The term "regeneration" has been a game changer for me. As I described before
, I learned the term from Marc Barasch
on January 16, 2015 at an event convened by networker extraordinaire, David Hodgson
. There aren't many words for which I remember the day I learned them.
After a few years of frustrating work on "sustainability", I was primed for a new perspective
. "Regeneration" opened new realms of thought, connections with people, motivations for action, and a cause for hope.
Recognizing the value of a good term, what are some others that have helped broaden my perspective? Ecotone
helps me pay attention to places where systems blend.Precompetitive
comes from the work of Jason Clay
at WWF. He asked "should consumers have a choice about sustainability?" His conclusion: "sustainability has got to be a precompetitive issue" and, to do that, "we need collusion." (His 2014 TED talk
is still worth watching.)Solarpunk
introduced me to new literature envisioning a regenerative future. Stigmergy
describes mechanisms of indirect coordination. Will these ideas help us enable large scale collaboration?
One term I wish existed (or don't know yet?) would describe all the kinds of "agriculture" -- not just plants, but animals, fish, timber, kelp. Anyone know something pithier than "Food, Feed, Fuel, and Fiber"? Enlighten me