The Wave launched in 2015 with the notion that "We are very early in the process of defining what it means to build a regenerative society. While the terminology will continue to evolve, we're convinced the ideas are directionally correct."  Two years later, I'm increasingly convinced this is a sound proposition. 

Recent data points include:

  • Response to the two events RASA has been involved with. Both the recent Regenerative Future Planning workshop in San Francisco, CA and last year's
    Co-designing Our Regenerative Future unconference in Arlington, VA brought together motivated, collaborative people, from across sectors. Neither event advertised prominent speakers, exotic settings, or professional rewards. Instead people took a leap of faith to participate based on the topic, the attendee list (and opportunity to interact with each other), and a set of credible convening partners.
  • Coherence with other efforts. Ideas spin & evolve in various places. Michelle Holiday, author of The Age of Thrivability reposted the 2014 report-out from an event in Montreal where their conclusion could easily have come from one of our recent conversations.

Thrivability is a growing global movement.  At a broad level, it is a philosophical invitation to reconnect with the wisdom, wonder and inherent regenerative capacity of life.

  • Unexpected venues. I'm a fan of MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito but didn't expect to see insights into a regenerative future in his recent piece questioning ambitions of some in the artificial intelligence space. But, indeed, he dedicates a section to Donella Meadows' insights about intervening in complex systems. Then, as opposed to a "singularity", Ito calls for "developing a sensibility and a culture of flourishing". He concludes "we can flourish in harmony with Nature rather than through the control of it."

    Sounds like a regenerative future to me.

I'm certainly not arguing that we have achieved our goal of a global movement to realize a regenerative future. But we are getting traction from many, sometimes surprising, directions.

Thanks especially to folks at Bloom Network and The Determined we will be seeing more action in coming months.  Stay tuned!

Podcasts: Who Are You Listening To?

RASA is about to launch its own podcast series, Designers of Paradise. It will feature Erik van Lennep's conversations with inspiring people who are building a regenerative future.

To prepare, we've been boning up on podcasts related to regeneration (and some that aren't!)  We would appreciate hearing from you about who you listen to and what you'd like to hear from us.  Please, drop me a note.

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In Closing

We are very early in the process of defining what it means to build a regenerative society. 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 every few weeks with information about RASA - narrating our work - along 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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