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What would a regenerative economy be like?

Most of us were raised and educated within the cultural narrative of separation, which engenders scarcity, competition and alienation. We are carrying the habit of seeing the world in this way. Our worldview influences our judgement and behaviour. If we are willing to try on another worldview and perspective for size, we can often see connections and opportunities that we were blind to. All perspectives come with a blind-spot, hence we need to learn to value multiple perspectives as well as to question our own.

Regenerative cultures will facilitate the healthy personal development of a human being from ego-centric, to socio-centric, to species-centric, to bio-centric, and cosmos-centric perspectives of self. This means paying attention to how our culture and education system shape our worldview and value system . Organising principles and ideas are very powerful. Shifting to a new story of ‘interbeing’ requires us to change the organising ideas that shape our perception. Healthy development is based on a process of transcending and including — rather than opposing and entirely dismissing — previous perspectives and the organising ideas they were based on. …


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Loess Plateau, China (Image: The Environmental Media Project — Gracias a John D. Liu)

Traducido por Eva Calleja (original article by Daniel Wahl)

Ante múltiples crisis convergentes la humanidad se enfrenta al desafío de rediseñar esencialmente la presencia humana en la Tierra durante la vida de las generaciones vivas hoy. Daniel Wahl analiza cómo podemos empezar a transformar nuestro impacto humano desde la degeneración a la regeneración. ¡Si queremos, somos capaces de diseñar culturas regenerativas diversas adaptadas con elegancia a la singularidad biocultural del lugar! — The Ecologist online

Después de la generación de la postguerra llegó la Generación X, seguida por la Generación Y, los milenials, y la Generación Z, la iGeneración. Así que, ¿cuál es la siguiente? Crear un futuro viable para la humanidad en un planeta superpoblado en crisis requiere que todos nosotros colaboremos, entre generaciones, ideologías y naciones. …


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Image: Lena River Delta — Landsat 2000

As part of our Blog Series, Living the New Story at the Turning of the Year, Mattie Porte interviews Daniel Christian Wahl

What are the key lessons of this past year: socially, politically, ecologically and spiritually?

Socially, I realised how inadequate communication via technology is compared to being in the embodied presence of another human being or co-creating in community. At the same time I have been very grateful that such technologies exist. I also understood another dimension of the rift that runs through society. Too often broadly aligned people, who want to be of service to their community and to life, argue over nuances before celebrating their shared values and meaning. …


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Full Moon from the International Space Station

Un poema de Rainer Maria Rilke leído por Vandana Shiva, animado colectivamente por @elfuturoimposible y presentado por Daniel Wahl

Daniel Wahl, autor del libro “Diseñando Culturas Regenerativas“, del blog “Design for Sustainability” y organizador del curso de Gaia Education que inspiró en gran medida El Futuro Imposible, nos cuenta cómo el poema resuena en la actualidad y qué nos dice de nuestro futuro:

La primera vez que escuché el poema de Rainer Maria Rilke ‘Du Dunkelnder Grund’ fue cuando co-facilité una capacitación para educadores en ‘El trabajo que reconecta’ con Joanna Macy en las montañas al norte de Madrid en 2003.

En su carrera temprana, Joanna había traducido ‘El Libro de las Horas’ de Rilke de alemán al inglés. Durante nuestro curso, Joanna compartió este notable poema con su propia voz, que tiene la cualidad vibratoria resonante de una verdadera maestra del Dharma. …


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Bioregions of Europe (Source)

Scale-linking human systems back into the pattern of health

The coming decades will witness a fundamental transformation of the human presence and impact on Earth. We are at a bi-furcation point in our species evolutionary trajectory. It we continue on the path we are on we will create an increasingly technologically dependent species that aims to solve the problems of its own making by doing more of the same, thereby only exacerbating them until we hit the bio-physical limits of rising energy and materials demand.

The industrial growth society’s collapse is only part of the final expression of the era of empires — of power over rather than power with — that has been in collapse for the past few generations after its 5000 year dominance. …


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Vandana Shiva, environmental activist and food sovereignity advocate, gives voice to Rilke’s poem in our animated short film. Thanks Vandana!

A poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, read by Vandana Shiva, collectively animated by @the.impossible.future & presented by Daniel Wahl

The first time I heard Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem ‘Du Dunkelnder Grund’ was when I co-facilitated a training for educators in ‘The Work That Reconnects’ with Joanna Macy in the mountains North of Madrid in 2003.

In her early career, Joanna had translated Rilke’s ‘Book of Hours’ into English. During the training Joanna shared this remarkable poem in her own voice which has the resonant vibrational quality of a true Dharma teacher. I still remember how Rilke’s lines struck me.

Ever since, this poem has been with me, like a prayer. I have sat in many council circles and participated in many ceremonies, during which — out of silence and as if requested by the Earth herself — I felt moved to share this poem. …


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Bioregions Map (Image Source: Ecotrust)

If we want to create healthy economies that protect rather than destroy local ecosystems, we will need to rewrite international trade rules in ways that include the social and ecological costs of production and consumptions, as well as trade. We need to protect local economies from ‘cheap’ imports made possible by hidden subsidies, externalising true costs, and outsourcing production (exploiting international inequality).

Re-localising and re-regionalising economics — while maintaining international collaboration and fair trade — creates jobs and community resilience. …


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https://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/courses/postgraduate-courses/ma-regenerative-economics

Curated by Daniel Wahl for Schumacher College

I was a student on the MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College in 2001–2002. For the last 4 years I have been teaching on the MA in Ecological Design Thinking, and this year I started teaching on the MA in Regenerative Economics.

I only had one 2-hour conversation session with the students. We covered a lot of ground. I curated the reading list below based on my notes from that dialogue to offer the students pathways to dive deeper into the subjects their questions raised or my my answers referred to.

Sharing my recommended reading suggestions to the MA in Ecological Design Thinking led to a lot of positive feedback from around the world. …


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https://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/courses/postgraduate-courses/ecological-design-thinking-0

Daniel Wahl, Schumacher College, 2020

There are certain rhythms and recurring patterns that mark the passing of the years for me. Teaching on the MA in Ecological Design Thinking at Schumacher College is one of them. I have been teaching on the course for the last 4 years and really enjoy this regular reconnection with my own alma mater. The 18 months I spent at Schumacher College between 2001 and 2003 doing the Masters in Holistic Science and working as a volunteer and facilitator there were among the most transformative and intense period of my life so far. …


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Daniel Wahl in conversation with Alex Pryor

On September 10th, 2020, I had a great conversation with Alex Pryor who I was introduced to after my book launch tour in Brazil (2019). He and his wife have since visited Mallorca and we have become friends. When I recently watched a 2013 TEDx talk by Alex in Spanish I was struck how he was speaking about so many of the core messages — as I would see it — that I included in ‘Designing Regenerative Cultures’.

There is great alignment between my own work and his dynamic, systemic, flow thinking and the intuitive, heart-felt knowing he uses to guide his rational and systemic analysis of how a business can be of service to people and planet. …

About

Daniel Christian Wahl

Catalysing transformative innovation, cultural co-creation, whole systems design, and bioregional regeneration. Author of Designing Regenerative Cultures

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