Zoom Regen


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,

Some 24 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

Next ZR

We Re-Zoom for 2021 on January 12th (Details and Registration info here soon)

Most Recent ZR’s

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.

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