ecovillage economics: abundance in community

13 - 14 NOVEMBER 2021

How can we create successful economic models centred in trust, cooperation, ethical practice and wellbeing, whilst simultaneously providing financial sustenance to support ourselves, our communities and wider society? How can we design and integrate regenerative businesses that support the health of both people and the planet? How can we recognise the emerging field of ‘community economics’ and how are ecovillages defining this model?  

economies for and by community

We invite you to dive into the cutting-edge field of sustainable community-centred economics. Day 1 deepens the solidarity economy of living communities by identifying current practices and co-creatively finding new solutions in facilitated design studios! Day 2 discovers community-based businesses, cottage industries and social enterprises to make communities thrive, taking the form of design studios, project presentations, talks and a regenerative business sprint. 

Join us if you are interested in new community economies. Join us if you are considering starting an enterprise or are already on your path of doing so. Join us if you want to learn directly from successful community businesses and how they have thrived. Let us start living the economies we dream of, melting pots of human expression, ethical conduct, sharing and abundance for all. 


Times in CET

10:00-10:30 – Opening 

10:30 – 12:00 – Panel: Solidarity Economy in Communities How can we create successful economic models centred in trust, cooperation, ethical practice and wellbeing, whilst simultaneously providing financial sustenance to support ourselves, our communities and wider society?  This panel will explore the current practices and challenges of integrating a solidarity economy in ecovillages and intentional communities.  

13:00 – 15:00 – World Cafe: Solidarity Economy This participatory session guides you through a selection of the current solidarity economy best practices and challenges in communities while opening the space for you to add your ideas and input to each of them. We intend for this session to allow you to share your own experiences of integrating approaches to the solidarity economy in your own communities whilst hearing about others experiences and challenges within the same topics. 

15:30 – 16:15 – Ecovillage Talks with Macaco Tamerice (Damanhur) and Elisa Garlaschi (gASTWERKe) These talks will deepen your understanding of solidarity economy themes, approaches and challenges. Led by practitioners who have ‘been there and done that’, these practical dialogues on themes including pensions and inclusion will connect you with the doers to provide all with a basis of knowledge which can be integrated into your own projects and initiatives – as well as informing the design studio sessions.

16:30 – 18:30 – Design Studio: Solidarity Economy Led by leading organisations in the field and informed by their practices in and around ecovillages, this creative space invites you to take part in finding the new solutions and mending the solidarity economy gap in communities. You will be invited to choose one of 6 themes to explore in depth and to take part in harvesting our collective intelligence.  

20:00 – 21:15 – Panel: Common Economy  Have you ever wondered how communities with a shared economy works? How does it feel to relinquish economic individuality whilst living in full solidarity and interdependence? What are the joys, fears and benefits of these approaches and how can they differ from each other? In this panel we’ll be exploring these questions and more with three communities who practice a common economy. 

20:00 – 21:15 – Panel: Gift Economy Arne Bollinger will share his experiences from visiting, volunteering and facilitating in 56 communities and his observations on their economic models, mindset and the practical restraints of using money.


10:00 – 10:45 – Opening

10:45 – 12:00 Panel: Business as a cultural change catalyst with Ella Noah Bancroft and Adrian Areta How can businesses be catalysts for cultural, environmental and regional change? This panel will ponder this topic, highlight avenues for community-based micro-businesses and question the potential for revitalising cottage industries. Visionary and practice-based speakers will do the groundwork for us to reimagine how business is done and practiced.

13:00-17:30 Community-Based Business Sprint We invite all starting and early-stage entrepreneurs to present their initiatives in this space – let us learn together, network and be inspired by the many ground-breaking and exciting projects happening right now. Thereafter we will hold a Funding Circle – judged by you and all participants – which will facilitate and distribute a prize fund to the most innovative project/s. Don’t miss this opportunity to present your ideas and have a chance to receive funding to kick-start your initiatives!

17:30 – 18:00 Closing and celebrations!



In this event you will meet some of the most inspiring ecovillages from all around Europe. They will share their solutions and challenges on community economic structures and the solidarity economy, discuss grassroots experiences with common economies and offer you their perspectives on community-based businesses and businesses as cultural change catalysts.


We want to make this event accessible to as many people as possible, which is why we offer sliding-scale pricings on the tickets based on income level.

You can register either as an individual (including students) or as a GEN Europe member. You can see a description of each and the associated sliding scale tiers below.


Any person interested in sustainable economics and creating regenerative businesses. If you are multiple people, please consider multiple ‘Individual’ registrations

LOW INCOME: €30: Support GEN EU to create this event and similar events in the future

MEDIUM INCOME €50: Fund honoraries and support for speakers, artists and spaceholders within the event + support GEN EU to create this event 

HIGH INCOME: €70: Contribute towards our solidarity fund to enable fellow community seekers lacking the financial means to also be able to attend.



Full or aspiring GEN EU member communities as categorised by our member process.

Members can also join at a reduced rate of €20 and are encouraged to donate (at the end of the form). You can join for the reduced rate by using the member coupon. If you are a member but have not received a coupon, please contact us here.