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Ecolise. Nara Petrovic

The time when ecovillages were places faraway in the woods is over

What connects us, brings us joy and is good for all: for ourselves, for our communities and for the Earth?

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Encuentro de invierno 2017

Durante 3 días miembros de la RIE se han reunido en el Calabacino
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La RIE en Ecolise

Ecoaldeas, Transición, Permacultura, Municipios
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Self Health Empowerment Movement

Self Health Empowerment Movement

The Road To A Love-Based health Care System

Self Health Empowerment Movement(SHEM)

Friends, let me share to you a movement that is close to my heart. Self Health Empowerment Movement(SHEM for short) is a global wholeness and oneness movement.

The legitimacy of Sharing Economy

The legitimacy of Sharing Economy

characterising its business side

Author: João Miguel Oliveira Cotrim

The sharing economy (SE) is growing at an impressive rate across the globe (Cohen & Kietzmann, 2014). It has become increasingly popular mainly for consumer research, however, scientific literature in general still lack a common understanding of SE and its underlying mechanisms (Knote & Blohm, 2016). Moreover, there is a scarcity of research of how SE business models work, which opens up an opportunity for other scholars to shed light on the topic and stimulate the pursue of interesting theoretical and empirical lines of research (Cohen & Kietzmann, 2014). What is, after all, this “Sharing Economy” that everyone seems to talk about and apparently is increasingly becoming part of our lives? This research project elaborates on this gap. It is composed of two distinct studies: (1) How really legitimate it is to refer to SE as a real new category? and (2) What types of business models and its components are used by SE companies? Drawing on multiple secondary data sources (literature review; opinion-making articles; interviews to experts; testimonials from Directors of companies labelled as “SE” ones and specific reports around SE), the first study elaborates on existing frameworks of category emergence, non-emergence and legitimation to investigate how legitimate the SE is as a market category. The second study – to be conducted along the next year –, centred at the organizational level, identifies some representative companies (located both in Portugal and abroad) as case studies in order to characterize their business models. This specific report presents the outcome of Study 1. The end result is the development of a more complete framework and an identification of 5 key determinants – Sameness (or Close Substitution); Distinctiveness; Credibility; Cognitive Legitimation; and Socio-political Legitimation – on the legitimacy of SE as a new market category, which enables a theoretical proposal model on the validation of SE as a true new market category. Results suggest that SE is showing an already relevant pattern path in becoming and consolidating its place as a true (new) market category. Considering Navis et al.’s (2012) foundation that if a core identity frame fails to emerge for the category as a whole, even though there may be significant advances in other areas, a new market category may still fail to emerge, it cannot be concluded that the SE already is a consolidated new market category, because it still lacks in an identity frame: socio-political legitimation. This study could serve as a catalyst for a more unified study of the nascent dimension of SE.

To read more, please visit: http://www.slideshare.net/joaocotrim/the-legitimacy-of-the-sharing-econo...

Forum Theater for Women at Auroville

Forum Theater for Women at Auroville

Pitchandikulam Forest organized two workshops for the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) funded ‘Soul of WoMen’ gathering. These events focused on the exploration of womanhood, the struggles and strengths in the feminine.

Research Newsletter April 2016

Research Newsletter April 2016

Here comes the third newsletter of the GEN research working group. We have an active period behind us. You have already received the report of the ecovillage research meeting in Rotterdam. In this newsletter you find:

Ecovillage research meeting

Ecovillage research meeting

At DRIFT Rotterdam, Feb. 2016

The goal of this meeting has been share insights of academic research on ecovillages conducted so far, provide a good basis for more research cooperation, and to share dreams and strategies for future ecovillage research. Download the report of the meeting

Regenerative strategies for climate

Regenerative strategies for climate

Rice has been cultivated in the East Indian state of Odisha since ancient times, its fertile land and running rivers supporting paddy cultivation as the mainstay of its people. Odisha is similar to the Latin word for rice (Oryza) and some believe the name of the State derives from the crop known as Oryza Sativa, also known as Asian rice.

Research Newsletter

Research Newsletter

October 2015

Here comes the second newsletter of the GEN research working group. In this issue, you will find information on upcoming events and call for papers, especially for the ICSA conference (the CfP is open till Oct.31, for posters & session till Dec.31). We have two more reports to share from our intensive session at the GEN+20 in Findhorn last July. Furthermore, you will find a section with information on calls, new publications and new research projects.

 

Belipola in the Rainy Season

Belipola in the Rainy Season

Sabina Arokiam from GENOA writes of her visit to the Analog Forestry and Community Development Centre in Belipola, Sri Lanka

I arrived at the tropical heaven of Belipola in the height of Sri Lanka's rainy season. It was a time of indulgence for the teeming forest vegetation and critters, and the nearby river gurgled with hearty laughter. Life filled up to the brim and overflowed at every turn and corner. It had been a big year of unravelings for me, and I was inching my way through the last days of 2014. The New Year was approaching and I was flying home on the 1st of January. My eyes were blurry from nursing a conjunctivitis infection and my brain was foggy from not knowing what to do next with my life.

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