Integral SustainabilityMerging Wisdom from Permaculture,Ecovillages & Transition Towns.Julia Ramos_julia@laagroteca.comGlobal Ecovillage Network AmbassadorCoach & Consultant in Integral Sustainability.
LIFE IS UNDER THREAT Peak Oil & Peak Resources Climate Change Economic contraction & Growing Inequality Soil depletion & Water access Massive consumption Growing population. Biodiversity Loss.
4 Dimensions: Integral Sustainability Economy Integral Ecology Cultural Sustainability Social
Intentional CommunitiesTraditional Sustainable Urban Villages Neighbourhoods Living and Learning Transition Town Centres Projects Permaculture Projects
Global Ecovillage Network GEN GEN was set up in 1995 to empower the experimental creation and preservation ofhuman settlements that regenerate our social and natural environments. GEN has consultative status with the UN - ECOSOC
Guidelines for ‘ecovillage’ recognitionGrowing from our shared vision and values, we - the people –choose to:•Design our own villages and our own lifestyles in community.•Live in harmony with nature.•Become guardians of the nature around us once again•Celebrate our cultural identity and diversity .•Uphold human rights for all.•Support oneness and solidarity, while helping each individual tofind his or her unique way of serving the whole.
Ecovillages Project – Baltic SeaOverall objective :• Create a toolkit for initiators and developers of ecovillages• Develop an effective model for planning and implementation of ecovillages Jan 2011 to Dec 2013 - EUR: 1.467.330,00
The EU Strategy for the Danube Region 14 countries: Germany (Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria), Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Moldova, and Ukraine
The EU Strategy for the Danube Region Priority 6: To preserve biodiversity, landscapes and the quality of air and soils • Sub-priority 6.4 for Education of people on the value of natural assets, ecosystems and the services they provide • Action 6.4.1 - “To raise awareness of the general public, by acknowledging and promoting the potentials of natural assets as drivers of sustainable regional development”.
What is Permaculture? Its origins on natural farming By M. Fukuoka and developed by B. Mollison & D. Holmgreen. Method for designing sustainable human settlements in social, ecological and economical terms. The word “Permaculture” comes from Permanent + Culture. A philosophy of working with, rather than against nature.
What is Permaculture?Based on the observation oftraditional natural systems .It consists of universal ethicsand design principles.A grass roots andinternational movement ofpractitioners, designers andorganisations.An empowering response toenvironmental & social crisis.
Permaculture: An Overview Earth Care People Care Site PK Fair Share Water Ethics Social Earth Energy Landscape Legal Aid Technologies Mollisons Climate People Structures Plants Principles Culture SourcesTrade/Finance Connections Principles Holmgrens Abstract Design Principles Timing Elements Data Knowledge Design Sector Strategies/ Analysis Methods Input- Design Output Processes Land- Analysis SADIM(ET) PAS(T)E Scape Zoning Reading OBREDIMET SWOC CEAP Base Data- Map Overlay
● Plants Design Processes ●Animals●Structures ● Survey ●(Tools) ●Analyse/Assess ●Events PAS(T)E- Design ●Design Processes SADIM(ET) ●Implement Sheet ●Maintain/Manage ●Evaluate ●Tweak SWOC- Analysis OBREDIMET CEAP Observe ● Strengths ● ●Boundaries ●Weaknesses ● Collect site information ●Resources ●Opportunities ●Evaluate the information ●Evaluate/Examine●Constraints/Challenges ●Apply permaculture ●Design ●Principles = Design ●Implement ●Plan a schedule of ●Maintain/Manage implementation, maintenance, ●Evaluate evaluation and tweaking ●Tweak
What are Transition Towns?It was founded by Rob Hopkins at the city of Totnes, U.K. in2005.It is based on Hollmgreen´s Permaculture Principles.A transition town initiative starts with a group of people thathave joined together to work for building resilience towards:Oil dependency.Climate change and nature destruction.Economic instability.
What are Transition Towns?These groups of people organize depending on the particularneeds of the community and provide solutions accordingly.Some activities or projects developed: Local food production: CSA & organic markets. Alternative currencies (time banks, money) Energy & housing cooperatives. Car sharing. Community building & group dynamics. Local business (health, teching, shopping…)
The 7 Principles of Transition.1. Positive Visioning 5. Build Resilience.2. Help People Access GoodInformation and Trust Them toMake Good Decisions 6. Inner and Outer Transition.3. Inclusion and Openness 7. Subsidiarity: self-organisation4. Enable Sharing and and decision making at theNetworking. appropriate level
We are a Social Enterprise that develops and promotesIntegral Sustainability, through coaching and consulting projects.We do it by applying permaculture´s principles, the 4dimensions of sustainability: social, economical, ecological andcultural and the practical examples from transition town´sinitiatives.We work for the improvement of the traditional businessmanagement model to create the new : Integral Sustainability Business Model.
Applying Integral Sustainability to Business:Social DimensionShared Vision, Trust & Organization.Health and well-being. Personal Growth. Emotional support.Lifelong learning. Coaching.Dragon Dreaming & Sociocracy.Strengthening community and embracing diversity.Participatory decision making processes.Conflict facilitation and peace-building skills.Open communication and respect.Positive & empowering leadership.Frequent social events & Community belonging.
Applying Integral Sustainability to Business:Economic DimensionHelping local economies and business.Triple Bottom Line accounting.Common Welfare Economy.Co-operation, Networking and sharing.Distribution of resources and wealth.Reduction of consumerism & Degrowth.Participate in organised trading and exchange (local currency,time banks, alternative currencies, bartering, microcredits…)Significant collective ownership of land, water and resources.Engage in ethical and transparent fair trade.
Applying Integral Sustainability to Business: Ecological DimensionFrom global to local perspective.Helping local community.Honouring traditions that are good for the people.Social justice and gender equality.Celebrating life: dance, music, art.Support socially excluded people.Embrace diversity.Develop a worldview vison to ensure future´sgenerations wellbeing.
Applying Integral Sustainability to Business: Cultural/Worldview DimensionConservation of Biodiversity & Restoration of Ecosystems.Ecological and traditional building methods.Organic agriculture and permaculture.Sustainable water management and clean energy.Ecological and traditional building methods.Recycling and pollution reduction. Reconnecting with Nature: Deep ecology.
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