top of page


Organizing to Ensure the Core Needs of All Are Met

A thriving world is one that is fundamentally free from all forms of oppression and domination.
It is a world in which all humans and animals have their core needs met without privilege or prejudice,
so each can manifest their unique potential—in mutual enrichment with their communities and ecosystems. This is the way of Nature. Such a world is possible when we realign human behavior with Nature's wisdom and make our collective healing our unified and unifying priority. For this to manifest,
Eco-Governance offers a shared vision and roadmap that catalyzes coherent action around what is most essential for the radical social and ecological healing that is urgently needed at this time.

The second primary task of Eco-Governance is to ensure

the Core Needs of all humans and animals are met through guaranteed access to:

Living Soil

Healthy Water

Vitalizing Food

Fresh Clean Air

Physical and Emotional Safety

Comfortable Shelter

The conditions needed for all to manifest their unique Life-enriching potential 

Whole-System Benefits of Focusing on the 7 Core Needs 

When we unite and organize to ensure the core needs of all humans and animals are met:

  • we focus our collective intelligence, creativity and resources towards that which is essential and nourishing to all Life.

  • we discover and amplify solutions that simultaneously address most of our current crises.

  • we galvanize a diverse and aligned global community that transcends cultural and ideological differences, and is rooted in worldwide solidarity and cooperation.

  • we become more conscious of our inherent interconnectedness and interdependence with each other and with all of Life.

  • we cultivate a lived sense of belonging, mutual care and accountability that takes into account the good of the whole in all our decisions and actions. 

 Explore the 7 Core Needs Resource Guides

Global Launch of The 7 Core Needs during Peace Week 2022

Peace Week 2022 adopted the 7 Core Needs as themes for each day, September 17–23. The global event also helped to launch the emerging initiative of #7CoreNeeds as "a compelling and unifying organizing principle for rapid social and ecological healing." Each day there were diverse events connected to the 7 Core Needs. 


Daily Peace Week Events Highlighting The 7 Core Needs


Daily Plenary ~ Inspiring plenaries, bringing together acclaimed experts and wisdom keepers who are leading whole-system solutions for addressing the 7 Core Needs. 

The Core Need for LIVING SOIL with Vandana Shiva, John D. Liu and Ernst Götsch

The Core Need for VITALIZING FOOD with Elisabet Sahtouris, Helena Norberg-Hodge,

Ati Quigua & Will Tuttle

The Core Need for PHYSICAL & EMOTIONAL SAFETY with Patricia Anne Davis, Susan Eirich, Laura Caldéron de la Barca & Sarah Grace

The Core Need for HEALTHY WATER with Anne Poelina, Bernd Müller & Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji.

The Core Need for FRESH CLEAN AIR with Anita Sanchez, Zach Bush, Atossa Soltani & Danielea Castell

The Core Need for COMFORTABLE SHELTER with Shelley Ostroff, Ousmane Aly Pamé, Kelly Hart & Mark Lakeman

The Core Need for MANIFESTING OUR POTENTIAL with Linda Tucker, Laura Rose & Aviram Rozin

Daily Fireside Chat with Dot Maver and Shelley Ostroff

Initiator and architect of Eco-Governance, Dr. Shelley Ostroff and seasoned peacebuilder and co-founder of Global Silent Minute, Dot Maver, will be discussing the radical whole-system healing benefits of focusing our collective attention, resources and global policy on the 7 Core Needs, as well as practical steps for individuals and communities to self-organize for unified action.

The Core Need for

The Core Need for

The Core Need for

The Core Need for

The Core Need for

The Core Need for

The Core Need for

By uniting in action around the 7 Core Needs, we will discover our diverse and complementary roles in ensuring a thriving world for all of Life in the shortest possible time.


To learn more about The 7 Core Needs you are invited to join the Eco-Governance Community platform, where we are beginning to organize towards to two primary areas of focus outlined above.

bottom of page