The 14th annual Village Building Convergence

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 7:00pm - Sun, 06/01/2014 - 10:00pm

Ready to Re-Village the city? Then come to VBC14!  The Village Building Convergence is a 10-day place making and urban permaculture festival that transforms Portland, Oregon every year. Also known as the VBC, this event leaves a permanent, sustainable impact all across the city. As an expression of what communities all across the city are ready to do in their own places, the VBC brings together a vast spectrum of related initiatives, such as community currency, grass roots democracy, ecological design, youth engagement, social justice in-action, ecological stewardship, multi-modal transportation, and so much more!

During the 10 days of the VBC, nearly 40 communities all cross the city will be working to build a fabulous spectrum of community gathering places. From many new street piazza’s in underserved neighborhoods, to the most ecological forms of building and construction, we will retrofit our neighborhoods so that they become stronger, more resilient places where people walk and build their talk! Then, at the end of the day these same communities will gather at a central village venue that will rock with community-scale, local & organic meals, workshops, speakers, and music!

There will be all kinds of project types and methods, many including street interventions, natural building, public art, permaculture projects at all scales, urban design, community democracy, and tons of hands-on, educational workshops! Many schools will be activated to bring children together with local communities, and many more visionary businesses and communities that are also initiating projects and processes for beneficial change!

This year’s evening speakers & performers will include:
•    Jon Young, Acclaimed Leader in the Field of Naturalist-Mentorship.
•    Pandora Thomas, Restorative Justice Leader using Permaculture Techniques.
•    Colored Pencils, Diverse Communities Taking The Stage.
•    Marisha Auerbach, NW Leader in Permaculture Education & Action
•    Leon Smith, Youth Gathering Designer Using Nature-Based Practices.
•    Community Supported Everything, Leading Dialogues On How To Transform.
•    Amanda Rain, Leading Community Organizer, Dialogues on Privilege and Power
•    Judy Bluehourse  & Rain Crowe: PSU Student Panel Dialogue on Respect, Cultural Sharing and Indigenous Perspectives
•    Sid Samberg, Chicago Bioneers Eco-Pianist
•    Also, many popular regional bands are being scheduled NOW!
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