Project co-founder and lead - Ecovillage Resilience +2.5 and Kincentric Leadership through the Polycrisis
GEN Staff, GEN Trainer, GEN Consultant
Anna is dedicated to exploring community as a tool for resilience, regeneration, and liberation. She is currently the co-founder lead of two initiatives - Ecovillage Resilience 2.5+, doing participatory research with 20 communities about resilience in the face of catastrophic climate change; and Kincentric Leadership through the Polycrisis, supporting leaders to integrate the more than human world in their strategies and activities. Anna previously served as the Lead of GEN's strategy and coordination circles as wel as its Education and Research Director. She is the lead developer of the Ecovillage Impact Assessment, co-developer and facilitator of the European Ecovillage Incubator, Ecovillage Design Cards, GEN Training of Trainers and many other courses and projects in the field of regenerative community design and social innovation and entrepreneurship. In line with her passion for social experimentation, collaboration and equity, she was also a driver behind the implementation of shared governance in the organisation and network.
Anna previously taught Social Anthropology at Lund University, Sweden, and did postgraduate research on localisation and community building as tools for social change. She is an alumnus of the Stockholm Resilience Centre LEAP programme for leadership, entrepreneurship and systems change and a Trustee of both Transition Network and Gaia Education.
After ten love-filled years as a member of the Findhorn Ecovillage and Community in Scotland, Anna now lives with many other creatures on a budding permaculture mountain farm in the French Pyrenees. Originally from Sweden, she has visited, worked with, or taught in more than 50 ecovillages on 4 continents.
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Coaching Supporting someone to become more effective in their own unique way
Coaching can support people to find their own way forward, own their own solutions and do the things that they say they intend to do … Read more
Ecovillages featured in IPCC report New report on mitigation emphasises the need for holistic, collaborative and networked responses
Earlier this month the International Panel for Climate Change, IPCC, published the final part of their Sixth Assessment Report, Mitigation of Climate change - featuring the Findhorn Ecovillage Community on the cover. The picture shows the East Whins cohousing cluster, part of the Findhorn ecovillage, with superinsulated adjoining homes built with ecological materials. The buildings face the equator for maximum solar gain. They are topped with solar PV and water heaters and have rain … Read more
BLAST – New Resources for Transformative Learning Blended Adult Learning for the Socio-Ecological Transition
Completing a 2 year collaboration, we are proud to launch a series of resources aiming to build capacity for blended and transformative learning for socio-ecological transition. These include: Guides to Blended Learning and Communities of PracticeA competency framework for trainers and community catalystsA Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion methodology All of which you can find below! Collaboration Partners BLAST was a strategic collaboration of transformative educators … Read more
GEN at COP26: the time for climate action is now! from GEN Education Director and Lead Link Anna Kovasana
I am writing this from within the COP26 Blue Zone, in the middle of a day full of meetings with Governments and partner organisations all interested in applying and scaling the ecovillage model in different ways. GEN is at COP26 to create visibility for the ecovillage approach to a sustainable present and future, to nurture existing and new relationships that enable GEN to scale and achieve our mission, to reaffirm and expand our agreements and commitments with Governments and partners in the … Read more
Ecovillage Design Education at Schloss Glarisegg Last chance to join!
The team of the Glarisegg EDE invites you to join their amazing 34 day exploration of how to be the change you want to see in the world - taking place from January 22 to February 25 2018 in the beautiful Schloss Glarisegg ecovillage in Switzerland. Sign up now to grab one of the last free spaces! This Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) course, certified by both Gaia Education and GEN, is named "Creating a Transformative Culture" highlighting a new way of being and acting that organically … Read more
EDE El Manzano – last chance to join this EDE in Chile Diseño Regenerativo para Communidades Resilientes y Sustenables
Comunidades Resilientes – por diseño Las herramientas en tus manos para el mundo que si queremos…más allá de la sustentabilidad, hacia sistemas integrados y una cultura regenerativa bioregional! Programme Details: Training dates: 13 January to 10 February 2018 Course language: Spanish Website: http://www.elmanzano.org Contact: Javiera Carrion at [email protected] … Read more
The NextGENOA EDE and Networking Conference A training and gathering for young change-makers from Asia and Oceania
You are warmly invited to join and support this intensive training and gathering of young Asian and Oceanian change-makers on the topic of holistic approaches to sustainability! Both training and conference take place at the Gaia Ashram in Thailand, one of the operational homes of NextGENOA, GEN Oceania and Asia's youth branch. You can read more about the location and programme here. To make it easier and accessible for young people to attend the programs, NextGENOA are woking to keep … Read more
Free GEN Webinar December 19, 18.00 GMT – Meet the Winners of the 2017 Hildur Jackson Award! - Inspiration From This Year's Most Impactful Ecovillage Projects and Solutions
The Global Ecovillage Network is made up of thousands of individuals and communities all over the world, innovating, rediscovering and implementing regenerative, just and pioneering ways of living together. The Hildur Jackson Award is given to extraordinary projects and exceptional solutions that bring the most impactful inspiration about ecovillages/ecovillage lifestyles into a broad audience. Join us in this free webinar to hear the jury announce this year's winners, meet the winners … Read more
GEN Webinar: Catalysing Community Power for a Regenerative Future – with Kosha Joubert Wednesday May 3, 6 PM BST (British Summer Time)
GEN: Catalysing Community Power for a Regenerative Future - with Kosha Joubert Wednesday May 3, 6 PM BST (British Summer Time) - see you local time here Get your link to join! - https://zoom.us/webinar/register/4f48ca0b832855ddc5b9141539e44ee6 What is an ecovillage, and what kind of networks exist to represent and amplify their voices? Join the Global Ecovillage Network’s Executive Director Kosha Joubert to discuss what GEN is, what kind of work ecovillages are doing around the world, and … Read more
Intentional Ecovillages and Their Role in Global Transformation – Join Sabine Lichtenfels and Macaco Tamerice in an open GEN Webinar
Intentional Ecovillages and Their Role in Global Transformation - with Sabine Lichtenfels and Macaco Tamerice Thursday, 20 April 18:00 BST (British Summer Time) - Find your timezone here Register here and get your link to join! Ecovillages have long been places of alternative living and solutions, but what is their potential and impact beyond the village itself? Hear Sabine and Macaco tell the stories of two of the oldest and most established ecovillages: Tamera in Portugal and Damanhur in … Read more