What is regeneration?
Regenerate: to make anew, to bring forth, to restore
“Regeneration are those actions and processes which allows life to maintain in good health, but at the same time also restore life in ecosystems – from micro organisms up to large populations.” Andrea Illy, Co-Chair: The Regenerative Society Foundation (1)
Regeneration is not a “new thing”
Regeneration is an important aspect of the cycles of life. Without it life would not exist. Healthy living systems are inherently regenerative – and healthy humans are too.
Regeneration in Nature
Regeneration in Video Games
Attributes of regeneration
- Syntropic (anti-entropy)
- Anti-Fragile and robust
- Focus on the complexity and uniqueness of each place
- Promotes positive energy balance in a system
- Making a system new and even better than it was before
- Increasingly requires less energy and resources to gain the same or even better outputs (increasing return with lower investment in energy and resources)
- Biophilia (love for natural world and life)
- Living systems, nature metaphors and natural world consciousness is dominant
- Versatile therefore having mechanisms to prevent knock-on effect of failure (if one domino falls, others are prevented from starting to fall too)
What is the opposite of regeneration?
Using Andrea Illy’s definition above, I describe degeneration as “those activities and processes which depletes the life needed to maintain good health and vitality, and at the same time also remove the life and vitality in ecosystems – from micro organisms up to large populations.”
Attributes of degeneration
- Fragile and brittle
- Simplification and generalizing: treating everything including places and humans as if they are the same everywhere
- Amplifies negative energy imbalance in a system
- Making a system as something outdated, accelerating ageing and obsolescence
- Increasingly requires higher energy and resources to gain the same outputs (diminishing return on investment)
- Biophobia (fear and disdain of nature)
- Machines, machine metaphors and machine consciousness is dominant
- Mono (limited versatility) creating knock-on effect of failure (one domino falls, others start falling too)
Here is a question:
Regenerative action produces meaningful living, happiness and wellbeing, while also ultimately addressing the current environmental destruction and climate change challenges.
Incorporating regeneration into your life provides opportunities to find new sources for financial wellbeing, inspires recovering of bio-diversity and creates motivation to protect natural, living capital for next generations.