North American Leadership Summit 2020

August 20-23, Video Conference

Building a Great People’s Movement:

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The North American Leadership Summit (NALS), August 20-23, 2020, is a co-creative learning process culminating in a unique event that will 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, will employ experiential and expansive processes to transform not only our understanding of life on Earth, but our very beings as we come together for a campaign of regeneration. 

The design aims to make 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 will blend these gifts and experiences to forge meaningful and lasting connections. We will then deploy those strengths to change public policy and private action in all regions.

The program, to which we hope you will contribute 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 for your participation.

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.

As we approach the start of the Summit, the organizers have decided to offer free live access to the  plenaries.  Recordings of the Summit will also be available  after the event and may be purchased now or later.  All paid registrants will have access to the plenaries both live and as replays at any time, 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 will bring 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.


What to expect

What is the purpose of NALS?

In order to meet the urgent demands of the global crisis, and to assist our larger societies in grappling with challenges for which they are ill-prepared, the permaculture community needs stronger forms of organization, better strategies for communication, well articulated designs and methods for regeneration, and a plan. We can call that Plan North America: a strategic vision of what to do, when and where to work, with whom, why, and how. If we do not come together proactively, we will watch our considerable gifts and knowledge be misapplied, squandered, and ignored. This is our historical moment. We must rise together.

How does the Summit design unfold?

In advance of the summit, we formed seven working groups which met by video conference to clarify problems, assess resources, analyze needs and yields, and lay the groundwork for position papers, action agendas, and strategic coalitions. These monthly meetings were facilitated by a research coordinator, and their findings and summaries form the basis for collective action in August. You will be asked, on registering, to join one of the following:

• 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

Who will be there?

We are inviting well-known scientists, activists, teachers, authors, and designers in farming, forestry, community development, trauma and disaster response, regenerative economics, and activism from regions across North America. We are also asking them, and you, to invite younger colleagues, exceptional researchers and advocates, promising next-generation leaders, and talented community members. We want people to attend with their manifold connections. We are asking each region to contribute unique gifts. PINA’s hubs will be represented, and we will be seeking to catalyze the formation of more hubs from among those present. 

What if I can’t attend but value the work that will be done?

If your schedule does not permit you to attend the virtual Summit, you may still support NALS by contributing financially through the GoFundMe campaign, or joining one of our working groups (write* You can also recommend others whom we may ask to come in your stead. Feel free to forward your invitation to your close circles.

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.

Where is the event being held?

The event will take place on-line by video conference using Zoom. Details of how to participate  will be sent upon registration. 

What happens after the event?

We will carry this work forward to the next North American Permaculture Convergence or to the IPC, spread out to mobilize students and other responsive communities, and put our findings and our people to work. Attendees will turn to their home regions and work communities infused with new knowledge, connections, and clear direction. Networks and partnerships formed at the Summit will mobilize to manifest designs.