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What if global hunger, poverty and disease could be solved with resources already at our disposal?

A film directed by Steve Schrenzel

It was a pleasure to meet Tara Blasco and Lyn Hebenstreit at the Tenth International Permaculture Conference (IPC10) in Jordan this month. Tara and Lyn have been deeply involved in a Tanzanian success story that you’ll quickly become immersed in via the excellent new documentary above.

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The “free market thinktanks” and their secret funders are a threat to democracy.

by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom.

Nadine Dorries won’t answer it. Lord Lawson won’t answer it. Michael Gove won’t answer it. But it’s a simple question, and if they don’t know it’s because they don’t want to. Where does the money come from? All are connected to groups whose purpose is to change the direction of public life. None will reveal who funds them.

When she attempted to restrict abortion counselling, Nadine Dorries MP was supported by a group called Right to Know. When other MPs asked her who funds it, she claimed she didn’t know(1,2). Lord Lawson is chairman of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, which casts doubt on climate science. It demands “openness and transparency” from scientists(3). Yet he refuses to say who pays, on the grounds that the donors “do not wish to be publicly engaged in controversy.”(4) Michael Gove was chairman of Policy Exchange, an influential conservative thinktank. When I asked who funded Policy Exchange when he ran it, his office told me “he doesn’t have that information and he won’t be able to help you.”(5)

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by Sustainable World Radio

Warren Brush, co-teaching the pre-IPC10 PDC in Amman, Jordan
Photo © Craig Mackintosh

Warren Brush, Permaculture Designer and educator talks with us about his work in Africa, the power of storytelling, and why children need us to be part of the solution. Brush, co-founder of Quail Springs Learning Oasis and Permaculture Farm, has mentored youth and educated adults around the world teaching them Permaculture and other practical life skills.

Click play to hear the talk!

Sustainable World Radio Interview - Warren Brush

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Brad Lancaster presents at the IPC10, Amman, Jordan, Sept. 2011
Photographs © Craig Mackintosh

Brad of has well-honed presentation skills — urban water harvesting has never been more interesting and compelling than after Brad has laid it all before you, and injected no small measure of fun and humour into it as well. I applaud Brad’s valuable contribution to the permaculture toolkit, as I’m sure will you after watching the video below!

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Roberto Perez Rivero gives his presentation at the IPC10, Amman, Jordan
Photographs © Craig Mackintosh

Roberto Perez Rivero gave an excellent presentation at the Tenth International Permaculture Conference (IPC10). Watch it below. As the projector wasn’t the best, you may also want to make use of the links below to download the slideshow from this talk so you can click through those in a different window as Roberto speaks:

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The wild boar cull should be halted, and we should stop confusing conservation with gardening.

by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom.

Is the United Kingdom the most zoophobic nation in Europe? Do we, in other words, have an unusually intense fear of wild animals?

We’ve certainly been less successful than other nations at protecting large mammals. Norway and Finland, for example, have lost none of their large, post-glacial land mammal species. But, until recently, our native species numbered just two: roe deer and red deer. As David Hetherington of the Cairngorms Wildcat Project pointed out at a meeting in London Zoo last year, the UK is “the largest country in Europe and almost the whole world” which no longer possesses any of its big carnivores. Other countries as densely populated and industrialised as ours have managed to hang on to theirs.

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Whew! The post-IPC tours began today, but the conference and convergence themselves have come to an end. What a ride it’s been! I’m personally totally exhausted, but in a good way. I’ll tell you more and share more pictures and video soon — after I’ve had time to make my way home.

In the meantime, you’ll find the group shot of the IPC participants above, taken as the sun was setting on the last evening of the convergence. I’ll provide the image in three resolutions for you. You are welcome to access for your own use — so long as it’s not used commercially.

Stay tuned for more coverage of the events after I’m home, and thanks for your patience.


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Roberto Perez Rivero, Cuba, addresses the conference guests
Photo © Craig Mackintosh

It was a full day of varied talks — varied both in terms of the content, and the background and experience of the speakers. I won’t say a lot about the talks, as you are able to watch them yourselves on!

On the morrow we head to the southern end of Jordan, to the famously beautiful desert region of Wadi Rum — where the four-day IPC10 Convergence will ensue. Unlike the conference, we won’t be live-streaming the talks at the convergence, but I will be videoing as much as possible, and will YouTube them as quickly as I can after returning home. Also, because the above-linked conference videos were streamed, they are quite compressed, so not the best quality. I will re-upload those in higher quality when I get home after the events as well. When I do, I’ll post links to the speakers’ respective slide shows, so you can follow along with the talks better.

Stay tuned….

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Princess Basma bint Ali of Jordan opens IPC10
Photographs © Craig Mackintosh

The opening of the Tenth International Permaculture Conference (IPC10) already saw Permaculture getting the attention it deserves. Over 100 people from around the world were seated to ‘break bread’ at the conference’s opening gala dinner on the evening of Friday September 16. Aside from permaculturists from every continent, the event also drew (by our own ‘subversive’ design) people of influence from within Jordanian society who we hope will absorb the all-important Permaculture concepts and use their privileged positions to help permeate the kingdom’s populace with them. Not least amongst these was Princess Basma bint Ali of Jordan.

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