Welcome to the Santa Cruz Permaculture Design Course!

The World Cafe

Using seven design principles and a simple method, the World Café is a powerful social technology for engaging people in conversations that matter, offering an effective antidote to the fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection in today’s world. Based on the understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business, and organizational life, the World Café is more than a method, a process, or technique – it’s a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversational leadership.

Cafe to Go - simple guide to hosting World Cafes
Homepage: http://theworldcafe.com/
Online Community: http://www.theworldcafecommunity.org/

Sample cafe questions for the first day of a course:
  1. Who are you, and why are you here? (What do you hope to gain from the course? On a deeper level, what do you long for?)
  2. What is going well, and how might we get more of that? … in your life … in your community … in our region?
  3. Now that we have a basic sense of “the We” - What is possible here that’s worthy of our best effort? What might we collectively have / be / do if this course was wildly successful?
  4. How can we support each other?

Personal Niche Analysis

This is a simple exercise to help learners self-assess themselves as learners. Dave Jacke uses this in his permaculture teacher training.

Teaching Permaculture Creatively

A 320 page hand-made source book on Creative Facilitation and Interactive Learning Methods and Process written especially for Permaculture Teachers and Educators. Written by Robin Clayfield and Skye and published by Earthcare Education in 1994. It is still very relevant today and has become an important toolbox for course leaders all around the world having been purchased by people in over 40 countries.

Learning Pyramid

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