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Stefan Sobkowiak – Beyond Organic

This two hour interview makes for an important addition to the knowledge shared in the Permaculture Orchard film. In it Stefan talks about the next piece of the puzzle, soon to be released from Miracle Farm.

The podcast which has just come online, would have gone longer if Stefan hadn’t excused himself to join a scheduled conversation with John Allan of APW and myself. We needed to talk about the Masterclass Stefan will be leading at Unitec Auckland next year, as part of the Beyond Organic NZ Tour.

Stefan looking seriousFor New Zealanders the survivalist concepts that are promoted in the lead-in may seem foreign, and you can of course skip them and jump to 8m:40sec, or you may wind up asking, what’s happening in the USA? What’s being expressed there is an expression of people responding to the increasing uncertainty and rapid change that is underway across the world – we’re just each experiencing it differently.

Now, onto the interview on The Survival Podcast with Jack Spirko.

Up front we hear about Stefan’s background and having a Masters degree in both Biology and Landscape design, before learning what got him inspired to set up a Permaculture Orchard. We find a man with a deep desire to maximise the positive impact he can have on the world around him, and as the minutes turn into hours, we start to appreciate the gifts he’s offering.

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Mt Victoria August meeting - 'EcoVillage Pioneers' DVD follow-up

Tuesday 12th August, at 7.30pm, at New Crossways, Roxburgh St. 'EcoVillage Pioneers' DVD follow-up. We will see a follow-up to last month's EcoVillage documentary. It takes us through the first few years of the Lammas community in Wales, showing the low impact building and development of the gardens in the face of local opposition and stringent local authority conditions. » Read more

Location / Venue: 
Crossways Community Centre, 6 Roxburgh Street, Mt Victoria, Wellington
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Mt Victoria July meeting - 'EcoVillage Pioneers' DVD

Tuesday 8th July, at 7.30pm, at New Crossways, Roxburgh St. 'EcoVillage Pioneers' DVD. We will see the documentary 'EcoVillage Pioneers', which traces the experience of some low impact pioneering communities across the world. All welcome. For further information contact Frank Cook on 027 649 6508.

Location / Venue: 
Crossways Community Centre, 6 Roxburgh Street, Mt Victoria, Wellington

Mt Victoria June meeting - 'Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life' DVD

Tuesday 10th June, at 7.30pm, at New Crossways, Roxburgh St. 'Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life' DVD. We will see the Stephen Kellert 60 minute 2012 documentary 'Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life'. Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. We need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature. » Read more

Location / Venue: 
Crossways Community Centre, 6 Roxburgh Street, Mt Victoria, Wellington

Wellington, Thurs 22 May, 12.30-1.30pm: Launch of new report "Jobs After Coal"

Coal Action Network Aotearoa invites you to the launch of our major new report, "Jobs After Coal". We hope you can make it - and we hope you'll share the invitation with friends and networks. » Read more

Mt Victoria May meeting - 'Thin Ice' DVD

Tuesday 13th May, at 7.30pm, at New Crossways, Roxburgh St. 'Thin Ice' DVD. We will see the 2013 documentary Thin Ice, billed as the inside story on climate change and made by VUW Scientist Simon Lamb. The film is a unique exploration of the science behind global warming and an intimate portrait of a global community of researchers racing to understand our planet's changing climate. All welcome.

For further information contact Frank Cook on 027 649 6508.

Location / Venue: 
Crossways Community Centre, 6 Roxburgh Street, Mt Victoria, Wellington

Trish Allen's Trip to Cuba,

Thursday 8th May, 7pm to 9:30.

“20 years on - Cuba's social, political and agricultural adjustments to a post-oil economy.  What lessons are there for us?"

Trish Allen (remember Rainbow Valley Farm?) talks about her recent trip to Cuba for the International Permaculture Congress. » Read more

Location / Venue: 
The Art Room, Whangaparaoa Hall, Whangaparaoa

Ripples from the Occupy movement

It's been nearly three years since the Occupy movement burst onto the stage and made it's splash. It highlighted global inequities and the failures of big power and money to ensure we attend to the well-being of all members of society.

One of the ripples has come from of a small group of people in Wellington, who have focussed on building tools to facilitate the discussion and consensus decision making process across groups, without them having to be in the same place at the same time.

From a foundation of several successes under its belt, that include the tool being translated into multiple languages, www.loomio.org launched a crowd-funding campaign a month ago, with a goal of $100,000. It has just closed and the total given is over 123,000 so they will now go on to make the next version of the software, which includes a mobile app. Loomio is commited to keeping the tool open-source and free, while inviting support from users who can afford to give and support its ongoing development.

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Economic growth - the challenge of solving an impossibility theorem

Thursday April 10th, 7:00 to 9:30pm

As Measured by GPD - We Have A Rock Star Economy.  So Why Are So Many People Still Struggling? And What About the Environmental Cost?

Dr. Christoph Schumacher questions the adequacy of GDP and faces the challenge of the Capitalist's paradox - an impossibility theorem. » Read more

Location / Venue: 
The Art Room, Whangaparaoa Hall, Whangaparaoa