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October 08, 2008

Back to Zimbabwe!

TLC Farm has been invited to explore joining the Berkana Exchange, a network of 12 Leadership Learning Centers around the world. In just three weeks, we will be sending TLC Farm volunteers and Cedar Moon residents Hope Medford and Jenny Leis to Zimbabwe to represent us in the annual Berkana Exchange gathering!

From the Berkana.org website:

A leadership learning center is a local initiative committed to strengthening a community's leadership capacity and self-reliance by working with the wisdom and wealth already present in its people, traditions and environment. We have found these learning centers in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Senegal, India, Brazil, Greece, Pakistan, US, Mexico and Canada. We know they are everywhere.

By connecting them to one another—and to people worldwide who want to support and learn from their experiments —enormous power for change emerges. All too often, organizations in the development sector complain that the learning is getting lost. Each initiative they support reinvents the wheel. They don't share what they know. The work of the Berkana Exchange is about discovering what happens when the learning does not get lost, when it moves openly and fluidly around the globe.

In the upcoming ten-day annual gathering, Oct. 12-21st at Kufunda Village, the learning center in Zimbabwe, we will be exploring such deep questions as:

* How does TLC Farm’s local work converge with global movements?
* How can we use this exchange to expand our knowledge and practices of cross-cultural permaculture design, natural building, youth and community education about sustainability, collective decision making and structures, etc.
* How can we learn from the other learning centers with how they engage with critical local issues, ripple their effects regionally and connect globally?

As part of the TLC Farm community, you could now be connected with the other 12 learning centers, located in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Greece, India, Mexico, Brasil, Pakistan, Canada and Senegal.

Are you interested in radical education? Check out Shikshantar in India. Exploring permaculture and appropriate technology in rural areas? Check out Kufunda Village in Zimbabwe. Interested in global development issues? Read about IDSP's work in Pakistan. How about creative bridges between generations and food systems? Check out Santropol Roulant in Montreal.



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