Social Permaculture & Hopeful Economics

Let us borrow the perspective of future generations and, in that larger context of time, look at how this Great Turning is gaining momentum today, through the choices of countless individuals and groups. We can see that it is happening simultaneously in three areas or dimensions that are mutually reinforcing. These are: 1.Actions to slow the damage to Earth and its beings 2.Analysis and transformation of the foundations of our common life 3.A fundamental shift in worldview and values.” ~ Joanna Macy – Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World


“All over North America, and beyond, a non-partisan consensus is emerging: the mainstream economy isn’t working for us.

And on a local level, people are already working on new economic models that do work for them. New forms of social ventures and social finance are emerging that blend financial return with social return.” ~ SFU team on “Hopeful Economics Summit:

Two amazing events are happening this coming week: Open Social Permaculture organized by Surrey Transition group “Village Surrey” and Hopeful Economics Summit organized by Simon Fraser University.

Leveraging on my own experience as a teacher, social services case manager and career/life coach as well as my own knowledge in business and entrepreneurship, I have been turning my attention to how these new business models and ways to interact locally can create community and personal resilience, solve social justice and environmental problems and provide a livelihood for those involved at the same time…

Friday I’ll be in the Hopeful Economics Summit and (hopefully) attending a tour to see how local and sustainable social entrepreneurships are re-shaping the lives and livelihoods of those living in East Vancouver (one of the most impoverished and troubled Vancouver neighbourhoods, with issues like drug addiction, crime, prostitution and homelessness, to name a few).

Saturday I’ll be at the Open Source/Social Permaculture gathering organized by my mentor and friend Delvin and his co-teacher Kym.

If you are around Lower Mainland or know people in this area, we would love to have you join us!

The Hopeful Economics Summit is (regretfully) not free (we still have a long way for this to happen, but I’m happy to see a university of this caliber behind the scenes of this and running a hands-on program on this topic:

The OS Permaculture, however, is free…hope seeing you there (and don’t forget to register):


Great changes are taking place. These are not as a result of any one group or teaching, but as a result of millions of people defining one or more ways in which they can conserve energy, aid local self-reliance, or provide for themselves. All of us would acknowledge our own work as modest; it is the totality of such modest work that is impressive. There is so much to do, and there will never be enough people to do it. We must all try to increase our skills, to model trials, and to pass on the results. If a job is not being done, we can form a small group and do it. It doesn’t matter if the work we do carries the “permaculture” label, just that we do it.” ~ Bill Mollison

Saturday, April 22, 2017

11 am – 5:30 pm

Join us for a uniquely creative social permaculture activation day with a focus on

Community Currency (permanomics)

Community Resilience (design for disaster)

Community Neighbourhood Design (placemaking)

Free for all participants.

Part of the City of Surrey’s Environmental Extravaganza.

Open to anyone who considers themselves

a part of the Ecological, Permaculture,

or Transition movement.

Presented by Village Surrey and the Alexandra Neighbourhood House.

Pre-registration required

Bruno Vernier has taught in self-paced Learning Centers and been involved in the Open Source movement, his focus on Community Currencies has connected him with several world leaders in this field.

Delvin Solkinson is a graduate student of permaculture education who continues to study with many masters and maestras of the movement while creating a series of free, open source learning and teaching tools.

Kym Chi is a dedicated advocate of earth stewardship, people care and regenerative action for future resiliency. She teaches Permaculture and works for One Straw Society, a non-profit focusing on food sovereignty.

Open to anyone who considers themselves a part of the ecological, permaculture, or transition movement.

Limited space, register in advance, email

3 Comments on “Social Permaculture & Hopeful Economics

  1. Good luck with the upcoming events Silvia. Sometimes I feel it would be nice to live closer to the big city to enjoy and learn from these workshops. Really enjoyed the quotes from Bill Mollison and Joanna Macy …. thanks and Happy Easter,


    • Hi Bruce! Thank you! And I wish I would live closer to the land…there is so much to do in the cities, however, and so many interesting things happening in parallel to the craziness or business as usual! I’m excited that these things are happening and catching the attention of mainstream…wish to meet you one day! BTW, you would love Joanna Macy’s books! Hugs

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