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The purpose of the Worldwide Permaculture Network is:
Projects and people who sign up for this network agree to respect the core ethical framework of Permaculture, consisting of the principles of:
The Worldwide Permaculture Network assists People and Projects by:
Projects and People that want to be listed in the database must be in alignment with the ethical core of Permaculture and demonstrably make a noticeable contribution towards people care and/or earth care and are certainly working towards contributing to both as they develop. The Worldwide Permaculture Network will necessarily err on the side of nurturing - meaning it's less important where a project is at today than it is where it's going. Regular updates should provide evidence of this development.
A 'Project' is generally land-based - with physical elements (buildings, land, biomass, etc.). Exceptions are projects which are political, legal and financial/economic. Courses, events, websites, studies, research programs, magazines, videos, adverts of any kind, etc., are not Projects.
A key way to determine if your 'project' is eligible for entry on this site is to ask yourself if your 'project' has an end date. If it has an end date, and is not ongoing, it is not a project according to the WPN definition of a project.
Most people will have only one project profile, and various activities/challenges/advancements and miscellaneous news in regards to that project will be shown through ‘Updates’ below its profile. As an example, implementing the installation of a swale on a property is not a project – rather, the property itself is a project, and news on the swale implementation would go under the project profile as an update. In similar fashion, a bird bath, a mandala garden or a herb spiral are not projects. Rather, the residential property these items are to be sited on is the project. The creation of trivial project profiles will likely result in deletion (via a board of moderators).
One of the main criteria for inclusion of a project in the Worldwide Permaculture Network, aside from aligning with the core ethics of permaculture, is to provide regular updates for the project.
Permaculture is about diverting human effort towards rehabilitative purposes that repair damaged ecologies as well as damaged societies. In order to give a broad idea, a small selection of specific issues that are addressed by some of the projects listed in the database, as well as by members active in the network, is listed below:
Pressing contemporary problems include:
Pressing contemporary problems include:
4.3 The Necessity of Project Updates
In line with the Purpose listed above, Project administrators who never, or very rarely provide updates on their project(s) may have their project(s) removed from the system, as the purpose of the system is to encourage knowledge and resource sharing and inspiration, and without project updates this cannot occur within the Worldwide Permaculture Network community.
4.5 There is No Inherent 'Right to Be Listed'
Users of the Worldwide Permaculture Network accept that their People and/or Project profiles and/or updates and/or comments may be hidden and/or deleted at any time by the network's administration. Membership within the Worldwide Permaculture Network is a privilege granted by the Worldwide Permaculture Network admin. The administration have no legal obligation to provide access, services or features to anyone.
5.1 We Make No Representation of Site Accuracy
Any content displayed in profile descriptions, updates, comments, etc., belong to the originators, hence the Worldwide Permaculture Network makes no warranties or representations of any kind concerning the accuracy or suitability of the information contained on this web site or its fitness for a particular purpose, nor do we endorse the accuracy, completeness, timeliness or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement or other material or database displayed, uploaded or distributed within the Worldwide Permaculture Network site or made available though links from within it. In no event shall the Worldwide Permaculture Network, its employees or agents be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential damages resulting from the use of this web site.
The Worldwide Permaculture Network is designed to help facilitate community support and nurturing through comments of encouragement and/or advice. It is through updates and comments and objective interaction that the community will nurture the growth of permaculture's powerful potential for change. At times it may also be necessary to clarify suspicions of misuse or representations within the system, and reporting tools have been included to facilitate this. Please use these tools dispassionately, objectively and considerately.
The Worldwide Permaculture Network demands honesty and integrity with respect to members' conduct within the Worldwide Permaculture Network. It is essential that users input accurate descriptions of their own abilities and experiences and that all project descriptions are likewise correct. Data like actual names, qualifications, the email addresses input for course or student verification, etc., must all be honestly entered. Clear indications of dishonesty within the system is grounds for instant removal.
It is understood that in an information-intensive world, the handling of personal data may involve quite sensitive issues. The Worldwide Permaculture Network adheres to these principles when handling data:
The People Care ethic should be evidenced in all entries within the system, be they updates, comments, internal messages, etc. The venerable "Netiquette Guidelines" expound on appropriate details on how to relate and deal with the diverse range of people within the system. The Worldwide Permaculture Network has implemented reporting features for comments, updates, and profiles.
8 Management and Decision Making
Decisions about listing or de-listing People and Project profiles and/or their updates and/or comments are made by a panel of moderators, in accordance with the principles of the permaculture ethics. Moderators are chosen by the Worldwide Permaculture Network admin from amongst the network's users, based on their history of objectivity and compassion, as evidenced through their profile, updates, and comments. People may recommend moderators by passing the user's profile URL to the 'System Mechanic' via an internal message, along with introductory comments on their worthiness.
Moderators cannot delete People or Project profiles and updates. They can only hide them. Administration can then either reinstate them or delete them, after considering the moderator's report on the issue, and, where appropriate, communicating with the offending user for clarification or to request action to rectify the situation.
Moderators are themselves self-moderating, as all moderators have access to a moderator's panel, where all moderator actions and reporting comments can be seen transparently and commented on. If one particular moderator action is disputed by one or more of the moderator team, the Worldwide Permaculture Network admin can intervene to consider and potentially reverse the initial moderator action.