Laura Valdés Kuri

Ashoka Fellow
Cuernavaca, Mexico
Fellow Since 2000


This profile was prepared when Laura Valdés Kuri was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
The New Idea
Permaculture—a system of perennial agriculture emphasizing the use of renewable natural resources and the enrichment of local ecosystems—is not new in Mexico. However, the school Laura has created is the first such place in Mexico for the formal study of permaculture.

Additionally, Laura’s emphasis is to capitalize on the work of those experts already in the field. The school brings together the major national and international environmental educators and activists for formal training. Coursework includes eco-technology, renewable energies, permaculture design, conflict resolution, group management, and group facilitation. The school provides training but also a space for the leaders to meet and strategize. The school building also provides the opportunity to create a resource library with bioregional maps, environmental videos, books, and a document center on environment and related subjects. The library offers environmental diagnostic services and is a materials resource for environmental fairs and conferences. Experts affiliated with the school also offer consulting in consensus building, group facilitation and conflict resolution. This national and international convergence of minds and materials increases opportunities for coordinated and creative strategizing.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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