Want a taste of our approach to regenerative development and to learn more about our global co-learning community? Register below for upcoming seminars, or view past recordings.
Upcoming Public Seminars
Regenerating Cultures of Place in the Francophone World:
A Dialogue with Members of Our Community of Practice
Thursday, February 29
5:30 – 7:00 pm Central European Time
9:30 am-11:00 am US Mountain Time; 11:30 am-1:00 pm US Eastern Time
Join us for a conversation among members of our emerging francophone community of practice, in dialogue with Regenesis faculty members Ben Haggard and Beatrice Ungard. In this conversation we’ll reflect on the difference that regenerative development can make to our communities, as well as the difference that our individual communities can make to the broader regenerative movement, and the regeneration of the planet as a whole.
- Members of our community of practice will share reflections on how bringing a regenerative development approach to our various fields—including the built environment, systems change, and business and leadership development—has impacted their work and shifted their perspectives.
- We’ll discuss the potential of growing communities of regenerative practice around the world as a process of lifting up the unique contributions that each culture of place can make to humanity’s understanding of what regeneration looks like on our planet.
In 2024 Regenesis Institute is expanding our programming to more directly serve the emergence of place-sourced communities of practice in locations across Europe, the Americas, and the Deep Pacific. We invite you, wherever you’re located, to join this exploration of how a community of regenerative practice might grow and evolve, what role it can play in the evolutionary trajectory of its community, and how local traditions, languages and cultures interact with this work.
Photo credits, top to bottom: Ermess via Adobe Stock; Les Amanins.
Weaver of links and connections, Christiane has dedicated her professional life to the ecological and social transitions since 1999. She is a mother of three, born and raised in the French-German borderlands. A traveller of cultures and ideas, her path has brought her to live in Germany, Switzerland, England and France. Christiane’s roles as entrepreneurial strategist, facilitator and guardian of transformation are driven by the idea to collectively create a regenerative future on a healthy planet. Her consultancy business Stratageme was born out of her love for working with people across different disciplines, schools of thought and action and a call for freedom to challenge the current system where required. Every project is an open invitation to adventure and experiment.
Corine is an architect and change agent based in Annecy-France and in French-speaking Switzerland, accomplishing her vocation toward regenerative development and design since 2019 (ARCHIDOERS sarl). Convinced that “architecture can change the world,” Corine has been committed to pioneering transformative paths since her early work, contributing to regenerate vernacular housing in southern Morocco and in Afghanistan, designing and resourcing intergenerational cohousing in French-speaking Switzerland, as major societal change initiatives, volunteering in several NGOs (UNESCO, the International Union of Architects, Emergency architects) to contribute to local community development, and teaching these new practices to architecture students at several universities. Always a student, Corine constantly evolves in a regenerative direction, which she happily shares with her community of practice.
Laura is a systems change learning facilitator and regenerative practitioner. She works with people and organisations on the path towards desirable futures and regenerative practice. Drawing from diverse experiences in English and French spheres, Laura seeks to contribute to economic development that respects our human needs, offers prosperity, whilst enabling living ecosystems to flourish. She works through several wonderful collectives and networks focused on learning and development: Butterfly School for Regenerative Business, L’Institut des Futurs Souhaitables, the School of System Change. Laura is actively involved in translating and evolving regenerative development into French, working with publishers, linguists and practitioners.
Laurent de Schoutheete
Laurent is a human geographer whose journey has shown him the intrinsic complexity and beauty of our world.
His core passion – and work – is enabling the development of life-supportive and equitable human societies, through supporting systemic reform initiatives. His successes and failures have convinced him that the path of action in our current predicament is necessarily one that considers the long arc of human history; sees systems and potentials; values our many ways of knowing; and encourages co-evolution with the web of life.
As a sustainability consultant, Nancy Picard has contributed to more than 60 LEED certified buildings since 2007. In 2018, she began her studies of regenerative design and development with Regenesis Institute and founded Eco Transition. Today she combines her knowledge of practices and technologies aimed at reducing negative environmental impacts, together with her growing understanding of how to create conditions conducive for thriving living systems, to support clients and project teams in harmonizing their infrastructure development endeavors with the uniqueness of their location.
Beatrice Ungard, PhD
Beatrice Ungard, PhD, is a core faculty member at Regenesis Institute and the founder of Soma Integral, a practice that offers regenerative business development services to both for-profit and non-profit organizations across diverse sectors. Beatrice brings 20+ years of strategic thinking and management experience, including a deep expertise in living systems approaches to organizational change, strategic management, and leadership capacity development. Beatrice has taught strategic management and systems thinking for diverse MBA programs in the United States. She is a core faculty member at the Regenesis Institute. She holds a master of science and a doctorate from the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, USA and a diploma of architecture from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She lives near Los Angeles, California.
Ben is a member of the core faculty at Regenesis Institute and a co-founder at Regenesis Group, where he works on a diverse range of regenerative development and planning projects and delivers educational programs to a global network of practitioners. He is the co-author of the books Regenerative Development: A Framework for Evolving Sustainability (with Pamela Mang) and Indirect Work: A Regenerative Change Theory for Businesses, Communities, Institutions and Humans (with Carol Sanford). Ben specializes in a holistic, systems-based approach to understanding and building upon the complex human, natural and economic relationships that create and sustain the vitality and viability of a place. Ben splits his time between Santa Fe, New Mexico and Berlin, Germany.
Archived Recordings from Previous Seminars
Towards a Living Infrastructure for Los Angeles:
A Conversation on An Ongoing Regenerative Initiative
with Dawn Danby & David McConville of Spherical
and Ben Haggard of Regenesis
Friday, September 15, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm US Pacific Time
Cities occupy only two percent of the Earth’s surface, but they drive approximately 75% of global resource consumption and carbon emissions, creating cascading harmful impacts on the ecological systems that support them. There is growing focus on discerning how cities can reduce these impacts–but what if we could do more? What if even very large urban systems could bring themselves back into alignment with natural ecological processes? What if cities could become positive contributors to the overall health of the planet?
For the past 3 years, Regenesis has been working in collaboration with regenerative practitioners at Spherical, in a process led by Accelerate Resilience LA that’s building on decades of work by TreePeople founder Andy Lipkis to bring about a complete rethinking of how Los Angeles approaches its water. Our aim? To develop living infrastructure for the city of Los Angeles–infrastructure that is both itself alive, and capable of supporting the processes of life.
Join Ben Haggard, Dawn Danby and David McConville for an exploration of this regenerative process-in-progress—digging into the concept of living infrastructure and how it has emerged in Los Angeles, the strategy that we’re developing towards this aim, and what that means for how we engage people on the ground in this work.
Illustration of the weaving of built/natural/social systems by Spherical. Walk in The Park photo by Mel Stoutsenberger via Adobe Stock.
Urban Systems Change: Regenerating Our Relationship to Water in Mexico City
Delivered live in May 2023.
Join core faculty member Ben Haggard and regenerative practitioner Delfín Montañana for a dialogue about a regenerative approach to hydrological health in the most water-insecure districts in Mexico City. Delfín is the Social Environmental Education Director at Isla Urbana, a nonprofit organization working in partnership with Mexico City government to install 100,000 rainwater harvesting systems in water-insecure districts—providing potable water while mitigating flooding and supporting aquifer recharge. Within this effort, Delfín’s work has focused on developing innovative programs to regenerate a culture of water stewardship at both the individual and neighborhood level, drawing from regenerative principles. This session will include a 60-minute dialogue with a 30-minute Q&A.
Photo credit: Isla Urbana
An Exploration of Regenerative Practice with Our Australian Community
Delivered live in May 2023
Join members of our Australian community of practice in exploring how regenerative concepts and principles have impacted their work. Facilitated by Institute faculty members and our Australian TRP host team: Joel Glanzberg, Drika Horton, and Lara Hunt. Speakers from the Australian community of practice will include:
- Alana Marsh: Alana is a regenerative system re-setting and Wayapa Wuurrk practitioner informed by Aboriginal ways of knowing and being.
- Willow Berzin: Willow is a creative director and regeneration designer working at the intersection of human potential and collective impact for thriving futures.
- Laurent de Schoutheete: Laurent is an international development practitioner with an interest in helping organisations improve their performance; he is committed to supporting communities and organisations to plan, design and manage their transition towards regenerative development
- Caroline Pidcock: Caroline is focused on how to inspire architects, other built environment professionals and people who commission and occupy buildings to find regenerative approaches that align caring for Country with human needs so we can all flourish.
- Bianca Anderson: Bianca is facilitator who weaves her practice from diverse knowledges: power intelligence, social entrepreneurship, systems theory, transformative pedagogies, adaptive and regenerative practice.
- Trish Hansen: Trish works to shift the adaptive capability of complex systems as well as catalysing the conditions for regenerative outcomes for cities, regions, organisations and major development projects.
- Daryl Taylor: Kinship Custodian, Kinglake & Community Mental Health
Regeneration at The Community Level: An Introduction to Regenerative Practice
With Ben Haggard and Sara Zwart, hosted by Damaris Kingdon.
Delivered live in February 2023
Regenerative development is about reweaving a co-evolutionary relationship between human beings and ecological systems–work that is even more urgent now than ever before in the face of the interrelated crises of climate disruption and biodiversity loss. But how do we work on this? The interface between ecosystems and human systems is entirely unique in each individual place on earth—which means that each human community has an entirely unique regenerative potential to explore and manifest. Join Ben Haggard and Sara Zwart in an exploration of general principles for what regeneration looks like at the community level, as well as a dive into how this work has unfolded around a constellation of projects around the regeneration of ancestral streams in Auckland, New Zealand.
Photo credit: Panuku Development
Working from Potential in Our Projects:
An Introduction to Regenerative Practice with Bill Reed
Delivered live in March 2023
A core aspect of regenerative practice is the ability to move beyond the fragmentation that is inherent when clients, stakeholders and community leaders fix their minds on single issues or problems that they want addressed. In our work, we accomplish this through a methodology that orients us to the inherent potential of a system—a unifying force that addresses the myriad individual issues and problems that stakeholders care about without collapsing into fragmentation. Join Bill Reed in an exploration of what it means to work from a potential-based mindset, the new possibilities that this approach unleashes, and what it looks like in practice.
Note: This seminar is a repeat, first offered in November 2022. We are offering the seminar again now to provide an accessible time for practitioners in NZ. Regardless of geography, if you missed it on the first go-around you are welcome to attend!
Abundance Basket, sculpture and photo by Caroline Robinson
Working With the Patterns of Nature:
How Te Ao Māori and Regenerative Thinking Can Reshape
How We Work and Embrace Our Place in the Natural World
A dialogue session with Gena Moses-Te Kani, Rowan
Brooks, Lucy-Mary Mulholland, and Nicholas Mang
Delivered live in March 2023
“We all whakapapa back to Papatūānuku.” -Dr Amanda Yates, Associate Professor, AUT
Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Te Aitanga a Mahakai, Rongowhakaata
“As people of the land, returning to place is how we heal ourselves and the earth.” -Lucie Greenwood
This is a dialogue responding to the inspiring provocation from Johnnie Freeland (Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua, Ngai Tūhoe) of Te Ao Māori and regenerative thinking as binocular vision, two lenses for looking at the world that together, can help us see a way forward. We’ll explore a new trajectory that sees our places as whole living systems regenerating: waterways, ecologies, communities, cultures and economies.
Photo credit: Laura Forest Photography
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