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Living the Questions Together
Additional Resources - Chapter 7
the Navdanya network (p. 199)
the Water Institute, Brock Dolman (p. 205)
Agricultura Regenerativa Iberica
Regenerative Agriculture UK, and
The Essence of Permaculture can be downloaded
Patrick Whitefield and Martin Crawford
Trees for Life
The Wild Foundation
Society for Ecological Restoration
Peak Prosperity (p. 210)
economy for the common good
economics of happiness
CE100 initiative (p. 214)
Club of Rome
Ethical Markets Quality of Life Indicators
The Global Alliance for Banking on Values
New Economics Coalition (NEC)
New Economics Foundation
Global Transition to a New Economy (www.gtne.org)
The US Solidarity Economy Network
Alliance for Responsible Plural and Solidarity Economy
On the Commons
News and Perspectives on the Commons
Faircoin (p. 229)
Environmental Profit and Loss Account
the Circular Economy 100 Network
regenerative design (p. 240)
New Story Summit (p. 250)
The School of Lost Borders
PAUL STAMETS AND OTHER COMMITTED INNOVATORS (p. 207)
Paul Stamets distinguishes between four types of “mycorestoration”: i) mycofiltration ii) mycoforestry iii) mycoremediation and iv) mycopesticides. “Mycorestoration involves using fungi to filter water (mycofiltration), to enact ecoforestry policy (mycoforestry) or co-cultivation with food crops (mycogardening) […], to denature toxic wastes (mycoremediation), and to control insect pests (mycopesticides).” Paul adds: “Mycorestoration recognizes the primary roles fungi play in determining the balance of biological populations” (Stamets, 2005: 55). It is no surprise that Paul’s TED-talk has been voted the best green TED-talk by the US cable channel Planet Green. Paul is one of the most committed and passionate cultural creatives I know. Like the Lorax speaks for the trees, Paul speaks for the mushrooms, in service to humanity and to the old growth forest of the world. I recommend you let yourself be inspired by his work.
There are so many committed innovators and practitioners of regenerative agricultural practices and ecosystems restoration worldwide that we can be very hopeful that co-creating regenerative human cultures is indeed a possibility of our choosing. Hopeful examples range from the reforestation of the Highlands based on the 500 year business plan of the Scottish Charity’s Trees for Life to bring back the Caledonian Forest, to more than 40 years of Treepeople in Los Angeles working on urban watershed and urban community forest restoration, or the work of The Wild Foundation and almost 30 years of the Society for Ecological Restoration. We do have the know-how and experience to restore the world’s ecosystems and watersheds. We can create regenerative cultures that values ecosystems and planetary health. In 2002, I took part in the Restore the Earth Conference, organized by Alan Watson-Featherstone at Findhorn, when over 200 people from forty countries and six continents officially declared the 21st century the Century of Earth Restoration. Let’s continue to work for this vision for the sake of future generations and our own.
ECOLOGICALLY LITERATE PIONEERS
Walter Stahel, William McDonough, Michael Braungart, Janine Benyus, and Gunter Pauli have all contributed significantly over the last two decades to taking this bio-inspired approach to visionary business leaders. Their work has established and promoted a theoretical framework, a series of methodologies and many practical examples of the circular economy approach that we can draw on today.
EARTH LAW (p. 230)
Cormac Cullinan (2011) first published his Manifesto for Earth Justice in 2002. Vandana Shiva proposed Ten Principles of Justice, Sustainability and Peace that can guides us in creating Earth Democracy (2005). At the age of 91, Berry offered a revised version of the principles for jurisprudence (2006: 149-150). In 2010, Polly Higgins started a campaign for Eradicating Ecocide and published a book with that title (Higgins, 2010). The story of how she managed to initiate a UN-level dialogue about including ‘ecocide’ as a 5th international crime against peace is an inspiring account of the power of commitment and an individual’s potential for leveraging culture change.
The Gaia Foundation in the UK has supported the conversation about Earth law from its beginning, along with the Pachamama Alliance in the USA, Navdanya in India, and EnAct in Africa. There are now many other organizations supporting the implementation of rights of nature into local, regional, national, and international legislation. In the USA, the Community Environmental Legal Defence Fund (CELDF) was set up as early as 1995 to help communities protect their natural environments against people, institutions, corporations infringing on it.
In 2010, a gathering in Patate, Ecuador, brought together people from all over the world living the questions “why does nature not have right?” and “what if we redesign our legal systems to declare and enforce those rights?”. The result was the creation of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN). Encouraged by the state of Ecuador, in 2008, including rights of nature in its new constitutional document and the draft for a Universal Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth that had come out of an earlier gathering in Bolivia, GARN declared that “universal adoption and implementation of legal systems that recognize, respect and enforce Rights of Nature” is “an idea whose time has come” (GARN, 2010).
Breaking out of the human-centered limitations of our current legal systems by recognizing, respecting and enforcing Rights of Nature is one of the most transformative and highly leveraged actions that humanity can take to create a sustainable future for all.
Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (2010)
INSIGHTFUL BUSINESS BOOKS (p. 234)
For more than two decades, business leaders in need of inspiration have been able to resort to insightful books exploring the what and how questions of sustainable business. Most offer Horizon 2 perspectives and intimate a diversity of visions for Horizon 3. Here are just some of the many publications that helped take such insights into boardrooms:
Recommended Reading for Business Leaders
• Changing Course by Stephan Schmidheiny, 1992
• The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawken, 1993
• Factor Four by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Amory & Hunter Lovins, 1997
• Natural Step, by Karl-Henrik Robert, 1997
• Believing Casandra by Alan AtKisson, 1999
• Mid-Course Correction by Ray Anderson, 1999
• Natural Capitalism by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and Hunter Lovins, 2000
• Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, 2001
• Presence by Peter Senge, Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski and Betty Sue Flowers, 2005
• Green to Gold by Daniel C. Esty and Andrew S. Winston, 2006
• Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows, 2008
• Theory U by C. Otto Scharmer, 2009
• The Necessary Revolution by Peter Senge, 2010
• The Blue Economy by Gunter Pauli, 2010
• Reinventing Fire by Amory Lovins, 2011
• The Zeronauts by John Elkington, 2012
• The Up-cycle by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, 2013
• The Nature of Business by Giles Hutchins, 2012
• Holonomics by Simon Robinson and Maria Moares Robinson, 2014
• The B Corp Handbook by Ryan Honeyman, 2014
Some of these books focus more on business innovation and practice in the second horizon, while others explore the ‘future consciousness’ of the third horizon.
PIONEERING BUSINESSES (p. 240)
Many pioneering businesses and entrepreneurs are already exploring the vast potential for enterprise creation in service of regeneration through regenerative design. Apart from being a principal of the ‘Integrative Design Collaborative’ and ‘Delving Deeper’, Bill Reed also co-founded the Regenesis Group, a collective of regenerative design and planning professionals linked into the ‘Alliance for Regeneration’. Regenerative enterprises are active in landscape architecture (Regenerative Design Group), education (Regenerative Design Institute, Weaving Earth, Living Education), architecture, community planning and industry (Biohabitats, 7group, The International Living Futures Institute), and regenerative agriculture and food production (Intervale Center, Hermannsdorfer, Polyface Farm, New Forest Farm). The Rodale Institute, Holistic Management, and RegenAG all support the development of regenerative farm enterprises. Luckily, this list is far from complete.
COUNCIL (p. 257)
One of the organizations that has contributed significantly to promoting and sharing the practice of council is the Ojai Foundation in California. It has brought council to schools, hospitals, prisons, and into the boardroom of major companies. Jack Zimmerman and Virginia (Gigi) Coyle provide an excellent resource for exploring many different forms and applications in their book The Way of Council. In recent years some of the elders of the Ojai Foundation have helped to train a series of council trainers and council carriers in Europe and Israel, leading to the creation of the European Council Network. Taking part in a number of Gigi’s workshops and working with the community of council carries and vision quest guides has offered me inner sustenance and deep learning on my own path as an evolutionary activist.