You think you are you running a regenerative business? The Carol Sanford Institute is offering you the opportunity to stand up and be judged, in order to win the "Regenerative Business Prize".

Winning businesses need at least three years of profitable operations plus evidence of at least four of these seven "foundational First Principles" (note: each principle has a link to a short video describing it):

  • Whole: capable of operating in a self-determining way within a system and interactively with other systems. 
  • Potential: seeking disruptive, more fulfilling, and beneficial outcomes. 
  • Reciprocity: making “fitting” contributions that benefit system health.     
  • Essence: bringing forth essence and non-displaceable uniqueness.
  • Nestedness: embedded within greater and lesser systems.
  • Nodal: seeking the point of highest and most systemic return in interventions. 
  • Development: increasing capacity of a whole to be vital, viable, and able to evolve.

These criteria might be easier to understand after watching Carol's video (14'). Beware -- she's only half-joking when she says it takes 3+ years to internalize and integrate these insights!

To participate, be nominated by July 31st, 2016.

What Else Can I Learn?

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! Check out the archive to see if this newsletter is right for you (or a friend).

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