Thanks for sharing this link (and for the work you do!), Paul Baines.
I am part of the Regenerative Communities Network — which includes a growing number of regional-scale projects that strive to grow as bioregions. We have active, multi-stakeholder collaborations that we are associated with in the Buffalo/Niagara area that…
Your description of what you are inquiring into right now reminds me of an insight I gained while working on the framing of regenerative farming about three years ago — namely that the metaphorical extension of photosynthesis for use in solar panels was incomplete in a specific and hugely important way.
What we are talking about doing here is to weave a tapestry among privately owned land (it was partitioned for private ownership through 500 years of colonialism and industrial capitalism — this is legacy infrastructure to grow out of and beyond); national parks and bioreserves, land trusts, and cooperatives…
We might even say that it is a dream that MUST come true! There will be a lot of blood, sweat, and tears — alongside giggling, laughter, song, and dance — to make it happen all across the planet. ❤
I’ve done a lot of work on urban sustainability — and so far there are no examples of any city that has ever been regenerative. The thermodynamics of cities has been that increasing complexity within the urban area brings with it a corresponding reduction of complexity in all of the ecosystems that are brought under control by human management to…
Complexity science is a pretty big field now. I would even go so far as to say that most of climate science can be called an applied science of complexity (because the Earth System is a complex adaptive system with lots of interdependencies and dynamic feedbacks).
The pain in your writings shows that you could benefit from a bit more self-care. Perhaps ask yourself why you saw me as the other when reading this… it shows you struggle to find kindness and community.
I wish you well on your healing journey. And I am not your enemy.