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Now What?!

Bioregional Organizing for Transformation and Regeneration

October 14 - November 22, 2019

Thinking bioregionally has emerged as one of the key frames for supporting the regeneration and transformation of natural and human systems.  What do we know about this approach?  What do we need to learn?

A number of Now What?! Partners incorporate regionalism as a core strategy, though not necessarily a bioregional approach.  

Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory (TRCC)

Bioregional Organizing Strategies: Models & Scope 

 

The TRCC is a community of leaders and organizations that work at the regional and translocal scale in the USA, in support of regenerative whole systems transformation to build communities that are healthy, just, and sustainable. Since 2014, we have been using a regional overlay for choosing which organizations to invite as members and for supporting their work via gatherings and funding.  

 

We operate from a “grasstops theory of change” that invites us to think globally, act locally, and organize/coordinate (bio)regionally.  We see regions as being geographically small enough to support ongoing relationships among stewards of the local community commons (food, water, energy, etc), yet big enough to have the capacity to effect change at scale. Regional, translocal, and transregional networks build relationships, share best practices, and work together to leverage local resilience to reach large-scale impact (sometimes called scaling-across).  

 

To date, we have focused on three regions--the San Francisco Bay Area, New England, and the Pacific Northwest-- which were selected as a result of a set of personal and organizational connections that were already in place when we made the decision in 2014 to “ground our work” in this way.  If we have the capacity to do so, we would love to add more regions to this set, especially if they are away from the two US coasts.

 

Question(s)

  • How does it matter whether the regions we are working in are “bioregions” versus purely politically/culturally defined ones?  What can New England teach us as a case study?

  • What are we learning about how bioregional organizing can intersect in a generative way with organizing based on politically defined regions?

  • What types of regional organizing models do we see eg central formal hub vs distributed?

  • Assuming we have the capacity to do so, what bioregions should the TRCC add to the three we are already supporting?

Films for the Planet

Thea LaGrou, of Films for the Planet, invites you to join her during Now What?! for a series of small group conversations inspired by this immersive learning journey to Pernambucu, Brazil.  These will be scheduled on a group by group basis, as interest develops. 

 

Email Thea if you wish to participate.  You can also use this calendar link to show your availability

The Xukuru Story is a scenic visual narrative which immerses virtual travelers in a rustic Brazilian landscape as they learn how indigenous communities must fight against pervasive commercial interests for their rights, land, and livelihood. Digital installations include a vibrant music video of The Tore – a sacred cultural celebration – visually documented for the very first time. 

This genre of digital storytelling combines interactive media with long-form journalism to create a unique immersive experience. The collective quest for viewers includes contemplation and the data harvesting of solutions for indigenous social and environmental challenges. 

Note: the Story linked to above currently available for viewing on a computer only and not on mobile devices.