John Mckenzie writes…

Is the PDC a requirement for entry to the Permaculture movement?
As Permaculture Australia makes it’s transition from operating as Permaculture International this old chestnut of an issue has come up:

Is it useful to use the PDC as a membership prerequisite?

At the IPC11 that’s just happened in Cuba the three day Conference was open to all but the six day Convergence was restricted to PDC holders only.
At Australian Permaculture gatherings this pattern of open Conference and PDC-only Convergence has also been used.
This two-tier system is currently used by Permaculture Australia in it’s membership structure. There are two categories of individual membership:

  • Full Membership for PDC holders and
  • Associate Membership for those without a PDC.

Voting rights go only to full memberships.
Why do these restrictions apply?
What’s the benefit and are they still needed?

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