Sustainability and Resilience in the Cloughjordan Ecovillage
* Article: Sustainability and Resilience in the Collaborative Economy: An Introduction to the Cloughjordan Ecovillage. By vangelis papadimitropoulos. Journal of Public Policy and Administration 2018; 2(4): 49-60
"The background of this work reflects the global emergence of an economic anti-paradigm on the model of the Collaborative Commons, alarmed by climate change and the gaping economic inequalities. The Commons intend to address the devastating consequences of a predatory capitalism for nature and society by introducing new and radical forms of ownership, governance, entrepreneurship, and financialisation on a mission to promote sustainability, decentralisation, democratic self-governance and equitable distribution of value. In this framework, this paper aims to offer an introduction to the Cloughjordan ecovillage, which represents a notable case of the collaborative economy in Ireland. Its objective is to examine the Cloughjordan ecovillage through the prism of sustainability and resilience. To this end, I conducted a three-month fieldwork on a mission to explore the normative and empirical aspects of the Cloughjordan ecovillage, focusing on sustainability and resilience issues. The results of this research show that, despite the financial and operational difficulties the ecovillage has faced due to the economic downturn of the last decade, it has proved resilient enough to sustain a community living in terms of a collaborative economy."