Regeneration is found only in the world of living systems. It offers us a paradigm for understanding life. Machine and other non-living metaphors cause us to conceive inaccurately. Living Systems offer us a set of First Principles that allow us to understand the world as alive and “at work”. A regenerative approach can be accessed through these seven foundational First Principles.

The arenas of Regeneration First Principles are sourced from and contribute to:


  • Wholes: Capable of operating in a self-determining way within a system and interactively with other systems. Autonomous in its structures, systems, and processes. Keeps all individuals focused on their effect on the whole. Read more here  Video here
  • Potential: Initiating with potential, the intention and effect to be achieved, rather than existing problems and issues. Seeking disruptive, more fulfilling, and beneficial outcomes. Read more here  Video here
  • Essence: Exhibiting singularity, working as “one of one” by increasingly bringing forth essence and non-displaceable uniqueness. Read more here  Video here
  • Development: Seeking to grow and develop potential in each and all entities by focusing on increasing capacity of a whole(s) to be vital, viable, and able to evolve. Read more here  Video here
  • Nested: Embedded within greater and lesser systems, each playing a core role in the success of the whole and other nested wholes. Read more here  Video here
  • Nodes: Seeking the point of highest and most systemic return in interventions. Similar to acupuncture, where a single point or set of points are recognized as most effective for systemic regeneration. Read more here  Video here
  • Fields: Operating within living dynamic processes, making “fitting” contributions that benefit system health with care for contributions and outcomes for all. Read more here  Video here

Hear Carol discuss the meaning of regeneration in this short video.

Carol Sanford uniquely understands how to develop more conscious, creative, innovative, and intentional human beings. Her work contributed to exponentially increasing the value of my company and perhaps most important, helped us discover that work can be deeply fulfilling in ways that feed your soul.

Jeffrey Hollender, Founder & CEO SustainNatural.com, Founder, Founding CEO Seventh Generation

Carol advocates for a vision of firms as cradles of human development, supporting their employees through journeys of discovery that focus on the lived experience of the customer. Her work points the way to building authentically purpose driven firms that will drive the kind of disruption that my own research suggests is likely to be catalysts in reimagining capitalism and to a way of being in the world that is simultaneously deeply pragmatic and an expression of transformative hope.

Rebecca M. Henderson, John and Natty McArthur University Professor, Harvard Business School

Carol has already influenced my own thinking and that of Kauffman leaders and we are partnering with her for more evolution in entrepreneurship and education to great ends. It’s just what the world needs to transform our fractured and fragmented workplace culture into a healthy, regenerative whole system. You will see why I so strongly recommend this work.

Mark Beam, Maverick in Residence Kauffman Foundation

Leading successful business transformation in a complex and challenging environment requires clarity, alignment, will and a sense of purpose at all levels across the organization. The principles and ideas presented for The Regenerative Business deliver these effects systemically an in a way that brings deeper satisfaction and meaning to work. Using the frameworks to build a developmental view is producing significant cultural shifts that are moving our business forward. Associates are energized to grow their impact, and customers are feeling the difference.

Lara Lee, President, Orchard Supply Hardware

Carol Sanford has fundamentally challenged and transformed the way we think about entrepreneurship, innovation, and developing our leaders. Since she began teaching at the school, the impact of Carol’s regenerative frameworks and concepts has reached beyond the classroom. She has supported the students, faculty, and leadership to explore how the curriculum, learning community, and organization can form a seamless whole in pursuit of driving transformative change. The Regenerative Business is essential for any leader looking to design and lead a thriving 21st century organization.

Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius, Principal, Kaospilot, Denmark, Business & Design in leadership and entrepreneurship

Prepare to abandon all current thinking about what makes organizations great. Original, powerful, and persuasive, The Regenerative Business exposes the limited worldviews and minimal expectations that drive most organizations. In their place, it offers practical and insightful frameworks for creating “regenerative” processes, illustrated with successful and profitable real-world applications of these ideas. Promoting ways of seeing and being in the world that couldn't be more timely or essential, The Regenerative Business details models that engage the whole person in the larger systems in which they operate.

Jessica Lipnack and David McConville, Co-chairs, Board of Directors, Buckminster Fuller Institute

Huge gratitude to Carol Sanford for helping Babson open the aperture on its view of what business can and should be. Attending the Regenerative Business Summit will give business leaders a taste of this experience. Don’t miss it!

Babson Executive Education and Lewis Institute at Babson 2017 Regenerative Business Summit Underwriting Champion

We are so proud to be a sponsor for The Regenerative Business Summit. Huge gratitude to Carol Sanford for helping Babson open the aperture on its view of what business can and should be. Attending this Summit will give business leaders a taste of this experience, Don’t miss it!

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