Our History

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 the ICC (Intentional communities conference) which networks communities around Australia. A new body called Intentional Communities Australia was formed at a 2016 GEN Australia gathering hosted at the Tasman Ecovillage.

EDE courses under the GEN banner have only started in 2013 in Australia with Shane Slyvanspring being the main driver of the these courses.

GEN Australia’s Leadership 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. In 2011 GEN International ambassadors Shane Sylvanspring (Bruns Ecovillage) and Andrew Oliver (Narara Ecovillage) formed a core group that was later joined by Sue Gilbey (Urban Ecology) and  Wendy Armstrong (Tasman Ecovillage)  now make up the current Leadership Circle of GEN Australia.

GEN Australia is supported by John Talbott, a GEN Founder and active member of communities around the world

Community and Individual Membership

GEN Australia is still forming and so the benefits of membership are emerging. Communities will be contacted if they wish to be affiliated and individual membership is open. You can find more info HERE.

GEN International Ambassadors

Click here to read more about representing GEN International. For Australia, all nominations have to be endorsed.