Day 17 @EDE Class: Design Ecovillage Economy, A Game Theory Situation

Sep 12, 2018. "You are a system of your own." When reviewing what we learned yesterday, Anna made this observation. She referred to the difficulty of looking for English video materials with Chinese subtitle, as well as Chinese materials with English translation. I guess it's still uncommon that grassroot organizations and individuals here would create English … Continue reading Day 17 @EDE Class: Design Ecovillage Economy, A Game Theory Situation

Day 15 @EDE class: A System Design Problem, Getting out of Chaos

Sep 10, 2018 We have a new Teacher for this week, Anna Kovasna, Education Director of Global Ecovillage Network. Anna grew up in the beautiful Stockholm, Sweden. She studied economic and anthropology and got her PhD degree. She spent many years living in ecovillages around the globe,including 5 years in Findhorn,Scotland. At GEN, she has … Continue reading Day 15 @EDE class: A System Design Problem, Getting out of Chaos

Day 11 @EDE Class: Composting Toilet, Transition of A Community

Sep 6, 2018. Composting Toilet Flush toilets become the dominant toilet structure because it's in human nature to avoid uncomfortable things. (I won't feel bad if you leave this blog now 🙂 However we really need to LOOK at waste management when designing an ecovillage.  Composting toilets are mostly dry toilets. It saves water, produces … Continue reading Day 11 @EDE Class: Composting Toilet, Transition of A Community

Day 12 @EDE class: Field Trip to “来吧田园”

Sep 7, 2018. We made a field trip to "来吧田园" (Laiba Farm, literally), a rural complex owned by Mr. WANG Jie, one of our classmates. Actually, the project of about 17.5-acre land falls in a new and very Chinese characteristic business model, "田园综合体".  Though often translated as "rural complex" by domestic media, it's different from the original … Continue reading Day 12 @EDE class: Field Trip to “来吧田园”

Day 13 @EDE Class: Community issues, Dujiangyan

Sep 8, 2018. From pseudo-community to chaos? Early in the morning, we started to receive strange news in the WeChat group of the class. One student decided to drop out. I think she was at least disappointed to find out that the ecovillage idea doesn't see veganism as a solution to environmental and social problems, … Continue reading Day 13 @EDE Class: Community issues, Dujiangyan

Day 14 @EDE Class: Taoism and Ecovillage, A Day Off

Sep 9, 2018. Sunday is the only official day off for this class. But we still gathered in the morning for a class review meeting, as most of the class went sightseeing in Dujiangyan tourism district yesterday and couldn't do so. Albert was already in class. Some students were joining a little late. A volunteer … Continue reading Day 14 @EDE Class: Taoism and Ecovillage, A Day Off

Day 8 @EDE Class: Albert Bates, Permaculture, Monday Night Class

Sep 03, 2018. Albert Bates We had our first class with Albert Bates (Wiki) today. I first met him a few days ago at the 2018 Dujiangyan International Forum where he made a presentation on climate change. By then I had read about him on Wikipedia and looked at a list of his books on … Continue reading Day 8 @EDE Class: Albert Bates, Permaculture, Monday Night Class