Top Tips for Regenerative Living, Part 1



For the next several months I am going to share some of our Be the Change Project’s top tips for regenerative living taken from our eight years of trying to walk our walk.

(For some background on us, read some of my other blog entries or check out our website.)

Our lives are greatly influenced by Permaculture and Gandhian Integral Nonviolence resulting in a blend of greener living with attention to issues of social justice.  We aim to be good friends and neighbors while improving the land and living a good life. It’s a high bar but we do pretty good with it...mostly. 

My goal with this series is to share the edgier, more challenging, and frankly more uncomfortable elements of being the change.  Recycling is fantastic. Changing your lightbulbs is great.  Let’s rejoice with a collective pat on the back for about two seconds and then dig deeper. I want to help foment structural changes that lead to the creation of a more just and abundant world.  I feel this starts with each of us and radiates out to our land, our neighborhood, our city, and beyond.  Lest you believe that your individual actions have no impact, think again.  Check out Erica Chenoweth’s research and her 3.5% rule for social change.  Here’s a sample:

In fact, no campaigns [for nonviolent social change] failed once they’d achieved the active and sustained participation of just 3.5% of the population—and lots of them succeeded with far less than that.

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