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.

Education

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.

News

  • Inspiration for the End: "Free Your Choice" - the Great Unification

    Yan Golding, a yoga instructor, permaculture teacher, dancer, and community builder, co-founded a pioneering eco-community called Khula Dhamma in South Africa, organised and co-facilitated the...

  • Change and Innovation in GEN: Results of the EU research project TRANSIT

    Ecovillages are fascinating experiments, Iris Kunze first came across them in 1996. Ever since then, she has been keeping in touch with the ecovillage movement motivated by researching and...

  • California: Celebrating and Honouring Water

    A pilgrimage in California called Walking Water will spotlight humanity’s relationship to water and invite people to co-create solutions that are pivotal to the wellbeing of all life on Earth. GEN...

  • Sociocracy in North American Ecovillages and Intentional Communities

    Sociocracy — which means “governance by peers or colleagues” (sometimes called “Dynamic Governance”) in the US — is an increasingly popular governance and decision-making method based on the...

  • Argentina: 13-day Wavespells at VelaTropa

    In front of the largest football stadium in Argentina lies an intentionally sustainable community. This is the ecovillage VelaTropa, located in the city of Buenos Aires, on the other side of the...

  • Latin America: The 9th Call of the Mountain - Setting a Pace for our Social Movement

    In January, at the South of Colombia, at the very heart of the country’s conflict zone, ecovillagers, indigenous, afrodescendants, peasants and citizens were all together dancing, communicating,...

  • Siddarth Ecovillage, India: Young Tribal Girls Become Barefoot Organic Agricultural Scientists

    Jyotshna, Gurbari and Meena, three Munda tribal girls never thought that in their adolescence they would be appreciated in their own village for bringing transformation into conventional...