Activating Cultural Emergence Conference

Join Jon Young, Looby Macnamara and Starhawk for this pioneering conference to discover ways for positive cultural evolution. This is an exciting opportunity to learn and converse with the co-founders and collaborators of the Cultural Emergence project and to be part of the global activation of Cultural Emergence

January 26-28, 2018

The PLACE for Sustainable Living 

Oakland, California

Cost: $295 per person

*Saturday dinner is included

*There are 10 low income spots available at $245 use discount code: activate10 if you feel you have the need for a partial scholarship. First come first serve.

*consider registering at the abundant rate to create partial scholarships for others

-Through interactive, lively and participatory processes you will become familiar with the practices of Cultural Emergence.

-Contribute to the ongoing, evolving, global conversation

-We will look at the many levels of culture,  through our own personal cultural  patterns of being, to the global context.

-You will have the opportunity to consider and clarify your contribution to the world and empower yourself to keep to your true path in life.

Who is it for?

No prior knowledge of permaculture or 8 Shields work is required 

This course is particularly aimed at:

  1. Those working towards a holistic sustainable vision for humanity
  2. 8 Shields practitioners, village builders and community facilitators
  3. People wanting a deeper grounding in skills and principles that support healthy relationships
  4. People involved in creating healthy communities through Transition initiatives and other community projects.
  5. Permaculturists wanting to increase their knowledge or specialize in people permaculture (personal and social permaculture)
  6. People interested in supporting nature connection practices

The Conference

One of the biggest challenges of working with “Invisible Structures” is that they are invisible. That does not mean that they are ineffective or unimportant--quite the contrary. The success of any project is not measured only by the physical and visible outcomes, but by the social capital built through positive relationships. There’s an art to this.

Through interactive, lively and participatory processes you will become familiar with the practices of Cultural Emergence. You will learn how to use them in your own lives to become more intentional in making your relationships kinder, more connected and truly regenerative. You will be invited to contribute to the ongoing, evolving, global conversation of how we can use Cultural Emergence to manifest action and momentum in enhancing positive connections for individuals, families, groups and communities of all types. The collective wisdom of the group will be harvested to further the development and effectiveness of this inspirational toolkit.

We will look at the many levels of culture, right through from our own personal culture and patterns of being, to the global context.  We will share tools and processes for ways of being, thinking and seeing differently that enable breakthroughs to occur. Inviting what may previously seem impossible to become possible through collaboration, co-creation and emergence. People will be invited to nurture the visions they hold for themselves, their communities and the world. You will have the opportunity to consider and clarify your contribution to the world and empower yourself to keep to your true path in life.

Schedule, Meals and Accommodation and Transportation

Friday, January 26, 2018 Arrival at 6:00 PM Session til 9pm 

Saturday, January 27, 2018 9:30am into the night (dinner is included)

Sunday January 28th, 2018 9:30am-4pm

Breakfasts are on your own. Please bring a lunch Saturday and Sunday. Dinner is provided Saturday evening and included in tuition cost. We recommend www.tripadvisor.com to read reviews and find the best accommodations nearby. The closest Airports are Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose. Uber or Lyft can be helpful if you don't have a car getting around town.


What is Cultural Emergence?

Humanity is presently in a crisis of disconnection and a time of mass cultural emergency; we see the personal, social, political and environmental problems as stemming from a lack of cultural understanding and cohesion. We believe there are tools that can help turn this around into mass Cultural Emergence; where abundance, gratitude, care and connection are part of our everyday culture. Emergence is a term used in systems thinking where 2 or more things come together with unexpected results. By bringing people together with these tools and methods we have the opportunity to ask good questions and to co-create answers and solutions and emerge the culture we want.

Cultural Emergence is a toolkit for expanding our positive impact in the world. Cultural Emergence uses conscious design and action to help us manifest our ideal scene, for ourselves and the world. The toolkit is designed to support us to be proactive and facilitate visionary responses to our global crises. It emerged through the collaboration, distillation and synthesis of Looby and Jon’s pioneering work in the arenas of personal and social permaculture and deep nature connection and village building. We are now collaborating with Starhawk and other visionaries and leaders around the world to bring together the most profoundly effective toolkit.

Our Vision - To accelerate global cultural transformation towards a peaceful, connected world for a positive regenerative future.

Our Mission - To create an effective toolkit that we can use to challenge and awaken, move and invigorate, nourish and empower ourselves and others.

About 8 Shields

The 8 Shields network has grown from a set of teachings, principles and practices that examine connection as an ecology. Today this is called Village Building. Through Village Building people learn how to apply connection modeling to a wide variety of expressions. For over 20 years, hundreds of projects have taken shape globally emphasizing relationships with nature, with self and with other people. Many working in the 8 Shields network have found Permaculture to be a natural and enhancing fit to their community projects.

Through the Cultural Emergence collaboration, we envision more communities activating these tools to empower, inspire, encourage and support this journey towards regenerative systems to bring healing to communities globally. Through the network, people can be supported, and in turn, support each other as collaborators, peers and friends.

Looby Macnamara is author of People and Permaculture, 7 Ways to Think Differently and Strands of Infinity. People and Permaculture Is the first book globally to translate the use of permaculture principles and design for people based systems, widening the definition of permaculture and making it relevant and accessible to all. She is creator of the Design Web, a holistic design framework that has been used hundreds of times globally for all sorts of personal and social designs. She has been chair of the Permaculture Association Britain and is a senior diploma tutor. She lives on a 20 acre smallholding in the UK, where she runs an education and demonstration centre - Applewood Permaculture Centre.
She is currently training 8 Shields staff in the Design Web and is supporting 8 Shields in their design process. She is researching her next book - Activating Cultural Emergence, 

Jon Young is a nature connection mentor, naturalist, wildlife tracker, peacemaker, author, workshop leader, consultant, sought after public speaker and storyteller. As a leader in the field of nature-based community building over 30 years, Jon’s research into the impact and significance of nature on human intelligence and development has influenced tens of thousands of people worldwide.

Jon has authored and co-authored several seminal works on nature connection and connection mentoring, including What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World (2013), and Coyote’s Guide to Connecting to Nature (2007). 



Starhawk is the author of The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups and 11 other books.  She brings forty or more years of experience with horizontal, co-creative organizing, facilitating, and teaching, a lifetime of experiences sometimes wonderful, sometimes horrific!  Her special interests are in working across the lines of diversity, and in helping groups learn the communication tools and interpersonal skills to navigate conflict.