Tom Cole (Thomas Cole), Brad Lancaster and myself just returned from Zimbabwe where we facilitated a Resilience Design Course for Technical field staff of programs funded by the Food For Peace program as a part of the USAID TOPS (Technical Operations Performance Support) team. Our Resilience Design training is a mix of Agroecology, the Permaculture Design platform, and the Water Harvesting principles with an emphasis on Soil Biology. The trainings are finding an enormous amount of traction in the big NGO world and within USAID itself. We are working to bring the science of whole systems, integrated design deep into the very fabric of USAID and all the organizations they fund on a systemic level.
We facilitated most of the training in the field and where we model how to empower farmers as the experts in their communities and trains the technical field staff how to offer support rather than prescriptive advice. The training is teaching how to work from the big patterns that influence their program sites to deriving principles from nature and flourishing human support systems, then designing in a site context specific way that helps them co-create with the farmer, the best techniques and strategies for the unique conditions of the site.
In just 3-weeks, myself and a host of other guest instructors will be teaching a more expanded version of this Resilience Design course as a full Permaculture certification course with an emphasis on International Development. Step out into the world of Resilience Design and JOIN US... we still have some openings and some discounts available! Sign up w/friend and you each get $150 off, if you have taken a PDC before, we offer a refresher discount with an emphasis on International Development of $200 off! For more info please visit: http://www.quailsprings.org/programs/permaculture/pdcid