A Conference Like None Other

Re-Imagining the Conference. PermacultureVoices.



There is something changing in the world of conferences. People are realizing they can be more. People are realizing that the traditional design of “smart” people speaking on a stage 3 times a day with a couple breakout sessions to hear from more “smart” people in a smaller room just isn’t working.

Conference goers are wanting to connect with other participants and cross-pollinate, develop friendships, find collaborators and create together. Essentially, they are wanting to learn how they can best do their work in the world and are realizing the current format can be improved.

We agree.

Keynote Speaker, Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia's Garden, will be unveiling his newest book at PV2!

Keynote Speaker, Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden, will be unveiling his newest book at PV2!

This is why the Mycelium team said yes to Diego Footer, the Founder and visionary behind the PermacultureVoices Conference when he wanted to bring in an experiential design team to flip the traditional conference on its head.

Last year Diego launched PV1 to 600 people. Some of the feedback Diego heard was along the lines of, “It would be better if it were more innovative, more hands on, more interpersonal, more active.” Essentially, what Diego kept hearing was that what the participants wanted was for him to re-imagine what a conference could be. Diego didn’t know how to do that, but one of his colleagues pointed him in our direction.

For the past 6 months, the Mycelium team has been meeting every week shaking the Etch-A-Sketch of what a conference is, and drawing in new lines of what it could be. We’ve incorporated music, movement, the arts, large scale rapid collaboration and a massive skill share session. We see so much wisdom in the people who attend these conferences and have designed this experience to unlock that wisdom.

One of the keynote speakers and one of our personal inspirations... Paul Stamets

One of the keynote speakers and one of our personal inspirations… Paul Stamets. Author of Mycelium Running.

The conference hasn’t totally abandoned the traditional format altogether as it will be peppered with thought leaders in the world of permaculture such as leading mycologist, Paul Stamets, the founder of Permaculture Magazine, Maddy Harland, and Buckminster Fuller Challenge winner Allan Savory.

The design for PV2 will allow participants to both receive value from the wisdom of the keynotes on stage as well as the wisdom of the participants sitting next to them. Over the course of 5 days, participants will collaborate to create a spontaneous Wiki Page, highlighting the best tools and resources for collaboration with Open Source Ecologist, Marcin Jakubowski. We will host a ½ day skillshare for the participants to step into their own role as expert as they learn and explore with each another. We will work with Maddy Harland from Permaculture Magazine to publish key insights, learnings and takeaways from the participants into the internationally recognized Permaculture Magazine.

While even the design team can’t tell you what exactly it will look like, we can say it will be a unique and powerful experience for all in attendance.


Get your ticket and come join us from March 4th to March 8th in San Diego for this experiment in learning together. To learn more and purchase your ticket, visit the PV2 registration page.



To listen to the design team talk about the experience of imagining and creating PV2 with PV2 Founder, Diego Footer, click on the image below…


To listen to Mycelium Co-Founder, Matthew Abrams talk with PV2 Founder, Diego Footer, click on the image below…


Crystallizing Your Vision

clear-visionMycelium Presents: Idea Crystallization with Donnie Maclurcan

Saturday, October 5th 10:00-11:30p

Mojo Co-Working – 60 North Market St. Asheville, NC

Do you want to gain clarity on what it is you are trying to achieve with your idea, project or organization? If so, it’s critical to have a clear sense of your initiative’s essence and its place in the world.

Come to this fast-paced workshop to run through processes that provide real clarity on what you are undertaking and offering.

Suitable for entrepreneurs, social innovators, creative types and people at any stage of their work, benefits of participation include:

  • A clearer sense of your initiative’s objectives and its place in the relevant ‘landscape’
  • Useful tools for replicating the idea crystallization process yourself
  • A chance to share and refine your ideas with others

About the facilitator:

Donnie Maclurcan is an experienced community facilitator and consultant, having worked with more than 200 community groups and projects, across 24 countries. His general approach is to build on what’s already working, while retaining a critical lens by which to make such assessments. Day-to-day, Donnie is the ideas guy at Project Australia, an organisation helping people start, scale and sustain not-for-profit initiatives, and co-director of the Post Growth Institute – an international group exploring and inspiring paths to global prosperity that don’t rely on economic growth (and the group behind Free Money Day). He’s an Affiliate Professor of Social Science at Southern Oregon University, holds a PhD in technology and international development, and is best known as ‘that guy who ran across Australia as a teenager’, raising $35,000 as an ambassador for The Fred Hollows Foundation.


To sign up for this workshop, CLICK HERE