Learning Intentions Pathway Design

I have just submitted my  learning intentions and pathway design (LIPD) for my capstone year with Gaia University. (You can see work from my pre-capstone phase completed in April 2013 – March 2015 here.)

I am now half way through my MSc Political Agroecology . Political Agroecology explores the power relationships in our food systems. My strategic focus is how we can accelerate the speed and scale of the transition to agroecological practices around the world. To read more background information on my Masters and what I haves explored to date, please see my here.

The purpose of the LIPD

The purpose of the output is to share my learning intentions with my peers in my field. It is a way of communicating the personal and professional work I intend to engage with during my capstone year. It is an invitation for feedback from peers and professional reviewers.

The late Donella Meadows described how you can’t control systems – you can only design and re-design. My learning journey is itself a system, which I am unlikely to be able to control as unexpected challenges emerge in my life and projects. However I can gain strength from a design process that allows me to re-design and respond to changes. This LIPD is a dynamic document that I can continuously refer to as I engage in my pathway. It is a compass and a map that has emerged from conscious and intentional thinking.

What this output contains

This piece of work shares my goals – what I want to learn and achieve on personal, professional, political and project levels. I used these as a guiding point to design projects and self-education activities that can support me to achieve these learning desires.

In this output you will find detailed output packet designs and project plans that have emerged from the design process. The OP also contains a design for my own learning support system. Many associates find it difficult to achieve their learning goals while navigating the challenges of surviving capitalism, caring for others, engaging with demanding projects and so forth.

This learning support design is my attempt to design and cultivate a system that can help me not only survive but thrive, through optimising beneficial relationships, accessing support, anchoring positive patterns and habits and designing-in deliberate tracking systems that can accelerate my own action learning.

Essential aspects of implementation are also included, for example my SMART targets, a budget, resource lists and provisional timetable.

Finally, this output contains commentary on this entire process. The reflections centre on my experiences creating this output, the tools I used, my participation with Gaia University during the process as well as more in-depth reflection from entries in my learning journal.

Read my LIPD here: http://portfolios.gaiauniversity.org/view/view.php?id=8129

Slideshow from my Permaculture Diploma Presentation

Here are the slides from my presentation at the National Permaculture Diploma Gathering 2014.

Zone 00 Workshop Design

This session can be used stand-alone or ideally as part of a full permaculture design course.


  • To support learners to understand the basic concept of zone 00 in permaculture
  • To support learners to experience applying design to an area in their personal life


1. Popcorn – What is Zone 00?

Share ideas as a large group. Discuss is it related to permaculture.

2. Introduce design exercise. Ensure everyone has pen, paper etc. Ask the participants to reflect on each of these questions. Do not read the next question until giving 5 minutes to the prior. Ensure you keep timing so participants don’t become ‘stuck’ on a question.

  • What is one area of your life that you would like to change?
  • What would you need to survey/observe?
  • What would you to analyse?
  • What design tools could help you?

3. Reflect and share as a group.

Throughout this session I have found it useful to be working through my own design question, to give learners tangible examples to the questions.