Regenerative Community Action Network

RegenCAN &
Regenerative Systems

When you join a local RegenCAN Exchange, your once-off membership fee of R100 is paid to Regenerative Systems. Importantly, Regenerative Systems manages the RegenCAN System and not the local RegenCAN Chapter. Local RegenCAN Chapters manage all donations and token issuance.

Who is Regenerative Systems?

Regenerative Systems is an impact-led social enterprise. A social enterprise is a business that aims to achieve a particular public or community mission (social, environmental, cultural or economic), and reinvests the majority of its profits into achieving that mission. 

For example, 99.9% of all income from the global RESCUE.exchange Volunteer Management Platform registrations is used to fund the edu points system. Lifetime access to the Regenerative Systems Design Course (RSD Course) is included with every RESCUE.exchange Volunteer Management Platform registration.

Because social enterprises are structured differently from a traditional charity or business, they may obtain funding from grants, investments, or a combination of both. In recent years, a number of new, hybrid options for financing social impact organisations have also been developed, which attend to both profit motivation and to social impact.

An impact-led organisation is one that has ‘identified’ the key areas of their business so that they are delivering maximum impact for each individual that they support. In other words, they have a model that maximises impact for the people they support at scale. Regenerative Systems fits the impact-led social enterprise criteria perfectly!

Regenerative Systems Design

The term ‘regenerative’ describes the processes that restore, renew or revitalise their own sources of energy and materials, ensuring the capacity to sustain and nurture all life. Regenerative approaches use whole-systems thinking to build equitable resilience that responds to the needs of society while respecting the integrity of nature.

In language promoting themes of regeneration, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2021 – 2030 the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration — The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration offers unparalleled opportunity for job creation, food security and addressing climate change.

Regenerative Development

Regenerative development marks an evolution in the concept and practice of sustainable development.

Sustainable or green development has focused on minimising damage to the environment and human health and using resources more efficiently to limit the degradation of earth’s natural systems. Regenerative approaches, however, seek to reverse the degradation of the planet’s natural systems and also design human systems that co-evolve with natural systems to generate mutual benefits and greater expression of life and resilience.

Regenerative development is a living systems meta-discipline that unifies the pattern practices of social and ecological design into a process that lifts people, building design, and community planning into a co-evolutionary relationship. The effect: improving the overall quality of the physical, social and spiritual aspects of our living places and the planet.

Regeneration in Context

Regeneration is often a core goal of many frameworks with an ecological focus, such as nature based solutions, biomimicry, agroecology, permaculture, conservation agriculture, forest gardening, natural farming, and bush regeneration. Regenerative Systems aims to enhance understanding of the potential of such movements to create regenerative solutions.

RegenCAN is an acronym of Regenerative Community Action Network — so it should go without saying that regeneration is a core principle of the RegenCAN System.