Ecovillages

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The latest in this respected series investigates the potential of innovative ways of living in an ecologically sustainable way

In the last twenty years ecovillages?local communities which aim to minimise their ecological impact but maximise human wellbeing and happiness?have been springing up all over the world. They incorporate a wealth of radical ideas and approaches which can be traced back to Schumacher, Gandhi, the 1960s, and the alternative education movement. This ...

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Overview

The latest in this respected series investigates the potential of innovative ways of living in an ecologically sustainable way

In the last twenty years ecovillages—local communities which aim to minimise their ecological impact but maximise human wellbeing and happiness—have been springing up all over the world. They incorporate a wealth of radical ideas and approaches which can be traced back to Schumacher, Gandhi, the 1960s, and the alternative education movement. This Briefing describes the history and potential of the ecovillage movement, including the evolution of the Global Ecovillage Network and the current developments in both North and South.

The threads that are brought together in Ecovillages include:

  • Learning from the best elements in traditional and indigenous cultures
  • Alternative economy: community banks and currencies, and voluntary simplicity
  • Designing with nature: using permaculture design, eco-building, small-scale energy generation, waste-management, low-impact transport systems, etc
  • Organic, locally-based food production and processing
  • Reviving small-scale participatory governance, conflict facilitation & social inclusion as well as reviving active inter-generational community
  • Creating a culture of peace, and holistic, whole person education

In an age of diminishing oil supplies, the Briefing examines the lessons that we can learn from ecovillages about how to live in a more ecologically sound and sustainable way.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903998779
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/8/2006
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Dawson, who died August 10, 2013, was a sustainability educator and activist. He spent much of his last twenty years working in Africa and South Asia as a researcher, author, project manager, and consultant, primarily in the field of small enterprise and community economic development. He lived at the Findhorn ecovillage, where he taught sustainability studies at the university level. He was the former president of the Global Ecovillage Network and former executive secretary of GEN-Europe. He was the author of Ecovillages: New Frontiers for Sustainability.

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Table of Contents

1. Tracing the threads of the ecovillage tapestry
2. So, what do ecovillages look like?
3. Saying yes : beyond the politics of protest
4. Challenges
5. Cutting edges : ecovillages on the new frontiers of sustainability

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