Integral thinking online colloquium series

Our Online Colloquium of the Institute for Integral Studies (IFIS) has been launched in November 2016 and is held monthly as a Zoom meeting. The main intent of our Colloquium – in line with IFIS' general mission and purpose – is to connect interested integrally oriented researchers and practitioners by offering them a forum to … Continue reading Integral thinking online colloquium series


Ökodorf – Weltflucht oder Zukunftslabor? Tagung

28. - 30. April 2017  - Tagung an der evang. Akademie Tutzing Viele Menschen sehnen sich nach einem Leben in Gemeinschaft und in Harmonie mit der Natur. In Tutzing berichten langjährige Ökodorf-BewohnerInnen über effizientes Entscheiden im Konsens, Freiheit und Verantwortung, Strohballenbau und Kompostklo. Sie diskutieren mit Wissenschaftlern die Fragen: Welche ökologischen, sozialen und technologischen Innovationen … Continue reading Ökodorf – Weltflucht oder Zukunftslabor? Tagung

Grassroots Movements, Degrowth and ‘New Economies’

Iris Kunze on innovative perspectives to change the economy There are numerous grassroots movements and initiatives worldwide with the ambition to contribute to transformative change towards more sustainable, resilient and just societies. Many of them have a specific vision on the economy and relate to alternative visions of a ‘New Economy’. The research project TRANSIT … Continue reading Grassroots Movements, Degrowth and ‘New Economies’

Nachhaltigkeitspraktiken in drei Ökodörfern und drei Klimagemeinden

Wir haben neue Forschungsergebnisse über die Nachhaltigkeitspraktiken der Ökodörfer Sieben Linden, Pomali und Lebensraum Gänserndorf und drei Klimagemeinden veröffentlicht. Die Ergebnisse und weitere Informationen über das Forschungsprojekt COSIMA, gefördert durch das Austrian Climate Research Programm können auf der Website des Österreichischen Instituts für Nachhaltigkeitsforschung heruntergeladen werden. Hier geht es direkt zum Forschungsbericht über das Ökodorf … Continue reading Nachhaltigkeitspraktiken in drei Ökodörfern und drei Klimagemeinden

Ecodistrict Vauban & co-housing Genova

research report on the social innovation of the co-operative housing movement As part of the empirical research of the EU FP7-project TRANSIT (TRANsformative Social Innovation Theory) Iris Kunze and Andrea Philipp have conducted an in-depth case study on the ecodistrict Vauban in Freiburg, Germany, consisting of several co-housing initiatives, also the housing cooperative GENOVA was … Continue reading Ecodistrict Vauban & co-housing Genova

The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and social innovation

Research report published This research report is based on empirical research over years, including participant observation, narrative interviews and document analyses. The research was conducted in the frame of the project TRANSIT which intends to build an empirically based theory of social innovation by examining 20 global networks of social innovation. The 124 pages long … Continue reading The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and social innovation

Ecovillages: isolated islands or multipliers of social innovations?

Ecovillages are particularly interesting social innovations... While the core intentions, purposes and motivations may differ in each ecovillage, they all have one crucial feature in common: By experimenting with new forms of sustainable living, governance, economy, education and everything that can be done in a newly founded village,... read more in the blog of the … Continue reading Ecovillages: isolated islands or multipliers of social innovations?

Conference of the International Communal Studies Association

ICSA Conference in Tamera: 1st to 3rd of July 2016 The conference of the International Communal Studies Association will take place in the community of Tamera in Portugal. The theme of the conference is: Community approaches towards inner and outer peace. Call for Sessions, Papers and Presentations is open. Please visit the official conference website: … Continue reading Conference of the International Communal Studies Association

GEN+20 conference in Findhorn

in Scotland, 6-10 July 2015 Outcome of the discussion panels on Research and Ecovillages We invited ecovillagers and academics to discuss and exchange. Ecovillages are increasingly approached by students and other researchers who discover their value as holistic “laboratories of the future" in almost all areas of life and research or in many different sub-disciplinary … Continue reading GEN+20 conference in Findhorn