Commencement ceremonies at Regis University over the first weekend in May signaled a new chapter for all of our graduating students, but also gave faculty members an opportunity to reflect on the prior academic year before diving headlong into a summer dedicated to scholarly pursuits and relaxation. As I look back on the 2017-2018 academicContinue reading The Urban Jungle: More than Just Concrete
One of the dimensions in Western civilisation’s relentless march towards “development” has been the increasing scale of our agriculture – not just a larger footprint needed to feed our growing population, but also the larger machinery, tilling larger tracts of land, and employing fewer and fewer farmers. In Australia, the average size of a broadacreContinue reading Urban Agriculture: Could Regenerative Cities Feed Themselves?
A popular quote that has made the rounds in recent years has been Peter Drucker’s claim “If it cannot be measured, it does not exist”. Spin-off iterations have followed along similar lines: “if it cannot be measured, it cannot be managed”. Implied within this is the proposition that, as a society, we place a valueContinue reading Measuring Regenerative Development: Thoughts on the Possibility of Regenerative Metrics
People are frugal in guarding their personal property; but as soon as it comes to squandering time they are most wasteful of the one thing in which it is right to be stingy. — Seneca
As our lives are more integrated with computer technology, the more we need to understand the negative and positive impacts of computer technology on sustainability. There are some great things that computer technology can do to support sustainability. For example, motion sensors integrated with lights in homes and commercial buildings can turn lights off ifContinue reading Sustainability and Computer Technology
Life is by nature creative. Unlike mechanical systems, nature dis-solves her problems by moving on to new levels where the problems are no longer problems. This is at the core of leadership in living systems. There is no far-seeing operator driving. Every member plays its unique role in moving the whole forward.
Last week in BL 495 Research Literature in Biology, my students and I were reading, “The spandrels of San Marco and Panglossian paradigm: a critique of the adaptationist programme.” This classic paper by Steven J. Gould and Richard C. Lewontin was written in 1979 and essentially criticizes an idea in evolutionary biology that organisms areContinue reading The Importance of Connections and Redundancy in Ecosystems
One day an African fisherman had an American visitor join him on his small fishing boat. As they gently cruised the Atlantic ocean surface, the American visitor watched him catching one fish after the other, and watched him as he put the smaller sizes back into the ocean. The visitor asked him: ‘Why do youContinue reading Serving society rather than growth: Business in a wellbeing economy
Regenerative development calls for reimagining, reprioritizing, and reforming social, physical, and economic processes in ways that establish mutually prosperous, equitable, and healthy relationships for all. Likewise, taking up the challenge of addressing climate change requires a collective evolution of thought and action toward significant reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and bolstering of community resilienceContinue reading Climate Change: A Dangerous Phrase to Use in Some Circles
Sustainability is a buzz word that continues to be thrown around in businesses of all sizes and in all industries, but what exactly does it mean for the restaurant industry? Imagine a restaurant that runs on 100% renewable energy, produces no waste, captures and recycles water, supports and helps grow local farms, has a customerContinue reading Sustainability in the Restaurant Industry: Time to fire it up!