How are ecovillages impacting their regions?
Participate in the EVIST survey and be in with a chance of winning a USD 200 voucher to be spent on ecovillage courses or consultancy hours!
The research project Ecovillages as Incubators for Sustainability Transitions (EVIST), University of Basel, seeks to better understand the role ecovillages play in local sustainability transitions. The research wants to explain how ecovillages spread their practices and ideas in their regions and what facilitates or hinders this diffusion.
In order to do that, the EVIST team is starting a survey of ecovillages in 27 different countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Senegal, Kenya, Morocco, Ghana, South Africa, Nepal, India, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, US, Canada, Ukraine, UK, France, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany and Sweden.
This means that all of GEN’s regional networks are included in this massive academic survey on ecovillages!
The EVIST team knows that answering surveys is a tiresome and time-consuming task and that ecovillagers already donate a lot of their time freely. This is why the research team is offering two incentives for ecovillages to participate. All ecovillages that complete the survey before the deadline (May 14, 2023) will receive:
- • A ticket for a sweepstake in which one responding ecovillage from each GEN region will win a voucher of CHF 200 (approx. USD 210) that can be used for: (a) courses from the GEN Learning Platform and regional networks, or (b) consultancy hours from experts from the regional networks of GEN.
- • An invitation to participate in an online session where the EVIST team will provide a report of the survey results, followed by a discussion and networking session with other ecovillages from their region.
In order to create knowledge that has an impact and that can contribute to both practice and academia, the EVIST team is working closely with GEN regional partners and the GEN Research Group. For more information on the project, including the involved researchers, project partners, and information on the survey (including FAQ), please check the EVIST webpage https://ecovillages.theologie.unibas.ch/en/
The EVIST team encourages the participation of all the 456 ecovillages who will be invited to the survey in order to generate scientific knowledge on the impact of ecovillages around the world! The results without the names of the ecovillages) will be freely available at the end of the project. Be a part of this study and help connect communities and academia for a regenerative world!