The latest Regen/ Notes newsletter “What’s Your Regen Conversation” explores Potentialism, Eco Reads, Bread, Ride with Nature, Place, Home Health, Living Product Challenge, Digital Design, Warming Stripes + Zoom Regenerative
Regen/ Notes also features upcoming on line and in person regenerative events:
9th June: Is your home trying to kill you?
Ann Vanner, Regenerative Practitioner, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Architectural Technology, will talk about how profoundly our lives are shaped and impacted by the places we call home at an event in Preston on the 9th of June at 18:00 Registration and details here
10th June: Introduction Regenerative Social Housing
We all have a role to play and as a housing sector we need to start changing the way that we think about sustainability.
Echelon has teamed up with regenerative sustainability provocateurs and consultants Martin Brown and Anna Williamson to deliver a programme exploring regenerative principles within the social housing sector. The regenerative sustainability subgroup, delivered through our best practice club AMIP, will bring together organisations to move their environmental, social and sustainability approaches beyond business as usual to a regenerative approach that delivers real value and benefit.
Zoom Regenerative continues its journey of raising awareness, joining the dots and celebrating regenerative journeys on 14th June. Walter Lourie and Georg Klampfer at MAFI-Walk On Art share a made for zR factory video premier, featuring Living Product Challenge, Declare and regenerative forestry insights.
Join our community of regenerative future seekers on the 17th, hear the MAFI story, along with our gathering space, one-to-one chats and inspiring Regen/ conversations.
June 21st is #ShowYourStripes day. How will you use and display the warming Stripes to start conversations on climate change?
The Small Book with the Big Conversation Potential
Our Regenerative Playbook is available to read online at https://bit.ly/regenplaybook. But do leave a comment if you would like to purchase a hard copy to kick start regenerative conversations in your organisation.
Delighted to release the first of our Zoom Regenerative in Conversation podcasts …
Mindful Spaces and Places
Sophie Lacey is a skilled copywriter and content writer with extensive experience in the promotion of health & wellbeing in the built environment, retail, homes & gardens, food & beverage, beauty and fashion.
This podcast explores Sophie’s activities and perspective as a qualified meditation teacher across many areas, including mindfulness in nature, mindful spaces, biophilic design, multi-sensory storytelling and placemaking for wellbeing.
Zoom Regenerative in Conversation is a regular podcast, capturing the essence and authenticity from the awesome conversations that ZR hosts Martin Brown and Anna Williamson have with ZR guests, enabling in-depth behind-the-presentation exploration of topics covered within the ZR sessions.rege
Zoom Regenerative is a Fairsnape initiative, sharing, pollinating and exploring dots that connect ecology and nature with the built environment.
To connect with zoom regenerative, you can like, share and subscribe to this podcast, engage in our monthly events, join us across social media using the #zoomregen or #ZoomRegenerative hashtags, subscribe to our Regen Notes newsletter and find more news and background at Zoom Regen
“It has always been a radical act to tell stories during dark times. They are the regenerative spaces of creation and renewal. As we experience a loss of connection to the earth we share stories that explore the timeless connections between ecology, culture and spirituality.” Emergence Magazine
We have a number of exciting in conversation podcasts lined up for release between Zoom Regen events.
If you have a story that needs telling exploring in these ‘climate dark times’ and would like to be an ‘in conversation’ guest please do get in touch
The Next Zoom Regenerative
What does it feel like to live on the brink of a vast historical change? It feels like now. Kim Stanley Robinson
Excited to announce that Zoom Regenerative returns for our next season on the 14th September at 8pm UK time to include:
exciting updates on the next chapter for Zoom Regenerative
an extended version of our ZR one-2-one chats that have led to so many connections, collaborations, contracts and friendships.
unconference style discussion to explore regenerative built environments in the light of the recent IPCC report and ahead of COP26
Edition 24 of #ZoomRegenerative closed 2020 by celebrating guests who shared regenerative insights over the year, and the sharing and gifting what has inspired us on regenerative themes in 2020. And wow, was there a lot …
2020 has been an extraordinary year, one of grief and sadness for many but also one of time for reflection and exploration of ideas. Starting in April, Zoom Regenerative’s impressive guest list covered the globe and spectrum of regenerative sustainability. As did the scope of the what has been inspiring us over the year. Here is a recap that should keep us busy and inspired way into 2021 and also makes for a wonderful ideas list for Christmas gifts.
Not surprisingly there were many books mentioned, including: Braiding Sweetgrass – Robin Wall Kimmerer (link) Underland A deep Time Journey – Robert Macfarlane (link) From What is to What if – Rob Hopkins (link) Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures – Merlin Sheldrake (link) Chasing the Sun: The New Science of Sunlight, How it Shapes Our Bodies and Minds – Linda Geddes (link) Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist – Kate Raworth (link) Burn – Using Fire to Cool the Earth. (link) My Name is Chellis I’m in Recovery from Western Civilization – Chellis Glendinning (link) Imaginal Cells: Visions of Transformation (link) The Power of Now – Echart Tolle (link)
“There is so much information out there, don’t be overwhelmed by it all. All we can do is live in the highest state of consciousness and we will naturally gravitate to the right information and decision making” (JP)
Thich Naht Hanh (link) Kate Raworth (link) Johan Rockstrom (link) Joe Biden (link)
“The greatest gift we can give is our presence” (MB)
PROGRAMMES / FILMS
The Story of Plastic (link) BBC Planet North (link) 2040 (link) Kissing the Ground (link) Fantastic Fungi (link) The Biggest Little Farm (link)
“To give of ourselves, through food, is such an act of generosity and reciprocity” (AW)
ACAN (Youth) (link) Zoom Regenerative (link) (We need a website!) Connecting Fashion and Built Environment RESTORE Final Conference (link) Rocky Mountain Institute (link) LETI (link) Architects for Future – (link) Supply Chain Sustainability School (link)
Happiness is within us all. The pot of gold we are trying to find is deep down inside all of us. Accessing your sub conscious through mediation we can simply transcend to find that inner peace :). Then we bring it all back up into our conscious state 🙂 (JP)
Nature is under pressure. Ecosystems are being degraded rapidly and a billion species are at risk of extinction. This is the shocking picture set out by an independent intergovernmental body, the Inter-governmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The platform was established to make stronger connections between science and policy. Its view is that the only solution to the crisis is radical change in the way humans live.
Humans are deeply implicated in the crisis underpinned by the notion of the anthropocene, which is the time that humans have become the dominant impact on earth. This is highlighted in the current crises of a global pandemic, racial tensions and growing inequalities.
There is a lot of research on the impacts that human actions will have on the future of the planet. These range from carbon emissions leading to climate change through to plastic waste devastating ocean life. But there’s little research on what sort of future people want. This is even more true for understanding what a better future could look like for different people and in different contexts. Such stories of the future are important tools for decision-makers whose choices will bring about change.
The IPBES expert group on scenarios and models responded to this gap in positive stories of nature. We worked on creating visions that reflect the diverse values that nature holds for people. We also wanted these visions to be applicable in different contexts.
We started with a workshop in New Zealand in 2017, with 73 participants from 31 countries, representing all UN regions. Using a method developed from the Seeds of Good Anthropocenes project in South Africa, the participants identified “seeds” of change that they believed would be the start of a better future. These seeds were as diverse as displacing GDP growth as a metric and giving rivers legal standing, and as distinct as centres of distinction on indigenous and local knowledge and gene editing technologies.
Building from the visions, the expert group then developed the Nature Futures Framework. This is a simple way to show and talk about the ways in which nature has value for people:
● Nature for nature, in which nature has value in and of itself;
● Nature for society, in which nature is primarily valued for the benefits or uses people derive from it;
● Nature as culture, in which humans are perceived as an integral part of nature.
The framework aims to illustrate all the ways nature is appreciated. It’s intended to allow multiple voices to debate what a more desirable future for people and the planet could look like. A recent application of the framework with youth from around the world illustrated some common features of desirable futures. These included an emphasis on diverse community solutions, a reconnection with nature and a reconfiguration of the economic system to showcase what really is valuable for well-being.
Differences include how technology is employed in the future. This looks into whether it’s a central solution like energy and transport for example, in a hyper-connected world where everyone is educated about diverse cultures and places. It could also be a more locally diverse future that emphasises being in place and where innovation is based on indigenous and local knowledge. What these diverse futures show is not a “better or worse” future, but alternatives that can help inform decisions in the present. People have a diversity of relationships with nature. Only when this is appreciated can the world find its way to a better future.
A call to arms for participation
Reaching this global understanding requires buy-in and input from as many people around the world as possible. The newly constituted IPBES Task Force on Scenarios and Models is, therefore, calling on researchers and practitioners to contribute. They can take part in scenario processes or use the framework in their own exercises.
Before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was to be a “super year” for nature. Various global decisions that will shape the planet’s future were to be taken, including the Convention on Biological Diversity’s renegotiation of biodiversity targets. As these events have been postponed, and as the world seeks to recover from the pandemic, it is even more essential that decisions about the future consider humans’ diverse relationships with nature.
Such decisions can be supported by visions, scenarios and pathways that are collectively developed and made accessible to all interested stakeholders. New types of globally relevant scenarios are urgently needed to show what could be achieved and catalyse the interventions needed to move towards these more desirable futures.
A starting point can be registering as a stakeholder on the IPBES portal: https://ipbes.net/. Building a better future requires everyone’s buy-in. The scientific community is starting to realise how important it is to listen to voices from the ground. Without these voices, targets for the planet will remain out of reach.
In these tough days of Covid-19, social distancing and isolation we can also look for the light of opportunity to share and to learn. We are hearing it is possible that physical, face to face events will not be happening for months, until the UK is clear enough for travel for home events, and until the EU is clear for EU events.
Not surprisingly then, we are seeing many events, workshops, exhibitions, film festivals, from book clubs to concerts to design shows, move into the online space.
Indeed there is nothing new to online exhibitions and fairs – back in 2014 we used Hyperfair for a number of events, complete with in-world talks, exhibitors and social events a few years ago with (Construction21 and Others) see Sustainability made Cool? Day one at #EXPOC21
A New Normal Built Environment
For us in the built environment, we are starting see that the world of design, construction, supply chains and communications will not be the same post Covid19. We will cannot return to the normal we knew, for that normal is in too many ways responsible for the problems we have now.
Preparing for a new post Covid19 normal must be part of a ‘never waste this crisis’ approach that practices and companies need to take. And now is the time to take that development, when employees are home based, with more time to learn, develop and help shape a future business.
We cannot waste this crisis and we must emerge stronger, ready to address a different environment, when addressing the climate and ecological breakdown will be very high, if not top of the agenda. We have see, through remarkable images of how air quality dramatically improved as activity stopped in Wuhan and Italy. We have seen, after only a short time of ‘shut down’ how nature can thrive, here in the UK (shut down of modern life allows nature to thrive), in the canals of Venice and beyond.
A weekly 45 minute Zoom meet up for those interested in learning more or are practising regenerative approaches, in sustainability, in the built environment, in business etc. Each session will feature an introduction or presentation from a regenerative colleague from around the world, followed by a lightly facilitated discussion. Starting on April 7th, I plan Zoom Regenerative to be held Tuesdays at 8pm UK (but possibly shifting an hour or two to allow participation from Australia at a sensible hour)
Link for the Zoom session will be on my twitter feed under hashtags #ZoomRegen
It is possible that every sustainability practitioner, academic and student globally is now home working. Through communication technologies we can share and discuss the work of RESTORE and regenerative sustainability. There are many working groups discussions taking place through Zoom, but we can do more. For example
LFE (Living Future Europe) has started a weekly Resilience Lounge hosted by Carlo Battisti. (Wednesdays 5pm UK Details)
Martin will be starting a weekly Zoom Regenerative series starting on the 7th April with guest from around the world sharing their regenerative voices, actions and approaches. (Tuesdays 8pm UK Details and #ZoomRegen)
There are also many on line book clubs which have caught my eye, for example The Living Mountain as a twitter based book club – search #CoReadingVirus and a Nature Writing Course hosted by Emergence Magazine starting on 5th April 12.00 PST
Connectivity with Nature, its importance to mental and physical health is a key theme that runs through the work and outcomes of RESTORE. It is a sad consequence of housing design and construction over recent decades that many many families are now isolated in homes with no views, no access to nature, and in some cases in city centres with no windows. We will undoubtedly see a rise in mental health, anxiety and domestic violence. You may have noticed an increase in the sharing of nature based images, videos, art and music across social media. This in a small way, may give a little comfort to those without access or views.
Lets use our collective and individual social media accounts to share, and lets use the hashtags #NoticeNature and #CostRestore