GEN Staff, GEN Ambassador
I am GEN's Communications Director, Brazil’s National Representative on CASA Latina, and I work with the social dimension of ecovillages to support their resilience.
I co-founded and resided, with my wife and two children, in Aldeia: Coletivo de Famílias, an intentional sustainable community in the rainforest of the south of Bahia, Brazil. My Masters thesis on Administration was a research on how Brazilian ecovillages manage conflicts. I teach courses, facilitate groups and mediate conflicts in intentional and traditional communities, as well as NGOs and businesses.
Primary interests: Social (Diversity & Cohesion, Trust & Communication, Leadership & Governance, Lifelong Education); Culture (Vision & Purpose); Integral Design (Whole Systems Thinking, Leading from the Future); Economy (Planetary Boundaries, Social Entrepreneurship)
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Aldeia project started in August 2011, when a group of 3 families bought the land and started working together. They were Gabriel Siqueira, Renata Gomez, Sam Dib, Liz Loveless, Tamara Hiller and Manuel Castro, plus 3 kids. From February 2012, these families started living in Aldeia and developing the community. From 2012 to 2015, the community grew to 25 people permanently living there. But in June 2015, the project was put on stand-by and most of the families left, including 2 of the 3 original … Read more
The GEN Democratic Republic of Congo network (GEN DRC) just delivered its annual Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) course in Mingadi, approximately 1 hour outside Kinshasa. With the support of Vodacom, this two-week course provided training for 44 participants from 4 villages and was one of the first steps towards developing an ecovillage demonstration centre for the DRC.This event was the culmination of a very busy six months for GEN DRC and their lead organisation, Luc Lutala and his … Read more
The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) is one of the key solutions at the London Climate Action Week roundtable “Emerging from Emergency: Urgency as a catalyst for action & regeneration”. On Thursday 4th July from 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM (BST), the Club of Rome will host this high-level Roundtable at Chatham House, “Emerging from Emergency“, on harnessing the momentum generated by the growing climate emergency narrative, to shift from mere declarations to action.The meeting will convene the … Read more
We are proud to release the Global Ecovillage Network Annual Report 2018. Our staff, partners, and members are diverse, creative, and driven by passion and commitment. We strive to ensure our projects and programmes are engaging, impactful, and contextually relevant.When we reflect back on our accomplishments of 2018, we hope to ignite these qualities in our readers as well. Our annual report provides metrics, as we measure and track our progress and set new targets for the coming year. It … Read more
Last December, the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) delegation of 10 people attended the UN Climate Change Conference, COP24 in Poland. GEN hosted an official side event entitled Essential Climate Solutions: Community-Led Development, Renewable Energy and Cultural Heritage together with INTO and the Nordic Folkecenter. GEN also hosted a press conference where focus was placed on the climate change solutions provided by ecovillages and similar projects from around the globe.Several delegates … Read more
We are pleased to announce our partnership with the Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation (SIF) to facilitate Ecovillages data analysis and impacts assessment, and create a replicable standard for future initiatives.Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation (SIF), a non-profit Swiss foundation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland is mandated to manage the development of SOURCE. SOURCE is a joint global initiative from Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) to address the global infrastructure gap … Read more
With Daniel Greenberg, June 28 2019, free webinar via zoom.We would like to invite you all to review and reconnect with the proposed values so we can explore how we can best live these values (or actually living them) within the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and how it can guide our actions and work. Daniel Greenberg will guide us through this process in the webinar.Clarifying GEN's Core Values will help us unify our identity and purpose, tell the world what makes us unique and … Read more
The Fellowship for Intentional Community is now the Foundation for Intentional Community. “FIC” shorthand remains. FIC is part of GEN North America (GENNA) Alliance, which is a collaborative platform serving the regenerative communities network within North America. New name, new brand, new look, new everything! For over 30 years, the FIC has served as a platform for intentional communities to connect with each other and as a hub for people to discover community for the first time. The brand … Read more
May 2019 Global Ecovillage Network monthly webinar was hosted by NextGEN. Privilege and Inequality in Ecovillages: A Global Perspective Towards a New Story Ecovillages are integral to creating the beautiful world we know is possible. However, some of the same social patterns of inequality also appear within ecovillages. A global array of speakers will share how the inequality has impacted their communities, and we also invite you, the participants, to share your experience and insight. … Read more
Welcome GEN's new President Jennifer Trujillo, and Vice President Cynthia Tina. Jennifer Trujillo, from Colombia, is GEN’s new President. Jennifer is a consultant in organisational planning and networking, skilled in hosting the transformation of social movements towards participatory leadership and comes from Colombia. She brings to her new role a high level of enthusiasm, intelligence and skill - and we can already taste the breeze of change she will be bringing to GEN.Cynthia … Read more