Article 1, Part 5

By Beatrice Ungard and Ben Haggard (with the Regenerative Economy Collaborative)

Photo by Suzanne D. Williams on Unsplash

States of Development

Investment Ready

To even begin a process…


Article 1, Part 4

By Beatrice Ungard and Ben Haggard (with the Regenerative Economy Collaborative)

To get caught up, start at part one.

Curitiba Brazil, from Max Pixel

Phase Two: Leading Systems Change


Article 1, Part 3

By Beatrice Ungard and Ben Haggard (with the Regenerative Economy Collaborative)

To get caught up, start at part one.

A Three-Phase Approach to Building Place-Sourced Community Intelligence


Article 1, Part 2

By Beatrice Ungard and Ben Haggard (with the Regenerative Economy Collaborative).

To get caught up, start at part one.

Valle de Bravo, Mexico by Alejandro Linares Garcia on Wikimedia Commons

The Hazards of Conventional Economic Development


Article 1, Part 1

By Beatrice Ungard and Ben Haggard (with The Regenerative Economy Collaborative)

Photo by Carlos "Grury" Santos on Unsplash

In this series of four articles, we explore several practical applications of regenerative theory to local or regional economic development. The first article offers a general description of the approach, along with some of its theoretical underpinnings. The second addresses a grassroots process, with informal leadership provided by community members. The third looks at a more formal planning process within a municipal system led by its governing body. The fourth looks at a process originating within the business community. …


Everywhere I look, I see savvy, well-intentioned, and highly dedicated individuals and organizations (businesses, nonprofit, institutions, foundations, governments) working very hard to address the complex, multi-sector social, ecological, and economic challenges we face. I wonder if the progress in addressing these challenges is proportional to our efforts, not to mention our spending.[i] Certainly poverty, homelessness, climate change, pollution, and loss of ecological diversity, to only name a few, are complex and systemic issues; they are wicked problems and adaptive challenges that do not have simple fixes or solutions. So how might we address them? From a regenerative perspective, a powerful…


Photograph: Long awaited bloom 2018 © Bryan Ungard

Originally published on LinkedIn on April 19, 2018.

Despite many decades, thousands of books, articles, seminars, and consultants focused on creating Learning Organizations[i], why do so few of them exist today?

A learning organization is defined as a group of people working together collectively to build capacities for achieving results they really care about[ii]. These organizations have five characteristics: 1) Systems thinking; 2) Personal Mastery; 3) Mental models; 4) Shared Vision; and 5) Team learning[iii]. While I might refine the meaning and purpose of these characteristics, they are overall good objectives. …


This piece is a slightly edited version of the presentation I made at the Regen18 conference in San Francisco on May 3rd, 2018, as part of a session on Harvesting the Wisdom of Networks.

The first ReGen conference was held in San Francisco on May 1st-4th; It gathered leaders in the regenerative field to explore ways to move beyond sustainability. The event included four tracks: Restoring the Earth; Regenerative Urbanism; Innovative Finance; and Networks of Networks. The participatory session on Harvesting the Wisdom of Networks was facilitated by Fyodor Ovchinnikov from the Institute for Evolutionary Leadership and began with two…


New London, CT. limulus (flickr), CC BY-SA 2.0

This article was first published by USGBC Los Angeles Chapter on June 22, 2017. The original can be found here: http://usgbc-la.org/blog/whats-your-citys-or-neighborhoods-vocation/

The idea that a city or a neighborhood has a vocation may sound strange as the concept is usually applied to humans, not places. Yet, the notion of a place’s vocation begins to make sense when you think of a place as a socio-ecological system that has the properties of a living system. All living systems have a vocation, realized or unrealized. Put this way, the notion of a place’s vocation becomes intriguing.

The places we love feel unique…

Beatrice Ungard

Facilitate the resolution of adaptive challenges and design purposeful and conscious organizations while focusing on the wellbeing of the whole ecosystem.

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