North American Leadership Summit 2020

Building a Great People’s Movement:

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The North American Leadership Summit (NALS) took place August 20-23, 2020. This was a co-creative learning process culminating in a unique event that helped define the next steps in our evolution as continental leaders of Turtle Island. We aim to build a great people’s movement that can regenerate climate, land, and communities across the continent.

The planetary emergency asks all of us, and especially those with the capacity for leadership, to step into a new realm of heartfulness, understanding, solidarity, teaching, and effectiveness. By now, we’ve all been to plenty of meetings, workshops, and conferences, and some of us are discouraged. The Summit, though, employed experiential and expansive processes to transform not only our understanding of life on Earth, but our very beings as we came together for a campaign of regeneration. 

We forged new connections between indigenous leadership, youth, the Divine Feminine, ethnic luminaries, and leading-edge knowledge carriers. Building on the efforts of preliminary working groups, the Summit blended these gifts and experiences to forge meaningful and lasting connections. Next steps are to deploy those strengths to change public policy and private action in all regions.

The program offers a flood of fresh inspiration and should leave you energized, renewed, and empowered. Our Working Groups have assembled top notch presentations and interactive workshops in the areas of:
• Mutual Aid, Regional Hubs, and the Economy of Resilience
• Water Harvesting and Climate Cooling to mitigate drought, fire, flood, and storm
• The Million Tree Challenge: a Learning Experiment to Reforest the Earth
• Energy Transition: A Permaculture Green New Deal
• Regenerative Agriculture and Local Food Sovereignty
• Mainstream Action, Funding, and Outreach to Institutions
• Trauma Response and Deep Adaptation

Downstream of the Summit, there are landscapes to repair and communities to heal. The climate crisis will spare no one; a decade of action demands our attention. We must expand our outreach and impact, garner support, and show the power of our ideas, values, and knowledge. Your voice, hands, and heart are all needed. If we are successful, permaculture will become a household word through simple, effective, and regenerative strategies demonstrated across North America. Please join us now! 

To support our scholarship fund to support youth, indigenous leaders, and knowledgeable low-income practitioners, please encourage friends and colleagues to donate to our GoFundMe campaign.

Recordings of the Summit are available for purchase and include lifetime access to all plenary sessions as well as workshops and break-out group discussions.

Logistical Details:

The North American Leadership Summit is a project of PINA, the Permaculture Institute of North America, and brought together up to 200 leading practitioners in fields related to regeneration of land, communities, and climate. Following your registration through PINA, you will be sent information to access the Summit platform.

How can I attend if my financial resources are limited?

Costs for the virtual NALS are moderate, but may still be prohibitive for some who should take part. PINA seeks funding to help those Summit candidates facing the most severe financial limitations. You may apply for financial assistance when you register.  If you are able, please contribute to the participation of others, to the dissemination of findings, and for the support of projects spawned by the Summit through this GoFundMe campaign. Any amount would be welcome to supplement grants, gifts, and the hard work of many. PINA is a non-profit dedicated to permaculture professionalism, continuing education, and earth repair. Please encourage your regional colleagues and permaculture organizations to whom you are connected to support your participation directly or through PINA’s fundraising efforts.