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GEN offers inspiring examples of how people and communities can live healthy, cooperative, genuinely happy and meaningful lifestyles --- beacons of hope that help in the transition to a more sustainable future on Earth. We foster a culture of mutual respect, sharing, inclusiveness, positive intent, and fair energy exchange.

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GEN-International works trough three broad regional organisations: GEN Oceania and Asia (GENOA), the Ecovillage Network of the Americas (ENA), and GEN-Europe/Africa/Middle East. GEN-International is currently supporting the emergence of GEN-Africa and CASA (El Consejo de Asentamientos Sustentables de las Américas) as independent networks in order to make more visible the dynamic and impressive work already being done in Africa and South America.

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earth day 2014

Ecovillages and interested individuals are joining around the world to celebrate Earth Day. Invite your neighbours to visit your ecovillage project or a presentation on ecovillage living in order to see, taste and experience resilient lifestyles and build community together. Set up markets, games, cafés, workshops and conversations. Also, please join us for a mutual time of silence and meditation to connect at 9 am in Rio, 12 am in Dakar, 2 pmin Berlin, 4 pm in Moscow, and 9 pm in Tokyo.

Please register your event on our website so that you appear on our world map. Check out much more info and tools here: http://gen-europe.org/ed2014

africaIn this article, Nina Koevots shares with us what she has been learning about ecofeminism in order to raise a discussion amongst people who are interested in social change. While many environmentalists have explained the interrelatedness of continuous economic growth, the expansion of the free market and alarming environmental damage, they have not yet explained that connection with the under-privileging of women. Understanding the links between the exploitation of women and nature can possibly give a better understanding that helps to find solutions to both. This her attempt, within the limitations of a short article.

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GEN Elders is an initiative started by Elders from the Global Ecovillage Network. The first group met at the GEN Conference at Schweibenalp in 2013. In March 2014 the first Gathering took place in Findhorn with 9 participants from 7 countries. Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Holland, Switzerland, USA and UK.

The intention of GEN Elders is:

  • to share their knowledge and wisdom with future generations. To encourage effective change for a sustainable world and teach by example.
  • to collect and share knowledge and experience from communities, to create a new culture of well being for the 4th age. That time in life when you become dependent again. Communities can be a Model for giving older people a connected life, while experiencing good care.
  • to create concrete Initiatives for Elders and to make contributions towards change
  • to celebrate Elder hood and give it back its value and meaning.

It should be mentioned, that we wish to propose and suggest, without leadership, and share experiences including mistakes.... (from which comes the fountain of all knowledge!)

 

futureA transformative training course for young people and youth workers.
30th May - 8th June 2014
Kisújbánya, Hungary

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”(Mary Oliver)

 

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burningImagine a revolutionary group would spread a message around Maidan Square and over the Internet calling out to the youth and students, workers and activists, "Let's continue fighting on the streets, comrades! But above all, let's move to the countryside and start building the new culture." By Martin Winiecki

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historyThe first meeting of the national GEN networks in Europe was successfully held last January, with the participation of more than twelve networks. The discussions were conducted and brilliantly facilitated by Lucilla, from the hosting community Torre Superiore. Lucilla has been working in the secretariat of GEN Europe for many years. Alfonso Flaquer Carreras reports.

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balticThe project “Ecovillages for Sustainable Rural Development” financed by the EU’s Baltic Sea Region Programme, 2007–2013, which started in February 2010, is approaching its completion, delivering a number of significant results. Aimed at fostering the development of ecovillages as a more sustainable way of living in rural areas of the Baltic Sea Region, the project has been implemented by project partners from Lithuania (the lead partner), Finland, Latvia, Poland and Sweden. In addition, the project has involved associated partners from Belarus, Finland, Germany, Russia and Sweden. Simona Griškute reports.

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GEN ConferenceThe annual GEN Europe Conference is more than a meeting place for GEN Europe members. As the ecovillage movement is merging with other movements for decentralized solutions and applied sustainability - such as Permaculture or Transition Towns - it is a place where the most interesting developments are shared, discussed, further developed, and presented to an interested public, to community seekers, founders, and change makers of all kinds.

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indiaNormally, the voice of the poor and extremely impoverished - in particular indigenous people - is not being heard by government departments, and after 66 years of independence in India, these excluded groups are still struggling for their livelihood. The grass roots democracy and empowerment process of Gram Sabha and Palli sabha is not well recognized, and the planning process has not been put into operation effectively. The benefit packages of the government, under different acts, are not reaching the excluded and marginalized and there is rampant exploitation of the programmes and schemes.

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NextGENWords and actions between people of different colour, gender, or religion are often charged with unconscious racism or sexism. GEN is creating communication tools to become aware of old patterns to be able to change them. Some people are our helpers by making us aware of our automatic prejudices. One of them is Elena Ball from Next GEN.

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