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Dr. Bill Metcalf

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Dr. Bill Metcalf at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia (Adjunct Lecturer, Griffith School of Environment, and Research Methodologist, Griffith Graduate Research School), is one of the foremost scholars of intentional communities worldwide.

Past President of the International Communal Studies Association (Israel), and member of the Communal Studies Association (US), and Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation (Scotland), Dr. Metcalf has written numerous articles for scholarly journals such as Communal Societies and Journal of Utopian Studies.

As “International Correspondent” for Communalities magazine, he has written about many communities worldwide, including Findhorn in Scotland, Damanhur and Torri Superiore in Italy, ZEGG and Kommune Niederkaufungen in Germany, Yamagishi Toyosato in Japan, Dharmananda and The Wolery in Australia, and Riverside in New Zealand, for example.

Bill is author of seven books on intentional communities, including The Findhorn Book of Community Living (Findhorn Press, 2004); Herrnhut: Australia’s First Utopian Commune (co-authored with B. Huf, Melbourne University Press, 2002); The Gayndah Communes (Central Queensland University Press, 1998); Shared Visions, Shared Lives: Communal Living Around the Globe (Findhorn Press, 1996); and From Utopian Dreaming to Communal Reality: Cooperative Lifestyles in Australia (University of New South Wales Press, 1995).

He has authored and co-authored chapters about intentional community in Encyclopaedia of Leadership (Sage Publications, 2004), The Encyclopaedia of Community: From the Village to the Virtual World (Sage Publications, 2003), and Historical Encyclopaedia of Western Australia (University of Western Australia Press, 2008).

Bill is currently researching and writing the complete history of utopian communalism in Australia, with the working title, The Encyclopaedia of Australian Utopian Communalism.

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To encourage and inspire new and existing ecovillage projects with news about ecovillages and related projects worldwide.

Advisory Board

  • Lois Arkin,
    CRSP; ENA; Urban Ecovillage Network; Los Angeles Eco-Village, US
  • Peter Bane,
    Permaculture designer; publisher, Permaculture Activist, US
  • Albert Bates,
    Co-founder, GEN; Post-Petroleum Survival Guide; Director, Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm, US
  • Tree Bressen,
    Consensus & Facilitation Trainer; Cofounder, Walnut St. Co-op, US
  • Ernest Callenbach,
    Ecotopia, Ecotopia Emerging; US
  • Giovanni Ciarlo,
    GEN; ENA; Huehyecoyotl Ecovillage, Mexico
  • Raines Cohen,
    Cohousing Association of the US; Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC); Berkeley Cohousing, US
  • Leila Dregger,
    Peace journalist & writer, Peace Research Center & Ecovillage, Tamera, Portugal
  • Chuck Durrett,
    Cohousing; Senior Cohousing; Architect, The Cohousing Company; Nevada City Cohousing, US
  • Jonathan Dawson,
    Ecovillages; Findhorn Foundation, Scotland
  • Robert Gilman,
    Co-founder, GEN; Ecovillages & Sustainable Communities; City Council Member, Langley, Washington, US
  • Michael Hale,
    Yarrow Ecovillage, Canada
  • Jeff Grossberg,
    Guidestone Consulting Group, US
  • Martha Harris,
    Earthaven Ecovillage, US
  • Scott Horton,
    Editor, Permaculture Activist, US
  • Hildur Jackson,
    Co-founder, Gaia Trust; cofounder, GEN; Ecovillage Living, Denmark
  • Kosha Joubert,
    Editor, Beyond You and Me, GEN's EDE Program; Ecovillage Sieben Linden, Germany
  • Elana Kann & Bill Flemming,
    Co-developers, Westwood Cohousing, US
  • Joseph F. Kennedy,
    Designer/educator; The Art of Natural Building, US
  • Fred & Nancy Lanphear,
    Northwest Intentional Communities Association (NICA); Songaia Cohousing, US
  • Mark Lakeman,
    Founder, Portland City Repair & Village Building Convergence, US
  • Max Lindegger,
    Cofounder, GEN; Director, GEN-Oceania/Asia; Crystal Waters Ecovillage, Australia
  • Chris Mare,
    GEN's EDE Program; Village Design Institute, US
  • Ronaye Matthew,
    Canadian Cohousing Network; Cranberry Commons Cohousing, Canada
  • Kathryn McCamant,
    Architect/Developer, Cohousing Partners, Inc.; Co-author, Cohousing; Nevada City Cohousing, US
  • Dr. Bill Metcalf,
    Findhorn Book of Community Living; Professor, Environmental Sociology, Griffith University, Australia
  • Ina Meyer-Stoll,
    Co-director, GEN-Europe; ZEGG, Germany
  • Tim Miller,
    The 60s Communes; Professor of Religion, University of Kansas, US
  • Hank Obermayer,
    Mariposa Grove Cohousing, US
  • Toshio Ogata,
    Professor of Economics, Chuo University; GEPA (Global Environment Project in Asia), Japan
  • Craig Ragland,
    Executive Director, Cohousing Association of the US; Songaia Cohousing; New Earth Song Cohousing, US
  • Penelope Reyes,
    President, GEN-Oceania/Asia; Tuwâ - The Laughing Fish, Cabiao, Philippines
  • Michael Rios,
    Network for a New Culture Summer Camp East; Chrysalis, Washington DC, US
  • Jim Shenck,
    Enright Ridge Ecovillage, US
  • Nicola Shirley,
    The Source Farm Ecovillage, Jamaica
  • Tony Sirna,
    Communities Directory; Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, US
  • Jan Steinman,
    EcoReality Co-op, Canada
  • Liz Walker,
    GEN's EDE Program; Ecovillage at Ithaca; EcoVillage at Ithaca, US