The Global Ecovillage Network describes itself as follows:-
GEN’s primary purpose is information exchange among the thousands of projects across the world that are building and living in small intentional and traditional communities in harmony with nature, as well as information dissemination to the larger world. GEN does this with seminars, newsletters, educational programs at many ecovillages, and an active website with easily accessible contact addresses of members, resource lists, and links to related activities. GEN has consulting status with the United Nations agency ECOSOC.
For a fuller description, visit the GEN website, which has an enormous database of information on the many participating projects and related issues. On this site you can also find an article on the Global Ecovillage Network History 1990-2004.
The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) is a federation of thousands of diverse communities worldwide that are committed to sustainable plus living.
The GEN network has a rich and diverse variety of Living and Learning centres in 3 world regions. This means that good models already exist where people live together and are manifesting practical examples of sustainable living. Below you can read about some of them.
One of the centres is Findhorn in Scotland:-
Findhorn in Scotland offers holistic education programmes. These include an annual ecovillage training programme, permaculture workshops, courses in personal development, spirituality, arts and crafts. Findhorn is part of a large organic community-supported agricultural scheme, and has its own currency and bank, uses renewable energy systems (solar, wind and biomass), recycles waste, including sewage treated in a reed-bed living machine system. It has many community-based enterprises and is creating a village of eco-sensitive houses. Findhorn is home to an award-winning reafforestation project, Trees for Life, and promotes an ethic of voluntary simplicity.