Biomimicry? It is clear to see the ambition of the initiator Ad Vlems. He said he already wants to live in the village and start with the first eco-activities, by 2015! And he is not the only one, also in several other places in the Netherlands ecovillages begin to occur.
As a member of the The Participation Directorate of the ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, I first had to discover the relationship between my daily work and Ecodorp Boekel. Though I soon discovered the connections. Ecodorp Boekel is a social initiative that deals with energy, food, water, healthcare, education, tourism and administrative reforms. I think this would be the link with me as a participation-expert and Ecodorp Boekel. How can we raise a local initiative that crosses many sectors – and where lays such a broad, national and international, movement behind – over the threshold? And for which departments, authorities and other parties would this be interesting? Let’s start to connect all those parties, to see what it will bring.