welcome to The 2021 ReGenerative Communities Summit

Together we will create...

A space to reimagine,reclaim,
cocreate & connect

Friday, September 24 - Sunday, October 10

As the climate emergency, social crises, natural and everyday disasters continue to rock our communities, Transition and the broader movement for regenerative, just and resilient communities offer inspiration and hope through practical local action. Transition US invites all doers and dreamers, activists and community leaders, farmers and entrepreneurs, educators and artists, and everyday people eager to reimagine and rebuild our world.

Register for the Summit to enjoy real-time participation- as well as access to the recordings-of all our virtual programming!

In the wake of the pandemic that has kept us mostly apart for the past 18 months, it is now more important than ever for those of us who care about and are working towards a regenerative future to connect with each other, reenergize ourselves, and coordinate our efforts.

Together with dozens of partner organizations who are leading the transition to a more just and sustainable society, we will be offering an abundance of inspiring plenary sessions, skill-building workshops, dynamic discussion spaces, and engaging activities, tracing an arc from “What Is” to “What If” to “What’s Next.” Now is the time to call in the full strength of our networks and to call upon the spirit of “hope with its sleeves rolled up”, ready to do the work of building a resilient, just, and regenerative future-now. Communities across the globe are recognizing and responding to the call, reimagining and rebuilding our world, forging new paths, and embodying the courage to see the world with new eyes.  

Will you join us?

In addition to these “main stages” online events, which will be open to everyone on a pay-what-you-can basis, we will also be inviting local and regional groups throughout the country to host their own-in person events to foster place-building networking, conversation, and collaboration. In light of the recent surge of the Delta Variant, we strongly encourage in-person event organizers to be aware of and follow public health guidelines for your area. We also suggest that you prepare a back-up plan in case conditions change and hosting an in-person event is no longer safe. 
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summit themes:

Just Transition

food systems


for transition initiatives

inner resilience

emergency preparedness & disaster


  • Sept. 27th @11AM PST: Join Ana Huertas & Cristiano Bottone from the international Municipalities in Transition to explore their framework for supporting community-municipal collaboration. 
  • Sept. 30th @11AM PST: Join the TUS Politics & Policy Working Group for a fishbowl-style conversation space to talk about some of the political, economic, cultural, & strategic perspectives among Transitioners on big questions, such as: How do you see Transition’s relationship with capitalism & its alternatives? What position(s) do Transition folk take vis-à-vis capitalism & its alternatives? & many more!
  • Oct. 5th @11am PST: Join NorCal Resilience Network founder Susan Silber as she shares her experiences & insights in developing a network of resilience hubs, spaces, & blocks in Northern California, from finding funding to support projects to catalyzing an 8-month leadership training in collaboration with local governmental agencies.


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Films for the Planet is pleased to host a streaming film series for Regenerative Communities Summit attendees. Film narratives will complement the summit’s main themes and correspond to plenaries and workshops creating a cohesive experience. The Regenerative Communities Film Series is designed to catalyze conversation and action! The program features six free films for a limited time only as well as on-demand selections for recommended viewing. Attendees can go at their own pace engaging with Films for the Planet’s film program alongside the summit’s scheduled speaker program. The summit schedule includes two movie nights with exclusive film panels and conversations you don’t want to miss! Film program details here.



We want to honor Joanna Macy Ph.D for all her immense work. Joanna is a scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking, and deep ecology. A respected voice in movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with learnings from six decades of activism. Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and postmodern science. The many dimensions of this work are explored in her thirteen books, which include three volumes of poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke with translation and commentary. As the root teacher of The Work That Reconnects, Joanna has created a ground-breaking framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application. Joanna will receive the Transition Ally Award and offer her remarks as part of our Catalyzing Ceremony on Friday, October 8th.”

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With deep gratitude for all that you do, we look forward to connecting at the 2021 Regenerative Communities Summit!


  1. Hello!
    I have just registered for this event and am very excited and grateful that this is occurring. As the founder and executive director of the Community Ecology Institute, a non-profit with a mission to cultivate communities where people and nature thrive together, I am interested in learning more about whether there is the opportunity to share a presentation during the summit. Could someone please let me know what opportunities may be available to engage in the summit in a way where we can share about our work?
    Thank you,
    Chiara D’Amore

    1. Hi Chiara,

      Thanks for your interest in the Summit and for all you do! At this point, our schedule of “main stage” events is full, but you are more than welcome to host a session during our Open Space on Regenerative Action on Saturday, October 9th ( and/or self-organize an event to post on our Teamup calendar. More information about how to do this will be added to our “Host Your Own Guide” ( soon.

  2. Hi,
    I heard about the summit from Galen Meyers here at Earthaven Ecovillage, and would love to find out if my class, “Build Your Own Natural Dream Home,” might be offered to some of the attendees. How would that work?

    I’m a co-founder of Earthaven and if you see a picture of a large, rounded earthen structure with a red roof on our website, that’s the house I was able to co-construct after learning quite a bit about natural building in our early years.

    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Arjuna,

      Please see my reply to Chiara above and let me know if you have any other questions. Or better yet, ask Galen. He’s the one setting up our Guide and Teamup calendar 🙂

  3. Hi

    I would like to be a presenter.

    Here is a link to my podcasts and you tube presentations

    Here is a link to a 30 minute tour of my 20 yo suburban permaculture project.

    Here is a link to a highlight real from the past 2 years of interviews and radio production.

    Repurposing the [sub]urban social and built landscape is my focus.

    Thanks. Jan Spencer

  4. I’m wondering if this event will include a speaker or event focused on natural carbon capture efforts such as calls for an end to commercial logging on public lands? I work with several groups here in Massachusetts that are involved in such efforts as promoting proforestation, opposing woody biomass being sold as “clean renewable energy” and more.

    1. Hi Don,

      While we don’t have a session specifically focused on opposing commercial logging or biomass, I expect these topics (natural carbon capture, pointing out false solutions) will come up in various sessions throughout the Summit. We are also currently working on finalizing a session on ecosystem restoration, which might be of particular interest to you.

  5. I am overwhelmed and excited by what Transition is up to!
    In my 71 years I have never organized anything but feel the need deeply in my bones and soul.
    Hints/suggestions for “where to begin” guides, websites, podcasts etc.
    I am in Rochester NY. A city in transition itself with GREAT need.
    As I write this some people and organizations are coming to mind but I’d love to hear your suggestions.
    Deep, deep gratitude for your work.

    1. Hi Lisa,

      Good to hear from you! This Summit will be a great place to learn about many different organizations and resources. I’d suggest starting by clicking on some of the logos of our partners and sponsors above to link to their websites. If you’re specifically looking to learn more about the Transition Movement, I’d recommend reading The Essential Guide to Doing Transition ( first.

    1. Hi Peg,

      Event recordings will be posted to our Mighty Networks community in the “Main Stage Events” space as they become available for anyone who is unable to attend live.

  6. Wow, this Summit looks fantastic. In Vermont. we’re organizing a Regeneration Revolution, you can read about it at My husband and I perform as a duo called The New Economistas, and we’ve written a theme song for the revolution that matches the conference ideas and sessions. You can watch it on YouTube: It’s not exactly it’s own online session, people could just watch it when they want to. Here are the lyrics:

    Regeneration Revolution

    Grow your food, plant more trees
    Bike to work, keep some bees
    Start a time bank, join a land trust
    Turn your compost, ride the bus

    Be the change, be a solution
    Regeneration Revolution

    Raise a child, get a vision
    Live simple lives, learn ancient wisdom
    Reparations for colonization
    Stop racial discrimination

    Be the change, be a solution
    Regeneration Revolution

    People power, Open Space
    Community is our saving grace
    Local action, state demands
    Healthy soil, access to lands

    Be the change, be a solution
    Regeneration Revolution

    Gamechangers, Firekeepers
    Monkeywrenchers, Faith leapers
    Come together, unify
    We must change or we will die.

    Be the change, be a solution
    Regeneration Revolution

  7. Hi– I’m looking forward to the Summit. On your website (or elsewhere) do you plan to show the events sorted either by theme or by format? I’m sharing this info with my Twin Cities community and looking for ways to make the schedule easier to grasp. For me, the links to the Mighty Networks Quick Start Guide and the Summit Guide don’t seem to work. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

  8. Hi Gwendolyn,

    You can add that link to the song in the Regenerative Communities Portal after you’ve registered and joined it. You can put it in your introduction! I’m glad to see Vermonters attending this summit. We’ll have to share ideas when it’s done.

  9. Thanks, Don, for the “Themes” link. I see six main themes, four of which also have a list of specific events. But I don’t see lists for Inner Resilience and Food Sovereignty. Will those lists be added soon, like today (Wed) or tomorrow? If so, I’ll wait until they are, to do my last promo blast.
    — Mindy K. in St. Paul

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