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Eco-communities in Dialogue: NY responds to Europe
June 30, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cotyledon Community & Flux Factory present: Eco-communities in Dialogue: NY responds to Europe
This discussion will feature Jan Blažek of the Czech Republic who will speak on European Eco-communities followed by a panel discussion with representatives from local communes Cotyledon, Ganas, and Arc 38.
Jan Blazek is a PhD student working on the topic of eco-communities and in general on socio-environmental transformations, visiting from Masaryk University Brno in the Czech Republic. Jan will present the current trends in European eco-communities with examples of urban cohousings and rural ecovillages, housing coops, all-sharing communes, autonomous colonies, syndicates and regional cooperatives. He brings the voice of communities from Portugal, Catalonia, Austria, Germany, Denmark and the UK.
Cotyledon is a small but ambitious income sharing, egalitarian commune formed in late 2017 in Western Queens. With a focus on food justice Cotyledon demonstrates a collaborative approach to life and work within NYC.
Ganas was founded in 1979 on Staten Island. This non-egalitarian community utilizes 10–12 core group members plus 60 to 70 members of varying involvement. The community runs three reuse businesses, including a clothing, furniture and bookstore-cafe.
Arc 38 is a 501c3 nonprofit project occupying 188 acres in upstate New York. Rooted in activism, sustainability, agriculture, building networks, spirituality, philosophy and radical pacifism, ARC 38 strives to embody a living experiment in community building.