Program

We are designing the program while you are reading this, working with all suggestions from participants.

🌱 Our goals

  • Unite pioneers, experimenters, builders and dreamers
  • Build relationships so that we can all work better together
  • Learn how we can contribute and join the regen movement as individuals, organizations, and institutions
  • Facilitate a space that intends to give participants a direct experience of what regeneration feels like, inside and out.

🍀 The format

There are four different session formats we will offer you during the two day conversation:

  1. Sea Spray

Facilitated but open conversations about a predefined topic. Longer, deeper conversations, introduced by topic facilitator and supported by conversation facilitator; length of conversation about 40 min

  1. Sunbeam

Short presentations, pitches of ideas, followed by conversationInspirational talk/storytelling without screens (no PowerPoint or Prezi) about 30 min

  1. Particle collision

Deep dive workshop, focus and interactive learning. Creating together in an interactive, collaborative workshop. about 2 hours

The opening and closing sessions on day 1 and 2 will be in plenary.

🗓 Program summary

Note: we will be updating the schedule regularly in the lead-up to the event.

Thursday May 19th

DAY 1

Particle Collision

1 2h session

Particle Collision

1 2h session

Sea Spray

3 40mn sessions

Sunbeams

4 30mn sessions

8:30

Breakfast/coffee

9:30

Opening ceremony and pods

11:00 - 13:00

Graham Boyd

Building regenerative businesses

Sophie/Katarin
How to create a regenerative money common

Luke Flegg

The opportunities and challenges of decentralised organising and where it's happening now.

Oliver Sauter
How can you design investor contracts so that you’re not getting trapped in growth-at-all-cost incentives and give yourself the economic freedom to become regenerative?

+ open space

Rok Krajnc

Commons and post-growth economics


+ open space

+ open space

+ open space

13:00 - 14:00

LUNCH

14:00 - 16:00

Ruby May

The cyclical blueprint

Ted Rau
Weaving methodologies

Anne Van Moosdijk
The added value of crowdsourcing in our Representative Democracies: the Brussels for Clean Air Campaign

+ open space

+ open space

+ open space

+ open space

+ open space

+ open space

16:00

Break and pods

16:30 -

17:30

Plenary closing session

17:30

Drinks at the bar

Friday May 20th

DAY 2

Particle Collision

1 2h session

Particle Collision

1 2h session

Sea Spray

3 40mn sessions

Sunbeams

4 30mn sessions

8:30

Breakfast/coffee

9:30

Plenary start

11:00 - 13:00

John Thompson

Circling and Surrendered Leadership experience

Colombe Salvador

How to make politics regenerative for society

Rose

Criticism as a public good

Christina Wunder
From solution to adoption? Challenges and bottlenecks around climate solutions

Feres Mezghani
Carbon-Blockchain Discussion

Justin Timmer

An inspiring talk about a vision of future living (cities/living/work)

Gabriela Chang
Measure impact leveraging on tools used on tradfi impact investing

Charlie Fisher

On Common Ground: Community Land Trusts and Web3

+ open space

13:00 - 14:00

LUNCH

14:00 - 16:00

Justin Timmer
A playful workshop about complexity theory and finding balance in life with games show principles

Laurence Currie-Clark
The Glass Bead Game is a mode of playing with the total contents and values of our culture

Kris Decoodt

Fishbowl: What is Regenerative Finance?


Tom Michels
Building a cooperative local economy with our new Grunling Coin & Cash

+ open space

George Por

Growing personal & collective sovereignty, a condition of lasting, regenerative impact

+ open space

+ open space

+ open space

16:00

Break and pods

16:30 -

17:30

Plenary closing session: designing the Regens Unite micro-economy

17:30

Drinks at the bar

19:00

Jazz at La Laiterie (5 min walk from venue)

Saturday May 21st


        
                

‘Who do we choose to be for this time? Are you willing to use whatever power and influence you have to create islands of sanity that evoke and rely on our best human qualities to create, produce and persevere?’ – Margaret Wheathley

These two days will be a mini island of sanity that’s non-judgemental, full of curiosity, learning and experimenting, and where there are no wrong questions and no black and white solutions.

🗓 Full program in details

Thursday May 19th

Why aren't all businesses regenerative already? "Who" is fateful in governance
Particle Collision by Graham Boyd

Because almost all have an apartheid basis for governance. Then it doesn't matter what strategy, values, or intent you have; sooner or later your business will become extractive.

Building successful regenerative businesses (whether as a DAO or incorporated) in a thriving regenerative economy ought to be easy. It is easy. You just need to take really seriously a central element of every highly functional commons, and nature itself: everyone who is affected, including every capital touched, has an inalienable right to engage in governance.

In this workshop we'll talk about the Commons-derived design patterns that lead to antifragile regenerative businesses and deeply antifragile regenerative business ecosystems, along with examples using our FairShares Commons implementation, described in the book Rebuild: the Economy, Leadership, and You written by myself and Jack Reardon. https://bit.ly/Rebuild-ELY, PDF taster just below the sign-up form.

Bring: Bring a willingness to challenge conventional wisdom; and whatever your body and soul needs to be able to participate.

LOVE MONEY – an exploration on how to create and regenerate “money commons”

Particle Collision by Sofie Malm and Katerin Mendez

Through this workshop we invite you to explore how we can move from relying only on the technical capacities of our co-created systems to focusing on storytelling. How can we build trust and take things slow in order to create a deep, embodied, somatic shift in our relationship to money, to each other and to change making.

Thus creating space for more people to use their time on building a society on the applied principles of sharing and collectively meeting needs – the foundation for “money commons”.

During the workshop we will use techniques such as storytelling, somatic awareness, body work and co creation.


Bring: Paper and pen to write down feelings and experiences.  

The opportunities and challenges of decentralised organising and where it's happening now.

Sea Spray by Luke Flegg

Regenerative funding and economic models

Sea Spray by Oliver Sauter

As a startup you’re fundraising all the time. How can you design investor contracts so that you’re not getting trapped in growth-at-all-cost incentives and give yourself the economic freedom to become regenerative? What are the funding sources?

There are many ways an organisation can implement regenerative economic reward models, like Steward Ownership, Exit-to-Communities, Community Trusts or Cooperatives.

This discussion table will help us to share ideas and experiences of possibilities and legal constraints for implementing them in our projects. Especially come if you have a concrete fundraising challenge with your project right now.

The added value of crowdsourcing in our Representative Democracies: the Brussels for Clean Air Campaign.

Sea Spray by Anne Van de Moosdijk

Lack of representativity, disconnection from the grassroots and populism are among many plagues our representative democracies are facing. Many citizens believe their voice does not count. This assessment brought us to consider how to benefit from information and communication technology (ICT) to ensure inclusive and collaborative decision-making processes at all levels.

Crowdsourcing is a method that seeks to answer decision-making problems by making use of the wisdom of the crowd. Several pilot crowdsourcing projects with encouraging results took place in the past years. This year, ECAS is conducting a pan-european crowdsourcing project on Air quality, in 10 European Cities with 14 European partners, to improve air quality locally and at the European level.

I will present the local campaign in Brussels and its platform, the challenges in getting inhabitants to participate and to make the exercise inclusive. After a brief presentation, I will propose a moment of reflection to improve air quality together while in the European capital.

Friday May 20th

Circling and Surrendered Leadership experience

Particle Collision by Nils Elzenga

Circling and Surrendered Leadership are fast growing practices that guide you into a deeper experience of presence with others. You'll likely gain deep personal insights,  feel yourself to a deeper level and see habitual ways of being you didn't realise you were doing. The practices typically open up new realms of connection - feeling deeply seen, getting a visceral sense of connection and intimacy with others and an idea of how you got there - an authentic contact that feels nourishing. Perhaps you’ll get a taste of what matters most to you and have some experiences of synchronicity and collective intelligence.

Bring: No need to bring anything but good to know that this can be a powerful practice

How to make politics regenerative for society

Particle Collision by Colombe Cahen Salvador

Join us for a workshop on how to ensure that politics become regenerative. Political forces are still some of the most important stakeholders in the world, but often don’t think radically or boldly enough about the future.The status quo is indeed untenable, so how do we make politics a major force for regeneration?

Throughout this Particle Collision, we will draw on the experience of participants: from activists to web 3 experts, we will together draw a plan of action on how political forces can be renewed to be able to move toward regenerative solutions!

A playful workshop about complexity theory to innovate systems and find a fractal life.

Particle Collision by Justin Timmer

You, the people around you, and the world are facing complex systems challenges. Everything is connected and everything interacts. But what does that mean exactly? Complexity theory is a scientific theory that specifically focuses on the magic of dynamics, flow, fractals, and chaos. It also provides clues on how to sustain and change ecosystems through looping dynamics, playing with randomness, and holistic approaches. Through interactive games, we will experience these main concepts and learn how to look at our world through a systems lens.  

The Glass Bead Game

Particle collision by Laurence Curry-Clark

The Glass Bead Game is a mode of playing with the total contents and values of our culture; it plays with them as, say, in the great age of the arts a painter might have played with the colors on his palette. All the insights, noble thoughts, and works of art that the human race has produced in its creative eras, all that subsequent periods of scholarly study have reduced to concepts and converted into intellectual values the Glass Bead Game player plays like the organist on an organ. And this organ has attained an almost unimaginable perfection; its manuals and pedals range over the entire intellectual cosmos; its stops are almost beyond number. Theoretically this instrument is capable of reproducing in the Game the entire intellectual content of the universe.” The Glass Bead Game, Hermann Hesse

Criticism as a public good

Sea Spray by Rose

The crypto-space has been under attack by the media. Youtubers, gamers, and activists have all voiced their disdain for hype and greed as well as criticism about web3’s sustainability. The web3 space itself often rejects this criticism as simplistic and biassed but thereby might ignore suspicions that are quite real.

How can we criticise in a useful way? In this conversation, we don’t want to criticise for its own sake. We want to practice criticism as a public good.

Criticism as a public good is a way of criticising something to make it better, detect hidden flaws, and correct wrong assumptions. That’s why we think criticism as a public good is a way to improve the web3 ecosystem and help it grow in an ethical direction.

We want to invite critical minds to have a discussion. Web3 and DAOs (decentralised autonomous organisations) will be the focus. But anyone is welcome who wants to discuss how to criticise better.

From solution to adoption? Challenges and bottlenecks around climate solutions

Sea Spray by Christina Wunder

The IPCC report states very clearly: we have all the tools and data we need to begin tackling the climate crisis. And yet, we are far from implementing the solutions the many visionaries around the world have already created.

Join us for a discussion on which solutions already exist, what the barriers to adoption are, and how we can tackle them.

Bring: no need to bring anything but your enthusiasm and examples of positive action you may know about.

Fishbowl: What is Regenerative Finance? 

Sea Spray by Kris Decoodt

Our financial system is in turmoil. And it's not all sunshine and rainbows either in cryptoland. Most people agree that our current financial systems are broken, but are we doing better in defi (decentralized finance)? Is this the way? Or are there other ways yet to explore?  Join Kris Decoodt (Gitcoin, Commons Stack, Giveth) in an open discussion where we'll exchange experiences and views on how we can build a more sustainable ecosystem where we think of our future, while also not forgetting about ourselves.

*What is a 'fishbowl'? You can see this as an open panel: people seated inside the “fishbowl” actively participate in a discussion and members of the audience are invited in regularly (we swap seats).

Building a cooperative local economy with our new Grunling Coin & Cash

Sea Spray by Tom Michels and Lara Goris

In Ghent city, we just started three cooperative start-ups to build a network of local ethical companies. We take the future in our hands and realise the system change that everyone is waiting for to prevent further climate change. Investors, ideas and people are brought together in our new Café Flordi (opening summer 2022!). Next to the café, we bought a large building (400 m2) with our cooperative, where a cooperative start-up-hub is coming soon (2023). Above the future organic shop, the start-up-hub will take place in the offices and coworking spaces.

To make sure that all those new businesses work together, a new Grunling currency will be used. This coin –in short- will have two versions, to comply with the Belgian laws. Grunling Cash will only be used between individuals and therefore be allowed under the motto of sharing-economy, tax-free but forbidden for professionals. Grunling Coin will be accessible to ethical cooperative businesses, B2B & B2C.

Feel free to join us on this session, and find out how we could make the Grunling Coin & Cash a true example of system change. Together we’ll figure out the app software, community, set of requirements, legal conditions and much more.

Bring: Pen and Papers or anything to write on will be useful!

Carbon-Blockchain Discussion

Sea Spray by Feres Mezghani

Let's put our heads together to figure out new ways to use on-chain carbon-credits. To set the ground of this session, a brief overview of existing challenges in the legacy carbon market as well as the latest development in the blockchain space will be provided (additional input greatly appreciated – we are all in this together).

This session is about new solutions, not old problems. The biggest irony and misconception in regard to blockchain technology, is to condemn it as ‘dirty tech’. Proof-of-Work consensus inarguable consumes a lot of electricity but fundamentally blockchain technology has the potential to solve existing environmental conflicts. Why? Because it changes the possibilities of human coordination more fundamentally than the internet did before.

How? I am not quite sure yet! The United Nations has acknowledged that climate change is the single biggest threat to human civilization. In this session, you are invited to figure out new ways to leverage blockchain technology to stop climate change. Initially, it is limited to on-chain carbon credits and new use-cases related to them. Known advantages of blockchain technology such as transparency, accountability and traceability can be used to minimise and mitigate the effects of anthropocentric climate change. An example for this are issues with the traceability of carbon credits in legacy markets. This causes a whole cascade of problems starting with questionable origins of available carbon credits on the market and ending with fair compensation for local projects that are realising the actual measures on the ground.