Steve jones, director and head of studies


Permaculture is a powerful tool for solving problems. With permaculture design as a tool we can create mutually beneficial relationships, which help commuities meet their own needs. Permaculture allows people to connect and build relationships with the surrounding community and landscape through effective resource managment. Permaculture will also prove to be a powerful tool in helping populations adapt the changing conditions brought about by climate change and economic and civil changes and migrations that will come about about because of it.

Sector39 have spent time thinking more deeply about how we can communicate theseideas in a practical way, without losing the inner value. How can permaculture education work in a peer-peer learning model without it becoming ‘chinese whipsers’ and the meaning lost along the way?

Steve Jones, Director has more than 30 years practical permaculture experience and created S39 in 2006 as a vehicle to bring together permaculture enthusiasts adn to develop projects and courses.

Should teachers be regulated, and how much? Should there be formal qualifications and if so by whom and how would they be policed?

Here in the UK the Permaculture Association oversees permaculture education, and they have helped permaculture education reach a more mature state, but for rapid growth the institutions musn’t be there to slow things down or get in the way. Can we allow that to happen and quality control the trainees and teachers we are producing at the same time?

We have taken the simple approach that if all of our trainees build an online portfolio of their work, then we can all interact and comment on each others work and create a self regulating community, whilst building a body of evidence we can all learn from.

Gerald Jagwe, finance and adminstration

Project Manager / Sustainability Consultant

Gerald is a proactive and versatile team player who combines a wealth of experience and professional skills. He is very passionate about sustainability which explains his transition from Finance to Sustainability and Project Management . He has risen through the professional ranks right from an accounts clerk level to manager giving him a hands-on overview of the various organisational structures and processes which has been instrumental to the success of the numerous projects that he has been involved with. Prior to Joining Sector39 in his current role as Project Manager doubling as a senior Sustainability consultant, he worked with us as an In-country  Project Lead on the Refugee Permaculture and livelihoods project in Uganda as well as being a founding member of the Permaculture Research Institute of Uganda (PRI-Uganda) . He holds an Bachelors Degree  in Accounting , Practical Permaculture Design Course (PDC) (Sustainability), Certificate in Project management  and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

Stella Amuge, safeguarding and project evaluation

Stella Amuge is a student of project evaluation and holds a BA from Makarere University in Kampala in Development Studies. She hopes to carry on and complete a Masters.

Stella joined the team in 2020 as an intern and has since made herself indespensible to the organisation. Stella has great interviewing skills and has helped capture the outputs from the trainees, without which much of what we have here as evidence would not be known.

Feedback and evaluation is central to permaculture design, it is how we learn and move forward and Stella brings a vital ingredient to the work in helping us understand the longer impacts of the training and support we provide. Look forward to her audio interviews on here, they are always bright and engaging.

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