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Regenerative development
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The field of Regenerative Development (RD) is a convergence of many fields, but in particular brings together permaculture and organizational development.
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Regenerative Development is a school of will (as opposed to a “school of thought”) that emerged in the 1990’s from the coming together of various fields aimed at spiritualizing and energizing the collective work of systems evolution.


Permaculture is fantastically good at organizing physical spaces and the biodiversity that generates high degrees of biological aliveness; however, it definitively falls short at personal and organizational development, within the human (anthropo-social) realm.


The field of Regenerative Development (RD) is a convergence of many fields, but in particular brings together permaculture and organizational development. It was introduced in the mid 90’s by Regenesis Group as a whole-systems design approach, in order to infuse more vitality (aliveness) in their work with people, places and the living systems these belong.


RD strives towards continual realignment of human activities with the ongoing regeneration of life, as we simultaneously develop our potential as Humans.

Twofold Aim

RD aims to (1) reverse the degeneration of ecosystems caused by human activities; and, (2) design a built environment and human systems that can co-evolve with natural systems to amplify the overall expression and resilience of life in and from each unique place.


The praxis of RD is grounded in a deep understanding of the wholeness and interconnected nature of living systems (social and biotic), their complex and emergent co-evolution (ongoing), and particularly, the self-healing and self-organizing capacities of life – capabilities that RD seeks to restore when missing or disrupted in ecosocial living systems.


The role of RD is to discern which nodal points, whether people or more-than-Human beings, in a living system to work with in order to realize system actualization--greatest systemic potential.Our work is to enable them to grow their own capacity. We activate their will (and our own) by creating and continually regenerating fields of caring and commitment among all involved AND simultaneously up-leveling our being state and our thinking.

Two-fold Calling

RD works at the intersection of understanding and intention to (1) enable our capacity to see ourselves and our place from new and multiple perspectives that allow for the rich complexity of evolving living systems in our places to emerge and (2) build the will and systemic thinking capabilities required to create new modes of being in, and relating to, the world that are in harmony with living systems.

Summary of RD Principles

We can only regenerate places, people and things by simultaneously co-evolving along with them toward a higher order of complexity. We do so by drawing out their unique essence (the source of their being), vocation (true calling) and role in service to the larger wholes they participate in. All regeneration is sourced from place; place-sourced development doesn’t just happen in a place, it evolves from it. As change agents, we work developmentally—from potential—applying nodal interventions to enable the capacity for caring (caring capacity) and mutualism in those we work with.

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   Potential: A tendency in a being that this pattern is continually striving to manifest into existence.
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