We The Trees is the first crowd funding platform focused primarily on permaculture related projects. We aim to provide permaculturalists from around the world to help fund their visions through an easy to use platform for fundraising.
The collaborative effort that is WeTheTrees came about when a group of active permaculturalists realized that the permaculture community could really use a unique way to raise money. Basically every permaculture person we knew had a few projects on the back burner just waiting for the right time to turn up the heat, including ourselves! WeTheTrees provides a way for all of us to present our projects to our family, friends and the greater community and offer them the opportunity to contribute. Join in this effort, submit your campaign, and support your community!
WeTheTrees works like this: you submit your campaign, set a fundraising goal and a deadline to reach this goal (maximum 60 days). Then you promote the campaign to your friends, family and networks, encouraging them to come check it out. People can opt to contribute to your campaign at any amount above $5.00 and receive rewards for their contribution! We work on an all-or-nothing system. If you reach your fundraising goal by your deadline, then the contributions are debited from the contributors accounts on that date and deposited into your account. If you don't meet (or exceed) your goal, then no money ever is collected. Use the WeTheTrees platform to fundraise for projects big and small. Realize your permaculture dreams, raise money to take a course, or organize social actions. Try it out. Submit your campaign.
Our team of permaculture designers are the small set of entrepreneurs that dreamed, visioned, designed, launched, and are now using the WeTheTrees platform. Each of them is trained in permaculture, and took this project on as an collaborative effort to give back to the permaculture community. The entire process incorporated the permaculture principles and the platform currently serves multiple functions for each of them. The project was developed as an eco-social business, keeping the triple bottom line in mind. Each member of the team has committed to using his share of profits exclusively for permaculture related activities.
After having his crowdfunding proposal turned by a leading crowdfunding site, Christian decided it would be a great contribution to the Permaculture community to build our own platform. Christian's life is wrapped up in permaculture: teaching Permaculture Design Courses around the world, working at his project in northern Thailand, The Panya Project, and consulting for international permaculture design firm Terra Genesis International. Christian lives his life daily in the strong belief that we can bring about a brighter and brighter world.
Passionate about systems thinking, semiotics and Permaculture-oriented design, Ian currently lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he explores open, P2P-driven solutions that have the potential to influence how people relate to each other and their understanding of needs-based interdependence. He obtained his design certification under Christian's tutelage at The Panya Project in 2010, and is excited to bring a crowdfunding site to the Permaculture community - why dream when you can do!
We would like you to understand fully how we function and what motivates us. If you have more questions about how WeTheTrees works please visit our FAQ page.
Note: The various badges displayed in people profiles are largely honesty-based self-proclamations by the individuals themselves. There are reporting functions users can use if they know of blatant misrepresentation (for both people and projects). Legitimacy, competency and reputation for all people and projects can be evidenced and/or developed through their providing regular updates on permaculture work they’re involved in, before/after photographs, etc. A spirit of objective nurturing of both people and projects through knowledge/encouragement/inspiration/resource sharing is the aim of the Worldwide Permaculture Network.
A member is a permaculturist who has never taken a PDC course. These cannot become PDC teachers. Members may be novice or highly experienced permaculturists or anywhere in between. Watch their updates for evaluation.
One of these badges will show if you select your gender and the "I'm single, looking for a permaculture partner" option in your profile.
People who claim to have taken a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course somewhere in the world.
People who have entered an email address for the teacher of their PDC course, and have had their PDC status verified by that teacher. Watch their updates for evaluation.
People who’ve taken a Permaculture Research Institute PDC somewhere in the world.
People who claim to teach some version of PDC somewhere in the world.
With the exception of the ‘Member’ who has never taken a PDC, all of the above can apply to become a PRI PDC Teacher. PRI PDC Teachers are those who the PRI recognise, through a vetting board, as determined and competent to teach the full 72-hour course as developed by Permaculture founder Bill Mollison – covering all the topics of The Designers’ Manual as well as possible (i.e. not cherry picking only aspects the teacher feels most interested or competent in). Such teachers also commit to focussing on the design science, and not including subjective spiritual/metaphysical elements. The reason these items are not included in the PDC curriculum is because they are “belief” based. Permaculture Design education concerns itself with teaching good design based on strategies and techniques which are scientifically provable.
PRI PDC Teachers may be given teaching and/or consultancy offerings as they become available as the network grows.
The individual with this badge is indicating they are, have, or would like to be involved in permaculture aid work. As such, the individual may or may not have permaculture aid worker experience. Watch their updates for evaluation.
The individual with this badge is indicating they are, have, or would like to do paid permaculture design consultancy work. As such, the individual may or may not have permaculture consultancy experience. Watch their updates for evaluation.
Community projects are projects that help develop sustainable community interaction and increase localised resiliency.