Communities for future - our response to the climate emergency
The Communities for Future Summit is an entirely free, online experience hosted by the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN).
The Communities for Future Summit will take place from 1 to 10 February 2020, bringing leading-edge thinkers and leaders from around the globe engaging in concrete action for a just and regenerative future.
Participation in the Communities for Future Summit is completely free and the interviews can be accessed from anywhere.
As young people are taking to the streets, demanding that politicians take urgent action on the climate and ecological crisis, GEN is picking up the baton in terms of concrete manifestation of the needed change in our lives, our communities and municipalities.
The Communities for Future Summit invites you into a larger movement that is catalyzing a regenerative world. Join us now!
Charles EisensteinPhilosopher, Author, Internationally Renowned Speaker“Humanity is meant to join fully the tribe of all life on Earth, offering our uniquely human gifts towards the wellbeing and development of the whole.”
Christiana FigueresInternational Leader on Global Climate Change"I believe in human ingenuity – that when we decide on a task to be done, no matter how daunting it may seem at the beginning, we are able to unleash human ingenuity and human innovative capacity that was unknown, and takes us to a solution."
Modern Mystic, Spiritual Teacher, Founder of Sharing the Presence Association
Thomas HüblModern Mystic, Spiritual Teacher, Founder of Sharing the Presence Association“Climate change has a developmental component – it shows us how to step into the future. It also shows us something is out of alignment.”
Frédéric LalouxAuthor, Organisational Innovator“Too often, as we try to change the world we struggle with outdated management practices. Let a new consciousness breathe life into our workplaces, so we can breathe it into the world!”
Daniel Christian WahlRegenerative Design Generalist, Educator, Author"The creation of diverse, regenerative cultures collaboratively united in a regenerative civilization is the only viable future open to us as we move into the ‘planetary era’."
Author, Initiator of Economy for the Common Good Movement
Christian FelberAuthor, Initiator of Economy for the Common Good Movement"The Economy for the Common Good advocates a more ethical economic model, in which the wellbeing of people and the environment become the ultimate goal of business."
Sabine LichtenfelsPeace Researcher, Co-founder of Tamera Ecovillage"It's time to realize that the environmental crisis and the inner crisis are two sides of the same coin. We, humanity, are a central cause of these disasters. In the same way, we could also be the source for their healing."
Expert on Social-Economic Sustainable Development and Rural Issues in China
Tiejun WenExpert on Social-Economic Sustainable Development and Rural Issues in China“To confront the social and economic changes underway at a global level, we need to work on the integration between the urban and rural contexts."
Visolela NamisesNamibian Politician, Human-Rights Activist"We want to bring a sustainable, low-cost, low-impact lifestyle to our people and the world. As African people, we have been living a communal life that has been protecting the environment in a holistic manner."
Māori Activist, Social Scientist, Spearhead of Indigenous Community-Centred Climate Solutions
Mike SmithMāori Activist, Social Scientist, Spearhead of Indigenous Community-Centred Climate Solutions“I will use a biblical analogy, Noah built the Ark before the floods came. He didn't wait till the waves came crashing through the lounge windows before he decided he needed a getaway plane.”
Indigenous Activist, Chief Elders of Arhuaco People, Speaker
Calixto SuarezIndigenous Activist, Chief Elders of Arhuaco People, Speaker"For me, what matters the most is that the lands are healthy, the water is pure, the wind is free from viruses and the human beings are at peace with themselves."
Environmental Activist, Author, Performer, Promoter of Intentional Communities and Earth Rights
Coyote Alberto RuzEnvironmental Activist, Author, Performer, Promoter of Intentional Communities and Earth Rights"The history of humanity is marked by constant struggles for the rights to a free and fair life based on reciprocity: a healthy, generous, communal, and respectful life in harmony with the cycles of nature and the cosmos, because these are the regulators that allow us to continue existing, as a species and all the other species that share this mother in common, the Mother Earth."
Entrepreneur, Visionist and Author of The Blue Economy
Gunter PauliEntrepreneur, Visionist and Author of The Blue Economy"We are selling ourselves very short by funneling our energies into what the traditional perception is of academic and monetary success."
First Woman President of Ireland, Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Chair of The Elders
Mary RobinsonFirst Woman President of Ireland, Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Chair of The Elders"When Nelson Mandela brought us together as Elders, he did so in the belief that together we are stronger, that change happens when people collectively take action to make our world a better place."
NextGEN Africa Representative, Youth and Environmental Actionist
Sonita MbahNextGEN Africa Representative, Youth and Environmental Actionist"As leaders of tomorrow, youths are called upon to participate in governance policy. The only way for them to do this is to understand that “In order to get to the top, you must start from the bottom.”
Energy Policy Expert, Government Official, Co-President of the Club of Rome
Sandrine Dixson-DeclèveEnergy Policy Expert, Government Official, Co-President of the Club of Rome"I have faith that if we take on this challenge together, we will create the basis for a societal renaissance of unprecedented proportions."
Albert BatesVisionary Lawyer, Author, Permaculturalist, Ecovillage Practitioner"My sense has been if there's a little bit of hope - an ember of hope - I'm gonna blow on it and try to start a fire and really from my own sanity the only thing I can do is to try to do something."
Nora BatesonFilmmaker, Writer, Educator, Lecturer, Cross-disciplinary Systemic Thinker“How we can improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?”
Manish JainCo-Founder of the Unschooling Movement in India"Unlearning starts with the idea that the crisis that’s facing us runs much deeper than simple management shifts or technology fixes, that there’s a deeper question, crisis, story around how we perceive ourselves in the world."
Trainer for Holistic Worldviews, Deep Ecology & Ecovillage Design Education
Om SunisaTrainer for Holistic Worldviews, Deep Ecology & Ecovillage Design Education"Within the climate emergency, there are many other related emergencies. To cope with all these we need holistic and diverse approaches."
Systems Researcher, Coalition-builder, Research Director of Project Drawdown
Chad FrischmannSystems Researcher, Coalition-builder, Research Director of Project Drawdown"We need to rethink our Global Goals: to move beyond stabilization, beyond sustainability, towards regeneration. And along the way, reverse global warming."
Expert in Landscape Restoration, Director and Founder of Commonland
Willem FerwerdaExpert in Landscape Restoration, Director and Founder of Commonland“We are living in an economic world where disconnection between man and nature has become the norm. The need to reconnect with nature will be our utmost challenge. Based on this systemic thinking a real sustainable economy can be achieved.”
Margaret WheatleySpeaker, Organizational Consultant, Systemic Thinker"Can we be life-affirming leaders in a life-destroying time?
Who do we choose to be?
Historically in times of collapse, a few people step forward dedicated to service, not self-interest.
These are Warriors for the Human Spirit"
Co-Founder of Gaia Education and Permaculture Magazine
Maddy HarlandCo-Founder of Gaia Education and Permaculture Magazine"Our relationship with the world is a reflection of consciousness. When we understand that we are truly interconnected on an animate Earth, we profoundly alter our relationship with all beings. It becomes a natural response to conserve, heal and regenerate."
Global Leader of the Permaculture Movement, Practitioner at Crystal Waters Ecovillage, Australia
Morag GambleGlobal Leader of the Permaculture Movement, Practitioner at Crystal Waters Ecovillage, Australia"Permaculture is a practical and positive way of designing, thinking, living and gardening with abundance and care."
Senior Director for Policy and Programme Coordination, UNFCCC
Martin FrickSenior Director for Policy and Programme Coordination, UNFCCC"We are in the midst of a climate crisis, where finally environmental action is moving from corporate social responsibility to the core business; and, it has to be the core business."
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