Introduction

The Regen-u Training Programme represents an innovative and forward-thinking approach in higher education, designed to equip academics, researchers, and students with the necessary skills and insights for leading the transition towards a regenerative economy. This programme’s curriculum blends theoretical understanding with practical applications, aiming to transform traditional economic models and instil sustainable and inclusive practices. It is a unique educational initiative, fostering a new generation of economic leaders who are well-versed in the principles of sustainability and regeneration.

 

Masterclasses and training sessions

The Training Programme begins with a series of masterclasses and training sessions which steer participants away from traditional, extractive business models towards more innovative, sustainable, and regenerative models. This shift is underscored by an in-depth exploration of sustainable development concepts, where participants learn about both the contrasts and potential synergies between regenerative and extractive practices. The focus is not just on understanding these differences but on applying this knowledge to real-world scenarios.

 

A vital component of this phase is the development of practical entrepreneurial skills essential for value creation within a regenerative economic framework.

Participants are actively involved in hands-on projects, such as designing a regenerative structure or transforming an extractive business model into a sustainable one. These projects are instrumental in applying the principles of sustainable development in practical settings.

The programme emphasizes methodologies like Design Thinking (DT) and Problem-Solution Fit (PSF), which enhance the problem-solving approach. This combination of theoretical knowledge and practical application in a dynamic and interactive learning environment, enriched with Q&A sessions, chat polls, and gamification, is key to deepening participants’ understanding of the regenerative economy and preparing them for the subsequent modules of the programme.

 

 

Training & Mentorship Acceleration Program

This phase of the Regen-u Training Programme shifts participants’ focus towards the refinement and development of entrepreneurial projects which are aligned with the SDGs. Participants are immersed in interactive workshops facilitated by experienced mentors, who guide them in translating the concepts learned into actionable real-world projects.

 

A key aspect of this phase is the development of leadership and teamwork skills, preparing participants for the complex and diverse challenges they will face in their professional journeys. The training sessions are structured to be highly interactive and hands-on, ensuring that participants acquire not just theoretical knowledge of regenerative economies, but also practical skills to implement the concepts effectively in their respective projects.

 

The mentorship component of the programme is particularly important, offering ongoing support and a structured framework for participants’ growth and development. Mentors work closely with participants, helping them to continually refine their projects and enhance their skills. This support extends beyond mere project development; it encompasses nurturing a mindset geared towards innovation, sustainability, and collaborative problem-solving.

 

Demo Days

The Programme culminates with the Demo Days, a pivotal event where participants get the opportunity to present their projects. Participants engage in extensive solution testing, including activities like prototyping. This hands-on approach allows them to refine their projects based on real-world feedback and iterations.

 

A key focus is also placed on developing and honing presentation skills. Participants are guided on how to effectively communicate their ideas, pitch their projects to potential stakeholders and investors, and articulate the impact and relevance of their work in the context of sustainable development and regenerative practices.

 

This stage provides a dynamic platform for showcasing their innovative solutions, receiving valuable feedback, and networking with potential collaborators and supporters. It is not just a display of completed work; it is a critical platform for further developing entrepreneurial value, showcasing technology integration and highlighting the importance of cross-sector collaboration between universities, businesses, and government entities.

 

Interested in joining our training programme? Check out upcoming events in our Masterclass series via our website, www.regenu.eu/events

 

 

Further Reading

Capra, F. (1996). The web of life: A new scientific understanding of living systems. Anchor Books.

Charles, D. R. (2003). Universities and territorial development: reshaping the regional role of UK universities. Local Economy, 18(1), 7-20.

Charter, M., & Tischner, U. (2001). Sustainable solutions: Developing products and services for the future. Greenleaf Publishing.

Etzkowitz, H., & Leydesdorff, L. (2000). The dynamics of innovation: from National Systems and “Mode 2” to a Triple Helix of university–industry–government relations. Research Policy, 29(2), 109-123.

Grady, J. S., Her, M., Moreno, G., Perez, C., & Yelinek, J. (2019). Emotions in storybooks: A comparison of storybooks that represent ethnic and racial groups in the United States. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 8(3), 207–217.

Mang, P., & Reed, B. (2012). Designing from place: A regenerative framework and methodology. Building Research & Information, 40(1), 23-38.

Mowery, D. C., Nelson, R. R., Sampat, B. N., & Ziedonis, A. A. (2001). The growth of patenting and licensing by US universities: an assessment of the effects of the Bayh–Dole Act of 1980. Research Policy, 30(1), 99-119.

Perkmann, M., Tartari, V., McKelvey, M., Autio, E., Broström, A., D’Este, P., … & Krabel, S. (2013). Academic engagement and commercialisation: A review of the literature on university–industry relations. Research Policy, 42(2), 423-442.

Sanford, C. (2017). The regenerative business: A comprehensive guide to understanding regenerative economies. Nicholas Breal Publishing.

The Next System Project. (n.d.). Retrieved from www.thenextsystem.org/

 

 

Author: Adeline Leroy, IM-Tbs