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Global Village Institute

  • Summertown, TN
  • http://www.i4at.org

Mission Statement

The Institute for Appropriate Technology was created in 1974 to design and disseminate environmentally friendly tools for sustainable development. The philosophy of the Institute is that emerging technologies that link the world together are not ethically neutral, but often have long-term implications for viability of natural systems, human rights and our common future. Institute program areas over the past decades have included research into food and energy applied sciences towards the end of improving food security and reducing climate-altering dependence upon fossil fuels; using improved communications methodologies for demonstrations of alternative economic and social experiments; and multidisciplinary research into mechanisms for narrowing the gap between the developed and developing world without undue negative cultural and environmental impacts.

Main Programs

  1. Appropriate Technology R&D
  2. Ecovillage Training Center
  3. Ecovillage Network
  4. Marda Permaculture Farm
  5. Sail Transport Network

ruling year

1985

Principal Officer

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Mr. Albert Bates

Keywords

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climate change, ecovillage, biodiversity, geotherapy, appropriate technology, peak oil, sustainable, community, strawbale, water, solar, building, renewable energy, organic, permaculture

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Also Known As

i4at

EIN

62-1220750

 Number

6195268178

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (C05)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

International Agricultural Development (Q31)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs

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Program 1

Appropriate Technology R&D

Since 1974, we have been weaving together the new open source tools and methods that are proactively responsive to the profound agricultural, climatological and social challenges of the post-petroleum era. We operate a research laboratory and central teaching facility and collaborate with numerous instructional and demonstration programs. Our instruction includes both the technical transfer side of appropriate technology (how-to and hands-on) and the "invisible landscape" of community the nuts and bolts of creating consensus and social health, distributed decisionmaking, and culturally-protective economic opportunities. We work in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, with further translation to other and indigenous languages as needed. Our primary goal is to train trainers who will carry on the work in our absence, and to empower these promoters with the tools they need to network with their peers. We support diverse cross-cultural networks.

Category

Research & Public Policy Analysis

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

Program 2

Ecovillage Training Center

In conjunction with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Global Ecovillage Network and Gaia University, the Institute educates international students and transfers technologies through an immersion pedagogy of ecovillage living, classroom activity and hands-on skill-building exercises, together with workshops, lectures,practical demonstrations, publications, and outreach on six continents. In 2013 GVI provided more than 20 public lectures and 8 extended workshops, and produced numerous publications, course workbooks in several languages and a book, Fermaculture.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Military/Veterans

Budget

$80,000.00

Program 3

Ecovillage Network

GVI is building grassroots movements for ecologically responsible human community having social, economic & ecological sustainability. In 2013 this program included providing workshops and lectures in 11 countries on 3 continents, an Ecovillage Design Education semester module in Colombia, S.A. and Ireland, and participation (with consultative status) at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Global Village Institute is the parent organization for the Ecovillage Network of the Americas and has been a regional office for the Global Ecovillage Network.

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 4

Marda Permaculture Farm

Global Village Institute operates a "Peace Through Permaculture" initiative in Israel's occupied West Bank with permission of the Palestinian Authority. Included in this program are courses of instruction in permaculture, drylands water management, farming apprenticeships, and natural building. This program is operated with the cooperation and assistance of the and the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia and the Permaculture Association of the UK.

Category

International Peace & Security

Population(s) Served

Other Minorities

Female Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 5

Sail Transport Network

Reestablish domestic and international trade routes by sail transport.

Category

International Exchange

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

$25,000.00

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Global Village Institute
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Principal Officer

Mr. Albert Bates

BIO

Albert Bates has been called one of the "fathers" of the sustainability movement (Natl Mtg on Community Sustainability, 2000) and a "Hero of the Revolution" (NY Village Voice). He has taught sustainable design, natural building, agriculture and technology to students on six continents. He is author of eight books on law, energy, history and environment, including Climate in Crisis (1990) with foreword by Al Gore. He holds a number of design patents and was inventor of the concentrating photovoltaic arrays and solar-powered automobile displayed at the 1982 World's Fair. He holds a B.A. from Syracuse University and L.L.B. and Juris Doctor degrees from New York Law School, and is a licensed ham radio operator and paramedic. He is recently retired as chairman of the board of Global Ecovillage Network.

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BOARD CHAIR

Albert Bates

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