The Prize is awarded to those who bring the most impactful inspiration about ecovillages/ecovillage lifestyles into a broad audience, in the following categories:
Extraordinary Project (€3,000) – for ecovillage communities or projects
Exceptional Solution (€3,000) – for concrete sustainability solutions
Nominations are welcomed from anywhere in the world!
HOW TO APPLY
Nominations open on September 1st and will close on October 31st 2017.
A diverse panel of judges will meet and choose from a shortlist in November, and winners will be informed during the first week of December.
The awards will be presented in December 2017 in a public webinar where the two winners will have the chance to present their Extraordinary Project and Outstanding Solution!
For more information, contact GEN’s Networking Director: [email protected]
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF PROJECTS & SOLUTIONS
- Innovative character
- Alignment to and inspiration to new developments in GEN
- Capacity to report both visually and verbally to a high quality
- Close link to GEN (GEN member if applicable in their region)
- Appeal to a wider audience
- Aim for regional balance over the years
In 2004, Gaia Trust initiated the GAIA Excellence Award, given to a single European community who demonstrated admirable efforts to create a better world. The winner was chosen by the Council of GEN Europe, and was awarded at the annual GEN Europe Conference.
In the past years it shifted to being awarded to more than one project, and from more than one region (adding GEN Africa and also CASA). It was decided in the GEN Board that from 2016 onwards the Award will be a global one, and re-named ‘Hildur Jackson Award’, after GEN’s late founder.
The Común Tierra Project is a research of sustainable communities in Latin America (from Mexico to Brazil) which began in May 2010. Over a five year journey, Letícia Rigatti and Ryan Luckey have visited sustainable communities, ecovillages and permaculture centers documenting their ideas, creative techniques and tools that can be applied around the world. Común Tierra Project created a model for the use of multimedia documentation as a tool for project development, replication of successful solutions and network building. They have built a library of real-life success stories to inspire change-makers in local communities.
Better World Cameroon was founded in 1996 in Yaounde, Cameroon. Since that time this NGO has transitioned from the Ndanifor Community Garden Project in Yaoundé to Ndanifor Permaculture Ecovillage Demonstration Centre in Bafut which is inspiring climate adaptation in Cameroon, Africa and the international community. Better World Cameroon works on developing local regenerative agricultural strategies, using Permaculture processes to enhance the ecosystems, designing a model African intentional community for youth entrepreneurship and women empowerment, promoting local government action that drives innovative development of resilient food and water systems and self-organization for cultural heritage restoration, and creating social businesses and Cooperatives to sustain their work.
Read more about Better World Cameroon at betterworld-cameroon.com.
Arterra Bizimodu is a living space to experience sustainability in the 4 dimensions: ecology, economy, social and culture. Installed in an old rural college in Navarra, Basque Country, Spain, this co-housing project is the home of around 50 people, including 15 children, living in the almost 60 apartments in the building. Arterra is also developing a training space to develop new skills and the dissemination of tools towards a new way of life (Transition School), various permaculture and organic gardening projects, a variety of artsbased projects focused on music and sculpture, research projects in economics through a complementary currency (‘terrones’), and a social experiment in governance based on sociocracy.
Read more about Arterra Bizimodu at arterrabizimodu.org.
To see more past awards, visit the Gaia Trust Grants page.