The "Tesla" of EcoVillages | James Ehrlich | TEDxTrondheim

What comes to mind when you hear: Ecovillages?
Ecological, sustainable, traditional communities perhaps.
Now, how about when you hear: the Tesla of Ecovillages?

Founder of ReGen Villages, a Stanford University spin-off company implementing the “Tesla of Ecovillages”. James is a Senior Technologist at Stanford University, Senior Fellow at Opus Novum consortium at NASA Ames Research Center, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Stanford H-STAR Institute and Peace Innovation Lab at the Centre for Design Research and recently appointed to a White House / U.S. State Department Joint Task Force on the Nexus of Food, Water, Energy and Waste.

A serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley for over 25 years, James successfully founded and managed technology and media companies with successful exits. For nearly a decade, he produced an award-winning national public broadcasting series based on case studies of organic and bio-dynamic family farms that reached over 35 million homes each week, and published a best-selling companion book on Hachette, (Organic Living, THG 2007).

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

49 Comments

  1. David D on December 1, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    This needs more views!

  2. TheKrazyKs on December 1, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Synergy, this blessed and timely talk coming my way. Thank you. I am living in Vancouver, B.C., Canada and we – son and I – have never, had a conscious community. This gives me hope and adds even more momentum .. Thank you. Katherine Marion

  3. Katia Perez on December 1, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    How much r they

  4. Nadia Lustosa Horn on December 1, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Amazing village!

  5. Robert on December 1, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    OMG OMG this is awesome!!!

  6. Anil Rehmatullah on December 1, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    is he the genius at the apple store

  7. Haus of Moda Mexico on December 1, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    This is amazing

  8. I.D Inter Dimensional on December 1, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Can anybody direct me? too where I can get in contact with somebody who might be able to help out with establishing eco community’s in countries where there are none at first.

  9. Justin Dolan, et al on December 1, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    No need to plan. Just copy the Model of St. Michael’s Sustainable Community is Costa Rica. It has all of this and more and costs a lot less.

  10. perspectives on December 1, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Too bad this won’t happen in Oklahoma for 200 years

  11. Lisa Mcphee on December 1, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    <3 <3 <3

  12. Jorge Hurtado on December 1, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    More info please on how to join this eco villages. And is there a fee?

  13. JmanE46 on December 1, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    How do you do this when you have a goverment that is cracking down on people who want to live in an eco friendly community. This is not possible to do in the US of corporate.

  14. RubberBandProductions on December 1, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Check out my conception for a sustainable economy that would apply to ecovillages:

    https://www.facebook.com/thehumangenerator

  15. XP22 on December 1, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    This better be that genius kid because i’m tired of looking for him

  16. Liam on December 1, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Who dat boy

  17. TreJay West on December 1, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    So I’m not the only one here for Jay huh? I’m actually late huh?

  18. Saiful Ziqri on December 1, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Found it

  19. Michael Sliwa Speaks on December 1, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Everyone wants to solve a predicament….

  20. Admiral Murat on December 1, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Do the people own them?

  21. flobeeone kinobee on December 1, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    You’ll end up poor and hungry,. It’s all bollocks, agenda 21 is coming

  22. Lucas Grijander on December 1, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Can’t be computer kid… notice this person is way older.

  23. BED. Man on December 1, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Yes we’re all looking for Jay, no need to say anything

  24. JL Jones on December 1, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    I really wish we could do something similar, but how can it be possible, if in Oregon (One of the most rainy states of the US) you can go to jail if you are caught collecting rain water?….And in Florida (The sunshine State of the US) Going solar is illegal?

  25. Kaiser Basileus on December 1, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Great idea which is totally inaccessible to most of the world and has zero "trickle-down" potential.

  26. oozma on December 1, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Genius Kid

  27. SweetiePieAriesGurl on December 1, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    We should make this guy president in the US…I think hes got the right Idea! Screw trump and the others who don’t care about the people or the planet!

  28. Xhn on December 1, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    If this isnt jay….. boi I’m tired of searching…

  29. Willie Wood on December 1, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    They have them in the states but unfortunately most of the residents are drug addicts posing as hippies.

  30. Chuy83 on December 1, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    This dude is such a hack job, he’s full of it.

  31. Daniel H on December 1, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    The biggest input of this system isn’t autonomous, plastic, steel and glass hardly will come frome within the village. Why not combine the idea with the usage of regional materials?

  32. Ask Spiritual Questions on December 1, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    How is doing your Almira ecofarm in Nederlands?

  33. Jordan Guo on December 1, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    You should try it in China. The project would move much fast. See how fast Tesla built new factory in China.

  34. Jeffrey Tan on December 1, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Human will never change untill the doom clock reach 12am

  35. LordAbsolute Unit on December 1, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    I FOUND HIM, wait, am I a little late?

  36. Cakeistheplace on December 1, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Hes got the voice of that computer kid

  37. Cassidy Thumbs Anton on December 1, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Awesome content, but he definitely has not been to Burning Man, because collaborative city building is only a small fraction of the magic. Kinda like saying "That batting cage was great, it felt just like the World Series."

  38. Joshua JordanNTSK on December 1, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    I WANT TO LIVE HERE

  39. kyle patrick maducdoc on December 1, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    is this the "genius kid" from that 1979 apple store video?!

  40. rakomet on December 1, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Stop scrolling down the comments
    *The kid’s name is Chris Dover, now he’s living in New York and he’s working as a cybersecurity expert for Apple, he has 2 kids, one son and one daughter*

  41. tiger wood on December 1, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    cool

  42. Silvia Nunes on December 1, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    Hello James, thank you so much for share beautiful content. Have you heard about Damanhur Eco-community in Piemont, Italy? I did two programme with them: EcoVillage Designer Educator and New Life Program whose focus to introduce us in this model of living. I would invite you to see. Maybe you can make stronge cooperation.

  43. walter finocchiaro on December 1, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    Implement this on third World Countries

  44. Arl Ratilla on December 1, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Most people are here because of computer boi

  45. Gabriel N on December 1, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    The year 2000? as the start of the organic food movement and no one knew? I had a smile on that one!……..I design Intentional Communities, Organic Farms & Gardens, Greenhouses, Lakes, Ponds, Swimming Pools, etc. I helped establish an Organic Produce department in a health food store right there in Silicone Valley where he is (Cupertino)……in 1979. The says 21 years before when he is considering the start of the organic food……we used to have organization meetings with organic farmers right in that area, to help with marketing, standards, etc. Nevertheless, anyone out there trying to help the planet be more sustainable, start a community, raise awareness, etc. has my vote!

  46. Kevin James Karas on December 1, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Oh man! We have a community of partners funds and shared vision in Akron OH to make this happen. I’m excited to reach out and connect!

  47. Charlie G on December 1, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Kid from the apple store vid or nah?

  48. Permacultura : Granja Tropicus on December 1, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    i have always dreamed of being able to do this in Mexico, gather my friends , family and neighbors and do what its needed to become resiliant and self sustainable !!! there is actually ONE village that has been succesful, they do not need the outside world or government to thrive , its called Cheran , located in Michoacan state.

  49. Ali Sabki Aljembali on December 1, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    Yes He is the Boy. The voice seem legit I think.

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