GEN Involved in GEN Europe through membership Choose from our different membership categories
Individual Members at GEN-Europe are those people that associate themselves with the work GEN-Europe does and want to take an active part. Individual members of GEN Europe are welcomed into a large, dynamically creative global family that is involved with developing the most vital paradigmatic movement in the world! While friends of GEN Europe are not usually invited to the General Assembly, those who are well known to us may participate as observers on request.
GEN Europe supportive members are organisations who share the vision of the global ecovillage movement, and wish to support the work of GEN-Europe by becoming part of it. Supportive members receive a number of benefits, but their main objective is to support GEN-Europe and its creative global family that is involved with developing the most vital paradigmatic movement in the world! While supportive members are not usually invited to the General Assembly, those who are well known to us may participate as observers on request.
Aspiring members are either ecovillage initiatives in all stages of formation and development or forming thematic or national networks. Aspiring members are invited to the General Assembly but have no voting rights, and can only participate as listeners.
Full members are established ecovillages and ecovillage networks whose vision and goals are in accordance with the vision and goals of GEN. Full members are actively engaged in the network, attend the yearly GA, pay membership fees annually, respond to emails, and pass on information to their networks/communities etc.
Full member ecovillages
An ecovillage is a human-scale settlement consciously designed through participatory processes to secure long-term sustainability. Ecovillages are communities in which the inhabitants share goals as well as the use of property, the making of decisions and work. The level on which these are shared might be different from each community.
- have at least 8 permanent adult residents
- have a common purpose and vision
- have a community of people living together on the chosen site for at least 2 years, with a community structure and a decision-making process
- aim at the creation of a new culture with a balance in the ecological, social, economic and worldview aspects
Established ecovillage Networks
An Ecovillage Network is a network of ecovillages, intentional communities or like-minded projects. It can be national or (macro-)regional, cultural or bioregional. Ecovillage Networks can also be diverse networks that have a strong focus on community living, as well as thematic networks, whose vision and goals are in accordance with the vision and goals of GEN.
Established ecovillage networks
- have at least three established ecovillages or intentional communities associated
- have elected representatives
- are registered as an organisation
- have an email address and website for the network
- organise network activities such as an annual gathering