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REGENERATIVE ECONOMY

We live in a time of rampant pollution and waste, resource scarcity, biodiversity loss, and warming global temperatures.

 

Without action, climate breakdown could displace hundreds of million people by 2050 and result in a disastrous loss of biodiversity. In crafting a way forward for future generations, we are faced with an enormous task: redesigning our systems—and fast.

 

But the good news is that changemakers around the world are championing alternative ways of living. Many of these are inspired by nature itself, as well as traditional, indigenous, and pre-industrial practices that hinge on careful resource use and management—necessitating respect for and emulation of the natural environment.

 

This is where the regenerative economy comes in. Now is the time to bring clarity to this transformative concept to help us move from theory to action.

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EXPERT WORKSHOPS

Through its Expert Workshop Series 2022, RESPOND, the BMW Foundation, Circle Economy, and SYSTEMIQ aim to foster the dialogue around the transition towards a Regenerative Economy.

 

In this workshop series, we are bringing together experts on new economic models, business leaders, innovators, and changemakers from various sectors of society.

 

This series aims to reflect on, discuss, and develop a common understanding of regenerative systems and their roles in the economic transition the world urgently needs.

 

‘Our financial and economic systems need to align with the only system that has stood the test of time, and let that be the guiding principle. That is nature.’ – Laura Storm (2022)

 

 

 

INSIGHT #1

The paper details reflections and understandings on the key tenets of the regenerative economy, which is a radically different way of forming systems, businesses and mutual understandings.

 

It explores how the concept of regeneration can move the economy to better align with nature’s principles and processes, while holding a deeper sense of agency and interconnectedness with the ecosystem within which it sits.

 

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INSIGHT #2

Globally, businesses are pivoting away from systems and values that pressure ecological and enable large inequalities across communities.

 

Many businesses have the ambition to grasp the huge opportunity that the regenerative economy brings, but have no clue where to start. Others have already started their journey but need support. This starter-guide designed for businesses emerged from a workshop hosted in Rome at the B for Good Leaders Summit in June 2022.

 

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INSIGHT #3

Budding entrepreneurs and current business leaders are increasingly looking for ways to stay at the cutting edge of innovation and transform their businesses towards regeneration. 

This paper explores specific innovation pathways to regeneration for businesses and startups: from product design to culture and governance structures to collaboration. Discover case studies of trailblazing businesses that show us how innovation can catalyse the regenerative transition. 

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FINAL REPORT

Regeneration is not only about the natural ecosphere, it is about restoring the social tissue and our very own wellbeing as human beings. It is an invitation to rethink the theoretical framework that guides our relationships with each other as well as our interdependence with the planet.

As one of the most fundamental underlying systems of society, the economy, in particular, is presented with the necessity — and opportunity — to re-invent itself and align with a regenerative worldview. The prevailing economic model, built on a short-sighted and linear system of extraction, overconsumption and exploitation, is starting to transform in front of our eyes.

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