The United Nations recognizes three pillars to Sustainable Development: Social, Economic, and Environmental. Gaia Education adds a fourth they´ve chosen to call Worldview, which we're in recognition that there are always underlying, often unspoken, and sometimes hidden patterns to culture that strongly influence and may, in fact, predetermine social, economic, and environmental relationships.

The Economic Dimension: "As local groups and communities create their own local scrip currencies and exchange systems, they learn about economist’s deepest secret: money and information are equivalent --- and neither is scarce!" -- Hazel Henderson

The Ecological Dimension of an Ecovillage: An ecological village is integrated into the landscape in a way that benefits both humans and their encompassing environs. Ecovillages allow people to experience their personal connection to the living earth. People enjoy daily interaction with the soil, water, wind, plants and animals. They provide for their daily needs - food, clothing, shelter - while respecting the cycles of nature.

Social Dimension: Ecovillages are communities in which people feel supported by and responsible to those around them. They provide a deep sense of belonging to a group. They are small enough that everyone feels safe, empowered, seen and heard. People are then able to participate in making decisions that effect their own lives and that of the community on a transparent basis.