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Helpful Information

Answering some questions and supporting the use of the website.

How do I use the site?2023-07-20T21:28:48+00:00

We have designed the site to be used in the following different ways to support your eco-journey:

  • No membership required – Everyone can use all the resources for free and contribute to the Global Voices Archive ongoing open call.

  • Community membership – Register to become a Community member and connect with future collaborators. Once you have done this, your details will appear on our Community page and you will have more options to get involved. Tell us about the work you are doing and add to the Case Studies and Resources pages. Share knowledge.

  • Community membership plus Ecostage Pledge – Once you have joined the online Community, there is a further option to take the Ecostage Pledge to the Principles. You can do this at any time when you’re signed in, by clicking the Pledge link in the top menu. Once you have taken the pledge, ‘Ecostage Pledger’ appears by your name on the Community page, and you will have access to The Ecostage Stamp to use on documentation. Help generate momentum for sector-wide change.

How do I use the Principles?2023-07-20T21:30:22+00:00

The intersecting Principles identify the seven essential ingredients for holistically sustainable practices. They are both a philosophical framework and an actionable guide. Ensuring all the principles are incorporated from the outset of a process will help you to stay on track. This helps hold the balance of caring for your colleagues, the communities you work in, Nature and the planet, while not losing sight of the importance of radical inclusivity, your own wellbeing, creativity, play and joy.

We’ve created three documents that you can use to support your project and ongoing practice:

  • The At-a-Glance Ecostage Principles Diagram, which you can have on hand to help stay on track, use as a checklist or a discussion point, put on the wall as a reminder, make the basis of a mind map, and identify holes in your sustainable practice and areas to focus on.

  • The Seven Ecostage Principles Overview. This helps you go deeper, breaking each overarching principle down into ideas and possible actions. It can be used in many of the same ways as the Principles Diagram. The Principles Overview also expands the Ecostage Pledge text.

  • The In-Depth Introduction to the Ecostage Principles contains useful ideas, examples, provocations, exercises, team games, actions, things to consider and practical steps to take that place ecological thinking at the heart of creative practices. It is a living document and we welcome all suggestions and feedback.

Why pledge to the Principles?2023-07-20T21:28:55+00:00

The Pledge is a way to make your activism more visible and contribute to collective momentum for change. Once you’ve pledged, you can download the Ecostage Stamp to use on your emails, website and documents.

How were the Principles chosen?2023-07-20T21:29:07+00:00

The Principles are drawn from our own practices, permaculture, ecoscenography and the work of many academics and practitioners. They are also influenced by the urgency and intersectionality of our times. You can find the Principles here and read the Introduction to the Principles here.

Does it matter if I’m completely new to this?2023-07-20T21:29:14+00:00

No! This is for everyone and every stage of the journey. There are plenty of examples of things you can start doing in the Guide to the Principles. The Ecostagers’ Community can also help answer questions.

What if I don’t know how to turn these values into action?2023-07-20T21:29:22+00:00

This site contains a selection of resources to begin turning these values into practice. Please don’t feel you have to do everything. Start with where you’re at and give it a go.

Is there a minimum standard and is it monitored?2023-07-20T21:29:35+00:00

There is no minimum standard and your work will not be monitored. We offer the Ecostage Stamp in good faith to use on your documentation to help promote sustainable practices.

Can I make suggestions?2023-07-20T21:29:53+00:00

We welcome all feedback and continually want to improve the site, which is ever-evolving and improving. So please get in touch!

How do I add resources?2023-07-20T21:42:02+00:00

Once you join the Community, you can add any resources you’d like to see on the site. This could be your own organisation or other useful websites you may have come across from around the globe.

How do I contact community members?2023-07-20T21:42:06+00:00

Due to GDPR we do not share personal data. To contact another member of the community, please use their website link on their community profile page.

Is Ecostage free?2023-07-20T21:42:16+00:00

It’s free to join the Ecostage Community and use all the resources on the site. This contributes to the creative commons.

Ecostage is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers. Please consider donating if you’re able to help support the initiative, run workshops, create new resources and grow the website.

How can I donate?2023-07-20T21:42:21+00:00

On the homepage, click on the ‘DONATE’ button that will open a Paypal link to donate. A choice of one-off or monthly payment is available. Thank you for your support.

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