We are at a crossroads with humanity. The Climate Emergency is the most important issue of our lifetime, followed by the intersection of exponential technologies as a disruptive but positive force to wield into economic diversity with regenerative living. The pandemic has created an exodus from big cities, allowing them to breathe, heal, and mass climate migration has occurred during political turmoil. A perfect storm for rural Canada, and a shock to our system to move ahead in collaboration around the world.
The term “regenerative” describes processes that restore, renew or revitalize the health of individuals, communities, and ecosystems.
Whereas the highest aim of “sustainability” is to satisfy fundamental human needs today without compromising future generations, the goal of regenerative living is to develop restorative systems that are dynamic, resilient and adaptive, and are beneficial for both humans and other species. This regeneration process is participatory, iterative and individual to the community and environment it is applied to. This process intends to revitalize communities, human and natural resources, and society as a whole.
We are living in transformational times, where we can apply artificial intelligence and machine learning to address the integration of organic food, clean water, renewable energy and circular waste recycling to resource management at the neighborhood and community scale. Smart Communities can engage local schools, entrepreneurs, and businesses as partners in planning, designing and carrying out these innovative community projects. There are a number of Canadian civic engagement platforms that allow this to be done transparently and collaboratively.
We are a collective of Canadian Smart Cities and global Regenerative Living professionals. We lead a collaborative local-to-global approach to improving smart communities through research and experience applied directly to the problems rural areas face. Our team members are public service and private professionals with organizations such as Canada’s Open North, and the Intelligent Community Forum. Partners throughout the world at local, regional, and national scales benefit from our ability to improve capacity to co-create innovation, access data, and connected technology. The global pandemic, with decentralization everywhere, including remote work, ubiquitous connectivity and efficient transportation, will evolve real estate by giving everyone a chance to codesign resilient, affordable, equitable, healthy and regenerative communities together.
Our main partner, ReGen Villages Canada builds these regenerative and resilient communities using Canadian tech, local organizations and development companies. New communities are connected to each other and to existing communities in smart bioregions, through the Village OS platform. This creates a border free autonomous system to optimize and improve our lives, and mitigate our challenges.
Founder James Ehrlich, is a pioneer in Regenerative Living and is a member of the UN Climate Change Secretariat, designer for the EU’s Bauhaus Movement. As an Entrepreneur in Residence at Stanford University School of Medicine – Health and Human Performance, James is a researcher and lecturer within the Stanford Flourishing Project. He is also appointed Faculty of Singularity University, Senior Fellow at Opus Novum consortium at NASA Ames Research Center, and (Obama) Appointee to a White House/U.S. State Department Joint Task Force on regenerative infrastructure. A serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley for over 25 years, James successfully founded and managed technology and media companies with successful exits. For nearly a decade, he executive produced an award-winning national public broadcasting series based on his case study research of organic and bio-dynamic family farms that, at its peak, reached over 35 million homes each week.
Smart Villages are a new, healthier way to live. They are communities that integrate technology and nature into regenerative living. They operate from the principles of biomimicry and biophilic design, creating environments that support the health of the bioregion, and the people & other living beings within it.
We are building out the first Smart Villages in BC, AB and ON & QC with a pipeline of data “the new oil” to create new regional partnerships. They will act as pilot projects and will be open sourced with livestreamed events on collaborative platforms.
There are 3 types of communities that need to be built and connected together with the Village OS software.
- Small experimental zones
- Create new villages
- Retrofit existing communities
They are all unique and need to be built to support every permutation of community in the world. They each have a set of partners (individuals, investors, corp, gov, NGO) that have a set of goals for the communities, just like a good business. Private capital financing will be automated online.
Step 1 – Civic Hackathon
Host our Super Fun, Inter-Generational, Innovation Events to Co-Create Solutions on social, environmental and economic development. Afterwards, post the solutions online in your own civic engagement platform for perpetual refinement such as Canada’s PlaceSpeak. This will continue the discussion and connect any events and solutions in action groups. We use Canadian software Nudj to make it all happen automagically.
Step 2 – Living Lab
In order for innovation to happen we need to touch and feel and try and fail in a safe space. We need to identify a small experimental zone in your community AKA “building sandbox” or Living Lab to test new infrastructure and meet daily with community to play! But first set the ground rules with Open North Data & Tech Standards. Afterwards anyone can make the pitch transparently online and the people vote on what to co-create. Here are a sample of new housing and living technology on the market today that can be a starting point. Many of this infrastructure innovation exists in our region.
Step 3 – Smart & ReGen Village
Connect with other communities around the world and update living in real-time on the Village OS. Like the Tesla of Eco-Villages, everything is connected between communities, including infrastructure, organizations and people. That’s what today’s tech can do instead of leaving it up to a few representatives to make rules and build in silos.
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