Regenerative Civics Incubator & Alliance
The Regenerative Civics Incubator is a SEEDS program to pilot regenerative operating systems in place-based regenerative development projects, and the Alliance is a decentralized group of organizations committed to supporting them. The first incubator cohort of 12 projects will identified in April, commencing a year-long pilot program designed to model future cohorts whenever the opportunity emerges.
How to participate in the incubator
- Submit your place-based regenerative development project here: Form link
- Submit your alliance profile here: Form pending
- Read about the Regenerative Civics Incubator & Alliance: Program website
- Join the Regenerative Civics Incubator & Alliance on Discord: Link
- Join the weekly calls on Tuesdays at 6pm-7:15pmUTC on Zoom
- Read about the 9-step incubator program in this primer: PDF link
This would be tied to the seasons if the incubator time period is one year.
1. Global, Expansion
- Prepare and run crowd-pooling campaigns consolidating a variety of the 10 forms of capital
- Develop storytelling campaigns, alliance building, forming teams, pooling resources
2. Local, Expansion
- Regen civics awareness-raising events for in-person regenerative activations
- Physically coming together and doing the work, putting our tools to the test.
3. Local, Consolidation
- Co-creating with our local communities while supported by our global networks, intentionally leaving space for and regenerating our inner selves
- Reflect, research, explore, & sensemake
4. Local, Expansion
- After a Season of reflection and grounding we are more prepared to make wise decisions for our communities
- Creating DHO/DAO structures, roles, quests, initial policies
- March - Crowdpool for RCI - as a DAO to support future projects and build remaining tools (such as the crowdpooling platform); NFT Regen Art
- April - Cohort of 12 projects selected
- July - Crowdpooling for projects begin
- August - Project festivals begin (on the ground events and festivals getting projects built).
Step 0: Start with Heart & Vision
Start with a catalyst. Every project has a catalyst role(s) who has an inspired vision for a regenerative project. RCI connects changemakers and those wishing to join projects with Catalysts in a process we call "crowd pooling the 10 forms of capital" where Catalysts identify all the roles and capital their project needs and people can browse all the projects to find one that is right for them. After the project launches the 'catalyst' role dissolves.
Step 1: Find your project
Do you already have the place in mind and know how much it is? Perfect!
- Land will be used to back your community's "Village Token".
- Land can be with or without structures.
Potential Project Ideas
- Cooperatively owned and governed local food systems or other enterprises;
- Circular economies;
- Sharing and material libraries;
Potential Village Sites
- Failed hotels, resorts, retreats, etc
- Rural abandoned villages and towns
- Degraded farmland in need of restoration
- Existing suburbia/neighborhoods
* Apartment buildings * Regional governments and municipalities
Step 2: Coordinate locally with DAOs & DHOs
A DAO (Decentralised Auotonomous Organisation) and a DHO (Decentralised/Distributed Human/Holonic Organism, pronounced DO) are tools that help groups coordinate. The DAO/DHO tools help you:
- Establish a local currency for your project ('L3' in the diagram below). It is designed specifically for your project, is unique to your project and is governed by the community. It can be backed by a regional (L2) and global (L1) currency so no single local entity (e.g. the market) ends up with all the local currency, which is the primary reason why local currencies haven't worked in the past.
- Manage your community currency in a secure, transparent and decentralized way so all community members can govern together.
- Create a fraud-resistant system for the community regarding policy, governance, role or other decisions.
- All community members can see and govern the flows of the currency together.
Step 3: Crowdpool resources
Pool resources with your Regen Civics cohorts by accounting for all ten forms of capital: natural, built, technological, social, historical/cultural, human, institutional, entrepreneurial, financial, potential exchange - through NFTs and FTs (cryptocurrencies) that represent any and all types of contributions to the project. Crowdpooling serves two purposes:
- Raise the initial capital required (in all ten forms)
- Form the founding community that will pilot the DHO tools and new local currency
Step 4: Return land to common stewardship
The Regenerative Renaissance can be our period of time where we shift from all land being held in private, to land regaining its sovereignty and us shifting from "owners" who are free to mistreat and abuse the land, into "stewards" who are responsible for creating and maintaining a healthy relationship with the land and all the diversity of life we share it with.
Place-based Regen Civics projects may be represented by a legal entity. That entity then becomes the deed holder of the land and is instructed in its bylaws to abide by its constitution and DAO/DHO. Some legal forms:
- Trust, nonrofit, foundation
- U.S. Wyoming DAO LLC
- Community land trusts
- A UNA (unincorporated nonprofit association), Spiritual Ministry, etc
Step 5: Co-create globally with alliances
Step 6: Co-create globally with other regenerative projects
Each cohort (a group of 12 projects) will use common tools so that members can quickly adopt each other's practices and successes. This also helps us start forming our own decentralised global culture, like the Hopewell Tradition of pre-columbian Native American cultures that created a decentralized culture (consisting of hundreds of unique languages) that enabled a member to travel from the east coast of North America nearly to the west coast and find community, shelter, food, and meaning along the way.
Step 7: Grow your own food
Communities can't be regenerative if they don't produce their own food.
Step 8: Regional economies
Allies Shareitt, SEEDS, Localscale and others provide tools for regions to set up their own circular economies and local marketplaces ('L2' in diagram).
Step 9: Collective impact for globally regenerative civilizations
You're encouraged to openly share learning, models, tools, and more with others so we can grow together in that shared goal.
By uniting under a shared global economic system ('L1' in the diagram) we can coordinate more effectively regionally (L2) and locally (L3) towards a regenerative civilization.
Apply to the first cohort
- 1-3 hrs/wk until formed - then one major session each quarter.
- Shared fundraising
- Shared approach to low-risk tolerant institutional investors seeking to "invest in systems change" to fund the alliance as a whole opposed to each member org dedicating time and resources to fundraising.
- Shared storytelling
- Narrative and storytelling is more complete - as it's not feasible for any one of our organizations to create systemic impact
Changing governance, referendums, or policies and accepting new members into the alliance.
- Each organization has one Council Member representative.
- Governance activities take place once a quarter.
- Proposals require 80% support and 50% participation to pass.
Distributing shared treasury across member organizations
- Member organizations may each present a funding request during the quarterly governance council.
- Each Council Member creates their ideal budget on how to distribute funds to all member orgs.
- All suggestions are equally aggregated to create the final distribution of alliance funding.
- Organizations could risk losing their membership should members find their suggestions extreme or ungrounded.