Association). We are very grateful to the UK Association for hosting these initial IPEN webpages, and their enthusiastic moral support for IPEN.