Ecovillage Conferences & Courses - Asia
By Diana Leafe Christian
Speakers will include:
• David Holmgren (on SKYPE) Permaculture co-developer and founder of Fryer’s Forest Ecovillage in Victoria, Australia
• Elizabeth McDermott, designer/planner affiliated with Village Homes, renowned sustainable housing development in Davis, California
• Koji Itonaga, Professor of Engineering and Architecture, College of Bioresource Sciences at Nihon University and Director, Permaculture Institute of Japan
• Bindu Mohanty, writer/teacher, Aurovillle Ecovillage, Pondicherry, India
• Penelope Reyes, Board member of GEN (Global Ecovillage Network) and Director of GENOA (GEN-Oceania/Asia)
• Li Jingsheng, Professor of Urban Planning, College of Architecture and Urban Planning Tongji University, Shanghai, China
• Ben Nakamura, Architect and Professor of Architecture, Kogakuin University, Japan
• Hidetoshi Ohno, Architect, Professor of Architectural Engineering, University of Tokyo, Japan
• Shigeru Aoki, Architect, Professor at Strategy Research Center, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
• Tokiko Kato, well-known Japanese singer
Co-sponsored by the nonprofit Tokyo-based BeGood Café and the Permaculture Institute of Japan, the conference will also offer more than 40 breakout workshops.
Advance tickets for the 2010 conference are 12,000 Yen for all three days or 5,000 Yen for one day, or, if purchased at the door: 14,000 Yen for three days and 6,000 Yen for one day.
For more information, see conference website or email ecovillage~at~begoodcafe.com.
Keynote Speakers will include:
• Toshio Ogata, Professor of Ecological Economics at Chuo University, Tokyo
• Environment Faculty Dean Professor Le Thu Hoa of National Economics University, Vietnam
• Mr. Le Dang Doanh, former President of Central Institute for Economic Management (CIEM), Vietnam
• Professor Nguyen The Chinh of the Institute for Strategy and Policy of Natural Resources and the Environment (ISPONRE), Vietnam
• Mr. Nariya Sukegawa of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Japan
• Vice Rector Professor Saykhong Saynasine of the National University in Laos
In order to develop rural economies and preserve traditional cultures in Vietnam and Laos, the Institute is working with National Economics University in Hanoi and National University of Laos in a joint project — “The Green Economic Corridor” — to promote a series of ecovillage-like settlements in Vietnam with mutually interactive garden/fishpond/livestock systems, as well as to plant “Vietnam-Japan Friendship Forests” there, according to Professor Toshio Ogata, who is also director of the Research Group on Environment and Economy in the Institute.
For more information on the conference, please see conference website or contact Professor Toshio Ogata at ogata~at~tamacc.chuo-u.ac.jp.
Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) course will be held in the Philippines, in the town of Cabaio, south of Manila, and sponsored by the Philippine nonprofit, Happy Earth. The month-long course — a project of Gaia Education, a program of Global Ecovillage Network — has been held in ecovillages on five continents since 2006.
Instructors at the Philippine EDE course will include:
• Penelope Reyes, Director of GENOA (GEN-Oceania/Asia), founder of Happy Earth nonprofit, and cofounder of the Laughing Fish eco-homestead in the Philippines (site of the course)
• John Vermuellen, permaculture designer and cofounder of the Laughing Fish
• Dr. Sixto Roxas, economist, former banking executive in New York and London, former chief economic planner of the Philippine government and member of the Philippine cabinet, and currently developer of a system of local community-centered ecosystems-based management in the Philippines
• Diana Leafe Christian, editor/publisher of this newsletter
The Philippines EDE course will include videos and slide shows of the ecological aspects and daily life in well-known ecovillages in Asia, Australia, North America, and Europe; “how we did it” case histories of successful ecovillages; explorations of typical steps ecovillage founders took to create their projects; sustainable economics in ecovillages; and an exploration of the consensus decision-making process, from how the process works to drafting proposals, creating agendas, and facilitating meetings.
For more information or to register, contact Penelope Reyes at penelope~at~happyearth.info.
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