ReGen18 will not be another talk-fest, but a task-force and learning ground with growing real-world impact year-on-year. Our goal is a purpose-driven community that will share practical tools, powerful ideas, new business models, and innovative finance mechanisms to accelerate the change the world needs at the speed of the problems we collectively face.
A roster of well-known experts and amazing practitioners you have never heard of will guide actionable conversations about regenerative finance, food and agriculture, urban design and policy, health and culture. Regenerative companies and projects will gain validation and support. New funds and new funding tools will be on display. Practical partnerships and functional alliances will form to seek an equitably shared prosperity that places long-term relationships—with each other, with the natural world— over short-term transactions. We’ll share what’s working, what’s not, and why, probing the structural, systemic and political gaps and barriers to success, establishing ongoing collaborations post-event to evolve more “ReGen” solutions together.
The dynamic design of our event will maximize productive interaction. Working groups will converge for “deep dives,” then share their discoveries and activities with the wider gathering. Our explorations will be at once far-ranging and deeply rooted.
We will hear from working innovators how cities can enhance the environment rather than depleting it; how buildings can produce clean energy, air, and water while storing excess carbon; and how urban transformation comes from local wealth creation through entrepreneurship in marginalized neighborhoods. Community and wealth creation networks will engage in mutual self discovery and learn to build lightweight cross-network collaborative protocols in order to replicate what works in one place somewhere else, with local and cultural adaptation.
We’ll learn from pioneers who are devising financial products (including fintech and blockchain) or that provide patient capital, the slow money paid back by revenue sharing that’s needed to transform our food systems, forests and coasts. We will explore promising new innovative financing tools emerging to help pioneering, potentially world changing, initiatives.
We will highlight promising solutions to the Pioneer Gap or “Valley of Death” where so many social enterprises that got initial funding fail because of a lack of gap filling finance. We will explore together the new patient capital funding tools being built to create a bridge to financial viability for those pioneer projects.
The change starts from a new set of principles, put into practice. In the regenerative economy, capital is a not treated as a force of nature but as a tool to serve the health of the system.
That mental framework creates the possibility of the regenerative economy’s slow money that is needed to build the healthy ecosystems in each economic bioregion in order to combat onrushing climate change while generating prosperity in indigenous communities. Top practitioners and eager newbies willing to learn will continue the build out of the necessary infrastructure during and after the event.
We’ll explore how to produce nutritious food and increase biodiversity while “drawing down” CO2 into the living soil. We will meet leaders of regenerative natural products companies and family farms that practice conservation agriculture and carbon-capturing grazing techniques.
We will hear from civic leaders how “regenerative politics” can restore common ground rather than building more walls; from creative producers how arts and media can propagate transformative stories and the memes to motivate massive change; and from spiritual leaders how compassion, mindfulness and action can heal lives and communities.
We’ll learn how institutional investors might fund vast new projects by incorporating “slow money” and “patient capital” from for profit investors that can move at the pace of a growing tree. We will pose the sort of big-picture questions that lead to audacious solutions: how can we catalyze the transfer of hundreds of billions, even trillions of dollars into massive regenerative initiatives, sequestering gigatons of atmospheric carbon, improving the lives of billions through ecosystem regeneration, providing long-term sustainable livelihoods to heal the economy and ecology of even the world’s poorest places? And how can we start right now.
ReGen18 is designed to be a multi-venue event in the heart of the San Francisco’s Mission District, It will include a gala opening and a closing ceremony that flows into the exuberant neighborhood celebration of Cinco de Mayo. There will be extensive social media exposure, with national and international press, television, and web-based coverage.
The event is produced by Kevin Jones, Rosa Lee Harden, founders of SOCAP (“the market at the intersection of money and meaning”); Marc Ian Barasch, thought-leader, author (The Compassionate Life), and founder of the Green World Campaign; and Holly Dublin, champion of conservation and community livelihoods and a leader of the highly successful Natural Capital Project.
ReGen18 will highlight the knowledge and tools you need to transform your organization, your community, and your world. You are invited to “bring your whole self” to this landmark celebration of the work of many hands to establish a network—and a global civilization—that serves all of Life.