Self Assessment Summary

As I have been unable to access the form this is my self assessment summary for my diploma.

1. You have completed a permaculture design course, and are a current member of the Permaculture Association

I completed my PDC with Sector39 in May 2012 at Treflach Farm and I am a current member of the Permaculture Association.

2. You have actively applied permaculture over a period of at least two years since your permaculture design course (PDC)

I officially started my diploma in January 2013 which is 2.5 years before submitting this porfolio, over which time I have been actively doing my diploma.

3. You have produced ten permaculture designs to the required standard

You can access all 10 of my design from the home page.

The required standards:

  • Use permaculture ethics, principles and theory as appropriate to the situation
    • I have thoroughly evaluated this in each of my write ups
  • Make accurate and appropriate use of intentional design processes
    • Each design in my portfolio followed an intentional design process, I did not always get it spot on first time, but I have reflected thoroughly on each design and learned my lessons.
  • Use processes and tools that suit the clients and situation
    • I have tried out a range of processes and tools and have evaluated them in each design write up as to their strengths and weaknesses including when and where they are appropriate
  • Show that you can produce designs that include land and social elements
    • 8 of my designs include social elements and 2 include land and social elements
  • Use a variety of design tools
    • Each of my design write ups detail the range of design tools that I have used
  • Create designs that are intelligible, coherent and effective
    • I have not had any problems explaining my designs to other people and this blog has already been shared with a number of other diploma apprentices who have found it useful. Most of my designs have been effective and for those that haven’t I have had large learning yields from to support future design effectiveness.
  • Choose and produce appropriate presentation and documentation for clients and third parties
    • For my personal designs I always made a point of choosing presentation and documentation methods which suited my needs and preferences. Many of the clients (other than myself) I designed for helped to co-design, but I have presented my designs to many interested and affected third parties. I have used a variety of methods depending on what was appropriate ranging from giving a talk, to sharing my design process documents (offline or on this blog), to presenting a ‘final’ design and action plan.
  • Present ten designs
    • You can access all 10 of my design from the home page.
  • Show you have achieved fluency with design processes and tools.
    • My increasing fluency with design processes and tools is evidenced through the progression of my portfolio designs, as well as in my Learning Journal Summary.

4. You can put permaculture theory into action and make appropriate changes to your lifestyle and working practice

Six of my portfolio designs are personal ones that have all been implemented and have changed my lifestyle and work. In addition to this I have applied permaculture thinking and designing to a variety of other personal situations, which have made significant changes in my lifestyle and working practice. These are illustrated in the story of my diploma journey and my learning journal summary and include my livelihood as a personal and social permaculture facilitator, my move to a housing co-operative and embarking on my nature connection and cultural repair journey.

Personal designs:

  • Diploma Support Day design – created effective patterns of learning and support in our local diploma community
  • Facilitator Livelihood Pathway Design – has put me well on the journey towards sharing my many yields from my permaculture journey with others
  • Veg Patch design – really increased my understanding of how we can work with nature and how I would like to produce my food
  • New Bedroom design – has created a sanctuary for myself that meets many of my needs, without a large environmental footprint to create
  • Facilitating the IPCUK Neighbourhoods design process – really helped to further my skills as a facilitator and integrate lots of previous learnings, for improved people care and fair shares.
  • Action Learning Pathway – guided the whole journey towards my vision, supported all of my learnings and considerably shifted my thinking patterns.

5. You are able to reflect on your permaculture practice and learn from it.

All 10 of my portfolio design write ups show extensive reflection, evaluation and learnings and the progression of the designs evidences that I have put these learnings into practice. Evidence for this criteria can also be seen in my learning journal summary.