Today I announced on Twitter I'm looking for two teammates to join The Climate Fixathon, a one-month hackathon to help fix climate change. It's my first new project in three months and I am excited to share my contribution to the biggest problem our species ever had to face.
Technology is not going to get us out of this mess, we must redesign our lifestyles to consume much less and much better. However, the Internet is good at one thing: bringing us closer together. The World Wide Web is the ultimate community builder, a community of communities, and that's precisely how it's going to help us overcome our global climate emergency.
We need people to lead the way toward a more sustainable future. We need people to inspire us, to show us alternatives are possible. That's where ecovillages come in. Solutions are already there, but they are not known or accessible enough. People are resistant to change, but we can change for the better once we are surrounded by the right people.
My idea is to create a platform where people can browse through a huge catalog of ecovillages to be inspired to act. To join, create, or simply learn from independent initiatives all around the globe in an intuitive and engaging fashion.
I'm thinking about incorporating filters such as geographical location, spoken language, philosophy (anarchist, neo-hippie, communist, ecologist, spiritual retreat...), low/high tech, community size, cost-to-join, etc. to demonstrate how you can fight the climate crisis by displaying concrete lifestyle changes others have integrated in their daily lives.
The project would be open-source, completely transparent, non-profit, and social.
The minimum viable product would be comprised of a list of ecovillages you can interact with. It would basically be a Nomad List for self-sustained indie communities.