• Strategy - OK this time?

last modified September 11, 2012 by Nandor

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 Current Goal: Creating a 10 year plan to be presented to the next PINZ hui.

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Initial meeting of the PiNZ Strategic Planning Group

Turangi 1 July 2012



The present a draft 10 year strategic plan to the next annual PiNZ hui for discussion, possible adjustment and ratification.




All members have had an opportunity to input their vision for the next ten years and ideas of how they can be implemented into the process and all feedback has been received.

September Equinox newsletter could request input by, say, December 3rd for us to include in December Summer solstice newsletter for perusal and feedback before we collate in to themes (see below).


January maybe Feb as Jan a holiday period

Membership input has been collated in to themes for presentation to the exec face to face



A draft 10 year plan has been developed from the membership input



Yes, get it done. Include that a 10 year plan can be revisited and adsapted to the ever-changing situation, eg different energy sources.


Initial ideas on the process


The strategy setting could be part of a bioregional development process, how do we incite bioregional activity?  with each bioregion encouraged to hold a permachat around it. This could be a part of a monthly local permachat and /or part of a practical event such as a seed swap. More examples - compost making, bring and buy for bioregional kitty?, action planning for regional/national/global environmental issue, etc Developing bioregional goals will feed into national goals.


Ideally a member of the strategy group would attend to give a context to the discussion, facilitate and help feedback to the group


The next ten years will be a time of major change. We need to talk to Transition Towns to see if they have material that could assist this process shall I do this?


There are big questions around what a resilient PiNZ would look like in terms of size (the need to balance integrity with growth), relationship to formal power structures (ease the path vs co-option) etc in the face of the changes in the next decade. Also there was something to do with ownership of PC?


There was something about PC models, what site model / physical presence do we want? I don't recall what that is about though. I think its about the tension between a national body and a highly decentralised movement. Valid tension as a major challenge towards our different world. P/C is a highly adaptable model so individual bioregions need to decide on their own vision to suit climate, populous, soils, resources, etc.


Key questions to ask include:

What do we have now, in terms of PiNZ and the Permaculture movement more generally?

What do people (members, permies, the public) see of PiNZ now? The permaculture movement? What do they want to see?

Where do we want to be – educationally, financially, networked, membership,examples. Others?

How do we get there? Do we want a PRI?.



Survey form through email, yes download on website yes and FB, I question the need to do this, contrary to popular practice link in newsletter yes and address to request a hard copy (or if its short we can print in newsletter yes), also facilitated discussioins organised through bioregional coordinator yes


My opinions


What do they want to see?

Carefully considered human use of water, air, energy, soil, minerals, etc

Do we want a PRI?. We need to start collating available up-to-date data already gleaned about water, air, energy, soil, minerals, seeds, people & animals as a basis for planning.


Maybe we could set up a time frame for the planning process – by end of 2013, 2014, …..2022


Devise instantly effective ways* to educate public with realistic models of choice considering:

-water, air, energy, soil, minerals, seeds, people & animals,

-peak oil / energy descent,

-practical ways of how to reduce carbon footprint,

-EROEI energy returned on energy invested,

-hard goods, low tech options, resilience, robust systems and energy and communications infrastructures, social capital / relationships of trust, mentoring, expectations versus reality.

-“Rediscover what makes people happy” – Nicky Foss


*eg sourcing a major sponsor for ads, shock tactics(?), traveling players, poster competition throughout schools, effective networking of Transition Towns, Oooby Greens, Forest and Bird, Organic NZ, Tree croppers, alternative energy companies, seed networks, local council’s futuristic solutions, etc.


It is a HUGE task, now so much is high tech and dependent on IT, for us to accept that change in a seemingly backward direction is called for.