Permaculture Ambassadors Conference - helping you promote ways of creating thriving communities
Friday 21 April, 2017 9am-6pm
Impact Hub Birmingham, 58 Oxford Street, B5 5NR.
Many people are creating a brighter future for their communities, caring for the earth and for each other, whilst living within nature's limits.
How do we share these practical solutions with more people to enthuse and inspire them?
The Permaculture Ambassadors Conference is a chance to meet, share knowledge and good practice, and to network with people from across Britain. There is space for up to 90 participants to spend the day learning together.
This event is open to all. Book your place here.
A tailored programme
Maybe you feel you need to explore ways to raise funds, or learn about more effective group decision making that includes everyone. Then this event is for you!
The final programme content has been sculpted around needs of survey respondents.
The following is an indicative outline of the day.
9:00 - 9:30 Arrive and meet others
9:30 - 10:00 Welcome and an introduction to how the Permaculture Ambassadors project can help support you in sharing permaculture
10:00 - 11:30 Session 1
Personal skills session: Avoiding burnout and sustaining personal wellbeing, with Kathryn Tulip of Navigate.
11:30 - 12:00 Break (grab a free cup of tea / coffee and enjoy snacks)
12:00 - 13:30 Session 2. Choose between
Group skills session: Effective group working, with Rhizome Co-op member Maria Franchi.
Project skills session: Creative techniques to help raise funds for your project, with Laura Winn of Dynamo PR
13:30 - 14:30 Lunch - finger buffet provided, with vegan options
14:30 - 16:00 Session 3. Choose between
Group skills session: Effective group working, with Rhizome Coop member Maria Franchi
Media skills session: Blogging including photos and videos - to share your experiences, with Ryan Sandford-Blackburn, Permaculture Association
16:00 - 16:20 Break (grab a free cup of tea / coffee and enjoy snacks)
16:20 - 17:30 Session 4
Resources for a wide reaching publicity campaign - a co-design exercise. What do we need in order to engage people in permaculture in our localities?
17:30 - 18:00 Closing - an open opportunity for conference participants to share what you’ve learnt. You will leave with a training plan & more local connections.
Evening - We have been unable to plan an evening activity but we can figure out informal networking near to New Street station on the day.
Birmingham is a lively city, with such diversity of people and projects. A former market town, it has a past of being at the forefront of industrial society. Today, the signs of its industrial past are clear, and people are filling the gaps with inspiring, regenerative community projects.
The Impact Hub provides "an environment whose physical and social habitat reflects the community it serves. A welcoming and malleable space where eclectic individuals can collaborate to tackle some of the most wicked problems we face as one."
It's a modern, creative space. We're glad to be working with the Impact Hub and look forward to spending the day there for this conference, and for the young ambassadors action planning weekend (see below).
Please contact Ryan, on communicate [at] permaculture.org.uk if you could benefit from our travel subsidy. We don't want cost to be a barrier to participation and we are looking forward to welcoming participants from across Britain.
We can offer up to 75% subsidy on public transport costs, to be reimbursed after the event.
Train + walk: Birmingham New Street station is a 15 minute walk (we know, we've walked it). Birmingham Moor Street is about as close, if you're travelling from the west.
Drive: We don't recommend driving unless you have to. If you do though, there's a couple of car parks nearby, with all day parking from just £2.50.
We believe that the benefits of connecting and learning should be available to everyone regardless of their financial or life situation.
We recognise that what is affordable for some can be a financial stretch for others and offer a tiered pricing structure. When you book, please select the price that feels appropriate for you: £22, £32, or £42.
We will have an inclusivity fund to help with travel costs - we are finalising the process for applying for this. Please contact us for details [email protected].