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Facilitating Resilient Community Development in Areas of Need -Permaculture for 2/3rds World, Indigenous and Culturally Diverse Communities

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Facilitating Resilient Community Development in Areas of Need -Permaculture for 2/3rds World, Indigenous and Culturally Diverse Communities

Time: July 27, 2009 at 9am to August 6, 2009 at 6pm
Location: Quailsprings Learning Oasis and Permaculture Farm near Santa Barbara California USA
Event Type: aid, training, permaculture, overseas, development, cultural, diversity
Organized By: wesley Roe
Latest Activity: Jun 16, 2009

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Facilitating Resilient Community Development in Areas of Need - Permaculture for 2/3rds World, Indigenous and Culturally Diverse Communities
with Robyn Francis

Presented in two complementary parts
July 27-30, 2009 - Working with Cultural Diversity and Indigenous Peoples
August 1-6, 2009 - Overseas Development Work

Sustainable Aid program provides essential skills training for people working or intending to work in community development programs with indigenous and culturally diverse communities at home and overseas, and in aid and development programs in the 2/3rds World. Inspiring, challenging and deeply empowering, learn skills and processes to work effectively in facilitating community-based planning, education and program development.

This is an important and growing area of permaculture work, which requires a realistic approach and appropriate skills-set to work effectively in facilitating sustainable change in areas of need. Graduates from these courses are undertaking significant work in diverse projects all over the world. This course was originally developed by Robyn Francis in 1991 and undergoes constant revision in keeping with global changes and their impacts on the world's poorest and most vulnerable peoples.

Advanced Permaculture Training for Permaculture Activists & Community Development Workers

This course develops awareness and skills for working in areas of need, and with people from other cultural backgrounds in both a first-world context and in overseas development work. The course is presented in two complementary parts. The information and skills from both parts of this course will empower Permaculture activists to work effectively with communities to build resilience to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world of climate change and economic instability. Both courses assume the
prior knowledge of the PDC or working knowledge of Permaculture.

Part 1 Working with Cultural Diversity & Indigenous Peoples
The first part deals with cultural awareness, working with people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, appropriate communications,inclusive facilitation techniques and strategies for conflict resolution.
This part of the course explores issues and strategies specific to working with indigenous, multicultural, ethnic and minority groups, refugees, people at risk and community work in developed nations.

The principles and skills covered in Part 1 provide an essential foundation for Part 2 of the course which goes into specific factors relating to overseas development work.
Part 1 provides valuable insights for those involved in working in community development programs such as community gardens, city farms, schools, transition planning, and other community initiatives which involve liaising with people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and with disadvantaged groups.

Part 2 Sustainable Aid for Overseas Development Work
Part 2 builds further on the skills-set of Part 1 for those working or intending to be involved in overseas aid and development work. Key issues facing the 2/3rds world are addressed together with Permaculture strategies to facilitate solution processes.
Topics include survival security (food,water, shelter),
health and nutrition, environmental health, kitchen garden
and local food security programs, appropriate low-tech options, and
integrating permaculture with traditional production systems in humid and arid tropics.
The course also addresses facilitation processes for
community directed program development, project appraisal and evaluation, disaster preparedness, post disaster relief and recovery, and ways we need to prepare ourselves for undertaking this kind of work including research, working with development agencies and NGO's, and issues of personal security in overseas field work.

Contact Kolmi Majumdar, info@quailsprings.org or 805-886-7239, www.quailsprings.org

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