Our entire current PDC class just got off a video conference call with their counterparts in Canada – another class doing a PDC on the other side of the globe, under the tutelage of Jesse Lemieux on Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada. (Jesse is just establishing PRI Canada, a partner organisation to PRI Australia and PRI USA.)
The two classes chatted for about twenty or so minutes, sharing info about which countries the various students represent as well as respective course experiences, and more. It was a great way to give students a taste of the global scope of Permaculture work.
This method of communication is also an excellent tool for more experienced consultants like Geoff to assist newer workers that are working on international projects and who need a little advice – particularly in combination with technologies like Google earth, which allows excellent site views for much of the world (including the ability to overlay contour maps, etc.).