It is the time for Bioregional Regeneration!
Radical Collaboration between people and places.
Ways to share resources.
Peer to peer exchange of know-how and knowledge.
Regeneration of ourselves through a deep and authentic connection with Mother Earth.
In recent years, many networks, organizations, coalitions, and collaborations have emerged to support regeneration at a bioregional and “landscape” scale. We believe we are at a moment when there is a need for and widespread interest in possibilities for “radical collaboration” so that these diverse initiatives can begin to function as a global ecosystem--one that can navigate the complexity of working across scales, across the private, public, and grassroots domains, and across the many interconnected systems where regenerative work is being imagined and enacted. The Summit offers an open and flexible invitation for participants to explore four connected contexts for this radical collaboration: How global networks can support one another How bioregions can support one another How funding innovation can support bioregional scale regeneration How we can support our emotional, physical and spiritual resilience as individuals grappling with the existential threats of the climate crisis, biodiversity loss, economic and social injustice, political fragmentation, and other dimensions of Collapse.
This scale of working maps itself onto existing places and landscapes in order to provide a meaningful and effective infrastructure for human-scale organising. Bioregions are an age-old organising principle that is being upgraded for the present age by many experiments taking place across the world. Out of that ferment of activity are emerging initiatives for environmental, social and economic regeneration that are place-appropriate.
This event is based in the gift economy, if you wish please give us a donation.
Invite people to engage throughout the Summit on a topic or activity you care about. Frame your exploration with background information, questions and/or activities, and a way to share outcomes. Your invitation will show up on the Summit network map where participants can indicate their interest and self-organize their engagement, with support from the Summit hosts and a team of “weavers.”
We are hosting this event on a "gift economy" basis. There is no "fee" to participate. Any contribution you wish to make will be most gratefully received. It is also fine to participate without contributing any money--your presence is the greatest gift of all! For those who have the means to make a financial gift, we are asking you to consider offering an amount that is meaningful to you. Our funding pool will provide support for the team that is putting in many hours of work on the design and hosting this event. We are grateful to the Lankelly Chase Foundation for their grant of £10,000 to support this work. We are seeking an additional $15,000 to fully cover our time and expenses. Assuming we have 300 Summit participants, 25% of whom do not offer a gift, we will need to receive an average $25, $50, and $125 from each of the remaining quartiles to achieve this goal.
The RCN is a global practitioner collaborative of bioregional networks along with individuals and organizations who share a commitment to place-based initiatives for environmental, social, and economic regeneration. Originally founded by the Capital Institute in 2018, the Network has been independent and managed by its members since the beginning of 2021. After a period of inwardly focused planning and organizing, this Summit represents the beginning of a new phase of outward-facing work in service to the broader movement of which RCN is a part, along with a plan to grow RCN’s membership and surface new possibilities for it to generate value for its network.
Your RCN hosts for this Summit are Melina Angel (Colombia Regenerativa); Isabel Carlisle (Bioregional Learning Centre UK) and Ben Roberts (Connecticut River Valley Bioregional Collaborative).
We are a growing community of people around the world working at bioregional scale to regenerate soil, watersheds, shores, communities and relationships. We grow biodiversity as well as our own diversity through multiple solutions to systemic issues. We grow bonds of trust and friendship through sharing our successes and challenges.
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