- About Us
Welcome to the 2013 Building Resilient Communities Convergence!
The first ever Building Resilient Communities Convergence, at the beautiful Solar Living Institute, brings together the best of the Northern California Permaculture Convergence and the Northern California Regional Transition Network Conference for an action-packed weekend designed to build a powerful movement for community resilience.
Whether you are a seasoned Permaculturalist, Hardcore Community Organizer, or just excited to learn about a new ways of living in thriving resilience with people and the planet, there is something at this conference for you!
Why are we doing this Convergence?
A British permaculture teacher, Rob launched the first Transition Initiative in Ireland in 2005. He has continued lending his energy, …
Julia Butterfly Hill brought international attention to the plight of the world’s last remaining ancient forests when she climbed 180 …
Konda honed her business leadership skills as a Grammy winning artist manager in London, an Academy Award nominated film producer …
Richard is a Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost …
Penny Livingston-Stark is internationally recognized as a prominent permaculture teacher, designer and speaker. Penny has been teaching internationally and working …
John Trudell is an acclaimed poet, national recording artist, actor and activist whose international following reflects the universal language of …
Andy Lipkis founded TreePeople at age 18 in 1973, and serves as its President today. Since its founding, TreePeople has …
Doria is 3rd generation resident of Richmond, California and the Executive Director of Urban Tilth, a community based organization rooted …
Brock is a co-founder of the Sowing Circle Intentional Community and Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, where he co-directs the …
ChoQosh Auh’Ho’Oh was named by the Seneca and Chumash elders. She is herself an elder of Coastal Native Indian descent. …
Why You Should Join Us:
Our Keynote Speakers
- Transition Town Founder Rob Hopkins (making a rare appearance from England)
- World renowned Activists and Visionaries: Julia Butterfly Hill, Richard Heinberg and John Trudell
- The best of Community Organizing: Konda Mason and Doria Robinson
- Internationally acclaimed Permaculture Designers: Penny Livingston-Stark, Brock Dolman, Pandora Thomas and Kat Steele
- Skill shares - Aquaponics, Mushrooms, Urban Homestead Design and More
- Community Organizing and New Economy Best Practices from Movement Generation, Daily Acts, Bay Localize and more
- Healing ourselves and our community with Inner Transition
- Erik Ohlsen, Kevin Bayuk, Rachel Kaplan and Christopher Shein and others share permaculture strategies
Permaculture and Diversity
- We are working hard to bring in some of the extraordinary changemakers building resilience in diverse communities, from Planting Justice to Movement Generation to 350.org to the Hub Oakland - to discuss how we work together to strengthen the movement
Family and Youth Friendly
- Youth will have their own programming on Saturday with Generation Waking Up
- Childcare available for parents of young kids
- Your New Business Partner
- Your next Permaculture Design Course
- Your Next Job
- Bioregional breakout sessions
- Our model resilient community market place with vendors, non-profits, and more
It's going to be a party!
- Experience local cuisine, a delicious community dinner and then enjoy fantastic music from Dogon Lights, DJ Dragonfly and Zion Lion
We hope you will join us in working together to make a more resilient future possible!
“Permaculture gives us solutions for self reliance in a time when resources are diminishing and economies are failing. But could …
“The Transition movement seemed to catch fire right from the beginning, and I confess that its success made me, as …
“You and I consume; we are consumers. The global economy is set up to enable us to do what we …
“Locally grown food, community-owned power stations, local currencies … can small-scale actions make a difference? Yes, according to the Transition …