For nearly three decades, scientists, artisans, rural peasants, ex-urban street kids and Guahibo Indians living in the village called Gaviotas [previously a desert savannah] have elevated phrases like sustainable development and appropriate technology from cliche to reality.
Others call it a utopia.
Yet the heroes of this story are not only human beings and their technology. In the shelter of millions of Caribbean pines, which the Gaviotans planted as a renewable crop, and unexpected marvel has occurred: the regeneration of an ancient native rain forest.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez has called Paolo Lugari the "inventor of the world." The story of Gaviotas, a village alchemizing peace and prosperity in a stricken land, will change the way you think about that world.