" Nature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal, and transformation in our lives."
  - Mary Ann Brussat

What Makes a Ecovillage a Success

The success of an ecovillage is very dependent on how its individual members relate to the community and how it functions. Its success is also dependent on how its community relates to the wider whole right up to the total planet. These two areas are each explored in the next sections. Section 1 gives some illustrations of the principles that need to guide the individuals and the community. Section 2 describes an holistic framework which relates all the levels from person to planet.

Section 1:

Ecovillages need a social contract or social management plan, and state their visions and objectives; An internal decision-making and conflict-resolution system. A range of other matters which concern the functioning of the ecovillage and development of “community” within the village.  Below are some examples. more...

Section 2:

PLACING THE ECOVILLAGE IN CONTEXT: (This section is contributed by Tony Hodgson , a member of the International Futures Forum and Director of Decision Integrity Limited)

“The challenge in growing the number and role of ecovillages as part of an initiative for restoring viability to the earth is that there are many levels which are all interconnected and dependent on each other. In the past there was some room to manoeuvre in setting up situations in relative isolation as a way of controlling what was and was not present in the given living arrangements. However, the situation is pretty close to vanishing through the multiple forces of population growth, trade expansion, globalisation of media and communications and the spread of technology everywhere. more...