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Learning How to Live: Tools for The Regenerative Renaissance

My reflections and learnings from Tools for The Regenerative Renaissance. A course from Phoebe Tickell and Stephen Reid.

I’ve often struggled to grasp campaigns advocating for “Change”. Politicians and social movements use the word often in slogans and posters. To strive for change sounds to me like efforting to grow teeth. It’s going to happen whether you push for it or not. However, it seems we do have some serious power to adjust the processes and events wrapped up within that process of change. Whether it’s human-driven change or otherwise, the world is perpetually changing. As I live through shifting ecosystems, governance styles, social fields, public health procedures, and digital reality, it’s empowering if not necessary to be equipped with down to earth tools for staying afloat and thriving.

Imagine yourself standing on one of the inner circles as it spins around. If change itself is the whole graphic, the content of that change is represented by the circles. It takes balance and awareness not to fall off. Perhaps a rope and harness would be helpful.

I approached Tools for The Regenerative Renaissance from Stephen Reid and Phoebe Tickell with the intention of looking closer at new potential systems for living on Earth. The structures are emerging and hazy, but the 6-week synchronous online course brought more clarity than I had before. I’m currently embarking on a research journey of Regenerative Culture, Community building, and wisdom cultivation. I’m living the questions of:

Within these questions is a quest to transform a society-scale lifestyle of perpetual growth into something healthier. Can I give up the game and join the people? Or will I hold onto the system even tighter? Tools for The Regenerative Renaissance offered me many pragmatic tools for this quest to start living a different system.

In small-group conversation and lectures from guest speakers, the live sessions introduced me to an enormous quantity of projects, organizations and applicable tools aimed at navigating the territory of regenerative culture. We dove into agriculture & local economy, digital space, decentralized organization & leadership, co-operative ownership, and regenerative money. Between each weekly session, I took 3–4 hours to review, reflect and prepare for the next week. Here’s a taste of what I took from the course.

My key takeaways from each session:

1. Regenerative Agriculture & Thriving Local Economies 🌱

2. Digital Tools for Collective Intelligence 💻

3. Decentralized Organizing & Horizontal Leadership 🕸

The sauce of horizontal organizing is sharing and practice (i.e., doing it often).

4. Co-operative Ownership 🤝

5. Regenerative Money 💱

The Regenerative Renaissance is fuzzy and undefined — it’s emerging, decentralized, collective, iterative, impermanent, holonic, organismic. It is a whole, living system.

General takeaways:

Pragmatically speaking, this course presented me with a bunch of new life-design templates and tools. All of a sudden the question of “how should I live?” is met with some new possibilities. I can fund regenerative projects on cryptocurrency; I don’t have to own everything I use; I can participate in social media without being a product of big tech; I can receive a passive basic income; I can access Internet and energy with little-to-no dependency on monopolizing corporations:+)

I’ll leave it there, and encourage you to join an upcoming cohort of the course :)

Tools I’ve actually started using:

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Joshua Glass

Nature connection. Participatory design. Creative process development. Meditation.