This was presented at IPC8 in Brazil & later to EUPC10 in Europe
We Propose that we make a unified and concerted effort
(at European level at least, preferably at international level)
To coordinate efforts also around the PC Diploma and re-design the diploma work-net proposals in light of the experiences and observations to date. The VEHICLE for this would be a new Chaordic Permaculture Institute: see original proposal here. However, this original proposal was met with some confusion at first (in 2005 when we circulated this document in some parts of the network), so we decided to first present the Chaordic Model, and later explain how we could implement this further.
A Short History of the PermaCulture Diploma System
Designed by Bill Mollison (check?) - basically consisted of sending your work to Australia, paying the fee and having the work read by an examiner. If passed you got the diploma.
Jan 2010 this was on the website at Tagari:
Thank you very much for your interest in applying for a Diploma of Permaculture Design with the Permaculture Institute. Since 2002 we have had a third party examiner assess each application and either recommend or discuss further improvement to the application. Recently this position has become vacant.
Please contact us through our contact section on this website if you are interested (Australian residents only please).
Additionally, while we search for a replacement examiner, we are re-writing the application guidelines. We therefore ask that you do not send in any applications until a new notice is posted informing of the successful completion of these new guidelines. Your patience is appreciated.
So maybe re-designs are happening. (some enteprising pre-diplomat wanting to add this collective design to their portafolio could write to them and suggest we look to join forces?)
Described here in full: Diploma Convergence.doc
extract from "Procedures", p.4:
We find it to be important, that diploma applications are to be presented and discussed openly in a larger forum of permaculturists.
We find it to be important that the awarding of diploma is based solely on documented professionalism, and not made dependent on financial capacity or graduation from one or another specific educational institution.
We find it to be important that the awarding of diploma is rooted in a regional context, so that the application is published in a regional publication (e.g. the Nordic Yearbook), and presented for discussion and approval in a regional gathering with official status (e.g. the Nordic Meeting)."
Designed by AndyLangford (mainly? check), this is a brilliant design by people deeply embedded in the 'us/we' paradigm.
Unlike the idea most people (still encrusted in the 'I/me' paradigm?) have of a diploma (of it being for their own benefit mainy / to get a piece of paper / move up the ladder, etc.), this permaculture diploma was actually a very multi-functional permaculture design, designed to:
Link to PC Uk site: http://www.permaculture.org.uk/education/diploma-applied-permaculture
Old Manual: Accreditation Criteria.doc
There is no effective consistent dialogue at international level (no continuity outside of convergences, where dialogues most often just personal & disconnected - lots of repeating of usual concerns - which are compiled in this proposal)
For EUPC10 (august 2010) we proposed this forum in WiserEarth but it was not used:This proposal is interactive! Do participate..
Version 4 - a new International Chaordic Diploma
a new Diploma Work-Net in the Chaordic Institute (International) (the link above is in spanish, but you can try the google translator, we are working on improving the traslation!)
* integrates the benefits of all other versions *
'Process kick-start' designed by Stella with the Nodo Espiral (Spain PC Academy) teachers in 2003,
A very potted history: the Chaordic PC Institute originated from an idea to re-design the DiplomaProcess, but some basic infrastructures (ie. this pilot and a credible number of initial profiles) was necessary in order to move on with that idea.
This is the result of the DiplomaGroup investigating and listing the various Diploma systems in existence (over the last few years) and asking lots of questions in the Diploma Lab (which all are still very welcome to participate in).
((Gaia University is also organising a new diploma version (with some US organisations), which we hope they will wanto integrate with the Chaordic Institute's design. A good interview with Andy Langford about ActionLearning and the Earth Action Mentor diploma))
The idea is that it is COLLECTIVELY (chaordically) DESIGNED by the interested Chaordic Institute members.
Some work on this was done in the DiplomaGroup of the Institute (mainly observation) and we hope that some enterprising pre-diplomats choose to incorporate this as a collective design into their portafolios.
of combining all other versions:
will be by the Conference Method (as in Version 2) but without the obligation to travel to a particular Conference (if you can afford to go to one it's great, but not obligatory)
The clear (and also brilliantly designed) evaluation criteria from Version 3 designed to develop
will be greatly amplified by the slight shift sideways to e-portafolios joining up with the already happening (but much less purpose-full or directed: 99% decentralized) growth of individual perma-publications on the web
As if that weren't all enough ... having not only all the new wealth of (catalogued) permacuture content but also visible diploma standards out there totally in the open (as opposed to stored and assessed behind closed doors) AND over a long time (not just during the award event) ... will slowly bring on many other benefits, eg.
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