Inner change and sustainability initiatives: exploring the narratives from eco-villagers through a place-based transformative learning approach

S.R. Pisters*, H. Vihinen, E. Figueiredo

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Abstract

In an earlier work, we suggested that connection, compassion and creativity could be used as key analytical dimensions of transformative place-based learning (Pisters et al. in Emot Sp Soc 34(8):100578, 2019). This analytical framework was created to study processes of place-based transformative learning which evoke shifts in our consciousness. This inner change might well be critical in the development of regenerative practices and places. This article aims to critically investigate the framework empirically using life-story interviews with people living in three different ecovillages. Ecovillages are so-called intentional communities which aim to develop sustainable, regenerative ways of living. Methodologically, the research is grounded in an ethnography and narrative inquiry. Following the empirical results, we will reflect on the merits and shortcomings of the analytical framework. The article concludes that the framework proved useful for its purpose if it includes a fourth dimension of 'transgression' and portraits the dimensions as continua.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSustainability Science
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Jan 2020

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Keywords

  • Ecovillages
  • Narrative inquiry
  • Place
  • Transformative learning

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