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

As part of my efforts to transition careers from IT management to a regenerative livelihood, I have enrolled in numerous courses to round out my skill set. By taking courses like yours, I'll be in a position where I can help other people find their own paths towards a more sustainable future.

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

I am a hyper-generalist with a passion for reading, researching, and engaging deeply with people. My goal is to help identify, educate and co-create evolving emergent strategies to modernity's degenerative patterns.

Using my expertise, technical skills, and capacity for regenerative sense-making, I am able to synthesize old-world principles to new world issues and provide sustainable life-oriented systemic effects.

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

My aim is to become a holistic regenerative designer, consultant and coach.

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

Since leaving the IT profession at the start of 2021 I enrolled in the following courses to create my own Masters Degree in Regenerative Studies since there isn't really one in traditional universities (* w/ exception of Schumacher College):

Permaculture Design Certificate (Biocyclical), Bamboo and Natural Building Intensive @ BambooU, Certificate in Ecosocial Design @ GaiaU, many programs from Joe Brewer's Earth Regenerators, Sociocracy training @ Sociacracy4All, Capra Course Systems Thinking @ Fritjof Capra, Transcend! @ Scott Berry Kaufman, Principles of Deep Transformation @ Jeremy Lent, Regenerative Design Lab @ nRhthym), Intro to Regenerative Economics @ Capital Institute, and many other smaller self-guided lessons from Acumen Academy, EvoluteSix,

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

I am currently working with a personal coach on working through and healing early-life traumas, though I recognize that personal growth is a long-term maybe even life-long endeavor. I'm also an avid reader and rarely read fiction, as I am more interested in unravelling the mysteries of life that others have already paved the way for with their collective wisdom held in timeless books.

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

Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, The Stoics, E. F. Schumacher, E.O. Wilson, George Gurdjieff, James Lovelock, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Gregory Bateson, Fritjof Capra, Thomas Kuhn, Jeremy Lent, Carol Sanford, Bill Reid, Donella Meadows, Elenore Ostrom, Joe Brewer, Daniel Christian Wahl, Tyson Yunkaporta, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Wendell Berry, Alan Weisman, Charles Eisenstein, Daniel Schmachtenberger, John Verveke, Jamie Wheal and many more

Systems Thinking, Complexity Science, Cognitive Linguistics, Sense-Making, Game Theory, Nonlinear Dynamic Systems, Mental Models, Emergence Theory, Integral Theory, Systems Innovation, Indigenous Wisdom Systems, Biocyclical Permaculture, Syntropic Agriculture, Natural Building, Community Development, Group Dynamics, Dynamic Governance, Prosocial Framework, NVC, Shadow work, Breathwork, Meditation and much more

5. And for professional growth?

I would like to learn how to start and operate a successful business that supports the growth and flourishing of individuals, contributes to a wider community and creates lasting impact with all those it touches.

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

My regenerative cosmology of life is a worldview that emphasizes the unity of all living things in the natural world. This philosophy of life has many important implications in the world. First and foremost, that all things in nature are interconnected and that everything is alive. Regenerative philosophy teaches us that life is not something we can take for granted. We must nurture ourselves and the environment around us to ensure that our future generations will have an opportunity to thrive.

The regenerative philosophy of life stresses that humans are not separate from the environment. We are a part of the natural world and cannot exist without it. So what is our role in this philosophy? Our role is to be stewards of the world, which means we must utilize the patterns and principles of life by balancing environmental sustainability with social justice.