Last Saturday’s virtual conference “CO-CREATING A REGENERATIVE WORLD”, hosted by Amarna Vida, was an enriching “get-together” of people engaged in bringing about change to a world that’s showing signs of wearing off; the keynote speakers were all people who have chosen not to ignore the signs – they’re part of a growing number of people who dedicate their lives and their work to making a different world possible, one that ensures that life can not only survive, but thrive.
There were insights, practical ideas, and ongoing projects showing that such a different world is possible. Under the general “banner” of Regenerative Design or, perhaps, a Regenerative Culture, discussions were centred on the need and the practical possibility of human development and endeavour that can bring about a net positive change to ecosystem diversity and resilience, human prosperity and fulfillment, equity and social justice, turning away from the current path towards the destruction of our planet’s life-support systems, and the fragmentation and isolation of social groups and individuals.
We need to change and nurture ourselves, becoming more conscious of our values, goals, potential, and idiosyncrasies that make our role, as individuals, unique, meaningful, and impactful in a positive way.
Gender should no longer be a discriminating factor, but rather a diversity of traits that should be sought, cultivated, called upon, within each individual, to better understand a world now seen as a living system, a web of connections and relationships.
Everything is interconnected and we can’t fully assess the impact, or project the outcome of our actions by looking at one factor at a time. By looking at all the connections, instead, we discover the potential for synergy, bridge-building, mutualistic symbiosis, support, and resilience that are much needed to shift course.
An economy of solidarity and collaboration is not only possible but sensible – if we just change our perspective and replace a classic thought process based on separation and reductionism, by one that embraces complexity and systems thinking.
And it’s all happening – now! Now is the time, we heard.
Businesses are becoming more and more interested and engaged in a vision of a future where we no longer live on the earth’s deposited capital, but rather on the interest. Where sustainable and “net-zero impact” is no longer enough, but a new deal should be sought where, mimicking nature’s ability to nurture and regenerate life, our businesses and society also create the conditions for life to thrive and flourish.
Eight different forms of capital have been put forward – living, cultural, experiential, intellectual, spiritual, social, material and financial – that should guide investments to new measurements of success, by the assessment of how much they enrich communities and their ecosystems’ life and resilience.
Collaboration, creative commons licensing, open-sourcing, sharing, connecting, integrating work and business, replacing “value chains” with “living webs of value”, going “glocal” – on the way to a regenerative future.
Many thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts, both speakers and attendees, and made this conference one of hope and enthusiasm. This will be, hopefully, for some of us, only the first of many more events that will help to connect people, share ideas, promote collaboration, change our lives – and, ultimately, make the world a healthier and more wholesome place.
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