Non-profits

CIFAL Scotland (UNITAR)
CIFAL Scotland, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research affiliated training centre for Northern Europe, is a hub for capacity building, leadership and knowledge sharing between local and regional authorities, international organisations, the private sector and civil society.

CIFAL programmes address the urgent implications of climate change and resource scarcity and promote solutions where people and business prosper within environmental limits.
More: www.cifalscotland.org

Gaia Education
Gaia Education promotes a holistic approach to education for sustainable development by developing curricula for sustainable community design. While drawing upon best practices within ecovillages worldwide, Gaia Education works in partnership with universities, ecovillages, government and non-government agencies and the United Nations.
More: www.gaiaeducation.net

International Futures Forum

IFF restores practical hope and provokes wise initiative in challenging circumstances. We address complex, messy, seemingly intractable issues – local, global and all levels in between. We respond to the conceptual emergency, wherever it shows up. We work with governments, communities, businesses, foundations and others. We support people experiencing a combination of aspiration for something better and frustration that little they do seems to get them nearer their goal. We develop their capacity for inspiring and transformative innovation rather than simply propping up the old system. Based on 10 years experience we have learned how to help any group get back in touch with their highest aspirations and figure out how to realise them, not in the distant future but starting today.

More: www.internationalfuturesforum.com

Bioneers
Founder Kenny Ausubel coined the term Bioneers in 1990 to describe an emerging culture. Bioneers are social and scientific innovators from all walks of life and disciplines who have peered deep into the heart of living systems to understand how nature operates, and to mimic “nature’s operating instructions” to serve human ends without harming the web of life. Nature’s principles—kinship, cooperation, diversity, symbiosis and cycles of continuous creation absent of waste—can also serve as metaphoric guideposts for organizing an equitable, compassionate and democratic society.
More: www.bioneers.org

Progressio Foundation
Through its ventures, partnerships, coalitions, agenda-setting events, learning and action initiatives, Progressio Foundation has been contributing to a new world of enterprise – and entrepreneurs – who have been pioneering some of the most creative economic and social innovations of the last twenty years.
More: www.progressiofoundation.org

Clear Village Foundation
The CLEAR VILLAGE Charitable Trust is an international non-profit based in London. We create community development tools, design change processes and ignite resilience in overseen places. The organisation consists of a core leadership team, research and administrative staff, and a global network of experts spanning 20 countries ready to share, learn and work humbly alongside communities. CLEAR VILLAGE helps places and communities see their own potential and unify their resources towards a collaboratively defined goal. The process involves listening to needs, identifying possibilities and designing preferable outcomes in ways that can be implemented by key stakeholders.
More: www.clear-village.org

Scottish Ecological Design Association
SEDA aims to promote the design of communities, environments, projects, systems, services, materials and products which enhance the quality of life of and are not harmful to living species and planetary ecology.
More: www.seda.uk.net

International Society for Ecology and Culture
The International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide. Our emphasis is on education for action: moving beyond single issues to look at the more fundamental influences that shape our lives.
More: www.localfutures.org

Wongsanit Ashram, Thailand
Wongsanit Ashram was established in 1985 as an intentional community for simple living and for engaging in social action and spiritual practice. Since its early years, the Ashram has been actively involved in many community projects. The Ashram seeks to develop and promote an alternative lifestyle that is grounded in Dharma, cultural diversity, and environmental sustainability. In essence, it attempts to point out the interconnection between humans, society, and nature.
More: http://www.wongsanit-ashram.org/backup/default.php?modules=article&article_view=detail&id=2

Learning Partnership for Creative Sustainability, European Network
The LPCS came together in 2008 as a group of professionals, with the support of the European Grundtvig fund for life-long learning. Three organisations (Findhorn College, UK; AIP, Germany and InfoEck-Tirol, Austria) joined together to explore sustainability creatively by weaving various approaches together from the fields of outdoor education, youth and social work, dance and movement therapy, rites of passage/solo work, sustainability education, as well as Earth and Life Sciences. Together, we have a common understanding that a whole-systems approach is needed to tackle the contemporary challenges we face and that real change starts at an individual level by addressing our core values and engaging with nature in an individual and participative way.
More: www.creativesustainability.eu

Living Routes, USA
Living Routes’ mission is to create opportunities to live and learn within human-scale communities that are consciously striving to live well and lightly. By offering positive visions and “stories” for humanity and the planet, ecovillages offer ideal “campuses” for students to explore possible futures, both in the world and in their own lives.
More: http://www.livingroutes.org/about/vision.htm