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Last week's issue started to talk about "storytelling to build a movement". Let's stay on that topic for two more rounds.

A "definition" isn't the same as a "story" but stories without clear definitions can meander and go off-course. So, last week I asked colleagues in the Regenerative Economy Facebook group for their definition of "regeneration". I got great responses. Here are some:

  • a regenerative action is one that gives back more life to the planet than it takes. We then defined "more life" as being that which increases connectivity and diversity. Clare Finlator

  • think about our multi capital economy. How do we generate more social and natural capital to create prosperity for all living things? Flora Moon

  • Nancy Zamierowski explains it as: Extractive --> Sustainable --> Regenerative. Regenerative is when you are building and nurturing life, not just neutralizing your impact. ht: Magenta Ceiba

  • "Regeneration refers to the self-feeding, self-renewing processes that natural systems use to nourish their capacity to thrive for long periods of time and their ability to adapt to unexpected, sometimes threatening circumstances. No system can sustain itself over the long-term, if it is not designed to continuously regenerate. Regenerative development uses the universal laws of systemic health and self-renewal to show how we can develop durably vibrant socio-economic systems as well." - Sally J. Goerner (pdf) ht: Curtis Ogden

  • and, the pithiest: "the active co-creation of life." Shaun Paul, Founding Partner at Reinventure Capital.

I'm still collecting definitions. Please send yours.

And, don't forget to join the wave!

The Regenerative Economy Facebook Group

I've got to give love to the David Hodgson-inspired community in the invitation-only "Regenerative Economy" Facebook group. It numbers over 700 helpful, encouraging, and knowledgeable members now. If you aren't in the group, but would like to be send me your email address and I'll send you an invite.

Regeneration (?) in Action

And, in closing

We are very early in the process of defining what it means to build a regenerative economy. While the terminology will continue to evolve, we're convinced the ideas are directionally correct. Now we are studying, testing, plotting, and building interest, support, and resources.

Thus this newsletter, which will come out about weekly with brief observations and links to related materials exploring innovation and the regenerative economy. With effort, and a bit of luck, we hope support for these concepts becomes a wave sweeping the world!

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