This is a special presentation of Sustainable Today. In January 2014 PhD professor at the University of Washington, Karen Litfin, shared her experience of visiting 14 ecovillages throughout the world. Sustainable Today covered her presentation at Portland State University and at Kailash EcoVillage in Portland Oregon. We present this special program in two parts. In this episode, Karen describes the fundamentals that have made these ecovillage possible and viable alternatives to the current consumptive and exploitative systems that we live with today.