The Ecovillage Resilience project gathers all GEN Regions and 20 communities from around the world to explore resilience, adaptation and transformation in a >+2.5 degrees global warming scenario.
Are you an ecovillage that wants to take part in this project by becoming a local case study? Are you passionate about your mission and want explore how to safeguard your own future and that of others? Read about the project below and then find out more and apply to be a partner in the project here! (Deadline to apply 24 August)
Ecovillages model the sustainable societies we want to bring into existence. We integrate social, ecological, economic and cultural regeneration as well as both inner and outer transformation. For decades, we experimented with ways of avoiding social and ecological unravelling thorugh creating joyful alternatives. Now, what we worked to avoid seems more and more unavoidable.
- How can ecovillages strengthen their practices to prepare for potential climate change scenarios while amplifying their collective impact and transformative capacity?
- How can they enliven and foster more resilience and reciprocity within their social-ecological systems?
- What are their biggest gifts for others seeking ways forward?
In this project, generously funded by the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, we will seek answers to these questions, and more. Blending an online international Community of Practice, local case studies and workshops, and the support of experts from within as well as outside of the network, we are following a path made up of four strands:
A resilience assessment of ecovillages and key ecovillage practises
Participatory research and analysis of existing ecovillages and their practises in light of a 2.5 degree or more scenario, highlighting strengths and weaknesses, evaluating current practises and giving insight into how these can be replaced or adapted.
A deep-dive into the reality of a 2.5+ degree or hothouse Earth
Facilitated spaces for feeling, sensing and emergence, taking in and digesting the implications of a 2.5+ degrees scenario for our ways of life, and tracking which inner and group capacites we can nurture together to stay present and able to act when facing challenging situations.
Visions and Pathways for Ecovillages in 2040
Based on our research as well as sensing, a collaborative envisioning for what an ecovillage will need to look like in 2040, creating new narratives of change and pathways of action.
Creation of ‘Ecovillages 2040’ capacity building and dissemination resources
Building resources to support and increase the resilience of current and future communities both during and after the project is over.
Core Project Team
GEN’s Education Director and Online Learning Lead passionate about about lifelong education, greening schools and permaculture design.
Internationally renowned expert in community resilience assessments and Senior Research Fellow at Resilience Alliance.
GEN’s Director and the initiator of the project, cocreator of the ecovillage impact assessment and researchers of localisation and community-building as tools for autonomy and change.
Expert facilitator of transformative change processes pursuing a PhD doing action research to develop methodologies for creating social fields of coherence. Creative steward at Collective Transitions
A visionary syntheiser supporting groups to surface, understand and integrate deeper dynamics, patterns and learning. Creative architect at Collective Transitions.
A whole systems design facilitator and previous networking director at GEN, specialising in ecovillage, permaculture and analog forestry design, and supporting communities, especially women and youth, in practicing regenerative solutions.