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 also see strong movements gaining momentum. One of them is the movement of ecovillages.
With this newsletter we want to take a reflective look back at 2016, to see, feel and understand what we, as the Global Ecovillage Network, have achieved; where we were challenged and where we are in the development of a global movement for ecological and social regeneration and healing. It is fascinating to read how the regions have developed.
We have demonstrated and lived Ecovillage principles and practices for many years now; witnessing the growing interest in communities and ecovillages as more and more people on the ground want to be part of a community, want to connect to the movement.
Now it seems increasingly that official and leading entities such as governments and global organisations are becoming aware that ecovillages may be a strategy that will support the common goals: restoring the climate, fighting poverty, restoring nature, saving resources and educating the younger generation in the skills mostly needed for the future.
Each one of these goals is supported by the core values of GEN: creating a field of community, of mutual trust and shared responsibility. Community on all levels: with neighbors, in the villages and cities, among co-operation partners and global allies. The Global Ecovillage Network is based upon this experience of community... of common unity, and it is being practiced and trained in each of the ecovillages, initiatives and communities that form GEN.
It is time to look back and say thank you to all who are part of this network, all the volunteers and professionals, all the community members, helpers and activists who have dedicated so much effort, time and love for its development; and to look forward to this dedication bearing fruit for many generations to come.
Leila Dregger, Kosha Anja Joubert
Editor: Jenefer Bell
Improving on the Core Structure
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Challenges and Actions in 2016
|Alfonso Flaquer, Communication Officer at GEN-Europe Office in Arterra, reports 2016 was a year both celebratory and challenging for GEN Europe on organisational and financial levels. After twenty years, our network is bubbling with myriads of initiatives every year, hundreds of projects pointing...|
the Global aspect of GEN - from caterpillar to butterfly!
|Since its 20th birthday party, celebrated at the GEN+20 Summit in Findhorn in July 2015, GEN has gone through a deep process of transformation and seems to have arrived on a next level of its evolution. Kosha Anja Joubert, the Executive Director of GEN, was asked how the year unfolded for her. The...|
GEN Latin America
A Year in Review from CASA
|Jennifer Trujillo Obando from CASA, the GEN Network of Latin America, reports. CASA Latina, legally established in October this year in Colombia, is emerging as a pioneer organization in Latin-America to implement Sociocracy as a dynamic form of governance within the context of conventional legal...|
GEN North America
Accomplishments in 2016
|Cynthia Tina - GEN Trustee and GENNA International Coordinator reports. Collaboration continues to deepen among the partner organizations that comprise GENNA, which is currently GEN-US, the Fellowship for Intentional Community, and NextGEN North America. North America is a unique region in the fact...|
From Deeper Levels of Insight
|Trudy Juriansz shares about GEN Oceania and Asia. Two of GENOA’s key objectives for 2016 were to develop more authentic and trusting exchanges, and organize activities and initiatives from deeper levels of insight. We were able to do this through convergence, community building and through being...|