Davie Philip


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Name: Davie Philip
Organization: Cloughjordan Ecovillage Ireland
Title: Member
Since 1997, after I discovered the concept of sustainability and understood the urgent need for change, I have dedicated my work to playing my part in making the transition to a world that works. I have organised events and workshops across Ireland promoting sustainability including the annual Convergence Sustainable Living festive, which has been held every year since 2000.. In 1998 I was a founding member of FEASTA: the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability and in 1999 a co-founder of Sustainable Projects Ireland the company behind the ecovillage project in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary where I now live and work. I was one of the original catalysts of the Transition Towns process and currently host events and facilitate groups working on collaborative approaches to help their communities flourish through the Community Resilience Programme at Cultivate Living and Learning, the cooperative now based in Cloughjordan Ecovillage. In 2008 I conceived and directed a 10 part TV series, The Powerdown Show, on how communities can do more for themselves and a short film on resilient communities on YouTube called ‘Surfing the Waves of Change.’ I curate the Global Green area of the Electric Picnic, Ireland’s largest music and culture festival, currently I am a board member of Grow It Yourself Ireland, active in Cloughjordan Community Farm, Ireland’s largest CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) project, and is part of a new cooperative, Cloughjordan CoHousing, developing an affordable housing model. He has a passion for community, cooperatives and organisational Permaculture.

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Cloughjordan Ecovillage is a neighbourhood of some 100 adults and 35 children living in 55 low-energy homes. Through its renewable energy system, its well-insulated houses, its community farm, its green enterprise centre and its vibrant community, it models the transition to a low carbon society.