Communities for Future
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Our Response to the Climate Emergency

February 1-10, 2020

Kosha Joubert

Executive Director of the Global Ecovillage Network
Kosha Joubert

Kosha carries an exceptionally rich and kind vision, a vision which is sourced in her dedicated work with GEN, her personal experience of community and her own heart. She sees how our sense of belonging to the land, as natives, guardians and children of this Earth, is the most precious link for empowering people to restore ecosystems. Kosha also reminds us of the diversity of important actions that we can take as individuals: fulfilling our purpose can take many forms and there's no reason not to do our best. She tells us about the regenerative power of community, the potential within climate change and the vision for GEN.

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    Kosha Joubert

    Kosha Joubert, MSc serves as Executive Director of the Global Ecovillage Network. She has many years of experience as an international facilitator, trainer, and consultant and has worked extensively in the fields of community empowerment, intercultural collaboration and sustainable development. Kosha grew up in South Africa under Apartheid and has been dedicated to building bridges across divides ever since. She has lived in ecovillages for the past 25 years. Kosha is also a co-founder of Gaia Education, which develops trainings at the cutting-edge of sustainability, and co-author of the internationally applied curriculum of the Ecovillage Design Education.
    In 2016, Kosha received the Dadi Janki Award - 100 Women of Spirit - For engaging spirituality in life and work and for making a difference in the world.

    References:

    Kosha's TEDxFindhorn: From Apartheid to Ecovillages

    LA Ecovillage

    Totnes Transition Town

    Hurdal eco-neighbourhood

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    4 Comments

    • John D Cooper

      Kosha, Your insightful sharing is inspirational! Daniel, Thanks for asking such wonderful questions and deep listening…
      Shalom from Australia’s Sunshine Coast in the midst of a longer hotter summer. John D Cooper

    • Yuma Langenbach

      Thank you for sharing your insights and experiences, it is really expanding my world view while also affirming much of what I felt to be true = we need to be in community, in right relations with life and the world….making space for co-creation & collaboration so we can achieve something much bigger than one person’s imagination.

      I love the power of Eco Villages to make us feel “indigenous”, truly belonging to the Earth and rising up as the guardians of life.

    • inci gokmen

      Dear Kosha

      Thank you so much organizing such a nice summit.
      The things you said about rural communities is true for Turkey.
      -In Turkey couple of years ago they passed a law and converted thousands of villages to the districts of the larger cities. Which restricted their activities a lot.
      -In addition to putting villagers down there are other social aspects as well. When the young girls marry they have to live with the parents of the groom. Often it restricts their freedom and there is too much work. The girls do not want to marry village boys unless they find a job outside the village and settle to city.
      -There are not many children in the villages now, so they closed the village schools, so children are carried to schools or they have to go to boarding schools. The conditions are rough.
      -On top of all, the economic situation is not bright for the villagers, they can not earn enough to survive with what they produce.
      Thanks a lot

    • Arina Vogelbacher

      Thank you so much for this video and all your other interviews. I received a lot of inspiration and knowledge from this course! You are amazing.

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