Wao, in collaboration with yBC.tv, is excited to launch the ReThink: Regenerate series. This is an online series which focuses on the big, bold, joined up thinking required to secure a better future for all of us. For all its challenges, Covid-19 has provided an opportunity for us to pause, breathe and rethink our future. The series will cover a range of topics which reimagine a world where a drive towards “unchecked consumption” is replaced by the principle of regeneration underpinning every aspect of our lives.

The ReThink: Regenerate series features experts from around the world - academics, politicians, scientists, activists and many more. During the course of this year, the series will also feature people based in New Zealand, including in Wānaka - sharing the work they are doing to take a regenerative approach to their business and community. 

ReThink: Regenerate will be both a catalyst and a resource for people who are looking for ways to ensure our communities can thrive without continuing to cause significant and often irreparable damage to the planet we inhabit. Episodes will feature in each Wao newsletter, and you can also sign up to receive alerts about bonus content and in-depth briefings.

Episode 1: Our civilisation needs a reset

In the first episode of this new series, five well respected experts share their thoughts about the size, scale and drivers of the challenges we face at a local, national and global level. They argue that we need to rethink almost every aspect of our society as we know it, and that we need to start yesterday. This first episode sets the scene and lays down the challenge which we’ll be addressing right throughout the rest of the series.

Rupert Read is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, an author of over a dozen books and a climate and environmental campaigner. He takes a systems thinking approach and argues that our civilisation as we currently know it is finished. Molly Scott Cato, ex Member or European Parliament and spokesperson for the England and Wales Green Party contends that our society has the wrong focus, and must change. Guardian columnist George Monbiot considers himself a “professional troublemaker” and says that in order to turn this around we must “fight the world’s most powerful forces” whose interests are “diametrically opposed to ours.” Professor Sir Peter Gluckman says that the kiwi “she’ll be right” attitude and our three year political cycle are both factors that make it difficult for us here in New Zealand to easily affect change. And John Fullerton, an authority on Regenerative Economics, discusses why exponential growth is a flawed expectation.

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