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all the folks at biochar action learning circle

biochar action learning circle – Update from Charmaster

biochar action learning circle – Update.

Well the 1st biochar action learning circle is now complete and I find myself reflecting on what has transpired during these six sessions over the last three month’s.

My initial thoughts and feelings are. What a great Idea mixing technological innovation with social innovation. I am aware that social innovation is 1 million times slower than technological innovation.

all the folks at biochar action learning circle

all the folks at biochar action learning circle

In this case, in these circumstances, even in these times and this area it was the right thing to do. It is a really good feeling when you have been working on something for so long, keeping the faith through thick and thin, not really knowing what the end destination will be and to have it blossom into such an extraordinary and use full system to help humanity is just such a wonderful feeling.

Really the biochar action learning circle is a perfect blend of new and old school.

Hey and its not only Charmaster Dolph Cooke that thinks this way . Look what the folks of the United Nations Millennium Project must feel by selecting our project to be the winner of this prestigious award. Another world first, Another new paradigm project.

I wish to thank everyone who attended the very first biochar action learning circle you are now going to be recorded as pioneers of this system. Thank You for the feedback thank you for the millions of interactions throughout this time both with Paul, Gillian and myself and each other. To say something about this process in one word it would have to be – ORGANIC.

Biochar Action Learning Circle

List of champions in no particular order. Nev,Pixie, Scott, Chris, Myles, Jeff, Annettea, Mik and later Wolfgang. All of you have taken this system and molded it in your own unique ways and shown me that this system is flexible enough for the complexities of all people from all walks of life.

The biggest challenge I saw was trying to undue the damage from the closed and bondage system of education that has been spoon fed into everyone in Australia. Once we cut through some of the closed minded brainwashed techniques that had been used our champions sawed to greater heights as evident in the projects they have completed.

biochar action learning circle 2

biochar action learning circle 2

Where do I think this is going? New paradigm that’s where. I believe in a world where people can use all the faculties bestowed upon them. These people using their own judgment can easily see whats needed for the biggest problems our kind face. This is where the real excitement lays.

Of course there will be much twinking of the system and many more concepts to consider for the next one. This to me is deeply exciting. What did I gain from this that I consider the most important? Friends many new dear close friends who just so happen to have BIOCHAR as something in common.

Now you could not wish for anything more than that.

See you at the 2nd Biochar Action Learning Circle

Charmaster Dolph Cooke

 

 

Nature our saviour

Biochar Action Learning Circle Another world first.

World First Biochar action learning circle happened in Blue Knob Hall just outside of Nimbin, NSW Australia on Saturday 23rd of July 2011. This successful event marks a mile stone  in the development of biochar industries and learning.

Blue Knob Hall Biochar Action Learning Circle world first.

Blue Knob Hall Biochar Action Learning Circle world first.

The Blue Knob Hall is no stranger to hosting special events and leading the community in sustainable practices. They have a farmers market every saturday with a special community knowledge talk to empower folks.  If you look closely in the above photo you will see sustainable concepts in practice. Solar Panels, Compost toilets, Multi purpose building etc. Its no surprise as  Nimbin the closest town has been on the cutting edge of sustainabillity since the word was invented in 1972. 😛

Dr Paul Wildman Explains Biochar Learning Circle

Dr Paul Wildman Explains Biochar Learning Circle

Dr Paul Wildman PhD, The main developer of

Biochar Action Learning Circle

has been working with the circles concept for well over 15 years.He is involved in a circle that is still running for over 10 years this year.

Circle learning has been happening for as long as mankind has been around, from ancient tribes right up to today’s highly educated scholars. In Australia however this intrinsically important concept has been erased from our society by the one size fits all Edumickation system.

explaining biochar action learning circle

explaining biochar action learning circle

According to a recent study, statistics show, that joining a meaningful group that meets just once a month produces the same happiness gain as doubling your income.

(New York Times David Brookes March 29 2010)
Source == Pgs8, 32, 168  from Friedman, H. and L. Martin (2011). The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study. London – printed in the US, Hudson Street Press.

Charmaster Dolph Cooke of Biochar Industries said ” by unleashing peoples potential for learning and making learning curves a thing of the past, people from all walks of life can now enjoy rapid knowledge expansion coupled with the joy of brotherhood”.

Charmaster Dolph pointed out that like everything to be sustainable Biochar has to be done right starting local i.e. low temp charcoal + from dead or purpose grown trees, off- cuts by council in clearing for roads and power-lines, domestic tree trimming and so forth.  Not munching or wood-chipping up old growth forests etc. Plus Biochar can come from all sources even people, cane toads etc.

Biochar also releases gasses that can drive a vehicle and heat that can be used to heat another retort so its efficiency multiplies – Amazon Indians millennia ago developed the multiple retort idea (they would build it on a hill with the gasses moving upwards.  Tim Flannery considers Biochar to be almost a ‘magic pudding’.   Further Biochar has enormous benefits in the agricultural industry and lasts for centuries if not more – this is hugely more efficient than use of the current crop of agro-petro-fertilizers.

So Biochar has multiple uses (from carbon sequestration, to heat source, to fuel source, to fertilizer and so forth)  that indigenous peoples have recognised for millennia inc. the Australian Aboriginal and as such we have much to learn from following their sustainability practices.

1st Biochar action learning circle

1st Biochar action learning circle

To try and explain how Biochar Action Learning Circles work would be an enormous task something a kin to trying to explain how a human mind works.
however I can tell you how it does not work and perhaps from this glimpse you could start to comprehend why it is so easy and so successful.

Biochar Action Learning Circles Do not.
Lecture /  Preach / Force / Reward / Punish / Fear / Compete / Expect / Require / Stress / Mark / Compare / Assess / Control.

It took me a long time to try and figure out just how it works and I was really not getting anywhere until I decided to not try and analyse it and just Do it.

Then the magic happened. Its all about Process rather than content. Lets say Process makes up 90% and Content makes up 10% Biochar Action Learning circles makes use of all the wonderful computing power that the homoSapien Mind has on offer then times that by up to 10.

Nature our saviour

To get more of an idea on Biochar Action Learning Circles and how you can use the Action learning circles in your chosen field of experience go to BLAC hosted on Biocharproject.org or ring the creator Dr Paul Wildman on 0412027818 or Skype phwildman.

The most impressive thing I have ever seen was at the end of the Circle when the group was asked who would like to continue to keep the group going all seven hands went straight up. That’s a 100% result folks.

Proof to me the world is surely changing for the better.

Charmaster Dolph Cooke

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Biochar action learning circle northern rivers

biochar action learning circle

biochar action learning circle Blue Knob Hall Saturday 23rd July 2pm.

Here is a flyer. We only have space for 10 participants hurry and secure your spot.

biochar action learning circle flyer

This new method of group learning will increase your understanding of biochar and related sciences. It will give you enjoyment and a new social network with whom to interact with once you have finished.

Learning circles are not a new invention as they have been in Europe for a long time. Here in Australia thou we are usually told how to learn by some authority.

I guess this is a legacy from the convict days.

You will enjoy this way of learning because it has so much room for fun. It also cuts down the learning curve because its broken into bite sized chunks.

Charmaster Dolph

biochar action Learning Circle logo

Biochar Action Learning Circle