On September 15, Regenerative Future Planning - Bay Area brought together 70 people engaged in efforts to create a regenerative future - one that protects the planet while improving the lives of the beings (people & otherwise!) living on it. The event was co-produced by 10 Bay Area based organizations working in agriculture, finance, business and media.
Our desired outcomes were to strengthen the local network across sectors, refine our shared language, better understand each other's efforts, identify opportunities to collaborate, and discuss approaches for future coordination.
David McConville of Buckminster Fuller Institute shared a big picture overview of regeneration in literature and design. Jeff Hohensee of Natural Capital Solutions shared conclusions and next steps from the recent Regenerative Future Summit in Boulder, CO. After each short talk we split into breakout groups to discuss frameworks for regenerativity, and practices for building community in our industries.
Plans are now in the works for a next gathering!
I had a wonderful time meeting new people and was inspired at how many people are thinking about regenerativity in their industries and across society as a whole. I also had a productive lunch date afterward with Susan Silber, the director of the NorCal Community Resilience Network. I helped her with their nonhierarchical governance design. She connected me up with a list of fantastic local people to interview for the Bloom Podcast, as well as a videographer who wants to make short videos. I've heard many other groups had similarly fruitful post event networking lunches.
I had the honor of giving an end of session summary, and suggesting what next steps this group of people can take together to maximize mutual support:
What am I hearing?
What are our next steps? / What should we do to create mutual support among this group of people?
More next steps people suggested:
I'll close this blog with a fantastic graphic summary from Amanda Ravenhill of BFI:
Thank you to the co-producing organizations of this gathering: RASA: Regenerative Agriculture Sector Accelerator, San Francisco Permaculture Guild, Lift Economy, Regenerative Agriculture Foundation, Hummingbird Labs, Inquiring Systems Inc, Bloom Network, New Resource Bank, The Determined and Green World Ventures.
Blog post by
Magenta Ceiba, Bloom Bay Area, executive director of Bloom Network
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