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Intentional Communities, a talk and presentation by Rija Ménagé

  • Jun 10, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Hello everyone,

Please join us for an opportunity to learn about intentional communities in general, and eco-villages in particular.

I will be doing  a  presentation and talk about what they are and aren't, show you a few examples and explain how do they relate to permaculture and Hong Kong.

I will also share my own experience in visiting three of them, what are my future projects, and give you some tips and leads if you wish to further your knowledge or want to get involved.

I will also be encouraging you to participate, during and after the talk, especially those who've never heard of intentional communities before, to ask questions or to share your thoughts and feelings.

Warm regards.



(1) What communities are intentional, which ones are not

(2) Successful 10%, why 90% fails

(3) eco-villages

(3.1) Panya, Pun Pun and Mindfulness

(3.2) Dancing Rabbit in Missouri

(3.3) Eco-villages in Vietnam

(3.4) Auroville in India

(4) How can intentional communities help solve some of HK societal issues

(4.1) What can be made better in HK

(4.2) Examples of approaches: Perma Club and Ark Eden

(4.3) Challenges in HK

(4.4) Some new approaches to try

(5) My plans in Asia: Eco-communities & how you can help

(6) resources, references and links

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  • Rija

    Just came across this article with two videos about an eco-village in Los Angeles. Very interesting, and the second 30min video is full of interesting tidbits of information if you pay attention. It's a good model for Hong Kong I reckon.

    June 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Rija, yea.. I know the number source and that I have been thinking 'what elements are improtant for an eco-village' , especailly when I visit some tranditional villages in China, Nepal and Thailand, they are far 'knowledgable' to register but for me these are eco-villages (althought there are some social aspects which make me in doubt.. ). At least these villages are more 'eco-village' alike than a registered hippie eco-village in Argentina. so I find this very interesting. Anyway, I agree the workshop time and comment box restrist our discussion. Again, look forward to any follow up sessions or, discuss during our July internship ! ;)

    June 11, 2014

    • Rija

      We will have all the time to discuss this in July, I'm looking forward to it. I'm too much of a doer to do many of these talks/presentations :-)

      1 · June 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      yea,. it was a fruitful presentation. sorry for so many 'reflections' , my friend and I kept discussing this topic for two hours after your talk, cos you bring up many interesting points.

      June 12, 2014

  • Rija

    Hi. I did talk a bit of Transition at the end of my talk.
    Below is a full length documentary about the Transition movement.
    It's beautiful, insightful and explanatory, and show examples of initiatives all over the world, well worth watching:

    June 12, 2014

  • Rija

    Thank you everyone for coming.

    1 hour and half felt too short in time to share everything I wanted to share, but I hope you got something out of it.

    Natalie, the numbers I was quoting from the top of my head came from the Global Ecovillage Network membership in 2010:

    global: 463
    america = 209
    europe and africa = 197
    oceania and asia = 57

    If an eco-village is not registered with GEN, it won’t be counted for.

    However, I’ve been in touch with a NGO in Vietnam who build eco-villages in rural areas in North Vietnam, and they are registered with GEN, and so are Panya and Pun Pun.

    Anyway, even if the numbers are slightly different now, the ratio that exhibits a higher proportion of eco-villages in the west compared to Asia makes a lot of sense (for several reasons too long to explain in this comment box). Thank you again for your attendance!

    Warm regards

    June 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a very interesting topic indeed. Thank you for organzing.
    There are some topics I am looking forward to discuss if there are follow up sessions. For example, is eco-village a western dominant concept(as Rija mentioned there are 'few' ecovillages in Asia which personally think it is not ture)? the possibility of creating eco-village in HK and our role etc.

    1 · June 11, 2014

  • Suren

    Thank You Rija for sharing your initiative.

    1 · June 11, 2014

  • Katrina

    This was the first meet up for this group I was attending, and unfortunately I'm snowed under with work and can not attend. I will however be attending the documentary event where I'll have to hear all about what I missed.

    June 10, 2014

  • Parshu A.

    Sorry Rija, cannot make it as I am caught up at work. Is there anyway u can share the presentation if at all, or would love to catch up sometime to learn about your pursuits. Thanks

    June 10, 2014

  • Chi

    Hi Rija , looking forward to seeing you again and your sharing too :)

    1 · June 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Rija,
    I would love to come to this meetup but unfortunately, I am already attending another event at this time. I hope I will be able to catch your next talk and presentation. All the best.

    1 · May 26, 2014

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