The Global Ecovillage Network is a worldwide network supporting the ecovillage and intentional community movement. It includes both traditional villages in developing countries that wish to retain their lifestyles with green technologies and newer intentional and sustainable communities and villages developed in western countries. GEN also embraces movements such as transition towns, co-houses and the permaculture movement which have similar philosophies and motivations as GEN.
GEN internationally not only networks communities from around the world but also is an advocate in international government policy for sustainable futures and has a relationship with the UN as an advisory body.
GEN also has an educational arm, Gaia Education, which teaches the principals of ecovillage design education (EDE) based on the four dimensions in over 30 countries around the world
GEN in Australia
GEN in Australia has had a very small profile even though three founders of GEN live in this country (Max Lindegger, John Talbot and Helena Norberg). Currently Australia has many small networks connecting communities throughout Australia with GEN Australia being one of them among groups such as Co-housing Australia and Intentional Communities Australia. GEN Australia is part of the Global Ecovillage Network Oceania Asia (GENOA) region. https://ecovillage.org/region/genoa/
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GEN has a worldwide map of communities and ecovillages that are listed. View and join the map here
GEN Australia’s Management Circle
There is a need and potential for GEN here in Australia to both network existing intentional communities and promote intentional communities in the wider Australian context.
The current GEN Australia Management circle is made up of Jason Hilder as Chair, Shane Sylvanspring as Secretary and Public Officer, Tanya Mottl and Janet Josie Blake.
Our organisational structure
We have created and implemented a sociocratic organisational structure and use sociocracy for decision making and governance. The circles within the organisation structure allow it to expand and evolve to meet the growing needs of the network. Currently the active circles are the General circle, Management Circle and Communication’s circle.