At the July 2012 GEN Europe, Africa, and Middle East conference in Hungary, excited and motivated young people from across the globe re-enlivened the NextGEN group in this region of the world. The vision of NextGEN is to support and connect youth of the ecovillage movement, as well as connecting youth with the ecovillage philosophy globally. The dream is that NextGEN will shape the next generation of ‘ecovillagers’ on various levels, and give a space for young people to become active, inspired, and inspiring, within the ecovillage movement.
With the help of our generous host, the community of ZEGG in Bad Belzig, Germany, a small, but courageous team of organisers created a first planning meeting in early October. Initially, twenty people were expected, but fifty inspired young (and young at heart) ‘NEXTGeners’ heard the call and came!
Attendees included people from many European countries including Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovenia, and Sweden, as well as from Canada, the USA, and Australia. All the participants are actively connected with numerous projects, initiatives and organizations around the world. Continue reading