Be a part of the International Permaculture Convergences, they are epic!
In November 2017, IPC 13, the next International Permaculture Convergence will take place in India, followed by IPC14 in Argentina in 2020.
Would your organization, association, or institute like to host the 15th International Permaculture Convergence?
Information about the IPC
‘IPC’ stands for International Permaculture Convergence, it is a gathering of practitioners of permaculture from around the world. The IPCs started back in 1984 in Australia, and are the key global meeting point for the international permaculture network. Previous IPCs have been held at:
- IPC1 Rowlands, New South Wales, Australia, 1984
- IPC2 Breitenbush Hot Springs & Olympia in the NW of the USA in 1986
- IPC3 Kaiwaka, New Zealand, 1988
- IPC4 Nepal 1991
- IPC5 Copenhagen, Denmark and Gerlesborg, Sweden, 1993
- IPC6 Perth, Australia, 1996
- IPC7 Croatia organized in cooperation with Danish Association/European Permaculture Institute, 2005
- IPC8 Brasil, Permacultura America Latina, 2007
- IPC9 Malawi, 2009
- IPC10 Jordan, 2011
- IPC11 Cuba, 2013
- IPC12 UK, 2015
- IPC13 India in November 2017
- IPC14 Argentina 2020
International Permaculture Convergence
Application to become a future IPC host
Factors to consider in choosing IPC15
There has not been a very consistent pattern, but we are wanting to establish a pattern of northern hemisphere / southern hemisphere, east and west.
Timing for the convergences have been approximately every two years, but given that India’s IPC is happening in November 2017, and Argentina in 2020, we are discussing longer time gaps between the IPC events. Proposed between the convergences would be active networking and content-based meetings amongst the global permaculture movement and its organizations with a strong focus on online participation. With a special sensitivity to making sure all communities, have equal access to the technology platforms needed, making sure it is affordable to all.
This will be determined at IPC India (13), making the next possible date for IPC 15 one of these years: 2022, 2023 or 2024.
- To improve access to permaculture.
- Use the IPC to make more people aware of permaculture.
- Use the IPC website to make it easy for people to connect to permaculture near them.
- To enhance collaboration within the permaculture network.
- Further develop our understanding of who is doing what, and how we can increase mutual support and action.
- To increase knowledge of the benefits of permaculture within society.
- Use the IPC to make more people aware of the benefits of permaculture, specifically about how it is used in particular contexts and countries.
- To develop permaculture theory and practice.
- Invite contributions from researchers and leading practitioners.
- Use the workshops to increase our knowledge and understanding.
- Collate workshops, papers and posters into a journal / website for wider dissemination to the permaculture network and beyond.
- To ensure that there is participation from as many countries using permaculture as possible
- To ensure funding, sponsorships and good planning enable the convergence to be as affordable as possible to all participants.
- To make a financial surplus that can feed into the next IPC.
Please answer the following questions:
1. About the host organization
- When was the organization established?
- What is your legal status?
- Please give your website address
- Does your bank account require two signatories?
- How often do you produce financial reports?
- What is your capacity – number of staff / volunteers?
- Are you able to take online payments? (This can be supported if you do not)
- How prepared are you to host an IPC – what experience do you already have in hosting large events, e.g. regional convergences?
- Are you able to do a national or regional (local Countries) convergence if you are selected to be an IPC host?
- What is the organization’s name?
- How many people in your organization have been already at an IPC? Who, Where?
2. Name of person leading the proposal / key contact
- Please give the name, email address, phone number (and code) for the lead contact.
3. About the country
- Are there any potential technological restrictions? Will you be able to host online live-streaming for the IPC?
- Are there any significant travel challenges for attendees – visas, ease of access, safety? What is the main airport / train station?
- What is the likely stability of the political climate in in your country in four years’ time?
4. Proposal for how you will manage different elements of the IPC
Please tell us how you would manage the following aspects of the IPC:
- Pre-IPC Permaculture Design Course
- Public Conference
- Tours and visits
- Proposed dates for the IPC (any challenges in terms of weather events?)
- Reducing the total expenses of attending IPCs for participants
- Time line – what is your basic plan for delivering the IPC – how will you use the 4-6? years to prepare?
- How will you minimize the event’s negative environmental impact?
- Will you be able to attend the convergence in India (2017) to do a presentation for your offer?
5. Anything else you want to tell us?
What to do after you have filled out the IPC application:
You can submit the application form in advance of the next IPC – this is encouraged. You also need to attend the IPC and be prepared to attend meetings of the IPCC during the event. You will be given an opportunity to make a presentation and will be asked to answer questions about your proposal. Please bring multiple printed copies to share (10 or more).
If your proposal is accepted you will need to sign an agreement that sets out your roles and responsibilities as an IPC host. You will then be supported by the International Permaculture Convergence Council (IPCC) and the Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC) , the two official support groups of the IPC’s. Both IPCC and FIPC work closely with the IPC conveners (hosts) to create budgets, themes, and programs, and to help develop your plans and make the event a real success.
Please send the completed application form before Tuesday November 7th 2017 to:
International Permaculture Convergence Council
Aims for stability, consistency, quality and progression of the IPC’s development as important worldwide permaculture gatherings.
The International Convergences use different forms and formats, will have different focuses and will cover different needs, which might change and adapt over time.
The International Convergences will facilitate actions, discussions, workshops, and demonstrations according the core permaculture ethics: earth care, people care and fair share
Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC)
~Assisting the future by design with support for the International Permaculture Convergences~
The Friends of the International Permaculture Convergences (FIPC) is a USA based, fiscally sponsored nonprofit of Inquiring Systems Inc; whose specific mission is to provide scholarships for delegates from around the world attend the International Permaculture Convergences. All donations are tax deductible.
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