Regeneration is a process by which people, institutions and materials evolve the capacity to fulfill their inherent potential in a world that is constantly changing around them. It is grounded in how living systems work and includes seven important qualities of regenerative processes: Wholeness, Potential, Reciprocity, Authenticity, Nestedness, Nodal Intervention and Development of Capability.
How can we develop a greater whole to build on existing capacity and potential. Wholeness is the opposite of approaching things as fragments or in silos.
What doesn't exist yet but could - based on the uniqueness or essence of individuals in a particular place. When you manifest potential perceived problems tend to dissolve.
How do we create mutual benefit where our exchanges create more vitality and productivity to the larger whole we are a part of.
What is essential or unique about every person, landscape, neighborhood, community or nation. How do we bring that essence forward.
All living things are made up of smaller systems and part of larger systems. Individuals living in neighborhoods within cities and bioregions - that co-evolve with their environment exchanging energies up and down between them.
Nodes are strategic points where an investment of effort produces transformative effects. Like accupuncture.
Development of Capacity.
Regenerative development depends on developing the capacity of all living things in a community or ecosystem. It works with what already is there and seeks to develop it into a greater whole.
REGENERATION AS A PHILOSOPHY
Regeneration represents a broad movement with core principles behind which is a body of scholarly work drawing on how living systems work and both indigenous and scientific wisdom. It can be applied at different scales (from individuals to a city), industries (agriculture, real estate, architecture, health), and organizations and businesses. Many even agree this is a deeply American idea, tracing it back to the Native American traditions that influenced the founding fathers' philosophy integrating Jeffersonian (agrarian) and Hamiltonian (market) thinking. It includes legal, finance, and ethics/values discussions on how we hold power, wealth, and control in the management of ourselves and of planetary resources. Regeneration is a way of thinking.
REGENERATIVE URBAN METABOLISM
Like organisms, different cities have different metabolisms. Through targeted improvements it is even possible for some elements of the city to become regenerative so that they restore parts of the degraded urban environment thus reversing damage to the biosphere. It suggests that the city organism can reduce its metabolic footprint (resource inputs and waste outputs) whilst improving its livability. *