Monthly Newsletter #2 – March 2020
Hi again!
This is our second free monthly newsletter. If you missed the first one have a look here - - and please share it with friends too.
WHO declares Pandemic! Phase-shift has arrived!
COVID 19 / cooperatively redesigning the human impact on Earth

This excellent article by Daniel Christian Wahl calls for global change... "Let’s make this the catalyst for the re-design and regeneration of the human impact on Earth — we can heal the Earth and her people, regenerate ecosystems everywhere, regenerate our cooperative nature and build renewed social cohesion through community solidarity."

Read on...
La Cité Écologique of New Hampshire Ecovillage

One of the most important aspects of Eco Village Voice is the local AND global networking with contributors and members. In conversation with our US co-editor, Diana Leafe Christian, I was led to explore an ecovillage that I had not heard of before - La Cité Écologique of New Hampshire Ecovillage in USA - and, of course, there are many others yet to explore.
They write in their Our Story page... As some people say: “It takes a village to raise a child”, we say: “It takes an ecovillage to raise a conscious child”. Since education has consistently been our moral foundation, we founded The Ecovillage Institute in 2014, our learning center, a place where individuals could experience solution-based internships, classes, and workshops that promote a low-impact and high-quality lifestyle. Today, we continue our mission of perpetuating an awakening of consciousness that allows for the spreading of peace throughout the world. Read more:

All going well, the next Eco Village Voice global edition will have more information about this exciting ecovillage. In the meantime, visit their website, and see also their collection of short insightful observations of ecovillage living.
Have you heard about The Transition Movement?

Transition is a movement that has been growing since 2005. It is about communities stepping up to address the big challenges they face by starting local. By coming together, they are able to crowd-source solutions. They seek to nurture a caring culture, one focused on supporting each other, both as groups or as wider communities. In practice, they are reclaiming the economy, sparking entrepreneurship, reimagining work, reskilling themselves and weaving webs of connection and support. It’s an approach that has spread now to over 50 countries, in thousands of groups: in towns, villages, cities, universities, schools. 

Locally, in SE Queensland - Transition Towns Sunshine Coast meets every Saturday morning (and meeting since 2008) at 10am at Homegrown Cafe Tin Shed - 4/6 Main Street, Palmwoods, Qld. Tel: +61 458 270 368

Transition Towns is a grassroots network of individuals supporting the regional transition from reliance on external systems to local resilience, especially in the face of our rapidly changing climate. We’re talking about improving our independence, reducing our need for, and growing our ability to provide, food, fuel and security - welcome to Transition Sunshine Coast. 

For more information on the Transition network nationally and globally, see
Eco Village Voice Production Updates

The NEXT global edition is rapidly taking shape and will be released in April. Included in the offerings of the Eco Village Voice online community is a local edition of the magazine and we are c urrently focussed on bringing this edition to life and making it distinctly different to the global edition - with news, ads and articles relevant to our Queensland area, and Australia in general. This "local" edition is included in your membership - or will be available as a single item in the Eco Village Voice online store.

Please see our promotion document which gives an overview of Eco Village Voice, its aims, milestones, alliances, feature themes, advertising info and more . You can download the PDF here to share with friends and colleagues.
Upcoming highlights of the SE QLD Eco Village Voice
The first Eco Village Voice SE QLD Edition contains a reference guide to WILVOS & Wildlife Care Organisations, and articles such as Be Prepared: Fire Risk Is Real, Casey Conroy shares her Crystal Waters Newcomer’s Story, Bob Sample recalls the Past, Present and Future of Crystal Waters Ecovillage, along with updates from that permaculture community. News and announcements from the SE QLD Hinterland are included too. If you have anything to share please email us.

Eco Village Voice is very happy to connect some key players in ecovillages and permaculture in conversations and interviews published in the magazine and on various platforms as podcasts and webinars - see below for more information. There will be short previews of all content in our public zone, but Eco Village Voice members have access to these exclusive releases in full.

If you haven't seen our first GLOBAL magazine yet – see the 22 page preview. There will be a preview of the SE QLD edition coming soon too.
Upcoming Videos, Podcasts and Webinars

Eco Village Voice premium members will be able to partake of the full programs we are producing. Basic members have shorter versions and there are brief previews for public access via the website at Eco Village Voice. We are also working on different ways to view the online magazine – more suitable for mobile devices.

A video soon to be released is a fascinating conversation between Morag Gamble and Steve Cran (more info below) who recently launched an innovative new venture called the Centre of Advanced Permaculture (CAP). We'll follow the ongoing developments of his courses and see how the gardens progress with students and residents aiming to expand food production at Crystal Waters Ecovillage.

Morag Gamble is a global permaculture and ecovillage ambassador, co-originator of Northey Street City Farm in Brisbane and the Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network, and founder of the Permaculture Education Institute -

Morag's "Our Permaculture Life" blog has over 400 free permaculture articles and her Youtube Channel has more than 100 films including site visits, how-to’s, interviews as well as many excellent masterclasses -
Eco Village Voice editor, Michael Ney and Morag Gamble were interviewed this week by host Joshua Paul Prieto for his podcast called " Seeds of Tao".

Stay tuned for news on that soon -
Our first podcast will feature Mike New & Morag Gamble

Morag Gam ble of Permaculture Institute & Ethos Foundation with Mike New of Wild Community will discuss the state of the world and how permaculture and ecovillages make a difference - Mike's activities involve the Wild Community Ecovillage Foundation; a Not-For-Profit Foundation that builds ecovillages in areas that they are most needed, the Wild Community Ecovillage Fund an ecovillage investment fund to allow real estate and impact investors an opportunity to invest in green development and social change, and Wild Open; a collaborative crowdsourced online media platform for eco-awareness and rewilding. Read more about Mike and Wild Community in a preview of our first global edition...

Support Mike's work at:
See a video with Steve Cran talking about "Preparing For Climate Change" at Crystal Waters Ecovillage, Centre for Advanced Permaculture (CAP), September 2019 -
Steve Cran - - will outline his upcoming courses and talk about the many ways in which we can adapt and protect ourselves against climate change. Steve is a Permaculture Aid veteran, teacher, social activist, climate change resilience specialist and a very handy guy to have around after a natural disaster. With a career spanning 3 decades in Permaculture, Steve has developed effective, sustainable, recovery solutions for communities affected by natural disasters, war, or long-term poverty. Read the article about his new Centre for Advanced Permaculture in Eco Village Voice global edition #1.
Eco Village Voice Membership
Ecovillages, and their inherent focus on sustainability and lessening impact on our planet's resources, are an excellent way to accelerate the reversal of climate change. It's a "growing" movement. The intention of Eco Village Voice is to provide consistent value with relevant, rich media content all year, connect with many ecovillages and slowly spread through the world. We also aim to encourage growth and shared knowledge in this important movement. Join our online community here:
Trouble in Paradise?

Diana Leafe Christian has decades of experience in ecovillages and in our next global edition she will share some stories and observations... here's a short preview.
As you know if you live in an ecovillage or other kind of intentional community, it’s especially painful when someone consistently doesn’t keep the group’s agreements, fulfill its obligations, or violates its basic behavioral norms sometimes, or many times. Or if someone refuses to make the changes the community repeatedly requests about their behavior or communication style.

People new to ecovillages or community living or who’ve never lived this kind of lifestyle before sometime believe that bad habits, negative attitudes, or hurtful behaviors will somehow be left at the gate! Many people new to ecovillage life believe that if it’s really an ecovillage everyone will get along well, keep all shared agreements, and fulfil all community obligations!
In my opinion this isn’t true and is a naïve, misinformed projection. And worse, people who believe this are usually the first to feel outraged when other villagers suggest ways to help everyone keep their shared agreements. Since in an ecovillage everyone just naturally "does the right thing," right?

Sadly, no. Most villagers carry all the same emotional baggage with them that they may display in daily life anywhere else. And once they join the ecovillage, well, irresponsible, agreement-breaking habits can emerge Big Time.

Fortunately there are compassionate ways a group can effectively deal with this. We’ll explore this further in the upcoming issue of Eco Village Voice. Stay tuned!

Diana Leafe Christian, author of two books "Creating a Life Together" and "Finding Community", speaks at conferences, offers consultations, and leads workshops and webinars on creating successful new communities, and on Sociocracy, an effective self-governance and decision-making method. She has written on ecovillages and other kinds of intentional communities for Eco Village Voice, Communities magazine and in her books. She lives at Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina, USA.
While we are in the USA zone, did you know the first North American Day of Sustainable Communities was held on September 21, 2019? ... AND it's happening again THIS YEAR too. You can join the celebration of local communities taking action for a more regenerative, just, and inclusive world! AND, throughout Europe, this day of events has been celebrated for three years strong thanks to organisers in ECOLISE -

AND more from Europe - The European Ecovillage Gathering in Germany on 28-31 July 2020 is the annual convergence of the European Ecovillage Network and the dynamic expression of a movement -

See also the PRESS RELEASE - Hundreds of communities in 26 countries celebrate the European Day of Sustainable Communities -
Global Festival of Action - April 1 to 3, 2020
2020 is also the kick start of the Decade of Action announced by the UN Secretary-General and marks the UN’s 75th anniversary. The 2020 edition of the SDG Global Festival of Action will be a milestone to raise the visibility and impact of these global initiatives, with great focus on local and innovative actions and solutions that can lead to transformative change. More information:

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Thanks for reading this far :-) see you next month – with the next 2 magazine releases !

Yours faithfully, Michael Ney

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Many Thanks ICSA
Recently, I found an organisation based in Israel - The International Communal Studies Association (ICSA) - which studies intentional communities, eco-villages, kibbutzim, co-housing, co-living and more!

They have been actively promoting Eco Village Voice and I'd like to return the favour. Subscribe to their newsletter by email request to:
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