Matthew Slater is co-founder of Community Forge (http://communityforge.net/), and has been building LETS and Timebanking software systems for five years. In this article he explores how ecovillages might benefit from improved economic cooperation.
GEN-International works trough three broad regional organisations: GEN Oceania and Asia (GENOA), the Ecovillage Network of the Americas (ENA), and GEN-Europe/Africa/Middle East. GEN-International is currently supporting the emergence of GEN-Africa and CASA (El Consejo de Asentamientos Sustentables de las Américas) as independent networks in order to make more visible the dynamic and impressive work already being done in Africa and South America.
In most Eco-Villages, the number of people aged 60+ is growing, and will continue to grow during the coming years. It is important for us all to embrace this part of life and give it its due value and appreciation. Elders in our western society are no longer valued the way they are in traditional cultures around the world. When this happens, the fulfillment and depth of the autumn and winter of a lifetime, the sharing of wisdom, experience, skills, and the slower, peaceful way of living of the Elders is lost for all generations. One task of the Elders is caring for the Indigo children and to protect their development from the many misunderstandings that occur. In order to connect with other elders from ecovillages worldwide, and to raise the voice of experience, Subhasha Bentley Born, and Bernadette Greiner founded GEN Elders, and share their views here.
For the first time, the Ecovillage Excellency Award was voted for publicly by all participants of the 2013 GEN Europe conference at the Schweibenalp Centre of Unity in Switzerland. With a large majority, the winner was NextGEN. Parallel to the GEN conference, international representatives of NextGEN were present and participated in the birth of the international co-ordination team. One of them was Linda Kabaira from Zimbabwe, NextGEN Africa.
´Gaia’s non-linear influence of coincidence can be trusted´, says Clinton Callahan, speaker and workshop facilitator at the 2013 GEN Europe conference. This is one of twelve attitude shifts, he has found so far, that can strengthen a person's ability to contribute, both locally and globally, to human co-evolution through the Global Ecovillage Network.
Draft notes of a deepening conversation.
Earth Deeds encourages carbon consciousness - and is, at the same time, a fundraising tool with the potential to engage and support ecovillages around the world. Earth Deeds offers online tools for measuring and then transforming environmental impacts through supporting sustainability projects. By Daniel Greenburg.
The SCOPE programme in Zimbabwe is undergoing a process of launching the revamped, integrated land use design (ILUD) tool, after undergoing a re-strategising process that saw the organization shifting from just the ecological learning aspects to incorporate a phase which can be called 'grounding'. It involves the community elders imparting the historical, traditional knowledge to the young people. This phase is designed to build on the experiences and lessons learnt from implementing the ILUD/ permaculture programme in schools since 1994. Linda Kabaira from NextGEN Africa reports.
Communities are models of sustainable living in both cities and rural areas. The Global Ecovillage Network offers a network meeting as a platform to get to know each other, to exchange knowledge and to connect. The next meeting will take place from the 8th -10th of November, 2013, in the ecovillage Schloss Tempelhof.
In 2005, a group of people from all over Italy started to meet on the Internet with the intention of discussing the outcomes of some previous local currency experiences. They predicted the impending financial crisis and wanted to create a system that helped to make the regions and communities economically sustainable. This led, two years later, to the birth of the SCEC - Italian acronym for “solidarity that walks”. Ethel Chiodelli reports.
SCEC is not exactly a local currency, but rather a discount that circulates, adding, and at the same time, anchoring purchasing power to local communities. The SCEC is freely issued to all the members of the association at Euro face value, although it is not redeemable in Euros. In addition to the notes, an online electronic version has been created, facilitating internet transactions both on computers and smart phones. The ultimate purpose is to restore social cohesion, fostering economic relationships of reciprocity and trust.
While the regime in China controls the lives and ways of thinking of its inhabitants, there are still people who feel the call to take action, walk their dream and be the change; creating a sustainable lifestyle which they believe will not only benefit themselves but also Nature. 'The Second Home of Lifechanyuan' is the first ecovillage in China. Our author, Conglong, sees in it the beautiful and promising future of humanity.
In Thailand, another exciting cooperative initiative between government - or stakeholders - of the South with the Global Ecovillage Network has commenced. GEN representatives join hands with ETA (Ecovillage Transition Asia), to support ecovillage strategies for sustainable development in South East Asia. Jane Rasbash and Kosha Joubert report.