Kirstie Stramler

At the USSF2010 Mandela Marketplace‘s Quinton Sankofa and James Berk of Mandela Foods Cooperative presented to a workshop hosted by Permaculture.coop called Pathways to Sustainable Self-Governance. Other presenters included Gavin Raders of Planting Justice and Mike Leung of Worker Cooperative Credit Union.

Organised and facilitated by Kirstie Stramler, filmed by Patrick O’Conner for permaculture.coop


History of West Oakland and background for Mandela Marketplace & Mandela Foods Coop
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Quinton Sankofa explains the history of West Oakland and the context for the Mandela Marketplace.

West Oakland Today and the context of Mandela Marketplace
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James Berk and Quinton Sankofa describe West Oakland today and the context for the Mandela Foods Cooperative and Mandela Marketplace.

Challenges for Mandela Marketplace & Mandela Foods Coop
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James Berk and Quinton Sankofa describe CHALLENGES of the Mandela Foods Cooperative and Mandela Marketplace.

Community-led and controlled development
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Quinton Sankofa explains the Mandela Marketplace alternative for community-led or community controlled development

Successes
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James Berk and Quinton Sankofa describe SUCCESSES of the Mandela Foods Cooperative and Mandela Marketplace.

Financing Worker Cooperatives
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Quiton Sankofa describes some of the realities of financing worker cooperatives, Mike Leung of the pre-start Worker Cooperative Credit Union also describes the national situation and the exception Arizmendi Association of Coops

Abolish human rentals and fund worker-cooperatives says Mike Leung

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Filmed at the USSF2010 event “Pathways to Sustainable Self-Governance” hosted by Permaculture.coop, organised by Kirstie Stramler and filmed by Patrick O’Conner

Source: Abolish Human Rentals, Worker-Cooperative Credit Union (pre-start-up)

The upcoming Los Angeles Arboretum Permaculture Design Course will be the first ever taught there.  Flyer Credit:  Caitlin Bergman

Course dates are 8 Saturdays, Oct 2 – Nov20, and & 1 Sunday, Nov 21.   The first 8 days of the course will be held in the facilities and on the grounds of the Los Angeles Arboretum, and the final day of the course will be held at the Los Angeles Eco-Village.

Because the traditional PDC format does not optimally serve student availability and future needs, we have modified the PDC format in numerous ways, among them:

  • we scheduled it for weekend days only, so working Americans don’t have to devote their entire annual vacation to it;
  • we infuse community-building throughout the course, rather than the usual nod it gets on the final day;
  • we incorporate daily hands-on exercises to reinforce the intellectual experience with the skills students require;
  • we follow Dave Jacke’s cyclical structure, in acknowledgement that circadian rhythms delimit learning dynamics;
  • we introduce topics with scientific rigor (including references to the scientific literature);
  • we utilize a guest-teacher/speaker-series format to augment our expertise on numerous topics.

Organizing Team:  Botanist Caitlin Bergman (lead), Atmospheric Scientist Kirstie Stramler, and Fluvial Geomorphology student Owen Hablutzel.

Course Website: http://saypermaculture.com/pdc-permaculture-design-course/

Guest Teachers:

*         Warren Brush (Quail Springs, True Nature Design)
*         Howard Yana-Shapiro, Phd. (Mars Inc., World Agroforestry Center)
*         Lois Arkin (Los Angeles Eco-Village, Global Village Institute)
*         Wes Roe and Margie Bushman (Santa Barbara Permaculture Network)
*         Owen Hablutzel (Permaculture Research Institute USA)
*         Kirstie Stamler (Permaculture.TV)
*         Lindsay Dailey (Villa Sobrante, Earth Repair)
*         Gavin Raders (Planting Justice)
*         Neil Bertrando (Radiant Tortoise Permaculture, Great Basin Institute)
*         Dave Fortson (LOA Tree)
*         Caitlin Bergman (Say Permaculture)

There are some amazing folks signed up for our course; we’re excited and honored to be able to empower the next generation of the Los Angeles Permaculture scene!   The course is nearly at capacity, because we’ve capped enrollment to keep the student/instructor ratio low, so if you want to join our crew, call or email today!        Jill.Berry@Arboretum.org    626.821.4624


During 2009 Nicholas Roberts and Kirstie Stramler visited permaculture, transition and cooperative sites throughout Australia, California, New York City, Spain, France, England, Scotland and Denmark. An earlier draft of this presentation was given to the Swansea Heads Sustainable Neighbourhood on Saturday, 6th February, 2009. Thanks to Kate Beswick and Tom Toogood

lake road

Lake Road to Copenhagen – 2009 Permaculture Cooperative R&D

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