Episode 12

How do we move our collective narrative

from separation to a regenerative culture?

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Our twelfth episode discusses the topic of Regenerative Practices with an attempt to discuss how we move our collective narrative from separation to a regenerative culture.

 

Welcoming Our Guests

We were honored to welcome our panel of special guests eager to discuss the ways one can lead from the heart.

Daniel Christian Wahl is an educator, advisor and activist working on bioregional regeneration, who has worked as the co-director of Findhorn College, researcher with the International Futures Forum and Head of Innovation at Gaia Education. Trained as a biologist with a Masters in Holistic Science and a PhD in Natural Design, he is a member of H3Uni, an advocation partner of r3.0, and on the advisory councils of Ecosystems Restoration Camps, Commonland, the Ojai Foundation, Future Planet Europe, the Centre for the Future and the Overview Institute of Australia, as well as a Findhorn Foundation Fellow. As a consultant, Daniel helps organizations through catalyzing transformative innovation in the face of converging crises, and advises on regenerative bioregional strategy. He is the author of Designing Regenerative Cultures.

 

Nora Bateson is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and educator, as well as President of the International Bateson Institute, based in Sweden. Her work asks the question: “How can we improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?” An international lecturer, researcher, and writer, Nora wrote, directed, and produced the award-winning documentary, An Ecology of Mind, a portrait of her father, Gregory Bateson. Her work brings the fields of biology, cognition, art, anthropology, psychology, and information technology together into a study of the patterns in ecology of living systems. Her book, Small Arcs of Larger Circles, released by Triarchy Press, UK, 2016 is a revolutionary personal approach to the study of systems and complexity.

 

May East is the CEO at Gaia Education. As a sustainability educator, spatial planner, and social innovator, her work spans the fields of cultural geography, urban ecology, and women’s studies. Designated one of the 100 Global SustainAbility Leaders three years in row, she leads a whole generation of regenerative designers and educators in 54 countries working with community-based organisations and intergovernmental agencies in the development of policy guidance and projects strengthening climate resilience, food security, and livelihood action. A UNITAR Fellow, she has an MSc in Spatial Planning with specialisation in the rehabilitation of abandoned villages. As CEO of Gaia Education, her passion is to co-develop Project-Based Learning trajectories supporting indigenous and migrant communities and their traditions to survive in rapidly changing environments while enhancing their opportunities to become the designers of their desired future.

 

Gregory Landua is the Chief Regeneration Officer at Regen Network and co-author of the pioneering book, Regenerative Enterprise, and the co-creator of the 8-forms of capital framework. A Regenerative Agriculture Practitioner and farmer, he dwells hubly at the intersection of ecology, economics and technology. Gregory was the co-founder and former CEO of Terra Genesis International, a firm working to support leading companies to transform their negative impact into regenerative effects and leading cutting edge agro-forestry business planning around the world.

Reflections

Our current social systems have been influenced by the past and their structures and purposes no longer apply the way they were intended.

 

But, how do we replace our systems without removing the positive that previous generations achieved through ordered society?

Some thought leaders consider regenerative cultures the foundation of our society’s adaptation and survival. They recognize that there are seeds of regeneration within disruption, like new life sprouting up.

Grassroots change is coming to regional systems, led by grasstops influencers and supported by larger frameworks with shared values and purpose.

As individuals, we can activate society’s regenerative potential by finding our own voices and awakening our desire to step off the treadmill of our current economic system and redesign it to incentivize collaborative advantage rather than competitive advantage.

As designers of regenerative systems, we must resist the temptation to jump to “solutioning.” Our challenge is to trust that we are part of life’s immune response to the crisis.

By allowing ourselves to sit in the mess long enough and hold that tension, new approaches, like paths in the forest, will be revealed.

Finally, by recognizing creativity, adaptive capacity, and a readiness to transform in response to change and disruption, we can co-create collaborative networks of relationships that nurture the conditions needed to meet uncertainty.

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