Schloss Tonndorf ecovillage
Thomas Meier lives at Schloss Tonndorf ecovillage, is a member of the board of the Global Ecovillage Network Germany e.V. and currently co-leads the project “Living in sustainable villages” funded by the German Federal Environment Agency. Meier studied architecture in Kassel and Berlin and since then works freelance as a project developer and planner particularly for Thuringian communities (including the community of Tonndorf Castle eG, the Sonnenhof eG in Hohenfelden, the Kunesto Cobstädt eG and the Windberg e.V. in Beichlingen). In 2005, he co-founded the ‘Schloss Tonndorf eG’ in Weimar and lives there since then – currently with 28 children and 33 adults. He regularly gives seminars in community education about topics such as decision-making, finding a vision, legal and financial structure, the search for other people and suitable places as well as community-promoting planning and building.
“Living in Sustainable Villages” – Ecovillages as catalysts for sustainable rural development
With Stella Veciana
(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)
More: http://www.gelebte-nachhaltigkeit.de/start/start/index.htm (in German)
2. “Urban resilience and new communality” (2015-16)
More: https://www.wettbewerb-zukunftsstadt.de/veranstaltungen/detail/workshop_urbane_resilienz_und_neue_gemeinschaftlichkeit.html (in German)
3. “Living in Sustainable Villages” (2017-18)
More: gen-deutschland.de/wp_gen/projekte/uba-projekt (in German)
Baltic Ecovillage Network: coming together to share and support
With Alisa Dendro
Many of us in the Baltic Sea Region grow communities, ecovillages and green projects, but only few of us support each other by a word, technique, knowledge or a sense of togetherness. In the same region we encounter similar challenges and often find similar solutions, thus having a dynamic and supportive network would help us on our paths. We inherited pieces of common history, traditions, traumas and celebration but rarely recognise this affinity and often continue to grow stereotypes and images about each other. Baltic Ecovillage Network (BEN) could be one of the common grounds feeding and supporting us through exchange of knowledge, experience, contacts, question and solutions, not less than the sense of creating together with others. Created 5 years ago, BEN is still in its pilot stage with a lot of unfolded potential, but with already created structures. Hosting the Conference in Estonia can be a good jumping point for us to come together.
During this session we will connect and map the situation in the region – we hope many of you people around the Baltic Sea can come. We will get to know the story of BEN, what has been and is happening now and to project the future path. We will take a look at our resemblance and differences and see how we can support each other. And we aim to meet each other in an enriching way.
The workshop is organised by BEN Council members.
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