Habemus nomen eius. It didn't take long. It's best to use the simplest name we could find to describe our project. We are litteraly building an interactive list of ecovillages from all around the world. We even have a logo, and we gathered in an online conference room to get to know each other (we are a team of 4: Patricia from Portugal, Miguel from Spain, Alina from Romania, and me from France). The registration for the hackathon starts on July the 10th, this post is an attempt at pitching this project to figure out what we want to build.
Why are we doing this?
Climate change is not going to solve itself. Each act counts, and we all benefit from them. Ecovillage List is an attempt at inspiring people by showcasing concrete examples of communities paving the way to global sustainability.
What problem are you solving?
An ecovillage is still a foreign concept to most people. We are lead to believe we cannot change the place we live in to become more environmental friendly, which is simple not true. Ecovillages are not easy to find and study from. The closest there is to a catalogue of ecovillages can be found on the Global Ecovillage Network. The usability is poor at best. We want to change that by offering a web application acting as a bridge between conscious citizens and environmental-friendly infrastructures to accelerate the transition to a better economy.
Is this actually useful?
Just look around you among your family members, we are all looking for ways to improve our lives. Ecovillage List has the potential to become an incredibly useful educational platform to inspire people to act in an easy and accessible way. We don't have data to back it up yet, but we are convinced there is a growing interest for alternative lifestyles.
Are you adding value?
We offer time gains and positivity in a tiny niche with a huge potential market.
Will this change behavior?
If people are inspired to reproduce what they learn from ecovillages the consequences will of course heavily impact the way we live, how we interact with each others as individuals.
Is there an easier way?
No. The Internet is still the cheapest and the most accessible educational resource.
What do you hope to achieve going forward?
Currently our project features 20 ecovillages, which is a tiny fraction of the 1200+ ecovillages we identified. The next step will be to add a back-end to our current website to clean and manage all this data and allow users to collaborate. The back-end was originally planned to be submitted during the hackathon but the holidays got in the way (:
Once the content management system will be complete we will start interacting with ecovillages to create more comprehensive how-to guides for us end-users to incorporate more sustainability in the way we live.