Resilience and Capacity Building for Community Educators
21 - 24 April 2015 | WeCreate Workspace, Cloughjordan Ecovillage | Course fee €500 | €300 if unfunded. There are two bursary placements available for low income or job seekers who would benefit from attending. The bursary includes all fees but not accommodation and food. | Contact Davie
Develop your skills in facilitating learning and using new tools to host conversations in your community. This four day training is hosted by Davie Philip, Cultivate Living and Learning and Chris Chapman, the Change Exploratory, in association with WeCreate Green Enterprise Centre.
Who is this course for?
This course is for adult and community educators, hosts and facilitators with some experience who want to refresh and develop their skills and ways of working to enable them to have impact and flourish, as we seek to transition to more values-based and collaborative communities.
What will it include?
The course will provide an introduction to inviting, active, experiential and place-based learning methods. It will look particularly at the changing role of the trainer / facilitator, as we become more of a catalyst, rather than just a transmitter of knowledge. The course will provide an opportunity to look at yourself and how your strengths and vulnerabilities can best serve you.
The course is founded on whole systems (ecological and evolutionary) thinking and pulls on fields such as Community Development, 'The Art of Hosting', Sustainability, Community Resilience, and Permaculture. This course has proved to be extremely popular and inspiring for a wide range of participants from education, community and diverse professional backgrounds.
- Category: Permaculture
Learn Permaculture design, how we can live more sustainably, grow food intensively and create livelihoods within our own communities
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This QQI L5 registered Permaculture Design Course* provides participants with a balanced combination of theory and outdoor practical place-based learning. The course emphasises both ecological and social permaculture covering topics such as perennial plants, agro-forestry, soil health and new ways of thinking about land management. A lively, participatory and thought-provoking experience is guaranteed.
The Art of Commoning
“How can a commons-based collaborative economy strengthen the resilience of our communities?”
Michel Bauwens, Course Director
The course will be led by Michel Bauwens, the founder and director of the P2P Foundation and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer production, governance, and property. He writes editorials for Al Jazeera and is a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group, with Silke Helfrich and David Bollier, who have organised major global conferences on Commons and Economics.
The Sharing Economy, Crowdfunding, Maker Spaces, Coworking, FabLabs, Creative Commons and using social media to organise are all examples of new ways of working enabled by Peer to Peer (P2P) or people to people practices.
The ability to connect and communicate with people globally, empowers communities to self-organise around their interests, to share experiences and produce valuable knowledge resources and commons at scales previously only possible through hierarchical and capital intensive, command and control economies.
P2P can be characterised as a new mode of production that harnesses the creative and collaborative power of voluntary peer to peer networks. In this sense P2P offers a vision for the future that extends and deepens democratic participation.
The P2P sharing of knowledge and experiences offers many great benefits for individuals and communities. How can we adapt and take advantage of what this new paradigm has to offer in the transition to a sustainable economy? Can we create sustainable livelihoods while contributing to the commons?
- Category: Permaculture
Join the ecovillage's resident experts of permaculture, gardening, farming, perma-facture and green building for this unique, yearly opportunity to learn invaluable design and practical skills. This is Cultivate's 7th consecutive year holding the UK Permaculture Association accredited Permaculture Design Certificate ("PDC") Course at Cloughjordan Ecovillage.
This PDC is organised by Cultivate in association with Cloughjordan Community Farm and Village Education Research and Training (VERT) at The Cloughjordan Ecovillage. The venue for indoor sessions is the enterprise centre a.k.a. FabLab, WeCreate. See photos of previous courses here.
This course is full-time (and "full-on") from Friday evening (starting with dinner around 6pm) until the following Sunday afternoon (around 4pm) | Find presentations, links and other resources on Our Permaculture Resource Site.
This is a one-day workshop in the art of facilitating transformative conversations. Conversations are the main medium by which people and communities change. The best conversations open us up, stimulate us, give us access to bigger views and new perspectives, make us feel part of a larger whole and lead to coherent actions. The worst conversations repeat pre-conceived views, involve no listening and change nothing. This workshop will introduce practices that support effective dialogue. The processes to be introduced in this session include the following:
- Circle Work – asserting equality and inclusivity in place of hierarchy
- Appreciative Inquiry – valuing what’s there, rather than starting with problems
- Café Seminar – encouraging participation and cross-fertilisation
- Open Space – enabling self-organising in line with where the energy is
- Category: Green Building
Join us in The Green Room on the 21 May 2015. This is the Green Building networking opportunity of the year. As ever the Irish Green Building Council is putting together a top line up of National and international speakers.
The conference will be opened by Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources Alex White who will update us on latest Government initiatives and launch the Build Upon project.
With the industry in recovery we get a chance to look at what is on the drawing boards. Has the recession changed attitudes to sustainability? Has the level of ambition increased? We look at the most exciting projects in planning or reaching completion.
Develop your competencies in facilitating learning, navigating change, developing local resilience and using new tools to host transformational conversations in your community or organisation.
Who is this course for?
This course is for adult and community educators, trainers, hosts and facilitators who want to develop their skills and ways of working to enable them to have impact and flourish, as we seek to transition to a more values-based and collaborative economy. This course has proved to be extremely popular and inspiring for a wide range of participants from diverse professional backgrounds including local development agencies and community organisations.
- Category: Learning
Limerick Institute of Technology and the WeCreate Enterprise Centre have created this programme to provide students with the opportunity to gain technical skills in electronics and embedded systems and combine these with business, innovation and digital manufacturing knowledge.