RSD Course — Core Tracks

Listed below are the more detailed outlines of the Core Tracks.

CT1) Regenerative Food Production & Processing

The global food system is dysfunctional — it produces mostly poor quality chemical laced food. Notably, industrial agriculture is destroying the Earth’s ecosystems more than any other industry. Furthermore, industrial agriculture is collapsing under rising energy costs and food prices are skyrocketing. Alarmingly, the world is covered by degraded agricultural landscapes that can’t produce food without high inputs because they are not ecologically sound. Unfortunately, poor quality food equals poor health outcomes. We need to change this. Food that nourishes and heals is thus sorely needed. Students studying the Regenerative Food Production & Processing track learn how to grow and process Regeneratively Optimised Food in home gardens and at scale — acquiring the skills & the knowledge to produce the most nutritious food possible while at the same time healing our planet.

Lessons by: John Kempf (0), Dr Elaine Ingham (0), Gabe Brown (0), Ray Archuleta (0), Geoff Lawton (0), etc.

CT2) Ecology & Regenerative Conservation Practices

Understanding ecology is key to nature conservation and agriculture. In this track students learn about ecology and how to restore natural ecosystems, how to include nature belts in agricultural fields, and how to use the principles of nature conservation, etc. To farm in the future, farmers will need to use nature belts and integrated pest management (IPM) strategies to farm — IPM will need to be ubiquitous very soon. This track also includes lessons on how to use the grazing habits of domestic animals to improve the ecological functions of pastures, grasslands, savannahs and agroforestry systems — including grazing cattle in big 5 territory!

Lessons by: Dr Allan Savory (0), Richard Teague (0), Dr Alllen Williams (0), Ray Archuleta (0), etc.

CT3) Regeneratively Resilient Hydrological Systems

Water is no doubt a key component of life on Earth. Less well known is that water vapour controls 95% of Earth’s heat dynamics! This is key to reversing abnormal weather patterns. Landscape hydration using interventions like water infiltration swales and dams, etc. are thus necessary if we want to build a regeneratively resilient future. Furthermore, water scarcity is becoming a very troublesome obstacle to life in many regions of the world. The hydration of whole landscapes offers the best possible starting point for developing a regeneratively resilient bioregion — interventions that result in more consistent rain with less flooding, etc.. Notably, cities can reduce temperatures by around 5oC using trees and hydration strategies. Students studying this track will learn how to design and implement Regeneratively Resilient Hydrological Systems.

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CT4) Regeneratively Resilient Infrastructure Systems

Infrastructure, in the context of post-hunter-gatherer times, is what makes a place — the built human domain — functionally and aesthetically liveable. To be truly sustainable, infrastructure must be long lasting and have many functions. For example, resilience is highlighted by the many Roman roads that are still in use today — they are still functioning even though they were built around two thousand years ago! This is key. Regeneratively Resilient Infrastructure Systems are designed and developed so that they integrate into a multi-functional matrix of local needs and so that they outlast conventional infrastructure. Students learn how to achieve these outcomes.

N.B. Natural wild zones can be integrated into the built environment! Apparently, the Indian city, Mumbai has the highest leopard density of any place in the world — including nature reserves! Rewilding of cities is possible — maybe not with top predators though!!!

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CT5) Regeneratively Resilient Building Systems

The building challenges that we will face in the future are as great as our energy challenges. It takes a lot of energy to build a modern home, warehouse, factory, etc. Firstly, building modest houses with mostly natural materials is the most cost effective and sustainable way to construct a home. Secondly, building wide span buildings like warehouses is very difficult without steel. The Regeneratively Resilient Building Systems track focuses on the suitability of a wide range of building styles and materials — students that have completed this track will have the knowledge to choose the best material for the task at hand.

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CT6) Regeneratively Resilient Energy Systems

In a modern economy, energy is the economy — GDP correlates almost completely with energy use. So, a person may ask, what if a community is totally reliant on the sunshine (solar & plant biomass), rainfall (water for hydro power & irrigation), wind (for wind energy) all optimised using Regenerative Systems Design — is the correlation still relevant? NO and YES. This track highlights the differences between a nature based economy and a fossil energy economy — and how a bioregion can use Regenerative Systems Design to maximise

CT7) Regenerative Natural Animal Health & Nutrition

In the Regenerative Natural Animal Health & Nutrition students learn how to use natural ways to treat or prevent disease or illness in domestic pets, farm animals and wildlife. Students learn about the relationship between food, nutrition and health, and how animals digest, absorb and utilise nutrients.

Lessons by: Dr Allan Savory (0)

CT8) Regenerative Natural Human Health & Nutrition

Modern medicine has been captured by big pharma — it is degenerative rather than regenerative. Furthermore, processed foods are not natural and they are destroying our health. The Human Health & Nutrition track covers everything a person needs to know about human health and nutrition.

Lessons by: Dr Zach Bush (0)

CT9) Accounting & Finance for Regenerative Resilience

During the decade of transition, traditional Accounting & Finance will still be of importance to businesses. However, less traditional forms will take over many of the transactional roles played by modern money. This track highlights the differences and offers solutions to the unique dynamics of future trade without a globalised financial system. N.B. even CBDCs will not last in an energy starved world. The Accounting & Finance for Regenerative Resilience track thus prepares students for the future. DEgrowth is inevitable and necessary — REgrowth is a regenerative pathway that is resilient and sustainable!

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CT10) Marketing & Packaging for Regenerative Resilience

Much of the marketing and packaging knowledge in this track will only be used during the decade of transition. However, selling one’s products or services will always require a form of sales / marketing. Furthermore, packaging will need to be adapted to be more reusable and less fossil energy intensive. Students of this track will be more informed about the ‘art’ of marketing and packaging in an energy scarce world — and understand the pathways to achieve the best possible transition. Multi-purpose reusable packaging designed to be reused many times in many ways, is the future.

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CT11) Regenerative Resilience in a Sustainable Economy

Using a business lens, this track offers insight into the nuts & bolts of how Regenerative Resilience can be implemented to achieve a truly Sustainable Economy. They word sustainability has been vilified but it is by definition equivalent to homeostasis of one’s body — without it you degenerate. The optimal balance between entropy / catabolism and syntropy / anabolism is homeostasis. The optimal balance between minerals in one’s body is homeostasis … Students of this track study how to use whole systems thinking to develop a sustainability-by-design economy — an economy that endures long-term because entropy equals syntropy. Furthermore, an economy that is resilient & sustainable is also one that is in constant flux, yet it remains in a state of equilibrium. In other words, the sustainability of the economy, the community and the ecology are adaptive and resilient to internal and external forces.

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CT12) Holistic Systems Design for Regenerative Resilience

Using an ecological lens, students study how Holistic Systems Design — systems thinking — can be used to design and manage a bioregion so that it is highly regenerative and resilient to shocks. Many decades of regenerative forces — syntropy — will be needed to restore ecosystems and move communities towards sustainability. Sustainability is reached when goals are achieved — and by design regenerative forces (syntropy) are equal to degenerative forces (entropy) — equilibrium. Resilience by whole systems design at a bioregional, local and micro scale is an integral component of this track. In other words, this is similar to how micro-economics fits into economics. This track covers subjects such as biomimicry (nature-inspired innovation), etc.

Lessons by: Geoff Lawton (0), Dr Allan Savory (0)

CT13) Integrated Strategic Resource Management

To last into the future, local and bioregional resources need to be managed strategically — this is true for non-renewable and renewable resources. The optimal regeneration of renewable resources such as; water, wood, orchards, ecological services, etc. should be holistically integrated into the bioregional development strategy. Students learn how to use the principles of Regenerative Systems Design to implement Integrated Strategic Resource Management in a bioregion.

Lessons by: Geoff Lawton (0)

CT14) Integrated Community Resilience & Placemaking

To integrate resilience into a community one must involve the whole community. This is mostly because ownership of community assets / infrastructure — the commons — is collective. The art of placemaking enhances liveability and conviviality by developing a diverse range of public spaces that bring joy and tranquillity to the bioregion.

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CT15) Holistic Design for Bioregional Communities

The Holistic Design for Bioregional Communities track covers ways to integrate all the RSD Course tracks into a bioregional development strategy, and includes dynamics such as inter-bioregional, national, and international trade. In other words, students are taught how to use a macro-lens when they are planning the holistic development of a bioregion. Learning how to wear multiple hats at once is a skill that enhances the ability of a leader to integrate regenerative systems design into a holistic strategy. CT12 and CT15 are the two sides (aspects) of the same coin — CT15 is essentially the integration of CT12 with all the other tracks on a macro-scale. In other words, this is similar to how macro-economics fits into economics.

Lessons by: Geoff Lawton (0)

CT16) Leadership Development in Community Resilience

Please note that this track is about how a community can develop capable leaders at all levels. Leadership is required at all levels of a community — from self-management by individuals, to leading small groups, to being bioregional leaders. This multi-dimensional track focuses on how to develop the leadership skills that will help to increase community resilience and long-term sustainability. This track covers subjects such as Sociocracy 3.0, Prosocial, the Swiss Canton System, Direct Democracy, etc.

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RSD Course Versions

The pre-alpha version of a lesson is one that has not been peer reviewed yet — however, don’t worry, pre-alpha is good enough to be live! The alpha version is an early version of a peer reviewed lesson that is part of a dedicated evaluation process. The beta version includes almost all of the final content, videos, etc. yet it may still need to be tweaked somewhat.

The reason for making the pre-alpha version live is that we are actively engaging with our ‘early adopter’ crowdfunding students and contributors so that we can build the best course possible. The completed alpha versions of the entire course will be live from the 1st March 2024.

The beta versions will hopefully be released by 1st August 2024. The ‘completed & refined’ release of the RSD Course (English) should be available at the end of 2024. The course will then be translated into other languages — around 10 languages at first, and then more according to demand.