At the International Permaculture Convergence an open session was held to discuss the possibility of holding a US National Convergence. If you live in the states and/or would be interested in attending and would be willing to fill out a questionare about what region your in and other convergence preferences please go to: www.bit.ly/USPCsurvey2012 and fill out the form.
note: Participation in this survey does not obligate you to attend. We are just gathering some rough numbers to get going. Please feel free to share this survey with your extended permie networks as well. The more feedback we start with the better.
Thanks in advance for your participation and to Paul for this forum to spread to invitation
Sarrathefletcher, they've apparently changed the first question to include "Outside the Continental US, willing to travel" in response to your post. Please reconsider!
Permaculture is a gestalt ... a study of the whole. Not just how to produce more and better food, but how human life on the planet affects and is affected by the surrounding environment.
Bill Kearns http://columbiabasinpermaculture.com
Actually the 'outside the US willing to travel' was always there And that is where our friends to the north have been placing themselves in the survey. my recommendation to someone asking where Ohio fell in the regions was to select the region you'd most be willing to travel to...same with Texas where half the state considers itself SW and the other The South and outsides think it should be it's own country all together... being a Texas native i can almost agree
As the individuals who have volunteered to facilitate the convergence are in LA, Miami, Seattle, and NY it doesn't matter where it ends up three of us will be making quite a haul to get to it. FYI a little inside scoop from the IPC... Alaskans need to be talking to the Canadians since Canada wants to qualify for an IPC and needs to hold a national convergence to qualify.
Thank you L.London for reminding me... Ive been meaning to post this to your listserve as well. just coming down off the backside of a 70hour workweek and been doing this in my 'spare' time LOL
After weighting responses to reflect distance people are willing to travel, the information gathered thus far indicates 46.5% would go to the Northeast and 47% would go to central California.
Also emerging from these surveys were two viable offers of Amherst, MA or Sacramento, CA... sooooooo... If you feel strongly for or against either of these eventualities please a) make sure you've filled out a survey and b) pass on the link to your respective networks. Survey is open till Nov 5th. Thanks again for your participation!
UPDATE: With 16ish hours left to go in the survey the raw data standings look like this:
North East US / New England 29%
South East & Atlantic Coast 14%
Upper Midwest & Central planes 16%
Northwest Coast & Inland / BC 15%
Southern Cal / Southwest drylands 19%
Central West Coast / Bay Area 7%
Outside Contenental US - willing to travel 1%
adjusted for travel it is the NE in 1st, MW and Central Cali tied for 2nd, SE in 3rd and NW and SW tied for 4th. Survey is still open till Nov 5th. U.S. Permies have your say at: www.bit.ly/USPCsurvey2012