Designing Our Solutions Course

Permaculture + Social Equity Team (P+SET), Marin City 

Marin County

An 8-week course was produced in partnership with Shore Up Marin to engage Marin City residents in grassroots resilience planning. Its goal was to build capacity and ecoliteracy on coastal adaptation planning in Marin City. The course was rooted in permaculture design principles and ethics that were used to support a regenerative, natural systems based, collective design process. Team with Shore Up Marin engaged 25-30 Marin City residents in an 8-week course called Designing Our Own Solutions. The residents learned about permaculture design and adaptation planning, shared their local knowledge about flooding and community needs, and developed maps highlighting opportunities to implement green infrastructure solutions to mitigate flooding. The residents prioritized potential projects and developed a People’s Plan outlining next steps. The course culminated in a celebration where local leaders and regional stakeholders were invited to view the community’s People’s Plan for a more resilient Marin City.

Your Turn 

Recruit participants from the community and co-develop the course with participants as it progresses. Emphasize and support development of local knowledge and value community members as equal designers.