Ecovillage from four perspectives
Dimensions of world perception
It is important for us that a conscious and responsible way of life is reflected in all dimensions of our ecovillage. So that we all realize the interconnectedness between ourselves, nature and other living beings. The right to life, respect, reverence and love has thus become an indisputable value.
Common values, intentions and goals are defined on the basis of a sociocratic approach to management, where the highest body of the ecovillage is the Great Circle (members of the ecovillage), which decides on the basic principles and agreements. The working and social circles, within the framework of their powers given by the Great Circle, are further defining and managing the assigned areas within their possibilities. The Circle Council is composed of statutory representatives of ecovillage organizations and coordinates the activities of ecovillage towards authorities, state representatives and other organizations outside the ecovillage. Zeměsouznění Association is the main gateway to full-featured tribal membership. The Tribal Member then has the right to be part of any cooperative or association of the ecovillage, including election to management positions. The ecovillage supports celebrations, joint rituals, art and creativity and provides educational courses for members and the general public.
It is based on environmentally friendly and nature-collaborative approaches such as permaculture, ecological economics, the Cradle to Cradle approach and circular economics. The first goal on the plot is to restore the retention capacity of the soil and landscape and to create reservoirs of water resources not only for community-supported agriculture. The ecovillage provides communal storage and catering, consciously uses energy, uses local renewable energy sources and aims towards an ecovillage with zero waste by sharing, exchanging, lending, recycling, reusing or transforming waste as a resource. Walking and cycling (without cars) are supported within the ecovillage. Shared cars and public transport are used for commuting outside the ecovillage. Shared community spaces lead to relatively small individual tiny houses (with a low ecological footprint) or shared houses made of natural materials. Decentralized zones of houses are designed in accordance with bioclimatic strategies and placed in edible forests and orchards.
The main indicator of the impact of the ecovillage on the environment is the biocapacity reserve / deficit per person as the difference between the average biocapacity of the Czech Republic and the ecological footprint of the ecovillage. It is supported by other indicators in the area of health and happiness of individuals, community and region development, transport, water, soil and air quality. The lifestyle of the ecovillage is based on a solidarity economy (economy of needs) providing space for community life. The ecovillage provides basic human needs - housing, community agriculture, catering and central purchase, provides conscious education for adults and children and space for community businesses based on a holistic approach. Ecovillage members have the opportunity to be owners, investors, employees, producers and consumers simultaneously in one or more ecovillage companies. The payment is partially paid in the local currency, which then serves as an exchange between members of the ecovillage or an exchange in the region or for the purchase of ecovillage products and services.