June 28th – Eco-communities, Economics, Ecology and Sociotechnics in a Russian Ecovillage
6:00 AM PT/ 9:00 AM ET/ 2:00 PM UTC
Hosts: Antonina Kulyasova and Igor Polskiy
This webinar will introduce you to a very special Ecovillage project and educational program happening in a remote village in the Arkhangelsk region of Russia. We will share the experience and lessons from the educational project “Forest school”, where we work with rural youth on sustainable rural development and global climate change issues. We will also present the new Youth educational program “Eco-communities: Economics, Ecology, Sociotechnics and the culture of living together”.
Antonina Kulyasova has her PhD in Economic Sciences. From 1997 to 2015, she was affiliated with the Center for Independent Social Research, in St. Petersburg, Russia as a researcher in environmental sociology. This period she participated in 34 scientific and practical projects, most of them international. Her main interests are sustainable rural development, resilience, and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification process as a tool to protect rights of local communities. She is the author and co-author of a number of methodological materials on public participation in forest and watershed protection issues. For many years she has been a part of the Technical Committee of FSC Russia.
Since 1993 she started the Big Stone ecovillage project with her family in Vologda region in Russia. The ecovillage was small, but they made active educational work on eco-friendly lifestyle, traditional culture, forest and streams protection. Antonina was also one of the founders and active participants of GEN-Russia. She has participated in more than ten international projects on ecocommunities and permaculture.
Since 2013, Antonina has organized a non-commercial partnership called “Regional Network for Sustainable Rural Development” in the Ustyansky district of the Arkhangelsk region. In 2014, she started a new community in the village V. Bereznik of the Arkhangelsk region in Russia. Today, there are two educational projects for rural youth and families in the village: “Forest School” and “School of the Village Master”.
Igor Polskiy holds a PhD in social philosophy. He has developed courses and seminars around community building and sociocracy and his Master’s degree study focused on the “Anastasia” and “Ringing Cedars of Russia” series and ecovillage movement. Igor is a student of Aikido and holds a diploma in the pedagogy and psychology of Aikido.
Since 2015, Igor has been a coordinator and lead teacher of the “Forest School” along with Antonina Kulyasova and spends his time between the village V. Bereznik of the Arkhangelsk region in Russia and Moscow.