Regeneration isn't just for agriculture. It is (or needs to be) a central organizing principle for cities as well. The World Future Council (as captured in Wikipedia) says a regenerative city reflects:
urban development built on an environmentally enhancing, restorative relationship with the natural systems from which the city draws resources for its sustenance. A regenerative city maintains a symbiotic, mutually beneficial relationship with its surrounding hinterland not only by minimizing its environmental impact but by actively improving and regenerating the productive capacity of the ecosystems from which it depends.
Here are some of the urban regeneration efforts we're seeing.
"We can grow more food in less space using less energy and water. The result is that I can replace 44,000 square feet with 36 square feet."
More on Telling the Regeneration Story
For the past few weeks we've talked about storytelling and regeneration including a discussion of the definition of regeneration. Leading thinker, Carol Sanford, is putting out her own, more detailed explanation complete with history, in a series of posts.
What is Regeneration? It’s history, etymology and practice.
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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