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Regionally focussed Circular Biomaterials Economies: An Idea whose time has come!

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Circular economy Regionally focussed Circular Biomaterials Economies: An Idea whose time has come! Circular economy - what is it and why do we need it

There is a lot of talk about the circular economy these days. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has done an excellent job in taking this conversation into the big consultancies like McKinsey and into the international policy and business arenas like the World Economic Forum in Davos. Business leaders and heads of state are beginning to agree that we…

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Reflections on the Auroville Ecovillage Design Education course

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A letter of gratitude & community celebration from Senegal

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Design for Sustainability online courses fill to capacity

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EDE Gaia Academy Estonia, a Huge Success!

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by Penelope Reyes

Gaia Academy’s first EDE was conducted from November 27, 2015 to September 25, 2016. It was organised in close cooperation with the vibrant Small Footprint community, where half of the sessions took place, and community members facilitated several processes and topics. The course got off to a strong start with 23 participants, balanced and diverse in terms of background, age and interests. The group evolved into a very close community as their EDE unravelled during the cou…

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Envisioning a future that works for all: characteristics of the visioning process

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The vision of a sustainable human civilisation must be meaningful enough to be desired by everyone. This is an excerpt from the Worldview dimension of GEDS.

By Dr. Daniel Christian Wahl |

“Vision without action is useless. But action without vision does not know where to go or why to go there. Vision is absolutely necessary to guide and motivate action. More than that, vision, when widely shared and firmly kept in sight, brings into being new systems.” – Donella Meadows (Me…

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GDP as an insufficient economic indicator & some more systemic alternatives

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GDP is not the most reliable measurement of wealth of a country.

By Daniel Wahl |

“Too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our gross national product, […] if we judge the United States of America by that — counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break…

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Nazaré Uniluz celebrates unity in diversity

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By Penelope Reyes

The Gaia Education certified EDE Nazaré Uniluz was promoted by IBEST (Brazilian Institute of Studies for Transition) and Entrelaços Integral Development for the second consecutive year. This 4-week immersive program was held between April and November 2016 in Nazaré UNILUZ. Nazaré UNILUZ is a holistic university, learning center and a 35 year old spiritual community located in Nazaré Paulista, in the country side of São Paulo, Brasil.

Watch this video to have a look at wh…

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Distinguishing between quantitative and qualitative growth

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Distinguishing between quantitative and qualitative growth is a key aspect in Economic Design for Sustainability. Join our Economic Design E-Learning course to explore further.

By Dr Daniel Christian Wahl 

We have known for a long time that judging an economy’s progress and success in quantitative (financial) terms — measured in terms of Gross Domestic Product — leads to dangerous distortions and misplaced priorities. In 1972, Limits to Growth warned of the potentially devastat…

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Achieving the Global Goals: Gaia Education runs successful SDG training for multipliers in Mallorca

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Gaia Education collaborated with the University of the Balearic Islands to offer the SDGs Training for Multipliers on the island of Mallorca.

By Dr. Daniel Christian Wahl |

Since the Sustainable Development Goals were ratified by the United Nations in September 2015, the focus has been to invite national governments agencies, civil society organisations, cities, businesses, universities and local community groups to adopt the SDGs and to take an active role in their nationa…

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