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Auroville needs our help!

Tue, 01/11/2022 - 15:44

What’s going on in Auroville? Currently Auroville, an intentional township in South India, is facing an extremely difficult struggle within its community. Some of our forests, watersheds, and homes are subject to threat due to a contentious interpretation of the town’s development plan. On December 4th, the Auroville Town Development Council started bulldozing trees, despite …

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Ecovillage & Substack Recommendations

Fri, 11/19/2021 - 13:01

An ecovillage is a microcosm of creation; for those who live in it and share in its way of life, it becomes a world unto itself, in which the whole order of existence is related from part to whole. By definition, an ecovillage is a group of people committed to living together as a community, …

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GEN at COP26: the time for climate action is now!

Tue, 11/09/2021 - 10:39

I am writing this from within the COP26 Blue Zone, in the middle of a day full of meetings with Governments and partner organisations all interested in applying and scaling the ecovillage model in different ways. GEN is at COP26 to create visibility for the ecovillage approach to a sustainable present and future, to nurture …

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GEN at COP26: Collective solution to the climate change emergency

Tue, 11/09/2021 - 04:41

My first impression of COP26 is that the energy here in Glasgow is very intense. I’ve bounced between feeling small and then, suddenly, very empowered, embracing my opportunities to be an individual who is part of the collective solution to the climate change emergency. My name is Irene, I’m now volunteering for GEN International’s Communications …

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Twinning João de Barro: Co-bioconstruindo

Thu, 11/04/2021 - 14:55

Ecovila Nomade / Instituto Çarakura (Brazil) & Ecovila La Rosina (Spain) With macro goals of enhancing natural buildings on the two properties, it was the underlying goals of ensuring comfortable and welcoming spaces for volunteers and guests that really motivated these two teams from Brazil and Spain. Beyond the physical manifestations, as we’ve witnessed with …

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Meet GEN’s new Team Members

Fri, 10/15/2021 - 02:05

For several years, the GEN head office in Findhorn has had the privilege of welcoming a youth perspective from participants from across Europe thanks to the European Solidarity Corps (ESC, previously called European Voluntary Service). Funded by the European Union, it facilitates opportunities for 18 to 30 year olds to contribute to community initiatives while …

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GEN Research featured in the book ‘Climate Adaptation: Accounts of Resilience, Self-Sufficiency and Systems Change’

Thu, 10/14/2021 - 14:32

As part of the GEN Research group, Dr. Rebeca Roysen and Dr. Anne-Kathrin Schwab published an article about the transformative potential of Ecovillages for rural areas in the Climate Adaptation focused book which will be launched at COP26. The book looks at case studies for adaptation around the world and strikes a balance between hope …

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Connecting communities and academia for a regenerative world: The EVIST Research Project

Thu, 10/14/2021 - 13:32

Rebeca Roysen is a member of Instituto Biorregional do Cerrado, an ecovillage in Brazil, and also an active member of the GEN Research Group and of the CASA Brasil Research Circle. This year, she was appointed Coordinator of a four-year research project called “Ecovillages as Incubators for Sustainability Transitions” (EVIST), supervised by Prof. Dr. Jens …

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Hildur Jackson Award 2021 winner: Global Permayouth Project

Thu, 10/07/2021 - 01:00

The Global Permayouth Project is the winner of the 2021 Hildur Jackson Award for Extraordinary Project! The Hildur Jackson Award is a €3,000 annual prize that supports and honours projects around the world that demonstrate regenerative best-practices in all dimensions of sustainability. The prize is awarded to projects bringing the most impactful inspiration about ecovillages/ecovillage …

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GEN at COP26

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 14:33

We’re entering crucial months for the future of humanity! The world is preparing for COP26, the UN Climate Conference in November. The Global Ecovillage Network will send a small delegation to advocate for the ecovillage pathway of regeneration, and we need your support. We want to hear from you! What message would you like the …

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Vidalia Ecovillage, Spain, Building the new normal!

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 23:00

This is the story of Ben. His journey took him to Vidalia Ecovillage in Spain, where he explored community and human relations through the flow of dance. Building the new normal! The climate crisis has emerged because the growing human community has taken more than was sustainable. With our natural resources depleting and more and …

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Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) is a success!

Thu, 08/26/2021 - 21:42

Celebrating with you the first Ecovillage Design Education LIVE Online Programme which turned out to be a great success. Coordinated and facilitated by two experienced EDE trainers: Taisa Mattos and Macaco Tamerice, with well-known guest trainers from the Ecovillage Movement, from 14 different countries, including some of the GEESE, such as: Kosha Joubert, May East, …

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Help us choose the Hildur Jackson Award 2021 winner!

Thu, 08/19/2021 - 20:43

We are absolutely thrilled to share with you the 10 finalists of the Hildur Jackson Award! The jury has had a challenging time deliberating, as we have received outstanding 25 applications from 18 countries and across all of the 5 regions. Together with Gaia Trust, GEN developed the Hildur Jackson Award, a €3,000 annual prize …

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Ecovillage in Vietnam Building the New Normal!

Wed, 08/11/2021 - 17:51

Today we unite for a celebration of generosity, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform the world. Xóm Bắc Cầu Ecovillage, Vietnam This is the story of Émilie, who, together with architect Franscesco and teacher Hieu and many other volunteers, has given life to Xóm Bắc Cầu to spread sustainable community living in …

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Moray Ecovillage Development

Tue, 08/10/2021 - 05:13

A Model for Sustainable Community Building in Scotland Based in Moray, North East Scotland, the Moray Ecovillage Development Project was the Moray LEADER-Funded transnational learning exchange project between three Showcase Scottish communities and two international ecovillages Kilden (Hurdal, Norway) & Schloss Tonndorf (Germany).  It was delivered by the grant holder Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and …

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Twining for better engaged community, water and financial sustainability, creating wider impact: Govardhan (India) and Kibbutz Gezer (Israel)

Thu, 07/08/2021 - 11:30

Starting with an appreciation for the diverse cultural background and geographic contexts of the partners, these twins relied on open communication and a shared vision for better-engaged communities along with ecological and financial sustainability. Through community profiling, they shared a learning journey to understand the different approaches to community processes, decision making, and strategic planning. …

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Our Annual Report 2020 is here!

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 05:18

“This gathering of human and non-human beings has never happened before and will never happen again.”             – Charles Eisenstein, GEN Online Summit. As GEN celebrated our 25th year in 2020, and all the contributions that lead us here, no one could imagine the uncertainty the world would face. While gathering …

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“Terra Preta Composting Twin Toilets” Collaboration: Nuestra Finca Sagrada (Nicaragua) & Familia Feliz (Spain)

Wed, 06/02/2021 - 11:58

Turning a challenge into an opportunity, this collaboration addressed the realities of rural living with no plumbing or access to groundwater. As water scarcity increases and soil health depletes, partners creatively saw human excretion as an opportunity to re-value and re-purpose this raw material. Through the Terra Preta System (Dry Compost Toilet), a great low-tech …

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A Year After Winning the Hildur Jackson Award

Thu, 05/20/2021 - 06:03

In 2020, the Hildur Jackson Award jury welcomed a record number of 70 applications from across the globe. Celebrating their diversity and commitment to the network, we honoured the top 10 projects, communities, and ecovillages, giving special mention to the top 2, and selected one official ‘winner’ of the Award. We caught up with the …

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GAIA Netherlands will facilitate a blended (online and in person) EDE, Ecovillage Design Education course

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 15:59

Living differently, more sustainably, and with more meaning: that is something that more people want. How to achieve this is usually an inner quest, often full of questions, alone or with others. The Ecovillage Design Education course helps to map out these questions and to find appropriate sustainable solutions, facilitated by those who’ve been on …

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