Regenerative Development Aims

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Pattern page for Regenerative Development Aims pattern
This is a (well) beyond-sustainability rewrite of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), recast through the lens of a regenerative paradigm and explicitly applying the 7 First Principles framework representing a vision of a world where humanity thrives by weaving itself seamlessly into the web of life.

Critique of SDGs

The critiques of the SDGs and their stated targets are many, including that they are inconsistent, difficult to quantify, implement and monitor. More importantly that they are unsustainable, unachievable, and not aspirational. And, most critically, they reflect little if any understanding of the complex, interrelating dynamics of ecosocial living systems. They are not Life-affirming in their language.


What is being primarily addressed with the RDAs is the language utilized at various levels. The broader language of goals and targets imply some kind of finality to be achieved. Regenerative development implies a continual striving and aspiring -- taking our development beyond mere function, to re-generating our state of being as Humans (how we show up in the world) and our will toward a bringing about greater degree of wholeness, degree of aliveness and therefore, the possibility of tighter integration with the living web. Therefore, a more appropriate term, "aims" is used instead of "goals,"reflecting developmental pathways rather than some end point. Rather than listing randomly derived "targets," which are quantity-centric, non scalable, and often not applicable to communities that have already surpassed them, for each aim, we have proposed a set non-prescriptive pattern generators, to guide communities in developing their own pathways.


These Aims are aspirational. They assume we want a drastically different culture than the one now dominant. A new culture, starts with new language. At the level of each Aim, much care has been taken to recast the language that will guide our reintegration with living systems, now and into the future, and the promise of the potential of what being fully-Human implies. Indeed, they are thought experiments—exercises in imaging the highest-order potential possible. The pattern generators supporting each Aim are meant as guides and prompts for communities to design their own developmental learning pathways reflective of their own unique essence and their potential.

Each RDA respond directly and deeply to the question: What does it mean to be whole? Whole human beings, whole communities, whole societies and cultures capable of continually regenerating a mutually-beneficial relationship with whole web of Life…


1. Abundance for all

2. Food and material abundance

3. Whole health and well-being

4. Lifelong, developmental learning

5. Radical participation

6. Perennial flow of freshwater

7. Community-sourced renewable energy

8. Genuine wealth and right livelihood

9. Living infrastructure

10. Self-organizing bioregions

11. Human ecosystems

12. Place-sourced primary production

13. Great warming

13a. Atmosphere and climate

13b. Biosphere and biodiversity

13c. Lithosphere and carbon cycle

14. Aquatic ecosystems*

15. Terrestrial ecosystems*

16. Humanization*

17. Planetization*

[* pending]

Ordering & Usage

Ordering Structures Usage Modes
  • Pathways (aim-pathway-practice)
  • aim


Initiatives: -none-

Resolution of Forces & Use Cases

Activating Force: SDGs are immensely problematic for many reasons. They also set the bar impossibly high (as in eliminate poverty) or ridiculously low (climate action).
Restraining Force: Creating a bridge from SDGs, from a regenerative perspective, so that existing framework serves as entry point.
Reconciling Force: RDA version 2. A radical rewording, that maintains a parallel structure to SDGs.

Utilization & More


About Utilization Tab...

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Interventions expressing Regenerative Development Aims pattern:


About Process Tab...

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Patterns associated to Regenerative Development Aims Process Pattern:


About Narratives Tab...

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Narrative elements created from Regenerative Development Aims:


About Essence Tab...

The Essence tab allows for anyone in RKC to comment on what makes a pattern unique along three different dimensions:
   Aliveness: What energizes this being that really makes it come alive, beyond the functional of everyday existence.
   Offering: The unique value a pattern offers in order to bring a higher-order of viability and vitality to, or evolve a particular system they are working to transform (this is context specific).
   Potential: A tendency in a being that this pattern is continually striving to manifest into existence.
Over time, this feature can offer deeper insights to what each pattern brings to this co-creative space.

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