Growing Regenerative Communities

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'Regenerative Neighbourhoods' was day of talks from bold thinker-makers in the morning, followed by facilitated workshops around the Ladywood neighbourhood. 

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Hosted by Immy Kaur and the neighbourhood play space and economics lab Civic Square, the day attempted to help participants see that bold, humane, inclusive, generous ideas for local change can actually work in real life. 

To kickstart the day we listened to the author of Doughnut Economics and Co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab, Kate Raworth, who explained her more equitable, ecological model of economics and challenged us to think how and where these principles and values could be made real.

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The scale of the challenge to address systemic dysfunction in practical ways in obvious, but Kate made it clear that communities all over the globe were already applying Doughnut Economics and seeing progress even when coming up against forces that do not want any change.

Amazingly Kate finished her presentation with a rap!

After that we heard from the founder of Incredible Edible, Pam Warhurst, who shared her story of the power of growing food and the 150 groups worldwide doing their own Incredible Edible projects.

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Pam introduced us to the Right to Grow Campaign which encourages people to grow food in unused places and share what grows to create more connected communities and sustainable living.

The campaign has cross-party support from Lords and MPs, with calls for the government to incorporate it into upcoming levelling up legislation.

“This is a no-brainer if we really think we’ve got to give people better health, wellbeing and access to good food,” said Pam.

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In the afternoon we were invited to join a walking tour with Pam or a water tour with Kate to build on the local knowledge about the neighbourhood as it is, as well as dreams for what could be, paying attention to local social infrastructure, local ecology, and our global impacts on social and ecological wellbeing.

Over lunch I got to chat with Carlota Sanz Ruiz, a Spanish economist, activist and Doughnut Economics Action Lab co-founder based in Oxford.

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Carlota spoke with great enthusiasm about how local councils in Barcelona and Amsterdam have embraced the Doughnut Economics model and how her role is to provide resources and help fan the flame of excitement within communities about a more humane and compassionate world.

Here's a brilliant interview with Carlota by IMPACT BOOM.

Civic Square is dedicated to making Ladywood a vibrant home to a collectively owned and built 21st Century civic space, a place to gather, make, create, grow, organise, play and connect. Find out about about the Regenerative Community Projects and activities in Ladywood here.

Find out about about the Doughnut Economics Action Lab here.

by Joel Wilson

Growing Regenerative Communities