GEN work

About GEN’s work

To provide information, tools, examples and representation to the expanding networks of those dedicated to developing and demonstrating sustainability principles and practices in their lifestyles and communities around the world. To coordinate the activities of a number of regional ecovillage networks around the world. To serve as an incubator and platform for international projects and initiatives those accelerate the shift to sustainable lifestyles and more resilient society.

Ecovillage Transition Strategies

Building on 20 successful years of global networking, sustainable development, and education, GEN is ready to scale up its partnerships with governments, NGOs, and donors to implement policies and solutions at local, regional, and international levels.  In addition to five-year goals and targets, GEN is implementing an ecovillage transitions strategy using the following Adaptive Governance Cycle.


Part of GEN's work is to create Educational opportunities within and about Ecovillages. GEN does this through several modalities, which it is continuing to develop. GEN partners with Gaia Education to promote its educational work in the world.

In collaboration with Gaia Education, GEN has set an impressive Target Goal for 2020 to educate at least 10.000 persons annually in its GEN Global Education Program (4-week Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) courses, 5-day Ecovillage Incubator courses, 2-day GEN-Introduction courses, 5-day GEN Green Solutions and 5-day Social Solutions courses around the world.

UN Advocacy

Since 2000 GEN has had consultative status at the UN-Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) commission, and is represented at regular briefing sessions at UN Headquarters. GEN is also a partner of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, UNITAR.

The Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC means GEN has a special competence in, and is concerned specifically with some of the fields of activity covered by ECOSOC. This status gives GEN the chance to join in the work of various committees relevant to its concerns to promote sustainable communities and practices worldwide.


  • The Network of Eco-Villages and Eclogical Projects in Israel Gives Birth to GEN-Israel

    The first public event of GEN-Israel, an all-day conference, was held on November 23 at Kibbutz Gezer. Participants included Kosha Joubert, president of GEN-International, Aida Shibli, coordinator...

  • For Sustainable Aid in Areas of Crisis

    In September, a group of specialists, entrepreneurs and representatives of aid organizations came together in Tamera to discuss the possibility of creating a "Blueprint" for coordinated aid...

  • Ecovillage Design Education Programme

    Ecovillage Design Education programmes, commonly referred to as 'EDEs', are a 125 hour courses which have been carried out over 190 times in more than 34 countries on six continents since 2006....

  • Building the Foundations of GEN Palestine

    Hakoritna Farm, one of the winners of the GEN Excellency Award 2014, co-hosted a meeting of GEN and Global Campus Palestine with the Palestine Technical University-Kadoorie, in order to meet...

  • My Friend, My Brother! The Salaayel Ecovillage Approach in Mauretania

    Severe droughts in recent years have had negative consequences, including impacts on the socio-economic life of our people. One of the most serious consequences was the exodus, which forced...

  • The Journey of a Refugee from Syria

    Wars, climate change, economic and social injustices, have made millions of people refugees, with thousands dying, stranded on the borders of Europe, or the United States. At the recent GEN...

  • Results, Challenges, and Consequences

    From December 10-14, 120 people from 40 countries met for the first International Ecovillage Summit in Senegal - sponsored by the German Foreign Ministry, and organized by GEN International....