This April YIP held its first gathering snuggled in the Pyrenees at the magical rustic retreat of Sanillés with 20 participants, many of them youths, representing over ten organizations and eight countries. This was an ambitious endeavor; to combine a sociocracy training with the development of a new project by a new group of people, most of whom had not met before. But our collective experience and mutual passion, guided by the effective organizational tool of sociocracy, and skillful training and facilitation of Rakesh “Rootsman Rak”, allowed for an amazingly productive meeting. After five days of hard work, rich and lively discussions, we emerged with a YIP vision and mission statement, a working culture, roles, enthusiastic working groups, and a timeline of our first activities and events.

Our vision and mission are shared below. Stay tuned as we will be posting more details of upcoming events, resources, and activities here soon.

Youth in Permaculture Vision

We live in a world where youth are empowered and creating resilient, hopeful, fulfilling and fun lives inspired by permaculture.

Youth In Permaculture Mission:

– We run an interactive web-platform with content created by and for young people.
– We create regular events organized with and for young people focused on different aspects of permaculture and workshops/activities.
– We develop permaculture education and cooperation in schools, universities and other organizations by designing, implementing programs and tools for youth.
– We support youth to use Permaculture in creating their career and livelihood.
– We integrate Permaculture and youth leaders into decision making processes and policies in their communities and society in general.
– We provide resources, tools, and events to support youth to act as facilitators, leaders, and multipliers among their peers (organize training of youth leaders & facilitators that provide tools for naturalizing and multiplying with permaculture in peers)
– We create appropriate and accessible physical spaces for young people to live, learn and work by permaculture principles and ethics
– We (will) continuously research the opinions, needs, requests of youth to create and adjust our objectives
– We record and evaluate our processes to make the tools we are using transparent, accessible and replicable
– We support local organizations with resources and help them create effective and powerful networks