The council is sociocratically elected every two years by our General Assembly to hold the vision of the network.
Stefany Raysz (Schloss Tempelhof, Germany) is the mother of three teenagers. She has studied in Germany and Great Britain. She is a teacher and holds a Master degree in corporate management. From 2018-2022 she was a member of the board in GEN Germany, since 2021 she is in the GEN Europe Council.
Active in GEN network she is part of the German National Network and has been working in several GEN cooperations and projects with the Federal Environmental Agency. Stefanie has always engaged politically in environmental and peace actions, has found an association on sustainability issues and focused on regional and urban development. She is the speaker of the initiative “Schule bleibt offen” with the constitutional complaint to the Federal Constitutional Court against Covid measurements in schools.
Charlie Lenglez (Los Portales) Born in Belgium, I was introduced, at the age of 20, to the Jungian psychology and dreamwork and co-founded the Los Portales community, along with my “soul family ». Passionate about working with dreams as a tool for personal development and group cohesion, I’ve been involved in teaching and training for 35 years, specializing in the integration of innovative and alternative learning strategies, that take our differences into account and create a co-learning environment. Trained in Sociocratic Governance with John Buck and Gilles Charest, I’m a trainer and consultant in organizations and have been active at the GEN Europe Governance working group for several years. I was also the RIE (Iberian Ecovillage Network) general coordinator for six years.
Through what I learn every day with Los Portales and the networks, I am deeply convinced of our responsibility as “guardians of the Planet” and of the importance of co-creating and co-learning not only among humans, but with all terrestrial and other dimensions. The time we live in is a real challenge, …and we can only make it together.
Teodora Radulescu (Schloss Glarisegg, Switzerland) is a spaceholder, facilitator and trainer for transformative spaces where people get the chance to experience deep connection and collective presencing.
Since she was 23 she lived in Aurora Community, a fairly remote permaculture oriented community. After four years of nomadic travel in over 30 eco-community projects, she decided to stabilize in Schloss Glarisegg, Switzerland, from which she creates, organises and builds workshops on sustainability and resilience for adults and youth. She is the co-founder of several human-centered associations in Romania and Switzerland, and has dedicated her life to the support of the unfolding of human potential. A professional designer, Permaculture Teacher, Sociocracy 3.0 passionate and a Dragon Dreaming space holder, Teodora works with cutting edge tools to empower people, groups and organisations to unleash their collective potential, connect and create. She brings her knowledge and skill from the world of Ecovillage and Intentional Communities, where she has served and lived in for over 10 years.
Steffen Emrich (gASTWERKe, Germany) studied city and regional planning with a strong focus on participatory approaches. After a few years working for urban activist groups he started working for development aid organisations, first in Sarajevo empowering children and youth, then as a consultant focusing on conflict prevention and children affected by armed conflict, mainly in East- and Central Africa.
Besides his professional career, Steffen was always also a political activist engaged in several environmental and peace groups. His first Community experience was in Arcosanti /Arizona – USA in 1996, and he now lives in gASTWERKe ecovillage. Steffen was one of the first sociocracy trainers in Germany and for the last 5 years he was supporting many communities in Germany as a community adviser. He was serving the GEN Germany Board for 4 years and was active at the GEN-International Fundraising and International projects working groups for several years.
Jake Jay-Lewin (Findhorn, Scotland) grew up in the Findhorn Community and has stayed active in the Ecovillage world since. He co-founded NextGEN International and spent seven years in various leadership positions across it and NextGEN Europe, the youth arm of the Global Ecovillage Network; supporting and designing their emergence.
He draws on his experiences from visiting close to 50 communities worldwide in his work as a professional facilitator, coach, trainer, and project manager.