Many ecovillages are struggling to live the dream because they have yet to escape from debt and the need to pull money out of the global economy to meet their needs. Few of them are creating the things they need to live, so the majority of ecovillages are drawn into the main stream economy to meet basic needs. Ecovillages should be cooperating in wealth creation and replacing scarce money in their economic relationships with abundant trust.
I have been made an ecovillage ambassador to enable me to explore the ecovillage economy more deeply, and ask the following questions.
- What are the barriers to generating wealth?
- What trading opportunities have not been realised?
- What are the most appropriate sources of investment capital?
- How can ecovillages support each other better?
- How can ecovillages rely less on money and more on themselves?
I hope to tour the larger ecovillages this summer, travelling slowly. Though I planned this for a year, I have a large concurrent commitment to work on the new CES software.
My aim is to listen to as many people as possible, and capture the most important information as data in a database where it can be analysed. Villages' privacy will be respected. Then I will invite others to fill in the survey, and make some proposals to GEN at the end of the year.
So I'm looking for invitations from ecovillages who would like to support this work by accommodating me for a few days or weeks from May to September.