Your NameUrvi Kelkar
Cohort AssignmentCohort A (Europe, MENA and South America)
1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?

At this stage of life, I see my primary work as creating a regenerative way of life, which includes building a regenerative livelihood. I am particularly interested in how I can contribute to the restoration of degraded landscapes, including soils, watersheds and personal/community healing. It would give me great joy to help bring forests back to life.

2. What role do you see as yours to play?

I believe my role is to learn and prototype what it means to live regeneratively in today's context. This includes looking at everything with fresh eyes (from where my family and I live, to how we learn/educate, how we earn and spend money, our social connections and more) and making a set of choices that is informed by a deep understanding of our place as well as our inner longing/wisdom. To be able to go on this journey, I have a role to play in building the capacities to learn new ways of sensing, thinking and being, as well as new practical skills.

3. What goals or aims do you have in regard to the above?

In the short-medium term, my goals include: (1) Go on a learning journey to explore the areas described above with like-minded practitioners. (2) Identify my next professional step (which may be a new role in an organization aligned with my values, or some other kind of work) (3) Spend as much time as possible being close to the Earth (4) Engage with and be inspired by other people who are taking steps towards regenerative living.

6. What have you invested in to get you where you are?

In the last year, I have made it a priority to engage in communities/networks of people who share similar goals. I have taken a 6-month sabbatical to invest time and energy in personal healing, learning and development. I am engaged in an active learning process, both through taking formal courses as well as my own reading and life experiences.

4. Where do you feel your next arenas for personal growth are?

Several areas including: (1) Re-engaging my physical body (through exercise, movement and stillness practices) for a more integrated way of sensing the world, versus a predominantly mental one (2) Unlearning years and years of entrenched thinking patterns and ways of looking at the world and what's possible (3) Nurturing my creative spark, especially through poetry and writing.

7. What fields of learning and which thinkers have been important in your life?

I have been influenced by fields of learning and thinkers across many different domains including: systems thinking, spirituality, energy healing, indigenous teachers, artists and writers, complexity researchers, permaculturists and certain business leaders I have worked with over the course of my sustainability career. In addition, I have learned a huge amount from my closest family members, friends and travels around the world.

5. And for professional growth?

Several areas including: (1) Learning about regeneration- as a way of being, seeing and doing. (2) Practicing being part of groups/communities, including skills around collaboration and decision-making (2) Developing and practicing my leadership skills in a distributed, co-created context.

8. Can you frame your philosophy or cosmology of life? What role(s) do humans play in it?

I view life as a vast, interconnected web born out of something unnamable and bigger than anything we can conceive with our minds. I view the Earth and all her living beings as expressions of that vast web and intimately connected to it through consciousness. As human beings, we are simply one of many species on Earth. However we are currently trapped in a misperception of ourselves- viewing us as the centre of life of Earth, rather than seeing our place in the circle as a whole. As a species with the level of consciousness, cognitive abilities and empathic/social skills available to us, I feel we have enormous potential and opportunity to reorient ourselves and become stewards of the planet that holds and nurtures us. In doing so, we can regenerate the earth, her soils, species, and our own spirits.