The overall theme is ‘connectivity’ with submissions invited based on the following sub-themes:
- 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.
- 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
- Built Environment – building materials and design, low energy building, transport, owner building, community and settlement design, feeding the city through urban agriculture
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.