Regardless of whether your PDC is happening in the city, the suburbs or in a rural setting, there are some important things to note about our “learning environment” and our pedagogy. Pedagogy is a big word that gets thrown around quite a bit lately! It basically has to do with the theory and practice of how we best teach and learn. Of course, that can be very different for different people.
Therefore, some principles of how The Resilience Hub creates its PDC learning environment:
- We find that providing a variety of learning environments and formats is the best way to “create the container within which participants have the best chance of meeting their own learning goals.”
- We see ourselves as designers of educational events and facilitators of learning (not necessarily “teachers”).
- While we, as facilitators, have skills and knowledge to share, we also deeply honor and invite the wisdom of our PDC participants into our course as we all create a learning community together.
- While some small amount of lecture or slideshow time is hard to avoid, we do our best to change things up and keep things moving! Too much time in a chair does not lead to the best learning outcomes!
- If one of the presumed goals of doing permaculture is to create a more positive version of the future (food, energy, buildings, water, economy, health, etc.), then HOW we teach and learn permaculture is just as important as WHAT we teach and learn.
- Facilitators and designers of permaculture educational events – like PDCs – have a responsibility to continue their own learning and evolution, professional development and ethical conduct in service to the communities they serve.
- Permaculture as a movement or community has, historically, not been relevant and/or accessible to people of color, first nations people or people who identify as LGBTQI. We are committed to a practice self-learning and of undoing those patterns. We are committed to acknowledging the indigenous origins of many techniques now labeled as “permaculture,” and working to make sure that permaculture does not become another tool in the toolbox of white settler/colonizer culture, as best we can, given our own limitations and imperfections.
Our facilitation team uses many practices from the Art of Hosting suite of activities for convening our educational events.