A exciting, sustainable, and bold parallel universe exists in our current time and dimension. And we can all find out about it and be part of it if we choose.
Have you heard of the Global Eco-Village Network (GEN)? Well I am an ambassador for this movement and I really value my role. Why?
Because I am privileged to be able to offer another viable option to an overheated world that allows humans to live differently, sustainably and far more happily.
I am not an ex-hippie, nor do I even hail from a community background. Quite the converse in fact. Elon Musk offers humanity another option as well, a plan to colonise Mars, because we stuffed this up so badly. Global Leaders have no answers to the wicked problems that overwhelm them.
Their mantra is the same; growth and jobs (never mind business is cutting jobs and AI looks to replace 35%+ of known jobs). Market capitalism and the consumer model is terminally ill and will never deliver what we so badly need which is not more jobs or more growth.
GEN is a global body, representing the regions of the world in a loose affiliation of networks. It is a parallel world that has developed independently and runs counter culture to the consumer, market driven economy. Its focus is not growth but about mindful living at a human scale and creating sustainable, resilient communities in the process. It is innovative, resilient and its teachings and practices are increasingly becoming known.
You may not know that GEN is a UN recognised body. Since 2000, GEN has had consultative status at the UN-Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) commission, and is represented at regular briefing sessions at UN Headquarters. GEN is also a partner of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, UNITAR.
GEN is concerned not only with supporting and developing ecovillages, but urban eco-communities. It represents a range of diverse communities, some very advanced and some still forming, some in the rich old millions and some in the hungry billions. At its heart each community is bound in one or more ways to the following values:
- food, water, energy access and security
- sustainable environments – through restoration, management practices
- Land use and permaculture
- education for sustainable development
- developing circular economies
- community health and wellbeing
- stakeholder participation and community management skills
- women and girls empowerment
- technology innovation
- acting locally, reaching out
I want to draw your attention to two powerful large scale change initiatives. The first is the Pan African Ecovillage Development Programme, a model to change the dynamics of developing regions, and the other an educational model, a true ecotourism opportunity.
My new book (Enough) is coming out in December 2017 and I mention this because, back in 2007 when I started to write it, I envisaged a programme for the rejuvenation of Africa, which I called the African Ecovillage Development Project (AEDP). Little did I think then that in 2017 GEN would be asking for funding to help send delegates from the Pan African Ecovillage Development Programme to COP 33 in Bonn.
What a wonderful and powerful initiative. Astute leadership in some African nations have seen this as an opportunity to build resilient and self sufficient communities. Let’s look to help it grow and to hope to see such programmes emerging elsewhere, rather then putting faith in the old broken paradigm of growth.
The other initiative emerging from GEN Australia is an educational initiative. We want to make our GEN member’s assets available to people to visit, to share, to be part of community and to experience a different way of living. We are, with GEN International and our network, going to present a wonderful and thrilling GEN eco-tourism experience from a once off trip to a world tour from which you can return and start living differently, in a community or not, but as a member of a different human destiny.
- Become a friend of GEN Australia – go to our website and join our mailing list.
- Become a friend of GEN International
- Want to know how to do it? Come and visit Narara Eco village and/or register your interest in our 2018 Conference on “Placemaking, Intentional Communities and the Making of our village.”
- Make a donation to the Pan African Ecovillage Development Programme
- Attend an ecovillage experience workshop at Findhorn in Scotland
- Do an Eco village Design Education programme – online or in person.
- Ask us for more info or to present at your convention or workshop
- GEN ecotourism- if you are a community in Australia or anywhere in the world, register your interest by signing up at GEN Australia, so we can keep you updated.
Think differently, take a dare to be different.
Life is short. Remember, we all have all the time there is.