185 pages A-4 size with 3-400 design and full color illustrations all through the book
Karen Svensson and Hildur Jackson, Denmark, with contributions from over 50 writers from ecovillages all over the world.
2002 by Green Books, London in association with Gaia Trust, Denmark.
The Earth is in need of visions and solutions, which give hope and show a possible path forward for humanity. How do we solve the climate change problems at the same time as eradicating poverty? What will the new whole systems solutions look like? How do we dream of living with each other and the natural world? Is it possible to create a lifestyle, which is basically peaceful, just and sustainable for all? Are ecovillages and sustainable neighborhoods the way forward?
Many people have asked themselves these questions all over the planet during the last 20-40 years. Many have been trying to do something about it. They have been building intentional communities and ecovillages.Or networks of traditional villages with sustainability programs in the South . Some of the answers are in this book. We have collected the best of knowledge from all over the world on how to create a sustainable, integral society everywhere, described by the people who have actually done it. It is a colorful, happy, optimistic book with 400 color photos from all over the world.
The book is organized around the 15 dimensions of sustainability: 5 ecological, 5 social and 5 spiritual/ cultural. When you see them all together you get an idea of how a peaceful, sustainable Earth might look. In this way the book is equally useful for new ecovillage projects as for inspiration for local neighborhoods and Agenda 21 projects all over the world.
Included are 16 full page color collages from individual ecovillages, including: Findhorn (UK), Damanhur, Torri Superiore (Italy) Lebensgarten, Sieben Linden (Germany), Tamera (Portugal) , Sarvodaya (Sri Lanka) Auroville (India), Tlholego (South Africa), Eco Yoff/ Colufifa (Senegal), ), Manitou , The Farm, and Ithaca (USA), Huehuecoyotl (Mexico), Crystal Waters (Australia); Svanholm , Munksøgård , Hertha, The Folkecenter fro Renewable Energy in Thy, Dyssekilde, Sættedammen Cohousing and Snabegaard from Denmark. These will give you a taste of the variety and beauty of the different projects.
American Sociologist Paul Ray has researched the change in value systems over the last 30 years in his book: "The Cultural Creatives" from 2000. A whole new group with new values now makes up 25-30% of the population in the US (in Europe and Australia it is probably an even larger percentage). He calls them the Cultural Creatives. They have green, soft values. Half of the group also has spiritual values. Of the latter group, 70% are women. When you read Ecovillage Living, you will see the values of the Cultural Creatives manifested in many examples from across the world.