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Get Ready for International Permaculture Day, May 5, 2013

International Permaculture Day is approaching fast and it’s time to think about how you will celebrate it this year and help support and promote the event. International Permaculture Day (IPD) showcases the practices of permaculture to the public. Businesses, groups and individuals show permaculture in action – through markets, demonstrations, films, ‘open houses and gardens’, and local events in city and country. Last year we held the very first international day with some 125 events in 26 countries — take a look at the amazing diversity of celebrations that took place worldwide: www.permacultureday.org/eventcategory/australia/?etype=past

IPD 2013 promises to be an even bigger, bolder and better day this year and will have the theme of Grow Local! to highlight the benefits of going local, including growing your own food. As with last year, we’ll be interviewing leading permaculturalists and bioneers. Please add your events to the IPD calendar and sign up for regular updates on our website and social media channels:

Now in its 4th year, IPD has grown rapidly from a local initiative to a global one. Financially, it has been supported first by individuals and local groups, a grant from the federal government and by permaculture business sponsors. Again, the 2013 IPD will be self funded, and we are seeking contributions from all permaculture businesses and groups to fund the costs associated with IPD.

This is a unique opportunity to bring your permaculture work to the attention of an interested public. The day supports many events at the homes and gardens of individuals, and many of these locations would be well suited to demonstrations of permaculture goods and services currently available.

Aims and objectives of International Permaculture Day

International Permaculture Day is a day to promote and celebrate Permaculture. It’s a day whereby our collective effort is consolidated, providing maximum focus on Permaculture across the planet.

The day brings many benefits. It:

  • Invites the public to learn more about Permaculture
  • Provides inspiration, ideas and solutions
  • Grows membership for local groups
  • Builds local communities
  • Directs people to Permaculture courses and workshops
  • Provides media opportunities
  • Provides Permaculture business and right livelihood opportunities
  • Encourages the development of new Permaculture demonstration sites
  • Provides Permaculture people and groups an opportunity to demonstrate their skills
  • Provides an annual event to bring a cohesive whole to Permaculturalists globally.

In addition to the above, IPD also provides groups and businesses with:

  • A unique opportunity to bring their permaculture work to a wider public through event & brand association
  • A free calendar listing
  • Free social media advertising. Where possible, we will promote event listings via Facebook and Twitter
  • Free branding resources
  • An opportunity for website acknowledgement: https://www.permacultureday.org/thanks
  • The opportunity for further promotion

How you can support IPD

1) Host or support a local event

There are many things you can do for IPD, only limited by your imagination. For ideas see previous events. Hosting a permaculture event on this day, or helping others with this, supports the day and strengthens its success.

2) Help promote IPD

Promote IPD in your local community with local groups, media, social media and any other way you can think of. Keep connected with IPD hosts globally – Post on IPD facebook https://www.facebook.com/InternationalPermacultureDay

3) Voluntary help and assistance

We need to fill the position of website administrator urgently. See position description for this (and other IPD positions) on the IPD website. If you can take on this role for 2013 please contact us. In addition we need help with graphic design, PHP programming (Wordpress experience essential), You Tube and social media management and fund-raising.

4) Financial Support – Provide a donation

IPD is strictly a not-for-profit activity. It is a project that belongs to the permaculture movement and it needs to stand strongly and independently without being owned or dominated by successful businesses interests. Financial security will help ensure its stability and success. Currently there are no funds.

To give IPD the recognition and priority it deserves and support the work and associated costs, the day needs funds to support the web presence of the day, the chief publicity and marketing mechanism of the event. We need to pay for the graphic design work; website hosting, software, upgrades, management (which includes loading up events annually) postage, and other costs it generates. We would like to fund a Website Administrator – someone who will upload events, do the programming and maintain and manage the website and facebook page. Funds will also make this important project more sustainable in the future.

If you would like to be a sponsor of International Permaculture Day or support IPD with a financial contribution (no matter how small) please make a direct transfer to: Bendigo Bank BSB 633-000 Account Number 1452 11884.

Please show your name or organization and notify us by email on info (at) permacultureday.org so that all contributions can be acknowledged and recorded. Financial accountability records will be published on the IPD website. Any surplus will be transferred to next year’s event. Where businesses charge a fee for events on the day, we ask that a “return of surplus” or a tithe be allocated for IPD 2014.

We look forward to receiving your calendar events and any support you are able to provide.

Happy International Permaculture Day!

Best wishes,
IPD 2013 Organising Team

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