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Cob Enthusiasts Push to Permit Mud Homes [Good Times Santa Cruz]

“Claudine Désirée, locally known as the “Santa Cruz Cob Queen,” is the proud creator of Santa Cruz’s first legal cob house. Cob is a natural building material made from Earth, sand and straw, and cob houses have been around since at least the 15th century. Since cob buildings are fireproof, resistant to seismic activity and inexpensive, Désirée says they should also be the future of housing in California.”

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Interview with Nwamaka Agbo on Restorative Economics [Systems Change]

As part of our interview series with instructors for our Systems Change & the Next Economy course, we spoke with Nwamaka Agbo, who will be leading a workshop on “Restorative Economics: Strategies for Just Transition to a more Sustainable, Equitable and Just Economy.” Her workshop will take place March 16-17 in Santa Cruz County. Nwamaka […]

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Marco Vangelisti: Transforming economy, money & investing for a regenerative world (Video)

“I spent a number of years in finance, left in 2009, and since then I started an effort to really share my understanding of the large systems–money, banking, economics, and finance–with the general public with the goal of empowering the people that want to change the society with the understanding to transform it.” – Marco Vangelisti

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Interview with Marco Vangelisti on understanding the economy, Slow Money, and impact investing [Systems Change]

Recently we interviewed Marco Vangelisti, who has a background in finance and investment management and was a founding member of Slow Money. He is a 100% impact investor and helps communities increase their capacity for local investing. Marco’s workshop is titled “Essential Knowledge for Transition: Understanding the economy, money and investing and how to transform them for a regenerative world” and will take place February 23-24.

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Interview with Della Duncan on cultivating Right Livelihood [Systems Change]

In anticipation of the upcoming Systems Change and the Next Economy course, we interviewed Della Duncan, alternative economist, teacher, and broadcast journalist, who will be facilitating the first weekend workshop. We wanted to learn more about her passions, perspectives, and experiences in order to give prospective students a glimpse into what they will learn later this month.

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Building Resilient Communities at the 13th Annual NorCal Permaculture Convergence

Last month in Hopland, CA, 610 permaculture-minded folks from all over Northern California and beyond gathered for the 13th Annual NorCal Permaculture “Building Resilient Communities” Convergence. Presented by Living Mandala and co-sponsored by a super rad list of organizations and businesses, the Convergence is proud to be the world’s largest permaculture event! The Solar Living […]

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Permaculture Internship Reflections with Kaylee Savage-Wright

During spring quarter 2018, UC Santa Cruz senior Kaylee Savage-Wright worked with Santa Cruz Permaculture through a for-credit internship hosted by the UCSC Environmental Studies Department. We enjoyed working with her for the ten-week quarter. At the end of her internship, we asked her to reflect on her experience so we could share some of […]

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