Daniel will co-preside the conference with Ina Meyer-Stoll from ZEGG in Germany. In addition, he will offer two workshops and help to lead the Training of Trainers for the Global Ecovillage Network just following the conference. He will also attend and present at the Climate Launchpad meeting in Tallinn.
Daniel is the President of the Global Ecovillage Network, co-founder of Gaia Education, and founder and CEO of Living Routes, Earth Deeds and CAPE. While a visionary and a “big thinker”, his organizational and interpersonal skills has enabled him to be a successful social entrepreneur, international educator, and sustainability consultant. He is passionate about new paradigms, worldviews and “stories” that can help humans live in greater harmony with each other and all life.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University with a B.A. in Psychology, Daniel received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota with a focus on education within intentional communities. In 1999, he founded the educational non-profit Living Routes, which partnered with UMass-Amherst to run study abroad programs based in ecovillages around the world. Over 1,500 students have been transformed by their experiences in sustainable communities such as Findhorn in Scotland and Auroville in south India.
While leading Living Routes, Daniel set up a system where students measured their travel emissions and supported sustainability projects within their host communities. It worked so well, Daniel left Living Routes in 2012 to start Earth Deeds and further develop these tools to help others similarly understand and respond to their impacts. After Living Routes ceased operations in 2014, Daniel decided to carry on its vision by creating CAPE Consultancy, which helps develop Custom Academic Programs in Ecovillages.
“Like ants in an anthill, as individuals, we are at best dimly aware of our collective being. By following our bliss and staying on path, however, we are being the best “ants” we can be and are participating in the conscious evolution of our human “anthill” and of all life.”
Awakening the Dreamer – Introduction to GEN
In an era of increasing ecological, social, and economic crises, GEN offers local solutions to global problems and models for living in harmony with each other and the planet. You and I already know this, but how do we share the magic of GEN with others? With enthusiastic permission from the Pachamama Alliance, their Awakening the Dreamer symposium materials have been adapted into an inspiring presentation that introduces newcomers to the “Why” and “What” of GEN and specific pathways to get involved. Eventually intended to be used by GEN Ambassadors and other wishing to promote GEN, this is a first draft presentation and attendee feedback will be solicited.
Cults and Ecovillages
When you describe your community experiences to friends and family, have you ever been accused of “living in a cult”? Have you ever wondered this yourself? This presentation will explore nine common characteristics of cults — and their counterpoints — and where ecovillages fit on these continua (spoiler alert: we’re not “perfect”). Participants will leave with a better awareness of red flags to watch out for and ways to talk with others about cults and ecovillages.
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