NEO Magazine Issue 2 - Page 20

“The ultimate object of design is not artifacts, buildings, or landscapes but human minds.” (Bill Reed, ‘Regenesis’). This approach, which is most vocally championed by ‘Regenesis’ principal Bill Reed, may just be the most important thing you’ve never heard of before and it is backed up by a serious, comprehensive process or design. What it comes down to is that the principles of regenerative development can blow everything we’ve come to know about sustainable development right out of the water. The philosophy goes to the root cause of human dysfunction with the planet and offers a surprisingly fresh approach on how to reconcile this relationship. In its essence, regenerative development is centered on the idea that the earth can be healed and regenerated through human development. This recognition comes from the understanding that humans have always developed the places they’ve inhab- new earth designs by juan schlosser tend toward stability, but instead toward disruptive change. How is this relating to us sustaining the stability? That said, the persistent mainstream view seems to be that eco-systems, on-line groups, tribes, users, fans and audience represent kinds of passive, egalitarian ‘fixed ‘communities. Steady state of continuum equilibrium - nothing could be further from the truth. Thriving eco-systems are those that are highly adaptive, constantly evolving, responding well to change and stimulus, in fact they thrive on it, they gain from instability, they are designed for driving change and growth that is difficult to predict. Emerging new patterns of growth embracing temporary volatility and conditions expanding the limits of equilibrium to transform to a new resilient state. Higher levels of self-organized systems are far from static. True sustainability is not a thing or a deliverable object. It is a living system thinking leading to a sustainable design. It is a frame of mind.