Blending nature and architecture into one’s daily living, opens a new vista of possibility for both creativity and synergistic group dynamics. To welcome
birdsong outside our window every morning, to look upon lush fragrant flower gardens, shrubs and trees. Whilst the hum of singing and children’s hushed
yet focussed activities - garnishes collaboration and goodwill - as we are again re-envision what it is like to be human and learn as to how people
can live together in co-creative harmony.
As we realise the speed and noise of city life is impacting our world, with megacities overwhelming us with their raw and yawning, sprawling footprint
- the Global Ecovillage Network is springing up like quintessential life-force nodal points - all around the curvature of our home planet - taking
us into the next evolutionary spiral of an awakening earth, nested in a regenerating biosphere.
Knowing full well that our planet as a living system, that lends us our body, free air, free rain water and until recently a free food chain.
A Renewal of Human Endeavour
This is an inspired idea, to embrace a renewal of our being and unfold our spiritual quest to realise our potential as an individual tightly coupled within
the human family - shaping a new tomorrow for our children’s, children’s, children. Recognising that within the new emerging paradigm - limitation
has no boundaries.
In this interview, Kosha tells us:
That the Global Ecovillage Network was set up in 1995 and it came about by ‘reading the feedback’ of human beings and sensing that people globally were
wanting to come together to live in communities, some of them intentional and for all manner of reasons - and that the underlying principle was that
all participators realised that our present day civilisation was undoing the very fabric of both nature and the way we were living.
Also, that we need to reconnect again with each other in a duty of care and by being mindful, take over as guardians (kaiatiaki) of life, by connecting
to the power of conscious community. That by embracing mindfulness it acts as a crucible for inner wisdom, to not only help us sustain all flora and
fauna, but more so - to regenerate all biota - within the majesty of the web of life and the magnificence of our life supporting biosphere.
So the Global EcoVillage Network is at heart an ever expanding cooperative endeavour - to support and assist the many more communities that are coming together by all manner of means as of this very moment.
Kosha says they continue to reach out to areas that we know very little about - for example, North African countries and linking and networking with people
of great integrity. From this they are able to share their experience, knowledge and solutions to assist new communities to grow and prosper.
Group dynamics is often driven by some one who is an experienced ‘link’ person, able to act as the focaliser and may have strengths in Permaculture or
Co housing - or Transition Towns - so have a deep knowingness as to how communities can cohesively ‘come into being.’
She talks about inner change that happens when we work for the betterment and the greater good. This may be by one’s connection to nature or even indigenous
cultures - that are often the seed of such a project.
Yet, know we can not do these projects alone, because they are all people oriented and so with the focus on being part of the solution - in a group situation
- this is when novelty and creative energies converge - synergistically - and profound creative works evolve.
Based on all 4 areas of Regeneration - around Ecology, Economy, Social and Culture.
GEN is also involved in supporting - co-op gardens - Green cafes, green schools - but importantly - business wanting to become more holistically green
- and conscious.
Stepping up - from - eco communities. Up to 20 adults and more adults are called an ecovillage from there to - eco neighbourhoods - eco cities - eco regions
and eco nations and eco civilisations. Being all encompassing - Ecos - comes from the Greek word Oikos to do with taking care of the home - the eco-sphere - and coming home to Our planet.
It's a whole movement that is transforming human presence on our planet - from the individual up to grand societal change.
"In essence - an awakening planet."
Kosha mentions the what is unrealised and un-utilised is "Good Intentions” - and their wish is to have this play out in as being a part of the solution.-
and to show a pathway there. In her words - 'they' love to go there.
And she is dealing with politicians from the UN to the EU and Corporates etc - they all have grandchildren - and this is the common denominator.
Indigenous Knowledge and Being.
Indigenous communities are mentioned as being very important. As with the increasingly rapid changes brought about by technical and industrial man, it
has thrown so many traditions out of balance. Especially, as to what is happening with globalised land management, like industrial agriculture, cropping,
harvesting, transport and marketing, that so many countries are experiencing major challenges in adapting to this fast moving world. Particularly as
to housing and educating the rural population to be participators in the future of their regions and countries.
So alternative housing is a huge focus made out of locally sourced elements. This is where innovation is really making its mark.
Kosha also says that we are meant to sing ourselves back into life - that at heart we need to find ourselves in a secure and peaceful situation that we
are able to just sing ourselves into happiness.
There are community gardens in Auckland where people come to garden yet, sing as well.
De colonization - how do we heal this? Especially land issues that have not been acknowledged with indigenous peoples all around
the globe, who have been unfairly discriminated against. They feel very good about GEN and what it offers.
To be able to learn the skills to reconcile many of the injustices that have happened over time.
Especially the possibilities regarding the marae becoming the centre of eco village learning. Listen ....
Subjects covered: organic food growing, permaculture - renewable energy, building from locally sourced resources and the fact that in
1973 the then Labour Government offered up opportunities to return to the land under the name of Ohu’s - where grants could be obtained for small communities
to make the rural sector more productive. Worth visiting this visionary idea with today’s Labour Government. https://teara.govt.nz/en/communes-and-communities/page-2
Currently GEN reaches out to over 6,000 communities worldwide, having a presence in 114 countries around our planet. So they are very well placed to be
able to offer substantial advice and information for any prospective groups of people wanting to commit to building a community. that and ways about
getting funding for infrastructure etc.
GEN is focussing on social entrepreneurship so as to make communities resilient and viable and there are many innovative ways to cooperate and collaborate.
Time banks, Green dollars, Savings pools and all manner of ways to take diversity into the localised marketplace. They have so many resources to share
as to how to sustainably build up a successful, localised, economic model. In NZ we have https://livingeconomies.nz
There were many other questions that did not get asked, especially the term Ubuntu, which comes from South Africa where Kosha was born.
“Ubuntu” is an African expression of ancient wisdom, which is echoed by all ancient civilizations. It simply means “unity within community” where everyone
contributes their natural talents or skills for the greater benefit of all.
In order to create such harmonious communities, we, the people, must lead to a new ‘consciousness’ - without the need for any violence, opposition or conflict
– by simply creating a new alternative – a new system – a new way of doing things – because the old way simply does not work for us anymore.
To be able to create a new system in which competition turns into collaboration. To birth a new society in which we all benefit from our collective efforts
and individual talents.
This interview with Kosha gives an excellent ‘entry level’ understanding and overview of how to approach the challenges of forming an intentional (or any
other) community - that allows for more creativity and freedom to chart one’s own course in a localised ecological setting. One where you can tap into
the resources of a huge planet round network of like minded yet diverse conscious people. Especially in taking us into a 'conscious' future - for our
children's children children.
This being a forerunner to a new planetary paradigm.