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Jonathan Dawson

Jonathan Dawson
Jonathan Dawson is a sustainability educator, author and consultant. Recent president of the Global Ecovillage Network, Jonathan is principal author of the sustainable economy curriculum that forms part of the Gaia Education programme that has been endorsed by UNESCO as a valuable contribution to its UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. This curriculum is taught at universities and ecovillages on every continent. Jonathan is widely published on issues relating to sustainable economy and was part of the team that created the Findhorn community currency, the Eko. When not working as an advisor to the UN on small enterprise projects in East Africa, he is a story-teller, gardener and chef.

Jonathan Dawson was on the panel of What is Sustainable Culture? and Limits to Imagination as part of The Green Phoenix debate programme in August 2010.

Jonathan's comments on The Green Phoenix Festival debate and talk programme:

“A really stimulating event that asked the participants to dig deep, to question their deepest assumptions and to think outside of the box – all in an atmosphere of relaxed conviviality.

“Festivals of ideas are something we need more of – thanks for showing the way.”

Books by Jonathan Dawson

Ecovillages: New Frontiers for Sustainability by Jonathan Dawson
Ecovillages: New Frontiers for Sustainability (Schumacher Briefings) by Jonathan Dawson

In the last twenty years ecovillages - local communities which aim to minimise their ecological impact but maximise human wellbeing and happiness - have been springing up all over the world. They incorporate a wealth of radical ideas and approaches which can be traced back to Schumacher, Gandhi, the 1960s, and the alternative education movement. This briefing describes the history and potential of the ecovillage movement, including the evolution of the Global Ecovillage Network and the current developments in both North and South. The threads that are brought together in "Ecovillages" include: learning from the best elements in traditional and indigenous cultures; Alternative economy: community banks and currencies, and voluntary simplicity; Designing with nature: using permaculture design, eco-building, small-scale energy generation, waste-management, low-impact transport systems, etc.; organic, locally-based food production and processing; reviving small-scale participatory governance, conflict facilitation and social inclusion as well as reviving active inter-generational community; and creating a culture of peace, and holistic, whole person education. In an age of diminishing oil supplies, the briefing examines the lessons that we can learn from ecovillages to show us how to live in a more ecologically sound and sustainable way.

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Ecovillages: New Frontiers for Sustainability, Schumacher Briefing 12, Green Books, 2006
Ecovillages and the Transformation of Values for Sustainability, Worldwatch Institute State of the World Report, 2010
The Permaculture Of Pensions: making savings work for people and planet, Resurgence 236, 2006

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Useful Links books by Jonathan Dawson

Reviews of David Abram's The Spell of the Sensuous and Hugh Brody's The Other Side of Eden by Jonathan Dawson

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