Meetings and Sector Opportunities

Here is a thread to share what is happening with the SoFA permaculture sector development circle as well as other events and activities.


Permaculture Circle is currently meeting on the third Wednesday of every month at 16:00 UTC. Contact @rhonda.baird if you would like an invitation.

In our October 2021 meeting, we welcomed @renee.ruchotzke as a new member and looked at updating our webpage to have more relevant information, as well as discussing putting out a newsletter, when we might be ready for a 2022 conference, and how to accomplish our objectives.


At our March meeting, the permaculture circle began working on our zones. We’ve been looking at zones as our spheres of influence and connection. Who should we be considering reaching out to over the coming months?

We also welcomed @kathy.sipple as a guest.

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I just came from our April meeting, where our circle decided to focus on quality of connections between our SoFA membership. We’ve committed to creating a vibrant Community of Practice this year, and also embraced a vision of hosting a few meetings for SoFA members and others that help bring permaculture and resilience to more people practicing sociocracy. Please let us know what you would like to explore!

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Permaculture people are among the earliest groups to join in SoFA, and there continues to be steady growth in interest. It seems that most groups are at some level of exploration, design, or implementation. However, it seems we are all somewhat disconnected. We can be busy with our own powerful projects and groups. It can be hard to define and refine our next steps–let alone reach out beyond that immediate sphere of influence to encourage others on the same journey. The answers you are seeking for your group might be found in another’s experience.

SoFA Permaculture Circle is working on developing our circle capacity and preparing to launch a Community of Practice. We are looking for a few passionate people to join the advocacy circle, and even more people to join a Community of Practice where we can mutually support each other along the journey. Please let us know if you would be interested in joining either the advocacy circle, or the Community of Practice. You can respond here or send a direct email. We look forward to connecting and collaborating!

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Here is an update from our previous meeting:
Permaculture Circle has welcomed @kathy.sipple (Indiana, USA) and @giorgiobenizzi (Italy) to our circle. We are working to collaborate on a new general outreach campaign coming to SoFA. For this, we are looking at what tools and ideas permaculture circle can offer to support the larger community. One specific request is an article on sociocracy and the 8 forms of capital. We are working collaboratively on this piece, so look for it in the coming weeks.

We are also working on a new version of our web page to reflect our circle’s growth. We ended the last meeting with a conversation about how community, sustainability, design, and permaculture are interrelated. We acknowledged that addressing our challenges in an authentic way is as attractive as speaking to our aspirations and ideals. What challenges have you encountered as you apply permaculture and sociocracy to your endeavors?

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I am hoping to join back in the Permaculture circle.

I am helping to introduce Sociocracy into the Permaculture-adjacent local Skill Share community.

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January 2023 meeting was very interesting! We’ve been working on a collaborative article and also on our OKRs for 2023. We agreed to track some numbers that help us understand how the conversations are engaging people, but we also focused on HOW we are feeling in our circle and how our collaboration can be more mutually supportive. We know this will also help us to design better ways of engaging others. Look for more in the months to come.

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Community of Practice (CoP) commencing July 5!

Are you practicing permaculture and sociocracy? How is that going for you? Permaculture Circle is excited to host this gathering in of people passionate about exploring the edge between permaculture and sociocracy. Please join us – and let others know about the gathering.

Permaculture CoP event Please share!

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Hi everyone,
Our next CoP is coming up September 6 (15:00 UTC; in the Helping Circle Room). We’ll be workshopping a new regional project with one of our members. We hope you can make it!

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