Category: Community Projects

Open Source Recipes to Make Social Innovations More Shareable

Inspired by the principles of open source software, the concept of Open Social Innovation aims to document social innovations so they can be more easily shared. How can we share and transfer sustainable social practices across communities? Increasingly, we see individuals and communities experimenting with innovative sustainable practices, pioneering new ways to communicate, think, work, live, and share together. In that context the question arises as to how best practices […]

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Kickstarting a Permaculture School for Barbados

To Sustainability and Beyond! Kickstarting a Permaculture school to teach people how to grow food, repair landscapes and build community. Why an Education Centre for Permaculture? Humanity is more than ever threatened by its own actions; we hear a lot about the need to minimize footprints and to reduce our impact. But what if our footprints could be beneficial? What if we could meet human needs while increasing the health […]

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The Right Course (Morocco)

We are still going to be achieving a number of aims in Morocco with our first PDC in October, but I’m not convinced it’s the right way to introduce permaculture to our neighbouring farmers. It might even put them off!! But if that were the case, what would be the best introduction?

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Volunteer Manager’s Checklist

As a volunteer tourist I have really appreciated receiving tips before my trips from hosts. Now I return the favour. Here are some tips for volunteer managers, and many may also find the resources in the ‘References’ section at bottom of value. Your ideal destination Do you want to change the world? Most of us do, but how do we know we mean the same thing by this? To be […]

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People’s Climate March: One Month from Now, We Kick It Up a Notch on Climate Change (Sept. 21, 2014, NY, USA)

We are one month out from what could be a defining moment for the climate movement. On September 21st, 2014, thousands of people are going to flood the streets of New York City ahead of the landmark UN Climate Summit — and we need you to join us. Click here today to RSVP and get involved with the largest mobilization demanding climate action in history. Scientists have been sounding the […]

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Ten Grassroots Environmental Justice Campaigns from Around the World

Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture Andhra Pradesh in India has been called the pesticide capital of the world.  Pesticides cost farmers a lot of money.  To recover these costs the fruit and vegetables the farmers produced had to be expensive too.  This put them out of reach for many poor families.  Not only that, but farmers themselves had been hospitalised due to pesticide poisoning.  This is why Self Help Groups of […]

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Crowdfunding Your Permaculture Project – Which Type is the Best Fit?

A crowdfunded planting As many farmers and founders of food-based businesses have discovered, crowdfunding is a tool that can enable you raise anywhere from thousands, to tens of thousands, to hundreds of thousands of dollars to launch projects that might never have gotten off the ground otherwise. But what type of crowdfunding are we talking about? The conversation can get confusing quickly, because people use the term “crowdfunding” to refer […]

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Nourishment For Body and Soul: the Permaculture Convergence Experience (Canada)

by Sandra Bartram and Cheri McCabe We must be stewards, druids of the future because we can only achieve peace through food security, and we can only have food security with healthy ecosystems that exist both upon the soil and within it. At this time of year it is hard to get motivated to leave our gardens, but the intensive three-day Permaculture Convergence in Frelighsburg, Quebec, Canada did just that. […]

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The Spreading of the Permaculture Revolution in Northern Central Tanzania, and Beyond…

Seven years since the first formal permaculture training in Tanzania by Geoff Lawton, there is now a vast network of mutually interdependent and resilient communities of knowledgeable permaculture practitioners in the country.

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Rashtriya Guni Mission – Promoting Traditional Medicinal Systems (India)

A mission to revive and promote traditional health care systems — Guni traditions — in India. Abstract Herbal medicine is the oldest form of healthcare known to mankind. Much of the medicinal use of plants developed through observations of wild animals, and by trial and error. As time went on, each tribe added the medicinal power of herbs in their area to its knowledge base. With industrialization and urbanization, this […]

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New Trees in Guatemala That Are Not Just for Reforestation

Special bicycle for shelling coffee beans It sounds strange to speak of poverty as an exciting opportunity, but many of the projects in Guatemala make me do just that. I’m particularly impressed with those working with trees. Reforestation is often not so simple as just planting trees. Mass agriculture has created a need for serious reforestation efforts, but that need doesn’t override humanitarian concerns like malnutrition and poverty. A largely […]

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Abode of the Clouds (North-east India)

Narrated by film-maker and ecologist John D. Liu, “Abode of the Clouds” is about how local communities in the Garo Hills, North East India are taking the lead in mitigating and adapting to climate change. Since time immemorial people and the wilder beasts have co-existed in the Garo hills. The land, blessed with abundant water, fertile soil and thick forest cover, is home to one million people and wild animals […]

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