Dear GEN family,
What a month it's been. We have just returned from a nourishing week at the GEN-Europe conference, Angsbacka, Sweden where communities and changemakers from across Europe came together to connect, collaborate, and cultivate grassroot solutions and living alternatives to the old story. We tasted how GEN is supporting new ecovillages to flourish and giving space for established communities to thrive.
GEN is working tirelessly at the local, regional, national and international levels to spotlight the contributions ecovillage design principles can (and are!) making to the shifting paradigm. From presenting ecovillage development strategies to governments on five continents, to pioneering Greening Schools ecovillage transition processes. Supporting community-led ecovillage incubation, to high level engagement on the SDGs at the United Nations. GEN is both supporting local ecovillage transitions whilst actively communicating holistic design and regenerative transition to the mainstream. We are now reaching out to our networks to support this important work.
In order to increase GEN's independence from traditional funders and to enable GEN's ongoing economic security we are asking our networks to become Friends of GEN and gift a monthly donation to support GEN's work.
Honestly, GEN is experiencing difficulties securing funding for our pioneering work. If everyone on this list supported Friends of GEN with a small monthly donation, we would already gain massive independence from outcome driven funding agencies. If you feel capable and comfortable to support us, we invite you to become a Friend of GEN.
For the equivalent of the cost of an organic coffee, you can support what is close to your heart and ensure GEN can continue to catalyze the power of communities.
We believe the strength of GEN lies in our networks. Individuals who form communities. Communities who are linked together with one common purpose to regenerate our world. Here we are reaching out to you.
As a Friend of GEN you you will receive inclusive communications highlighting exciting opportunities for personal growth within GEN, become connected to other ecovillagers in your region and globally, receive regular invitations to our Sustainable Lives webinar series, and more!
Importantly, we have designed Friends of GEN to equitably support all the GEN regions - GEN-Africa, GENOA, GEN-Europe, CASA, GENNA, and Next-GEN - so you can be sure your gift will support the entire network.
We understand everyone has different financial means and you may not be able to support just now. We are confident however that by reaching out to our networks, GEN's work will land supported. If you are able, we invite you to support the GEN networks and support what is close to your heart.
Tom, on behalf of the GEN networks