FIELDS FOR DIPLOMA PORTFOLIOS AND DEGREE PROGRAMS
The following fields have been the basis of diplomate work and advanced Permaculture education as directed by Bill Mollison since the early days of Permaculture. These descriptions outline the key areas that may be covered by degree students for applied or theoretical degrees. Applied degrees (i.e., Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design, Master of Applied Permaculture Design, Ph.D. in Applied Permaculture Design) are weighted to field projects.
1) Education: This includes leadership in on-the-ground training and education, special education, education via electronic media, or the development of educational aids.
2) Media: Many students are developing information systems based on film, photo libraries, print or electronic systems, and journalists. Authors producing a significant thesis or finding in any area of research indicated here may submit for a degree.
3) Site Development: This indicates work on a farm, homestead, or village over a long period, working to develop a Permaculture Design system, community facility or project.
4) Site Design: Planners and consultants for projects in Permaculture Design. People acting as consultants to a variety of projects, rural, urban, commercial, and industrial, may submit for applied degrees.
5) Community Services: For those devoting their time, often with great hardship, to populations in poverty, fourth world (tribal peoples), disadvantaged or aged groups, and to people in urban and rural poverty.
6) Finance, Business, and Economics: Developing and promoting local employment, development of worker’s cooperatives and other ethical business models, alternative legal incorporation strategies, charitable trust development, non-monetary exchange, local and alternative currencies, Ecological Economics (Bioregional and local economic planning), cash recycling in community, cooperative endeavors, models of small business and community development, and cost-benefit analyses of real projects, accounted for financially, socially, and environmentally.
7) Technical Development: People developing technical systems in transport, energy, processing systems, recycling, conservation systems, appropriate technologies and tools, computer-based applications, and efficient appliances.
8) Resource Development: Making supporting resources available via land banks, land trusts, plant or seed resources, livestock development, contract services, and other essential support systems.
9) Architecture and Building (i.e., Natural Building and Eco-Architecture): Completion of projects demonstrating low-cost, low-impact, and energy-efficient housing and special purpose buildings, or the design, planning, and construction of ecological villages, suburbs, intentional communities, or co-housing projects.
10) Research: A broad category, covering all Permaculture-related areas; a blend of the practical and theoretical is ideal.