Self - Governance Instructors
Diana Leafe Christian is author of Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities, about forming successful communities and ecovillages (now also in French, Italian Spanish, Russian, and Korean). She is also author of Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community — both books published by New Society Publishers. She publishes Ecovillages, a free online newsletter and formerly edited Communities magazine in the US for 14 years.
Diana speaks at conferences, offers consultations, and leads workshops internationally. Her topics include the tools and processes to create successful new intentional communities, what helps existing communities thrive, and governance and decision-making methods, especially Sociocracy. She has taught Sociocracy for ecovillages and other kinds of intentional communities in North America, Latin America, and Europe.
She has been a keynote speaker for the annual conferences in 2013 of both the Swedish Ecovillage Network and UK Cohousing Network, and for the Japanese Ecovillage Conference in 2007. She was one of many presenters at GEN’s 20th Anniversary Conference at Findhorn Community this year. (GEN is the Global Ecovillage Network.)
An Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) trainer, Diana contributed chapters to the Gaia Education books Beyond You and Me and Gaian Economics, and to GEN’s 20th Anniversary book, Ecovillage: 2000 Ways to Heal the Planet.
She is one of two representatives for the eastern US in GEN-US, and lives at Earthaven Ecovillage in the U.S. Her website is www.dianaleafechristian.org