July 31, 2008

Designing Life and Living

From Kosmos Journal:
Ecovillages: Design at the Edge

By May East

Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness the energies of love. -- Teilhard de Chardin
Ecovillages are laboratories of human relations, in which we test the power of new systemic thinking to bring about necessary changes in the local and global economic, social and ecological environments. Ecovillages provide conditions for cutting-edge sustainability experiments. In these living and learning laboratories, we quickly learn from mistakes and advances. Both are held in a complex framework of dream and vision, earth and cosmos, technology and spirit, intention and love, dance and chant, cycle and balance, death and renewal.

What is sustained in an ecovillage is not economic growth or development, but the entire web of life on which our long term survival depends. A sustainable community is designed in such a way that its ways of life, businesses, economy, social activities, physical structures and technologies do not interfere with Nature's inherent ability to sustain life.

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