Ecovillages: Ecology, Economy, Community, Consciousness
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Karen Litfin, Associate Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies at the University of Washington, has been teaching global environmental politics since 1991. In my both her research and teaching, she endeavors to integrate the cognitive, emotive, and practical dimensions of sustainability. That commitment led her to write a book on her travels to ecovillages around the world: Ecovillages: Lessons for Sustainable Community. Her work is deeply informed by her 20-year relationship with the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo. More about Karen here:
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Dear BAI friends,
As much as we love Integral Theory, we take special pleasure in telling you about its applications. There is an event at CIIS next week about ecovillages and sustainability that we think will resonate with many of you. We just found out about it, so it's short notice, but we think you'll like it.

In a world of dwindling natural resources and mounting environmental crisis, who is devising ways of living that will work for the long haul? And how can we, as individuals, make a difference?

To answer these fundamental questions, Karen Litfin embarked upon a journey to many of the world’s ecovillages—intentional communities at the cutting-edge of sustainable living. From rural to urban, high tech to low tech, spiritual to secular, she discovered an under-the-radar global movement making positive and radical changes from the ground up.

Not only is another world possible, it is already being born in small pockets the world over. These micro-societies, however, are small and time is short. Fortunately, their successes can be applied to existing social structures, from the local to the global scale, providing sustainable ways of living for generations to come.

In this evening presentation, Karen Litfin, Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies at University of Washington, will first do a slide presentation of ecovillages around the world. The point will be to show how these micro-societies in the Global North and the Global South are taking an integrative approach to sustainability. The aim is not merely to celebrate their successes but to show how we can learn from ecovillages and incorporate the lessons into our own lives at every scale, from the neighborhood to global governance.

The second half of the program, which is uniquely oriented to an integrally informed audience, will focus on community and consciousness. Karen will facilitate an experiential session that intended to offer participants a glimpse of integral community.  
E2C2 in Ecovillages: Ecology, Economy, Community, Consciousness
January 22, 7:30 to 9:30pm
California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
Namaste Hall, 1453 Mission St., San Francisco
By Donation

We hope you enjoy the program.


Bill McCart
for the BAI Team
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