The Wave: Regenerative Defense
A couple years ago I observed how modifying a term with "regeneration" often gave me new perspectives. I made a somewhat joking reference that therefore we should be talking about "regenerative defense". 

The US attacks on Iran and the Iranian response, including blowing up a Ukrainian airliner, helped me realize this wasn't a joke. We really should invest in regenerative defense. After all, war is the most zero-sum thinking of all.

What would positive sum defense look like?  Rivera Sun provides one vision in her Ari Ara book series. She uses the notion of "The Way Between" which is "neither fight nor flight, but everything possible in between. It was a way of changing danger to mutual safety..." 

Examples include "students refusing to be conscripted into the army, farmers sending crops to refugee camps instead of military outposts, and merchants refusing to lend money to rulers until peace was established along their trade routes."

The books describe the young protagonist and her allies learning and demonstrating The Way Between and imagining a new world in the process. 

Similar to Solarpunk, this kind of hopeful vision helps motivate creating a regenerative future.

Let's find our way between.

Rivera Sun is a change-maker, a cultural creative, a protest novelist, and an advocate for nonviolence and social justice.

The Way Between brings the skills of resolving conflict, anti-bullying, and ending violence into a coming of age story for a new generation of readers.

That total is $2 trillion more than all federal government spending during the recently completed 2019 fiscal year.

Designers of Paradise
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Erik van Lennep speaks with Maddie Akkermans, one of the founders of the Dutch ecodesign and engineering company now rising to the challenge of regenerating the entire Sinai peninsula. 

One Last Thing
In 1957 the River Thames was so heavily polluted it was declared “biologically dead”. 60 years later... Yes we can!

In Closing
We are 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. We are studying, testing, plotting, and building interest, support, and resources.

Thus this newsletter, which will come out periodically 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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