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This book presents the Regenerative Leadership Framework that has emerged from doctoral research and consulting work with successful sustainability leaders and their organizations in a range of industries, in higher education, in grassroots community organizations, and government agencies. The framework synthesizes the levels of awareness, the leadership styles and behaviors, and the organizational arrangements that correlate most significantly across these domains.
The theory of change behind the framework is grounded in two core premises:
– Behaviors may drive change, but they can only be as effective as our awareness, understanding, and skill in working with the systems in which they operate. Therefore,
– We need to focus as much attention on the causal level of our consciousness as we do on the effects produced by our behaviors. This is where truly regenerative change is made possible.
This requires a mindset willing to radically redesign itself before it can truly restore the present or redesign the future.
In fact, the overwhelming majority of the leaders in this work confirm that individual and collective consciousness development has become critical to transforming the culture of their organizations for sustainability and beyond. This underpins the choice of the term regenerative as an alternative to the notion of sustainability, which many of the leaders featured here indicate has become insufficient to describe what needs to be done, economically, socially, and environmentally, if we are to ensure a flourishing world for present and future generations.
This in turn has led to the development of the Regenerative Capacity Index (RCI), a tool designed to assess an organization’s readiness to engage in regenerative practice. From this evaluation, it becomes possible to design a strategy for regeneration that considers all levels of its environmental, social, and economic impact both internally and externally, and in the local and global community.
Among its major findings, the book shows how the more evolved sustainability leaders work to promote a profound cultural shift towards regenerative human systems in their organizations. Regenerative organizations are driven by a sense of a shared higher purpose, and leadership is exercised horizontally and collaboratively. Leaders and followers engage multiple stakeolders in generative conversations in order to create economically viable, long-term desirable futures which are then ‘backcasted’ to eliminate unanticipated consequences.
Participating leaders came from the following private enterprises, NGOs, and government agencies:
Michael Singer Studio
Dirt Pros, EVS
Greenopolis (Waste Management)
Simply Sustain LLC
Association for the Advancement for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
United Nations High Commission for Refugees
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
The Honey Project
City of Tallahassee Project Management
Florida Energy and Climate Change Commission
Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida
Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, Florida Atlantic University
Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Florida Atlantic University
Florida Center of Environmental Studies
Evergreen State College, Washington State
Unity College, Maine