Online EDE 2022
Coordinated and facilitated by two experienced EDE trainers: Taisa Mattos and Macaco Tamerice, with well-known guest trainers from the Ecovillage Movement, from 11 different countries. The sessions were held every Saturday and also on a few Sundays. During the week the Design groups met for about 2 hours. Usually they started with a warm welcome and the overview of the day. Each session was unique, but frequently had a structure including: a formal presentation with slides or videos, practical exercises in breakout groups, group reflections in the plenary and time for questions. In order to bring a true EDE atmosphere and to open the space for the group contributions, also was created a cultural moment where participants were invited to share their talents or something from their country/culture or something that they really liked.
EDE Report: GENOA
The ReGEN-Nations program is a 6-month online learning journey and prototyping lab using whole systems thinking to design solutions for sociological, cultural, economic, and ecological resilience and regeneration, created by the Global Ecovillage Network Oceania and Asia (GENOA) based on the Ecovillage Design Education program by Gaia Education.
GENOA is a network of people, ecovillages,eco-projects, national ecovillage networks and organisations in Oceania & Asia. GENOA promotes ecovillage living where people live together in a sustainable way, with dignity, in harmony with each other and with nature.
What is an EDE (Ecovillage Design Education programme)?
Ecovillage Design Education programmes, often referred to as ‘EDEs’, take place in 50 countries in settings ranging from tribal and traditional communities to intentional ecovillages, from urban slum to universities and training centres. The duration of these programmes are around 125 hours over a full month, although this may vary slightly depending on where and when they are taken. The EDEs provide participants of all ages with the knowledge and practical skills to design a society which uses energy and materials with greater efficiency, distributes wealth fairly and strives to eliminate the concept of waste.
How to run an EDE
Several of our EDE graduates have carried on organising EDE programmes in their local areas, and you are warmly encouraged to do so after completing your course.
The recommended time frame of an EDE is four weeks, however this is not fixed and varies with each individual programme.
The material can be condensed into smaller workshops, spread out over a longer period, or distributed in blocks at different times and locations.