The Global Eco-village Network is a network that attempts to connect communities to each other and works with other bodies towards implementing a transition to living in more resilient communities globally.
Their definition of an eco-village is: “An eco-village is an intentional, traditional or urban
community that is consciously designed through locally owned, participatory processes in all four directions of sustainability to regenerate their social and natural environments.” They also say they are living laboratories that are pioneering solutions towards quality lifestyles with a smaller footprint on the planet.
GEN has five regional bodies and the total network embraces around 10,000 diverse communities including ones in cities, ones designed amongst nature and indigenous communities,
Their vision is for a move to a more sustainable future being driven by individuals with their local communities. To assist this they provide tools and examples to support those developing sustainable communities around the world.
GEN has designed the Sustainability Mandala (see sustainable living) which has 30 eco-village principles designed in collaboration with Gaia Education. These principles are intended to provide a roadmap for the implementation or transformation of communities towards an eco-village lifestyle.