Stella Veciana

Sieben Linden, Germany

Dr Stella Veciana lives at Sieben Linden ecovillage, teaches at Leuphana University’s Faculty of Sustainability (Lüneburg) and currently co-leads the project “Living in sustainable villages” funded by the German Federal Environment Agency. She is an active member of the GEN International Research group. In Realworld-laboratories she develops academia-community partnerships and methods for sustainability-oriented research. She worked at the Civil Platform Forschungswende for participative research governance, and the German Agency for International Cooperation & Fondo Indigena creating an academic-practitioner research program for indigenous communities. Her studies embrace media-/computer-arts (UdK Berlin/SVA, New York), MBA in research management (UPC Barcelona), PhD in art-sci research (UB Barcelona) and she is also trained in Community Building (S. Peck), Forum (ZEGG), Dialogue (D. Bohm), Sociocracy (D. Leafe Christian), Betzavta (bpb Berlin). Her research fields are: education for sustainable development, community-based research, participatory governance, artistic research, open science.


“Living in Sustainable Villages” – Ecovillages as catalysts for sustainable rural development

13.07.2018 / 11.30 AM – 1 PM and 14.07.2018 / 3 PM – 5 PM

With Thomas Meier

(1) In the first part of the workshop we want to share what we have developed and our experiences gained through the project “Living in sustainable villages“. The aim of the project is to make available and share with existing villages and regions the long experience of ecovillages in the form of cooperative partnerships for sustainable development. Within the framework of the project “Living in sustainable villages“, funded by the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt / Bundesumweltministerium), five member associations of GEN Germany cooperate with five selected villages from their region to share and explore their inspirational power and transferability of solutions for sustainable land development in all four dimensions of sustainability – ecological, economic, social and cultural. (2) During the following interactive part of the workshop we want to exchange our views and experiences in the transfer of ecovillage sustainability practices into broader society. We will invite to co-create a follow-up project and coach interested participants in how to engage other ecovillages to similar cooperations with neighbour villages.

1. “Models of lived sustainability” (2013-15)
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2. “Urban resilience and new communality” (2015-16)
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3. “Living in Sustainable Villages” (2017-18)
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“Personal Sustainability”

11.07.2018 and 13.07.2018 / 3 PM  – 5 PM

With Kaidi Tamm

The workshop intents to encourage, explore and share our experiences on Personal Sustainability as a relevant key to sustainability transition and how to implement it in our daily life. (1) In a first part to the workshop contents and arguments of the book “Personal Sustainability: Exploring the Far Side of Sustainable Development” will be presented. With the personal sustainability concept the editors want to explore the personal, subjective and individual aspects of sustainable development that shape the ability to live in a way that is sustainable for oneself and one’s surrounding. A qualitative view on the inner situation of a person includes the inner conditions shaping their lived experiences, scope of action and perception. According to our approach the inner and outer sustainability are not separate, but interconnected dimensions. The facets that affect personal sustainability include a set of primarily outer characteristics such as physical health or natural beauty, as well as inner features such as consciousness, spiritual, cultural and worldview related aspects or a sense of wellbeing. These facets also include perceptions, bodily experiences, as well as thoughts and values, needs and wishes, emotional and habitual patterns. In individual cases and different circumstances the inner needs and qualities that support personal sustainability can differ. (2) During a second interactive part we want to share our views and experiences of personal sustainability and aim to create a working group on this issue for further research and exchange.

“Personal Sustainability: Exploring the Far Side of Sustainable Development”, Oliver Parodi & Kaidi Tamm (Eds.) London : Routledge, 2018


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