The Findhorn Foundation and community will host the 11th international conference of the International Communal Studies Association (ICSA) in June 2013, which will bring together up to 250 communal scholars and community activists from around the world. The conference and associated events will offer a rare opportunity in a unique communal setting to share academic research and lived experience of collective life in intentional communities such as ecovillages, cohousing, communes, kibbutzim, sectarian communities and housing cooperatives.
The conference title and themes focus on the nexus between community and sustainability. At a time of increased public awareness of the human causes of global warming, there is a critical need for information about, and demonstration of, low impact sustainable lifestyles. Historically, many intentional communities developed materially modest lifestyles in small socially cohesive groups, striving for self-sufficiency and exercising stewardship of their land. Modern day ecovillages, of which Findhorn is a prime example, seek to further reduce their ecological impact by technological, social and other means. This conference will showcase sustainable lifestyles within communal settings and offer a wellspring of data, analysis, ideas and applications to inform and inspire those attending.
Conference organiser: Dr Graham Meltzer, The Park, Findhorn, UK IV36 3TZ.
Tel: +77 89 59 39 89
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