Zoom Regenerative

Updated 26th August 2021

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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.


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Zoom Regenerative – The Next Chapter

We are delighted to share plans for the next chapter of Zoom Regenerative. In August a beautiful group of ZR members were invited to met as a locus group to help us explore what ZR has achieved and where we go next.

(Why a ‘locus’ group? With ‘locus’ defined as a ‘place where something happens or the central area of interest in something being discussed’ it seems a good fit with ZR. It also resonates so well with Carol Sanford‘s ‘locus of control’ within the context of a Regenerative Business)

  • ZR core sessions will become a monthly feature. (This will mean less burden on organisation, remove the need to take breaks between seasons, and give headroom for more exciting things.)
  • In between the monthly sessions, we will encourage and support regional zoom regeneratives’,
  • Future ZR sessions will focus on celebrating the individual, have more time for our one-to-one speed dating style sessions, and more unconference formats. We will continue to host guest speakers, but this will not be the regular pattern.
  • We will widen the scope of participants, inviting investors, owners, clients along with participants from other sectors to share their stories and explore regenerative themes with us.
  • Monthly ZR’s will have a call to action on a particular theme. These can be built into a structured regenerative program, supporting ZR participants, especially young career practitioners, who want to move into the regenerative space. Regional ZR’s can of course explore the same calls and themes and be more focused on local aspects and ‘place’.
  • We are still exploring a membership structure that gives identity to ZR pollinators and what a fee-based approach would look like.
  • Moving to a monthly structure will also enable resources and opportunities to provide other regenerative related services, such as podcasts, videos, tutorials, and even regenerative retreats … 2022?
  • These plans will require a core steering group representing regional ZR’s and pollinators from around the world. 

“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

Zoom Regenerative – History and Past Events

There are many posts and stories from Zoom Regen here, but do continue reading below ‘Background’ for summaries of past ZR’s 1 – 37

Zoom Regenerative History

Zoom Regenerative (ZR) started its life back in April 2020, shortly after lockdown in the UK. Its purpose was to create a global online forum of learning and sharing, an online space for a regenerative community of practice.

There was purposefully no definition of “regenerative” and no defined scope as to what would be covered, but rather an open canvas to ‘mash up’ regenerative practices, to seek, explore and discuss what emerges when two or more seemingly unrelated topics are put together. And, importantly as a host, to give guests space to share and participants to explore, aware that some guests would we waking, some having midday meals whilst others winding down at the end of a working day, it is important that ZR’s have a relaxed, informal and safe environment.

As practitioners in sustainability we may have crossed a rubicon, where the normal we have been practising , promoting and indeed have been educated in, may no longer be applicable. In addition many will (I hope) now look to us, the sustainability fraternity. for guidance – but how well are we prepared for that, do we have the answers?

Concurrent with the start of ZR was the fabulous article by Arundhati Roy who saw the pandemic as a portal, and asked the question what good do we want to take through the portal and what bad do we leave behind.

Also Emergence Magazine were running amazing regenerative related online sessions, the book clubs on Braiding Sweetgrass, that became a much mentioned touchstone on reciprocity, and Underland with Robert Macfarlane to mention two. A quote from Emergence Magazine has often been used in ZR introductions, relating to the community as a natural mycelium community to share, support and learn.

Like a tree in a forest we will know that we are not alone,

37 episodes later, these values and principles still run very true through zoom regenerative. I am continually delighted by ZR guests sharing, by the participant conversations, and honoured to of initiated and brought together a real regenerative community of practice. A community that is embracing the ethos of ‘Seva’. I am also delighted to be in discussion for ZR spin-offs in the Latin and South America regions – and maybe more.

Watch this space for access to scripts and recordings from a year of Zoom Regenerative

Zoom Regenerative was a finalist for ASBP Ideas for a Better Built Environment Award 2021. See our video here along with other great ideas (including ZR guests and friends!)

Supporting Zoom Regenerative

Zoom Regenerative is the Fairsnape hosted zoom event and supported through the Regenerator Patreon scheme. Check out how you can become a supporter here.

Recent Zoom Regeneratives Listing

ZR37 on the 14th September was part 1 to 1 connecting (our famed ZR format that has led to so many connections, collaborations, contracts and friendships) and part unconference approach to explore regenerative built environments in the light of the recent IPCC report.

Zoom regenerative 36: What an Inspiring #zoomregenerative ‘unleashed’ to close out the spring ZR season. A wonderful #Biophilia exploration and invigoration, through stories, thoughts, experiences, links, references, case studies and love of life.

Nature Moments + Sensing

Just + Hope

Inclusive Design + Connections

Digital + Artificial 

Biophilia Inspirations and Provocations for ZR Unleashed

ZR Unleashed is our version of the unconference participant-driven meeting format

Zoom Regenerative 35 welcomed Marc Sherratt from the City of Johannesburg, South Africa, sharing insights from his work at MSSA, (considered one of the leaders in the Green Building and sustainable architecture movement on the African continent) on themes dear to our hearts at ZR, those of place and ecology. 

Zoom Regen #34 Biophilia featured Joe Clancy co-author of the influential 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design and Principal Landscape Architect at WSP in the UK

Zoom Regen #33 on 01 June continued our regenerative journey with Ann Vanner, sharing insights on healthy homes as part of the UCLan, UK, Thrive project (looking at the first thousand days of life). also news of upcoming event Quantum Leap 21 with Victor Montero and revealed exciting ZR unconference plans for future ‘unsessions’ and happenings.

Zoom Regen #32 on the 18th May welcomed Daniel Raven Ellison sharing insights into his work at National Park Cities movement and the recently launched Slow Ways project. Check out the links, recordings from ZR#32 here

ZR 31 was a Restore / Zoom Regenerative co-hosted event, listed as an Earthday event and a bittersweet affair with the four years EU Cost Action RESTORE ending its journey on the 30th of April. And yet like all strong communities – RESTORE has, and will continue to seed further progress in the built environment, and beyond. I echo Carlo Battisti (chair of Restore) recent comment, ‘it has been one of the most amazing and inspiring four years of my career’

Video Recordings, Proceedings and Presentations including the ZR Pecha Kuchas can be view through the RESTORE website here

Emmanuel Pauwels inspiring session on Zoom Regen 30 from his awesome Cal Guerxo Living Building home in Spain, had, I am sure, many reaching for the principles of Permaculture, with his comment that “all Architecture education should start with an understanding of Permaculture Principles.” (There is a good summary of the principles here on)

Permaculture principles allow us to create a culture that can endure and thrive for generations to come. At its heart are three very simple tenets or ethics: a care for the planet, a care for people, and a Fair share that returns surplus.

Zoom Regenerative 29 was a wonderful, beautiful session of Ambition, Enthusiasm and Passion – from the ambition of Eden Brukman seeking to achieve a Carbon Balance in San Francisco, to the passion for bamboo from Freddie Catlow in Stockholm, and a great Yvon Chouinard quote from Freddie’s journey. “going back to a simpler life is not a step backwards” The recording and notes are available to Regenerator Patreons here.

Zoom Regenerative 28 featured Louise Hamot exploring carbon in MEP based on her work, recently published in CIBSE Technical Memorandum 65: #EmbodiedCarbon in building services, and insights from Slovakia with Marián Ontkóc on low or negative carbon building materials, crafts and tutoring.

This ZR session also outlined plans for 2021, an Earthday special from Sabden – a hybrid event in conjunction with RESTORE and Living Future Europe – and more details on the planned ZR Tutorials in May. And of course more inspiring regenerative buzz and conversation. 

ZR 27 was a real Regen treat with John Renwick sharing insights and experience in Vedic and Vastu Architecture principles. There was also a glimpse of The RegenVast Smart Living Home project in Trinidad looking to become Living Building Challenge and Vastu recognised. A project that will certainly be featured in a future ZR, allowing us to dive deeper into a combination that was described as a dream ticket by a ZR attendee. 

The icing on the Regen 27 cake was from John Bridge Studios showing insights into regenerative possibilities within the city here in Preston. Undertaken as “What If’, R & D projects to imagine a future city through a Garden Bridge over the Ribble and a regenerative ExoSkeleton skyscraper. 

Zoom Regenerative 26 featured Amira Ayoub, Living Futures Hero, sharing insights into regenerative projects in Egypt and region, along with Scott McAulay updated with news from Scotland on the Athroprocene Architecture School as we prepare the build up to COP26.

ZR 25 Joanna Watchman (Content Comms and Work in Mind) shared insights on the importance of sharing stories, without greenwash, and as part of Creatives Declare, the importance of transparency in revealing income from fossil fuel clients. And from Diana Ilani, Paris, we heard more on the plans to green the city and create a 15 min walkable city.

ZR24 Reciprocity – a time of gifts – as a book end to the year, what a wonderful session of gifting and sharing 2020 inspirations, from a Costa Rican sunrise to Thich Naht Han, from Rebooting the Future to the Rocky Mountain Institute and so many great books, films, thoughts and places. See here for the wonderful inspirational shares on ZR24

Edition ZR23 focused on housing with insights from Kate Brown and Ben Adam-Smith with a wonderful discussion that ranged from mycelium to hemp to bamboo and beyond. Who knew Bamboo was toxic.

Neal Collins, Portland, USA, shared his journey and insights into Regenerative Real Estate with Emanuele Naboni, Sicily, Italy, sharing his work in the world of Extreme Architecture on ZR 22

Why the biophilic city of Curridabat Is The Sweetest City in the World with Irene García Brenes, Huberth Méndez Hernández was the focus for ZR21, sharing a powerful insight into what is possible through city plans that are truly connected to nature,

Zoe Cohen’s insights for ZR 20 were a much needed wake up call to the climate and ecological issues we face today, with perhaps the biggest issue being the danger that we think someone else will solver problems for us. Zoe posed two thought provoking questions – How do we take time out from problems to breath, re-energise and re-focus (once again mindful sustainability!) and What in 2030 would we like to be proud of achieving? With respect to solutions, Zoe highlighted the Project Drawdown movement – and book that should be on everyones desk.

In summarising ZR 19 I used keywords Mindful. Vitality. Transparency. Reciprocity. Human-Nature Connectivity. Seva … in business and in design …to which I would now add Love, reflecting our regenerative journey and bonds made over the episodes to date.

ZR History

Here is an ongoing summary of the zoom regeneratives to date. We have some amazing guests lined up for the rest of 2020 – and then into 2021 I am sure ZR will continue to thrive. See end of list for details on accessing a wonderful regenerative-rich library.

Anna Williamson (Host)
Zoe Cohen – What makes a Climate, Environment, Ecology, conscious citizen?

Joey Pringle – Vegan based regenerative business
Sonja Bochart – Mindful Biophilia

Philippa Birch-Wood – Thrive
Martin Brown – Healing the Future

Latin America Special hosted Victor Montero with insights shared from
Raul de Villafranca: México
Eduard Müller: Costa Rica
Lydia Singh: Trinidad & Tobago
Thais Corral, Brazil
Huberth Méndez, Costa Rica
El Manzano, Chile.México
Eduard Müller: Costa Rica
Lydia Singh: Trinidad & Tobago
Thais Corral, Brazil
Huberth Méndez, Costa Rica
El Manzano, Chile.

Sat Kaur, The space between:Director
Sylvie Verinder Plastic innovative recycling

Coming back, remembering and re-awakening our connection with earth
Aus / NZ Special with
Claire Bowles – Guest Host,
Caroline Pidcock – Architects Declare, Australia
Tricia Love – Living Building Challenge NZ
Alison Page introducing Wellama video
Lara Hunt Designing for Country in Aus and Ireland
Paul Humphreys / Charissa Snijders – Unision Network Project

Victor Montero – Costa Rica Regenerative Road Map,

Anna Williamson – Doughnut Economics – a critique
Martin Brown – Just what are regenerative economics in the built environment?

Guest Host Daniella Arbeu – Brazil with
Carolina Piccin – MateriaLAB Brazil – Circular Economy and Life Cycle Thinking
Iysn Shino – Nordhavn: Copenhagen’s Sustainable Future

Terry John (UK): Lighting for Health
Barbara Jones: Natural Materials, Strawbale Construction and Cureden Valley Park Visitor Center

Jeannie Bellini US – Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburg, (Case Study)
Maria Smith (UK)- Climate Change Economics, Architect Climate Action (ACAN)

Andrea Learned (Seattle) – Bikes4Climate
What If: Imagining a Regenerative City: An Introduction to RESTORE and RESTORD

Andrew Brown (UK) – RegenCycle a new look at city transport
Ana Dias (UK) – Material Transparency through Declare
Roberto Lollini (Italy) – Regenerative Interior Environments

Astrit Nixha (Kosova) Klan Kosova TV Studio, Prishtina Circular Economy Case Study
Andres Roberts (UK): Bio Leadership

Clara Bagenal George: LETI London Energy Transformation Initiative
Jon Khoo: Interface Climate Take Back

Melissa Sterry (UK):Panarchistic Architecture: an exploration
Scott McAulay (UK):Anthropocene Architecture School – educating future climate leaders
Living Futures 20 – An update from the premier regenerative building LF20 conference (Martin, Carlo)

Kara de los Reyes (UK):An expoloration of space
Michelle Holliday (Canada): Thrivability
Samara Croci (US): sustainability communications a fashion perspective

Paul Wilkinson (UK) Digital Built Environment
Virginia Cinquemani (UK): discusses her latest book Sustain Able
Jelena Brajkovic (Serbia): Explores Neo-Nature

Earthday Special
Toby Diggens, Devon, England: Rewilding
Carlo Battisti, Bolzano, Italy: Living Building Challenge
Daniella Abreu, Brazil: Renewing Sustainability

Where it all began … episode one kicked off on April 14th with a general regenerative introduction:
Martin Brown, regenerative ‘voices’ and themes.

Recordings, presentations and discussions were recorded and share with those who registered on each episodes. Plans are to create a suitable platform to share the rich information across ZR 2020. Watch this space – and if you would like to get involved please get in touch.