Dear Friends of the Global Ecovillage Network!
The Global Ecovillage Network was founded in Findhorn/Scotland in 1995, Gaia Education grew out of GEN and was founded in 2005 – this year, GEN and Gaia Education will celebrate our 10th and 20th anniversaries together. From 6-11 July 2015, we will retu rn to Findhorn for a focused time of reflection: where has GEN come from, where do GEN and Gaia Education stand now, and how can we serve best into the future? What is the future calling for?
GEN has grown and evolved over the years. From more isolated ‘islands in the green’, ecovillages have transformed into highly vibrant and interconnected hubs and inspiring living and learning centers for high quality, low impact life styles. More and more, politicians are starting to appreciate the impact ecovillages have on their regions. More and more, ecovillages are recognised as participatory, community-based responses to our realities, e.g. climate change, loss of biodiversity or lack of social cohesion. In the words of Tim Clarke, former EU Ambassador to Tanzania, Ethiopia, Djibouti, AU, EAC and IGAD: “I have no doubt in my mind that GEN has a unique ‘niche’ amongst all international NGO as the ONLY organisation which actually develops models in the field of community development which are truly sustainable.” … Read the full editorial here