WHO is sponsoring the Summit?
Here is what some of our Summit Champions are saying:
“Carol Sanford Institute’s approach (the regenerative business education) continues to be an amazing source of inspiration and one of the foundational philosophies of Google Food.”Michiel Bakker
“Carol Sanford Institute’s regenerative way of working with Seventh Generation opened a door to the whole new level of engaging with and practicing corporate responsibility, in everything we do— from how we organize the company, to strategic thinking, working with stakeholders, product development and marketing. We have dramatically improved our strategic, leadership, and organizational capabilities…”Jeffrey Hollender
“Carol Sanford, as a longtime friend and Sr. Fellow in Social Innovation, is Executive Producer for The Regenerative Business Summit 2017, which offers authentic ways to grow and connect business to society. Carol’s insights and experiences provide some of the best thinking for leaders not only in business, but in government, policy, and the social sector. We’re looking forward to The Regenerative Business Summit Sep 25-27. See you there.”Cheryl Kiser
Who are the participants at the Summit? Why are they coming?
“It really has opened up my mind to look at things differently and I think that’s what’s really changing and that’s the central part that’s changing the industry.”Bill Billenstein
How is the Summit experience different than traditional conferences?
The Regenerative Business Summit is an invitation-only gathering of 200 “edge thinkers” that is structured to work cross-sector and cross-industry, with a focus on six essential value-adding business streams:
- Food (nourish life)
- Shelter (containers for transition through life stages and phases)
- Transacting (platforms for non-direct exchanges of information and resources)
- Adorning (tribal, belonging declarations, communities)
- Recreating (connecting with meaning and spirit, restoration of self)
- Communing (harmonizing with higher and lower, greater and lesser, that goes beyond the personal and individual)
The quality of the Summit draws upon the quality of the people in the room. These are high-impact, high-integrity business leaders who have been selected for their ability to push boundaries in service of improving the world and their business.
A Transformative Experience for All
This is not a conference where you sit and listen. Instead, you will engage with peers in a rigorous dialogue on creating great change that shifts societal and ecological systems health—and grows your own business and it’s place in it all. The Summit offers you the opportunity to develop the capacity and capability to create systemic effects in the world leading to healthy and vibrant communities while exploring new growth opportunities for your business.
Application of Systemic Frameworks
We use systemic frameworks, grounded in living systems principles to support our thinking. You will learn how they can best be applied to your business and its growth.
Learn more about living systems principles.
Engaging Thinking Partners
Every participant at the Summit will be a thinking partner, selected for their personal agency, decision-making power in an existing business, curiosity, and their willingness to challenge themselves and the people around them. Thinking partners do not give advice, they do not coach, they are not talking heads or panelists. They use frameworks such as the 7 First Principles of Regeneration to listen and ask questions, deepening understanding of your work and your business.
Learning using the Fishbowl Format
We learn best as humans through stories. The “fishbowl” engagement process uncovers stories and observations to help us learn from the experiences of others and our own. In the “fishbowl”, you sit at the center of a circle with Carol Sanford as your thinking partner. Everyone in the circle holds their own business, project, or product in mind as Carol poses questions and helps you discover systemic ways of thinking through an authentic Socratic process. Everyone learns by mentally engaging with the person(s) in the center. But you get the most profound exploration of your business at the center of the fishbowl on stage, in real time.
Watch Carol resourcing Refarm owners on stage using a fishbowl format during the the 2016 Summit:
Interested in participating to a Fishbowl during the 2017 Summit? Learn more about this year’s theme and how to apply.
A Reflective Experience
At the Summit, you will not only have an opportunity to step back to reflect about your business but you will also be encouraged to question the many assumptions you’ve made about what it means to be a good business. The Regenerative Business Paradigm is a powerful assessment tool for your business that disrupts old, tired ways of thinking. Participants are individuals with an ability to step out of their own comfort zones and question current, accepted norms. Together, you will walk to the edge of what you thought you knew, and leave the Summit with new questions to apply to your business.
Excited about the potential of this regenerative experience? Request an invitation to the Regenerative Business Summit.
We look forward to seeing you in September!
2017 Underwriting Champions
Some of the Participating Businesses
Google Food Lab
Babson Executive Education
Terra Genesis International
Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurs
New Hope Network
Orchard Supply Hardware
Presidio Graduate School
Stern Produce Company
Goodly Brand Foods
Soma Integral Consulting
The Bark House
La Rousse Seattle
Penn State University
Robertson Properties Group
Second Line Designs