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!
“You’re nothing but a damn coward,” the local police captain barked at me sitting in the bar. In stunned silence, I realized he was right. The owner had decorated this small bar with a mixture of western artifacts and “early slum” furniture, and that late afternoon, I sat there sipping my beer anxiously awaiting aContinue reading Regenerative Development and Public Policies
A few weeks ago, I was sitting in my office on campus, searching for poems to share with my Ecopsychology students. My goal was to find some literature that could bring the nonhuman natural world to the forefront of the mind in a way that data, charts, and statistics do not. In my search, IContinue reading The Salience Impact: Environmental Experience and Identity
Humanity’s collision with planetary boundaries requires a radical rethink of economic theory and practice. Economics as taught, and used by politicians, is littered with myths and half-truths. This is not a failure unique to economics as a discipline. But the power of economics compels politicians and many other economic actors to base their decision-making onContinue reading New Story, New Economy
Earlier this month, there was an Op-Ed piece in The Denver Post about the Ink! Coffee posting a sign outside their Denver store. The sign read, “Nothing says gentrification like being able to order a cortado,” on one side of the placard, and the other side read, “Happily gentrifying the neighborhood since 2014.” Because there’s nothing inherentlyContinue reading Happily Gentrified?
Everything is changing. Except us. We remain the complex, creative, courageous, fearful, insular but remarkable creatures we have always been. It is the world around us that is morphing at warp speed into a future we only dimly imagine.
Many people now agree that sustainability has failed to provide the transformational vision needed to propel significant innovation in the evolution of cities. The concept of regenerative development has captured the imagination of those seeking a pathway to more culturally vibrant, environmentally resilient, and equitable cities. This vision puts people, prosperity, and planet into interactionContinue reading What Are the Enabling Conditions for Regenerative Development?
The first decade and a half of the 21st century has produced a rapid shift in our understanding of the seemingly intractable problem of global climate change. While emissions reduction is still a worthy goal, we now know that regenerating the Earth’s natural systems is the only way to truly re-balance the carbon cycle. TheContinue reading Regenerative Development: The Only Viable Response to Global Climate Change
Regeneration makes me think of generations, the generations that we label and identify based on their experiences, the wars they lived through, the justice they fought for, the technology they grew up with.