WHAT’S ON THIS PAGE…
- Overview of on-line & hard copy resources
- How to find resources on this site: browse or search
- A few resources specific to ecovillages
- Library appointments
- More about hard copy library
- Topic index for hard copy publications
- Topic index for videos and DVDs
OVERVIEW OF ON-LINE & HARD COPY RESOURCES
The Los Angeles Eco-Village Intentional Community strives to lower its environmental impact while raising the quality of community life. In moving toward these goals, we take a permaculture approach to design, integrating the social, economic and ecological systems of the neighborhood. This takes a lot of information, knowledge, wisdom, and sharing of resources. We’ve collected a lot of these resources, mostly through CRSP, in a hard copy library of books, videos, and other publications. Plus on-line resources.
We’ve organized our on-line resources along the macro systems of sustainability: Ecological, Economic and Social. In addition, we’ve included a General category that overlaps all three areas. And with permaculture playing an increasingly important role about how to live on the planet, a number of resources on that topic are included, as well. Our challenge, of course, is to create something useful for our constituents and the general public that is an effective shortcut to just doing an internet search on topics of interest.
Our library has been used most actively by students doing academic research. CRSP members are invited to borrow most materials from our library on a two week loan basis.
HOW TO FIND RESOURCES ON THIS SITE: BROWSE OR SEARCH
So with the the foregoing in mind, under each major category, there are several subcategories. Click on a major category to browse the resources on that topic. If you are looking for a specific topic within the major category, for example, “water” under “Ecological,” then do a search for <water> on the Ecological resources page. These resource pages are updated fairly regularly, but please let us know if you find a resource is out of date or no longer available.
A FEW RESOURCES SPECIFIC TO ECOVILLAGES
Ecovillages on www.YouTube.com and www.vimeo.com
Who’d a thought it? So many ecovillages to visit, ecovillage founders and activists to hear from. Check it out. I recommend especially Rob Boleman from Maitreya Ecovillage in Eugene, Albert Bates from the Ecovillage Training Center in Tennessee, noted author on ecovillages and intentional communities Diana Leafe Christian, Jonathan Dawson of Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland, Brandy Gallagher MacPherson of OUR Ecovillage in Victoria BC, and Tony Sirna of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in Missouri. Oh yes, there’s even a couple of cutsy videos from L.A. Eco-Village. Once you’re on youtube.com, or vimeo.com just search <ecovillage>, and they’ll all come up, or search the person’s name or ecovillage name. Happy surfing.
Ecovillage News www.ecovillagenews.org
Noted intentional community and ecovillage author Diana Leafe Christian invites you to subscribe to her free on-line newsletter designed to encourage and inspire new and existing ecovillage projects with news about ecovillages and related projects worldwide. Lots of interesting articles and resources. If you’re interested in ecovillages, this is a must.
Ecovillage Radio. Kakawa Ecovillage <www.kakwaecovillage.com> founder and developer Russ Purvis has started an Ecovillage Radio series, and will be interviewing other Ecovillage founders and activists. Tune in at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Ecovillage-Radio
The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN): www.ecovillage.org
The Ecovillage Network of the Americas (ENA): www.ena.ecovillage.org
The Library is open by appointment. Contact CRSP at 213/738-1254 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, please provide feedback on how this page could be improved to be more helpful for you. Write Lois at email@example.com
MORE ABOUT HARD COPY LIBRARY
CRSP (Cooperative Resources & Services Project) is a resource-rich organization, having accumulated a specialized library for more than 30 years. CRSP holds a portion of the original Jerry Voorhis library which he donated to CRSP shortly before his passing in 1984. Most of the materials in the library are specifically related to cooperatives and sustainability issues. An index is provided below.
The CRSP Library also maintains back issues of Communities Magazine, the long time national trade publication of the Intentional Communities and Ecovillage movements in the U.S published by the Fellowship for Intentional Community. Current and back issues are available at the CRSP office in L.A. Eco-Village.
In addition, there are a number of videos available for loan, including VHS and DVDs on a variety of intentional community, ecovillage and sustainability topics.
TOPIC INDEX FOR HARD COPY PUBLICATIONS
HARD COPY BOOKS
Agriculture, Gardening, Herbs, Weeds, Grasses, Landscaping
Architecture, Design, Landscape Architecture
Art, Crafts, Music, Film
Catalogues, Directories (also see individual topics)
Children, Parenting, Children’s books, babysitting co-ops
Communications, Meetings, Facilitation, Conflict
Community, Intentional Communities, Shared Living, Development of Community, Polyfidelity, Leadership Development
Cooperation, cooperative history (also see Philosophy, Religion)
Ecology, Environment, Nature, Bioregionalism, Animals, Deep ecology (also see Philosophy, Spiritual, Transformation)
Economics, Finance, Credit Unions, Local Currency
Education, Training (also see individual topics)
Fiction, Poetry, Literature
Health, Healing, Herbs, Anatomy, Disease, Nutrition
Housing, Housing Finance, Real Estate Development
Leadership, Power Issues, Organizing (also see Communications, Psychology)
Living Patterns, Lifestyles, Simplicity, Personal change
Los Angeles Eco-Village
Maintenance, Repair, Building Management, Rehab
Sustainable Communities & Ecovillages
Sustainable Development, Green building
Transportation, Carfree, Land Use Planning with respect to transit
Urban Planning, General
Urban Planning, Los Angeles
Worker Co-ops, Jobs, Unions, Work
TOPIC INDEX FOR VIDEOS AND DVDS
Finance, Loans, Credit Unions
Green Building, Development Technolgoy
Health and Healing
Miscellaneous to be viewed and categorized
Sustainable Living, General
Urban Planning, Ecocities