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By Daniel C. Wahl

Sustainability alone is not an adequate goal. The word sustainability itself is inadequate, as it does not tell us what we are actually trying to sustain. In 2005, after spending two years working on my doctoral thesis on design for sustainability, I began to realize that what we are actually trying to sustain is the underlying pattern of health, resilience and adaptability that maintain this planet in a condition where life as a whole can flourish. Design for sustainability is, ultimately, design for human and planetary health (Wahl, 2006b).

A regenerative human culture is healthy, resilient…


Introducción del libro ‘Semillas: Somos la regeneración’

Últimamente se pueden escuchar muchas conversación sobre ‘regeneración’. El enfoque ya se ha aplicado a temas como ‘culturas regenerativas’, ‘liderazgo regenerativo’, ‘agricultura regenerativa’, ‘empresas regenerativas’, ‘comunidades regenerativas’, ‘economía regenerativa’, ‘educación regenerativa’, y ‘diseño regenerativo’. Hasta el ‘turismo regenerativo’ y la ‘moda regenerativa’ ha llegado la exploración de esta manera de trabajar. Nos estamos preguntando cómo crear ‘organizaciones regenerativas’ y como el ‘desarrollo regenerativo’ ofrece una nueva manera de trabajar y llegar “más allá de la sostenibilidad”.

Me siento corresponsable en haber impulsado este discurso cultural en varios países y contextos. La publicación de Designing Regenerative Cultures en 2016 en el…


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“True innovation occurs when things are put together for the first time that had been separate.”

— Arthur Koestler and John Smythies (1969)

The third horizon gives us a long-term guiding vision and invites us to expand the time horizons we are thinking in [more on the 3 Horizons pathways]. In the search for a sustainable and desirable future we would do well to remember the wisdom of many traditional cultures that thought in much longer timeframes than our fast-paced modern culture. Many traditional cultures took important decisions with future generations in mind. Most of our current decision-making on the…


For an introduction to the 3 Horizon framework start here

It is useful to classify H2 innovations into two categories. The first category is called H2 minus. H2- innovations change the technology employed and therefore disrupt ‘business as usual’ temporarily but without leading to a profound systemic transformation. The second category is H2 plus. H2+ innovations offer a bridge to H3, leading to a structural change and transformation of the system in question.

For example, providing power to the national grid via large-scale wind-farms is on the one hand part of the H2+ strategy of moving towards a 100% renewable energy based system, and on the other hand an H2…


To date one of the best publication on the role of design in creating diverse circular economies (Source)

First published in ‘Circular Asia’ 2021 #3

Very important work has been done over the last decade to take industrial ecology and the circular economy into the mainstream. A lot of credit has to be given to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. At the same time, it needs to be highlighted that the cascading of material and energy flows in small and fast and large and slow cycles is a core pattern of ecosystems and the biosphere. For most of our history as a species we managed our household (economy) based on understanding these patterns of nature (ecology). Bioregionally adapted ‘circular economies’ are nothing new. They are the…


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Preocuparse por la Tierra y por el futuro común de la vida no requiere ninguna forma de espiritualidad motivada por el altruismo, una vez que somos conscientes de la interdependencia sistémica de la que depende nuestra supervivencia. La motivación que necesita la gente inteligente y consciente para transformar “lo mismo de siempre” puede ser simplemente una forma de interés propio bien entendido. Una vez que empezamos a practicar el cuidado de otros (humanos y otras especies) de la misma manera que nos cuidamos a nosotros mismos, empezamos a darnos cuenta de que la experiencia de un yo separado es una…


My Profile on Patreon

With deep gratitude to my supporters on Patreon

Almost a year ago, on April 1st 2020, the uncertainty and changed situation due to the pandemic pushed me into setting up a profile on Patreon to ask those who can afford to for support of my ongoing work. I had resisted this move for some time and also still keep my Medium posts of their rather frustrating paywall scheme (introduced after I joined the platform). I want the material I put out to be freely accessible to all who take and interest, and — as you can imagine — the social media curation, interviews, articles, and research going into…


Prof. David W. Orr presenta un libro de reconocimiento internacional

Las culturas no se diseñan de arriba a abajo sino que en la mayoría de los casos crecen de manera orgánica de abajo a arriba. Intentamos entender los distintos acontecimientos a través de las lentes de la historia, de la sociología, de la antropología y, después del paso del tiempo, de la arqueología. A pesar de que las culturas no se pueden diseñar como algo completo y coherente, hemos adquirido la habilidad de diseñar partes como el sistema bancario, el sistema educativo o el próximo bloque de pisos. Sin embargo, las cosas que se crean así están principalmente hechas a…


A guest post by an elder of bioregional regeneration (Part 2 of 3)

The article below was written by David Haenke over many iterations starting in 1986 around the time when he helped to organise the first North American Bioregional Congress. It has not just historical but more importantly conceptual and practical significance to the growing impulse of bioregional regeneration around the world today. In a recent interview (see videos below) with David I spontaneously offered to ‘host’ three of his most important pieces of writing on my Medium blog as a means for him to share them more widely…


Interser (Imagen)

La práctica del pensamiento sistémico es la práctica del pensar sobre el mundo através del concepto de un sistema (Checkland, 1981). Puede ayudarnos a hacer más comprensibles las interacciones dinámicas complejas y puede conformar iniciativas sabias y acciones adecuadas. La práctica de mirar a un conjunto de participantes y asus relaciones y de definirlas como un “sistema” crea un marco dentro del cual podemos formular preguntas más profundas sobre las estructuras y los comportamientosque influencian estas relaciones. Al definir un límite del sistema no estamos aislandoeste “sistema en cuestión” de todos los demás, sino que estamos creando un marco para…

Daniel Christian Wahl

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

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