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Tammy Turner

Tammy Turner topic: Permaculture and Indigenous Communities in Taiwan
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background Tammy Turner, originally from the U.S., began her adventure in Taiwan studying Chinese in 1986. She went on to become one of Taiwan's best known translators and co-founder/senior partner of Pristine Communications, a highly regarded multilingual media services company. In addition to her entrepreneurial activities in the communications field, Turner is an ardent student of Taiwan's natural environment and a strong supporter of social and environmental justice groups in Taiwan. She also has worked as an international communications consultant to the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Dept. of Investment Services and the Environmental Protection Administration's Legal Affairs Dept. for the last five years. Turner is now focusing her energy on promoting Permaculture and social enterprise in Taiwan through community education and development projects, which is the basis of her work with the recently formed Taiwan Indigenous Enterprise and Economic Development Association and the Taipei Indigenous Community College.
abstract Permaculture design encourages the revaluing of local ecological wisdom and practices, which naturally exists with many of the world's indigenous peoples. The greatest challenge, however, is in preserving indigenous cultures themselves, which are the living systems in which such practices exist. Permaculture provides an excellent opportunity for understanding and appreciating the wisdom of traditional ways, which can be a powerful impetus for cultural preservation. Taiwan's indigenous communities thus have embarked on educational and ecotourism programs specific to their cultural contexts that incorporate permaculture principles.

Educational Background

  • University of California, Irvine (UCI), major Biological Sciences major, minor Humanities (1981-1985)

Professional Training

  • Business & You, Seminar for Professional and Personal Development, Participant and Facilitator (1992, 2002)
  • Institute for Cultural Affairs, Technology of Participation, Workshop on Group Facilitation Methodologies (1998, 2008)
  • Resonance Repatterning, Facilitation Methodology, Levels 1-3 (1997-2000)
  • Permaculture (2007)

Expertise

  • Multicultural Communication
  • Internet Technology
  • Sustainable Development and Community Building
  • Taiwan's Investment and Environmental Policies

Professional Experience

Current

  • Pristine Communications) (1990-2008)
  • Invest in Taiwan
  • Taiwan Environmental Law Library

Previous

  • Asia Online Taiwan, Chief Marketing Officer (1996-1998)
  • Marketing Director, Taiwan internet start-up (1994-1995)
  • Team-Mate, an Ogilvy direct marketing firm) (1992-1994)

Interests

  • Indigenous Cultures
  • The Natural Environment in All Her Beauty
  • Hiking and Trekking
  • Permaculture Design