Live With Earth - Eco-Village Community

Live With Earth - Eco-Village Community: Pioneer Organic Eco-Village for Eco-Tourism, Education and Regional Development

Coja, PortugalCascais (and other locations: Cantanhede, Almodovar, Coja...), Portugal
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Live With Earth - Social Intervention, Education and Projects of Self-Suficient Organic Habitats - Organization for World Sustainable Development by Local Investigation

Develop the Investigation Project that bring to Portugal a new Technology- Superadobe, and apply it in a real social context.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

We can co-create social models that respect our biggest world challenges in economics,social and environment evolution? It is really possible and easy to do if we put our energy in that new way of living, in harmony with nature and other beings.
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Will there be, in the future, space and living conditions for everyone? Food and pure water for all? Energy and resources? Will there ever be peace, freedom, equality and cooperation among mankind? The global problems that societys face today. About our investigation, we want to solve the specific problem of rural desertification, and lack of eco-tourism and public spaces working as sustainable organisms, with local construction and production

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

This work represents a global view of this world we live in today with an environmental perspective and a positive attitude to the changes needed for a new way of living: ; All these problems we want to solve by projecting local solutions, social intervention and education for these new path for humanity, implementing sustainable and cooperative models. These models are made with local construction using new techniques in our country - compressed earth bags and recicled materials; water capturing and bio treatment; local production of biologic food and renewable energy; introduction of dry toilets and compost cycle; spaces for leisure (lakes, cooking hoven, chill zones, common spaces) and also dynamics for the community development .
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

This pioneer eco-tourism eco-village will create social awareness, citizens empowerment, and also environmental education. This will be an unique place in Portugal, bringing many tourists and people from villages around to visit the local by its beauty, innovation, visibility and all experience, of being part of something completly new. The region of Coja have many natural and historic attractive points near like Fraga da Pena, Mata da Margaraça, River Beaches, Beautiful Mountains of Açor and Serra da Estrela, and also the biggest stone-house village in Portugal - Piodão. These points are connected to our tourism to create another national point of interest in this area, that bring innovation in many aspects. Also a place for volunteering

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

This project can add value to the region in many ways: Economic - as many national and international tourists are coming to visit and experience something new, and also visit this locals of natural patrimony near the eco-village, spending money in our activities and in these places, and also research of new economic internal models; Social - because it will be a place that show diferent solutions with low impact and maximum efficiency, it creates an harmony environment inside and between the people envolved with the project, and also teaches all this types of solutions with the activities and exchanges that we want to create when building and after the project is finished, creating awareness and empowerment for self-suficiency; Environmental - because this solutions are for protecting the eco-systems around and to create life with natural knowledge, raising them instead of destroying it

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

We believe that if we can create this in its full potential, it will take less years to create impact, because we have already the national communication agencies looking to our work and waiting for our first real work to create even more impact and give sequence to our investigation of last years. We believe also that here in Portugal, as many things are happening and permaculture projects are growing, the network is also created to power even more this kind of solutions that start to be urgent to create, and then replicate easly in other places so we can experience a better future for all

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

At the beggining we need an investment of 15.000€ to achieve our first goals: to investigate and prove the importance of bring this new technique for modeling earth and also construction legalize of the process, doing the resistence and compress tests to certify its use in Portugal. After this big step for our project, and for all, we need more 15.000€ to project and implement the eco-village in fully potential and start to generate income.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

This project is completly innovative and pioneer because we want to implement new techniques and technologys in our country, and apply them to the specific local social problems (unemplyment, rural desertification, lack of sustainable models for tourism and for living, importation of food and energy,competitive models, lack of environmental education by real experiences, lack of empowerment and training courses in bioconstruction, etc...)There is some people starting to do some of this aspects and solutions, but none of them have all integrated as we want to do, in an holistic way of evolution

Founding Story

This journey started when i was creating my thesis-project in Production Design - Sustainable Constructions, and research about the global problems of today, the evolution of mankind since primitive until now, the Earth as a superorganism that regulates itself and function with a single input of solar energy, the human brain for memory and vision processes, and many other themes (Design, Green Marketing, Sociology, Green Construction, Local Self-Suficient Researchers...)related to the best solutions that mankind have created throught technology and ancestral knowledge. I found that the world is in a real urgent transition and decided to change the way i want to proceed,finding my life mission of share this message and develop this solutions


Rui Vasques - Founder, Designer, Communication, Public Relations, Cordinator, Permaculture and Bioconstruction Ed. Ricardo Fernandes - Tourism, Permaculture and Bioconstruction Ed. Francisco Filipe - Mechanical Engineer, Permaculture Ed. Filipa Albuquerque - Architect, Permaculture, Arts & Projects Filipa Costa - Architect, Permaculture, Logistics & Projects João Ferrão - Economics, Marketing Zé MIguel - Construction Process, Worker
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About Your Project
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How long has your organization been operating?

Organization Country

, Cascais (and other locations: Cantanhede, Almodovar, Coja...)

Country where this project is creating social impact

, Coja

What awards or honors has the project received?
Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, Individuals, Customers.


Health and Hygiene, Water Use, Waste and Packaging, Sustainable Sourcing, Opportunities for Women, Inclusive Business.

Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Our customers will be the nature friends, the green consumer, and also curious people who want to enjoy a completly new way of tourism, in an self-suficient and organic environment. For all classes and ages our offer is to give an experience about a diferent insight on how humans can live on this planet, in a pioneer natural construction technique (superadobe) , the technologys and the sustainable solutions (local biologic production, local construction, energy production, and local water treatment).

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

If we got the prize, it will be an open door to continue runing our dream. With this money we can invest and start the investigation project for bring this technology to Portugal, and apply it in a real context, for a national social entrepreneurship exemple. We have got a big projection and publicity over all country news and also some international , we need to take advantage of this flow and big acknowledgement, interest and influence we have been causing in this last years, and have been moving many steakholders, partners, mentors, volunteers, followers, projects and also organizations that i am founding with other people, and need our work to go further, in construction and sustainable solutions that we are trying to apply in reality.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

I have been part of many european youth in action programs, as a participant and as an organizer, and also training courses about themes that i am bringing to my country and organization (as bushcraft, community development, bioconstruction, social entrepreneurship, permaculture design courses, environmental education in schools) and also we are part of a youth association in alentejo that is be building with local materials and resources.

Are you are eligible to attend the Accelerator event in Cambridge and subsequent events in London, UK in January, 2015?


Will you require a visa to enter the UK?

Are you are a current Unilever employee?