One of the many inspirations to start this project came from a several-months visit in Auroville, India, a few years ago. Auroville is one of the largest and longest existing intentional communities in the world. (https://www.auroville.org/)
"It's so exciting to be visiting all these communities, to talk with the people and share their life for a few weeks. What is it that they have learned about living harmoniously in an intentional community, and what can society at large learn from their example?"
The Community Research Project is an initiative that wants to develop a greater understanding of the principles of community and create more awareness of the experience and knowledge gained by long-term intentional communities all over the world.
"Ecovillages are small cells who take it up on themselves to live the ecologically responsible life, and by example spread the good practice."
Prof. Shabnam Mousavi
The COMMUNITY RESEARCH PROJECT is a private, non-academic and independent enterprise by SUSANNE RATKA.
This project is scientifically accompanied by Prof. Shabnam Mousavi of Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. The selection criteria, catalog of questions and interview procedures of the field study are based on objective scientific standards.
Visuals & Editorial: Andreas Wiedemann
All photos* taken by Susanne Ratka and Andreas Wiedemann
(*except for "Jumping Goldfish", "Keyword Search" and "Contact")