Like many of us, I imagine, it’s been feeling much more right to move from using the term ‘sustainability’ to ‘regeneration’.
One dictionary definition of ‘regeneration’ is: the action or regenerating or being regenerated, with ‘regenerated’ being both: 1. (of a living organism) grow (new tissue) after loss or damage. 2. bring new and more vigorous life to (an area, industry, institution, etc.); revive, especially in economic terms.
Whereas ‘generation’ is defined as: the production or creation of something.
I’m wondering if, while regeneration is probably the right term for what we need to focus on considering the current state of the world, ‘generation’ might shift our approach to being more forward-looking and imaginative. ‘Regeneration’ could be seen as somewhat backward looking, since it focuses on re-birthing what already is, or what was. The enquiry I find myself in at the moment is wondering if regeneration is somewhat limited, and instead a ‘generative’ approach feels more expansive and appropriate, especially if we are looking to make the necessary shifts in our approach to existing with this world and as a species?