Ecovillages are intentional communities dedicated to the principles of sustainability, permaculture, sociocracy, self-reliance and a variety of others. While ecovillages come in a variety of sizes, types, and forms, the two main categories of ecovillages are traditional ecovillages and urban ecovillages. Ecovillages are designed through self-organized participatory processes whereby organizers collaborate to either develop the communities where they already reside to be more self-sustainable and intentional or whereby organizers concede to create new off-the-grid communities that are dedicated to sustainability, ecological restoration, radical inclusion, and dynamic governance. All in all, the main purpose of an ecovillage is to help one another combat climate change, industrialization, globalization, and the effects of a corporate consumerist culture. While most ecovillages range from a population of 50-250 individuals, many ecovillages can be smaller or even larger.
Moreover, many ecovillagers are united by a common desire to inhabit certain ecological, socio-economic, and cultural-spiritual values, an array of ecovillages are predetermined by a certain intentionality that supersedes or overweighs other values. For example, some ecovillages - while sustainable in nature and dedicated to having a shared resource economy - may by driven by a certain business model that serves as the main focus for the ecovillage's existence. As such, curious minds may notice the eclectic nature of the Ecovillage world and seek out that Ecovillage which most identifies with his/her values and priorities.
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