The Regrowth Project is London National Park City's podcast - a series curated to inspire ideas and thinking about nature, the environment, urban spaces, and what it means to be human.

The idea is simple, we bring together three people who wouldn't normally be in the same space and give them a word to trigger the flow of the conversation. Dive in below to hear what emerges from this space of the unknown.

Episode 4: Rebirth

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Rebirth can mean different things to different people. For some it speaks of seasonal cycles, of vegetation renewed, and natural processes. Yet for others, and historically, it also holds more metaphysical connotations - of resurrection, or reincarnation. A renewal and a renaissance, a rebirth can seem to offer a second chance, the opportunity to reset the clock, and begin again from the beginning.

Yet will this time be any different? And would we want it to be? To what extent does rebirth mean a break with the past, and to what extent does it imply a recycling of it, an ultimate continuity, an eternal return? And to be reborn, does something first have to die? Can we bridge these gaps between a physical, and a more spiritual, or cultural renewal? What are the dangers of wanting to wipe the slate clean? And what is the potential?

Speakers

Alastair MantAlastair Mant is Director of Business Transformation at the UK Green Building Council - leading the scoping and delivery of co-created projects that provide the built environment industry with tools and guidance to radically improve its environmental and social impact. Current project topics include net zero carbon, climate resilience, circular economy, biodiversity, and innovation. Alastair was previously a director at a national property consultancy where he provided advice on sustainability issues throughout the property lifecycle and especially on asset management, focussing on strategy, reporting and the link to business value. He is a Member of the RICS and a Practitioner of IEMA.

Away from work, Alastair's favourite hobbies are Japanese culture and rugby, and he has very fond memories of the 2019 rugby world cup in Japan. He previously spent three years in Japan teaching English and exploring the archipelago's amazing natural and built environments.

Carlos Zepeda

Carlos Zepeda began his academic career in economics and international development focusing on solidarity economics and the politics of alternative development in Latin America. Inspired by his experience studying and working first with the Jesuits, and later, as political advocacy campaigner for international development NGOs and civil society organisations in El Salvador and Central America, Carlos explored how power shapes the root causes of social and environmental degradation. His work has investigated how poor people, especially women, suffer social exclusion from the human right to water.

As Assistant Director in Policy and Practice, Carlos works as a catalyst to network and translate the Institute’s cutting-edge research on integral ecology into action. He mediates between the Institute’s academic research on integral ecology, on the one hand, and national and global policy actors, global civil society actors, faith communities, and the public at large, on the other. He has a special interest in addressing the root causes of social and environmental degradation via solidarity initiatives with the Global South and towards a more sustainable and just world.

Carlos lives in Petersfield, at the heart of the South Downs National Park in Hampshire, England with his wife and two children. He loves walking and cycling in the countryside, creative art and literature, listening to West African kora music, and dancing Latin American rhythms (a wide range!).

Siv WatkinsSiv Watkins is an academically trained microbiologist, independent scholar, and ritualist. She is the founder of Microanimism, a platform for examining and developing relationships between humans and the microbial world, and she specializes in helping folks sit at the murky intersection of science and esotericism. Since 2003, Siv has held scientific positions in industry, commercial, and academic research and faculty settings. Her doctoral studies examined communities of bacteria in satellite wastewater treatment systems, and she has also performed scientific research in the areas of conservation microbiology, freshwater pollution and bioremediation, environmental virus population analysis, and the use of microbiomes and microbial communities in sustaining responsible stewardship of the extended natural environment. Originally from the UK, she currently lives near Albuquerque, New Mexico (homeland of the Pueblo peoples) where she makes home with two cats, one horse, and one human man. As well as spending an awful lot of time thinking about viruses, bacteria, animism, and the crossovers between science and divinity, Siv teaches humans and horses how to be with each other and works at an equine therapy center. She spends as much time as she can with her horse Apollo, covering miles in the NM backcountry.

 

Episode 3: Reboot

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Reboot means switching off a machine or device to update it, or get it working again if it's malfunctioning. With this episode of Regrowth we want to think about Rebooting society, focusing in particular on businesses, big tech companies, leaders, governments, and civic organisations.

As we come out of lockdown, we have a huge opportunity to Reboot our approach to sustainability and be on a more actively eco-conscious path that goes beyond individual actions. What does Reboot mean to us in this sense? What role do the organisations that form our society play? And just how urgent is it that we use this opportunity to address the climate crisis?

Speakers

Ben Smith

Ben Smith is an environmental consultant working predominantly with local and city government administrations. He has led work focussed on energy efficiency, low carbon and renewable energy feasibility, climate change adaptation, urban resilience, smart technology and environmental / sustainable development strategy. Ben is the partnership director for Arup’s long-standing partnership with C40 Cities, and was a global judge for the 2019 Climathon, and for WWF’s One Planet Cities Challenge. He is a volunteer Founding Trustee of the National Park City Foundation.

 

Immy Kaur

Immy Kaur is focused on convening and building community, the role of citizens in radical systemic change, and how we together create more democratic, distributed, open source social and civic infrastructure. Immy is Co-Founder and Director of CIVIC SQUARE, a public square, neighbourhood lab, and creative + participatory platform focused on regenerative civic and social infrastructure within neighbourhoods. She is also part of the Doughnut Economics Action Lab Advisory Team, and was a founding director of Impact Hub Birmingham.


Mac Macartney

Mac Macartney is an international speaker, writer and change-maker. He contributes to diverse organisations and communities, including universities, schools, social enterprises and grassroots initiatives. He is the founder of Embercombe, a centre in Devon (UK) which seeks to explore and promote the profound regeneration of land, society, and people. Mac led a leadership development business in the UK, working with organisations such as Unilever supporting their Sustainable Living Plan, Vodafone, HSBC, and many others. Mac has also worked with Danone and sat on the sustainability advisory panels for Lafarge, Lend Lease, and Procter & Gamble.

 

Episode 2: Rewild

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The concept of Rewilding is restoring a piece of land to its natural, uncultivated state - often by allowing native species to regrow there, namely flora and fauna. This podcast will explore the topic of physical Rewilding; but also the concept of Rewilding our minds. Has working from home allowed us to reconnect with our local spaces? Can we rewild our relationship with our local communities to be stronger and more caring? How can we better use the spaces we have available to us in our local areas?

Speakers 

Alice Vincent
Alice Vincent
is a journalist, gardener and author. The founder of urban gardening Instagram account Noughticulture, she has always championed accessible organic gardening for beginners. In 2020 she released her nature memoir, Rootbound, Rewilding A Life. She is a gardening columnist for The Telegraph, and is working on her third book, Why Women Grow.

 

Giles Hutchins

 

Giles Hutchins is a pioneering Regenerative Leadership practitioner and senior adviser at the fore-front of the [r]evolution in organizational and leadership consciousness and developmental approaches that enhance personal, organizational and systemic agility and vitality. He runs a 60 acre leadership centre at Springwood Farm, an area of outstanding natural beauty near London, UK.

 

Ian Solomon Kawall

 
Ian Solomon-Kawall leads positive social change and raises awareness for a multitude of social issues through Hip Hop and a non-exhaustive passion for the environment and conservation. Ian founded the community-led food growing space May Project Gardens which he designed using permaculture principles. Here he mentors young people, nurturing ideas through music and a connection to the environment, through the award winning programme,Hip Hop Gardens

 

Episode 1: Reimagine

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As the UK slowly starts to open up again, we want to Reimagine a new world that could emerge as we come out of lockdown and return to some form of normality. Thinking back on the past 12 months - what have been some of the biggest shifts in behaviours and perceptions across all levels of society - individuals, communities, and companies? Has the pandemic fast-tracked the need to Reimagine our societal structures, tackle inequality, and added urgency to the climate crisis? Is some of that already happening?

Speakers

Bruce Parry

 

Bruce Parry is an English documentary maker who in the past worked with the BBC for a number of documentaries exploring indigenous communities, climate change, and globalisation. He is an indigenous rights advocate, author, explorer, trek leader and former Royal Marines commando officer. Bruce works on feature films, including Tawai - a Voice from the Forest,

 

Charmain Love

 
Charmian Love is Co-Founder and Activist in Residence at B-Lab UK and Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Skoll Centre at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She is a member of the ‘Regenerative Capitalism’ working group at the Institute of Directors (IoD), teaches an MBA elective on The Regenerative Economy and is the co-programme director of the Oxford Climate Emergency Programme

 

Indy Johar

 
Indy Johar is a founding Director of 00 and Dark Matter Labs. An architect by training, Indy is a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation and a visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield. He co-founded Impact Hub Birmingham and Open Systems Lab, was a member of the RSA’s Inclusive Growth Commission. He is a thought leader in system change, the future of urban infrastructure finance, outcome-based investment, and the future of governance. 

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