Jorge Arrango reviews ‘Designing Regenerative Cultures’

OCTOBER 24, 2017

Notes on a book by Daniel Christian Wahl

Symptoms of systemic strain are becoming clearer every day: unprecedented weather events, growing economic inequality, political dysfunction, etc. Many of these issues can be attributed to a culture that has drawn hard lines between ourselves, other beings, and our environment for hundreds of years.

Designing Regenerative Cultures is an impassioned plea for awareness of our interbeing — one-ness with each other and our surroundings — and for a more systemic approach to making and measuring the effects of our actions in the world. The book offers frameworks and models for a more holistic approach to design towards the creation of truly regenerative systems.

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Wahl uses questions as a rhetorical device to encourage deeper exploration, and lists of such question-prompts are present throughout the text. For example:

These lists of questions are the heart of the book. They’re an open-ended invitation to examine our own design practices in light of our urgent need for a different approach to being in the world. The questions, plus the models, frameworks, and references to a wide body of work by researchers and practitioners in regenerative disciplines make this book a valuable resource as we pivot towards a more responsible design practice.

This review was originally published by Jorge Arango on his website.

Jorge Arango, is an information architect and strategic designer. I partner with product, design, and innovation leaders to create digital places that make people smarter.

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

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