GLOBAL ECO VILLAGE NETWORK (GEN) CONVERSATION WITH KOSHA JOUBERT
On the 17th June 2019, following a shared meal at Shaun and Carmel’s home with Ahi Wai Eco Neighborhood participants, and the Global Eco Village Network group led by Kosha Joubert, we were part of a group that swelled to 51 over the evening. We were gathered to hear Kosha’s inspirational telling of a journey toward a global transition to resilient communities and cultures that she is part of internationally. Kosha spoke of her own personal participation in communities around the world, as well as the development of a wider global network of many communities.
Kosha is executive director of the international organization Global Eco Village Network, or GEN, for short (https://ecovillage.org). Koshaviews her role as one of bringing together indigenous villages, urban neighbourhoods, intentional communities and eco villages across the globe. All these styles of community share a commonality of exploring and finding ways to live together that support both people and our planet to thrive.
Kosha described eco villages as living laboratories that pioneer many alternatives to enable living sustainably. GEN is made up of approximately 10,000 such initiatives across the world, where people live together to create greater ecological harmony. Kosha also described GEN as an organization that builds bridges between policy makers, NGO’s, academics, entrepreneurs, activists, community networks, & ecologically minded individuals across the globe, in order to develop strategies for a global transition to resilient communities and cultures.
As a participant of this meeting, I am aware that we in Whangarei, are not just developing one urban eco-neighbourhood. Within the NZ context alone, there are a number of other communities doing the same thing.These communities are or can be part of this global network through GEN, incorporating all the diversity of these communities but with a common goal of social, ecological, cultural and economic sustainability.
The evening also provided much additional interest in the Ahi Wai Project locally with new potential members seeking further involvement, and additionally boosted the resolve of current members that this is the way forward for a sustainable future.
Sue Lawrence is a member of Ahi Wai Eco Neighbourhood, Whangarei, NZ.