Toward a Regenerative Economy, Together

 

Building on eight years of documenting exemplary regeneration projects through the Field Guide to a Regenerative Economy and exploring the principles and frameworks of regenerative economics that underpin the regenerative work we see happening in the world, Capital Institute has collaborated to launch the Regenerative Communities Network.

 

Inspired by the science of living systems and indigenous wisdom, regenerative communities provide diverse, place-sourced, and practical tests of alternative economic pathways.  They also critically contribute an alternative and viable set of possibilities to global economic policy debates.  Linking across geographies and scales, regenerative communities offer the possibility of hope—an immersive experience of what it might be to live in a world guided by regenerative principles.

 

 

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Global Connections

In Costa Rica, regenerative practitioners from around the globe gather at the launch of the Regenerate Costa Rica hub.

Regenerative communities are emerging in both urban and rural areas across every continent.  The global Regenerative Communities Network honors and connects these efforts with a digital learning platform and a long-term cycle of on-the-ground support.

The Network’s goals are to:

  1. Support the development of rich knowledge-sharing and skill-building networks within and across communities
  2. Increase regenerative capacity at the individual, organizational, community, bioregional and global scales
  3. Help drive significant amounts of aligned capital toward regenerative initiatives

 

Community

Across North and South America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, more than 40 communities are at various stages of launching regenerative hubs.

Founding Regenerative Communities Network members include:

  • Buffalo-Niagara, NY
  • Hudson Valley, NY
  • Tottenville, NY
  • Denver-Boulder, CO
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
  • Regenerative Costa Rica

 

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Founding Global Network Members

Regenerative Community Network members include organizations and institutions dedicated to regenerative development in their respective bioregions. They are engaged in a 2-3 year cycle of engagement and an ongoing learning journey supported by connections to regenerative development leaders across the globe. Their work includes designing the manufacturing industry for a regenerative future; increasing biodiversity; supporting biodynamic farming; investing in human, social, cultural, and natural capital; and ultimately directing the flow of financial capital toward regenerative projects.

 

 

Systems mapping has defined the early work of the Regenerate Hudson Valley hub, helping connect more than 100 initiatives in the region, including private companies looking to support biodynamic farming, a farmer training collaborative, a fellowship supporting new economy thought leadership and intiatiatives, and much more. The work they are engaged in has encouraged the sharing of resources, ideas, projects, and information across a community of place.

 


 

Through collaborative work led by the University of International Cooperation, Regenerate Costa Rica is working across bioregions on site-based, holistic and transdisciplinary approaches to produce high carbon capture in soils and increases in biodiversity. Organic agriculture, holistic ranching, and regenerating land through natural and assisted processes are essential to this work, ultimately reversing the high risk associated with having trespassed the planetary boundaries that assure the safe operating space for humanity.

 

 

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The Journey

Communities around the world that can demonstrate a strong commitment to a long-term, self-organizing collaboration among business, non- profit, governmental, academic, and other sectors are encourage to explore becoming a regenerative hub within the Regenerative Communities Network. This collaboration should include a basic commitment to the principles of a regenerative economy.

Participation in the network and the following services come at no cost to those demonstrating a strong commitment to regenerative development. Over a 2-3 year period, Capital Institute will provide:

 

  • Transformational leadership support for founding organizations as they test regenerative approaches and collaborations across new edges
  • Deep listening culminating in community-based storytelling about regenerative projects
  • Access to the Regenerative Communities Platform, a powerful digital network linking practitioners within and across communities to news, events, projects, documents, and other resources
  • Consulting on systems and culture mapping to capture networks of key organizations and initiatives, casual relationships, and geospatial data layers covering biophysical and socioeconomic factors
  • Collaborative identification and measurement of regenerative metrics
  • Workshops and trainings to engage key regional stakeholders
  • Identification of an ecosystem of regenerative initiatives that offer significant co-benefits, have strong teams and viable business models, and can collectively shift the community to a more regenerative state
  • Introductions to regional and national networks of capital aligned with regenerative projects

 

Founding Global Strategic Partners

Capital Institute is thankful for its global strategic partners representing deeply aligned organizations dedicated to advancing the collective work we are engaged in to catalyze a just transition from extractive economics to a global regenerative economy. Our founding global strategic partners include:

 

 

 

Inspiration

 

 

 

Through our Field Guide to a Regenerative Economy, we have documented 50 stories of projects and places that exemplify the emergence of regenerative vitality in the real world. These stories span the globe, bloom in both urban and rural landscapes, emerge across cultures and socio-economic statuses. They feature organizations on the cutting edge of alternative-ownership models, like the work of Evergreen Cooperatives, a product of partnership between The Democracy Collaborative and The Cleveland Foundation. They tell of transformative solutions in regional food systems like Ecotrust’s The Redd on Salmon Street. They weave narratives of initiatives like Lopez Island Community Land Trust, which is successfully protecting one of our most treasured resources—land—from the grips of extractive development. And tales of young entrepreneurs seeding a new industry as a vehicle for ecological restoration and financial profitability.

As our Field Guide Director Susan Arterian Chang likes to remind us all:

If you look closely, you will see it… and it is happening all around us. Against all the odds—and in these uncertain times—we see networks of individuals, enterprises, and projects self-organizing to regenerate our human communities and the natural systems upon which all life depends.

Click here to explore the stories mentioned above and more of the activating storytelling work that has helped give rise to the Regenerative Communities Network.

 

 

 

Do you want to launch a regenerative hub in your region?

Email Stuart Cowan, Director of Regenerative Development, with 200-300 words about regenerative initiatives in your bioregion and we can start a dialogue.