In the first year of its life, the Permaculture International Research Network (PIRN) has achieved a huge amount:
- Launching PIRN at the 12th International Permaculture Conference programme, September 2015.
- Organising 109 sessions at the first research focussed International Permaculture Conference
- Hosting the inaugural PIRN member research day
- Recruiting 700 PIRN members from over 50 countries
- Developing PIRN sub groups to look at specific research areas
- Creating the PIRN facebook page, new website and e-bulletins.
This work happened through some great volunteer support and generous funding by the Lush Cosmetics Sustainable Lush Fund. A huge thanks to Lush and all our volunteers!
Resilience and stability are achieved when important functions are supported by many elements. Support from Lush, interns and volunteers have got PIRN this far, but now we need to diversify and secure funds and support from more sources. We are writing funding proposals but it is hard to find funders that will support PIRN's core work.
So we are inviting each of you - PIRN members - to consider how you can contribute. Can your institution become a PIRN partner? Are there areas of permaculture research that you are proposing that could include PIRN involvement?
PIRN is currently hosted by the Permacuture Association Britain, but only until it can stand on its own two feet. Of course there is still a lot to do before we get there, but that is the intended destination. Hopefully 2016 will see the addition of more and more interactive features which will enable PIRN members to work together with little or no support from the core team.
We very much welcome more partners getting involved and helping to take PIRN forwards. If you can contribute financially, would like to discuss how your institution could support, or have other skills to offer, please do contact us.
Together we can create an amazing international research network that can support permaculture's wider adoption.