"In these times, it's so easy to be paralyzed by fear or blinded by hope. Somewhere between hope and despair is the good work of building relationships, seeking fairness, and practicing compassion.
That's where I want to live." --Leslie Christian
For this our Fifth Anniversary newsletter, as we struggled to find the words to express where we all "live" today in these troubled times, we received the above wise reflection from Leslie Christian, CEO of Integrated Capital and a long-time Capital Institute friend and mentor.
Regeneration is the self-restoring and self-renewing process that natural systems undergo as they adapt to unexpected, sometimes threatening, circumstances. No system, including our economic system, can sustain itself over the long-term if it does not continuously regenerate. From Lopez Island, Washington, to the inner cities of Cleveland, Detroit, and Chicago; from Mexico's Sierra Gorda to rural Australia; from Totnes, England, to Maine; from Wisconsin to Haiti; from Central Florida to the Northwest Bronx; and from Kentucky to a Colorado ranch, we have been on an extraordinary journey for the past five years with a group of brave and innovative practitioners operating in that challenging space between hope and despair, where the critical regenerative work is taking place off the radar of mainstream media and at the fertile edges of today's extractive economy.
We have been honored to share their stories, and invite you to visit our Fifth Anniversary page where our
Field Guide storytelling partners update us on their progress. Where they are working today is where we all, one day, hope to work and to live.
Our deep thanks to the Kendeda Fund and the Compton Foundation for their generous support of the
Field Guide, and to Kallioepeia, for its general support of Capital Institute's work.