Regenerating a Sense of Place

By | 2018-02-27T19:25:18+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Learning, Project|

Every place on Earth is unique. Every cubic meter on Earth shares no more than 30% of the same biology with any other cubic meter on Earth. To most of us, it all looks pretty much the same one to the next. In our rush to get where we are going, we don't take the time to notice the subtle differences. We don't even know the names of most of our fellow beings. The average US teenager can identify hundreds of corporate logos but less than a dozen local tree species. Words in the dictionary reflecting life are being replaced with words reflecting our technologies. Our development, our manner of speech, our buildings, our music, our entertainment, our very culture is subjected to homogenization which washes (read more)

What Your LEED Reviewer is Looking For? – GreenCon 2018

By | 2018-02-16T15:58:05+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Learning|

Have you ever received a review comment from GBCI and wished you could just talk to the reviewer! Well now you can! A panel of GBCI LEED Project Reviewers will discuss common errors and provide helpful tips for documentation and calculations during a session at this year's GreenCon. 7group has been reviewing LEED projects and training others to do so for USGBC/GBCI since 2003. This panel includes three of our veteran reviewers - Gerren Wagner, Todd Reed and Tyler Thumma. The primary focus will be LEEDv3 BD+C, Schools and Healthcare, but many of the issues addressed can be carried over to LEEDv4 projects. This session is presented in two parts with each reviewer having 10 minutes to discuss their top tips for producing a quality LEED (read more)

Don’t Forget the Sun – GreenCon 2018

By | 2018-02-23T21:00:32+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Learning|

Large expanses of windows do not mean that a space is well daylit. In fact, daylighting in such spaces is often poor resulting in huge lighting contrasts and general discomfort. Properly daylighting your renovation project uses the same method, rules and tools used when designing a new building with a few added items to consider. Join 7group’s Todd Reed at GreenCon on Wednesday, March 14th to learn the method and tools used to provide any project the best quality daylight. This method uses an integrative process that not only leads to meeting the LEEDv4 daylighting credit requirements, but may also contribute to earning the integrative design process credit. Todd has firsthand knowledge of what is needed to meet the LEEDv4 requirements as he contributed to the creation (read more)

The Evolution of Ecological Design – GreenCon 2018

By | 2018-02-16T18:11:42+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: Learning, Thinking|

How has your thinking about what constitutes a green building changed over time? Is a green building a collection of components with green attributes? Is simply doing less harm good enough? Are we slowing down our impacts fast enough? Can doing good offset the damage we have caused? Can humanity shift from degrading living systems to helping all beings thrive? If yes, can we meet our own needs while doing so? What is sustainability trying to sustain? How can a system designed to constantly evolve reach a state of sustainability? Can technology address the ecological imperatives we face on the planet? Can we achieve sustainability without a significant shift in our worldviews? Do humans have the capacity to change their worldview absent dramatic crisis? Can (read more)

Transforming Your Learning

By | 2017-12-19T20:56:58+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Categories: Learning, Organism|

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. ― Mahatma Gandhi Learning is far more than an accumulation of knowledge and information. The most effective learning is that which is not treated as something separate from our lives, it is basically what we learn along the way if we remain open to doing so. We all know "the school of hard knocks", "practice makes perfect", "lifelong learning", all of which remind us that learning is on-going process. Sometimes this learning is intentional, sometimes not, but it is most effectively absorbed when experienced. We learn best through direct, participatory involvement in whatever it is we wish to better understand. Not hearing is not as good as hearing, hearing (read more)

Seeing Nature’s Mind | Regenerating Place

By | 2017-11-30T16:37:47+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Categories: Learning|

Join Us in Seeing with Nature’s Mind and Developing Regenerative Thinking at Spillian Building upon the success of prior workshops together, 7group and Spillian are further developing their partnership this spring by offering two workshops in the Catskills aimed at developing our capacity to practice regeneration. These two workshops are designed to work together, but also can be attended separately. You are invited to join us for one or both (with discounted pricing which will be posted soon). Make sure to save the dates for this unique opportunity. Seeing with Nature’s Mind: Problem Evolving for a Living World 28-30 April 2018 “Most of our problems are caused by thinking differently than Nature works.”     --Gregory Bateson Patterns are the language of Life, our original (read more)

Come, make yourself known!

By | 2017-11-29T16:00:37+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Categories: Learning|

At a moment when so many ecological limits are being breached by a civilization largely oblivious to its own embedment within the biosphere, how can we swiftly catalyze a collective recognition of our thorough dependence upon the animate earth? How to open a fresh and unshakeable solidarity between humankind and the other animals, plants and elemental forces that compose this breathing commonwealth? It must begin with you and your resolute love. Of fellow humans, of place, of all of life. Many of us yearn for a closer relationship to each other and our fellow animate beings. This is a wondrous opportunity to foster deeper connections. We will be nurturing an exchange through perceptible experience, bounteous conversation, opening our animal senses, collective ponderings, learning to (read more)

On Being Human in a More-Than-Human World

By | 2017-11-29T15:33:35+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Categories: Learning|

We will be working on developing each unique human’s capacity to play their role (and manifest their particular essence) in service to the vitality and viability of all life in a particular place. We see this as a process of reciprocity that seeks to grow and develop potential in each and all entities nested within the whole. The most effective nodal point for actualizing such systemic transformation is working on how we, as humans, are thinking about our role on the planet. David Abram will lead us in an experience of feeling into a deeper connection with all the living beings that surround us as we delve into the role of human beings on the animate earth. The retreat will be co-hosted by the (read more)

What Are You Trying to Sustain?

By | 2017-11-29T11:29:29+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Categories: Learning|

Having helped builders, designers, architects and owners for more than 21 years understand green building, having worked with USGBC to create the LEED green building rating system, and having deeper engagements with regenerative practice for the past 8 years, we are now imagining the next step in the trajectory of thinking beyond sustainable practice . . . a whole new way to explore how humans, their built environment and the natural world develop a co-evolutionary way of nurturing life. It begins with an understanding of how living systems function through direct observation and experience, and deepens as we learn to see and feel from the perspective of ourselves as fellow animate beings. Join us as we continue our journey - through story, experiences and immersion (read more)

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This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.