“Co-evolution among humans and natural systems can only be undertaken in specific places, using approaches that are precisely fitted to them.”
-Pamela Mang & Ben Haggard
Regenerative Development and Design
Regenerative development is the process of harmonizing human activities with the continuing evolution of life on our planet–a process that also develops our own potential as humans. As an approach in practice, it seeks to enable human communities to come back into life-giving alignment with the natural living systems that support them.
As a starting place, regenerative development begins with the premise that human beings and human activities have the potential to nourish and support the myriad ecological systems that they touch–and that realizing this potential is a pathway to restoring the health and abundance of human cultures and economies. In order to make this a reality, we must commit ourselves to a process of inquiring into and deeply honoring the unique socio-ecological identities of our places.
While regenerative development needs to happen all over the planet, the complex interface between human systems and natural systems must be studied, understood and navigated uniquely in each unique place. This means there can be no template or set of best practices for regenerative work. Instead, practitioners from a broad range of different disciplines and community sectors must come together to engage in deep and sustained co-learning, inquiring together into how to practice the art of regeneration in that place.
How is regenerative practice different?
Regenerative practitioners are those of us who feel called to intervene in the systems that shape our human impact on the world we inhabit, to create new potential for how human communities interact with their natural contexts.
A hallmark of the regenerative practitioner’s mindset is the understanding that being successful in our work will require that we grow ourselves beyond the capability that we currently have. Regenerative practitioners are committed not only to valuing nature’s needs, but also to becoming fluent in nature’s language; to think like nature thinks so that we might work in co-evolutionary partnership with her.
What we all learn on the journey is that this is not an external process. Co-evolution with natural systems is not about learning about nature as a force that exists outside of ourselves. It requires learning about our own nature–developing the awareness to observe what’s happening inside ourselves and the consciousness to actively re-pattern how we think and how we work. And so our understanding of what’s required of us, and our commitment to take it on, deepens as our inner development unfolds.
For these reasons, we view the process of becoming a regenerative practitioner as an unfolding path that is unique to each of us. The aim of our education programs is to support practitioners in charting that path for yourselves, with the support of a global and local community of regenerative practice. If you are a regenerative practitioner and you feel drawn towards stepping onto this learning path with us, you might be interested in participating in The Regenerative Practitioner Series.