RADIO SHOW ABOUT COMMUNITIES WINS AWARD
A series of radio programmesand an associated websiteon the subject of intentionalcommunities in Australia haverecently been awarded theSouthern Cross University’sVice Chancellor’s award forexcellence in research andscholarship.The series was aired byRadio National, a subsidiary ofthe national broadcaster ABC(the Australian BroadcastingCorporation), which broadcaststhroughout Australia and intoSE Asia. The series included anumber of interviews withcommunity residents (includingGENOA folk, Max Lindeggerand Val Oliver). It also createda fascinating educational webresource, where visitors couldget involved in various forumsdiscussing the thorny problemsencountered by a hypotheticalcommunity, ‘Paradiso Falls’.Just under half of theAUS$10,000 prize money willgo towards helping to set upthe ‘Rainbow Archives’, anattempt to collect, study andcatalogue materials relating topost-Aquarian social movementsin the Northern Rivers regionof Australia. The rest will bespent on further researchprojects, books, conferencefees, etc for the team memberswho pulled this together.For more information, checkout http://www.abc.net.au/rn/ utopias/ Ecovillage bridges are beingbuilt between western andeastern Europe. In the rst legof an exchange programme,part-funded by GEN-Europe,six people who are activelyengaged in ecovillage projectsin Croatia and Bosnia havevisited the Ecovillage TorriSuperiore in Ventimiglia, Italy.In Torri, the groupreceived training invarious dimensionsof ecovillage life,including ecologicalplanning and design,ecovillage economics,conflict resolution,permaculture andmore. It is hopedthat these skills willbe of great use tothe participants, andOctober 2003 saw a hugegathering of ecovillagers andPermaculturists from acrossthe Americas and beyond,under the banner ‘The Call ofthe Condor’. Over 500 peopleset up a temporary camp atthe foot of Mount Veronica inthe Sacred Valley ofthe Incas to share aweek of workshops,music, meditationand dance. The gath-ering, organised by‘mobile ecovillage’,La Caravanna, wasone in a series ofVision Councils, thenext of which willbe held in Mexico inApril 2004.In addition to the richeducational, networking andcultural experience at theCondor, the gathering providedan opportunity for visitors tosee some of the many excitingdevelopments in Peru. Amongthese is the work of VeronicaVinas’ ‘Grupo de Apoyo alSector Rural’ initiative, whichmakes use of permaculture
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principles to support thesustainable production of foodon smallholdings nationwide.The farm where Veronicaworks, at the Pontic CatholicUniversity of Peru, is a lab-oratory for Permaculture andsustainable development, aswill help them to rebuild aculture of peace and well-beingon their return home.The second part of theexchange, when Torri residentshave the opportunity to travelto the former Yugoslavia, isdue to take place in autumn2004 and will involve furthertraining courses.Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood,Auckland, New Zealand, hasreceived a major boost withthe announcement by its localcouncil of a NZ$300,000 loanto help build their new“Earthsong Centre”. As well asbeing a meeting place forEarthsong residents, the Centrewill provide a unique venue forsmall specialised conferencesand seminars on a range ofsustainability issues, and forart shows, literature and musicperformances. The loan willallow construction to comm-ence in 2004, two years earlierthan otherwise planned.Earthsong is a sustainableco-housing neighbourhood of32 rammed earth and timberterrace houses, apartments andcommon facilities, set amidstthree acres of organic orchards.As well as the EarthsongCentre, construction will alsoshortly be underway on thenext stage of the community’shousing. For more information,see www.ecohousing.pl.net oremail firstname.lastname@example.orgEcoVillage at Ithaca (EVI) hasrecently passed a threshold asdramatic as a child suddenlylearning to walk: it has becomea village. After over two yearsof building, all thirty homesin the second neighbourhood,‘SONG’, are nearly completeand members are beginningto forge a common identity. Inaddition, EVI is on the point ofpaying off its entire mortgagethat, as recently as January2003, stood at US$242,700.There are smaller, yet equallysignicant signs of communitydevelopment: a group led byresident builder Rob Championhas almost completed abeautiful sauna, and farmersJen and John Bokaer-Smith arebuilding a greenhouse tocomplete the farm. Anotherside of EVI is also thriving ascourses on all aspects of the“Science of Sustainability” drawin students, eager to learn bothpractical and theoretical skillsfrom the EVI “faculty”.
well as renewable energy,appropriate technology andnatural building. It also servesas the Peruvian ofce for ENA(the Ecovillage Network of theAmericas). For further details,please contact Giovanni Ciarloat email@example.comFor more on La Caravannamobile ecovillage, please visitwww.lacaravana.org/condor