Certificate in Regenerative Entrepreneurship2019-09-10T14:59:02-06:00

Certificate in Regenerative Entrepreneurship

Certificate in Regenerative Entrepreneurship runs parallel to the UCI master’s programs for a total of 16 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.

Current global and technological changes are now exponential and thus any process for co-creating solutions has to be dynamic. Below is an outline of the Certificate Program. This is not a rigid program and the base of the certificate is an active co-creation process between students and mentors. One of the fundamental outcomes of the program is to have people capable of managing complex problems in cooperation with the Regenerative Communities Network and other actors under permanent changing conditions. Flexibility, creativity and innovation will be standard practice in the discussions and thus will feed into the implementation of the program.

UNIT DESCRIPTION
Unit 1 Where do we stand? Global change, planetary boundaries approach and the safe operating space for humanity, impacts and interdependencies between global changes in the Anthropocene. Relevant international organizational structures including the UN conventions, SDGs and other global initiatives which are used as the framework for global decisions. The exponential impacts of the 4 th Industrial Revolution on human societies. Current geopolitics and how shifts in power are happening in a world of growing population and scarce resources. Use of social media, data and artificial intelligence and loss of democracy.
Unit 2 Systems thinking. Principles of systems approach and transdisciplinarity – dealing with complexity. Biomimicry and whole systems design. Bioliteracy and Innovation for Regenerative Development (BIRD). Regenerative development overview – from degenerative development to regeneration. Holistic management practice through the integration of nature, society, economy, culture, politics and spirituality in regenerative transdisciplinary site-based approaches. Incorporating systems thinking and complexity in effective project management to achieve regeneration at all levels. Theory of change. Real politics of Sharing. Integrative institutions in a regenerative culture.
Unit 3 Transformation – innovation and creation of previously unimagined possibilities. Disruption. 3 Horizons Framework (managerial, visionary, and entrepreneurial waves of change), Transformational leadership. Use of future scenarios for decision making.
Unit 4 Regeneration of functional landscapes. Nature based solutions. The Ecosystems Approach. Biodiversity conservation and ecosystem function. Ecosystem services and ecological economics. Nature based solutions. Ecosystem based adaptation. Regenerative agriculture. Permaculture. Holistic cattle grazing. Natural and assisted regeneration of natural ecosystems. LandArt regeneration. Landscape scale regeneration. Soil carbon, resilience, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. One health approach.
Unit 5 Social and cultural regeneration. Applied cultural evolution. Designing regenerative cultures. Participatory planning and active participation. Conflict management and conflict transformation. Communities and territorial governance.
Unit 6 Moving away from GDP. Regenerative economics and key principles (In Right Relationship; Views Wealth Holistically; Innovative, Adaptive, Responsive; Empowered Participation; Edge Effect Abundance; Robust Circulatory Flow; Seeks Balance). Cryptoassets and Decentralized Autonomous Communities design to promote Regenerative Development.
Unit 7 Regenerative policy and politics. Politics and economics. Current global and national politics. Empowering youth to go into politics. Advocacy and action. Local governance. Holistic management framework for decision making. Leadership for cooperation.
Unit 8 Spirituality, World view, The Earth Charter, Laudato Sí. Ethics, values and principles for a collaborative future. Biocultural conservation. Consciousness, mindfulness. Working on the inner self. Peace and balance. Peace and mindfulness.
Unit 9 Applying holistic approaches. Transdisciplinarity for regenerative development. Bioregional approach. Territorial regenerative development. Urban regeneration and development. Regenerative communities and collaboratives. Inter-sector value chains – regenerative businesses, regenerative tourism, B-Corps, cooperatives.
Unit 10 Technology for regeneration. Social media platforms and how to use them for collective action. Apps for regeneration. Applying blockchain technology.
Unit 11 Finding your path. Regenerative Environmental Emergence. Entrepreneurship for regeneration. Social entrepreneurship. Regenerative business models. Innovation. Holistic planning. Co-creating solutions. Communication. Network building. Fundraising. Project management.
Unit 12 Capacity development and education for regenerative development. Competence based framework.Enhancing community participation though empowerment and education. Leadership for co-creation.

International joint certification by:

International mentors and invited lecturers will include:

Eduard Müller
Eduard Müller
Carol Sanford
Carol Sanford
Allan Savory
Allan Savory
Alnoor Ladha
Alnoor Ladha
Daniel Wahl
Daniel Wahl
Bjørn Heyerdahl
Bjørn Heyerdahl
Stuart Cowan
Stuart Cowan
Ricardo Rozzi
Ricardo Rozzi
Alvaro Cedeño
Alvaro Cedeño
Katherine Trebeck
Katherine Trebeck
Maria Correa
Maria Correa
Franz Allmayer
Franz Allmayer
Miguel Altieri
Miguel Altieri
Mel Landers
Mel Landers
Ranulfo Paiva
Ranulfo Paiva
Karla Córdoba
Karla Córdoba
Marieke Veeger
Marieke Veeger
Steve Waddell
Steve Waddell
Jennifer Menke
Jennifer Menke
Hunter Lovins L.
Hunter Lovins L.
Luis M. del Campo
Luis M. del Campo
Tom Newmark
Tom Newmark
Federico Bellone
Federico Bellone
Pablo Jenkins
Pablo Jenkins
Mirian Vilela
Mirian Vilela
Marije van Lidth J.
Marije van Lidth J.
Oliver Schütte
Oliver Schütte
Allan Valverde
Allan Valverde
Félix Cañet
Félix Cañet
Tania Moreno
Tania Moreno
Juan Sostheim
Juan Sostheim
Alexis D. Gaillard
Alexis D. Gaillard
Marcello H. Blanco
Marcello H. Blanco
Florent Kaiser
Florent Kaiser
Hitesh Mehta
Hitesh Mehta

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Cost:

UCI students $1300. Divided in 4 payments of $325
Non UCI students $1600. Divided in 4 payments of $400

Notes:
Payment plan available.
The optional field visit will have extra cost.