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Cities Rising for a Regenerative World
Reframing the role of cities as Gaia’s Reflective Organs
This is a weeklong program January 11 - 15 convened by Integral City, Nest City, Ubiquity University and Humanity Rising ChatAction Group


Inspired by HR’s week of Bouncing Beyond to a Regenerative World convened in October 2020 by Ubiquity U and U International Cooperation and partners, this Cities Rising Week focuses on human systems at the scale of the city. We view “city” as the human habitat (or human hive) at scales from village to megalopolis and our definition of city embraces the ecoregion where it is located and that constrains it.

We intend our inquiry to complement the exploration of Bouncing Beyond to a Regenerative World, by providing the context and contribution cities can make to a Regenerative World.

Prior to the 2020 year of the pandemic, cities had become the habitats where more than 50% of humanity live – in the developed world more than 90%. This week will reframe cities from the bricks and mortar infrastructures of the visible city into a human system with consciousness, culture, behaviors and structures.

This is the Integral City – a fractal that lies on the trajectory of living human systems, stretching from the individual, to the collective, to the city, to the planet Gaia (person, people, place, planet).

This way of looking at the city assumes that it is a complex adaptive living system, evolutionary in its nature and integrative in its potential to serve the wellbeing of Gaia.

If we have learned anything in 2020, it is at the scale of the city where humans make life and death decisions and where people have the opportunities to thrive or waste. The overriding purpose of this week is to inquire how people serve the wellbeing of the city and how the city serves the wellbeing of people, while together we serve the wellbeing of Gaia.

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The overarching theme of the Cities week is to help you experience your city/community as a dynamic living system. This week-long exploration will offer a variety of lenses, tools and practices—and opportunities for you to reflect—that will enable you to best serve your city/community so that it can best serve you and together we can all serve the wellbeing of our planet, Gaia.

Day 1


Jan 11

AQtivating cities at scale

Cities thrive when we activate agency at scale

·  What is your learning edge?

·  How would you describe your learning edge?

·  Where is your learning edge?

Day 2


Jan 12

Living in cities as complex adaptive systems

Cities are living systems with consciousness and culture, in addition to behaviours and infrastructure

·  How do you experience the linear city?

·  How do you experience the city as a living system?

·  Where do you see the city as a living system coming alive?

·  How to amplify the city as a living system?

·  What happens when we act as if the city is a living system?

Day 3


Jan 13

Governing with life-cycle patterns

Cities are where we can practice governance with local conditions and needs in mind

·  What can the city learn from its eco-region? What are the universal principles that can guide / inform city life?

·  How is mutual trust and respect core to civility?

·  How does (explicit) governance shift from hierarchy primarily to hierarchy and self-organizing?

·  What minimal critical structure is needed to support self-organizing in the city? Under what conditions? When?

·  The role of (city) government is shifting… from what to what?

Day 4


Jan 14

Practicing mutual agency

Cities are living systems of mutual agency, a survival skill.  

A diversity of practices enables us to serve our cities well so they serve us well in return

·  What behaviours of mine enable or disable the agency of others?

·  What are the tensions I experience in the city around me? How do they indicate the improvements I wish to make to the city?

·  What is my calling in service to the city? How do I trust that others will do what I am not doing?

·  How/why is mutual  trust and respect core to the quality of your life in the city?

Day 5


Jan 15

Integrating coherence for regenerativity

Cities are vehicles for regeneration when we take responsibility for our relationship with the ecoregion

·  What experiments are you conducting? Who do you experiment with?

·  What feedback channels do you use? Could you use?

·  What is regenerating in you?

o Survive, connect, regenerate

o Master code

o Scale

·  How does culture impact context and feedback to give us information re coherence?

·  Why/how is regeneration important to the city?

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In designing our week we have set 4 guiding principles:

  • Enable various levels of participation
  • Enable agency at scale
  • Display and integrate diversity of faces and experiences
  • Make the community system visible to itself

We have also defined 4 Roles for each day.

# Convenors

  1. Welcome the assembly

# Hosts

  1. Host and guide the process / conversation
  2. Add insight and perspective
  3. Reflective practitioners
  4. Demonstrate the practice of reflecting in action
  5. Share their reflection publicly, and relevant stories
  6. Focus reflective practitioner
  7. Share ways of thinking about cities
  8. Reflect on the reflection
  9. Engage in discussion about how “a model” can be used in practice, in the city

Behind the scenes we also have support from: 7 Vortex, meshwork visualizers, etc.

Facilitation for each day will use the Guiding Principles and include: for the chat function to stop, to allow for personal reflection explicit opportunities to for the chat community ideas to be integrated with those of the guests post-session- facilitated gathering where people can meet each other, find people with similar interests, in the same part of the world, language, etc. (see ChatAction below) ChatAction Group - please join the conversation by adding your ideas and questions using shared document TBD

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Conveners Org URL Other Comment Skills
Jim Garrison Founder President of Ubiquity University and Humanity Rising Ubiquity University Humanity Rising: A Global Solutions Summit. “Transforming conversations that matter into action that makes a difference." UbiVerse Social Platform Change Maker
Marilyn Hamilton Faculty, Ubiquity U, Findhorn College, Royal Roads U, U Victoria, Fielding U, Adizes Grad School Integral City Meshworks Author Integral City Book Series for the Human Hive:
  • Reframing Complex Challenges
  • Inquiry & Action
  • Evolutionary Intelligences
Marilyn's Slides From Video of HRDay 56 Community-Building Creativity Green-Economics Innovation Research Sacred Activist Spiritual-Awakening Strategic-Planning Systems-Design Teaching Facilitation Writing Content Creation Ecological-Literacy Sustainability Teacher Seminar-Leader Visioning
Beth Sanders Presenter of HRDay 56 Healthy Human Habitats Beth Sander's Website Book: Nest City: How Cities Serve Citizens and Citizens Serve Cities exploring our evolutionary relationship with cities Works with citizens, city governments, businesses, and community organizations. She helps them hear each other, make better cities. City-Making Integral City Leadership and Team Building Public Speaking Social Habitat Spiral Dynamics Teaching Facilitation
Conveners Org URL Other Comment Skills
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Presenters :

NAME Organisation / Expertise COUNTRY
Hani Quan Life Coach &Social Entrepreneur Canada
Jorge Garza Future Cities ,McConnell Foundation
Hugo Araujo Founder 7Vortex Mexico & Belgium
Taina Ketola Public Sector Specialist Finland
Andres Malave Cultural Consultant Nantes ,France
Mark McCaffrey Founder Co-Focal ECOS mAuthor Climate Smart & Energy Wise,Initiator Powers of 10 Framework Italy
Stanley Nyoni The Natural Step Consultant Africa Sweden
Paddy Pampallis Founder Integral Coach Africa
Raji Jayasinghe Ubiquity U Youth Initiatives Sri Lanka
Luis Camargo Biomimicry Expert Columbia
Katerina Zalamova Smart Cities Expert
Lev Gordon Co-Founder of Living Cities Russia Association
MiraMichelle Jones Founder The Sacred Female Rising Institute ,Shaman Seoul Korea
Tesoc Hah Architect
Soni Dasmohapatra
Keren Tang Public Health Professional ,Participatory City,McConnell Foundation
Taisa Mattos Global Ecovillage Network Brazil
Indra Adnan Journalist, Founder Alternative UK
Shweta Srisastav Design Researcher, Architect
Julian Baller ED Co-Creating Europe
Yene Assegid International Coach Ghana , africa
Vandana Shiva Author Earth Democracy India

Read about the ChatAction AfterChat here.

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