What we offer

Bioregioning

  • Advice and support for start-up Bioregions
  • ‘Bioregioning’ presentations, coaching, facilitation
  • Whole Systems presentations, coaching, facilitation
  • Regenerative design frameworks and coaching

Action Learning in South Devon

  • Devon Doughnut presentations, knowledge sharing
  • Action Learning project partnership
  • Funding bid collaboration
  • Research, writing and design commissions

Coming soon!

  • Starter course for new bioregions, a journey using our road map for regions that want to bioregion
  • Workshop for people who want to professionalise their leadership of whole systems change

Teaching

Postgraduate guest lecturing:
Ecological Design Thinking, Schumacher College

This course offers a chance to join a growing network of design thinkers around the world working within a series of hubs operating within communities and enterprises. Ecological Design Thinking is about using holistic approaches to unravel complex situations involving multiple stakeholders. Students learn how to apply a variety of skills and techniques to arrive at a creative solution. Course information on Schumacher’s website.

Postgraduate teaching module:
Bioregioning by Design
– generating transformative stories of place

Piloted at Schumacher College in 2016, this module brings together wise practitioners (in this case Pamela Mang and Joel Glanzberg of the Regenesis Group with writer and sustainable design advocate John Thackara). The exploration of the regenerative design approach, Story of Place, is combined with a number of visits into the bioregion. Integral to the course, a day of design and problem-busting around local food systems brings local people into an exploration of bioregional working and food sheds.

Undergraduate teaching module:
Bioregioning by Design
– for interdisciplinary design students

Piloted in 2015 with the Department of Architecture and Design at Plymouth University, second year BA (Hons) 3-D Design students are given a brief to design an intervention that would bring a bioregion to life; a physical Bioregioning hub or related theme such as the role of renewables. We ask students to ground their work in real needs, taking into account the influence they might have on people’s lives and the ecology of the places they visit. Deliverables are open-ended; products, services, artifacts, objects, experiences, places or spaces. A wide range of solutions are produced; architectural, sculptural, engineered, technological.

Resources

Previous talks
  • Sustainable Earth 2021, Plymouth University
  • Community Wealth Building in Devon and the South West online event – 2021
  • Policy Makers’ Summit online event – 2021
  • The Devon Doughnut, Bold Change Conference – 2021
  • Blue Marble Webinar, 2021
  • Happy Museums webinar – 2020
  • Leverage Points Conference (Leuphana University, Luneburg, Germany) – 2019
  • Connectle Regenerative Leadership 2 webinar – 2019
  • Oxford Real Food Conference – 2018, 2019
  • Women of the World, Exeter – 2018
  • Regenerative Communities Network guest facilitator – ongoing

We work in and at the intersection of economy, ecology, learning, arts and culture and the gaps in between.