Why are we experiencing a Regeneration Renaissance?

Why are we experiencing a Regeneration Renaissance?

A new economy is being build, and we need you to help bring it forth.

“A multitude of innovators and entrepreneurs around the world are experimenting with practical ways to reimagine capitalism, so that it works for all levels of society, a well as for the planet. In our terms, their common goal is to create a self-organizing naturally self-maintaining, highly responsive Regenerative form of capitalism that produces lasting social and economic vitality for global civilization as a whole.” John Fullerton in Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Principles and Patterns Will Shape Our New Economy.

“The United Nations has issued a massive global ‘call to action’ to mobilize the political and financial support necessary to restore the world’s deforested and degraded ecosystems over the coming decade to support the wellbeing of 3.2 billion people around the globe. More than 2 billion hectares – an area larger than the South American continent – stand to be restored.”

Depletion of the current ecosystems is due to a dominant extractive economy paradigm. Extractive means: “To pull or take our forcibly.”

We define extraction is the removal of capital from a system in a way that diminishes its overall health, function, or resilience. A nearly ubiquitous example of the current extractive economy is the mining of soils known as agriculture. Millions of tons of soil are inexorably lost every year through tillage, biology-destroying chemical fertilizers, and the resulting rapid erosion.”

The extractive economy asks, “How much can we get out of this landscape?” or,  “What can we take from these people or this place to make a financial profit?”

Within the framework of the Regenerative Enterprise, the questions become: “What are we cultivating in our interaction with this landscape? How can our connection with the system we are harvesting grow the integrity, resilience and long-term viability of these people and this place?

In this context, we define cultivation as the addition to and removal of capital in a system in a way that develops and evolves its health, function and resilience.” Ethan Roland and Gregory Landua in their book: Regenerative Enterprise: Optimizing for Multi-Capital Abundance

Regenerative enterprise is not just about agriculture, but our entire ecosystems.

“Dean Carter thinks about agriculture a lot these days. Not to grow crops, necessarily, but as a metaphor for cultivating a happy, productive workforce.

Dean serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Patagonia, the apparel company we’ve all come to know and love. His big insight lately involves the way leaders think about their employees: Do they look to extract all they can, or do they look to regenerate the employee?”  Patagonia and the Regenerative Approach to Performance Management by Chris Weller on Your Brain at Work – NLI’s blog for all things neuroleadership.

Listen to the podcast here with Dean Carter, Chief Human Resources Officer at Patagonia.

Photo: Costa Rica, famous surfing beach, January 2019

What is Regeneration?

What is Regeneration?


“to effect a complete moral reform in.

to re-create, reconstitute, or make over, especially in a better form or condition.

to revive or produce anew; bring into existence again.

Biology. to renew or restore (a lost, removed, or injured part).

Physics. to restore (a substance) to a favorable state or physical condition.

1425–75; late Middle English (adj.) < Latin regenerātus, past participle of regenerāre to bring forth again,equivalent to re- re- + generātus;


Enabling systems self-actualization. Carol Sanford.

It can be applied to food, relationships, ideas, art, philosophy, business management, spirituality, mythology, technology, economy, culture, shamanism and the physical environment. 

“Every aspects of the individual business and environmental value adding stream is growing in capacity to evolve and to regenerate itself – in service to the whole.” Gregory Landau (Podcast: This is your brain on regeneration)

Beyond sustainability: A regenerative human culture is healthy, resilient and adaptable; it cares for the planet and it cares for life in the awareness that this is the most effective way to create a thriving future for all of humanity.” Daniel Wahl on Designing Regenerative Cultures.

Regenerative internal development leads to positive external regenerative development. Clear thinking, creatively confident, emotionally resilient people are more effective at restoring the worlds living cultural capital.” The Regenerative Enterprise

Example of regeneration – syntropic farming

“Entropy involves the tendency of energy towards dissipation, the famous second law of thermodynamics, also known as the law of thermal death or disorder. On the contrary, syntropy implies the tendency to concentrate and absorb energy, the increase in temperatures, differentiation, complexity, the formation of structures and organizations.” Reference: Sintropy.io

Buckminster Fuller developed a definition in relation to “whole systems” as “A tendency towards order and symmetrical combinations, designs of ever more advantageous and orderly patterns. Evolutionary cooperation. Anti-entropy”

Syntropic Farming was developed by Ernst Götsch (originally from Switzerland). The outputs of this approach to food cultivation is beyond what GMO and organic farming can achieve. And it restores the climate.

Watch Life in Syntropy to see a practical application of regeneration, fusing technology, forest and agriculture

Watching this short documentary about his work highlights the possibilities of true abundance and restoring the earth’s climate and ecosystems – living a quality life, while being more happy and healthy.


 Photo: Annapurna Ecovillage, Nepal, February 2019

The future is not just digital, it is also regenerative

The future is not just digital, it is also regenerative

“Within an incredibly short time and space, the Internet is becoming dramatically mobile, social, video and artificially intelligent — encompassing everyone and everything, becoming ubiquitous as water, air or electricity. In this context, it is crucial to embrace yet to humanise and transcend technology; to hone in on what makes us truly human rather than a ‘better machine’: things such as imagination and intuition, creativity, problem-solving, complex understanding, improvisation, emotions and plasticity. We must therefore let go of the ‘machine-work’ — and most its traditional metrics, KPIs and success measurements — to truly reinvent what our jobs, work and ‘professional services’ can mean in the future.” Gerd Leonhard

 are developing fast while our understanding of human potential is not evolving at the same pace while we race towards exponential change.

As blockchain, smart contracts, robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, FinTech, VR/AR, nanotechnology, genetic engineering and the IoT revolutionize our world, we need to revolutionize our human practices to co-evolve with the digital transformation towards a future of sustained vitality.

Legacy human resources, leadership and organizational development models and practices were created for a mechanistic, silo’d world: centralized, controlled from the top, layered with many (sometimes) conflicting and 20th century philosophies and ideas about human psychology, motivation and potential.

In the VUCA world these are frequently expensive and difficult to implement, and often require dependency on a few experts who come with industrial strengths best practice accreditations, making it almost impossible to be agile, creative, scale or change.

 using new technology such as cognitive systems and decentralized technologies, will simply extend, accelerate and embed industrial operating systems, obsolete paradigms and extractive practices that currently harm other life forms into the future.

This will re-create the problems that brought us here- just much faster and more efficiently.

Despite the promise of singularity, it could prevent humans from realizing their potential to co-create a more positive and hope inspiring future.

We need to rewrite the technologies of human development if we want a futurre that is not just digital, but also regenerative. 

Image: UChicago New with copyright Getty Images: “Higher-order interactions better replicate natural biodiversity and resilience”

How do you Future Proof Your Self and Own Your Destiny?

How do you Future Proof Your Self and Own Your Destiny?

from Artur Kiulian: Artificial Intelligence At Work: The Future Of Workplace and author of “Robot is the Boss”

In five to ten years employment, jobs and the world of work will change significantly. Work tasks will require an agile learning mindset and ability to constantly work with new information and unstructured problems. (Heather McGowan)

Whether you work for a startup, established organization or non-profit, you need to continuously learn new skills, become more nimble, be creative and resourceful, cultivate discernment and judgment, stay productive, gain digital intelligence and be up to date and relevant with the latest trends and technologies…..

Hup hup you have no time for theories or trying to find out if things really work. Just sew your parachute while jumping out of the plane!

How do you Future Proof Your Self and Own Your Own Destiny?