Dr. Vandana Shiva
Dr. Vandana Shiva is trained as a Physicist and did her Ph.D. on the subject "Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory" from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy and founded an independent institute, the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in Dehra Dun in 1982 to address the most significant ecological and social issues of our times, in close partnership with local communities and social movements. In 1991, she founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seed, the promotion of organic farming and fair trade. Dr. Shiva combines the sharp intellectual enquiry with courageous activism. Her book, "Staying Alive" dramatically shifted the perception of Third World women. She has initiated an international movement of women working of food, agriculture, patents and biotechnology called, Diverse Women for Diversity.
Dr. Shiva has also contributed in fundamental ways to changing the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food. Her books, "The Violence of Green Revolution" and "Monocultures of the Mind" have become basic challenges to the dominant paradigm of non-sustainable, reductionist Green Revolution Agriculture. Besides her activism, she has also served on expert groups of government on Biodiversity and IPR legislation. Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering are another dimension of Dr. Shiva's campaigning internationally. She has helped movements in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland and Austria with their campaigns against genetic engineering. Dr. Shiva is on the National Board of Organic Standards of India. She also works with the Governments of Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttaranchal for the promotion of organic farming.
Among her many awards are the Alternative Nobel Prize (Right Livelihood Award, 1993), Order of the Golden Ark, Global 500 Award of UN and Earth Day International Award. Lennon ONO grant for peace award by Yoko Ono in 2009, Sydney Peace Prize in 2010, Doshi Bridgebuilder Award, Calgary Peace Prize and Thomas Merton Award in the year 2011, the Fukuoka Award and The Prism of Reason Award in 2012 , the Grifone d'Argento prize 2016 and The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2016.
David Holmgren is best known as the co-originator of the permaculture concept following the publication of Permaculture One in 1978. Within the growing and international permaculture movement, David is respected for his commitment to presenting ideas through practical projects and teaching by example that a permaculture way of living is a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependant consumerism. As well as his involvement in the pragmatic side of permaculture, David is passionate about the philosophical and conceptual foundations for sustainability that are highlighted in his 2002 book, Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. His 2009 book, Future Scenarios: how communities can adapt to peak oil and climate change outlines energy descent futures that could emerge over the next few decades. David's refreshing and unorthodox approach to the environmental issues of our time has been a major influence on the Transition Towns movement.
David is currently writing a new book set for release in early 2017. RetroSuburbia: a downshifter's guide to a resilient future is focussed on rebuilding the household economy, and the ongoing and incremental changes we can make to our built, biological and behavioural landscapes.
David and his partner Su Dennett live at Melliodora, a one-hectare property in central Victoria. It is one of Australia's best-documented permaculture demonstration sites.
Robyn Francis, permaculture pioneer, educator, designer, presenter and innovator has been working internationally for over three decades in 15 countries and diverse climates. She worked closely with Bill Mollison for many years including co-teaching the first permaculture course (PDC) in India with him in 1987. Among her many achievements she was the founder of Permaculture International, Permaculture College Australia, designer of NSW's first ecovillage (Jarlanbah), and co-initiator of the nationally accredited Permaculture Vocational Training in Australia. Francis balances international work with direct action in her local community and bioregion. Since 1994 she is based at Djanbung Gardens, purpose-designed Permaculture training centre in the lush subtropics of NSW, Australia. She is passionate about empowering people to become effective agents of change and mentoring a new generation of permaculture teachers and practitioners.www.permaculture.com.au
Andy Goldring is the Chief Executive of the Permaculture Association, the UK charity that helps people to learn about and use permaculture, and host of the 12th International Permaculture Conference which was held in London in 2015. Andy develops networks. He initiated the 'LAND network' of demonstration projects, supported Permaculture Wales and Scotland to form, and was one of the founding members of the European Permaculture Network. Andy is part of a team that is developing the 'Permaculture Collaborative Laboratory', an experimental online approach to helping permaculture networks become more coherent and effective across the world. Andy is a council member of Ecolise, a 'meta-network', that brings together transition, permaculture, eco-villages and other community led sustainability initiatives across Europe. Andy lives in Leeds, Yorkshire, where he is a director of 'Leeds Love it Share it', which explores new approaches to urban regeneration, and chair of Leeds Permaculture Network. Andy cycles to work and enjoys his time off with friends and family in the garden. https://www.permaculture.org.uk/
Narsanna Koppula is a permaculture pioneer in India. A lover of nature and environment, he was among the first Indians trained by Bill Mollison in the 1980s. With his mentor, Late Dr. Venkat, who has been his constant source of inspiration, they created the first permaculture farms in India and formed Permaculture Farmers Group across the country.
He founded Aranya Agricultural Alternatives with his wife, Padma, in 1999 with the aim to advocate permaculture principles and practices in India as well as all over the world.
They continuously work with farmers in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh with the goal to empower rural communities through the teaching of natural resource management and permaculture design. A highly energetic teacher on the field, Narsanna has a wealth of knowledge on traditional Indian agricultural practices and he is extremely passionate about disseminating this knowledge to his students and farmers. www.permacultureindia.org
From an early age, Tierra became interested in the conservation of nature, then started working as an educator and environmental interpreter in different places of Argentina. While he educated people within Environmental Education Program, he began to have a more intimate contact with nature working as a field naturalist in different environments. Later, he discovered Permaculture, which opened the possibility to a trip from where he decided never to return to the starting point. After traveling for more than a decade within a vast territory, Tierra has settled for five years in Argentina and South America, encouraging the creation of a movement that allows a vision beyond the power of the people and spread the seed of Permaculture. With over 15 years of experience in permaculture and more than 160 PDC conducted, Tierra is now focused on the creation of reference centers in different climates, ecosystems and cultures of Latin America and Caribbean Islands, enhancing the Latin Movement Permaculture and trying to manage a beautiful network of exchanging processes, students, programs, reference centers that empower and show the work that is being developed in different climates, ecosystems and cultures around Latin America. As a leader of the Latin American Permaculture Movement for Argentina, he is part of the organizing committee of the 4th and 5th Latin American Meeting of Permaculture and is part of the Support Group Meetings International Permaculture (IPC). Besides, Tierra is also the General Coordinator of next IPC 2020 Argentina.
Starhawk is the author or coauthor of thirteen books, including the classics The Spiral Dance, her visionary novel The Fifth Sacred Thing and its sequel, City of Refuge and her book on 'social permaculture': The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups. She wrote and co-directed the documentary Permaculture: The Growing Edge, and travels internationally, lecturing and teaching. Starhawk directs Earth Activist Training, http://www.earthactivisttraining.org/, teaching permaculture design grounded in spirit and with a focus on organizing and social permaculture. She did her PDC with Penny Livingston-Stark in 1997 and holds a double diploma in teaching and design from the Permaculture Institute of North America. On her forty-acre ranch in Northern California, she integrates planned grazing perennial food forests and medicinal herbs in an evolving model of carbon ranching. http://starhawk.org/
Cathe' Fish has been teaching Permaculture and doing Design Consultations since her PDC in 1987. She started teaching Passive Solar Energy applications in 1980, including building / designing passive solar greenhouses with the Arizona Solar Energy Association. Cathe' was involved in the renaissance of super insulated strawbale buildings in 1987, and has taught passive solar building design at straw bale workshops, Master Gardener classes, and Permaculture courses. She has been cooking extensively with the sun since 1996s. She was the founder and original editor of the Drylands Permaculture newsletter in 1987, which later evolved into the Permaculture Drylands Journal. She was also newspaper gardening editor. Cathe' holds a Professional Diploma of Permaculture Design in the disciplines of both Site Design and Education and is a Course Teacher for the Permaculture Institute of North America. Cathe' has a Permaculture teaching farm in Northern California, USA where she teaches Permaculture Design Courses.
Farida Akhter has carried out extensive research in the field of women's development, health issues, agriculture, fisheries (marine), handloom industries, garment industries, population and other related development issues. Since 1985, she has been actively involved in the national level women's movement and is an active member of various international networks such as FINRRAGE (Feminist International Network for Resistance against Reproductive and Genetic Engineering) etc. Since 1996, Farida Akhter has been an member of South Asia Network on Food, Ecology and Culture. Farida Akhter is the Founding Executive Director of UBINIG established in 1984. UBINIG (Policy Research for Development Alternative) is a policy and action research organization in Bangladesh. Its main work is research, campaign and advocacy and to undertake action programmes in the field of social development. UBINIG runs a biodiversity-based farming system called Nayakrishi Andolon with over 300,000 farming families are involved in the programme. Since 2010, Farida Akhter is also the Convenor of Anti-Tobacco Women's Alliance (in Bangla called Tamak Birodhi Nari Jote TABINAJ) which is active in over 40 districts. She is author of several books written in English and in Bangla. She is a regular column writer in national dailies on issues of agriculture, biodiversity, environment and women in particular.
Beatriz Ramirez Cruz
Beatriz has been devoted to manual labor for a long time. This led her to work in different Mayan Women Cooperative Textiles in Guatemala (Solola region) and Mexico (Yucatan and Chiapas Region). She has been introduced to Permaculture approximately 12 years ago, through Tierra Martinez. Beatriz is now a Permaculture designer, with works on different Latin America and the Caribbean Islands climates, ecosystems and cultures. Recently she has been dedicated to work on creating a new education, being part of a movement of Alternative Education, with which she has Co-Designed The Course of Design of Educational Facilities based on Permaculture and Living Education, providing these courses in several countries and promoting the creation of these spaces. At the same time, Beatriz has been trained in various branches of Organic Architecture (Natural Patterns, Energy Flows, etc), the Natural Building (Construction in Bamboo, Reciprocal Structures, Raw Earth, etc) and Sacred Geometry (Sensitive Geometry and The Magic of Geometry), thereby achieving to build a solid foundation of theoretical and practical knowledges that she implements every day of her life, to which she is dedicated full time. Within the institute in the area of Organic Architecture and Natural Building and Social Permaculture, she is also in charge of works in several points that have to do with Nonviolent Communication, Dragon Dreaming, Consensus, Consent, Cafe World, Fish Ball, Open Space, etc. This activity has led her to be active in recent years in various parts of South America as Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina. Beatriz has taught about 50 Certified courses on Permaculture Design and she has been trained as a Master of Permaculture with several institutes. She has conducted several logistical Estate, Bioregional, National and International Meetings of Permaculture. She is currently the Co-Director of the Institute of Permaculture Na Lu'um for the area of Latin America, and also a co-founder member of the PermaneSer Alliance with which she develops projects in more than 10 countries.
Rebecca Ellis is a permaculture practitioner and a PhD candidate at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. In 2010 she attended an Earth Activist Training PDC course with Starhawk and has enthusiastically practiced and promoted permaculture in her community ever since. Rebecca has an M.A. in Socio-cultural Anthropology from Western University. Currently she is PhD candidate in Human Geography at Western University. Her PhD research is focused on the relationship between people and bees in cities. Rebecca sits on the Board of Directors of London Cycle Link and is a founding member of the Squeaky Wheels Bike Kitchen. She is an active member of Friends of Urban Agriculture and the Carolinian Forest Garden Guild. Rebecca maintains the Permaculture for the People blog and is an environmental and social justice activist. In her free time, she is a small-scale beekeeper and maintains an extensive urban permaculture backyard.