About Jan Martin Bang
I was born in Norway and grew up in England where I was active in the Cooperative and Trade Union Movements in the 70’s. I moved to Israel in 1984 and was a kibbutz member for 16 years. Since 1993 I worked on environmental projects within the Kibbutz Movement. This took me on extensive travels within the region, teaching Permaculture courses and visiting ecovillage type projects in Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus and the Palestinian areas. I moved to Solborg Camphill Village in Norway in 2000 with my family, and worked on educational projects with the mentally challenged, and with administration of the Camphill Charitable Trust in Norway. I also edited the Norwegian language magazine, “Landsbyliv” (Village Life) focussing on anthroposophical care work.
I have worked with the Global Ecovillage Network since the conference at Findhorn in 1995, first as a contact person in Israel, later as a contributor to the book “Ecovillage Living”, published in 2002. I have written many articles for commune, community and ecological periodicals over the last three decades, and contributed papers to international conferences on community and ecological issues. In 2004 I wrote a section on intentional community in Scandinavia in the four volume “Encyclopedia of Community”. In 2006 I gained my Diploma in Permaculture from the Nordic Permaculture Institute for my work in education and community building.
I have been active in the Norwegian Permaculture movement since 2001, as a member of the Board, and as Chair. Currently I am part of the administration group of the organisation. I have also been an active member of the Norwegian Ecovillage movement, as Board member and sometime Chair of the Kilden Charitable Trust and currently I am the Chair of the Norwegian Ecovillage Association.
I have written several books about community and environment:
“Ecovillages – a practical guide to sustainable communities”, 2005.
“Growing Eco Communities – practical ways to create sustainability”, 2007.
“Sakhnin – a portrait of an environmental peace project in Israel”, 2009.
“The Hidden Seed – the story of the Camphill Bible Evening”, 2009.
“A Portrait of Camphill”, 2010.
“Permaculture – A Spiritual Approach”, 2015.
“Permaculture – A student’s Guide to the Theory and Practice of Ecovillage Design”, 2015.
I have been connected to the International Communal Studies Association since its founding conference in 1985, and in 2010 was elected Chair of the Association. I am a Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation.
In the last few years I have taught the Permaculture Design Course in Norway, Scotland, Latvia, Iceland and Israel. I have contributed to the development of Permaculture Associations in Norway, Israel, Latvia and Iceland.