Global Village Institute

for appropriate technology

aka i4at, GVI(x)   |   Summertown, TN   |  http://www.gvix.org

Mission

Global Village Institute was created in 1974 to design and disseminate friendly tools for regenerative development. The philosophy of the Institute is that emerging technologies 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 for demonstrations of alternative economic and social experiments; and multidisciplinary research into mechanisms for narrowing wealth gaps without undue negative cultural and environmental impacts.

Ruling year info

1985

President

Mr. Albert Kealiinui Bates Esq.

Main address

PO Box 90 184 Schoolhouse Rd

Summertown, TN 38483 USA

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EIN

62-1220750

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (S05)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

International Agricultural Development (Q31)

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Our programs

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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.

Population(s) Served

In conjunction with the United Nations (UNITAR, UNESCO and UNFCCC), 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. Each year GVI provides public speakers and workshops and master classes and produces publications, course workbooks in several languages and instructional videos.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.

Population(s) Served

Reestablish domestic and international trade routes by sail transport.

Population(s) Served

Although the practical tools to reverse climate change are already available, to date the scale to which they have been implemented is insufficient. For regenerative development to realize its full potential, it requires vision and concerted collaborative action. In 2016, with the advice of Global Village Institute and scores of other contributors, the Commonwealth of Nations took this up. With 52 member countries and almost a third of the world’s population (over 60% of which are under 30 years old), the Commonwealth is highly representative of the world’s peoples and ecosystems.


The RDRCC agenda is specifically tailored to the capacities of the Commonwealth nations, which can, working together, deliver the necessary direction and scale of action to lead an effort to reverse climate change.



Like the Commonwealth itself, the strength of regenerative development lies in its capacity for diversity. The experts we gathered were clear in their recommendation that the Commonwealth will have most impact as a driver of change by designing elegant solutions carefully adapted to the unique conditions of local cultures and ecosystems. Effective change will not be achieved through abstract, catch-all, lowest common denominator initiatives dictated from the top-down. For this reason, efforts to build local capacity are paramount.

Population(s) Served

The Project NOAH Regen Fund is Global Village Institute's first foray into climate finance "green bonds" to support our projects aimed and marrying the drawdown objectives to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Population(s) Served

We promote the people and initiatives that are pointing the way to a regenerative and prosperous future for everyone, illuminating and stimulating a global collaboration, and celebrating humanity and the power of individuals to make a positive difference for themselves and for the planet.

Population(s) Served

We transform CO2 in the air into ecommodities that replace fossil products at a lower price. We create entire new industries, antiifragile and earth-regenerating, capable of sustainable profits to reinvest in innovation and community.
We are cooling the planet.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

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Global Village Institute

Board of directors
as of 4/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Albert Bates

Global VIllage Institute

Term: 2021 - 2024

Andrew Langford

Gaia University

Lois Arkin

Community Resources Service Project

Frank Michael

Second Foundation

Albert Bates

Alejandra Adler

Cambia

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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