The purpose of this output is to make tangible my goals and ambitions for my first year with Gaia University. This report begins with an exploration of my life’s vision and how I can use the upcoming year to gain the knowledge, skillflexes and strategic awareness to achieve these visions.
Section 2 illustrates the skill flexes I hold and the ones I seek to develop as to benefit my project work, which is communicated in Section 3. Section 4 includes the detailed output plans I have developed, which refine my learning goals, focuses and desired outcomes. Finally the logistics of undertaking these outputs can be found in the pathway logistics section and the appendices. Thank you for reading.
SECTION 1: LIFE PATH VISION
From the age of ten my dominant life interest has been working to end animal exploitation. This has been complimented by passions for human rights, libertarian ways of living and environmental issues. I have been a full time activist in the traditional sense since leaving home at 16, a journey which has taken me around the world and to prison and back.
In prison however I was given the opportunity to complete a permaculture design course via distance learning. This has completely changed my life and my view of the world and now I seek to integrate my passions for animal and human liberation with permaculture design and wider land use practices.
“I am a permaculture practitioner and community organizer working to create and spread socially and ecologically beneficial regenerative systems that are designed without exploitative relationships based on domination of domesticated animals, human communities or the land"
In order to achieve this vision I have looked at the skill sets and knowledge needed, as summarized in the tables below:
Goals for the Year
This exercise has helped me to craft my learning pathway with Gaia University. Placing this year of dedicated learning in context with my life, these are my aims for the year:
* To explore the areas of interest I am passionate about and help me to learn which is my most effective path
* To develop my base skill flexes
* To design a livelihood & portfolio to make myself more financially resilient for the near future and to support my future pathway
* To develop my family’s smallholding to its full potential and be an inspiring permaculture demonstration centre e.g. 'get your own house in order'
* To create a post-license activist strategy that values my energy and uses my skills the best I can to be positive and effective
* To help me decide my future learning pathway for post-graduate study
Areas of Interest
SECTION 2: SKILLFLEXES
Through analyzing both my areas of interest and my desired skill flexes I have proceeded to try and design projects that will best facilitate my learning and give me the dedicated focus I need to gain new skill flexes. I have also identified skills that I aim to develop year-round some of which are seasonal in nature.
Year-Round skill development:
* Freelance journalism & documentation * Ecological literacy * Cooking & Food preservation * Herbal medicine making * Wild food harvesting & preparation
Spiritual & personal development
Some areas of work I have identified include:
*Getting in touch with my emotions on a daily basis by journaling
*Reviewing how I relate to women
*More dedicated spiritual practice through celebrating the moon cycles and greater celebration of the solstices
SECTION 4: OUTPUT PLANNING
Below are the detailed plans for each of my outputs. Despite the attention to detail, none of these outputs are fixed and I remain open to life-changes and new learning experiences.
Brook End: Designing for Self Reliance
Purpose: To produce a permaculture design and achievable implementation plan for my family’s 4 acre smallholding that allows for maximum self-reliance, biodiversity, beauty and benefit to the community.
Liberation Permaculture: Design frameworks for social justice
Purpose: This project aims to explore if and how permaculture can be applied to social struggle, not just in the forms of creating new ways of living but in challenging oppressive systems. Liberation permaculture explores if permaculture can offer tools towards ending all forms of domination.
Regenerative Land Use
Purpose: The aim of this project is to explore land use practices that support the creation and maintenance of regenerative systems with a particular focus on domesticated animal-free systems.
Libertarian Food Systems
Purpose: The aim of this project is to observe and analyze international grassroots peasant and farmer movements as well as the community food movement in the UK to better understand how projects can organize themselves on libertarian lines and how access to land can be achieved to effectively reclaim the food system.
This Learning Intentions & Pathway design has been crafted to communicate what I would like to achieve, ultimately in my life, and realistically within the next year. To keep updated with my progress please see my website Wild Heart Permaculture where I will be blogging about my experiences.
Completing this output has been an enriching use of my time with the benefits of clarity being second to none. The process began for me in prison where I was really able to design for life on release; this meant I had accumulated ideas and visions ready for refinement a long time ago and this output packet was the opportunity to lay the plans for achieving them.
I began by intensively reading all of the supporting materials available, looking at associates work and kept a notebook by my side at all times. Some nights I could barely sleep for the number of ideas going through my head. After a lot of reflection I then worked to refine my goals and later my output plans. Once I had made decisions on the output purposes, filling in the details became a realistic task. Feedback from my main advisor invited further refinement before uploading my content on the Mahara portfolio, which has taken about 3-4 hours in total including all image editing.
Peer review (see output 1A)
Associate's Portfolios (for inspiration)
Elke, Masters Griffin, Ethan Roland, Mana Vermeulen-McLeod, Dyami Nason-Regan, Dietmar Prudix, Vanda Pereira, Richard Perkins
Please see image links when clicking on them.
All other pictures taken by Nicole Vosper
Ouput Packet Help
Mahara. Inspiration 7.5. CloverDiary. Adobe PDF reader. Preview. Microsoft Word. Gimp. IPhoto. OpenOffice. Excel. Google Docs. Slideshare. Microsoft Power Point. Digital camera. Macbook.
Introduction (specification) 118
Life path vision 112, 59, 50 (tables), 145
Areas of interest 85, 38
Skill flexes, 80, 35, 75, 110, 134
Output planning 31, 501, 755, 547, 518
Process reflection 200
Pathway logistics 340
Total = 4041