This workshop challenges the degraded and now ubiquitous concept of sustainability. Once the province of innovative policy leaders, the idea of sustainability has been hijacked in a new generation of greenwashing. Through an exploration of the Rio Earth Summit 2 and other emerging trends in the public, non-profit, and private sectors, this workshop will propose that Regenerative Development, a concept far beyond mere sustainability, is the path forward for commerce and the commons. Through interactive dialogues, debates, and in a design studio environment, you will learn how to develop a new grammar to invigorate your advocacy for progressive businesses and innovative community development.
Concepts of complexity science along with foresight and innovation will be used to highlight real-world stories of organizations pursuing the new frontier of Regenerative Development. Come prepared to have your assumptions and settled beliefs challenged, and to co-create the foundations of a new economy at system level. This workshop is open to business executives, artists, educators, community activists, clergy, and engaged citizens searching for the frontier of the engagement economy.