ACTIVATING THE REGENERATIVE ECONOMY THROUGH COLLABORATIVE STORYTELLING
Take a close look and you will see it. The emergence of the Regenerative Economy is unstoppable, and it is happening all around us. Against all the odds, and in these uncertain times, we see networks of individuals, enterprises, and projects self-organizing to regenerate our human communities and the natural systems upon which all life depends. The Field Guide tells their stories.
— Susan Arterian Chang, email@example.com
A SAMPLING OF FIELD GUIDE STORIES...
UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF PLACE IN THE BRANDYWINE VALLEY
A course at Schumacher College in South Devon, England, on bioregionalism and the story of place led Mark Phillips to examine how Pennsylvania's Brandywine River Valley has been shaped by human habitation.
PHILADELPHIA'S CIRCLE OF AUNTS AND UNCLES
…are friends turned collaborators who provide social and financial capital to businesses that create community self-reliance.
HOW KATE POOLE INVESTS TO HEAL
A young woman of inherited wealth shares her talents as a comic artist to illustrate why she is channeling her inherited wealth to fund the innovative projects led by communities that have been the victim of an extractive economy.
BED-STUY FRESH & LOCAL
A new-generation corner grocer with a big heart brings healthy, affordable foods to its neighborhood, and converts to a worker ownership.
A storm resiliency project on Staten Island that will be engage a community whose economy and natural systems have been damaged, not just by a superstorm, but by the march of "progress."
WholeTrees© Architecture and Structures has engineered a visceral-delight-inspiring way to use small diameter trees in construction, creating a path for the forest products industry to thrive in a regenerative economy.
BRONX COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
A promising exemplar of truly regenerative, scalable economic development in progress, blending the intuitiveness of a community’s grassroots with more formal systemic approaches to building lasting community wealth and well being.
KING GROVE ORGANIC FARM
Hugh Kent strives to strike a balance between making a living and regenerating the land from which he earns that living. He is converting a farm that had been in his family for generations from conventional citrus to organic blueberry cultivation.
GRUPO ECOLÓGICO’S “PATI” RUIZ CORZO
Pati Ruiz Corzo's story of a remarkable adventure and spiritual quest in Mexico’s Sierra Gorda, and of a not-for-profit that has empowered impoverished farmers and ranchers to assume the role of regenerators of one of the world's most biodiverse regions.
THE DRIFTLESS, WISCONSIN
Geography is destiny in a landscape that is both a place of refuge and inspiration for creatives, and that nurtures a remarkably diverse co-operative economy.
The Bendigo Community Bank Model—part franchise, part cooperative—has helped recirculate capital into local economies and empowered communities to reshape their futures through a unique grant-making structure.
P6 COOPERATIVE TRADE MOVEMENT
The Principle 6 Cooperative Trade Movement is a growing network of retail and producer food cooperatives that is exploring creative ways to support a just and healthy food system and to encourage conversations around it.
THE ALDO LEOPOLD FOUNDATION
As environmentalists and economic justice advocates search for common cause, Leopold’s early articulation that the health of the human economy rests on the health of the land has particular resonance today.
VIROQUA FOOD COOP
A P6 Trade Movement member, this coop works to connect owners and consumers with the value of small, local, and cooperatively produced food.
MATILDA ESSIG’S OUTDOOR CANVAS
Painter, illustrator, and photographer Matilda Essig invites us to stop, look, listen, and engage our imaginations with the “sheer beauty of life forms” as expressed in her own work, and the work of the artists she reveres.
In the summer of 2012 and 2013 a group of college students and recent grads bicycled across America to visit cooperatives, to hone their own cooperative skills, and to reimagine the country they were about to inherit.
GRUPO ECOLOGICO’s MARIO DAVID PEDRAZA
Grupo Ecologico’s Mario David Pedraza works with the farmers and ranchers of Mexico’s Sierra Gorda to reconnect with the culture of their native soil, regenerate their land and enrich their lives through the practice of permaculture and holistic management.
FIRST GREEN BANK
When seasoned banker Ken LaRoe set out to found a bank that would match his values he didn’t know how those values would deepen and expand as he embarked on a "regenerative finance" journey.
A UK "community interest company" grows mushrooms on a small scale by capturing waste streams from breweries and cafes in Totnes.
LOPEZ COMMUNITY LAND TRUST
A cooperative, affordable-housing community land trust incubates entrepreneurialism and land stewardship on an island of breath-taking natural beauty off the coast of Washington State.
A custom grazing business follows the holistic management practices of Allan Savory and generates real wealth over the long term while restoring grasslands and improving their carbon sequestration properties on a vast scale.
BRONX COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
Guided by a deep intention to discover the essence of the people, resources, and place of the Bronx, BCDI enables members of a New York City community, judged one of the poorest by financial wealth standards, to co-create their regeneration.
A remarkable experiment in cooperative-ownership and anchor-institution-based “green” job creation in Cleveland’s inner city unleashes the energy of workers to become actors in history in their own lifetimes.