Centro de Convergência
- Commenced: 01/05/2006
- Submitted: 24/06/2011
- Last updated: 03/04/2013
- Location: Centro Social Aldeia das Amoreiras, Aldeia das Amoreiras, Odemira, Portugal
- Phone: +351 283 92 50 32
- Website: centrodeconvergencia.org
- Climate zone: Mediterranean
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Centro de Convergência
Project TypeRural, Residential, Community, Demonstration, Educational, Permaculture Local Group Transition Town Permablitz, Financial Economic, Legal
Community building and education for sustainable development project based in the + 500 years old traditional 200 people village called "Aldeia das Amoreiras" - South-west of Portugal.
Centro de Convergência and the "Sustainable Village" Project
The project Aldeia das Amoreiras Sustentável (Sustainable Village of Amoreiras, see www.aldeiasustentavel.net) is an holistic local development project aimed at creating a sustainable village through the participation and empowerment of the local traditional (non-intentional) community - Aldeia das Amoreiras (Muleberry Village).
The strategy of the facilitators group - Centro de Convergencia (Convergence Centre, see www.centrodeconvergencia.org) was to trigger an open ended conversation proccess, starting as several social events in the streets asking what is the dream village or what are the dreams that the people have for their village. The result was the concept of a sustainable village, the vision.
We are now engaging in the open ended conversation and acting as meeting facilitators to address our needs and dreams and make them reality.
We are also making a Permaculture design to the whole village based on the dreams and a detailled questionnaire applied to all the 200 inhabitants. Our dream is that Permaculture solutions and design will be integrated by the local working groups, and with time ever more ecological and integrated solutions will possibly be implemented by the population.
The Convergence Centre is acting as a animator, facilitator and organisator at the same time. We have also invited a group of external facilitators for all the group meetings. We have invited all possible organisations in the region to be partners.
In the coordinating group there is 1 person with Permaculture Design Course and two people with the Transition Initiative Course.
Our challenge is to integrate the landscape around the village and private property in the process of managing for the common good. Of course, envolving everybody and all the stakeholders is not such an easy task. But are we are getting there!
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