Kosha Anja Joubert

Sustainability educator
GEN International, Findhorn
South Africa, Scotland

Kosha Anja Joubert will speak about global ecovillage movement and ‘The Ecovillage Development Program’.

Growing up in South Africa under Apartheid, Kosha went on a pilgrimage through her own country in 1991 and discovered a community of black and white South Africans living together, which was an empowering turning point in her life. She is dedicated to building bridges across all divides ever since.

Currently based on Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland with her family, Kosha has lived in many intentional communities and researched intercultural communication. She is fascinated by the phenomenon of Collective Wisdom: how can we transform our communities, organizations and societies into systems of cooperation, creativity and innovation for a planet at peace with itself.

An international facilitator, trainer, manager and consultant, she has worked extensively in the fields of curriculum development, international collaboration and sustainable development.

She has been a driving force in GEN for 8 years, today she serves as the Executive Director of GEN International and sits on the Advisory Board of pan-European umbrella organisation for community-led initiatives, ECOLISE. She is also behind the emergence of GEN-Africa as an independent region within GEN. Kosha believes that a community-led regeneration can become a source of solutions for today’s societal challenges.

Co-founder of Gaia Education, which develops trainings at the cutting-edge of sustainability and co-author of the internationally applied Gaia Education curriculum, the Ecovillage Design Education, which is an official contribution to the UN ‘Decade for the Education for Sustainable Development 2004- 2014’. She has facilitated EDE’s in Germany, Scotland, Italy, South Africa, India, Gambia, Ghana, Senegal and Palestine.

She is currently working on the translation of her book, previously published in German: ‘The Change Makers Guide to Collective Wisdom’.

Interesting fact: In 2016, Kosha received the Dadi Janki Award – 100 Women of Spirit – For engaging spirituality in life and work and for making a difference in the world.

“The most underutilized resource we have today is the good intentions and creativity of citizens, and our willingness to make a difference. GEN is deeply rooted in these good intentions.”

Watch her TEDx Talk on Ecovillages here.


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