Growing Eco-Communities: Practical Ways to Create Sustainability

Growing Eco-Communities: Practical Ways to Create Sustainability

by Jan Martin Bang

Paperback(New Edition)



In his first book Ecovillages, Jan Martin Bang explained the principles and practice of setting up a sustainable community, including difficult decisions about management, design and architecture, farming and food, water, sewage, energy sources and economics. Growing Eco-Communities looks at what comes next. Groups aren't fixed by those early decisions: they grow and develop, and not always in expected directions. Jan Martin Bang provides an overview of the different phases and changes that groups can undergo and offers experienced advice on how to handle a wide range of situations that arise. As in Ecovillages, the book is anchored by numerous case studies of real-life communities and how they've dealt with change. Throughout, the author addresses practical issues of flexibility, self-sufficiency, neighbours, technology, spirituality and money, among others. This is a candid, inspiring and practical book which should be essential reading for anyone involved in an evolving community or non-residential group, club or association.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780863155970
Publisher: Floris Books
Publication date: 05/28/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 7.51(w) x 9.51(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     7
Foreword     9
Introduction     13
Youth: the Pioneering Phase     31
Everybody Does Everything     33
Decisions over Dinner     45
Not Counting the Hours     57
Not Enough Money     65
Open the Door or Close the Gate     73
Flexibility and Multi-Use of Buildings     85
Maturity and Stability     97
Procedures for New Members and the Rule of Law     99
Kick out the Troublemakers!     111
Building the Building Business     125
Selling Yourself in the Wider Economy     135
Integrating with the Outside     147
The Poor Are Always with Us     155
I Want My Own Room     159
Old Age     169
The Professionals Take Over     171
I Want My Own Money     181
The Next Generation     189
Dynasty!     197
Old Age     203
Afterword: Does a Group Have a Soul?     213
References     223
Book List     233
Index     235

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