Opening address: Anni Macbeth - International Futurist and Trend Forecaster.

Anni works with individuals and communities toward creating a socially and environmentally sustainable world. Her life ethic is to “do my best to totally walk my talk of being value, not materialism, driven and to not work with economic rationalists to further the economic rationalism.”

Annimac has a richly diverse history, spanning forty years of experience on four continents, and is now based in future-orientated Western Australia. Her will share her insights into the trends that will shape our world.


Evening Speaker: Rob Hopkins

Rob is the founder of the Transition Movement. He has written four books on the Transition phenomenon, and achieved a doctorate for his study on localisation and resilience at a local level. He is a well-respected speaker, and in demand throughout the world. He is recognised as one of the top 100 environmentalists in the UK.



Keynote David Holmgren. “Retrosuburbia: revitalising the landscapes and communities that will raise the next generation”.

We are very pleased to announce that Permaculture co-originator David Holmgren will be presenting a keynote address on Wednesday morning at APC13.

His talk will focus on the following questions:

  • Why retrofitting, not new build, should be the focus of most permaculture design.
  • Why the suburbs should be the focus of most permaculture design.
  • Why building better households rather than houses should be a strategic focus of permaculture activism.
  • Why garden and urban agriculture has such a strong future in a world of climate chaos, peak energy and economic contraction.

David will highlight a very diverse range of DIY action in the suburbs with and without the permaculture label


Keynote Josh Byrne “Mainstream application of Permaculture principles in commercial and civic projects”.

Following on from David Holmgren’s opening address, Josh will showcase some of the projects his team have designed and implemented – from community gardens, adventure playgrounds and recreational playspace to large-scale housing developments and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Rob Hopkins, originator of the Transition Movement, is our keynote speaker on Tuesday evening (Oct 4). As Rob will not be physically present, he has agreed to deliver an address via skype and to then answer questions from the audience.

Only a select few will be allowed to ask a question, and you will be able to ask it directly to Rob. To become involved you will need to write your question and send it to the APC13 Convenor – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Ross will present your questions to the Committee who will decide the ten worthy winners. Please send your question by July 31, so these can be assessed and then sent to Rob so he is prepared on the night. All applicants will be notified of the outcome. Good luck to everyone.