The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) catalyzes communities for a regenerative world. GEN is a growing network of regenerative communities and initiatives that bridge cultures, countries, and continents.
|Topics / Areas||Commons, Democracy, Economy, Ecovillages, Social change|
|Funding models||Campaigns, Donations, Foundations, Grants, Merchandising|
|Type of organization||Network|
|Representative's name||Anna Kovasna|
The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) is a growing network of regenerative communities and initiatives, founded in 1995, and with consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and United Nations Environment Programme. GEN consists of five regional networks (GEN Africa, GEN Europe, GENOA - Oceania and Asia, CASA - Latin America, and GENNA - North America), a youth network (NextGEN), and a global coordinating body – GEN International. GEN reaches out to over 6000 projects and ecovillages in 114 countries, and builds bridges between policy-makers, NGOs, academics, entrepreneurs, activists, community networks and ecologically-minded individuals across the globe in order to develop strategies for a global transition to resilient communities and cultures.
GEN's purpose is to link and support ecovillages, educate the world about them, and grow the ecovillage movement - to inspire, scale and facilitate communities and people from all walks of life to become active participants in the transition to a resilient and regenerative human presence on Earth.
Ecovillages are laboratories and ongoing experiments in sustainable living. They exist in rural or urban environments, and include indigenous and traditional as well as intentional communities - new villages and neighbourhoods where people have come together to create a different way of life. Some are small, and some are large federated communities with thousands of members creating alternative systems for every aspect of life. They are united by their willingness to consciously cocreate a different world through the way they live their lives, and their commitment to weave together the social, cultural, ecological and economic strands of life into a diverse, locally embedded, radically democratic and regenerative human presence on Earth.