Our Vision

GEN consists of a constantly expanding network of intentional com­munities, ecovillages and national ecovillage networks, 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 Europe and the Middle East.

Ecovillages

An ecovillage is a human-scale settlement consciously designed through participatory processes to secure long-term sustainability. All four dimensions ( the economic, ecological, social and cul­tural ) are seen as mutually reinforcing. Attention to each is essential for holistic and healthy community development. The power of human communities to come together and co-design their own pathway into the future is seen as a major driving force for positive change. 

Announcements

European Day of Sustainable Communities Join the celebration!

As members of ECOLISE, we're joining the celebration of community-led sustainability initiatives on September 22nd.

News

A reflection from Aida Shibli, founder of Global Campus Palestine

For the last 10 years the community of Tamera, Portugal, has been supporting the...

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The Brussels launch of the 2nd European Day of Sustainable Communities

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GEN-Europe representative Robert Hall reflects on the 6th international Degrowth Conference for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity.

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History

  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.