designing regen cultures

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(2016) by Daniel Wahl


272 – included in acknowledgements (don’t think i’ve ever seen such a long list): joanna macy, rupert sheldrake, paul hawken, frances moore lappé, helena norberg-hodge, jane goodall, barrett brown, michel bauwens,

forward – david orr


cultures are not designed from the top down as much as they grow organically from the bottom up..

so why even use the word/action .. design..?

thinking undisturbed ecosystem.. ‘in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows

even if cultures cannot be designed as whole and coherent things, we have acquired a  knack for designing parts like the banking system, the ed system, or the next high rise development

ie’s of cancer

ie: supposed to’s.. of school/work.. money (any form of measuring/accounting)

foreward – graham leicester


the danger is that unless we marry these two conditions, expansive exploration and anxiety to reach a conclusion, both equally present in most of our lives, we risk devoting our energies to finding perfect solutions to he worn problem

taleb center of problem law..

a problem deep enough.. (for 8b people to resonate with today)


daniel captures the dual task well (of transformative innovation) in the central question in his book: ‘how do we keep the lights on, avoid revolution and turmoil, keep children in school and people in work, yet sill manage to fundamentally transform the human presence on planet earth before ‘business as usual’ leads to run away climate change, a drastically impoverished biosphere, and the early demise of our species?’

dang.. kids in school? people in work..? whales in sea world don’t regen ..they perpetuate a broken feedback loop via structural violence



what matters urgently is that we do come together to have convos about what future ewe want for humanity

yeah.. i don’t know if that’s the best route.. i think today.. we have means for a better way.. ie: 2 convers as infra via tech as it could be..

we need more revolution of everyday life.. than planning the future together in some (democratic ?) gathering.. ie: curiosity over decision making

i began the new millennium w a promise to myself to listen more deeply; to listen into why so few people were stepping up to the necessary transformation ahead; to listen into why they were behaving as they were, how they saw the world, why so many of their stories ended w ‘that’s just how it is’ or ‘that’s just human nature’..

because.. we’re whales in sea world.. from the supposed to’s.. of school/work

i also promised myself that i would pay special attention to the knid of questions we might have to ask ourselves on our long learning journey towards a more sustainable, regen, and thriving future

how about.. what are you curious about today..  how about we just facil daily curiosity of/for 8b people ie: cure ios city.. aka: augment our interconnectedness to get us back/to an undisturbed ecosystem.. ‘in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows

this book is about what i have learned from deep listening and living these questions..  it explore how we might live our way rather than know our way into the future, how we might stop chasing the mirage of certainty and control in a complex and unpredictable world..

what i’ve seen (2018 update/restate) from quiet enough ness

 1 – living the questions: why change the narrative now?


rainer maria rilke (1903): ‘have patience w everything unresolved in your heart and do try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. the point is to live everything. live the question now. perhaps then, someday in the future, you will gradually, w/o even noticing it, liver you way into the answer



in order to enable transformative innovation to unfold its creative potential we need to redesign the financial and economic system at all scales from local to global.. but the most up stream transformation that has to take place before we set out ot ‘redesign the human presence on earth’ is to deeply question our way of thinking, our worldview and our value system..

yeah.. deep enough to let go of measuring.. let’s try/code money (any form of measuring/accounting) as the planned obsolescence.. ie: ubi as temp placebo.. because we need to dthis firstfree art-ists.. for (blank)’s sake.. ie: there’s a nother way

i believe a profound cultural transformation is already on its way. humanity is waking up to the complexity of the challenges ahead. a new kind of individual and collective leadership is emerging in business, civil society, and governance..

yeah.. i’m thinking that clinging to (whales in sea world) ideas like: leadership, business, civil ness, and governance.. are all signs we haven’t gone/listened deep enough


many of the questions and solution we are working on are based on erroneous assumption about our real priorities and true needs.. we would do well to follow einstein’s advice and *spend more time making sure we are getting the question right before we rush into offering solutions what will only prolong business as usual or patch up the symptoms of a system that is based on **erroneous assumptions and will continue to fail until we initiate deeper changes by asking deeper questions

yeah.. but the focus isn’t change.. or even ‘right’ questions.. (just getting the question – that’s in each heart.. everyday.. no right or wrong.. no judgment.. just gut/itch).. it’s listening deeper.. (like your 21st cent promise).. it’s 8b people listening to their gut everyday.. w no agenda.. not even how to fix the climate or how to get better questions or

**ie: supposed to’s.. of school/work.. making us all whales in sea world


question are invitations to convos in business boardrooms, community groups and in institutions of governance..

yeah.. we don’t need invitations to convos.. we just need to have them.. with ourself first.. everyday.. and then the gatherings follow from that..

we have this all backwards.. it’s not about figuring out how to be together in a space.. it’s figuring out who should be together in a space.. so that the how is natural and not man made (ie: hosting; invited vs invent ness; dave’s campfire analogy; et al)

let’s focus on curiosity over decision making

questions are ways to build bridges between these diff sectors and between the diff disciplines that compartmentalize our knowledge

rather.. questions curiosity is a way to make these sectors/disciplines irrelevant


(on people saying.. we don’t have time for the questions.. to question assumptions) simply doing the wrong thing righter will no longer suffice. we need to question basic assumptions, world views, and value systems, paying attention to what serves humanity and life and what doesn’t

spot on.. but rather than as a group collab of questioning.. we need to just start doing that 8b .. one at a time.. in solitude.. each day.. that is the new way (we don’t need to redesign it first – unless you want to call setting people free via 2 convers as infra a redesign)

comparing notes.. coming to consensus.. getting together to ask deeper questions.. et al.. that’s what got us here..

also by rilke – via rilke love one another law page:

I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other. For, if it lies in the nature of indifference and of the crowd to recognize no solitude, then love and friendship are there for the purpose of continually providing the opportunity for solitude. And only those are the true sharings which rhythmically interrupt periods of deep isolation.

let go

dthis firstfree art-ists.. for (blank)’s sake.. ie: there’s a nother way


we have to change our cultural narrative, and we can do so thru culturally creative convos that are triggered by asking deeper questions.. by living the questions, we will begin to see, think and live differently, and by living differently we can bring forth a different world..

living the questions come from literally doing that.. ie: 2 convers as infra .. not by triggering collective convos with deeper questions (this is what i’ve experimented with).. outside of solitude ness (we keep missing authenticity.. and so .. attachment)


world views are created and transformed by paying attention to how we shape experiences and reinforce perspective thru the words and metaphors we use

yeah.. i’m thinking ‘shaping experiences and reinforcing perspectives thru words‘ is how we got to and keep perpetuating whales in sea world.. not alive human beings.. not alive life


paul hawken: ‘these ideas include the need for radical social change, the reinvention of market based econ..  radical transparency in politics and corporate decision making..’

not radical enough.. not roots radical.. let go.. of money (any form of measuring/accounting).. of decision making ness..


something new and miraculous wants to be born. as arundhati roy said ‘another world is not only possible, she is already on her way. on quiet days i can hear her breathing’.. if we take the time to get the questions right..

yeah.. we just need time/space to listen deeper.. we have the means today for every day to be quiet.. enough.. let’s do that (ie: tech as it could be).. it’s not about getting the questions right (who’s deciding what a right question..?)

roy another world law

(on eisenstein’s more beautiful world) what are the deeper needs underlying my perceived needs

maté basic needs


who is my community, what is my role,

that changes daily.. best to not focus on that.. assume us all as one.. swimming as one.. thurman interconnectedness lawwhen you understand interconnectedness it makes you more afraid of hating than of dying – Robert Thurman

undisturbed ecosystem ‘in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows


oikos – the role of ecology is to provide a deeper understanding of life’s household including humanity’s participation in it..


combining oikos w nomos which means ‘rule’ or ‘law’ indicates that the role of economy is to establish appropriate rules for the ‘management of the household’

ugh.. i don’t buy that.. i don’t think the household (or anybody) should be managed


the good news is that, since we invented the rules of economics, we can re invent them

rather.. the good news is that, since we invented the rules of economics, we can do without them

ecology is the study of the healthy functioning and the continuous change and adaptation of ecosystem and the biosphere these dynamics are not open for political discussion and compromise

nor are they open for rules..

we can and must create economic rules that let us share nature’s abundance collaboratively and incentivize business and communities to continuously regen the basic resources we depend on

if we think we have to incentivize.. we’re doing it wrong..

let go

free art-ists

broken record.. but what we can/need to do is get back/to an undisturbed ecosystem..‘in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows

all of us, when we spend our money, do our work, educate our children, elect our political reps and participate in our communities, are making ourselves accomplices in the status quo until we choose to act consciously as ‘cultural creatives’ – (ray & anderson)


change starts w us.. it starts in convo w our neighbours, colleagues, friends and communities.. by asking deeper question and being willing to live them: what kind of world owe want to leave for our children and children’s’ children

wrong focus (as are other 4 questions – why war, why allow econ, why let political leaders, how meet everyone’s needs).. we’ll never get back to us.. if we don’t just start living our fittingness.. determining some kind of world we’re going to leave.. is a distraction.. we have to trust that if we are all alive.. we’ll leave/live the better world.. focus on being alive.. authentic.. everyday..

for that.. we need to have convo with self first.. everyday.. (questions/answers/wisdom/whimsy already in us – listen to/for that)..


question like these invite us to think systemically over longer time scales and to pay attention to relationships and context, rather than rushing for quick answers and silver bullet solutions

questions like these are a distraction/poison/cancer

let go.. re\set

art (by day/light) and sleep (by night/dark) as re\set.. to fittingness

werner heisenberg: ‘what we observe i snot nature herself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning’

aka: whales in sea world



in order to befriend uncertainty, we need to let go of our need for prediction and control..t

indeed.. huge.. let go.. (i see ‘appropriate participation’ as control)

carhart-harris entropy law.. predict\able ness.. control.. et al

undisturbed ecosystem ‘in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows

due to radical interconnectivity.. systemic interactions and feedback loops, causality is more often than not circular rather than linear..

not even circular.. good by cycle.. the beautiful/alive/craved solution/answer/question/definition.. not linear/circular.. x-d glasses needed..

we have to come to grips w the fact taht knowledge and info, no matter how detailed, will remain an insufficient and uncertain basis for guiding our path in to the future. we will increase our chances of *success if we have hr ewisdom and humility to embrace our own ignorance, celebrate ambiguity and befriend uncertainty..

taleb antifragile law.. et al..

and.. let go of chasing *success.. just let whatever happens .. happen

2500 yrs ago.. pericles: ‘we may not be able to predict the future, but we can prepare for it’

a distraction..

let go of prep..


which cultural, social, tech innovations and transformation will help us bring human activity and the planet’s life support system into a mutually supporting regen relationship ..?

this this.. i wish you could hear me.. this: tech as it could be..

ai humanity needs most: augmenting interconnectedness

all we need.. as long as we don’t cave into part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake..  there’s a nother way


in biology of love humberto maturana writes: love is our natural condition, and it is the denial of love what requires all our rational efforts, but what for, when life is so much better in love than in aggression.. love needs not to be learned, it can be allowed to be or it can be denied, but needs not to be learned, because it is our biological fundament and the only basis for the conservation of hour human beingness as well as our well being

love one another


if we achieve this ‘momentous leap’ (graves, 1974) in human self awareness, what lies ahead of us is the promise of a truly regen, collab, just, peaceful and equitable human civilization that flourishes and thrives in its diverse cultural and artistic expressions while restoring ecosystems and regen-ing resilience locally and globally..

eudaimoniative surplus.. why leap

e.o wilson (1986) inspired by erich fromm (1956) suggested that human beings as expression of he process of life have an innate tendency to be attracted to all living beings..  he called this love for life and attraction towards other life forms biophilia..



so far, most evidence of the healthy evolution of human consciousness and personal development (graves 74; wilber 2001) indicates that nobody is born w a holistic and planetary consciousness and full awareness of the co arising of self and world..

yeah.. i don’t know.. i’m thinking we all are.. ie: not yet scrambled ness.. it’s just that we instantly turn ourselves/others into whales in sea world.. via the supposed to ness.. of school/work et al


ts eliot: we are distracted from distraction by distraction, filled w fancies and empty of meaning..

indeed.. distraction..ness

sinek’s start with why..



the practice of living the questions together starts by frequently asking yourself and others: are we asking the right questions? which questions will help us make wiser decisions..

yeah.. i think this is a distraction.. i see living the questions as listening to and facil-ing daily curiosity.. not continually asking if we’re doing it right.. or for some goal ie: decision making

and i think this is a huge difference.. if we want to get to global equity.. to an undisturbed ecosystem.. to eudaimoniative surplus.. to fittingness.. if we want to get to the root of our basic needs


if we are not asking the right questions, it is very easy to get confused w the diversity of answers on offer

and too.. we get distracted by focusing on one/some right question\s.. (ie: how do we belong, who are we, what are we here to do, sustainable design solutions, why are we worth sustaining.. i don’t think those get us to fittingness .. perhaps better to just focus/listen-for daily curiosity


in thinking about the implementation of sustainable solutions we have not only to consider the limited availability of certain key materials but also the energy required to develop and deploy these solutions

maybe not.. maybe if we focus (listen for) on fittingness (something deep enough for 8b to resonate w today) .. we’ll consume/use just enough to always have enough


complexity science can teach us that as participants in a complex dynamic eco-psycho-social system that is subject to certain biophysical limits, our goal has to be *appropriate participation, not prediction and control..


isn’t *that prediction and control..?

the best way to learn how to participate  appropriately is to pay attention to systemic relationships and interactions, to aim to support the resilience and health of the whole system, to foster diversity and redundancies at multiple scales and to facil positive emergence thru paying attention to the quality of connections and info flows in the system. this book explore how this might be done

dang.. sounds so manufactured..

we have to trust that 8b living in fittingness.. would be enough.. but fittingness can’t be manufactured.. designed.. and 8b people paying attention to end goals (ie: resilience, health of whole system; diversity; quality; et al) will be a compromise/distraction/disturbance to an undisturbed ecosystem.. ‘in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows

how do we create design, tech, planning and policy decisions that positively support human, community and environ health?

2 convers as infra via tech as it could be..

let go

2 – why choose transformative over sustaining innovation


another kind of disruptive innovation not only makes older techs obsolete but initiates a process of transformation that leads to co’s innovating a whole new way of doing business and providing service and value

rather a process of transformation that renders co’s, business, service, value, irrelevant/obsolete/whatever

let go

try/code money (any form of measuring/accounting) as the planned obsolescence

ie: ubi as temp placebo..


it is this kind of transformative innovation (christensen’s transforming w/o business as usual) that is particularly of interest to us – how do we keep the lights on , avoid revolution and turmoil, keep children in school and people in work

dang.. listen deeper.. supposed to’s.. of school/work.. keeping us whales in sea world

yet still manage to fundamentally transform the human presence on planet earth before ‘business as usual’ leads to run away climate change, a drastically impoverished biosphere and the early demise of our species

not by keeping children in school and people in work

how do we keep the basic needs met while we are preparing and experimenting w the kind of transformational change that will make ‘business as usual ‘ obsolete and offer a qualitatively diff alt..?

1\ go deeper on the basic needs.. the 2\ try this: a nother way .. not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake

3 horizons framework

too incremental.. happy someone’s working on it.. but thinking restate/update 7.18:

because of our interconnectedness:

i believe that partial freedom is no freedom.. (ie: none of us are free if one of us is chained) and ..

i believe today we have the means to unchain all of us in sync/leap

[i think all our part\ial initiatives/efforts are keeping us from the sync we need for global freedom/equity .. i think we keep getting distracted/disjointed by irrelevants (money/measuring/et-al) necessary to maintain/incentivize the partial ness.. and if i’m wrong.. thankfully.. there are plenty of amazing people/initiatives/efforts going that route]


what are the unmet real needs that are obscured by the perceive needs we are focusing on

maté basic needs


time banking is one way to unlock the flow of mutual support between people an orgs in a given region..

not really.. we have to let go of any form of measuring/accounting if we want alive people


since people themselves are the real wealth of our communities and societies, how can we invite them to contribute their skills, knowledge and passion to meeting community needs

we don’t invite people to contribute.. to meeting needs.. et al.. (work as solving other people’s problems is cancer/distraction/energy-suck) .. we need to set people free.. truly.. unconditionally free.. because if people are truly free.. they can’t not do/be their art.. and alive people doing/being their art is the energy we need most

let’s do this firstfree art-ists.

for (blank)’s sake

a nother way


how can we promote reciprocity and generosity (giftivism) as pathways to deeper trust and mutual respect between people

1\ don’t promote anything..  2\ reciprocity/giftivism.. poisonous to trust/fittingness/eudaimoniative surplus/undisturbed ecosystem

let go

mufleh humanity lawwe have seen advances in every aspect of our lives except our humanity– Luma Mufleh

3 – why do we need to think and act more systemically


there is more to life than a ‘theory of everything’ that reduces the awe inspiring diversity, creativity and beauty surrounding us to a series of abstract mathematical equations.. we live in networks of relationships defined by qualities that make life worth living. most qualities escape quantification and mathematical abstraction. *we need to acknowledge and value multiple perspectives and find way s to integrate their different contributions into a framework of thinking that can inform wise action

*that totally sounds like quantification and math abstraction.. equationing/predicting/controlling life..

let go

we also need way s to evaluate and compare diff perspectives

why..? why evaluate and compare.?

science might not offer us the ‘objective’ picture of reality we were taught in school,


but it remains a powerful method of inter subjective *consensus making and constitutes a fairly reliable basis upon which to act.. more so, say, than the opinion, intuition or **spontaneous insight of  a single individual – in most but certainly not all cases..  let ourselves be informed by both, as and when appropriate

public consensus always oppresses someone

if we wish to be alive.. we should be ***swimming in **spontaneity

mapping.. helps .. us to act more wisely in the face of uncertainty

wow.. maybe i’m not understanding what you mean by regenerative.. sounds more like repeating

let go

an obvious ie of our systemic myopia (nearsightedness, lack of imagination, foresight, or intellectual insight) *is how many decision makers focus only on ‘rescuing the ‘econ’ by driving econ growth..

rather.. is how we focus on decision makers/making


bateson believe that ‘the major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think’

science of whales in sea world et al


4 – why nurture resilience and whole system health


dh lawrence: ‘oh what a catastrophe for man when he cut himself off from the rhythm of the year, from his unison w the sun and the earth.. that is what is the matter w us.. we are bleeding at the roots.. ‘

roots of healing

in 1986 the who’s (world health org) ottawa charter’ listed a series of conditions and prereqs for health.. these included: ‘peace, shelter, ed, food, income a stable ecosystem, sustainable resources, social justice and equity’

really just need 2.. let’s focus on that.. ie: thinking we need ed, work, justice.. has totally messed with us


how can we return to living w/in the limits

2 convers as infra.. via tech as it could be.. could get us back/to an undisturbed ecosystem

5 – why take a design based approach


first ie’s are: medium of exchange (monetary system); school; sustainable civilization; ..


money/exchange; school; civilization; ..

let go


stakeholder groups.. costs of externalities..


culture evolves in *convos that help us question assumptions, eval our perspective, consider other pov, inquire into meaning and find shared valued and intentions..  these shared values/intentions form the basis for us to engage in co designing our collective future.. the mere act of engaging in transition design convos w others is culturally creative.. by learning from multiple perspective, we learn to co create deeper systemic understanding. we begin to co design our future together and thereby **contribute to the emergence of regenerative cultures

let go of *convos to question assumptions (aka: meetings) because we keep just tweaking the same broken loop.. try daily curiosity over decision-making/designing

i’m thinking that co designing future **contributes to the broken feedback loop we’ve been cycling around (not emerging) on for ages

6 – how can we learn to better design as nature

holmgern indigenous law.. et al – let go of designing and listen deeper

undisturbed ecosystem..‘in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows


we need humility to use tech wisely.. living questions as means to access collective intelligence

tech as it could be.. about listening.. not about intelligence

let go


how can we design feedback loops at the appropriate scale into our human systems so we can stay adaptable and resilient in a changing environ

2 convers as infra.. but less about being ‘appropriate, resilient’ more about being/fittingness


how can we combine the best of modern tech, science and cultural expression w the guiding wisdom of traditional, indigenous cultures

eagle and condor ness (careful of words like: cultural expression, traditional cultures, guiding wisdom, ..)

2 convers as infra..


how can we learn to listen more deeply to our own inner wisdom

2 convers as infra..

facil daily curiosity with self-talk as data

ie: cure ios city

7 – why are regen cultures rooted in cooperation


the community of organism in an ecosystem – w its diverse roles, multiple redundancies and quick feedback loops – is interwoven into networks w/in networks to optimize the health, resilience and adaptability of the system as a whole. we have a lot to learn form this pattern of org. it is the pattern that defines regen systems capable of self org

i don’t think there’s a pattern to learn from.. i think we just have to listen better.. to what our gut tells us every day.. every second..

thinking there’s a pattern.. a guide book.. is a huge part of why we’re in the mess we’re in now

‘in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows

the transition towards a regen culture requires the redesign of our communities, businesses, systems of governance, and how we meet everybody’s basic needs in ways that learn form these patterns of org of ecosystems..

perhaps rather than a redesign.. a letting go.. and shedding.. an uncovering.. of what is more basic than what we keep calling basic.. ie: maté basic needs.. so that we realize there is no pattern.. only alive living..


andreas weber: ‘the biosphere is not cooperative in aa simple, straight forward way, but paradoxically cooperative symbiotic relationship emerge out of antagonistic, incompatible processes.. this metaphysics of economics and nature, however, is far more revealing about our society’s opinion about itself than it is an objective account of the biological world..

before we can explore how to redesign our industries, agri, the econ and the way we do business .. we have to raise awareness of how our understanding of bio and econ has for a long time been based on a series of blinkered assumptions and limiting metaphors..

yeah.. science of whales in sea world.. let go



buckminster fuller: ‘to make the world work for 100% of humanity i the shortest possible time thru spontaneous cooperation w/o ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone’

perhaps key is in the spontaneous coop.. not planned/designed coop.. you could call 2 convers planned/designed infra.. but the data used for connections/cooperations is from spontaneous/daily curiosity.. nothing you can plan/design/pattern


much of our day to day behavior and cultural activity is structurally determined by our monetary and econ system. their redesign is a crucial enabler of the transition towards a regen culture..

redesign .. or.. letting go.. ie: money (any form of measuring/accounting) as the planned obsolescence.. ie: ubi as temp placebo..


rather than creating a medium of exchange and a store of value that incentivizes appropriate participation in the life sustaining processes of the biosphere, we have created a monetary and econ system that drives the systematic exploitation and destruction of healthy ecosystem functioning

mediums of exchange and incentives and appropriate ness.. et al.. also ‘drives the systematic exploitation and destruction of healthy ecosystem functioning

let go


the practice of ‘commoning’ – to collaboratively hold a natural or cultural resource as a ‘commons’ – is a way to collab in safeguarding the fits of nature and culture that people share in a particular place and that humanity shares collectively..a regen culture will value and responsibly steward the bio cultural commons we all depend upon

if we truly want to regen.. we need to get back/to common\ing as a way of life.. not just in.. all interconnected.. so all share all.. sans man made ideas of property/ownership et al


hardin stressed that ‘every new enclosure of the commons involves the infringement of somebody’s personal liberty’.. ye this work has since been used to justify more enclosure of the commons thru privatization and strict govt reg.. this process continues today

tragedy – not common\ing

elinor ostrom.. demo’d that ‘communities of individuals have relied on institutions resembling neither the state nor the market to govern some resource systems w reasonable degrees of success over long periods of time

elinor – not yet common\ing

in recent years.. upsurge of interest in commons based collab econ.. david bollier’s  and p2p foundation .. david: ‘a commons arise whenever a give community decides to manage a resource in a collective manner, w special regard to equitable access, use and sustainability’..

david – still not yet common\ing

p2p commons manifesto

importantly the commons is not simply a resource but ‘a resource plus a defined community and the protocols, values and norms devised by the community to manage its resources..’

thinking this is a major reason why we haven’t yet gotten back/to common\ing yet.. let go of the managing part

creating regen cultures will critically depend on our ability to collab in managing local, regional , and global resources collectively.. we need to learn the art of commoning..

step 1: stop trying to manage things (aka: let go)


how can the practice of ‘commoning’ offer a scale linking way to manage the gifts of nature and culture collectively

only if we let go.. to be truly common\ing.. sans conditions/management et al

ie: just facil daily curiosity  ie: cure ios city.. via 2 convers as infra

undisturbed ecosystem..‘in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’ –Dana Meadows

vasilis kostakis and michel bauwens have explored what mature, commons based peer production w/in a collab econ model might look like..

haven’t yet explore enough..

vasilis, michel, ..


vandana shiva explore how the narrative of separation is a kind of ‘eco apartheid’ that causes human being to be at war w the earth and each other.. .. dr shiva argues that we have designed hunger into the system via international trade agreements formulated under the control of multinational corporations..


how will we move from a system based on privatizing the earth to respecting the integrity of the earth’s ecosystems and ecological processes

a leap .. w a detox embed.. ie: 2 convers as infra


what would a truly regen business look like

dang.. from talking commoning to talking business..


atlee: ‘if individuals cooperation they can generate collective intelligence’

yeah.. i think we miss the boat when we think intelligence plays a major role.. ie: we then think we need people to cooperate.. on something.. rather than just to be a part (the part they are ongoingly supposed to be) of our interconnectedness/dance

undisturbed ecosystem ‘in undisturbed ecosystems ..the average individual, species, or population, left to its own devices, behaves in ways that serve and stabilize the whole..’

conclusion – regen cultures are about thriving together


buckminster fuller: ‘you never change things by fighting the existing reality. to change something build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete’

money (any form of measuring/accounting) as the planned obsolescence.. ie: ubi as temp placebo..  a nother way


steve jobs: ‘the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do’

not ridiculous



jean russell had the inspiration to start a collective inquiry into the meaning of a word w transformative agency: thriving..  thrivability



education for eco and social literacy will play an importan role in spreading the understanding that we are participants in a fundamentally interconnected physical, chemical, biological, ecological, social and psychological process.. by living the questions together we can begin to educate each other in our communities and businesses about how to participate appropriately in this process and nurture our capacity to access collective intelligence and wisdom

let go of the intelligence/appropriate-ness thread.. if we truly believe in interconnectedness.. training/educating is irrelevant/cancerous

all the understanding we need.. is already in us.. let’s focus on uncovering that..

let’s do this firstfree art-ists.

for (blank)’s sake

a nother way

we have to re invent education as a process that inspires everyone

the only education we need is to get us back to the process of drawing out what’s already in us.. ie: cure ios city

we don’t need to inspire people.. we just need to return their shells.. set them free.. and trust that/us

can do that now.. via tech/mech that listens to every voice.. everyday.. and uses that as data to augment our interconnectedness .. get us back/to us

i think we keep saying/using education as a means to keep our jobs.. because we don’t know what we’d do w/o them.. and that scares us


new models that make the existing ones obsolete are already taking sharpe..

i hope you’re right.. but i haven’t seen any yet.. we haven’t yet let go enough for that to happen


on designing regen cultures

Daniel Christian Wahl Thank you ones again for a thought invoking piece written with clarity, everyone should read your work, thank you

Original Tweet:

What is Life? — A Regenerative Community – nov 2019 – 2 min read

Regenerative practice is about unleashing the potential of people in place by listening deeply into the story the land and its people want to tell. It is about finding ways to manifest the unique bio-cultural essence of each locality in ways that meet human needs while enriching and healing the wider biological community we are embedded in.

That is my commitment to the future. That is my practice of repatterining the future in the now: to mindfully practice living as an expression of life as a planetary process; to bring daily awareness to conscious participation in life’s regenerative community.

ie: tech as it could be.. to augment interconnectedness.. via 2 convers as infra