If you would like to start at the beginning of the series, An Economy of Place Part I starts here. This one is quite a long read.
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By 2050, the UN estimates that 70% of all people will live in cities — up from 55% today. Although the growth of cities was first seen in Europe and North America, more recently it is Asia…


HOW DO WE CREATE REGENERATIVE TOURISM DESTINATIONS?

If you would like to start at the beginning of the series, An Economy of Place Part I starts here.
If you are interested in learning more, a 12 week participatory course
Power of Place for tourism destination professionals is now open for enrollment.

Although we haven’t quite yet finished the part of this series which looks at key issues that help us shift from extractive to interconnected economies, the time has come to take a sideways shift to look at some specific industries. …


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Activating citizen participatory democracy

If you would like to start at the beginning of the series, An Economy of Place Part I starts here.
If you are interested in learning more, a 12 week participatory course
Power of Place is now open for enrollment.

In Donella Meadows paper Interventions in Systems, she writes about buffers and stocks as stabilising forces in society. Mostly when we think about buffers and stocks we think about things like water reservoirs which hold excess rainfall and are used to serve the population in a region in times of drought. Or the stock of pasta and rice in our…


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From Extractive to Interconnected Economies — Developmental Trans-disciplinary Education

If you would like to start at the beginning of the series, An Economy of Place Part I starts here.

In part 3 and 4 of An Economy of Place I mentioned several times the fact that living systems are evolutionary and developmental, and that regenerative economies by design should therefore also be developmental economies — always seeking to lift people, place and planet towards the next stage of evolution and development.

Can you achieve such a transformation without starting with system of education and the culture of parenting that is so influential in setting the foundations of how we…


Thinking Like An Even Bigger Island

If you would like to start at the beginning of the series, An Economy of Place Part I starts here.

Bioregionalism is systemic approach to societal design based on the belief that human activity should be largely constrained by ecological or geographical boundaries rather than political ones. It’s also a recognition that our globalised economy that is so dependent on fossil-fuels is inherently unstable, unresilient, destructive and finite — in that it eventually depletes its own fundamental resource whilst destroying its own environment. …


Thinking in Questions | Potential not Problems | Think Like An Island

If you would like to start at the beginning of the series, An Economy of Place Part I starts here.

It is easy to be an armchair visionary and talk about re-designing the world according to living systems principles. It’s a lot more desirable to find ways in which to do it that the economic influencers of the age can adopt and apply. Given that I flunked every economics module I ever studied, I feel vastly under qualified to be writing about economics at all! But I am good at joining dots. …


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How close are the stewards of our places to a living systems paradigm?

When I think of place-based enterprises, I think of the management of regions, cities and towns, the design and construction of buildings and homes, destination management within tourism and leisure, and land-based businesses like estates, farms, marine reserves and national parks. But they can also be large brands whose places of work extend like giant spiders webs across the world, creating their own unique ecosystems. These are big fields to study but there are common threads to most of them.

Urban Development. If we consider the process of design of a new urban development or housing development, what usually happens…


A tried and tested systemic process with 3.8 billion years of practice

If you would like to start at the beginning of the series, An Economy of Place Part I starts here.

In part 4 of this series, we shed some light on how the way in which we think — our paradigm of thought — affects the way in which we design our world around us. In this part we explore a new narrative, a new design model on which we can base future design for the places of the world.

If we agree that the dominant economic logic of the 20th century has been as mechanistic machine, peppered with some…


We Design The Way We Think — Understanding the story of separation in human history.

If you would like to start at the beginning of the series, An Economy of Place Part I starts here.

The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.
Marcus Aurelius.

The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
Albert Einstein

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old one obsolete.
Buckminster Fuller

Three quotes from three huge thinkers. All of which point us towards where transformative change really happens. So far in this…


Why Is Place Important to the emergence of a regenerative economy?

If you would like to start at the beginning of the series, An Economy of Place Part I starts here.

Places are living organisms that are all each completely unique. They are unique in biology, ecology, and geology. They are unique in their cultural heritage. In regenerative practice we describe places as having a unique bio-cultural identity and potential. Lisbon is different to London. The Bay of Plenty is different from the Bay of Biscay. Mallorca is not Madeira. Some economies are built on the heritage of the land like Russia and New Zealand, others on pivotal geological and political…

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Activating social & environmental purpose. Designing strategic narratives for change. Creating space for impossibly difficult conversations. Inspired by nature.

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