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Training course in leadership for sustainability

Author: Rubén Hernández Romero

Torri Superiore, a rebuilt village from the medievo era.

It has been already a month since I came back from Torri Superiore. However, it feels like it happened yesterday. The reason why I went there is because I had the chance to be involved in an Erasmus+ Training Course organized by  “Yes to Sustainability” and I wanted to learn skills and tools to better deal with challenges in my community in Ananda Gaorii.  

The Training “Young Leaders for Sustainability” took place in a restored ecovillage from thirteen century, located in the region of Ventimiglia, very close to France and the Mediterranean sea. Torri Superiore is nowadays a rural hostel and a hosting organization for courses. It is actually a beautiful piece of art composed of many stones and labyrinths with over 160 rooms.

A great place for a morning swimming.

As this was training for sustainability, for me it was very important to travel by land, as I usually do, in order to keep my footprint low. Despites all the restrictions and regulations due to Covid19, over 20 people from 10 different nationalities managed to come to the village. And the landscape was astonishing. I could not believe it!! From my terrace, there was a view of the valley, the town, olive orchards in terraces and the river. Yes, exactly, a river!! I was just arrived, met my roomie and after a few words exchanged, we looked at each other and decided to go for swimming! Man, why don´t we swim in the river? And yeah, we did so every morning until the end. Very refreshing!

Let´s come back to the topic!! I did not come just to swim. During the seven days, there were workshops, many tools presented, evening activities, walk & talks in nature, discussions with the local villagers, celebrations, lot of fun and gained new friends. Sometimes I am wondering why there are no such activities for youth happening in Denmark. One day, we will make it happen!

Lucilla facilitating a workshop.

I was particularly excited to listen to Lucilla, one of the local women that lived in the community since the very beginning. She was facilitating meetings teaching as skills on communication, leadership, conflict resolution and entrepreneurship.

The first day we set up the culture of the group and the space, took decisions together, taking in account everyone´s opinions, concerns and against. Further, we were introduced to a few tools like: Fishbowl, Deep Listening, Rank Privilege and World Café.

Social permaculture workshop

TRAINING COURSE “YOUNG LEADERS FOR SUSTAINABILITY” OCTOBER 13-20, 2020 – ECOVILLAGE ‘TORRI SUPERIORE’ IN ITALY

Author: Victoria Schou, landscape architect. Denmark

The medieval village of Torri Superiore is a small jewel of popular architecture located at the foothill of the Ligurian Alps, a few kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea and the French border, close to the coastal town of Ventimiglia. Originating in the thirteen century, the village is structured in three main bodies with more than 160 rooms, all connected by an intricate fabric of stairways.

Its complex structure has often been compared to a fortress or a labyrinth, perched on the mountainside. The village has been entirely restored and is now open to ecotourism, for courses, meetings and programs of environmental education, and offers an accommodation for stays and vacations. It is perfect for people interested in getting to know Ecovillage Life and looking for a holiday in a natural environment full of suggestions. This was the place, where the training for ‘Young Leaders for Sustainability’ took place.

 

Youth leaders

This training course was made for current and aspirant youth workers to learn tools to work with young people in ecovillages and sustainable projects. Participants from Italy, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Slovenia, France, Finland, Sweden, Greece and the Netherlands came with the motivation to become young leaders and developing their leadership skills.

The first days we had an introduction to group facilitation and we explored ourselves in relation to the group and different leadership styles. We have been introduced to different tools to work with groups of young people, especially related to life in ecovillages. After having had these theoretical lessons we got to put our new skills into practice during sessions of groupwork, where the goal was to facilitate a workshop ourselves. The participants had many fun and interesting inputs on what to facilitate a workshop on and how to structure it. We split in five groups with , and the topics of the workshops ended up being: ‘The Jounrey from Fear to Love’, ‘Finding your Personal Gift’, ‘Shadow Work’, ‘Menstruation’ and ‘Lunch’. These topics were prepared as workshops for sharing knowledge and experience from one participant to the other. During one and a half day of groupwork, the workshops were discussed, prepared and refined, so that we were able to hold space for each other.

Tools for holding space

Sociocratic methods of decision making were used to create a safe room for everybody to be in. The first day measures for Covid19 was discussed in the group, where everyone could share their thoughts and feelings on the topic. Some of us were so touched in their heart by restrictions and the urgency, that we were crying and shouting. This is the truth we live in and we see it better to express our feelings, than to suppress.

Together we are going through the process of accept, holding space, letting everyone be heard. While we wear a mask, when we speak, sanitize our hands after touching and keep distance of each other. We are living together, sharing our inner thoughts and feelings, when there is no room for touching or embracing.

We have learned skills in communication, facilitation, leadership and entrepeneurship during this training for sustainability. Lucilla is the local Italian woman living in Torri Superiore, taking part of the training as a co-facilitator. She is experienced in facilitating meetings in a positive and efficient manner to serve the association or organization to the best.

 

Personal experience

Jasper Keus from Finland has expressed himself about what the training has helped him to understand:

“For me the experience was very eye-opening. I found people with willpower and knowledge for solutions to the world crisis and ways to make them more possible. I found hope. Now I can connect with people who I know have made an effort to understand each other and themselves. People who are capable of facing conflicts and accepting our differences. It’s making us capable to work together.

We lived together for a whole week. It was special to share our backgrounds and experiences while using the tools we were gaining from the training.

I’ve learned a lot with leading and facilitating a group and I will definitely put these things into practice. I’m willing to learn more and go deeper into the art of leadership.”

 

Conflict management and communication

One of the main components of the teaching was how to handle conflict and communicate in a group, but also with your peer people. Communication at the basis is about how we exchange information with each other. Our values and our personality are recognized through communication, which can happen through three channels: verbal, para-verbal and non-verbal. If there is a duality in any of these three, there will be a miscommunication.

When a conflict arises, it will cause an emotional reaction between the people involved in the conflict. These feelings will be disagreement and discomfort. The discontent is rooted in the fact that there are two arguments going against each other, which is what the conflict arises from. Two different expectations of what was needed and requested creates the disagreement. This situation can create discomfort and our feelings will be hurt, sad, angry or disappointed. As a facilitator it is important to be able to recognize and distinguish what disagreement evokes emotions and analyze the situation from a more objective point of view. In this way a resolution to the conflict can be found when both parts are heard and understood from the basis of this understanding.


Active learning

A big part of the learning was as Jasper expresses not only done in the formal training sessions, but also during lunch and at the jam after dinner. In this way we got to know each other and create new relations across Europe. I personally feel the courage and wonder of what we can do as a group. We have the common mindset that we want the change to happen through personal effort. If we all do a little in our place in the world, together we can change the world. I have learnt to step up in front of a crowd and tell the story I want to live.

Etik workshop på Diplom gathering

Af Aiah Noack

De tre etiske grundregler er enkle at huske, og kendt af alle permakulturister.

https://www.knoxvillepermaculture.net/permawhat

På Permaculture gathering i London marts 2020 blev etik drøftet i en workshop og det er tanker og indtryk herfra, som jeg kort vil belyse og trække op.

Kerry … der holdt workshoppen indledte med et taknemmelighedsritual der lagde stemningen og integriteten for hele workshoppen. Hun beskrev etikken således:

  • Jorden – Gaia – indbyggerne
  • Folket – det hjerte de bringer – forfædre der bringer livet videre
  • Fordelingen – de ressourcer vi tager vare på – den overflod som naturen øser af – før og efter

Vi refererer til David Holmgren for etik og principper, men Mollisons kunne også være fine.

Spørgsmålene der kommer op:

  • Er alle etikkerne lige vigtige?
  • Etik i permakultur designs?
  • Etik sammenlignet med andre discipliner, som buddhismens fem forskrifter, de ti bud, the do’es and the don’ts
  • Det regenerative landbrug i permakultur?

Helt centralt for os der gerne vil lave ti designs i et diplomarbejde – er etik noget der går dybere end at checke om det passer til designet som en eftertanke eller en checkmetode? Skal og kan der checkes op til sidst, eller kan og skal de etiske grundregler indtænkes ved designets første skitser og noter? Der var overvejende enighed blandt workshop deltagerne om at etikreglerne blev checket til sidst, ikke indtænkt fra start. Spørgsmålet er om det er noget vi skal arbejde med, udvikle på, gøre mere centralt i opgavearbejde. Er det ikke i virkeligheden etikreglerne i en nøddeskal?

Aiah Noack, PDC-holder, indehaver af LAND-centeret Naturplanteskolen

Deltagelse i diplomforsamlingen 7-8. marts var støttet af Erasmus+.

Der var godt liv i forsamlingen og netværket blev styrket på kryds og tværs.

Haven udenfor centeret i London, hvor diplom-forsamlingen blev holdt.

Midt i en fremlæggelse af design og metoder brugt.

Youth Exchange i Portugal

SUSTAINABILITY IN PRACTICE
PERMACULTURE: NATURAL BUILDING & GARDENING SKILLS

HVAD HANDLER DET OM?

Et Youth Exchange er en aktivitet der er finansieret af Erasmus+ Fonde. I denne aktivitet vil man lære om og hjælpe med at bygge en muldtoilet, undendørs bruserbad og udendørs køkken med pizzaovn samt deltage i vedligeholdelse af haven og fælles aktiviteter.

HVOR?

Denne Youth Exchange vil finde sted på et permakultur-sted der hedder Aldeia do Vale, i Portugal. Aldeia do Vale har ansøgt penge til et projekt med hjælp af andre organisationer i Europa. Projektet handler om at lære om permakultur og skabe noget sammen med hjælp af unge.

www.aldeiadovale.com

HVORNÅR?

I august eller september måned, i 2020. Der kommer flere oplysninger om nogle måneder

HVEM KAN ANSØGE?

Man skal sende en ansøgning + CV på engelsk til Permakultur Danmark (Ungdom@permakultur-danmark.dk) før den 31. Maj.
Det er vigtigt at du tænker over hvordan Permakultur Danmark kan drage nytte af at du tager på denne ungdomsudveksling og hvad du skal bruge dette kursus til, når du er tilbage i Danmark.
 
Der er 5 pladser til unge (18-30år).
Finansieret af EU Fonde

Ny måde at blive diplomholder- snart en realitet i England

Tekst og fotos af Marianne Mark

Der er pt. over 500 permakultur diplomstuderende(aspiranter) og 40 tutorer i England.

Som ny diplom aspirant i det engelske system var jeg med til Diplom Gathering i London i marts 2020, hvor ca. 80 af disse aktive diplom folk mødtes.

Det, som jeg virkelig bed mærke i, var, at rigtig mange diplomaspiranter var “stuck”. Det var nærmest en joke blandt diplom-aspiranterne “Nå er du også stucked”. De fleste havde været tilmeldt permakultur diplom studiet i 3-10 år uden af blive færdige. Generelt sagt var Diplom projektet blevet for stort og uoverskueligt for mange, uden der var støtte nok.

De 10 design, du skal aflevere i England for at blive Diplomholder, var i folks hoveder blevet til nærmest 10 afgangsspecialer fra universitetet, så ikke så underligt at folk ikke kunne overskue dette selvstudie.

Stuckness i Diplomsystemet er et problem i England, som en arbejdsgruppe “Modular Diploma” nu gør noget ved. De afholdt en workshop om temaet på konferencen, den deltog jeg i.

Til min store glæde fremlagde Jo Barker en super god ide, som ændrer det nuværende diplom system til et “Modular Diploma”.

Ideen gik ud på at lave  3 moduler ud af Diplomuddannelsen sådan at man efter PDC kurset tager:

*       Modul 1, hvor der undervises i virkeligheden eller online, og herefter afleveres 2 design,
*       Modul 2, hvor der undervises i virkeligheden eller online og herefter afleveres 3 design
*       Modul 3, hvor der undervises i virkeligheden eller online og herefter afleveres de sidste 5 design.

Herefter er du diplomholder i permakultur.

Der var meget stor opbakning til forslaget fra alle fremmødte og fra Permaculture Association Britain. En deltager sagde endda “I like this
spoon fed way – then I can get through it”. Når du sejler rundt med 10 diplom designs i din egen sø, så er der bare ikke den næring, der kommer via fælles læring, udvikling og sparring. Endvidere hjælper det også at dele tingene op. Så man ikke starter med at snakke om 10 design, men starter med at    snakke om 2 design.

Jeg håber meget på, at vi i Danmark, kan efterligne den engelske model og bryde permakultur diplomsystemet op i 3 bider med mere undervisning tilknyttet, så det bliver spiseligt for mange flere. Det er tid til en permakulturel omstilling i Danmark og derfor også tid til at få mange flere gennem diplomsystemet og derfor må vi også tilbyde en undervisning, der tager højde for, at vi er mennesker, der trives bedst i fællesskab og fysiske læringsmiljøer, i stedet for at sejle i egen sø.

Jeg glæder mig til at diskutere dette i DK på et tidspunkt.


Flerårige kål og kompost i lange baner

Charles Dowding viser små spirer frem, der har fået varmen ovenpå 1,5 m3 hestemøg under varmeudvikling. Systemet ses bag Charles og selvfølgelig med et termometer i, så han kan følge med i varmeudviklingen.

Inden Diplom Gathering var Aiah, Kurt og jeg på besøg hos “No dig” manden Charles Dowding i Alhampton i Somerset, hvor jeg forelskede mig i Charles’ Kompostsystem. Charles er en mand der sætter tingene i system og det havde han så sandelig også gjort med sin kompost. Se billedet herunder. Lige midt i haven havde han havens motor. 5 rum med hver 1,5-2 m3, hvor han producerede kompost i lange baner. Sådan et system vil blive kopieret på Køge Fælles jord indenfor det næste års tid.

Dernæst var vi hos Mandy, Incredible Vegetable i Ashburton. Her var det skønt at se Mandy´s enorme samling af Flerårige kål og mange andre spændende flerårige grøntsager. Aiah søger for at mange af dem bliver tilgængelige i DK via Naturplanteskolen.   

Aiah foran Charles Dowdings have ”motor” – 5 rum med kompost produktion.

 

Charles Dowdings lækre kompost.

 

Aiah, Kurt og Mandy hos Incredible Vegetable, hvor de mange forskellige flerårige kål strutter af styrke og sundhed.

 

Incredible Vegetables, Mandy viser sine flerårige kål frem.

Diploma Gathering i London

Af Kurt Holm

Vi var tre diplom-aspiranter fra Danmark, der alle ønsker at tage diplom i det Engelske Diplom system, der deltog i dette arrangement i London 7-8. marts 2020, under den Engelske Permakultur forening.

Vores nydannede diplomlaug blev svejset sammen under dette års gathering (forsamling). Det er et lille laug, ”LANDcenterlauget”, bestående af Aiah Noack fra Naturplanteskolen, Marianne Mark fra Køge Fælles Jord & Kurt Holm fra Karensminde, der vil have et fællesfokus netop i LAND center udfordringer.

Et afslappet øjeblik under diplomforsamlingen på Roots and Shoots community centre i London.

 

Under forsamlingen blev der høstet meget viden fra diplompræsentationerne (3), samt i de forskellige workshops. Vi blev også meget klogere på egne behov, samt de fremtidige designs, der skal produceres; emner og tidsplaner blev drøftet, forventninger og forhåbninger afstemt og aftaler indgået. Det var med stor fortrøstning, at vi rejste hjemad. Da vi stod og tog afsked på Københavns Hovedbanegård var vi enige om, at det havde være en super effektiv tur.

Det engelske diplomsystem kræver 10 designs, godkendt af egen Tutor (vejleder) samt en senior vejleder, fremlæggelse til akkreditering og vurderet af en peer-gruppe på en engelsk diplom forsamling.

Turen til diplomforsamling i London er støttet af Erasmus+ programmet.

Det europæiske udvekslingsprogram for iværksættere

Det Europæiske udvekslingsprogram for iværksættere giver nye eller vordende iværksættere mulighed for at lære af erfarne iværksættere, der driver små virksomheder i andre lande, der deltager I programmet. Erfaringsudvekslingen finder sted under et ophold sammen med den erfarne iværksætter, som hjælper den nye iværksætter med at tilegne sig de nødvendige færdigheder til at drive et lille firma. Værten får fordelen af at få nye perspektiver på sin virksomhed og får mulighed for at arbejde sammen med udenlandske partnere eller lære om nye markeder.

Man skal have et firma der er mindre en 3år gammel og søge efter et firma i et andet land der er interesseret i at modtage folk der er motiveret for at lære fra firmaet og udveksle ideer og viden.

Her kan man se et eksempel af et projekt

https://www.erasmus-entrepreneurs.eu/videos.php?vid=T421eH3t7II 

Der er ingen aldersgrænse i dette program. Dette program har eksisteret i 10 år, men det er ikke blevet populært endnu.

Der findes mere information i dette link. Du er velkommen til at kontakte din lokale kontakt for at høre mere om programmet.

https://www.erasmus-entrepreneurs.eu/index.php?lan=da