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# FUNDING CIRCLE Hello, and welcome to our "beta web page" in HedgeDoc MarkDown language! Here below is information about the forming Funding Circle in the Permaculture CoLab. You can get an overview of what is on this page by using the menu in the upper right of this page. Click on "Expand all" at the bottom, and you will see all the subsections, and you can jump to any section you are interested in by clicking on it. --> # Intention & Process of Forming this Circle ## Circle "Incubation" Process As part of the overall development of the Permaculture CoLab, a Funding Circle is being "incubated" to support securing additional resources to support people and projects in the CoLab and elsewhere in the global permaculture community. There is a small amount of stipended funds that are going towards getting this Circle started, with the intention of it becoming at least somewhat self-sustaining over time. Aimee Fenech (Germany), Jillian Hovey (Canada), and Lauren Minis (USA), are the core intial leadership team from the Permaculture CoLab for this process over the next five months. They have created a three-person Guild to incubate a Funding Circle for the Permaculture CoLab, and will be working between meetings to move things forward, perform organisation & coordination, and holding space for others to get involved. People from the international permaculture community, who have some background in funding, are being strategically invited to co-create the Funding Circle and its VMAs. Materials developed for this outreach will be coordinated with the Welcoming and Communications functions of the CoLab, with a view to also support those invited to explore joining the CoLab. A funding database of funding opportunities and funding clients will be set up, and a first funding application supported. The intention is to become a self-sustaining Funding Circle supporting the ongoing work in this domain, which will benefit the Permaculture CoLab and its members. ## Two Main Threads of Work in the Initial Funding Circle Incubation Process: ### 1. Research and Documentation As part of the Funding "Commons" that we are developing, we would like to set up 2 repositories: * a database of funding opportunities including profiles of freelancers and consultants in the funding field - [funding opportunties](https://cloud.perma.earth/s/2FCCQX78dK8Dw4C) * a repository of funding applications (both successful and otherwise) - [funding applications](https://cloud.perma.earth/s/NkzAEJSxfqn2yPR) This thread may be especially of interest to those of you who are looking for an easy entry way into supporting the funding circle, where you can contribute to the commons in a way that suits your time and capacity. ### 2. Co-creation of the Micro-Enterprise Framework A "Micro-Enterprise" design for the Funding Circle will not be possible without you. Feedback is needed from both Service Users and some aspects are only possible with the input from "Service Providers."" *********************** # History of CoLab The Funding Circle is a part of the Permaculture CoLab. To help with the context for the Funding Circle, here is some information for the CoLab: ![](https://fundingcircle.perma.earth/uploads/upload_8afe95312f3e43c92f251dd6596d5280.png) Over the past 10 years, CoLab was develop in 3 phases. It started at the IPC 2011 in Jordan with discussions with Scott Pittman and others, as to whether we needed to organize as a global movement. At IPC 2013 in Cuba, there was a discussion that we should start to organize. A small team formed, looking at pattern-level design on how to go about organzing, and they received wider consent for a group to go away and come back at the next convergence with some plans. That marked the beginning of the next phase, called The Next Big Step (for permaculture). They created a multi-lingual survey, and had over 200 responses from organizations, many hundreds from people. The initiative was supported by a small fund of 47,000 GBP. There were online discussions, identifying patterns and frameworks that would be useful as a way to organize globally, which were then brought together by a facilitation team and workshops. At IPCUK held in London in 2015, there were workshops which presented the findings of the survey and online workshop and previous meetings. In 2016, using info from the IPCUK and surveys, the next bit of funding was secured, 60,000 GBP to start the CoLab, which was subsequently initiated in late 2016. At IPC13 in India in 2017, there were more workshops. Stewards were brought into place, and the CoLab formed as an online space to work in between convergences, working together to enhance local to global networks (online) and report back at convergences and regional events. In 2018 funding was extended, and a program of action was put together for the next 3 years. An additional 150,000 GBP of funding was secured from that, and we are now in 3 years of funding for the CoLab. ## Where CoLab is Now Over the past 3 years, the CoLab has created Circles and initatives, developed an ethical suite of tools, and started holding and has plans for events that all support the fulfilment of the VMAs of CoLab. ![](https://fundingcircle.perma.earth/uploads/upload_d62472a6910a5347599c681750f68522.png) ************************************** # Sociocracy in the CoLab Sociocracy is a whole systems approach to governance using consent-based decision making which creates a safe environment for people to self-govern. Sociocracy uses a fractal organizational structure with a circular hierarchy. The different Circles are working groups that have their own mission and aims and each Circle makes decisions about the responsibilties in their domain. CoLab tries to embody many of the Sociocratic principles. If you go to [perma.earth](https://), CoLab's website, there are pages for how CoLab works with pages for each circle CoLab currently has and those that are emerging. Current Circles include: Stewardship, Translation, Welcoming Circle, Digital Circle. Examples of emerging Circles are: Funding Circle, and the Research Circle. There are also Circles that have been consented to but have not emerged yet like the General Circle. Once set up, the General Circle will be made up of people who are links from the other Circles. This will allow for information to flow back and forth within the CoLab providing feedback loops for planning, implementation, and evaluation of policies, proposals, etc. Here's a diagram which can give you more of a sense of CoLabs current and potential structure. In this diagram we indicate where the Sociocracy Boundary is, that is which Circle, project and initiatives use Sociocracy, and the Slack boundary, which initiatives that don't use Sociocracy but also use CoLabs Slack space. ![](https://fundingcircle.perma.earth/uploads/upload_d9ccfa60f26a1b8c55fdf92e67177f2a.png) *************************************** # Vision, Mission and Aims (VMAs) of the Permaculture CoLab as a Whole A fundamental aspect of developing a new "Circle" in a sociocratically structured organisation, like the Permaculture CoLab, is to identify the Circle's "Domain", and to develop the Circle's "Mission & Aims." All of which are in relationship to the organisation's "Vision." ![](https://fundingcircle.perma.earth/uploads/upload_e26d3f716011473e25ee0647851fccd9.png) # Development of the Vision, Domain, Mission & Aims of the Funding Circle ## Vision for the Permaculture CoLab The Vision is already set for the Permaculture CoLab: ***A healthy, peaceful and socially just world in which we care for the earth, each other and future generations, in harmony with nature.*** ## Domain of the Funding Circle This is the area that the forming Circle will operate in - the "Domain" of work in relationship to the Vision. ***The Domain of this Circle will be Finance and Economics***. The Domain is further expressed in the "Mission" and "Aims" of the Circle. The Initiator of this forming Funding Circle, Aimee Fenech, had written an initial draft of the Mission and Aims. These were shared and discussed at the inaugural meeting January 25th, and suggesions were made to evolve the draft. ## Mission of the Funding Circle ### Original Draft: ***The Funding Circle enables Permaculture CoLab and its members to access funding in order to further work and activities within the remit of the overall Permaculture CoLab Vision, Mission, and Aims (VMAs).*** #### Suggestions from Jan. 25th meeting: * add something around economy, income to sustain programs * add language regarding more set income i.e. for teacher salaries * add language around who will be doing what, what the group is made of * add an action or a deliverable * suggested revised Mission statement from the meeting: *The Funding Circle enables Permaculture CoLab and it’s members to develop proposals and access funding in order to further work and activities within the remit of the overall Permaculture CoLab VMAs* We will continue to develop the MIssion for the Funding Circle as we move forward. ## "Aims" of the Funding Circle The original draft Aims are written below. **Suggested changes are as follows:** - Changes from our 1st full group meeting in January are in *italicised font* - Changes from our 2nd full group meeting are ==highlighted== 1. Identify and highlight value exchange / funding opportunities 2. Identify, secure and mobilise resources that support participants to nurture existing initiatives and develop new eco-social enterprises, projects and initiatives that address identified challenges ==in permaculture==, or add additional value to permaculture networks; (Look at Permaculture CoLab Aims) 3. *Identify ==and build relationships with== fundraisers ==and fiscal sponsors== working within permaculture and support them to be more effective (Andy Goldring added before 1st meeting)* 4. Apply for funding on behalf of CoLab, its members and appropriate initiatives of the wider permaculture movement 5. *Create an opportunity to access resources ==and research== for permaculture related projects and ==~~new~~== innovations in the field* 6. Identify priorities, gaps and significant change-making opportunities in the permaculture movement that need resourcing 7. Provide proposal writing assistance, partnership or leadership, *including references and movement information* 8. Provide advice / consultations to enhance aspiring funding applicants, *including monitoring and evaluation* 9. *Provide training and sharing resources related to fundraising* 10. *Create a community of practice* ### Additional feedback from Jan. 25th meeting - 3rd Aim needs to be less broad, create context, add impact, or split into 2-3 points ### Additional feedback from Apr. 19th meeting - 2nd Aim is a bit wordy/long - Add an explanation of what Community of Practice is (Aim #10) ## Ongoing Process of Refining Mission & Aims It was felt that the Mission and Aims of this Circle were "Good enough for now, and safe enough to try," and that we will continue to develop them as we go forward. So, please regard them as a "work in progress," and your input on them are always welcome as we continue to co-create this Circle. ************************************** # Funding Circle Incubation Deliverables The Funding Circle started incubating in the beginning of 2021. There were 4 main deliverables that were identified as key for getting this Circle started: 1. Facilitate the co-creation of a prototype Funding Circle with its Vision, Mission, and Aims (VMAs) collaboratively shaped, where the Circle is activated to further its own development with a view to becoming self-sustaining 1. Set up a funding page on the perma.earth website where funding opportunities are made public, include profiles of freelancers and consultants in the funding field 1. Set up a repository of funding applications (both successful and otherwise) on the pccolab nextcloud instance which funding writers / colab members can consult with submissions from colab members and beyond 1. Develop a microenterprise framework to support funding applicants to look for and apply for funds, where potential freelance fundraisers have been identified, paired, and invited to explore fundraising for the CoLab and its members. (This will include a preliminary guidance framework for the CoLab itself to pursue funding, for CoLab members to become clients, and for freelancers to fundraise within the CoLab). ## Progress to Date: ### 1. Vision, Mission, & Aims As previously mentioned, our VMAs have been in development since the first Circle meeting and will continue to be refined. ### 2. Website & Database for Funding Opportunities Our current database of funding opportunities can be found **[here](https://cloud.perma.earth/s/2FCCQX78dK8Dw4C)**. This web site page that you are on is our working draft of what will become the web page for the Funding Circle on the Permaculture CoLab web site. Here is a skeleton for the web site: ![](https://fundingcircle.perma.earth/uploads/upload_d8b8f320f8abbae507b71140cfa2e120.png) ### 3. Repository of Funding Opportunities We have also set up the repository for successful funding applications (for once we have some that have been submitted), which can be found **[here](https://cloud.perma.earth/s/NkzAEJSxfqn2yPR)**. ### 4. Micro-Enterprise Framework Currently, Aimee has drafted a skeleton as to how the Funding Circle webpage can be laid out. You can view what has been started [here](https://miro.com/app/board/o9J_lMubGIc=/). We are planning to host a a Micro-Enterprise Design session in the end of August. If you would like to attend, please fill out the **[Doodle](https://doodle.com/poll/e6xytp9wfdqvtgi9?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link)** and we will confirm in the next few weeks the date. _____ ## Two Main Threads of Work As presented at the top of this page, the work of the deliverables for the initial incubation process for the Funding Circle are in two main threads: ### 1. Research and documentation As part of the Funding "Commons" that we are developing, we would like to set up 2 repositories: * a database of funding opportunities including profiles of freelancers and consultants in the funding field - [funding opportunties](https://cloud.perma.earth/s/2FCCQX78dK8Dw4C) * a repository of funding applications (both successful and otherwise) - [funding applications](https://cloud.perma.earth/s/NkzAEJSxfqn2yPR) This thread may be especially of interest to those of you who are looking for an easy entry way into supporting the funding circle, where you can contribute to the commons in a way that suits your time and capacity. *We invite you to step into leadership of this work, if you want to but are not sure what this means for you then let's talk about it at the next meeting. Contributors who dip in and out are very welcome to join us in our weekly meetings on Mondays at 15:00 UTC to cowork and build up these resources together. We are in the Funding Circle channel of slack. So, if you are not yet in slack, this could be a good time to request an orientation session to bring you into our Permaculture CoLab work environment in slack.* ### 2. Co creation of the micro enterprise framework A "Micro-Enterprise" design for the Funding Circle will not be possible without you. Feedback is needed from both Service Users and some aspects are only possible with the input from "Service Providers."" For this to go forward we would like to invite you to a design session to co-create the Micro-Enterprise design for the Funding Circle. In that process, there will be opportunity to identify those of you who would like to step forward and "do" the work. You can view what has been started [here](https://miro.com/app/board/o9J_lMubGIc=/). Please complete the [Doodle poll](https://doodle.com/poll/e6xytp9wfdqvtgi9?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link) to jump on the design wagon with us. **** ## Tasks for the Funding Circle *(which came out of our first full circle meeting)* 1. Identify successful and reliable sources of money  2. Grow list of experienced fundraisers in the permaculture network (and have them send examples of successful applications) 3. Identify funding/support needs in the permaculture network - *(1st 3 tasks = mapping the funding ecology, 7 Vortex can be a good tool for this)* 4. Then create a community of practice, identify opportunities, share best practices, share materials for funders and for ourselves ## Ways to Engage with this Work - Participate in these first meetings to co-create the Funding Circle - Work on the Mission & Aims - Take on tasks between meetings - Step into co-leadership and join us in our meetings, which usually happen on Mondays at 15:00 UTC - Step more formally into this Circle as it forms - Take on more formal roles in the Sociocratic process of this Circle - Engage in ways to earn money and/or attract/pursue funding - Help with the funding bids - Help to populate the Funding Opportunities spreadsheet If you would like to get involved or have questions, contact us here: **https://www.perma.earth/emerging-circles/** ************************************** # Permaculture Design for the Funding Circle We have started a Permaculture Design process for the Permaculture CoLab. We are applying permaculture design methodologies & tools to the CoLab ecosystem. As this Funding Circle is forming, it is a wonderful opportunity to develop a "Permaculture Design" for the Funding Circle. In our 2nd meeting, we started into this "social permaculture" territory by looking at "zones" of people's involvement in the Funding Circle. It was a fun way for us to see our entry into the Funding Circle, and our potential positioning in its development. ![](https://fundingcircle.perma.earth/uploads/upload_672456edc4f6961becf6c73e51d1d871.png) Zone 0 currently: Jillian, Aimee, Lauren anchoring starting the Circle Zone 1: Andy is anchored with the funder and is with CoLab's fiscal sponsor There’s an opportunity to move interested people into the different Zones for this Circle. We will continue on with this process, which will include: - Continuing to develop the "**Zones**" of People's Involvement - The ****different types of people, projects, and organizations**** who will be engaged in the Funding Circle's activities - The "**Needs & Yields**" or "**Inputs & Outputs**" of the Funding Circle ![](https://fundingcircle.perma.earth/uploads/upload_cb34745dd10a3afdaf451e4d13142e15.png) - Using a Permaculture Design methodology, such as SADI, SADIMET, GOBRADIME, etc. We intend for the Permaculture Design Process for the Permaculture CoLab to be creative and emergent. We will be hosting various Permaculture Design sessions over the coming months, including for the Funding Circle. We look forward to your participation in this "Social Permaculture" experiment! Please let us know if you have any ideas for it - we would love your input. :) *********** # Orientation to CoLab and slack ## Orientation Meetings: Orientation meetings happen every 4-8 weeks, are an excellent opportunity to get more familiar wiht the CoLab. These sessions support your involvement with the CoLab and are highly advised. On Friday, May 14th, we had an Orientation Session for people in the Funding Circle who reside in Asia: Narsanna Koppula, Padma Koppula, and Sneha Koppula from Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, and Christina Sayson in the Philippines, led by Jillian Hovey with support from Lauren Minis. In it, we shared more about the CoLab and its history, as well as the Sociocratic structure and how it operates. We also gave an orientation to the slack work space. It would be good for everyone to participate in an orientation session, so please be in touch to express your interest. ## How to Join the Permaculture CoLab in Slack: The Permaculture CoLab operates in an online workspace called "slack." Here are some supports if you would like to check it out: - Communicate with Aimee aimee@ecohackerfarm.org and **ask her to add you to the Permaculture CoLab Slack** - **slack tutorial available on request** - send the funding circle slack channel an email. - **Join a Monthly Orientation meeting** - please let us know if you are interested and we can let you know when the next one is. Alternatively you can check out the event section on our website: **https://www.perma.earth/events/** There are various "channels" on Slack: some are Circles (for example, there is a Funding Circle channel, which would be good for you to join); and other are areas of interest or projects which may not have been formed into a formal sociocratic Circle yet. You will see more, and can select which channels to add to your dashboard as you become familiar with the slack environment. ****************************************** # Notes from Previous Meetings *The* **[Funding Circle Logbook](https://cloud.perma.earth/apps/onlyoffice/256394?filePath=%2FFunding%20Circle%2FFunding%20Circle%20Log%20Book.docx)** *is in the Permaculture CoLab’s “NextCloud” account. The LogBook is the location where we take our notes for Circle meetings. NextCloud is an ethical alternative to Google Drive, which uses far less energy for the servers to run, and it allows us to own our own data. You can click on the link above to see the Logbook, but we pasted some highlights from the last meeting here below.* ## 1st Meeting: 2021-01-25 Participants and their "Experience" and "Interests": - **Andy Goldring, Permaculture Association of Britain (UK)** Experience: Organizational fundraising. Interest: As fiscal sponsor, collect the funding, review applications, and help group. move forward, wants to help clarify ways people can connect to this circle, wants to help tease out roles in the group - **Padma Koppula, Aranya Agricultural Alternatives (India)** Experience: raised fund for IPC and NGO. Interest: learn and share experience - **Margrethe Holzer, International Permaculture Convergence Council (IPCC) (Austria)** Experience: distributed scholarship funds for International Permaculture Convergences (IPCs). - **John Nzira, Ukuvuna, ReScope, and International Permaculture Convergence Council (IPCC) (South Africa)** Experience: raising funds for IPC and NGO, work with Permafund, monitoring and evaluation and measuring impact. - **Bermericke Bisimwa Dusabe, RURAL Foundation LDT (Uganda)** Experience: on ground hub incubator in East Africa. - **Hans Ryding (Sweden)** Experience: 15 years experience grassroots fundraising, connecting to EU funds. Interest: strategic side of funding, collaborate on future applications, can’t commit now but can help when more details are laid out (which he can plug into). - **Hannah Apricot Eckberg, Abundant Earth Foundation (USA)** Experience: raised over 300K through nonprofit. Interest: share experience and learning, help bring investors to projects, support US projects (can’t commit to main group). - **Jillian Hovey, The Permaculture CoLab, and The Sustainable Living Network (Canada)** Experience: raised funds for nonprofit and supported other projects. Interest: help get things started, help refine aims, create a robust Permaculture CoLab Funding Ecosystem to support the global permaculture community. - **Lauren Minis, Permaculture CoLab, and Regeneration Pollination (USA)** Experience: writing a couple of grants. Interest: helping set up funding circle, seeing how she can support pooling of funds for global projects and livelihoods. - **Aimee Fenech, The Permaculture CoLab, and EcoHacker Farm (Germany)** Experience: EU funding and local initiatives, writing proposal in CoLab. Interest: starting the funding circle and make sure it becomes self-sustaining. ________ ## Second Full Funding Circle Meeting ### Agenda for meeting 2021-04-19 * 14:00 - 14:10   Welcome & Overview of Agenda * 14:10 - 14:40   Introductions: Where you are calling from, Why you are interested in supporting the development of the Funding Circle * 14:40 - 14:50   History of the Permaculture CoLab & Questions * 14:50 - 15:00   Sociocracy & Funding Circle *   *Short Bio Break* * 15:00 - 15:35  Mission & Aims - Break Out Rooms * 15:35 - 15:50  Harvest & Discussion * 15:50 - 16:00  Next Steps Check Out ### **Participants:** *with a bit about their backgrounds, and their availability to be involved in the Funding Circle, With time zones, in "sun-wise" order around the world ...* - **Christina Sayson, Permaculture CoLab *(The Philippines, UTC+8)*** Stewarding forming the Global South Permaculture Network, a place for people to be empowered to exchange resources and talk with one another. Observing and happy to connect about micro-finance (knows the pitfalls). - **Narsanna Koppula, Aranya Agricultural Alternatives *(India, UTC+5.5)*** Invites people to become permaculture designers and teachers, building a network in the country. Seeks support from the international level and supports capacity of local communities. Can't participate much right now. - **Padma Koppula, Aranya Agricultural Alternatives *(India, UTC+5.5)*** Helps communities develop farms, helps children to learn permaculture, develops school campuses with permaculture approaches, works with indigenous communities in tribal areas, developes strategies for farmers in drought areas, permaculture education courses, supports awareness programs for farmers, develops 100 farmers with animal integration to regenerate. Wants to support CoLab and seek support from international experts. Will look for support where required. - **Sneha Koppula, Aranya Agricultural Alternatives *(India, UTC+5.5)*** She just finished Master’s in the US. Helping develop curriculum. Focusing on children taking permaculture to schools. Documenting indigenous knowledge in local communities. Manages interns on the farm. Wants to meet more of the 1st generation permies. Observing and happy to be a bridge for her parents. - **Bermericke Bisimwa Dusabe, RURAL Foundation LDT *(Uganda, UTC+3)*** Permaculture teacher and Permayouth mentor, deals with refugees in a settlement (and works with refugees in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi), is doing urban permaculture design with refugees. - **John Nzira, Ukuvuna, ReScope, and International Permaculture Convergence Council (IPCC) *(South Africa, UTC+2)*** Develops city hubs for sustainable development in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi and others southern countries – for urban spaces to be able to produce food that’s required. Project in Rimpopo – hub that’s a school, driven by permaculture community. Hub in Zimbabwe that’s a homestead to fully develop food. Links with universities, local ecologies, council, political leaders, departments connected to work they’re doing like environmental sectors and forestry sector. Working on a project in Zimbabwe to plant over 12,000 trees (edible like macadamia, pecan, avocados and citrus), a tool to rehabilitate degraded lands. Also serves with Margreth in IPCC distributing funds. There’s need for research, monitoring and evaluation, assessment of quality of permaculture programs in communities. - **Margrethe Holzer, International Permaculture Convergence Council (IPCC) *(Austria, UTC+2)*** International Permaculture Convergence Council (IPCC), supports the Permaculture Academy in Alpine regions organizing aroud the need for online courses, works in community gardens, works in the local garden, works with Julius Piti in Foret in Zimbabwe. Has helped distribute funds for international meetings to those who are in regions who can’t afford. Main interest to see connection with IPCC and meetings, see development in Africa. - **Aimee Fenech, The Permaculture CoLab, and EcoHacker Farm *(Germany, UTC+2)*** Member of the Permaculture CoLab, part of EcoHacker Farm. - **Andy Goldring, Permaculture Association of Britain *(UK, UTC+1)*** CEO of the Permaculture Association of Britain, Permaculture teacher in Leeds, invovled in Our Future Leeds - a citywide project to develop a carbon nature friendly, socially just Leeds by the 2030’s. Doesn't have a lot of time but has a lot of experience getting funds. - **Jillian Hovey, The Permaculture CoLab, and The Sustainable Living Network *(Canada, UTC-4)*** Member of the Permaculture CoLab, founded the Sustainable Living Network. * **Jane Hayes, The Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA), *(Toronto, Canada, UTC-4)*** Does community development work, is on the board of PINA. Will watch the patterns here and see how it can be amplified/echoed, wants to see how to bring more money to work locally and connect in globally. - **Lauren Minis, Permaculture CoLab, and Regeneration Pollination *(USA, UTC-6)*** Member of the Permaculture CoLab, and organizer for Regeneration Pollination. - **Chad Thiessen, Futures Forward *(British Columbia, Canada, UTC-7)*** Supporting creating regenerative economies in Kenya, regenerative venture funding ecosystem. Likes to get things done, not talk details, wants to support tails so they can be deeply connected to the center. --- # Poll for Next Meeting: Our next meeting will be Micro-Enterprise Design session in the end of August. If you would like to attend, please fill out the **[Doodle](https://doodle.com/poll/e6xytp9wfdqvtgi9?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link)** and we will confirm in the next few weeks the date. ***Note**: There are diversity stipends available to support involvement in CoLab so if interested, please let us know.*