Abundant Economics Programme

Has the ecovillage model failed? What's next? With Grace Rachmany and Jason Nardi

During the pandemic, we saw several ecovillages fail and others scrambling. The network as a whole found itself cash-strapped and we recognized that the “business model” has not been moving the network towards true sustainability. The network connections through GEN and regional networks are falling short with the tools to create abundant economics. What have we missed that put us in this vulnerable position? What might be ways to move forward? In this workshop we will step out of conventional thinking and come from non-traditional angles to find a path forward.

Rebecca (Grace) Rachmany is one of the leaders in the areas of tokenomics, blockchain governance and distributed technology. She is an expert in practicalities of how to lead a decentralized/distributed organization, DAO governance consultant and brings 25 years of hands-on management of teams. Jason Nardi is a trainer on the themes of solidarity economy and ethical finance, Jason Nardi is the general delegate of RIPESS EU – Solidarity Economy Europe and president of RIES (the Italian Solidarity Economy Network). He currently lives in Florence, where he promotes projects of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), financial mutualism and the Florence Commons Forum.

CSX - Community Supported Everything: Ecovillages and Solidarity Economy with Jason Nardi and Ruby van der Wekken

From Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to Community Supported Everything Else (CSX). In Community Supported Agriculture a group of individuals comes together to form a community whose members combine their resources to share risks and cover the running costs of a healthy farm operation. This principle is transferable to all our basic needs and other goods and services, such as health and wellness, construction and repair services, energy production and distribution, education and arts, cooperative housing etc. When a community creates a network of mutual support and a democratically self-managed economic circuit, caring for their commons and promoting systemic change, you have solidarity economy. Ecovillages can be part of the solidarity economy by becoming CSXs!

Ruby van der Wekken considers herself a member of the Global Justice Movement and is a producer member of Oma Maa Food cooperative in Finland. She has been a co-developer of Helsinki Timebank as well as of Commons.fi, a platform forming process around solidarity economy building and the furthering of our commons and commoning. Jason Nardi is a tainer on the themes of solidarity economy and ethical finance, Jason Nardi is the general delegate of RIPESS EU – Solidarity Economy Europe and president of RIES (the Italian Solidarity Economy Network). He currently lives in Florence, where he promotes projects of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), financial mutualism and the Florence Commons Forum.
 

How to live in shared solidarity economy in a community: Examples from German communities and Finnish initiatives with Steffen Emrich and Ruby van der Wekken

What does a common economy do to the togetherness in a community? In other words, how can we actually live together as equals if the individual economic conditions are very different? With small games, experiences and exchange we want to approach these questions and make them tangible. Together we will think about how we as communities can better contribute to a solidary (also economic) cooperation.

Steffen Emrich has over 15 years of experience as a freelance consultant, moderator and process facilitator and has been living in community projects for over 20 years. He was on the board of GEN-Germany for four years and is currently a member of the GEN EU board. Ruby van der Wekken considers herself a member of the Global Justice Movement and is a producer member of Oma Maa Food cooperative in Finland. She has been a co-developer of Helsinki Timebank as well as of Commons.fi, a platform forming process around solidarity economy building and the furthering of our commons and commoning.

Ecovillages and Collapse with Robert Hall and Viviane Straub

Presuming that the socio-ecological crisis will continue to lead to extreme weather events and other disruptions in relation to food, water, power, and governance systems, amongst other things, how can ecovillages prepare for a potential societal collapse? What role should ecovillages play in a pre and post collapse world? How can ecovillages serve as sites of support and preparation for a pre and post collapse world? To what extent should the potential of a societal collapse be considered within the ecovillage network? How should ecovillages grapple with the potential of a collapse? And is societal collapse being spoken about within your communities? These questions and more will be explored together with experienced ecovillagers in what is expected to be a fruitful and lively dialogue. 

Viviane Straub is a Human Ecologist (MSc) and Project Coordinator for RELEARN Suderbyn, an NGO focusing on action research, transformative education, and cross-border cooperation. She is experienced in facilitation and holding space both within ecovillages and externally. Robert Hall  has been active in the ecovillage movement since 2008 when Suderbyn Permaculture Ecovillage, which he co-founded, joined Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) Europe. He has served two terms on its Council and in 2015 was elected president of GEN-Europe. From 2014-2015 he served as GEN-Europe managing director and since 2015 has served on the GEN international board. Robert was involved in the foundation of ECOLISE from 2013-15 and served as president from 2017-2019.