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Manifesting Potential

By |2021-03-10T14:20:24+00:00March 10th, 2021|Categories: Story, Thinking|

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates “Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels.” – Luigi Pirandello  “Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done.” – Robert A. Heinlein. Most of us have been educated and trained to solve problems. We’re all pretty good at it . . . but imaging and manifesting potential? Not so much . . . yet effecting change requires building our capacity to do so. How many project meetings have you attended that were designed and aimed at solving a problem? Think of the last such meeting you attended with a group of folks with whom you were working [...]

NYSERDA Announces First Contract Awards for $30 Million RetrofitNY Initiative

By |2018-07-24T20:37:36+00:00July 24th, 2018|Categories: Project|

7group has been selected by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to serve as one of three Integrative Design coach/facilitators for NYSERDA’s RetrofitNY program. RetrofitNY is a $30 million program funded over 10 years and made available through the State's Clean Energy Fund. It intends to bring a substantial portion of New York's affordable housing units to or near net-zero energy over the next decade. 7group will be working with two of the six project teams to whom NYSERDA awarded design contracts for this High-Performance Retrofit Solutions pilot program in late June 2018. These contracts are the initial step for RetrofitNY, a first-of-its-kind program in the U.S. launched earlier this year by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The program is intended [...]

Regenerating Your Community

By |2018-08-07T20:25:51+00:00April 4th, 2018|Categories: Learning, Process, Thinking|

Every community is entirely unique. Each is distinctive. This work is about exploring, understanding and evolving that distinctiveness, so that members of each community can deepen their understanding of the unique essence of their particular place . . . and to see that essence as the core instrument for developing any community’s quality of life. In other words, such a regenerative process aligns community members (and project teams, when applicable) around what makes that community singular in a way that can grow the community’s viability and vitality indefinitely. An effective regenerative and integrative process invites community members (and design team members, again when applicable) to serve as authentic co-creators: they co-create and own any given program or project’s purpose, rather than being told what [...]

Regenerating Place: Whole-Systems Design and Planning

By |2018-04-03T20:08:33+00:00April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Learning, Process, Project|

Spillian Workshop #2: Goal-Setting and Initial Concept 30 April – 02 May 2018 Spillian is a 33 acre historic estate, built by the Fleischmanns Yeast Family in the 1880’s as part of a summer retreat. Crowned by a museum-quality stick style mansion, embraced by the Catskills Forest, it now is the home of a center created to help people imagine past what they think is possible. 7group has been engaging with the place and its current owners to develop a master plan. Join us as we co-create the plan. As Spillian continues their master planning effort aimed at guiding its future evolution, all those interested in learning how to engage regenerative design and development are invited to participate in an extraordinary workshop series that will be [...]

Seeing Nature’s Mind | Regenerating Place

By |2017-11-30T16:37:47+00:00November 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 [...]

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