Notice your relationship with your city/community and your learning edges.

Reframing the role of cities as Gaia’s Reflective Organs

This was a weeklong program January 11 – 15 convened by Integral City, Nest City, Ubiquity University and Humanity Rising ChatAction Group


Inspired by HR’s week of Bouncing Beyond to a Regenerative World convened in October 2020 by Ubiquity U and U International Cooperation and partners, this Cities Rising Week focuses on human systems at the scale of the city. We view “city” as the human habitat (or human hive) at scales from village to megalopolis and our definition of city embraces the ecoregion where it is located and that constrains it. We intend our inquiry to complement the exploration of Bouncing Beyond to a Regenerative World, by providing the context and contribution cities can make to a Regenerative World.

Prior to the 2020 year of the pandemic, cities had become the habitats where more than 50% of humanity live – in the developed world more than 90%. This week will reframe cities from the bricks and mortar infrastructures of the visible city into a human system with consciousness, culture, behaviors and structures. This is the Integral City – a fractal that lies on the trajectory of living human systems, stretching from the individual, to the collective, to the city, to the planet Gaia (person, people, place, planet). This way of looking at the city assumes that it is a complex adaptive living system, evolutionary in its nature and integrative in its potential to serve the wellbeing of Gaia.

If we have learned anything in 2020, it is at the scale of the city where humans make life and death decisions and where people have the opportunities to thrive or waste. The overriding purpose of this week is to inquire how people serve the wellbeing of the city and how the city serves the wellbeing of people, while together we serve the wellbeing of Gaia.

Theme for the Week

The overarching theme of the Cities week is to help you experience your city/community as a dynamic living system. This week-long exploration will offer a variety of lenses, tools and practices—and opportunities for you to reflect—that will enable you to best serve your city/community so that it can best serve you and together we can all serve the wellbeing of our planet, Gaia.

About this session:

  • Notice your relationship with your city/community and your learning edges. 

Click here is the link for Humanity Rising Day 159.

Humanity Rising convened Cities Rising for Regenerative World, co-hosted by Marilyn Hamilton & Beth Sanders Jan 11-15, 2021.

Here are the Ubiverse links for all 5 days with recordings:

The Reflective Practitioners who Participated included:

  • Jim Garrison, Ubiquity University
  • Marilyn Hamilton, Founder Integral City Meshworks, Findhorn Ecovillage Scotland
  • Beth Sanders, Founder Nest City, Edmonton, Canada
  • Hani Quan, Life Coach, Social Entrepreneur, Canada
  • Jorge Garza, Future Cities, McConnell Foundation
  • Hugo Araujo, Founder 7Vortex, Mexico, Belgium
  • Taina Ketola, Public Sector Specialist, Finland
  • Andres Malave, Cultural Consultant, Nantes, France
  • Mark McCaffrey, Founder Co-Focal ECOS, Author Climate Smart & Energy Wise, Initiator Powers of 10 Framework , Italy
  • Stanley Nyoni, The Natural Step Consultant Africa, Sweden
  • Paddy Pampallis, Integral Africa: The Coaching Centre
  • Raji Jayasinghe, Ubiquity U Youth Initiatives, Sri Lanka
  • Luis Camargo, Biomimicry Expert, Colombia
  • Katerina Zalamova, Smart Cities Expert
  • Lev Gordon, Co-Founder of Living Cities Russia Association
  • Mira Michelle Jones, Founder The Sacred Female Rising Institute, Shaman
  • Soni Dasmohapatra, Consultant, Canada
  • Keren Tang, Public Health Professional, Participatory City, McConnell Foundation
  • Taisa Mattos, Global Ecovillage Network, Brazil
  • Indra Adnan, Journalist, Founder Alternative UK
  • Shweta Srisastav, Design Researcher, Architect, Sustainability Consultant, India & Netherlands
  • Julian Baller, ED Co-Creating Europe
  • Yene Assegid, International Coach, Ghana, Africa
  • Vandana Shiva, Author Earth Democracy, India
  • Ranjani Balasubramanian, Faculty Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology ( LeNS Labs for Sustainability; UNESCO Chair for Culture, Habitat and Sustainable Development), Bangalore, India
  • Lin Zhang, Systemic Innovation Coach at Thrive Together Ltd (T2L) and Co-founder & CEO at The Natural Step China, Shanghai China

You can find extended bios for each speaker at this link.

You can find additional resources at this link.