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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 24 2013: I agree this is a big solution to a big problem yet there are small local solutions also handled by the Joel Salatin methods of pairing animals to create the same effects seen in the grassland that Alan Savory shows, which are Permaculturally applied with no pathology in any of the process of land management, creating deep mulches appropriately designed by Joel with deep feather bedding, having chickens on mobile tractors to scratch & eat insects where the cattle are selectively grazing in a very small portion of his 600 acre tract & moved in tandem while in the coop rabbits run & fertilize the deep beds of feathers below, & water is gravity fed with no machines or pumps necessary. Or Geoff Lawton who greened the desert by observing permaculture principles of swales on contour instead of engineer-straight lines, setting sheet mulch thick & planting 7 succession layers from below ground tubers to tall trees appropriately over the swales to bring back mushrooms, figs & water in Jordan where digging more than 20 feet down yielded salt in meager water deeply found to no potable use, also finding in rehabilitation of the desert that salt had been encapsulated to neutralize its effects in the water. So here we can count on big solutions & small, appropriate solutions all, that together can save the world. Our tiny local individual gardens as well can contribute to greening & desertification; all land can follow the same principle of being covered by deep sheet mulches, worms, green manures & compost layers from everyday life, sowing with perennials & companion planting in guilds that offer maximum local slow solutions to sink all local water into the ground & rain gardens via curb cuts in overdeveloped roads instead of channeling stormwater underground into dying streams lakes & rivers. We all can learn Permaculture methods & EcoMachines, place small & large solutions in our town & city Comprehensive plans & apply them in rural & underdeveloped areas at minimal cost.

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