Ecovillage Networks

GEN Europe is made up of ecovillages, and networks of ecovillages. These ecovillage networks play a vital role in bringing together ecovillagers and other regenerative actors together on a national or regional level, advocating for community-led initiatives within a country or region, and running events and gatherings for those who share a language, cultural or geographic affinity.

What is an ecovillage network?

An ecovillage network is an organization that groups and supports ecovillages and sustainable communities located within a country or region.
Networks normally start informally as webs of interpersonal connections, and later develop into more formalized organisations. This allows the engaged people to connect, apply for grants, run projects and have a secretariat with staff – a team that can work together for the cause of bringing ecovillagers and ecovillage enthusiasts together.

Why networks?

The networks are developed to promote and support the development of sustainable living practices and to foster a sense of community among those committed to living in an regenerative and collaborative way. They are the platform for events such as national gatherings, exchange of wisdom and support, promotion of the ecovillage concept as a holistic and sustainable lifestyle.

What can you find here?

  • A Manual for National Network Development
  • GEN Europe’s member map with information about national and transnational GEN networks within Europe.
  • Inspiring videos about some of our member networks
  • A Learning platform to help you launch a network in your region and boost it when it is struggling
  • the IT toolbox to be in touch with your network across physical distance, and do much more

All the content of this section was created through the Erasmus+ project “Launch and Thrive”.

Network Videos

Here you can find a series of narrative videos by several countries’ national networks and its challenges/success stories.
They showcase information such as the sharing of statutes, governance structures, activities, contacts etc.

Launch and Thrive - the Danish Ecovillage Network (LØS)

Discover the history, evolution, challenges and opportunities of the Danish Ecovillage Network. This video is produced as part of the Launch and Thrive project, designed to support networks in general and Ecovillage networks in particular get off ...

Launch and Thrive - the Baltic Ecovillage Network

Discover the history, evolution, challenges and opportunities of the Baltic Ecovillage Network. This video is produced as part of the Launch and Thrive project, designed to support networks in general and ecovillage networks in particular get off ...

National Networks with GEN Europe

What is GEN Europe? And what do national networks do? Understand the benefits of national ecovillage networks and being part of GEN Europe, and get learn from other networks through the Launch & Thrive programme.

Membership at GEN Europe

Why join GEN Europe? Hear it from the members themselves!

How to sustain an ecovillage and ecoproject network? The Swiss experience

How can you sustain an ecovillage and ecoproject network? Ecovillage La Smala in Switzerland tell us their experiences as part of the Launch and Thrive project.

Launch and Thrive: the GEN Ukraine experience

GEN Ukraine is a network that launched and began to thrive in record time, thanks to its dedicated networkers and international friendships. Since then, it has proved refuge for thousands of people displaced by the war, been featured in internatio...