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NextGEN

Next Generation, Global Ecovillage Network

Planning Meeting

US Region

August 3 and 5th, 2007

Westtown School, Westtown, Pennsylvania

You are invited to join NextGEN from Friday August 3 to Sunday August 5th 2007 for our first US Region NextGEN planning meeting!

The goals of the gathering are to:

o Provide an update on NextGEN activities

o Create an annual plan for the US regions

o Review current options for partners in the US Region

o Create your own personal vision

Logistics

The planning meeting will be held on the Westtown School campus in Westtown, Pennsylvania. Lodging is available in tents by Westtown Lake. Directions to Westtown can be found at their website at http://www.westtown.edu

Arrival: We are offering pre-meeting workshop on Friday. If you are interested, please arrive Thursday evening in order to participate in workshops Friday morning. For those only attending the meetings, please arrive by Saturday at noon.

Pre meeting Schedule:

Friday: Personal Vision workshop with Rory Cohen of Entelekey and visit to local green building site

Saturday AM: Closing of Environmental Leadership Program

Meeting schedule

Saturday Afternoon: Where are we now: A review of the year since the Mexico planning meeting: Structure, programs governance

Saturday Evening: Reports on possible gatherings for the coming year in the US and Europe

Sunday through 4:30: Planning Sessions

Optional Dinner

Registration

The planning meeting costs $50.00 and includes housing and meals a day. Please send the registration form and your payment for $50 to: Next GEN c/o Paula Kline 1019 Ashley Rd West Chester PA. 19382 USA or fax to 610-399-6621. Checks or money orders should be made out to Westtown School.

Registration and travel scholarships are available for those who would not be able to attend the planning meeting without financial assistance. The deadline for scholarship applications is June 1st, although we will award scholarships on a rolling basis.

What is NextGEN?

NextGEN was formed at the GEN + 10 conference on October 5th, 2005. Over 50 young adults gathered at the conference as the GEN Youth Council. Sessions allowed conference participants to reflect on the role of youth in the Global Ecovillage Movement. Based on this gathering, NextGEN, a youth organized branch of GEN, emerged to seek the support and community critical to creating global change.

After another planning meeting in July 2006, NextGEN created regional networks. This meeting is convened to create a 2007-2008 annual action plan.

Our mission is to inspire all youth and provide the support necessary to take action towards creating a sustainable world. Within the Global Ecovillage Movement, NextGEN will create a network of flames that will support the empowerment of youth who, alongside their elders, can be effective ambassadors for the world they wish to create. Initial planning is focused on networking, increasing participation, training and intergenerational dialog.

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