Ecovillages A Practical Guide to Sustainable Communities

ISBN-10: 0865715386

ISBN-13: 9780865715387

Edition: 2005

Authors: Jan Martin Bang

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Ecovillages have arisen around the world in response to the social fragmentation of modern life and its alienation from nature. They provide a variety of ways of living in community with others and with nature and are linked worldwide through the Global Ecovillage Network. While interest in this approach to sustainable living is rapidly increasing, there is relatively little literature on the topic and none that brings the design principles of permaculture to bear on the successful design of these communities. "Ecovillages" explores the new departures in personal, social and ecological living represented by this phenomenon. This book explores the background and history to the ecovillages movement, and then provides a comprehensive manual for planning, establishing and maintaining a sustainable community, using a permaculture approach. Aspects discussed include: tools for social design leadership and conflict management house design and building techniques gardening, farming and food production water and sewage energy and heat sources, and alternative economics. Featured throughout the book are full color case studies -- or "Living Examples" -- of successful ecovillages ranging from Kibbutz to Camphill communities and from as far afield as Australia, Israel, Europe and the United States. Each example includes data on its location, date of founding, number of residents and spiritual or ideological affiliation, the photographs bringing to life the special characteristics of the particular community. Packed with tips, useful insights, sage advice and a compendium of resources, "Ecovillages" will appeal to broad range of people interested in livingin community -" or planning to do so. Jan Martin Bang has spent a lifetime working in alternative communities ranging from the kibbutz in Israel to his present home in the Camphill community of Solborg in Norway. He leads training and development for new ecovillage projects around the world.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 9/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Jan Martin Bang has spent a lifetime in alternative communities, ranging from kibbutz in Israel to the Camphill community of Solborg in Norway. He has been a leading activist in Permaculture and ecovillage developments internationally. His three previous books, Ecovillages, Growing Eco-Communities and Sakhnin are published by Floris Books.

How to use this book
The Story of the Global Ecovillage Network
Communists and communes
Organic gardening and alternative technology
The Well People Group
The complete world of Kibbutz
The Global Ecovillage Network
Burnout and the negative activist
What is an Ecovillage?
Ecovillage training centres
On to Camphill
The Farm, Tennessee, USA
Ecotop, Germany
Sunrise Farm, Australia
Camphill Solborg, Norway
Patterns in Nature
A very short history of the development of human consciousness
Mollison, Holmgren and Australian bush freaks
From homestead gardening to community economics
Deep ecology
Reading nature's book
Some patterns from nature
Reading meaning in the things around us
Earthaven, North Carolina, USA
Kibbutz Lotan, Israel
Modelling the Ecovillage: the Social Aspect
The three-legged stool
Thinking machines
The spiral of improvement
Democracy or dictatorship?
The co-ordinating leader
Quality circles
Ecovillage auditing
Footprint analysis
Social ecology
Conflict resolution
Findhorn, Scotland
Zegg, Germany
Clil Ecovillage, Israel
Old Bassaisa, Egypt
Bhole Baba, Italy
House Design and Building Techniques
Spiritual aspects
Feng Shui
Siting and zoning
Water and sewage
Energy and heating
Social aspects
Twin Oaks, Virginia, USA
Wilhelmina, Holland
Agriculture: Soil, Plants, Gardening and Farming
Community food production, the Cartwheel model
From PC to biodynamic to organic to chemical farming
Agriculture as power: advice to growers and consumers
Structure and behaviour of soil
Plants and their spirits
Mulch gardening
Small scale vegetable planning
Upacchi, Italy
Kimberton Hills Camphill, Pennsylvania, USA
Kibbutz Ketura, Israel
Water and Sewage
The planet water
Our crimes against water
Biological sewage systems
Living Machines
Thomas Crapper's terrible legacy
Water as intelligence
Terre d'Enaille, Belgium
Energy Sources and Alternative Technology
Wasting our fossil fuel reserves
The nuclear waste legacy
Falling water
Wind generators
Solar power
Bio energy
Unconventional sources
Kibbutz Samar, Israel
Alternative Economics
What is money and what is it for?
World economics, the gold standard and porridge oats
Shareholder protectionism and instability
Indicators of sustainable economic welfare
LETS and other self-generated systems
Local capital, business and income creation
Community Supported Agriculture
Lebensgarten, Germany
New Bassaisa, Egypt
Harman Centre, Turkey
Putting it all together
Design Hands-On
Group dynamics
Design process, step by step
Site assessment
Report writing
Project presentation
Looking to the future
La Paix-Dieu, Belgium
Camphill Botton, England
Woodcrest Bruderhof, New York, USA
Garden Plan
Garden Schedule
Compost Ingredients
Site Assessment Check List
Book List
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