Talk Topics

KEYNOTE TALKS

Allan Savory: What is Holistic Management? (1HR)

Allan Savory, the developer of Holistic Management and co-founder of the Savory Institute, will discuss in depth what it means to manage and make decisions holistically in a way that honors people, profit and planet.

John D. Liu: The Great Work of Our Time (45m)

We are experiencing the end of an era as a new era in human civilization is beginning. It is a time of great risk but also a time of great potential. We now know that it is possible to restore large-scale damaged ecosystems. It is possible to sequester carbon and re-regulate the hydrological system. It is possible to restore natural fertility and to remove toxicity from contaminated soils and water. We are required to do this so that future generations will live in peace and abundance. For humanity to further evolve it is necessary to transition from a society dedicated to consumption to a society dedicated to ecological function. Although sometimes obscured by the collapse of the old order this heralds a time of full employment, equality, purpose and fulfillment. This is THE GREAT WORK OF OUR TIME and we are called to understand and participate in it.

Paul Stamets: BioDiversity is BioSecurity: Strengthening Foodwebs using Applied Mycological Solutions (1.5HR)

Paul’s central premise is that habitats have immune systems, just like people, and mushroom forming fungi are the foundation of the foodwebs of land based organisms.

Our close evolutionary relationship to fungi can be the basis for novel pairings that lead to greater sustainability and immune enhancement. As w​ e are now fully engaged in the 6th Major Extinction (“6 X”) on planet Earth, our biospheres are quickly changing, eroding the life support systems that have allowed humans to ascend. Unless we put into action policies and technologies that can cause a course correction in the very near future, species diversity will continue to plummet, with humans not only being the primary cause, but one of the victims.

What can we do?

Fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer some powerful, practical solutions, which can be put into practice now. Paul will discuss his groundbreaking research utilizing their cellular networks to create molecular bridges governing the evolution of sustainable habitats. The implications of his research are far-reaching and could spark a paradigm shift to a better future.

Dr. Marcin Jakubowski: Distributive Enterprise: Creating the Open Source Economy (1HR)

Dr. Marcin Jakubowski, founder of Open Source Ecology (OSE), is building the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS). The GVCS is a set of the 50 different industrial machines that it takes to build a small civilization with modern comforts.

Marcin will discuss OSE’s efforts to shift the focus from profit-making proprietary production to meaning-making participatory production. He explores the role of open source hardware in creating enterprises for a more just economic system. 

He further proposes a special type of enterprise – the Distributive Enterprise – one which not only produces open source hardware blueprints – but also, shares its business model – or open sources its enterprise blueprints – to lower the barriers to entry for others.  He is working on how to create and disseminate successful open enterprises far and wide, such that the best practices become the norm – not the exception.  Then he proposes ways in which such enterprises can disrupt manufacturing, stabilize economies, restore ecology, unleash productivity everywhere, and leapfrog through old problems while leaving nobody behind.

Maddy Harland: Designing Successful Enterprises For People & Planet (1HR)

Permaculture thinking is a highly effective way of designing homes, gardens, farms and community. But what happens when we apply the principles and ethics to both commercial, business and not-for-profit enterprises? Can we create resilient, creative organizations that both care for people and Earth, or are permaculture and business mutually exclusive?

Maddy Harland has run her own ethical businesses since 1988. She is currently editor and co-founder of Permaculture magazine, Permanent Publications and a co-founder of The Sustainability Centre, an educational charity in Hampshire, UK. Maddy shares 25 years of experience applying permaculture design to enterprise.

Toby Hemenway: Liberation Permaculture (1HR)

Permaculture offers more than a path to a sustainable and just food system. It can move entire segments of our society off the radar screens of state oppressors and help return equality, abundance, and justice to people while restoring healthy ecosystems. This talk, being premiered at Permaculture Voices, will tell you how. If you’ve appreciated Toby’s series on permaculture and civilization, you’ll want to see this significant new chapter.

Mark Shepard: Lessons Learned on New Forest Farm and What the Future Holds (1HR)

In this talk, Mark will give you a complete overview of what he has done on his farm and some over the lessons learned over the 20 years in managing this system. Using these lessons learned, Mark will talk about some of the work that he is doing with Restoration Agriculture Development and the Savanna Institute to continually improve the savanna farm model and scale it in the future. Get ready for some inspiration and innovation!

 

PRE-CONFERENCE TALKS

Dr. Elaine Ingham: Soils Intensive Workshop (3HR)

Dr. Elaine Ingham uncovers the basic principles of the Soil Foodweb, plant relationships, and bacterial to fungi ratios in this in-depth workshop.
Whether you’re growing in planters or backyards, understanding the Soil Foodweb is a critical component to unlocking the yield barrier, allowing your gardens to thrive beautifully, while eliminating disease and pests.

Do you know the optimum bacteria: fungi ratio for YOUR plants? Every plant is different. In this class you will learn how to give your plants the biology they need to increase green growth, get more flowers and veggies, revitalize your farm, or restore open lands, while increasing moisture retention in the soil from 30-50%.
Find out how to make your own Liquid Compost Extract (LCE) and save hundreds of dollars on fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. Prevent Botrytis on seedlings, Powdery Mildew on roses, and other harmful diseases that reduce yield.

In this course, you’ll look at the elements of a healthy soil food web, learn how to analyze and improve your own soil, and learn how to make composts and extracts to strengthen the soil food web.

This intensive workshop is for farmers, gardeners, landscapers, ranchers, creators and distributors of agricultural products, waste management professionals, soil and garden enthusiasts of all types, and anyone who touches the soil.

Erika Block: Re-linking the Food Chain: Collaborative Distribution Models (3HR) 25 People Max

People can solve big problems with thoughtful, incremental action and conscientious experimentation.

Join Erika Block for an interactive exploration of opportunities and strategies for relocalizing the food system through collaborative distribution and trading networks.

Erika is the founder of Local Orbit, the supply chain management platform for people who are rebuilding local food systems. Local Orbit works with – and learns from – hundreds of farmers, food makers, buyers and entrepreneurs who are creating shorter, transparent supply chains across North America. Through this work, Local Orbit has developed an action-oriented framework for launching and growing successful distribution networks and local procurement programs.

You’ll walk away from this workshop with an action plan and an iterative, capital efficient approach that can help you get started immediately and improve as you learn.

In advance, you might want to check out Local Orbit’s Toolkit and Resources: http://localorbit.com/toolkit/tools/

Javan Bernakevitch: Stalled, Stagnated and Stuck: How to Start designing your Ideal Lifestyle (1.5HR) 25 People Max

The Cultivated Life Design platform helps individuals create a ruthless clarity of vision through a concise, written and conscious plan for their lives. Instead of choosing a goal and making your lifestyle work around it, design your ideal lifestyle and evaluate if a goal will make your lifestyle a reality.

Zones of Brilliance zeroes in on profitable and productive niches by asking the three most important business questions:

What are my inherent natural gifts?
What am I perennially passionate about?
What pattern of problem do I see that needs solving in my community?

Just like in land design, where these three overlap, we have convergence of function, influence and application… a productive space producing a profitable place.

We’ll finish the session with how to create ten times the value of your ticket price by avoiding the 5 Big PV 2 Mistakes.

At the end of the conference, the bookend session Turning Your Inspiration Into Action: Creating a Roadmap to Success transforms your enthusiasm into a working business model you can start using the very next day.

This session won’t be a fit for everyone, but for those wanting to make rock solid decisions on where their personal “keypoints” are for life and business success this may be the session for you.

Content Takeway:

  • Overview of Cultivated Life Design Including:
    • Holistic Life Design (Based on Holistic Management Decision Making Framework and the 8 Forms of Capital)
    • Zones of Brilliance – Leveraging your Keypoints
  • The 5 Big Mistakes to Avoid at Permaculture Voices

Stephanie Jo Kent & David Eggleton: Learning, The Permaculture Way (1.5HR)

This workshop will help you plan how to maximize your conference experience by applying a tool for lifelong learning. Learning throughout your life involves steady investments of attention, time and energy. In this session, you will acquire and work with a set of considerations that set guideposts for navigating intentional learning for as long as you want, beginning with this conference and continuing through the rest of your life. With these considerations and a tool specially designed for PV2, you’ll gain clarity about the choices that brought you to the conference, the choices you have while here, and choices you’ll have henceforth.

David Eggleton, an artist and permaculture designer, and Steph Kent, a sign language interpreter and communication activist, will introduce a system of considerations that merge learning theory with the permaculture principles. We’ll then lead you through a customized worksheet to help you optimize your path through the many rich and exciting opportunities at PV2. Applying the considerations immediately to your conference plan will reinforce their value for the long run while enabling you to get the most from your PV2 experience.

APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY

Erica & Ernie Wisner: Rocket Mass Heaters: Site Specific Design (1HR)

Introduction to Rocket Mass Heaters, super-efficient wood-burning heaters, followed by in-depth technical discussion of site-specific heater design for a given climate, building, or purpose. Will cover warmer climates vs. colder ones, special considerations for greenhouse and vacation-home heaters, how to estimate heating needs and compare options (insulation, passive solar, etc).

Class Exercises will include calculating building heating loads, fuel heat potentials, and mass storage capacity, and a comparison of successful case examples in different settings.

Before the presentation:

Look up your heating-degree-days and cooling-degree-days on a website such as http://www.huduser.org/portal/resources/UtilityModel/hdd.html

Note the
– annual HDD (heating degree days)
– annual total CDD (cooling degree days)
– highest monthly figure for each

Are there any months where the two are approximately equal? How many months? (This is what we call “on average, comfortable” even in climates with extreme daily highs and lows.)

Erica & Ernie Wisner: The Nature of Power (1HR)

How does our work fit into the larger goals of sustaining life on Earth? Personal global perspectives paired with a sweeping look at how we handle basic energy-transfer problems: heating, cooling, refrigeration, movement.

We explore some solid-state technologies – structures with few moving parts – that perform sophisticated tasks with simple materials. These structures take advantage of natural gradients to allow their inventors to sell shaved ice in pre-industrial deserts, cook sanitary food in a war zone while evading enemy detection, or keep a home comfortable winter and summer using little to no fuel input.

Pre-presentation questions:
– The search for clean energy has huge implications for our human future, and all life on Earth.
– What tasks in your life use the most energy (electricity, gas, or other fuels)?
Assuming you’ve already done the easy fixes, what are the challenges to further reducing energy demand … for your own household, friends and neighbors, or industries you may influence with your work or purchases?

What are the most abundant resources in your climate (hint: often seen as disposal or shelter problems)?
What are the most scarce resources in your region – current problems to be addressed to improve viability?
What are the “wild cards” – resources whose future abundance is hard to predict?

Grant Schultz: Tools & Technology for the Permaculture Homestead (1HR)

Appropriate technology plays a critical role in permaculture systems.  Developing, documenting, and sharing these tools and systems can turn dreamers into true permaculture practitioners.  Grant will discuss home and hot water heating using regenerative energy sources, year-round food preservation in a permacultural context, and functional transport including cargo bikes among other topics.

Howard Johns: Energy Revolution – Your Guide to Making it Happen (1HR)

Essentially it will cover three areas:
Current energy systems, climate and politics briefly – a sort of how we got here
Examples of the energy revolution in action all over the world, US, UK, Germany, Denmark, Japan, Bangladesh – telling people’s stories including my own
A brief how to guide – laying out four community energy business models and exploring the steps to achieving them – there is one of them trying to happen in San Diego now!
The mission is to get as many new community owned renewable energy companies started all over the world to literally take back the power! Up for that world change push!

Stuart Muir Wilson: Permatecture: architecture + permaculture. (1HR)

Professional development for architects, engineers, builders and owner builders in regenerative architecture. Training, building and designing with rooftop gardens, wall gardens, natural building, passive ventilation and heating, embodied energy, waste management, biogas systems and appropriate technology. Operating in Australia and Mexico.

Troy Martz: Alternative Energy for Permaculturists. Choosing the right alternative energy technologies for your climate, biome, and context. (1HR)

This talk will guide attendees through a decision-making framework on how to design regenerative energy plans in line with the ethics of Permaculture, while working within the confines of what Mother Nature will provide. Attendees will walk away from this talk with the knowledge on how to confidently choose the most appropriate alternative energy solution(s) for a given project.

 
While solar and wind routinely take center-stage, a handful of other — albeit lesser known — alternative energy technologies exist. Factors to consider are project location, climate, biome, and context (i.e. budget, goals, expectations, etc.). Based on this data, some alternative energy technologies will be deemed as “appropriate,” while others will not.  For instance, biomass gasification, as a primary energy source, makes little sense in Phoenix, Arizona. However, it may likely be the primary — or even sole — technology for someone living in Missoula, Montana.
 
The key to crafting a decentralized, sustainable, and regenerative energy plan, is in knowing the rules of thumb for the major systems, and having a basic understanding of the “constants” in nature, whether that be wind speed profile, energy crop yields, or angles of the sun at different times of the year.
 
The global transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy will be challenging. Our current economy depletes natural resources and pollutes the environment. It can, however, be designed to provide prosperity and abundance without pollution. And although there is no singular replacement for fossil fuels, a combination of all appropriate technologies, properly applied, can effectively provide energy and fuel to all people and all places on this planet.

 

BUSINESS

Bill Bean: Building Quick, Convincing Business Plans That Deliver Confidence, Capital, Market Share & More. (1HR)

This presentation is designed for professionals at all levels who want to transform the Rubik’s cube of ideas in their heads into a clear and compelling strategic path for the future of their business (or career).

The speaker will introduce proven tips, tools and techniques to help you quickly organize those thoughts into a succinct business storyline. That storyline will be 1) is unique and valuable for your audience and 2) provides confidence and clarity in both running your business and in educating and enticing investors, employees and other stakeholders about what you are doing (or want to do) and why. Imbedded in the content will be the positioning of the evolving megatrend of sustainability including permaculture and local food and farming as well as; when, why and how to present these initiatives.

The ultimate deliverable to you is insight into the simple mechanics and key drivers of developing and presenting a sound growth strategy in the language that resonates with a business audience.

There will be time for Q&A included at the end.

Chad Adams: Stewardship Development – A Regenerative Future for Communities (1HR)

How do we create a regenerative future for our built environment? Stewardship development provides place-based solutions to foster resilient communities. Food, water, energy, and the human habitat will be described as integrated parts of real, profitable, existing and future businesses at local and regional scales. The second half of the session will focus on a model for scaling regenerative agriculture to have significant impact on our food system.

Erik Ohlsen: Permaculture Contracting: Ecologically Regenerative-Socially Just-Economically Viable (1HR)

Learn real world tools for design and implementation of Permaculture based contracting businesses. Permaculture principles applied to business design. Use the ethics of permaculture as triple bottom line.
Create a marketing plan that has a social impact. Imagine being able to make a career out of your passion for Permaculture. Create a business that catches millions of gallons of water, builds soil on hundreds of acres, plants hundreds of useful trees every year, restores native habit, redesigns our cites our schools and new developments.
Join Erik Ohlsen, Principal of Permaculture Artisans and Executive Director of The Permaculture Skills Center as he shares tangibles recipes for economically, ecologically and socially just businesses.

Think About:

Where do I start if I want to become a contractor?
How do we make a living doing Permaculture design and implementation?
Is there a market for Permaculture inspired trades?

Jack Spirko: Plant Propagation for Profit (1HR)

While the presentation will focus on plant propagation for a profit from a small/backyard nursery stand point if you want a successful permaculture business you will want to attend this talk.

Within permaculture perennial plants represent an extreme expense and an incredible opportunity.

In this 60 minute presentation Jack Spirko will bring his 20 years of business management, marketing, technology and sales experience to the plant propagation niche.

In this presentation you will learn…

  • The 4 “abilities” of any successful business
  • Why story based marketing is critical to small business success
  • How a 4×8 bed can produce a minimum of 15,000 dollars in plants
  • Exploiting niches and creating markets in the plant propagation world
  • Two critical things every successful business must create to survive
  • The concept of selling appreciating assets and how to clearly market that
  • Knowing what to produce and what to resell and how to transition between the two
  • Developing local markets with simple tactics and low cost marketing
  • Understanding the larger national/international opportunity

John Pugliano: Lessons from Value Add Cottage Businesses to help you take the next step (1HR)

Taking action…taking the next step…which may be your first or millionth step toward a permaculture centered lifestyle. The concept is to start where you are by creating a value add business that provides a product or service to benefit your community. Examples will be given of small “cottage” type businesses whereby you can learn one or more principles of success. The goal is not to mimic the highlighted business but rather to inspire and focus.

Luke Callahan: 7 Steps to Start Your Profitable Permaculture Business

Want to start your business, but don’t know where to begin? Does starting your business feel scary and overwhelming?

In this session, you’ll learn the seven surprisingly simple steps to easily start any business.  We’ll analyze a few successful permaculture businesses through this step by step framework so you can see exactly how it works in the real world.  At the end of this session, you will have a step by step plan to start your business.

Mark Shepard, Kevin Muno, Jordan Bebee: Restoration Agriculture Business Models (1HR)

Restoration Agriculture Development was spawned out of the energy and inspiration of last year’s Permaculture Voices conference. Mark, Jordan, and Kevin, the co-founders of the company, have assembled a team of designers and business professionals to scale and take advantage of the large opportunity within regenerative agriculture. In this talk, these three agripreneurs will be speaking about the business model for Restoration Agriculture Development, and how each of their skillsets have combined to create a potent team.
Topics will include: regenerative agriculture land investment, the future of Restoration Agriculture, impact investments for regenerative agriculture, community development.

Mary Matava: Local Organics Improving Local Soils (1HR)

The El Corazon Compost Facility Partnership.

Recognizing that traditional methods of green waste disposal such as open burning or landfilling are both inefficient and environmentally unsound, the City of Oceanside partnered with Agri Service, Inc. in 1995 to develop an innovative public-private recycling program. This novel program set out to put incoming organic material to good use at fees below those of landfills. The result? Oceanside’s El Corazon Compost Facility, a landmark green waste compost facility authorized by the CalRecycle, a division of the California Department of Natural Resources.

At the El Corazon Compost Facility, we are dedicated to serving the environment from regional to individual levels by reducing landfill waste, creating beneficial soil amendments, and sharing the most up-to-date industry standards with our customers and the community.

Since its inception, the compost facility has processed over 1 million tons of green waste into high quality soil amendments, mulch and potting mixes. The facility’s success at matching incoming flow with outgoing sales of mulch and soil amendment products is renowned and ample evidence of how public-private partnerships can succeed at scale. Educational and community outreach programs as well as active industry involvement and job creation are further high points of the overall project.

Meg Grzeskiewicz: Business Strategies for Young and Beginning Farmers (1HR)

I started my grassfed beef ranching enterprise at 22 years old, with hardly any capital and student loans to pay off, without any family background in agriculture. Livestock is not an easy field to get into, but there is immense opportunity for those with business sense and creativity.
This presentation discusses ways for beginner farmers to gain expertise and experience, build and cash-flow startup enterprises, and maximize the value of their most important product: themselves. Marketing strategies and legal considerations are addressed. Material is drawn from my agribusiness degree coursework and my experiences in forming two limited-liability companies to date.
Think About:
What are two things that are completely impossible to do on a successful farm or ranch?

Paul Greive: Gasoline on the Fire: Pastured Poultry & Guerilla Farm Marketing (1HR)

Paul Greive, CPA, MBA ditched his desk job in 2013 and has generated more than $500,000 revenue in his first two years farming pastured livestock with a positive net income that supports two families. In this talk, Paul will go into the details of how his family started their pastured poultry farm with no experience and less than $2,000 capital, and also discuss the Guerilla marketing strategies have made Primal Pastures successful in California.

Peter Allen & Grant Schultz: Starting a Permaculture Farm from Scratch (1HR)

Peter and Grant met at a Darren Doherty workshop in 2012 as landless farmers with the shared dream of regenerating landscapes. Since then, they’ve both landed properties, planted thousands of trees, and developed large-scale permaculture farms. They will share their stories of how they acquired land and rapidly deployed permaculture in different ways in different places, amid different contexts. Peter farms at Mastodon Valley Farm in the ridges and valleys of southwestern Wisconsin, and Grant at Versaland in the rolling hills of Iowa.

Stefan Sobkowiak: Sell What You Grow at Retail Prices without Harvesting: Start a Club (1HR)

Together we will find at least 20 ways you can sell what you grow or raise.

They boil down to retail or wholesale prices for you.

We will look at selling by creating a club. What is it? What are it’s advantages?

How does a club relate to a farm? How to get, keep and turn away members.

 

FARMING

Adam Klaus: Dairy Farming: The Beautiful Way (1HR)

The dairy cow is a uniquely productive element on a diversified permacultural farm.

We will look at how a small herd of dairy cows increases the health, productivity, and profitability of Bella Farm in Western Colorado. The dairy cow functions as the centerpiece of this diversified small farm, enriching all aspects of the surrounding farm

Adam Klaus: Starting Your Own Raw Milk Dairy (1HR)

Establishing a small-scale cow dairy is a realistic and achievable objective for farmers with even a small acreage.
We will discuss the requirements of land, capital, and infrastructure needed to begin operating a holistically integrated raw milk dairy.  There is a huge consumer demand for raw milk, and permaculture farms are perfectly suited to producing high quality milk in a profitable way.
This talk draws upon the information presented in Adam Klaus’ new book, Dairy Farming: The Beautiful Way.

Bruce Maynard: The Everlasting Grassland Granary (1HR)

Getting the No Kill thrill with the Lazy Farmer by hearing about how it is possible to have diverse grasslands producing crops, grazing and biodiversity at the same time. Bruce will show how No Kill methods are practical Permaculture on a massive scale. A breakthrough landscape production system that is a positive answer to contemporary global challenges. Enjoy the bigger picture while seeing Bruce’s personal journey transforming his own broadacre farm over 25 years- he’s a local that thinks global!

Bruce Maynard: Animals Behaving At Their Best (1HR)

Why animals do what they do, eat what they eat and can we change that? Bruce will take you on an entertaining hour of discovery of how much you can change your animals for their benefit and yours. You and your animals will never quite be the same as you experience Stress Free Stockmanship and Self Herding. Be prepared for your diet and epigenetics to be changed in a fun way as you find out how to do that with your animals!

Colin Seis: Pasture Cropping.  Profitable Regenerative Agriculture (1HR)

Colin will discuss pasture cropping.  Colin is the pioneer – developer of “Pasture Cropping” which is a perennial cover cropping method of sowing cereal crops directly into perennial pastures. It combines grazing animals and multispecies crops , into a single land use method where each one benefits the other economically, environmentally and ecologically.  Colin Seis owns a 2000-acre farm “Winona” which is situated north of Gulgong on the central slopes of NSW Australia. ‘Winona’ runs 4000 merino sheep and grows crops like, oats, wheat , cereal rye, brassica, pea and vetch.

Curtis Stone: The 10 Essentials To Profitable Urban Farming (1HR)

Curtis Stone is the owner of Green City Acres, a multi-locational urban farm based out of Kelowna, BC, Canada. In 2014 his farm generated $75,000 in gross sales on 1/3 of an acre, spread over 5 small plots of land that consist of front yards and vacant lots. In this lecture, he will share with you his 10 essentials to profitable urban farming that will help you work less, and make more money at the same time. If you are currently farming, and looking for ways to improve efficiencies on your farm, or just getting started. Attending this talk could save you thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of time by implementing these steps.

Darrell Frey: The Evolution of the Indoor Ecosystem, Twenty-five years inside a Bioshelter (1HR)

Darrell Frey will present on the evolution of pest and disease management in the Bioshelter at Three Sisters Farm in Western Pennsylvania.

Pest management is key to profitable greenhouse growing. This presentation will detail the control of various pests using habitat for beneficial insects, seasonal cycles, cropping schemes and physical control methods in a human managed indoor ecosystem.  Pests discussed include aphids, thrips, whiteflies, spider mites, fungus gnats, snails and slugs.  Crops are a mix of herbs, flowers, cooking greens, a large variety of salad plants, tomatoes and various fruits and vegetables.

Grant Schultz: Fruit, Nuts, & Livestock – Creating a Permaculture Silvopasture (1HR)

Learn the tools, techniques, and costs of establishing a productive silvopasture – a production system that produces yields from every layer. Beginning with bare land, you’ll understand harvest planning and sourcing trees, seed, livestock, and equipment. Also learn what can potentially be built, bartered or bartered. A must-see talk.

Jean-Martin Fortier: Making a Living Market Gardening on 1.5 Acres (1HR)

Is there a place for permacuture principles in a bio-intensive approach to successful ( and profitable) small-scale vegetable production?

For more than a decade Jean-Martin and his wife have been making a living farming on 1.5 acres of land. Last year they sold for more than $140 000 in sales (with a profit margin of around 45 %) by selling freshly harvested vegetables trough their 140 member CSA and seasonal market stands. The secret of their success resides in the low-tech, high-yield methods of production they have developed at les Jardins de la Grelinette.

Mark Shepard: Managing Water on Your Farm (1HR)

Permaculture farmer Mark Shepard, author of the book Restoration Agriculture, will explain water handling on the farm from contour farming, grassy waterways and USDA terraces to Australian-borne keyline design and his modified American Keyline methods. Learn how to keep the water high on your hills where it can benefit the farm.

Meg Grzeskiewicz: Shifting the Workload to Your Livestock (1HR)

Ranching will always be hard work, but it gets much easier when your animals are working for you, instead of the other way around. “Shifting the workload” on your farm requires livestock protocols that are often completely opposite from those of commodity cattle ranching.
This presentation walks my audience through the basics of selecting and breeding, evaluating and culling grass-type beef cattle. The reasons and research behind every recommendation are discussed. All of the strategies I advocate in this presentation have been proven effective on multiple farms I have worked with.
Think About:
What was life like for bison on the Plains without human management?

Peter Allen: Grazing the Savanna: Lessons from New Forest and Mastodon Valley Farms (1HR)

In this talk Peter will share the lessons he learned establishing and managing multi-species rotational grazing operations in a well-established permaculture setting at Mark Shepard’s New Forest Farm, and now in a newly emerging setting, at Mastodon Valley, where he is planting tree crops, grazing a suite of animals, thinning forest, constructing an off-grid homestead, and building a broad-acre permaculture farm. 

Sarah Letts-Smith: Live Guardian Dogs For You? A Primer on Livestock Guardians: Dogs, Donkeys, Llamas (1HR)

This seminar will teach you about the different livestock guardians – focusing on dogs (as they are more commonly in use and also are appropriate for more situations), but donkeys and llamas as well, with the goal being to help you decide which guardian you need for your situation. I will cover a brief history of livestock guardians, both ancient and recent, but primarily I will talk to how they guard, what the cost and needs are of each type, the pros and cons, and how to train them. I will provide references and further information (websites for livestock guardian dog breeds, etc.) in handouts.

Stefan Sobkowiak: A Permaculture Orchard for YOUR Climate Zone (1HR)

In the first half we will look at the principles, advantages and disadvantages of the Permaculture Orchard.  Then you will team up to adapt the Permaculture Orchard to your climatic zone.

We will use a simple model technique to design 2 trios for your permaculture orchard.

YOU must scrounge (recycling) and bring to this presentation: 1 piece of recycled cardboard 2ft2, 3 bushy twigs 12” max (30cm), 2 pieces of newspaper or paper (any colour), pen and marker.

This design exercise is meant to:

  • help you design a Permaculture Orchard for your climatic zone
  • help you see possibilities you may not have considered
  • show you a way of using simple model techniques so you can play with design rather than work at design
  • Begin a discussion of climatically adapted building blocks (trios) of the Permaculture Orchard.

PERMACULTURE DESIGN

Ben Kotnik: Packing Permaculture Principles Into Smaller Spaces (1HR)

The best designs layer functions together to create a system that is self-organizing, generating, and healing.

Learn more about the permaculture principles we individually gravitate towards, and how we can have more without nature having less.

Following a collaborative process, Ben will share some case studies highlighting techniques and solutions frequently encountered in suburban and urban spaces. Soil management will be a strong theme in all the case studies.

Drawing on lessons learned in broad acre designs, most elements are often more influenced by our human interactions when working with smaller spaces, for better or worse.

From novel ways to plant trees to polycultures that stack functions, integrate resources management, provide year round food, and preserve historic varieties…This session will provide both information and inspiration!

Think About:

Think about an upcoming land-based project you have. Which permaculture principles are most important to the design, and which ones will you use? Read the following short blog post about math, surface, area, and permaculture: http://blog.mindresearch.org/blog/bid/390496/Math-and-Gardening-Slopes-and-Shapes-That-Increase-Surface-Area-in-our-Landscapes. Reflect on: How will you use math, soils science, succession, and project management ideas on this project? What new insights might influence your approach to this project?

Byron Joel: Permaculture in Mediterranean Climate Regions (1HR)

Byron shares insights and ideas drawing from his experiences teaching, designing and implementing Permaculture in Mediterranean climate regions(MCRs) of the world.

In this presentation we explore the definition of a MCR, their locations, common traits and differences across the globe. We touch on the traditional cultural systems of these areas and expand on the unique ecological history of the Australian continent. Byron presents a number of case studies from Australia and Mediterranean north Africa(Morocco) and submits his ideas on the best-practice regenerative agricultural techniques for such regions based on composites of traditional MCR systems.

Dan Halsey: Agro-Ecosystem Strategy and Building Ecologically Supported Plant Guilds (1HR)

Designing better plant guilds and redundant nutrient cycling systems creates a virtually unlimited resource for food production.  On some landscapes, growing plants is not a difficult task. Soils are moderately healthy and water is available by sky or well.  On the other hand, soils are more likely to be a challenge to plant propagation and even the richest soil can be depleted over time; resulting in nutrient deficiencies that will stress plants and lower harvests. 

In this session we will study, strategize, and practice building mutually supportive plant guilds that provide the ecological requirements. We will also look at some extreme landscapes a solutions to build soil resources Each participants’ plant selection process will be guided by their site conditions.

Bring your laptop or tablet, and a sharp pencil.

Jessi Bloom & Dave Boehnlein: Making Permaculture Landscapes Legible for All: Integrating Aesthetics & Education Into All Your Designs (2HR)

During this double-header we will discuss the role of aesthetics and educational design for permaculture landscapes. Then we will head outside to practice designing a space with these considerations in mind.
With many projects, aesthetic considerations are really important. If ignored, practitioners may find that they run into problems with HOAs, neighborhood associations, local government, or unhappy neighbors. 
The question we intend to answer is: How can we create functional, ecological landscapes that are also appeal to mainstream aesthetics?  Creating permaculture projects that educate those who interact with them is also important.  If people can see why we make the choices we make in a permaculture landscape, they are more likely to be accepting and implement specific strategies at their own homes.
The question we intend to answer is: How can we create landscapes that educate those who pass through?Both of these topics tie into the idea that we need to meet people where they are at if we want permaculture strategies to move from the fringe into the limelight. Aesthetics that people can recognize and education to improve understanding both help with this goal. They not only lead to more successful projects, but also to positive growth of the permaculture movement as a whole.

Peter Allen: Savanna Gardens: Regenerating the Ultimate Human Ecosystem (1HR)

Savannas were some of the most complex, diverse, and productive ecosystems in North America and provide an excellent model for permaculture – integrating woody perennial crops with grazing and browsing livestock. However, managing the complexity of these ecosystems requires approaches and skill sets that are in many ways opposed to those of conventional land management, especially agriculture. This story of the savanna will help you understand its ecology and evolution and what we can do to embrace the complexity and restore the ecosystems most capable of cooling our planet and feeding our communities.

PLANTS, SOIL, FUNGI

Joseph Simcox: Eating Before the ‘Invaders’, the American Native Peoples and Their Food Systems Before the Arrival of the Europeans (1HR)

Nowadays, people associate American native culture with three crops; Corn, Beans and Squash (the three sisters). According to Joe this is only the tip of the iceberg, Indigenous Americans (North of Mexico)used at least 3000 species of plants for food! Joe in this talk will unveil an amazing palette of wild edibles used by the Native Peoples that hold promise for our farms, gardens and kitchens. Joe will show how these “forgotten” foods are legitimate heirs to a new food ecosystem. Because one of the objectives is to put practical information in the hands of practitioners, Joe will invite participants to apply to be a part of his native food revival efforts which will access and distribute rare native edible propagation stock.

Peter McCoy: Fungi Are the Missing Function (1HR)

We have heard about the potential for integrating mushrooms and other fungi into permaculture design, but what would a complete integration of the fungal kingdom in our systems actually look like?

In this presentation we will explore some of the cutting edge ideas that mycologists and permaculturalists are taking to stack a fungal function into every zone and aspect of resilient design. From efficiently utilizing waste streams, to feeding livestock, to supporting nursery stocks and adding another layer to food forests all while producing high quality whole foods and potent natural medicine, the fungi offer incredible solutions to some of the remaining gaps in permaculture design.

This presentation will provide both existing examples as well as theoretical models that the crowd will be encouraged to help refine as we create new possibilities for this exciting and growing field.

Philip Rutter: Crowd-Sourcing A New Crop: Hybrid Hazelnuts and More (1HR)

The crops that feed our species – did not originate in universities; but were created by farmers; thousands of them. Not only can this process be recreated in today’s world; it may be the only way genuine innovation in crops can occur. After nearly 40 years of work on creating a new domestic crop from a mixture of three species of hazelnuts, evolutionary ecologist Philip Rutter describes the process in detail; including specifically how you can be part of it. This talk includes information not covered in the book, and opens the conversation for additional crops, including the hybrid chestnuts and hybrid hickory-pecans from Badgersett Farm.

Steve Gabriel: Forest Farming: Seeing the Forest for More Than Just the Trees (1HR)

For most of human existence, our sustenance has come from the forest. Trees and forest crops offer a range of incredible plants and fungi that can be called food-medicines, as they both nourish and restore us.
This session offers a conversation about the ways we can both conserve the ,forest while increasing the pallate of useful yields from them. To to this, a farmer must take advantage of the many microclimates and functions trees offer and also possess the long-haul vision of managing a system that develops over lifetimes rather than a single season. Learn from the stories of active forest farmers growing mushrooms, elderberry, paw paw, tree syrups, and integrating animals into their woods, and discuss the ways you can integrate more of your growing within the trees.

Think About:
How do I currently “see” the forest?
What are the forest types native to where I am from, and what can they teach me?

SOCIAL PERMACULTURE

Charlie Mgee: Sing the Change You Want to See: Performing the Permaculture Narrative (1HR)

How can we ensure that a “culture” of permaculture is developed and propagated as much as the practical design skills and the ‘nuts & bolts’ of implementation? How do we – and why should we – rewrite the stories of our present day society to ones that reflect the Earthcare, Peoplecare and Fairshare ethics?

Endowed with artistic flair? Musical talent? Gift of the gab? How can we use these skills to effectively communicate ideas of permaculture to the wider world?

How important is it that we learn to become storytellers as much as earth carers?

Diana Leaf Christian:How Permaculture Design Principles Apply to Social, Legal, and Financial Aspects of Ecovillage Design (1HR)

Designing a landscape with less time, labor, and hassle, and which results in a higher yield, closely parallels designing an ecovillage.

Diana will share the design principles she’s learned in her 20 years of research (long and protracted observation) which result in ecovillages and other kinds of intentional communities requiring less time, labor, money, to create — and resulting in the higher yield of less conflict and becoming healthy, thriving, and successful. She will cover the three aspects of a healthy, thriving community; specific antidotes to community founders’ typical “structural conflicts” that can bog down or stop a community project; and stories of forming communities that succeeded beautifully. Her workshop is basically about what works, what doesn’t work, and how not to reinvent the wheel.

Ken Surritte: WATERisLIFE! (1HR)

Today nearly 1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water and 1.5 million people will die this year due to waterborne diseases – The weakest members of communities are the most vulnerable – children. Everyday water related diseases claim the lives of 5000 children under the age of five. This is a direct result of not having clean water to drink. We will look at the global and local impact of this most precious, limited resource.

Larry Santoyo: Permaculture for Humanity & The Ecology of Culture (1HR)

Using Permaculture Design can effectively assist in curating community and getting toward sustainability in human soceity requires an understanding of how a community will perform as an ecosystem. Offsetting consumption with contribution, managing waste for productivity, reducing the need to earn and finding your right livelihood are the some of the most important aspects of this methodology.

Matt Black: From The Kingdom of Dust to The People of Clouds: Food, Farming and Community in Transition in Rural California and Southern Mexico (1HR)

In brief, I’ll be presenting a lecture (in a narrated slideshow format) over-viewing twenty years of work from the Central Valley of California and from the Mixteca region of southern Mexico.

National Young Farmers Association: Organizing for our Collective Success (1HR)

How young farmers are advocating for–and building–a better food system.  Over 400 million acres of agricultural land will change hands in the next twenty years — how will we ensure we don’t lose a generation of farmers in the transition?

Neal Spackman: Culture As Climate: A Model For Reading Social Landscapes (1HR)

Just as climate dictates what kind of tools we use as designers, culture dictates how we should approach human organization. Whether in a boardroom, in a foreign country, or in a volunteer organization, this model can give you a framework for increasing the adoption of permaculture in other cultures.

Pandora Thomas: The Problem is the Solution – Regenerative Re-Entry for ReSkilling our Communities (1HR)

Social Permaculture Panel: Social Challenges and Solutions (1HR)

There are many challenges that we all face on our everyday lives and many of them involve people or social systems. Speakers for this panel come from a wide range of professions and life experiences. Discuss social issues and possible solutions and strategies with people who work with social systems all across the United states and the world. After a short introductory talk the panel will answer questions from attendees.  The panel will include: Larry Santoyo, Pandora Thomas, Stuart Muir Wilson, Matt Black, Ken Surritte, and The National Young Farmers Coalition.

Starhawk: The World According to Permaculture? (1HR)

What would the world look like if permaculture values were the foundation of society and a permaculture approach guided our economies, technologies, food-growing systems and culture? Permacuture offers practical suggestions to address climate change, to sequester carbon and redress social wrongs. What are the polices we would set if we had the power to reshape society? And what strategies could we use to get there?

Stuart Muir Wilson: Design for Humanity: Action to end poverty. (1HR)

Training humanitarian workers in permaculture food and water security, emergency house construction (super adobe) and reporting human rights abuses. Design for Humanity is an international non-profit charity that is founded on the optimistic project outcome and the principles and ethics of permaculture.

 

A5’s: 5 MINUTE TALKS

Catherine Bukowski: Scaled-Up Permaculture – Food Forests for Communities

Community food forests are rapidly emerging as part of a new trend in the local food movement to promote food literacy and build community. This talk will discuss what community food forests are and the motivations that are propelling their establishment in urban areas across the United States. The social dimensions of partnerships and management processes that can help them succeed will be highlighted along with who some of the key players typically are. These projects are an example of how permaculture can be scaled-up to the community level. Come found out about the many reasons they are important.

Frank Golbeck: Bottling Sunshine – Making a Livelihood Out of Sharing the Magic of Quality Mead and Crafting a Comeback for the Bees.

What if you had all the time, money and energy in the world? What would you do? Frank’s wife asked him that question 5 years ago, and he realized he needed to get out of the Navy, make mead and share it with people. Hear how connecting with his passion to do good for people and planet through mead making has inspired a ton of personal growth and now a successful business that is shifting paradigms in the markets it serves.

Gloria Flora: Simple and Affordable Biochar Production

Nature’s been using biochar to replenish soil carbon for millennia.  Taking our cue from her, we’ll unravel what biochar is and how it works to build long-term soil health.  We’ll explore techniques of making your own biochar simply and affordably regardless of where you live.

Grant Curry: The United States’ Greatest Permaculture Challenge?

The Unites States Greatest Permaculture Challenge?

There are enormous challenges and contrasting opportunities inherent on Indian Reservations today. One one hand you have sovereign nations inside the US which are in a state more depleted than most third world nations but, on the other hand, they have opportunity to lead in a way they never have before.

Permaculture abundance in the setting of a typical reservation can be so dramatic because of the endemic scarcity. In particular, The Navajo Nation could be the most dramatic demonstration in the US of what is possible with Permaculture.. The fact that the Navajo Nation is the largest reservation in the US and also happens to be the largest brown spot on the map of the US should give anyone who really believes in Permaculture an insatiable desire to show its restorative powers.

If Geoff Lawton can turn heads with 10 acres in Jordon what could the attendees of PV2 do with 17 million acres in the middle of our country? Can Permaculture afford not to take a serious look at such projects? Come spend 5 minutes listening to a challenge that may engage you in the most restorative project our nation has ever seen.

Jen Mendez: CEED of Change: Integrating Permaculture Methodology with Passions to Re-Design Children’s Education

Permaculture is a framework that can be integrated into any interest and passion. It helps us use and value patterns from a sophisticated long-term, systems-thinking approach to solve problems. Through it we can re-invent and re-design what it means to learn, educate, and be educated. Putting in a swale or planting a tree alone is not going to be a long-term solution to our problems. To have a long-term impact we need a culture that understands, values, and utilizes the ethical design science principles of permaculture. We must bring permaculture thinking mainstream and make it a thriving movement that shapes this world. This must occur both locally and globally. To accomplish this we must get our youngest problem solvers, our children, to use the permaculture methodology to start asking and finding answers to problems.

John Rife: Nurturing Community: From emergence to a transformative ecosystem; how to support, listen to and synergize a community of practice.

Do you feel like you are the only one who cares? The only one who sees the important work that needs to be done? If you find yourself venturing into seldom-explored areas of thought and practice, chance are good you can relate.

The truth is, however, that there are others like you, like us, eager to connect with like-minded folks and you may need to be the catalyst to make it happen. There is an art and science to cultivating a community and in this talk John will discuss his favorite strategies for fostering your own constituency.

Jordan Marr: Adding Value to Your Farm’s Produce with Home Delivery

Many veggie and fruit growers are quick to write off home delivery as inefficient without considering the value it can add to their farm produce. For small-scale farmers whose customer base is urban, a well-structured CSA with home delivery can be more profitable and efficient than selling at the farmers’ market, and more appealing than drop-off points. In this short talk, veggie grower Jordan Marr will discuss the operation of his home-delivered CSA, and how to structure such a program to maximize the benefits to your farm.

Joseph Simcox: Cannibals, Kings, Charlatans, and “us”

Thinking about food, ruling with it and destroying it.  The next 25-50 “us” years will be critically important to the future of food. You can be on the wave of an amazing era of  domestication by turning to the wilds for inspiration. A whirlwind tour of the history of food then, now and “tomorrow”.

Laura Allen: Greywater: The Forgotten Resource

Greywater is the most plentiful and abundant source of irrigation water we have. For those of us in dry climates, its the most sustainable option- thought often forgotten. Learn how you can install simple and affordable greywater systems that will efficiently irrigate your bountiful, productive, landscape.

Matt Powers: Permaculture Youth Education

Did you ever imagine what it would be like if you’d started your PDC in middle school? How would you have lived your life differently? What if everyone had that same experience? What would the world look like? That’s exactly the question Matt Powers wants to answer. He is an English and soon-to-be Permaculture teacher at a school with laptops for each student in Central Valley California. He is developing a permaculture curriculum for middle school – high school to connect students to the fledgling collegiate permaculture programs and the online permaculture community. Matt shares excerpts from his books, experiences in teaching permaculture to children and teens, & insights into the growing permaculture youth movement. Join Matt for a look at the future of Permaculture in public and home school settings.

Philippe Choiniere: Sustainable Business Through Branding and Marketing

The future of business lies in sustainability.  And to be sustainable businesses must be profitable.  In this talk Philippe will explore the idea of why branding and marketing are so important for the future of sustainable business.

Seth D Peterson: Permaculture Kitchens I’ve Known

Permaculture Kitchens I’ve Known is about the application of permaculture design principles and strategies to ecologically minded kitchen design, local seasonal menu planning, nose to tail cookery and butchery, cooking in community and regenerative food shed design. It is a realization that food is at then nexus of our society and culture. Both agriculture and food preparation come together to create, reshape and define our physical world and thus our reality, it has been this way since the beginning. Thus, the ways we grow, cook and eat food are the vehicle to making better more regenerative systems as we reclaim traditional knowledge and combine that with appropriate technologies to create our own future. All of the world’s problems can be solved at the dinner table as we reintegrate our kitchens and our gardens.

 

SUNDAY WORKSHOPS

Hilary Bromberg & Marty McDonald: Permaculture Propaganda: A Crash Course in Marketing, Brand Development, Product Development, Design, and Market Research for the Permaculture Entrepreneur (3HR)

Want to make a living at permaculture?

We’ll teach you everything you need to know about the black art of marketing.

You’ll learn strategies, tactics, deep insights into consumer psychology, design deconstruction techniques, secrets, lies, and ways to manipulate the right people in the right ways. Marketing isn’t (necessarily) evil, and it’s not what you think it is.

In this 3-hour workshop that will definitely not put you to sleep, we’ll teach you how to use propaganda for good.

Javan Bernakevitch: Turning Your Inspiration Into Action: Creating a Roadmap to Success (3HR) 25 People Max

In this three-hour session we’ll use Cultivated Life Design to connect your experience at PV2, business ideas and enthusiasm to:

  1. identify a niche you naturally excel at or want to start,
  2. outline the PATHWAYS in which clients and collaborators find you, the PLATFORM you’re known for and the PACKAGE of goods and services you offer,
  3. define business success for you and
  4. make a one year back-casted plan you can actually use.

This will be a tour de force seminar on what you need to know and how you need to feel to take the hardest step of all… the very first one.

This session won’t be a fit for everyone. This is 3 hours of working on your business idea. Come prepared to get down and dirty with your business idea.

Content Takeway:

Cultivated Life Design Introduction Conclusion:

  • Zones of Brilliance – Leveraging your Keypoints
  • Model your Business
    • Pathways – How Work and Income Come to You
    • Platform – The 7 Things You Can Be Known For
    • Package – Your Offering of Goods and Services
    • Defining Success – Setting your Destination
    • Backcasting Year One – The Path Forward

John Ackley: 3D Modeling for Permaculture (3HR) 20 People Max

3D modeling is a powerful tool to aid the Permaculture Designer in analyzing and designing water catchment, zones, sectors, earthworks, and plantings.
This workshop will give the student a crash course in using Trimble SketchUp, followed by a tutorial on landscape modeling and analysis, earthworks and plantings design using freely available tools and templates.
The SysDware plugins, tools and sample models used in the workshop will also be available to students for their use after the conference.

Required: Bring a computer with SketchUp 2014 or 2015 installed: sketchup.com/download

Recommended: Review the SketchUp Crash Course material at johnackley.com/sketchup

Michael Jordan: Not Just Honey in That Hive (3HR)

Bee keeping as a hobby is not only growing, but is big money. From the sale of honey to bees themselves, let me take you on the adventure of how to capitalize on bee keeping that is good for the bees and you.
 
Bee keeping is a growing hobby. With TV, Radio, Movies, books, and discussion on the loss of the honey bee population around the world, it is on the tip of everyone’s tongue. I am not here to tell you about CCD, (Colony Collapse Disorder) because I have never experienced it myself.
I want to tell you my first hand experiences with bees, from the loss of not knowing how to be a good keeper of the bees, to making an inner city home stead centered around the little girls super profitable. How to grow a small hobby Apiary, or back yard hive into a money making company. I want to show you how to take your starting products to the people, and how to develop new ideas in this art of bee keeping. That it is not being the millionaire, but being able to turn your hobbies, no matter what they are, into your job, and your job more into a hobby.

Starhawk: Social Permaculture: Principles for Collaborative Work (3HR)

When we set out to apply permaculture to our lands and our lives, the swales and the food forests are the easy part. The biggest challenge is that second ethic: people care! How can we design healthy, nurturing and functional human relationships? What are the principles, tools and practices that can aid us in collaborating more smoothly and effectively, and make our groups empowering, regenerative, and effective?

 

CROSS POLLINATE SESSIONS

Guild Meeting: Conference Goers Connect! (40min) [Wednesday Afternoon]

At PV we are intentional about transitioning between small-group and large-group work. This allows PV to explore deeper learning and create intimacy in the context of a freaking massive permaculture work-party-conference-extravaganza!

Guilds are groups (of plants or people) that come together for mutually beneficial relationships, based on the principle that when we integrate rather than segregate, “The whole is greater than than the sum of its parts.” Similarly, our conference guilds are designed to help you get more from the PV experience.

On the first day we will form guilds by random assembly as people arrive. This guild meeting is an opportunity to form a deeper relationship with a group of people that you can check back in with throughout the week. In this first session we invite participants to fully arrive, set intentions, and build friendships of personal and professional value. We will have a guild closing session at the end of the conference on Sunday.

The World Cafe: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter (1.5HR) [Wednesday After Allan Savory Keynote Talk]

The World Café is a powerful social technology for engaging people in conversations that matter, offering an effective antidote to the fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection in today’s world. PermacultureVoices recognizes the importance of these intimate, meaningful conversations and how they support conference goers to learn from each other and integrate insights into their own lives and work.

In multiple small groups of 4 and then together as a whole group, we will reflect on the talk by Allan Savory, unpacking the perspective he shares and the ways he challenges us to create impact. Inspired by the large-scale systematic work that Allan does with holistic management and broad acre permaculture, we will draw from the diversity of insights and perspectives held by conference attendees in order to see into the larger wisdom held by the collective.

Weaving Our Mycelial Web: Sharing Our Needs and Resources (1HR) [Thursday After Paul Stamets Keynote Talk]

Mycelium, the root system of the mushroom, is an underground network that has been referred to by Paul Stamets as the “earth’s natural internet”. It’s intelligent and transfers nutrients and information across the forest floor to maintain the health and vitality of the host ecosystem. In this session participants will be mycelium as we share real-life needs and resources with each other, exchange nutrients and information, as we increase our network’s capacity through the collective wisdom of the whole group.

Creating a Crowd-Sourced Guide for Collaboration (1HR) [Friday After Marcin Jakubowski Keynote Talk]

Join hundreds of conference goers for an interactive, co-creative session where we will weave together the pearls we’re each holding to create an online, crowd-generated, open-source guide that details the best tools and resources for collaboration. Let’s build something together that will add value to our lives beyond the conference.

This session is inspired by and will follow Marcin Jakubowski’s keynote. Marcin is Founder of Open Source Ecology. Please bring your computers and smartphones to help populate our open source guide.

Making the News: What’s Your Headline? (1HR) [Friday After Maddy Harland Keynote Talk]

We all have something to contribute that is newsworthy. In this session, we’ll look back on our experiences at PV2 and in our lives in general and see what really stands out as a great story or learning moment. In this interactive session you will meet in groups of three to reflect and share stories about what has been deeply valuable or inspirational to your work and to your life. This session is inspired by and follows Maddy Harland’s keynote. Please bring your notebooks and pens.

Who Cares? Placing Ourselves in the Larger Ecological Story (1.25HR) [Saturday After Toby Hemenway Keynote Talk]

Toby Hemenway offers insight into historical underpinnings and visions for a future that restores healthy ecosystems and addresses systems of inequality. Based on where we are and where we are going on this planet, what do you really care about? Where do you see yourself in this story of the evolving Earth? What are you wanting in your own life, in your community, in your bioregion? This session will offer space to digest Toby’s talk and pull out the pieces that you are inspired to take home. We will see the broad spectrum of different things that conference goers care deeply about, connect with like-minded people and learn from others with different perspectives. By connecting with what we really care about, we will be poised to go home and give attention to what really matters.

Open Space: Harvesting Our Collective Wisdom and Skillshare (3HR) [Sunday Morning]

Join us in activating our diverse community through participant-driven break-out groups. In Open Space Technology, we will leverage our collective intelligence, enable a massive skill share and join conversations that matter to us. What conversations, experiences, skills, offerings or questions do you have? Bring them here. Conference goers will create the agenda and break into groups based upon what is most relevant to them.

Guild Meeting: Closing the Conference Together (30min) [Sunday Afternoon]

On the last afternoon of the conference you’ll gather with the Guild-mates you met with on the first day to reflect on what was learned, explore your next steps are, and honor your journey together over the past 5 days. This guild meeting will help each of us create a sense of personal closure as we go forward from PV2.