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Campaign to get the UN to offer training to livestock owners and landowners in Allan Savory's Holistic Management techniques.

The biggest challenge in implementing Allan's ideas and methods is to get livestock owners and land managers to take up these ideas. To my knowledge Allan's TED talk might be the biggest platform this method and idea has ever had.
Allan and Holistic Management International have a huge amount of resources and teaching methods that they have developed to help people implement this very simple solution. Much of this is documented in Allan's two books as well as other material. However they would not appear to be especially well funded and the cost of the training is reasonably high.
The TED community has the opportunity to ride on the back of the interest this talk will hopefully spark and start a campaign get the UN and other large bodies to offer funding to Savory's organizations to train trainers. Currently the cost of training for Holistic Management International's Certified Educator Training Program is $7,700 which is comprehensive. According to the website there are only 19 approved mentors for this program.
The world is in desperate need of thousands of these educators who are able to spread the word and the ideas in their localities.
The cost of training 10,000 educators in this program would be $77,000,000. On a world scale this is nothing, but the impact these trainers would have would be incredibly far reaching and an extremely efficient use of money.

This is the biggest platform that THe Savory method has ever had and the if the TED community is able to in some way act on this, the results could potentially be astonishing!

Any ideas?


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  • Mar 6 2013: Christina,
    Thanks. I know the Kerr WMA well. I would say this land is amazing because it is moderately stocked. This is one of the advantages of science where stocking rate and grazing system is controlled for. These studies show that it is all about stocking rate rather than system. The Kerr area is outstanding but as a study it is extremely confounded.
    • Mar 6 2013: Hi Sam -

      I think you've made your point. You are one of Briske's colleagues and you share a firm and apparently unshakeable point of view. Despite comments from people with years and decades of experience that differ from yours, you are not going to change your mind. We get that.

      It is clear that no matter how many times others present well-supported evidence or point out that you, Briske, Holochek, et al. misunderstand and misrepresent Savory's work (intentionally or not), it will make no difference to you. It is also clear that you know all the arguments from the Holistic Management camp, you've interpreted them to suit your purposes with a win-the-debate-no-matter-what approach, and you've decided to reject them wholesale. That is, of course, your right.

      However, I for one would welcome thoughtful critique of Holistic Management based on actual empirical evidence - that is, impartial observation of actual practice by experienced rangeland practitioners like Jim Howell and Allan Savory himself. But until you are willing to do that, I would have to say that so far your contributions are, to use your derisive terminology (apologies), "extremely confounded."

      Perhaps you would consider a modicum of restraint, if not objectivity.


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