Whole Systems Co-Leaning Journey & Regenerative Design Lab
The ReGEN-Nations program is a 6-month online learning journey and prototyping lab using whole systems thinking to design solutions for social, cultural, economic, and ecological resilience and regeneration, designed by the GENOA Projects team. The program is based on the Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) curriculum and certified by Gaia Education and UNESCO.
The prototype was run from September 2020 to March 2021 and welcomed 16 teams from around Asia and the Pacific, with 11 countries represented, Australia, Japan, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Each team joined with two lead members and several supporting members. They started with a project in either ideation or scaling stage and applied the learning from this program to develop and deepen their project design. The program offered a wide range of online sessions from check-in calls, to leadership, mentorship, and coaching sessions, to workshops and webinars on the areas of regeneration of ecovillage design. In addition to the cohort of 16 teams (49 team members in total), the program ReGEN Nations reached over 120 participants through its open webinars and workshops in each dimension.
Through the ReGEN Nations program, GENOA was able to also engage a network of thought leaders, trainers, activists, ecovillages and kindred spirit organisations from the region. These were founders and spokespersons from Ahimsagram, Pun Pun Organic Farm, Moonshadow, Ecosystem Restoration Camps Gaia Education Course, Wellnessland Health Institute, Gaia Ashram, Permaculture Education Institute, Bahay Teknik, RetroSuburbia, Sunshine Ecovillage, Narara Ecovillage, BHW Lands Trust, the Good
Market Global, Transition Network, Slow Food Asia-Pacific and Regeneration International. It was special to feature topics that ranged from Buddhist and Maori perspectives on right livelihood and economies, interfaith peacebuilding from Sri Lanka, Filipino innovations in disasters, to Permaculture design, popularized by Australians to offer more applicable solutions to the complex realities of countries in the region ranging from poverty, conflict, and the climate crisis, among others.
The 2nd cycle of REGEN Nations course (Jan – June 2022) will soon be available with new format and more enhancement. Stay tuned for update from us.
Sharing from teams who joined the prototype cycle in 2020/2021
“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.”The Dalai Lama