Kosha Anja Joubert
Executive Director of the Global Ecovillage Network
Scotland / South Africa
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.
Watch her TEDx Talk on Ecovillages here.
“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.”
Workshop: GEN Education – a global learning journey for regeneration
With Anna Kovasna
Join this conversation to learn more about the new GEN Learning Journey, how and why to run GEN certified workshops, the new GEN Training of Trainers, and what it means to be a GEN Trainer. The Global Ecovillage Learning Journey is a flexible curriculum, designed to link ecovillage education across the globe into a certified and recogniseable programme for ecovillage-based regenerative skills and knowledge. In essence – a way to link up and amplify the impact, reach and visibility of workshops and trainers in our networks, and make it easier for learners to access the incredible wealth of educational opportunities ecovillages offer. GEN Trainers is a growing community of ecovillage educators – a diverse and international group of change-makers, linked by a grounding in ecovillage living, skills in facilitating participatory learning, and a commitment to community-led action for regeneration. As a GEN trainer, you can turn your workshops into parts of the GEN Learning Journey. You also become part of our resource bank for matching local needs with local trainers, for when people contact GEN in search for ecovillage training – and more In this conversation, we will share more with you about the learning journey and GEN Trainers, how to get certified, and also listen to your feedback and ideas for how to support the spread of ecovillage based skills and knowledge even more.
Workshop: Introducing ecovillage model to the Estonian communities: four aspects of sustainability
With Anna Kovasna
The aim of the workshop is to reach out to Estonian rural and urban neighbourhoods who have expressed interest in transitioning into more conscious and sustainable communities to give ideas, examples and inspiration from the GEN movement and such communities from around the world. With the help of Ecovillage Playing Cards the examples of a typical traditional Estonian village and a post-Soviet urban neighbourhood are pondered making thus also a functional introduction to the four dimensions of sustainability. The workshop is intended especially for invited participants from the country – village leaders, community activists, community-based project initiators. It is open to all conference participants with similar aims and backgrounds!
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