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GEN International Newsletter Summer 2016

Seeds of hope and abundance from Africa

Seeds of hope and abundance from Africa Dear Friends, We are delighted to bring you the GEN International newsletter. Leila Dregger did a fantastic job eliciting news from the GEN networks for the past four years – and it is with great gratitude to her and Maya Norton, our Communications Director, that we welcome the renewal of GEN’s positive flow of news from communities... Read Newsletter

GEN International Newsletter January 2016

The two major crises of our time

Dear friends of ecovillages, dear ambassadors, members, allies throughout the world, Two major crises of our time - climate change and the refugee crisis – are intertwining to reach historical dimensions. People the world over - and all beings of nature – are existentially threatened, with nowhere to turn to. Climate change, in the guise of a long-term drought from 2006-... Read Newsletter

GEN International Newsletter September 2015

Ecovillages Responding to Disasters and Crises

Dear Friends and Members of GEN, Dear change-makers throughout the world, With thousands of refugees and migrants arriving on the shores of Europe on a daily basis, the pain and crises in the world are becoming increasingly impossible to ignore, even in those regions which have felt relatively sheltered for a long time.  It is a precious moment in history: the... Read Newsletter

GEN International Newsletter June 2015

Celebrating 20 Years of the Global Ecovillage Network

20 years ago, a group around the Danish couple Hildur and Ross Jackson founded the Global Ecovillage Network, launched at an Ecovillage Conference at Findhorn. They understood that the power of communities and ecovillages to love, work with and regenerate the life systems that they are a part of is essential to building a sane and sustainable culture. From that insight, it... Read Newsletter

GEN International Newsletter March 2015

Celebrating 20 Years of the Global Ecovillage Network

We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future. To move forward we must recognise that, in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms, we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. Established in Findhorn in 1995, the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) today connects more than 10,000... Read Newsletter

GEN International Newsletter January 2015

Ecovillage Transition Strategies for Whole Systems Change

Dear GEN-Network, dear friends of ecovillages in the world, The Global Ecovillage Network was founded in Findhorn, Scotland in 1995. Gaia Education grew out of GEN and was founded in 2005. This year, GEN and Gaia Education will celebrate our 10th and 20th anniversaries together. From 6-11 July 2015, we will return to Findhorn for a focused time of reflection: where has GEN... Read Newsletter

GEN International Newsletter September 2014

Giving Birth in Community

Dear Friends of the Global Ecovillage Network! Is there a more crucial, more powerful and more challenging moment in a lifetime than giving birth? The way that we are born into this world, the way our parents conceive, give birth, and raise us, forms and influences us our whole lives. In previous times, women passed the knowledge about midwifery from generation to generation... Read Newsletter

GEN International Newsletter June 2014

Ecovillages and Food Sovereignty

Welcome to the GEN Newsletter on Food Sovereignty! The agro-industry, coupled with rising food prices and food speculation, directly contributes to the current global ecological and economical crises. Currently, 800 million people in our world do not have enough to eat, and 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry. (http://www.wfp.org/hunger/stats)... Read Newsletter

GEN International Newsletter March 2014

Ecovillages Empowering Women

Dear Friends of Ecovillages Worldwide, "Ecovillages Empowering Women" is the theme of this GEN Newsletter. The situation of women worldwide still can make us cry when we think of it. Cry for joy at the courage, strength and determination of women to live life in love and peace. Cry with the shared pain of the many situations that still prevent women and children from living... Read Newsletter

GEN International Newsletter December 2013

Let's work with the self-organising power of love

Dear friends of ecovillages worldwide We are putting together the last words for this newsletter during the GEN Africa Conference in Kenya. For five days we have heard, seen and shared with upcoming African leaders: young people from slums, who are empowering themselves through art and self created job opportunities, food sovereignty and energy autonomy; well educated... Read Newsletter

GEN International Newsletter September 2013

GEN Autumn Newsletter

Dear readers, friends of Ecovillages, and media partners,  Thank you again for your wonderful contributions.  We see and feel how alive this network is. This time we have been sent several articles about economy in ecovillages.  Today´s finance systems are responsible for the exploitation and 'growth beyond measure' that is destroying our planet. Its laws,... Read Newsletter

GEN International Newsletter June 2013

It takes a whole village to raise a child

Dear Friends of the Global Ecovillage Network On the verge of two major conferences about ecovillages and sustainable communities, the GEN Conference in Schweibenalp, Switzerland, (7-12 July), and the ICSA Conference (International Communal Studies Association) in Findhorn, Scotland (26-28 June), we send you the GEN International newsletter with current information, stories... Read Newsletter

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