Regenerative Practice as Transformative Design Framework
This presentation introduces a regenerative design cycle for shaping environments, services, and pedagogies as tools for eco-social transformation. It introduces regenerative practice as a practice-theory framework that builds on worldviews, practices, and ideas developed by many voices and communities. Regenerative practice is a practical theory of social change that theorizes the interlinking of the earth’s natural ecosystem, social relations and individual well-being. It sees the regeneration of people, human society, and human-nature relations as a necessary precondition for a comprehensive eco-social transformation of society. Drawing on principles from design research, regenerative culture design, and design justice, the presentation provides key characteristics of a fundamental re-centering of human environments towards reconnection. It details specific design features and cycles that can inform practice and intervention in diverse fields of practice (i.e., social work, education, urban planning). It introduces a process of intertwining steps, which move from individual somatic work and reflection, to somatic work and reflection in groups to transformative work at the social level. These regenerative practice steps are essential to individual and social needs for well-being and connection, as well as to fostering human connection to more-than-human nature.
Regenerative practice; Design; Reconnection; Decolonization
Yari Or (she/her), researcher, educator, activist, writer. Grew up as 2nd generation immigrant in Germany. Yari was trained as an anthropologist (at the Freie Universität Berlin, the University of Chicago, and at UCLA) and as a learning scientist (at Northwestern University, Ph.D. 2007), thus connecting socio-cultural, developmental, and educational perspectives in the study of youth development. Her interests lie in the development of new methods for transformative practice in Social Work. Her research interests sit at the intersection of Positive Youth Development, eco-social transformation, and political healing.