In the summer 2009, we met these people who are investing their time, energy and money into different values. Take the time to discover them.

Robert, Gotland

We realize that our approach is not attracting masses. That has not so much to do with having  no-flushing toilet… I think what scares people off the most is that we have to do things together, that we have to create community, where we have to create a platform where people can work together, and that’s how you can reduce costs and energy consumption.

Robert, in his forties, Suderbyn ecovillage, Gotland. Works  for the Swedish  government in the field of international  development.

Ingrid, Svanholm“I think it’s habit that people are used to doing things in a certain way, going to a shop and not thinking about how they could do things in another way. I think that’s the most difficult thing, changing a habit… If you want to change lifestyle, you really  have to want it.”

-Ingrid, Robert’s wife. Lives in Suderbyn ecovillage, Gotland. Works  for the Swedish  government in the field of international  development.



“I don’t think so much ‘environmental’; I try to think about  what is natural and what is a good way of living … I don’t  think I want to convince anyone that it’s a better way of living,  but I think everyone should try it.”

– Tobias, in his early thirties, volunteer at Suderbyn ecovillage.

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“Bringing people to work together is not always easy, but once you succeed, it gives you so much energy that it’s worth it!”

-Dissa, volunteer at Suderbyn ecovillage.



“We are doing something different than other people. In a way it’s quite hard to do these things. Most people talk about it but my dad and mother actually did it”.Joel, 12

“I think everyone needs to try to live more sustainably, because otherwise there is no future for our civilization.”   –Fabian, 16

Ingrid and Robert’s sons. Live in Suderbyn ecovillage.


We live extreme, but we don’t feel extreme … Change is easy. It’s only about breaking habits.“- Magnus, in his mid-thirties, music teacher

Lives in Utsikten ecovillage, Sweden.


jytte munskegaard

“What gave even greater cohesion in my life was that my son and my friend started an ecological commune which I immediately joined. And I take my hat off to those members who made it their job to influence architects and builders so successfully that Munksoegaard in Roskilde contained as many initiatives as possible.”

Jytte Abildstrøm, actress. Lives in Munksoegaard ecovillage, Denmark


“If we had to break down this [strawbale] house one day, this will all turn into nature again … [and] basically, it’s very cheap. There’s a little bit more labor, I would say. But we built this house ourselves. There’s no professional help for this.”

Lars, engineer

Lives in Munksoegaard ecovillage, Denmark


trevor graham


“In Augustenborg, we’ve worked with energy savings through behavior, improvements to the energy system, physical changes in buildings where we put external insulation… To create a sustainable city, we have to stop thinking of a roof as a roof … it can be a space for other things… we need to completely rethink the way we’re going to use the space of the city.

-Trevor Graham, head of sustainable development of the city of Malmö

martin svanholm“It’s one of the things we enjoy here. We don’t have to ‘consume’. … The most important thing for me right now is seeing my girlfriend and my son, Pia growing up. It’s just perfect. [Although life at Svanholm can get a bit one-sided sometimes], this is just what I need right now.”

Martin, in his thirties, inhabitant of Svanholm ecovillage, Denmark




“[My family] was really critical and not very impressed [at first]. It got much better when they came here for the first time and they saw that people were very educated, that they had manners… they had a different picture [of what life here would look like]. They are so fixed in this consumption lifestyle that they couldn’t really understand.”

Anne, in her thirties, teacher, Martin’s girlfriend, inhabitant of Svanholm ecovillage


“My whole life, I’ve wanted to live in a place like this because it contains a whole world within my radius. There are more than 100 people here.  We’ve been living together for many years.  I can always find somebody to help if I have a problem, or somebody to talk to, and that’s important to me.”

Tom, 64, bus driver and person responsible for volunteers at Svanholm ecovillage

kristina svanholm


“For me, it’s important to be part of something. I think that in modern life, a lot of people don’t know where to belong, what to do with themselves, because society is so big, it’s difficult to see what you can do. But here, it’s really clear how everyone is important to make things work.”

Christina, responsible for communications at at Svanholm ecovillage

tamara alternative health practitioner

“Health is a choice. If you prioritize your health, everything will come back to you. If you don’t have good health, you don’t have anything.”

“Food is supposed to give you something, not take energy away … What is organic food? It’s food with no poison. It’s kind of funny we have to pay more for that.”

Tamara, alternative healthcare practitioner

eirik viking

“There is a huge learning potential when you live together with other people.” –Eirik, in his forties, specialized educator

Lives in Hurdal ecovillage, Norway.


1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Radu  |  July 30, 2009 at 12:06

    Looking good guys! I’m so proud of you guys (and gal!) for going strong and living the change. So glad I got the chance to meet all of you and the people from eco villages that were so great to us. Hope you’ll find your way in this “big society” and maybe I’ll see some of you around before I leave.



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