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A few words about us

GEN consists of a constantly expanding network of intentional com­munities and ecovillages bridging all cultures and continents. 
GEN envisions the emergence of a diverse yet shared global pool of wisdom for sustainable living. 
GEN believes that the most underutilised resource we have is the good intentions and creativity of citizens and our willingness to make a difference.
GEN promotes the building of community and solidarity as core to transition to resilience.
GEN-Europe promotes the development of sustainable settle­ments in EuropeAfrica and the Middle East.

Summary

The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) was set up in 1995 to support the experimental creation and preservation of human settlements that not only sustain, but regenerate their social and natural environments. 

Ecovillages are communities with vibrant social structures, vastly diverse, yet united in common ecological, economic, social and cultural values and goals. They spring from the good intentions and creativity of citizens, and their willingness to make a difference. Today GEN contains an innovative alliance between intentional communities (with some of the lowest per capita carbon footprints in the industrialized world) and networks of traditional villages. 

GEN – Connecting Communities for a Sustainable World

GEN-Europe

GEN-Europe is the European ecovillage association promoting social resilience, environmental pro­tection and restoration of nature through the concept of ecovillages as models for sustainable human settlements. We actively support the de­vel­opment of ecovillages and networks in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Within GEN-Europe, we experiment in re-knitting trustful relationships and honouring low impact life styles. Our strength lies in co-developing and co-designing economic, social, cultural and ecologic solutions that support local ownership of sustainable futures. Honestly sharing the questions we face in this process is as important as sharing any answers we find. Making visible people’s projects that deeply care for local community while embracing global community is a vibrant tool for empowerment.   

GEN-Europe is not prioritising the replication of ‘the ecovillage model‘ as a whole and the creation of more and more ‘green islands’ out in the countryside. The demonstration sites we have are invaluable and we can certainly do with more. But the focus has long moved on. Today we need every village to become an ecovillage and every city to become an ecocity. The whole of society needs to transition to a low-impact lifestyle in order to survive. All social networks need to reintegrate values of solidarity and mutual trust in order to become resilient enough to face the future creatively. The focus of GEN has shifted to sharing best practice - ecovillage-patterns that work!

GEN-Europe is a membership organisation foun­ded in 1996 and open to a wide range of projects regardless of their political, religious or cultural backgrounds.

GEN-Europe forms part of GEN International, an NGO with consultative status at the UN-Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) commission, and a partner of United Nations Institute for Training and Research, UNITAR.

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Presentations

Information in other languages:

We have some basic information on Ecovillages and GEN available in english and other European languages: 

Leaflet English

Poster English

Other languages

News

17.12.2014 New Coalition to set Priorities for Bottom-Up Transition

ECOLISE, the European coalition of organisations supporting local community initiatives, including GEN, will hold its first-ever General Assembly on...

17.12.2014 Festival strengthens National Network in Romania

On 13-14 December 2014 the 3rd annual "Festival of the Sustainable Communities" in Brasov, with inspiring workshops, speeches and...

12.12.2014 COP20, Climate Injustice and the GEN World Summit

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP20) in Lima, Peru, the governments of the world are gathered to discuss their contributions to the...