keynote Speakers

Each day we will hold a a keynote conversation. These will be pegged to the sub-themes of the conference (Peace, Ecology and Social Justice) and will bring four named speakers - two as representatives of the community networks and two from allied networks or organisations - to inject framing and inspiration into the start of each conference day.

Peace Keynote Speakers

Rutie Atsmon

peace keynote speaker

"I wish to share with you our work that empowers Palestinian and Israeli youth to become allies in the struggle to end occupation and discrimination while taking into consideration local and global contexts".

Rutie Atsmon is one of the founders of Windows - Channels for Communication, a grassroots NGO made of Palestinians from both sides of the Green Line and Israeli Jews all sharing the belief that the current situation of occupation, discrimination and violations of human rights is unacceptable, and that education is an effective tool to promote a future that is based on democracy, equality, freedom, dignity, and safety for all.

Rutie grew up in a small cooperative village in Israel. At 15, she was expelled from school for asking too many challenging questions. Instead, she became involved with non-formal education for youth in disadvantaged communities. For her compulsory military service, Rutie served in the military government in Sinai, an eye-opening experience about the reality of occupation and the psycho-social complexities that contribute to its continuation. Since 1991 Rutie has served in Windows as co-director of the organization and its educational programs, facilitator and trainer, playing a role in the development of Windows' unique conflict resolution tools. Rutie lives in Tel Aviv and is the mother of two. She is active in various political and social direct action initiatives.


peace keynote speaker

I’m one of Tamera’s next-generation leaders, a community builder in service of the planetary movement and the leader of the Global Campus.

Time and again, I’m deeply moved by both the unspeakable beauty of this planet and the reality of the abysmal suffering of infinite beings every day. I see trust as the radical and revolutionary power that can heal humanity’s wounded heart. Restoring trust gives rise to a potential for healing that is so much greater than we can imagine. It’s for this reason that I think that one of the most important tasks that we have at the moment is to create structures where trust between all that lives can arise once again. This will enable us to direct the current global transformation in a positive direction.


Simon Jamnik

peace keynote speaker

Simon was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, ad grew up in Switzerland. After finishing school he became a baker. Later on he followed his call to a deeper understanding of humans. Among other things, this moved him to change the profession. He became a nurse. Now he works in an institution for psychiatric long-term care. His educational background also includes the Systemic Experiential Education, according to the method of creative-ritual process design. One day he was asked by a friend to step into childcare, in a camp, and that's how Simon's path brought him to listen to an elder, who was talking in a circle. That's how he first met Manitonquat Medicine Story and Ellika Linden. At this time Story was 85 years old, and Ellika 74. Because of that, a friend of both asked Simon to support the travel and the organising work. So he started to travel with them. As time passed, he learned more and more from Story and Ellika and they become Friends. Simon has now been traveling with the Circle Way for 5 years. He accompanies Ellika and Manitonquat has had the opportunity to become deeply attuned into the Circle Way. After Story's passing, Ellika and Simon have continued his work in workshops and communities all over Europe.

Sonita Mbah

peace keynote speaker

Sonita is currently combining an MSc in Integrative EcoSocial Design with Gaia University and coordinating the Bafut Ecovillage project.

She was born in Cameroon, has a background in English Literature and volunteered for community hygiene and sanitation projects. She holds a PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) and an EDE Certificate (Ecovillage Design Education). She is a facilitator/trainer at Better World Cameroon. She has dedicated the last 5 years reconnecting young people to the land and carrying out “Youth For Peace” campaigns and cross-culture education programs through youth camps, and other community initiatives related to climate change adaptation.

Sonita is a winner of Gender Just Climate Solutions Award 2017 for the innovate earthen cook stove project. She consults for both national and international NGOs on scaling up Agro-ecological practices, peace building and the empowerment of women to rebuild resilient communities through social enterprise.

Her passion for social change led her into exploring women and girls’ empowerment, food security, and green economy as possible solutions to the growing rate of unemployment in rural Africa.


Keynote Speakers

albert bates

ecology keynote speaker

Albert is in many ways one of the godfathers of the ecovillage movement: as cofounder of the Global Ecovillage Network, the Ecovillage Network of the Americas (now GENNA) and the Ecovillage Training Center at his home community of The Farm, Tennessee, he has been at the forefront of the community and alternative technology movement for decades.

Also a lawyer, author and teacher, today his pioneering work focuses on biochar as a tool for carbon sequestration. A humorous and engaging speaker, Albert returns to the European Ecovillage Conference in conversation on ecology and his new book Burn: Using Fire to Cool the Earth, as well as presenting a Biochar Masterclass to show show how biochar can revitalise soils, double our food supply - and maybe even save the planet.

Mauge Cañada

Psychologist, facilitator, co-founder

Psychologist, facilitator, co-founder of two ecovillages, and expert in mediation and sociocracy, Mauge has 30 years of experience in collective organisation and community. In 2018, with the Iberian Ecovillage Network and with the support of the regional government of Navarra, Spain, she launched the project “Reinhabiting the land from a sustainability perspective: from abandonment to life”, a pilot project that applies ecovillage principles to rural regeneration and repopulation. The innovative project seeks to enable access to land, support new community groups, and become a model and reference across Spain and beyond for new ways of repopulating rural areas with a community and sustainability focus.


Marilyn Hamilton

PhD, CPA-CGA (ret)

Dr. Marilyn Hamilton is a city (or Human Hive) evolutionist, futurist, PRAQtivist, author and independent researcher. Founder of Integral City Meshworks Inc; author of the Integral City Book Series,Reframing Complex Challenges for Gaia’s Human Hives (2018),Inquiry and Action: Designing Impact for the Human Hive (2017)and Integral City: Evolutionary Intelligences for the Human Hive (English 2008, Russian 2014),she has created several international communities of Integral City practise. Partnering with Findhorn College she convenes Beyond Smart, Beyond Resilient & Beyond Complexity Integral City workshops and webinars. Guest Editor of Integral Leadership Review, Canada Issue 2015, and Producer of the Integral City 2.0 Online Conference 2012, she has designed and delivered “learning lhabitats” for the 4+1 Voices of the city for Ecocity World Summit 2019, 6Aika Finland, WeMaketheCity Amsterdam, IDG Smart City, Globe Forum Sustainable Cities, Integral Europe Conferences and Integral Theory Conferences. She has held the position of CEO, COO, CFO and CIOin the private and civil society sectors. She serves on the Board of Findhorn College and F.I.R.E. CIC; is Associate Faculty in the School of Leadership at Royal Roads University andU of Victoria; and academically supervises, lectures and keynotes at Adizes Graduate School, Fielding U, Skolkovo Moscow, California Institute of Integral Studies, Murdoch Uand conferences around the world. 

Peter Harper

What had guided Peter Harper’s career over the decades? “I try to imagine the world my great-great-great grand-daughter in the 22nd century would prefer.” Peter has worked for over thirty years at the intersection of the environmental, alternative technology and community movements: as head of Research and Innovation at the pioneering Centre for Alternative Technology, a Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation, and author and lecturer on sustainability - not to mention a sideline in political theatre, with pieces including The Trial of Daisy The Cow.

Peter will argue for a programme of rapid decarbonisation based around a strategy of rapid deployment of low-carbon energy technologies on an industrial scale - sure to generate a highly stimulating debate.

social justice
Keynote Speakers

Giuseppe Micciarelli

Giuseppe Micciarelli Is a political philosopher, lawyer and activist.His studies focus on the commons, political participation, community, political subjectivation processes and transformation of institutions in contemporary governmentality.

As an activist he has followed many different social and political experiences around Europe. He is currently expert advisor in subjects related to urban commons management for the city council of Naples. Moreover, he is a founding member of the Ex-Asilo Filangieri a self-governed shared spaced in the historic center of Naples, where the discussion and theorization of “collective and urban civic use” as legal tools for the commons has emerged. Micciarelli is also member of the “Permanent observatory on commons, participatory democracy and fundamental right” of the city of Naples.

Coyote Alberto Ruz

A pioneer, veteran and historian from the intentional communities, ecovillage and bioregionalist movements, Alberto Coyote has dedicated 40 years to the study, creation and promotion of international networks for peace and ecological justice.

The co-founder Huehuecóyotl ecovillage, Mexico, Coyote’s lifework is punctuated throughout with examples of selfless dedication to renewed harmony for all. His achievements are too many to list here, but include being co-creator of the C.A.S.A community network of Latin America (Consejo de Asentamientos Sustentables de las Americas); Director of Environmental Culture in the State of Morelos, Mexico, for Secretariat of Sustainable Development; initiator of the Rainbow Caravan for Peace (Caravana Arcoris por la Paz) project; coordinator of the 1st. International Forum for the Rights of Mother Earth in Mexico City; expert adviser in Rights of Nature campaign at the United Nations (2016-2019); ceremonial master in countless ceremonies in the Sacred Centers of many original cultures in more than 25 different countries across five continents, author of 3 books and dozens of articles in international press.

Ole Lykke

Christiania’s Historical Archivist

After 8 years of teaching literature and history in High School, Ole Lykke moved to Christiania in 1979, during the Freetown´s Blockade against hard drugs and was a co-founder of the “Peoples movement against Hard Drugs”. For 39 years he has been active in Christiania on all levels from bartender and hair-dresser to organizer, negotiator and spokesperson to the Press and for many years editor of Christiania’s weekly paper.  He has documented the developments and History of Christiania as photographer, arranged exhibitions and given lectures on Christiania in many European cities.

Ole Lykke established Christiania’s Historical Archive In 2009, and the last ten years he has spent his work time collecting al written and filmed evidence about Christiania to make it available for Sociologists, Historians, Anthropologists and Students of all kinds.

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