Zoom Regen

Background

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 20 episodes later, these values and principles still run very true through zoom regenerative. I am continually delighted by ZR guests sharing of 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.

Next ZR

ZR21 (Registration Here)
Why Curridabat Is The Sweetest City in the World with Irene García Brenes, Huberth Méndez Hernández, Roxana Solorzano Alvarado and others.

Most Recent ZR’s

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.

ZR20
Anna Williamson (Host)
Zoe Cohen – What makes a Climate, Environment, Ecology, conscious citizen?

ZR19
Joey Pringle – Vegan based regenerative business
Sonja Bochart – Mindful Biophilia

ZR18
Philippa Birch-Wood – Thrive
Martin Brown – Healing the Future

ZR17
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.

ZR16
Sat Kaur, The space between:Director
Sylvie Verinder Plastic innovative recycling

ZR15
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
and
Alison Page introducing Wellama video
Lara Hunt Designing for Country in Aus and Ireland
Paul Humphreys / Charissa Snijders – Unision Network Project

ZR14
Victor Montero – Costa Rica Regenerative Road Map,

ZR13
Anna Williamson – Doughnut Economics – a critique
Martin Brown – Just what are regenerative economics in the built environment?

ZR12
Guest Host Daniella Arbeu – Brazil with
Carolina Piccin – MateriaLAB Brazil – Circular Economy and Life Cycle Thinking
Iysn Shino – Nordhavn: Copenhagen’s Sustainable Future

ZR11
Terry John (UK): Lighting for Health
Barbara Jones: Natural Materials, Strawbale Construction and Cureden Valley Park Visitor Center

ZR10
Jeannie Bellini US – Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburg, (Case Study)
Maria Smith (UK)- Climate Change Economics, Architect Climate Action (ACAN)

ZR09
Andrea Learned (Seattle) – Bikes4Climate
What If: Imagining a Regenerative City: An Introduction to RESTORE and RESTORD

ZR08
Andrew Brown (UK) – RegenCycle a new look at city transport
Ana Dias (UK) – Material Transparency through Declare
Roberto Lollini (Italy) – Regenerative Interior Environments

ZR07
Astrit Nixha (Kosova) Klan Kosova TV Studio, Prishtina Circular Economy Case Study
Andres Roberts (UK): Bio Leadership

ZR06
Clara Bagenal George: LETI London Energy Transformation Initiative
Jon Khoo: Interface Climate Take Back

ZR05
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)

ZR04
Kara de los Reyes (UK):An expoloration of space
Michelle Holliday (Canada): Thrivability
Samara Croci (US): sustainability communications a fashion perspective

ZR03
Paul Wilkinson (UK) Digital Built Environment
Virginia Cinquemani (UK): discusses her latest book Sustain Able
Jelena Brajkovic (Serbia): Explores Neo-Nature

ZR02
Earthday Special
Toby Diggens, Devon, England: Rewilding
Carlo Battisti, Bolzano, Italy: Living Building Challenge
Daniella Abreu, Brazil: Renewing Sustainability

ZR01
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.