Today it is ever more obvious that our society’s business-as-usual threatens the very life-support systems of the Earth. On May Day, 2018, 500 world-changers in philanthropy, business, government and citizen activism will gather in San Francisco to foster the emergence of a new regenerative society, one that can quicken the shift from a degenerative economy to one that supports the mutual thriving of people and planet.

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.

The Organizers

Marc Barasch

In 2006, Marc founded the Green World Campaign, a pioneering organization in the regenerative movement. Based on an ethos of “green compassion” that integrates ecological health, social wellbeing, and universal human values, the GWC has planted millions of biodiverse trees and practiced eco-agriculture in nine countries on three continents—restoring degraded landscapes, alleviating poverty, establishing education programs, and increasing food security in communities struggling on the front lines of climate change. He is the author of the bestseller The Compassionate Life, (which helped inspire the Compassionate Communities movement). He is CEO of Green World Ventures, a “regenerative food industry” in Nigeria based on superfood moringa trees, which works with smallholder Igbo farmers practicing biodiverse perennial agriculture to produce a new source of protein for West Africa and the world. A persistent catalyst for social change, Marc has edited culture-shifting U.S. magazines like Psychology Today, Natural Health, and New Age Journal; has created environmental TV specials seen by billions; and has written award-winning books on holistic health and human potential. He served on the U.N. committee for the International Year of Forests, introduced the Green World Charter at a plenary session of the Parliament of the World’s Religions; and helped launch AFR100 at the Landscapes Forum in Paris during COP21. A lifelong Buddhist practitioner, he helped found the psychology program at Naropa University.  He has worked for over a decade toward an audacious goal: “ReGreen the World in One Generation!”

Holly Dublin

For the past three decades, Dr Holly Dublin has worked as an innovative and cutting-edge regenerative practitioner and cross-sector leader, linking the inherent values of biodiversity and ecosystem services to human livelihoods and wellbeing. Holly began as a systems ecologist and over the course of her career has become a global expert in the sustainable use of species and landscapes to conserve biodiversity, while enhancing local wealth creation, and is on the Steering Committee of IUCN’s Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group. After 22 years with WWF International, she was elected to the Governing Council of IUCN as Chair of the Species Survival Commission, the largest of IUCN’s six expert Commissions, overseeing the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and coordinating the work of approximately 10,000 conservation scientists and practitioners. For 25 years she has also chaired IUCN’s African Elephant Specialist Group, working across 37 countries in Africa. Holly has been an active player in local, national and international policy forums, including the UNFCCC, UNEA, CBD, CITES and the SDGs. Between 2009 and 2013, she brought to bear these years of experience to PPR (now Kering) helping to establish its first sustainability department and in spring 2011 became Director and Special Advisor for Sustainability. In her capacity as Director of Strategies and later as Senior Advisor to The B Team, Holly was actively involved in developing their Plan B and the Natural Capital Protocol for business. She serves on the C&A Foundation investment committee and Wilderness Safaris sustainability committee. An accomplished speaker and writer, Holly has a proven track record of deeply understanding the issues, thinking strategically and putting lessons from diverse realms into operational practice.

Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones is a serial entrepreneur, successful seven out of eight times in startups and turnarounds. He has repeatedly built information businesses at intersections in emerging markets from aquaculture to b2b internet commerce to social enterprise to now, hopefully, a regenerative economy. He co-created Social Capital Markets, SOCAP, the market at the intersection of money and meaning, to validate the category of social enterprise and impact investing. He has been a successful impact venture capitalist and co-founded Impact Hubs. He is is a co-founder of Neighborhood Economics working to create wealth through entrepreneurship in marginalized communities. He has been a columnist for Forbes and, though growing up in the San Francisco bay area, was for seven years a country weekly newspaper editor in the poorest white county in Mississippi, where his reporting sent the sheriff to Parchman Farm on 53 counts of fraud. Kevin led an unsuccessful malaria project in Mozambique. His photography is in demand in galleries. He is married with two children and two grandsons and lives on a farm on a river near Asheville, North Carolina. He once tried to charm a cobra in Rajasthan and once got in a fight with the Russian mafia. He knew what he was doing with the cobra. He survived both encounters.