Regenerative Development

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Regenerative Development term was first proposed by Regenesis Group in 1995, describing an approach to enhance the ability of living being to co-evolve.[1] In order words, a framework with design practices that grows the capacity of humans to assess and respond to the world's living complexity. Regenesis founders considered that the core cause of all current challenges is a fractured relationship between people and nature. So, at the core of regenerative development there is first an invitation for a cultural and psychological shift, and only secondarily technological. According to Regenesis[1] their work "integrated three distinct and complementary approaches to change:

  • Living Systems Thinking: a framework-based approach, developed by Charles Krone, that consciously improves people’s capacity to illuminate the inherent potential that a living system is attempting to manifest
  • Permaculture: an ecological design system, originated by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1970s, that discerns patterns in natural and human systems in order to weave them together as dynamic wholes
  • Developmental Change Processes: an approach to community engagement that encourages stakeholders to work together to evolve the potential of place, rather than struggling over the limits presented by existing conditions"

Regenesis and their members have been gathering experience from land and community development projects all over the world. The work is focused on the developmental potential of place (including territory and its community) with the understanding that we design living nested systems. By exploring the history and uniqueness of the place with the local community and stakeholders in that region, they invoke a deep sense of belonging and ownership.

Inviting all to see the potential of that region[1], something we all have in common regardless of our other differences, participants understand or can take up new roles of value adding that benefits both community and territory (taking into consideration the human, social, natural, produced and financial capitals). This tends to enhance their will to express themselves in the three lines of work: developing themselves (1st line of work), developing the capability of the group, team or initiative they are involved (2nd line of work) and serving the development and evolution of larger nested wholes (or the systems beyond the scale it’s been co-creatively designing, 3rd line of work). Accomplished regenerative practitioners might trigger an evolutionary process in the communities they serve that does not stop when the project or policy/funding scheme is over. They are expected to leave the communities better equipped, with new energy (vitality), agency (viability) and capabilities, to keep moving forward (evolution), despite difficulties and obstructions and with a stronger connection to their place, both the natural and human build environment and ‘neighbours’.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mang, Pamela, e Ben Haggard. «Regenerative Development and Design», 2016, 274.