Ecovillage practices

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Shared vision
A shared vision is written down, read or spoken and reviewed regularly. It is visible physically and used in onboarding new members and to educate visitors.
Contemplative practices
Active creation of time and space for contemplation, including reflection and/or meditation practices.
Sharing and listening
Deliberate use of group sharing and listening techniques, at basic and/or deep levels, such as reciprocal feedback and collective inquiry.
Artistic and creative self-expression
Making time and space for diverse forms of individual and/or collective artistic and creative self-expression.
Group rituals
Integration of rituals into group life, in order to sustain the group's cohesion around a shared vision and promote connection with the natural world.
Celebrating together
The group regularly gathers to celebrate: for example, its own presence and continued existence, milestones and achievements, and its relationship to the natural world.
Local traditions
Celebrating, honour and supporting local languages, oral traditions and cultures.
Local and traditional knowledge
Recognising, supporting, using and/or teaching traditional methods, skills and livelihoods.
Respect for cultural sites
We preserve sites of local cultural importance, and actively support the persistence and revitalisation of their significance and meaning.
Learning from indigenous peoples
Recognising and seeking to learn from the knowledge and practices of indigenous peoples, including social organisation, decisions-making and spirituality, and integrating them in respectful and culturally appropriate ways.
Protection of rights and wellbeing
Action to protect the rights and wellbeing of nature, communities and people.
Nature connection
Nurturing a sense of interconnectedness with the living world.
Human scale
Design systems at a scale where direct feedback is possible and relationships are visible.
Monitoring ecosystem health
Monitoring the conditions of local ecosystems and the direct and indirect impacts upon them of all activities undertaken by the community.
Respecting local material flows
Returning water and organic materials to local ecological cycles free of toxins and other pollutants.
Responsible sourcing
Giving priority to local, seasonal, organic and regeneratively-produced food, products, services and materials, when choices are available.
Regenerative production
Produce food, products, materials and services in a regenerative manner.
Ecological regeneration
We design productive systems and socio-economic activities in ways that promote regeneration of local ecosystems.
Culture of sharing
Sharing of tools, equipment, facilities and other resources as appropriate.
Conscious consumption
Systematically consider, evaluate and review consumption patterns.
Circular economy
Minimise distances between sites of production and consumption of goods and services in order to promote local, circular economies.
Fossil fuel avoidance
Purposely avoiding the use of fossil fuels, and designing out fossil fuel dependences.
Reuse, repair, repurpose, recycle
Repair and/or repurpose goods and materials when they fall out of use, recycle and/or reuse non-organic materials everwhere possible, maintaining closed material cycles and reducing needs for disposal and replacement.
Plant-based diets
Reducing consumption of animal foods by eating vegan and/or vegetarian, and taking care to enable all who wish to have vegan and/or vegetarian diets.
Sustainable energy
Sourcing and producing energy from renewable and local sources, ideally managed through equitable ownership and accountable governance models.
Responsible use of water
Recognising water as precious, even sacred, and promoting its wise and responsible use.
Regenerative economies of place
Economies that arise from a deep sese of place, have a connection to living systems as they are uniquely expressed in that place, and regenerate the capacity of both unmanaged ecosystems and productive lands.
Local organic seeds
Using local, organic seed varieties to grow food and natural materials.
Soil regeneration
Agroforestry, agricultural and land management practices that regenerate living soil.
Also see [1]
Avoiding toxic products
Systematically eliminate the need for and use of toxic products.
Rainwater harvest and storage
Incorporation of rainwater harvest and storage into built environments, agricultural and community landscapes and economic activities.
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Water conservation
Processes and systems within houses, businesses and public buildings to promote wise use of water.
Greywater recycling
Systems throughout the built environment to optimise the use and reuse of greywater.
Dry toilets
(I think something on humanure is useful - only under water management in list of Regenerative Practices)
Natural water retention
Use of earthworks to enhance the retention and storage of water in the landscape.
Ecosystem regeneration
Actively working to regenerate the health of ecosystems and promote biodiversity.
Against car culture
Actively discourage use of private motor vehicles and provide access to diverse alternatives.
Shared mobility
Active encouragement and enabling of public and shared transport (ridesharing).
Human and animal-powered mobility
Active encouragement and enabling of transportation power by people or animals.
Design for appropriate mobility
Designing built environments to provide a diversity of spaces in close proximity to so people can live, work, play and meet their basic needs without everyday reliance on motorised transportation.
Home working
Encourage businesses to allow and support employees to work from home when not physically required in the workplace.
Natural building
Use locally-sourced, regeneratively-produced natural building materials when building new or retrofitting existing buildings, and employ natural building techniques.
Regenerative land management
Actively increase the productive capacity of working lands by applying agroforestry and regenerative agricultural practices that produce living soil, pure air, clean water, diverse habitats, increased biodiversity and healthy ecological communities.
Technological experimentation
Actively experiment with and/or evaluate new ecologically-sound, scale-appropriate ideas, practices and technologies.
Technological self-evaluation
Regularly review how things are done in order to promote ecologically-sound, scale-appropriate technologies/approaches.
Addressing discrimination
Actively work to eliminate discrimination of anyone based on gender, ethnicity, colour, religious belief or practice, mode of thinking or any type of background.
Equal participation
Actively and proactively work to ensure equal participation for all; reflected in policies, in practice and in the make up of bodies in the public realm.
Conscious of diversity
Generate consciousness and a culture that do not tolerate discrimination and celebrate and actively welcome diversity.
Promote diversity
Policies and practices actively ensure a diversity of participation and representation.
Open dialogue
Enable participation in and build capacity around inclusive, open and transparent dialogue and sharing.
Inclusive participation
Enable participation in shared activites and projects.
Collective accountability
Collectively generate clearly stated, shared agreements that are readily accessible to all affected. Regularly review collective decisions in participatory ways. All decisions are transparent and readily accessible to all affected. Follow agreed procedures for addressing infringements of collective agreements, fairly, non-violently, emphasising sharing and listening and with the use of all available community tools and reconciliatory capacity.
Transparent decision-making
Actively and transparently share all information from decision-making process with everyone affected.
Transparent coordination
Develop clarity and consent on ways of coordinating work and activities with involvement of everyone affected.
Active participation in governance
Encourage and enable active participation by all affected in all relevant self-governance and decision-making processes.
Conflict reconciliation
Recognize that conflicts are a normal part of human relations and integrate frequent, fair and non-violent approaches to reconciling conflicts.
Communicative capacity
Build capacity for all to engage in non-violent forms of communication.
Open leadership
Everyone in our community, regardless of gender or background, has opportunities to hold leaderships position and roles.
Self-governance capacity
From an early age, and in ongoing fashion, invest in building capacity in participatory self-governance practices for all community members.
Inclusive decision-making
Radically inclusive systems of self-governance that ensure all affected stakeholders can always have a voice in any decision-making that affects them.
Regenerative living
Prioritise regenerative living practices and invest in capacity-building on regenerative living for all.
Climate-responsive communities
We build community-wide capacity on a wide array of climate responses, so that everyone is well equipped to participate meaningfully in personal and collective decision-making around climate issues.
Care for vulnerable people
Public and/or private systems of mutual care for all of the vulnerable people in our community.
Basic healthcare access
Universal (or at least affordable) access to basic healthcare services.
Mental healthcare access
Universal or at least affordable access to mental health/addiction treatment services.
Natural and holistic medicine
Access to natural/complimentary medicine and holistic healing practices.
Aging and death care
Enable the aged in the community to live full and dignified lives to the degree they have the capacity to do so; and provide dignified assistance for aging gracefully and dying compassionately.
Green burial
Availability of and access to sites for natural or green burials.
Local multipliers
Prioritize commerce with small and medium-sized local businesses that source from and add value to the local economy.
Economic self-governance
Enable and engage in collective economic self-governance, where all affected have a voice and participate.
Businesses investing in people
Encourage and give priority to businesses that cultivate the unique capacity and potential of each of their workers and stakeholders, and that seek to ensure worker and stakeholder health and well-being.
Egalitarian business ownership
Prioritise independent local business that use non-heirarchical ownership models such as cooperatives or community-owned enterprises.
Socially regenerative businesses
Favour and incentivise businesses that deepen network of local relationships beyond superficial transactions. These business create meaningful livelihoods that form many points of local connection with others and with the land, offering products and services that meet or exceed the basic needs of local community members.
Ecologically regenerative businesses
Favour and incentivise businesses whose practices directly result in regeneration of the local ecology.
Valuing reproductive labour
Recognising and attaching explicit value to critical, materially non-productive work, such as:
  • care work assisting those most vulnerable or caring for elders or young
  • domestic work such as keeping the home or making meals
  • governance work such as time spent in decision-making or other activities that benefit the community
  • relational work such as reconciliation processes, non-violent communication and restorative justice work
  • community work such as collaboraing on community projects, gatherings, and celebrations
  • artistic work, specifically public projects that can be shared widely and enhance the community in some way
Natural materials
Favour goods produced with natural materials, responsibly harvested, preferably grown using regenerative practices, and products that have no or minimal packaging, or if packaged use natural, responsibly harvested materials
Low carbon consumption
Value and prioritise the use of products with a relatively low carbon footprints along the whole production and supply chain.
Responsible production
Prioritise and/or incentivize producers who:
  • commit to a clearly articulated and transparent local ethics code reflective of shared social/ecological values
  • set targets for sourcing local, responsibly-produced ingredients and materials, preferably that are regeneratively produced
  • report ecosocial impacts (both positive and negative) regularly and transparently
  • maintain certifications of relevant ecosocial production standards as pat of a framework that reflects our shared social/ecological values
Shared housing
Engage in and facilitate sharing of housing via formal co-housing or other house sharing schemes.
Shared community spaces
Engage in the sharing of and optimal use of community spaces in order to promote social interconnection
Shared facilities
Engage in the sharing of facilities such as utilities, kitchens, libraries, laundry rooms, in order to reduce duplication, redundancy and unnecessary consumption and to spread operational costs.
Shared tools and equipment
Engage in the sharing of tools/equipment, in order to reduce total needs and to share costs of purchase and maintenance.
Shared land
Engage in sharing land or own land in common, and have agreements or use instruments such as land trusts to protect the commons.
Shared vehicles
Encourage or facilitate the sharing of vehicles, in order to reduce the embodied energy and materials and share maintenance costs.
Economic participation
Incentivise and enable participation of all in the local economy. Assist those most vulnerable to participate meaningfully in ways that will reduce their vulnerabilty.
Meaningful livelihoods
Actively grow regenerative livelihoods and local economic capacity in all, in order to tap into the latent, unique potential in each person to express themselves in service to something greater than themselves.
Suitable affordable housing
Provide access to affordable housing options locally, so that people can live, play and meet basic needs in close prosximity to their work places.
Non-financial exchanges
Provide opportunities for and encourage non financial methods of exchanging value, such as work exchanges, sweat equity, fair barter of goods and services, and the use of time banking and other systems to track value in non-reciprocal trading.