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GEN International Newsletter February 2017

Community: Nature’s secret to evolutionary success

As we reflect on the current ecological, societal, political, economic and spiritual circumstances in the present day, it is clear that the need for reorganization is upon us.  A time of creation, of course, is equally a time of destruction.  We breathe life into new models by stepping into them, and old model dissolve as we step out of them, though for a time we... Read Newsletter

GEN International Newsletter January 2017

2016- A Year in Review

Dear friends of ecovillages, The past year has seen global developments which nobody could have forseen just one year ago: Who would have thought that the majority of Great Britains population voted to leave the European Community? Very few thought that Donald Trump would have a chance to become president of the United States. However, besides of the depressing news, we... Read Newsletter

GEN International Newsletter December 2016

GEN @ COP22: Reflections from the Climate Conference in Morocco

Dear Friends of Ecovillages Worldwide, The eyes of the world have been on the United States of America in the past months. The election of a president who undermines basic democratic and human rights, denies human impacts on climate change, threatens the expulsion of refugees and immigrants, and comes into office without previous political experience, has shocked and... Read Newsletter

GEN International Newsletter November 2016

GEN at COP22: Ecovillages the solution to climate change

Dear Friends, This newsletter comes to you from the COP22 in Marrakech, where twenty GEN Delegates – financed through Climate Funds of the German Foreign Ministry – are reaching out to both governments and like-minded NGO’s. You can follow our activities on Facebook or at In the face of increasing climate change, thousands of ecovillages around the world... Read Newsletter

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. ( Read Newsletter