Australasian Permaculture Convergence 14 (APC14)

Sub-themes for submissions

The overall theme is ‘connectivity’ with submissions invited based on the following sub-themes:

  1. Land and Nature Stewardship – food production, nature, water, horticulture, animal management, organic growing and gardening, biodynamics, biodiversity, reading the landscape, broad acre management, GM, seed saving, perennial tree crops, wild harvesting and gleaning.
  2. Land Tenure and Community Governance – Transition movement, local food economies, urban and rural land use, feeding the world, intentional communities – eco co-housing, eco-villages etc, co-ops, practices towards longevity, engaging with mainstream politics, working with local government, conflict resolution
  3. Built Environment – building materials and design, low energy building, transport, owner building, community and settlement design, feeding the city through urban agriculture
  4. Tools and Technology – (this is a good topic to do demonstrations and hands-on workshops) old tools, new tools, renewable energy, water systems, appropriate low impact technologies, reuse and recycling Tools and technology
  5. Culture and Education (depending on presentations, this domain could be split into Culture and Education – we would encourage practical and hands on activities in this space) – permaculture education in formal and informal settings, Indigenous-representation and overviews , permaculture in schools and further education, home schooling, permaculture and ‘Education for Sustainability’ (EfS), the arts, music, dance, performance, NZ/SEA-representation and overviews of what is happening in their regions, Research-PIRN, Next big thing, integral permaculture, deep ecology, permaculture and overseas development, Ideas and knowledge-new ways of thinking –ie permaculture school gardens, teachers education
  6. Health and Wellbeing – people/ social permaculture, physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing and flourishing, climate change and health, healthy food and its preparation, holistic and western medicine, solastalgia, ecopsychology, home birthing, dying with dignity, mind/body/spirit practices, women’s spirituality, permaculture of the inner landscape, conflict resolution Health and spiritual wellbeing
  7. Economics and Finance – ethical investment, divestment, progress without growth, steady state economics, deriving an income/running a business, LETS systems, CSAs and subscription food growing, WWOOFing, skill sharing, permaculture and poverty , entrepreneurs-young guns, new ideas.