Here's a recording from NuMundo's Beta Launch Party in Oakland. The theme of the panel discussion was Leveraging Networks for Social Good. So wonderful to meet folks from GEN (Global Ecovillages Network), get to know Raines Cohen of CoHousing California better, and meet Ashay Aek from Australia! Lovely to meet networking counterparts from different communities.
Via Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/numundonow/videos/10153747482652811/?pnref=story
NuMundo now has a booking tool on their site where people can register for stays at ecovillages and "impact centers", as well as classes and internships. They've started populating the site with centers in Central America and are now fleshing out their North American listings. Check it out: http://numundo.org
Big ups to CEO David Casey and the whole NuMundo team for the amazing networking they host at events, for people working on transformational projects to meet and support each other. <3
I also got to do a lightning talk about Bloom Network. Several folks offered me support and collaboration, including developer support for our website (ok, so maybe I don't even have to raise money to get the site built??), mainstream media support, and incredible projects to feature on Bloom's site, including a mobile mushroom educational center and an upcoming thinktank in Washington DC on regenerative agriculture. I was able to also ask for personal support, since Bloom Network is scaling up very fast and it's a lot of pressure and newness for me.
I'm so building some kind of earthen circular home someday. If you've never been in one and come across one, go inside it if you can. It feels completely different than a wood frame and insulation house. Being surrounded by earth is literally grounding and calming.
I fantasize about making a circular bed that you have to kind of crawl down into, that's all super fluffy inside like a nest, and hanging some kind of changing color rainbow light sculpture on top of it. A friend pointed out to me that that sounds like a tripper crib. Giggle.
At some point I'd like to travel around helping make sacred spaces for people, with earthen architecture and arts. My friend James Gyre at Naked Geometry makes incredible laser cut wooden panels. One way to get natural air conditioning is to put a grid like that at the bottom of a fire flue and wet it - some of the geometries you see in middle eastern architecture are functional!
Read the full article on Off Grid Quest here: http://www.offgridquest.com/homes-dwellings/building-methods/an-earthbag-round-house-for-less-than-5000
Ecotivity.org is a website dedicated to connecting people, projects, and resources for building ecovillages today. It was founded by Shayna Gladstone, who is a resident at Emerald Village in San Diego and writes for Shareable.net
The picture to the left is of The Tennessee TechVillage Project:
"The jewel of Tennessee Tech Village is a thriving community of entrepreneurs, craftsman, builders, technologists, designers, fabricators, and other creative souls that came for many reasons, but whose main objective is to build something amazing. Some are visitors, some are permanent residents. Inside of Tennessee Tech Village are safety courses to learn the equipment, machine shops for wood and metal projects, welding stations, work areas for electronics, computer stations for research and design, and a large selection of equipment and tools for community use. But perhaps best of all is the community of people who often have exciting projects of their own, or maybe there to help while learning from others.
But in the village, there is more to life than just innovation and work. Take a walk around the community and you will find large organic gardens, extensive animal husbandry with chickens, goats, rabbits, cattle, ducks, temporary living quarters for visitors, and more."...
Read more about this ecovillage and more - http://ecotivity.org