"Generative ownership designs are about generating and preserving real wealth, living wealth, rather than phantom wealth than can evaporate in the next quarter. They’re about helping families to enjoy secure homes. Creating jobs. Preserving a forest. Generating nourishment out of waste. Generating broad wellbeing."
— Marjorie Kelly, Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution
"To move from a zero-sum culture (win-lose) to a non-zero-sum culture (win-win) necessitates widespread collaboration in assuring that nature also wins (win-win-win) and wins first, as she is the provider of the abundance upon which we depend. Only if we collaborate in creating a healthier, diverse, vibrant and bio-productive planet, will we be able to create regenerative cultures where nobody is left behind and everyone wins."
— Daniel Christian Wahl, Designing Regenerative Cultures
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Key Concepts of This Category
The concepts 'regenerative' and 'generative' are often applied in writings about desirable futures for the economy, for culture and for society.
Generative is often contrasted with Extractive following the writings of Marjorie Kelly (q.v.) The term "generative" seems to be used mainly to indicate that a practice generates new resources, or more generally grows things. It is not specified what kinds of things are generated, so it can be applied to an economic practice, that may or may not be applied to natural systems.
"Regenerative", for example as used in "regenerative agriculture" has more of a flavour of restoring a system to a state where it operates in a naturally generative way. Regenerative agriculture would, for instance, be concerned with restoring and improving the health of the soil, and subtle, complex systems like fungal mycelium in woodlands; with restoring or increasing beneficial biodiversity.
It could be said that regenerative approaches include but are not limited to the related concept of rewilding, popularised by George Monbiot. Wikipedia defines rewilding as "large-scale conservation aimed at restoring and protecting natural processes and core wilderness areas, providing connectivity between such areas, and protecting or reintroducing apex predators and keystone species." Thus it minimises the importance of humans other than to undo the damage they have done.
Regenerative Economics can at first sight look dubious, with quotes like the one from our Regenerative Economics and Wikipedia: Regenerative economic theory: "Regenerative economics is an economic system that works to regenerate capital assets." However the next sentence goes on to explain that "A capital asset is an asset that provides goods and/or services that are required for, or contribute to, our well being." and thus the scope extends beyond conventional economics. This fits with the statement of Daniel Christian Wahl and Virginie Glaenzer: “A regenerative economy goes beyond sustainability and requires local collaboration and solidarity among individuals as co-creative participants.”
Useful Learning Resources
- Introduction to regenerative initiatives and movements by Daniel Christian Wahl
- Regenerative Resource Compilation, Ecosystem Graph | 7Vortex http://ow.ly/ws7E30lJEHq
- Earth Repair Radio: series of podcast interviews on regenerative approaches to earth and ecology, by Andrew Millison  Sample podcasts in the series:
- Investing in Regenerative Agriculture: includes over eighty interviews at June 2020  Sample podcasts in the series:
- Category: Economics (and its subcategories, listed there)
Pages in category "Regenerative Approaches"
The following 71 pages are in this category, out of 71 total.
- Generative Complexity
- Generative Design
- Generative Feedback
- Generative Internet
- Generative Justice
- Generative Mechanisms Transforming the Social Order
- Generative Ownership
- Generative Somatics
- Generative Values
- Generative vs. Extractive
- Generative vs. Extractive Ownership
- Gregory Landua on Regenerating the Planet with Cryptocurrency
- Gregory Landua on the Role of Blockchain in Regenerative Agriculture
- Re-Generation Project
- Regenerating a Carbon Drawdown Economy Through Reverse Mining and the Blockchain
- Regenerative Agriculture
- Regenerative Capitalism
- Regenerative Co-Housing
- Regenerative Culture
- Regenerative Design
- Regenerative Development
- Regenerative Economics
- Regenerative Enterprise
- Regenerative Growth
- Regenerative Networks
- Regenerative Qualities
- Regenerative Supply Webs
- Reparation Ecology
- Research Alliance for Regenerative Economics
- Reverse Mining
- Rhamis Kent on Permaculture's Solution to the Refugee Crises