District Future collaborates with Ecovillage Network

What can urban districts learn from sustainability concepts that have proven themselves in ecovillages? Together with the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), the District Future invites citizens to discuss the topic at workshops in Karlsruhe.
Sieben Linden ecovillage (photo: DW)

More than 10,000 grown village or neighbourhood communities from over 100 countries currently organize themselves in the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), founded in 1995. For all their diversity, they have one thing in common: a holistic sustainability concept that combines culture, social affairs, economy, and ecology. In the future, the network combines its wealth of experience with knowledge gained from the ITAS project "District Future – Urban Lab". To this end, the two partners will hold a three-part workshop series in Karlsruhe from September 2015 to May 2016. The cooperation is part of the project "Urbane Resilienz und neue Gemeinschaftlichkeit" (Urban resilience and new communality), which is funded by the German Federal Environmental Agency.

Citizens of Karlsruhe and all interested persons are cordially invited to the events. Based on the sustainability concept developed by GEN, they will identify and explore innovative solutions from ecovillages that can be applied to our own everyday lives and our own districts. The starting point is marked by the workshop "Leben in der Stadt – nachhaltig, sinnerfüllt, vernetzt: Was die Oststadt vom Ökodorf lernen kann" (City life – sustainable, meaningful, networked: What the Oststadt can learn from the ecovillage) on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 11.00 to 18.00. Registration by e-mail to Andreas Seebacher. (13.08.2015)

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