Building on eight years of documenting exemplary regenerative projects through The Field Guide to a Regenerative Economy and exploring the principles and frameworks of regenerative economies at a larger scale, Capital Institute is excited to introduce the Regenerative Communities Network.



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; and
  3. Help drive significant amounts of aligned capital towards regenerative initiatives.

Regenerative communities provide diverse, place-sourced, and practical tests of alternative economic pathways. They contribute a viable and attractive set of new possibilities to global economic policy debates. Linking across geographies and scales, they collectively offer the possibility of hope – and of a regenerative world.



Across North and South America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, nearly 20 communities are at various stages of launching regenerative hubs.

Current 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

Founding global network partners include Buckminster Fuller Institute,  EcoTrust Savory Institute, SDG Transformations Forum, and Small Giants.



It’s not how big you grow, it’s how you grow big. – Jane Jacobs




We are actively seeking new community hubs 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. This collaboration should include a basic commitment to the principles of a regenerative economy.
Participation in the network is free and includes the following services at no cost from the Capital Institute over a 2-3 year period of engagement:

  • 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
  • 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




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

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