Humanity Rising has convened a 12-day broadcast focused on COP 26. 

Integral City will anchor the COP 26 November 8, 2021 Humanity Rising broadcast with a cities theme.

Here is how our program will  unfold.

Global Regeneration Summit Day 8:

Cities Are Gaia’s Regeneration Hubs

Cities are called to be Gaia’s Regeneration Hubs in the face of the world’s current Code Red life conditions. 90% of people in the developed world live in cities (more than 50% in the developing world). So,  if human impact on the world’s climate is going to change it must happen in cities. Cities need to become “Earth Re-Booters” – incubators, hubs of regeneration that transform ineffective politics into effective Schools for Regeneration across the Planet. We need city leadership for City Regeneration Hubs that restore the natural ecosystem both inside the city and in its surrounding ecoregion. Cities as Regeneration Hubs would design policies that  align a healthy inner climate of mindsets and cultures to enable the healthy outer climate of climate stability,  biodiversity, air quality and water quality.

Cities need to enable the wellbeing of every bioregion from ocean, to forest, plains, mountains, and rivers – just as they must enable wellbeing for people and all the supply chains that support city life – from energy to materials, to food to waste management. Cities as Regeneration Hubs need to engage People, Politicians and Practitioners as the 4 Voices of the Integral City – not just as Mayors and Civic Managers, but also Business/Innovators, the 3rd Sector and especially Citizens. Cities as Regeneration Hubs are living systems that need to make decisions that can serve multiple generations unto the 7th generation from now. Cities as Regeneration Hubs must serve all life on the planet by implementing circular economies so that one entity’s waste becomes another entity’s input – just like the ecology of a natural forest system. City Regeneration Hubs need Donut Economics Dashboards, so they track and restore the relationship between the Earth’s natural ecosystems (especially the 9 critical systems that we are drawing down too rapidly) and the Social Justice behaviors that emerge as we act, express, connect and co-relate with one another.

This session will bring Integral City’s GPS of City Intelligences to consider how cities can respond with conscious full-spectrum capacities and universal values to the COP26 policies and commitments that will impact cities. Holding space for Cities as Gaia’s Regeneration Hubs, we will use our lenses of the Master Code of Care for Planet, Place, People and Person to notice how contexts, capacities and collaborations can transform cities into a planetary meshwork of Gaia’s Regeneration Hubs.

Dr. Marilyn Hamilton will anchor this session. She will be joined by a panel, bringing global, regional, city and IPCC perspectives.


Dr. Monica Sharma, initially trained as a physician and epidemiologist, and worked for the United Nations for 22 years in Leadership and Capacity Building. She has published and presented over 250 articles in journals and international forums and currently engages worldwide as an international expert and practitioner on leadership development for sustainable and equitable change. She is currently engaged with over 20 organizations worldwide and works with the United Nations, universities, management institutions, governments, business, media and community organizations. Dr Monica Sharma is delivering transformational leadership programs all over the world.

As a practitioner, her proven track record of generating measurable results at scale, as well as enhancing leadership, is unique. She designs and facilitates programs for whole systems transformation and leadership development in both developed and developing countries. She created a unique conscious full-spectrum model and generated equitable and sustainable results related to several Sustainable Development Goals, worldwide. Her recent book Radical Transformational Leadership: Strategic Action for Change Agents was a Gold Winner in the Nautilus Book Awards (Business and Leadership Category).

Dr. Leonora Grcheva, Cities & Regions Lead for Doughnut Economics Action Lab, leads DEAL’s engagement with cities, municipalities and other place-based administrations that are interested in putting Doughnut Economics into practice in their own context. Leonora is an urban planner, researcher and participation practitioner. She has over a decade of
experience facilitating engagement with communities, cities and regions globally through her work as an urban planning consultant for UN-Habitat, a city leadership associate for University College London, and a community engagement consultant for built environment projects in the UK. She studied architecture in her home country Macedonia, holds a Masters in Human Settlement from KU Leuven (Belgium), and a Ph.D. in Urbanism from the IUAV University of Venice (Italy).

Duncan Crowley is Co-President of Ecolise, Organizer of Urban Arena Europe and  Founder of Donut Economics Portugal. Duncan Crowley has long been interested in Greening Cities & Connecting Communities. From Dublin, Barcelona, Curitiba to Lisbon, Duncan is an Irish architect and PhD student whose work uses action research to bridge activism and academia to examine community-led responses to Climate Breakdown. His “Architecture of Contemporary Metropolitan Territories” PhD in Lisbon explores what processes, structures or forms can enable the scaling up of the Global Ecovillage Network to transform modern global cities into ecocities. He also works on the European UrbanA project (Urban Arenas for Sustainable and Just cities). While living in Curitiba, Brazil he attained a masters in Environment and Development. Living in Barcelona before that, he co-founded the local Transition group, gained a Permaculture Design Certificate at Mas Franch and was active in the Barcelona Indignado square occupation of 2011. He’s part of Degrowth, Extinction Rebellion and Indymedia, loves adventures, standing in rivers and reading Corto Maltese or Asterix books.

Coleen Vogel is a Distinguished Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa (SA). She has a PhD in Geography and Environmental Studies from Wits. A climatologist by training, she has increasingly worked in the social dimensions of climate change, focusing on climate change adaptation. At the international scale, she has been chair and vice chair of various international global environmental change scientific committees—e.g., the International Human Dimensions Programme and the Land Use Cover Change Programme and been engaged in Future Earth. She was Chapter Lead Author and co-author of chapters in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC; 4th and 5th assessment reports). Together with other scientists the work for the IPCC was honoured with a Nobel Peace Prize Award. She has also received the Burtoni Award (2009) for her international work on climate change advocacy and the science of climate change adaptation.

Her research includes how climate information can be used to enhance risk assessment using transdisciplinary research approaches; enhancing city climate change adaptation work and youth agency and capacity enhancement processes and, finally, teaching and mentoring the next generation of scholars and practitioners.

Marilyn Hamilton PhD, CPA-CGA (ret)isa city evolutionist, futurist, PRAQtivist, author and independent researcher.Founder ofIntegral City Meshworks; author of Integral City Book Series; curator ofUrban Hub 20, Accelerating City Change in a VUCA World(English & Spanish); and co-host ofCities Rising for Regenerative World/Humanity Rising, she is committed to the co-evolution of human hives as Gaia’s Reflective Organs. Partnering with Ubiquity University she serves the Masters of Regenerative Action Coalition, designing courses for the 4+1 Voices of the city-ecoregion (Citizens, Civic Managers, Business/Innovators, Third Sector). Popular presenter at global conferences,  she has been CEO, COO, CFO and CIO in the private and not-for-profit sectors; is a Findhorn and Urban Arena Europe Fellow; and serves faculty and boards of key integrally informed universities. Marilyn lives in the Findhorn Ecovillage, Scotland.    LI Marilyn Hamilton

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