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Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) is a global grassroots network of > 500 and other intentional communities across the globe. It also has 5 regional network subdivisions for the continents, Europe, Africa, Oceania & Asia, North America, and Latin America. The case study on GEN is an example of a rather loose international network encompassing very different types of initiatives, from traditional villages to social experiments. It facilitates the exchange of experiences by running internal conferences as well as external courses learning from their sustainability experiences also for politicians. Ecovillages and the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) are examples of social innovations because they experiment with resilient and regenerative structures and practices, because they empower individuals and residents through capacity building and community building processes while spreading their experiences in on-site education centers to often international visitors as well as to other sectors from eco-building technologies to consensus decision making methods.

Relevance for TRANSIT

Ecovillages and the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) are examples of social innovations because they experiment with resilient and regenerative structures and practices, while spreading their experiences in on-site education centers to often international visitors as well as to other sectors from eco-building technologies to consensus decision making methods.

 

Social Innovation Initiatives in the Critical Turning Points-database 

Ecovillage Bergen

Ecovillage Schloss Tempelhof

Ecovillage Sieben Linden

Ecovillage Findhorn

 

Social Innovation Initiatives studied in-depth

Ecovillage Schloss Tempelhof (Germany) 

Ecovillage Tamera (Portugal)

 

Reports

Kunze, I. and Avelino, F. (2015) Social innovation and the Global Ecovillage Network (TRANSIT research report), TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.32-1 Grant agreement no: 613169

Kunze, I. and Avelino, F (2015) Transformative social innovation narrative of the Global Ecovillage Network. TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169

Kunze, I. (2015) Transformative social innovation narrative of the Ecovillage of Schloss Tempelhof. TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169

Avelino, Flor (2015) Transformative social innovation narrative of Tamera Ecovillage : a summary. TRANSIT: EU SHH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169

 

Research Coordination: BOKU - Iris Kunze and Flor Avelino 

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