Regenerative entrepreneurship virtual certificate: to create a better world for all
We have enough science to know that we are witnessing the best scientifically documented planetary extinction. Nevertheless, we are not able to tackle the enormous challenges effectively. Partially to blame is the reductionist approach of science and academia, which leads to disciplinary measures with relatively little impact in the complexity of today’s challenges. The fight against meat consumption is a good example. Our traditional methods to produce meat, which have been developed by the most renown universities in the world, are wrong. Optimization of production and profits was the sole principle behind most of these methods. Today we know that through holistic cattle grazing we can store huge amounts of carbon in the soil and cattle production can become our best ally to pull carbon from the sky, out of reach from the fires that are releasing our carbon deposits stored in trees.
We urgently need to transition to holistic and transdisciplinary approaches, but academia and institutional structures are not capable of shifting to a new paradigm with the speed required. We understand that sustainability is not achievable anymore, even less if we use the same mindset and tools that got us in the first place into the situation we are living. We need to move towards regeneration, quickly.
At the University for International Cooperation (UCI), based in Costa Rica, regenerative development is the holistic integration of environment, society, economy, culture, politics and spirituality. It is achievable if we work based on territories. Transdisciplinary approaches are possible when we identify the main challenges or constraints in a given territory and bring professionals from the different disciplines to solve them together. There are no recipes and each site will require specific solutions which necessarily have to be co-created with local communities and knowledge.
In 2018 an international meeting was convened in the Water and Peace Biosphere Reserve in the northern part of Cost Rica. Global experts in different aspects of regeneration came together and the Regenerate Costa Rica Hub was established. A few months later, in October, a global network of Regenerative Communities was launched by Capital Institute, a founding member of the Hub. The purpose is to allow regenerative initiatives, that are usually isolated, to work together, exchanging expertise and knowledge through a global network of learning sites, dubbed “collaboratives”.
The Certificate on Regenerative Entrepreneurship is the first educational program arising from this global effort. Bringing together some of the most renown experts from around the planet to share their experiences will allow students and mentors to co-create a unique learning experience that will prepare people from any background to be able to integrate all the different aspects required for true regenerative development to occur. We envision the emergence of new career paths that will help create better conditions for all life in the near future. We expect that all participants will stay connected through a network of regenerative entrepreneurs to further train more people and reach the scale necessary for achieving true global impact and transformation of our current civilization.
Eduard Muller is active with the Forum’s Transforming Capacity Steward Team, and Founder/President of the Universidad para la Cooperación Internacional.