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GSBN:new members

I definitely approve of having at least one or two members of GSBN from every country...even if they don't have a lot of experience with straw it is great to really be a Global Network.

I have contact information for many people doing SB building in South America, Central America and Mexico...would it be interesting to find out who there speaks English and ask them if they are interested in joining GSBN?  I haven´t seen any members from Spanish speaking countries except Maren and I?

Rikki Nitzkin
Aulás, Lleida, España
(0034)657 33 51 62 
www.casasdepaja.com (Red de Construcción con Balas de Paja)

> -----Mensaje original-----
> De: GSBN [<a  target="_blank" href="mailto:GSBN@...";>mailto:GSBN@...] En nombre de Catherine Wanek
> Enviado el: mi&#xC3;&#xA9;rcoles, 28 de febrero de 2007 0:36
> Para: GSBN@...
> Asunto: GSBN:nominating new member - Croatia
> Dear All --  Yesterday I spoke with Robert
> Schenk, a member of a new network in Croatia called EkoSense.
> He was ordering a number of books and videos for
> the group to become more familiar with strawbale
> construction. Currently the GSBN has no members in Croatia.
> I suggested that one of their members could
> potentially join the GSBN to represent their
> group, and strawbale construction in Croatia.  He
> suggested that member be Ana Marija Unkovic
> aunkovic@...  - who I would now like to nominate.
> I hope that in general you-all agree. In addition
> to the books &amp; videos they ordered, I will be
> donating a set of back issues of TLS to the
> group, to help bring them up to speed.  Also, I
> have sent them information for the upcoming
> European Strawbale conference in Germany, in
> August, which should be an excellent event to attend.
>   Thank you for your consideration.  -- Catherine
> Below is information about their network, and
> here is a short message from Ana Marija:
> >I am an architect and recently I became chairman
> >on board  of EkoSense. They love to call me an
> >architect, but there is a lot of things I should
> >learn about ecological building  and therefore I
> >am a beginer and a student in such enviromental
> >caring approach to architecture. We have already
> >collect some books and I have started with my
> >education, but soon we will need some practical
> >advices and proffesionals to teach us how to
> >build, and how to think when things come to the
> >construction sites. So, thank you for your care
> >and effort to help us in all fields we need, and
> >first we need education and connections with you
> >and all experts in eco building, permaculture
> >and everything that is connected with a goal of
> >beeing in harmony with Nature and ourselves.
> >And thank you for nominating us for GSBN.
> EkoSense  --  We create a Culture of living in harmony with Nature
>   Ecological Building
>          We acquire land in order to Create
> Shelter in a balanced and nature-friendly manner.
>          We adapt the architecture to the natural
> landscape, applying traditional ways of building,
> using local materials and implementing new
> ecological technologies like passive/active solar
> power, wind turbines, heat pumps, water recycle systems etc.
>          Ecological building also puts focus on
> traditional handcrafts and arts for the
> construction and the interior of the buildings,
> like woodwork, blacksmithing, weaving and tanning.
>          Creating Shelter implies a comfortable
> atmosphere for people and animals to come back to
> nature and themselves. We utilize beautiful
> design, organic shapes, restful ambiance, healthy
> materials, comfortable beds and a good kitchen&#xE2;?&#xA6;
> Sustainable Agriculture  --   We apply knowledge
> and technics of Permanent agriculture.
>          Permaculture is a science of designing
> and managing the land by creating a balanced
> human environment in nature, taking care of
> flora, fauna, buildings and infrastructure
> (water, energy, road connections) and its interrelations.
>          The goal is to create ecological and
> economical systems that are sustainable in itself
> by observing and respecting already existing
> natural systems and thereby making the natural
> surroundings a richer source of energy and improving the profit of the
> land.
>          Permaculture combines wisdom attained
> from traditional agriculture and modern
> scientific techniques without exhausting or polluting the environment.
>          We support biodegradible manuring,
> ecological water management, organic food
> production, respecting bio-diversity,
> environmental friendly sowing and harvesting&#xE2;?&#xA6;
> Co-operation
>          We connect locally, nationally and
> internationally in order to find partners and
> share knowledge on sustainable living. The
> foundation is forming an open platform, a network
> with easy access to quality information and
> practical knowledge on all fields ecologically based.
>          This shared information can range from
> finding materials, tools, workforce,
> eco-architecture and building techniques,
> financial aid and legal advice to a way of
> promoting the services and products.
>          Different projects within the foundation
> create a network, knowledge, accommodation, work,
> products and education in ecological building and
> agriculture as well as training and personal development.
>          In order to create awareness and to
> support ecological initiatives we will create a
> platform that offers online current information
> and databases, publish articles to share
> experience and we organize gatherings like
> seminars, hands-on workshops and cultural
> festivities to invite and welcome everybody who is interested in our
> mission&#xE2;?&#xA6;
> .....finally proving that, Ecological does not mean
> restriction and reduction but opening new possibilities in abundance!
>          BOZIDAR &amp; MARIJA YERKOVICH - EkoCentar Lipa www.ekolipa.com
>          are creating a premier destination for
> people who seek to bring their lives into balance
> by learning to live mindfully. EcoCentar Lipa is
> created to allow people to authentically connect
> to their life, meaning and purpose by creating
> and exploring different experiences. A place of
> deep inquiry and inspiration, dedicated to the
> transformation of heart, mind and culture.
> Bozidar is active entrepreneur in building
> business and doctor of biophysics. Marija has a
> master`s degree in group psychology.
>          ROBERT SCHENK - EcoExtreme -- is
> specialising in ecobuilding combining traditional
> and high-tech materials. Beside creating
> individual property on U&#xC3;&#xA8;ka he prepares a project
> of demo-village in Kordun accommodating commune
> of people in different types of houses,
> permacultural activities, sciences and arts.
> Robert is inventor, entrepreneur, graduated
> cellist and founder of Accord case Co.
> ANA-MARIJA UNKOVI&#xC3;?  is an architect specializing
> in ecological and passive building. She is
> full-time engaged in all mentioned projects as
> designer and information provider on legal and
> practical issues (design, materials, quality control, labour, etc.)
> DAVOR PENTEK - Natura Studio
>          is active director in three companies
> operating worldwide. Beside his &#xE2;??Natura Studio&#xE2;??
> specialised in passive building in countryside
> areas, he expanded his interest and investments
> in ecological food production, traditional
> crafts, animal care as well as implementing new supporting technologies.
>          IGOR DRANDIC - Eko-art center EIA www.eia.com
>          owns a place for ecological education.
> He has immerced everyday life in meadow and
> forest, caring for animals and plants. He hand
> built houses of timber and straw, energy from
> wind and sun. He organises workshops aimed at
> improving the relation to people and nature.
> During his extensive travels Igor lived on
> different continents and experienced life in many
> cultures. With his wife Lili he lives on their permaculture property near
> Pula.
>          IVAN TVRTKOVI&#xC3;? - Avellana
>          is entrepreneur and chairman of the
> board of the agricultural co-operative
> &#xE2;??Avellana&#xE2;??. They plan to grow organic nuts and
> fruits, as well as producing bio-diesel, in still intact areas of Croatia.
>          FRANK &amp; ALICE FREESTONE  - U&#xC3;&#xA8;ka Lodge www.uckalodge.com
>          have restored a traditional stone house
> in Ucka Nature Park to create an
> educational  eco-tourism destination.
> Encompassing nature, tradition and culture, to
> promote sustainable living with minimal
> environmental impact. Frank is experienced entrepreneur in building
> business.
>          PETER SCHELTUS - Bogata &#xC5;&#xA0;uma www.liveyourdreams.nl
>          Bogata Suma 1, a high quality small eco
> resort that is in construction in Vojnic
> (Kordun), with excellent kitchen -fresh products
> out of own garden- and accommodation. Young
> people will be invited to become co-entrepreneurs
> of sustainability in a countryside once more
> &#xE2;??sexy'. This cooperation will be based on
> learning by doing. Creating an atmosphere of
> restful belonging in life. For guests and
> partners. Peter is an experienced coach/trainer,
> blacksmith and has a Ph.D. in project management.
>          is revitalizing all but forgotten arts
> of traditional building, tool making and doing
> agriculture the way that predates tractors and
> chemical fertilizers on his famliy farm in Donji
> Lapac. He is planting and making selection of
> heilroom seed varieties, all in the effort to
> produce food that will go even beyond today's
> organic cetificates when it comes to taste and aroma.
>          DRAGAN KNE&#xC5;&#xBD;EVI&#xC3;? (GAGI) - Alter Ars d.o.o. www.alter-ars.com
>          is human development trainer and
> personal coach. His role is to put together
> puzzle pieces and facilitate the various
> initiatives and projects lead by one single
> vision. Dragan's call is to extend our network
> and welcome other people in nature, in their
> natural sanctuaries and in themselves.
>          MARKO VOJVODA
>          owns an individual estate in Slovenia,
> were he works based on permacultural principles
> in building and in use of land. Emphasising on
> technical craftsmanship and working with metal.
>          MIRO KORAC
>          is master of all trades. He made a
> living by maintaining, repairing and building in
> urban and rural areas. Innovative creator
> out-of-nothing, precise and patient technician,
> builder and handyman. Years of walking in the
> woods of Kordun and passion for nature inspired
> him to open mind for combining his skills and
> sustainable building and agriculture.
>          NENAD BACH www.nenadbach.com www.croatia.org
>          is composer, performer, producer,
> entrepreneur.  Played all over the world.
> Environmentally conscious. Would like to see
> Croatia become a world oasis where one can find
> silence. Genius of artisanship is growing in
> Croatia right now. He wants this concept to be
> recognized and supported. On a more practical
> level, he as a civil engineer is ready to build unthinkable with the
> group...
>          has practical knowledge and experience
> in entrepreneurship consulting as well as skills
> of finding available financial funds and making
> project applications. She&#xE2;??s a great supporter of
> the projects and activities and will assist the
> managers to represent their projects to the
> target group and interested parties as well as
> communicate with government and NGOs, communities
> and other stakeholders and donors in order to
> increase their awareness and support to the foundation's projects.
>          is a Dutch representative in Croatia
> with experience in tourism, hospitality,
> organising cultural events and has a university
> degree in communication and public relations. She
> has a special interest in promoting eco-tourism
> and education, by combining learning with
> creativity and fun in a natural, relaxed and playful setting.
>          SLOBODAN MAROJEVI&#xC3;? - Eolmeteo www.eolmeteo.hr
>          has a company for all works in
> construction businesses, trades and installations
> of solar FV systems, wind turbines, mini
> hydro-turbines, solar heating and meteorological
> systems and equipment. For all type of business
> in construction and installation, Eolmeteo
> provides many friendly specialised co-operants.
>          is graduating macro-economist connecting
> her passion for nature and interest in
> sustainable development. Beside supporting the
> foundations activities, she also finds her place
> as an active member "in the field".
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