Regenerative Future Learning Journey

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing” Arundhati Roy

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It is time for me to step up and step out. Having spent the recent years immersing myself into the universe of what is by some described as “Sustainability”, I realise that I have embarked on deep journey of self-exploration and search for meaning and purpose in our increasingly shattered and fragmented world we live in.

Without wanting to go into all the details of my explorations, much has evolved, somethings have changed and some things stay the same. But to keep you engaged in where I am heading from here, I have developed a vision, not only for myself but for where I think we can head towards, a fulfilling and inspiring future for all.

“My vision is to create a future world which is socially just, culturally rich, thriving and enriching, spiritually fulfilling, and ecologically sustainable and creates a, sustainable, restorative and regenerative human presence on this planet and wellbeing for all sentinel beings indefinitely” 

This is the starting point for me to head off onto a journey to explore and experience some places around the world, where inspiring and visionary people have attempted to create places and communities, which try to if and how we can make such visions a reality.

Therefore I invite you to come along with me on a  six months journey not only to explore a number of intentional communities, ecovillages, and co-housing places, particularly in North America and Europe (where language barriers are not too significant for me), but also further learning journeyings with many organisations and institutions working tirelessly to make our visions become reality.

As Theodore Roszak puts it so well: “There is one way forward: the creation of
flesh and blood examples of low-consumption, high quality alternatives to the mainstream pattern of life. This we can see happening already on the counter-cultural fringes. And nothing – no amount of argument or research – will take the place of such living proof. What people must see is that ecologically sane, socially responsible living is good living; that simplicity, thrift and reciprocity make for an existence that is free.”

And this in some form or another, will be my (and with many others) aim, create a space and facility to work towards creating a regenerative and resilient future within planetary boundaries where no one is left behind. A space and world of safe and nutritious food; of clean drinking water; of universal access to sustainability education; of physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being. A place and world which uses energy and materials with greatest efficiency, distributes wealth fairly and strives to eliminate the concept of waste. A place and world of universal respect for human rights and human dignity; of justice and quality; of respect for race and ethnicity; and of equal opportunity permitting the full realisation of human potential while promoting shared prosperity.

If you would like to know more about such a “different world our hearts know is possible” then follow me and even if you are in doubt, remember:

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her
breathing” Arundhati Roy

Next time: My vision story of a regenerative living future in community.

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Author: Peter Gringinger

Cultural Creative | Evolutionary Activist | Change Agent | Whole Systems, Transition & Regenerative Designer, Educator, Leader and Facilitator | Peter is a cultural creative, working as radical evolutionary activist and change agent through the use of whole systems, transition and regenerative design to provide support through integral and participatory facilitation for individuals, groups, neighbourhoods, communities and organisations to co-create and co-design our sustainable futures of regenerative and thriving cultures, places, environments and local but globally networked livelihoods. Peter believes in order to tackle and resolve the many interconnected issues and threats we are facing we need to take a whole and integral person and systems approach so that we can strive to (co)-create true sustainability and regeneration of our presence on this planet and to create health and wellbeing for all (humans and non-humans). We have to work on creating bridges between the various ideas and views of the world, to embrace the diversity and work through use of transformative innovation to shift us into a new worldview of cooperation, abundance regeneration and using transformative resilience for a just and equitable future founded on self-reliant local but globally connected communities. Originally trained as a geologist and hydrogeologist and obtaining further postgraduate training in renewable energy technology (geothermal) and in environmental sciences and engineering, he has worked as consultant to support clients in managing challenging environmental impacts from past commercial and industrial processes and facilities, including the assessment and clean-up of polluted soils and waters, environmental risk assessment & management, water resources and waste management. Peter has worked on projects across Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Philippines, Austria, Italy and Iceland. His clients have included local, state and federal governments, organisations including those within the defence and private sector for the production and use of explosives/ammunitions and chemicals, infrastructure sectors of road, rail, ports and airports; private sector clients including manufacturers and petrochemical companies, as well as major property developers, financiers, lawyers, insurers and land owners, waste management companies including landfill operators. Hence Peter has extensive experience in Project and Program Management for small to large scale projects and programs. In recent years Peter has completed further extensive personal development, training and skills acquisition and capability in Sustainability, Permaculture, Sustainability and Integral Leadership, Participatory Facilitation, Applied Ecopsychology, Integral and Systems Thinking, Whole Systems, Transition, Sustainable & Regenerative Design, Ecovillage Design, and provides input and support for individuals, groups, communities and organisations for the co-creation and co-design of sustainable futures and provides advice for personal and organisational change and transformation. Peter is currently the Acting Head of Innovation for Gaia Education, a certified Trainer with Gaia Education, an active member of the Leadership circle of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) Australia and a GEN Ambassador for Australia and on the National Committee of Cohousing Australia.

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