Towards Regenerative Societies

Source: Come to Life

Poorly Designed Communities

Every morning on my way to school, I used to pass underneath a bridge where this message was written in white paint: “Free Nelson Mandela”. One day, I asked my mom: “Who is this Mandela? How many people had he killed to be put in prison?”

©Lemille, Sketch by R. Acker

Magically Conceived Nature

When I look at Nature, I see a perfectly adapted world — in shape and process -, where self-organized species interact with each other over multiple dimensions.

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  • ordered complexity — like the way this flower petals is ordered yet highly complex — and;
  • systems dynamics i.e. one action on a wider system has many effects.

Inspirational Adaptive Communities

There are also incredibly well thought-out societies living in a symbiotic connection with Mother Earth.

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Solving Extreme Complexity

There are times of great complexity, where biodiversity has already dropped by 60% since the 1970s, where our population is growing dramatically and the middle classes are expected to consume three times more than today and, where a material economy leads to so much wastage and pollutants.

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Preserving the “Life Equation”

In the Anthropocene Era, this proposed geological period recognizing Human impact at planetary level, abundant humans should rethink about their role and function to preserve life.

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Shifting the Cursor of the Circular Economy

We want an economy that is designed for all of us, an economic model that is so appealing that we all get a chance to thrive in a renewed way of living.


Adapting to the Biosphere

In this model from Dycle in Berlin, young families are forming a club in which they receive free diapers in exchange of dropping them back once used.

©Lemille, Source: Dycle

Caring for the Technosphere

Now that we have identified Humans as the most abundant of all our stocks, we should unleash it.

©Lemille, Source: The Guardian

A Symbiotic Tool for all 17 SDGs

Imagine the positive effect on the Sustainable Development Goals if we start implementing the “Circular Thinking” by:


Designing for People’s Needs

The link between zero waste and positive social impact has been proven in Roubaix, the poorest city in France.

©Lemille, Photo credit: Ville de Roubaix
  • in their health by eating from their shared garden and tropical balcony!
  • in their social life by having so many new friends within their zero waste ecosystem

Nurturing U.N. Human Development (Amartya Sen, Mahbub ul Haq)

Meeting human needs is also far easier in a service-based economy.


Replacing Ecosystems Functions

As regenerative species we would become actors of our ecosystem protection.


Fast-Track to a Doughnut Economics

As you will hear from Kate Raworth after my speech, this is where we need to aim at.

©Lemille, Sketch by R. Acker, Source: K. Raworth

We Know Enough

Past civilizations disappeared not because of the climate changing or of resources mismanagement, but because of deep societal inequalities.

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The Circular Humansphere or how humans will preserve conditions conducive to life #CircHumansphere