We intend to embrace principles from The Global Ecovillage Network, Low Impact Development and Co-housing.
An ecovillage is an intentional community that is consciously designed through locally owned, participatory processes in all four dimensions of sustainability – social, cultural, ecological and economical – to regenerate their environments.
Ecovillages are living laboratories pioneering beautiful alternatives and innovative solutions. They are rural or urban settlements with vibrant social structures, vastly diverse, yet united in their actions towards low-impact, high-quality lifestyles. www.ecovillage.org
Low-impact living is about local, organic food, self-employment, family firms, small independent shops, co-ops, credit unions, home cooking, open source, craft skills, self-built homes, renewable energy, smallholdings, allotments, sharing, enjoying nature, enjoying life.
It’s also about authenticity – real friends, real food and useful work. It’s an antidote to the power of corporations and banks, supermarkets, pesticides, McFood, monotonous identikit shopping centres, housing estates and industrial estates, credit card debt and stress. The global economy based on growth is out of control. Ultimately we will either choose to live in harmony with nature, or nature will do it for us. But if we wait for nature to do it for us, it won’t be pretty for humankind. www.lowimpact.org
Co-housing communities are intentional communities, created and run by their residents. Each household has a self-contained, private home as well as shared community space. Residents come together to manage their community, share activities and regularly eat together.
It is a way of resolving the isolation many people experience today, recreating the neighbourly support of the past. This can happen anywhere, in your street or starting a new community using empty homes or building new.
Co-housing communities can be inter-generational, welcoming anyone of any age and any family structure, or specifically to cater for people who are older or are communities of common interest, for example for women or LGBT groups. www.cohousing.org.uk