Certificate in Regenerative Entrepreneurship2019-07-08T10:07:43+00:00

Certificate in Regenerative Entrepreneurship

The Certificate in Regenerative Development runs parallel to the UCI master’s programs for a total of 18 months in order to immerse the students in regenerative development as it is incorporated into management for regeneration of the planet, society and the economy.
Students will initially learn about current pressing issues of global change, including the planetary boundaries approach and the safe operating space for humanity. They will explore the impacts and interdependencies between different global changes in the Anthropocene. And also the relevant international organizational structures including the UN conventions, SDGs and other global initiatives which are used as the framework for global decisions. Also, a review on current geopolitics and how shifts in power are happening in a world of growing population and scarce resources. The exponential impacts of the 4 th Industrial Revolution on human societies will also be discussed.
After this, they will dive into holistic management practice through the integration of nature, society, economy, culture, politics and spirituality in transdisciplinary site-based approaches. Students will work on how systems thinking and complexity can be included in effective project management to achieve
regeneration at all levels.
The core of this program is regenerative development – with special emphasis on how the study of living systems is rapidly changing mindsets and the measurement of economic development. Different approaches taken by the most relevant organizations currently promoting regeneration will be analyzed
and compared with the goal of co-creating regenerative solutions for immediate implementation in different parts of the world with special emphasis on the Regenerative Communities Network.
After understanding how to transition from degenerative development to green economy, sustainability and regeneration, students will dive through a series of modules into an in-depth analysis of each of the pillars of regenerative development. These thematic areas are not disciplinary and thus will necessarily
be interlinked into holistic thinking and action. Nevertheless, for practical reasons we have divided them into the six components of regenerative development.

Regenerative Development

Understanding basic ecological principles and the use of nature-based-solutions to regenerate degraded territories into functional landscapes and seascapes. Biodiversity and ecosystem management and the provision of ecosystem services will be covered through different methodologies such as the Ecosystem Approach, Ecosystem based adaptation,regenerative agriculture, permaculture, holistic cattle management, connectivity conservation, and others. Ecological economics, payment for ecosystem services and other tools will allow these aspects to be contemplated in the different knowledge areas of project management. A
strong focus will be placed on carbon cycle and capture in soils and increase in biodiversity and ecosystem services.

How to transform current social structures into active, responsible and democratic societies. Tools for collaborative planning and co-creation will allow better adjustment of project scope and other knowledge areas to the requirements of communities and territories.

Starting with understanding the guiding principles of Regenerative Economics the students will be immersed into different approaches such as circular economy, Doughnut Economics, The Economy for the Common Good and other related frameworks. The Wellbeing Economy and the WE Alliance will be incorporated into broader project management.

Principles of applied cultural evolution and regenerative design will give insights on how human behavior has evolved into the current global situation and how we can transition into a new paradigm of elevated consciousness to achieve changes in human behavior in the time frame required.

An analysis of the rapidly changing global, regional and national politics will allow for a better understanding of the impacts and decision making and action on emerging issues. A deeper understanding on how generational shifts in power are allowing faster changes in national and global policies.

Technocratic approaches have not allowed for our civilization to transform into a different paradigm. Spirituality (in this case not related to religion) has an important role to achieve the massive change required to keep humanity’s safe operating space. There are close bonds with the Earth Charter and the application of its principles. Also, different insights on indigenous spirituality and knowledge and the relationship between humans and all non-human life are analyzed.

Entrepreneurship is an important component of regeneration. Students will be immersed in the use of new approaches to solve social, environmental and economic problems. Different aspects of social entrepreneurship will be analyzed in order to understand what may or may not be successful.
Regenerative entrepreneurship requires integrated competences, beyond knowledge and skills.
Attitude, consciousness, mindfulness and passion are highly relevant. Wellbeing of all life forms replaces traditional measures of success. The practical integration of the above components will allow for new mindsets that will allow for innovative approaches to local territorial development.
The program will also cover additional tools such as the use of socio-economic and climate change scenarios linked to business plan development or the fine-tuning of public policy will be covered through different webinars and exercises. UCI has many years’ experience working with future scenarios methodologies in partnership with several global and national organizations.


The Certificate Program will be offered online in English. The focus is on co-learning and co-creation between all participants – students, mentors, experts, invited lecturers. A combination of different tools including webinars, scientific and technical articles, books, videos, online discussions between participants as well as with the moderators of each unit. Additionally, mentors will be available for permanent support of the program.

International mentors and invited lecturers will include:

  • Eduard Müller, UCI President
  • Joe Brewer, Executive Director of the Center for Applied Cultural Evolution
  • Stuart Cowan, Director of Regenerative Development for the Capital Institute

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Cost / Investment plan:

$1300 Divided in 4 payments of $325

This program could be open to non UCI regular students at a total cost of $1600.
The optional field visit will have extra cost.