Sustainable Communities: Lessons for Aspiring Eco-Villages (Book)

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Sustainable Communities: Lessons for Aspiring Eco-Villages

Malcolm Hollick & Christine Connolly

This book first introduces eco-village concepts and then describes eleven eco-villages and communities in Australia, the USA and Europe. Seven of these are members of the Global Eco-village Network and/or the Eco-village Network of the Americas.

An integrated view of each community is given which includes details of their beliefs and values; legal, financial, social and economic structures; technological systems, and interactions with the outside world.

In the second part of the book, eight key issues arising from this study are discussed in depth:

  • Building the legal foundations
  • Finding the money
  • Community sharing versus individual responsibility Creating a caring, sharing community
  • Making decisions and managing conflicts
  • Making a living
  • Land selection and community design
  • Technologies

The book contains a careful discussion of what makes a community an eco-village, and an imaginative glimpse of a sustainable future based on eco-village communities.

Authors: Malcolm Hollick & Christine Connolly

Malcolm Hollick and Christine COnnolly imageMalcolm Hollick had a long career as an academic at the University of Western Australia. His research and teaching on various aspects of sustainable development convinced him the grassroots eco-village movement is vitally important for creating a sustainable future for humanity. In 1997, he and his partner, Christine Connelly, visited and studied eleven eco-villages in Australia, the USA and Europe. Christine’s intuitive approach and her skill and experience in networking with people complemented Malcolm’s analytical outlook to produce a balanced perception of the communities visited.