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By |2019-03-25T15:49:52+00:00March 19th, 2019|Categories: Thinking|

The entirety of our world is alive! We are a part of, and integral to this living, breathing, moving, speaking, listening, touching, defecating, squirming, decomposing, growing, interacting, complex whole of Life. We are surrounded by, immersed in, and a part of the living world. We co-inhabit a living planet in reciprocal relationship with all other living beings. Without our fellow beings we would not long survive. We depend on other beings to pollinate plants, produce food, provide air to breath, clean water, regulate climate, decompose waste, make edible matter from sunlight and living soil, manifest beauty and soothe our soul. “The opposite of nature is impossible.” – Buckminster Fuller It seems, though, that we have forgotten this, as if we are trying to remake [...]

The Evolution of 7group

By |2019-03-25T15:47:41+00:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: Organism, Thinking|

As we continually regenerate 7group our beliefs, philosophy and principles evolve. Here is the latest evolution of our thinking. The System we are seeking to Transform: Processes that develop the interactions between human world views, the built environment, and living systems. Belief:  “Humans are nature” Processes for developing how humans create and inhabit built environments can regenerate life. Human world views evolve through processes of exchange. The built environment has the potential for regenerating life. All life is sacred. Philosophy:  “Everyone plays a valuable role” Use every project and interaction as an instrument for developing our own and others’ capacity to engage regenerative thinking/doing/being with caring and compassion. Principles:  “The built environment serves as an instrument for regenerating life” Develop regenerative thinking . . [...]

An Invitation – Not a Job Description

By |2020-10-26T18:03:45+00:00October 26th, 2018|Categories: Organism|

7group constantly seeks to develop its evolving capacity, interested in joining us?We don’t have a job opening per se. There is no job description or list of credentials we seek. We are not implementing a strategic plan by adding specific types of cogs to a machine. Such metaphors are anathema to our approach. We are shifting our thinking away from work as a job where you are told what to do, and then evaluated by a series of metrics. This involves changing our mindset from having a job, to using the company as an instrument to work on what aligns with the gifts each person wants to manifest and what they want to do, not just the partners but everyone. We envision our work as [...]

Just Playing in the Woods

By |2018-08-22T18:19:53+00:00August 21st, 2018|Categories: Learning|

Learning the Language of Life: A Regenerative Retreat October 12 to 15, Champion, PA At first blush, many of you will see the content of the program and wonder how this relates to green buildings or to the work that you do in the world. It’s not architecture or engineering or construction. This just looks like a fun retreat in the woods. You might be thinking: must be nice that these guys can afford to go play in the woods for a weekend. We do spend time in the woods looking for patterns. We expose you/us to new ways of understanding ourselves as part of a larger living system. We engage in thanksgiving, physical exercises, deep philosophical discussions and sharing stories. We engage with [...]

Manifesting Your Project

By |2018-07-02T16:51:31+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Process, Project, Thinking|

Your project is far more than an amalgamation of materials and systems. It is a physical manifestation of your values, of what you really care about. Its design and construction sets the stage for much of what it becomes and serves over its lifetime. Its effects will extend well beyond the people who design, construct and inhabit it. It can contribute to the ecological health of the place it inhabits. It can serve to enrich the community, the watershed and the larger systems that support and enable it to exist. It can be experienced as more than an enclosure for people to be sheltered by focusing on its larger purpose and greatest potential. Just like each one of us, every project should be manifested [...]

Creating Regenerative Processes

By |2018-03-16T11:08:53+00:00March 13th, 2018|Categories: Process, Project, Story|

This post is an excerpt from the book Regenerative Development and Design: A Framework for Evolving Sustainability by our friends and colleagues at Regenesis Group. The book presents a coherent process for applying regenerative thinking to any project through a series of principles and premises you can use to evolve your work. It is a wonderful compliment to Carol Sanford's books as it presents some of the same frameworks but applies them more from an ecological rather than a business perspective. The specific examples in the book really ground the work in the realities of development and design projects. One of our projects, Lion's Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant in Vancouver, BC, is featured in this excerpt. Changing outcomes requires a new process; changing the process [...]

Regenerating a Sense of Place

By |2018-03-28T21:15:54+00:00February 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 [...]

The Evolution of Ecological Design – GreenCon 2018

By |2018-02-16T18:11:42+00:00February 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 [...]

Transforming Your Learning

By |2017-12-19T20:56:58+00:00December 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 [...]

Come, make yourself known!

By |2017-11-29T16:00:37+00:00September 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 [...]

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