Regenerative Futures is a new four-year social change initiative helping Gen-Z innovators shape what the future looks like, for both people and planet. A collaboration between think tank Irregular Labs and the World Frontiers Forum, an annual gathering of leaders and pioneers from the arts and sciences, Regenerative Futures will offer mentoring, funding and publicity to applicants under 30, helping them to develop their ideas for a reformed future.
In partnership with Gucci, 75 applicants will be featured in 'The Regenerative Report', whilst 25 will be matched with a mentor to move their idea forward. In another exciting move, five pioneers will be invited to participate in 'The Regenerative Challenge', a partnership with the United Nations that will allow young innovators to mentor global leaders. A further 100 pioneers will be profiled as part of 'The Regenerative List', introducing them to a community of political, cultural, philanthropic, and industry leaders.
A response to the lack of support for young thinkers, Regenerative Futures is taking concrete steps towards making the cultural, political and ecological changes championed by the next generation, a reality. 'We believe you can't build a better tomorrow while continuing to ignore those who will live in it. So from there came the idea for an initiative that facilitates intergenerational collaboration and conversation', co-founder Wilson Oryema explains. From global disarmament, prison reform and sustainable agriculture to ethical AI and universal internet, the initiative represents a generation with a collective mentality characterised by accountability, compassion and equity. 'A regenerative future to me, looks like a world without silos, or as few as possible. Essentially, one where collaboration and increased understanding is looked at as a starting point rather than something we should move towards' says Oryema.
Regenerative Futures launches September 2020 at The United Nations.
To submit your idea, make a 1-2 minute video answering the following questions, and post to Instagram before 30 June 2020:
What is your name, how old are you, and where do you live?
What is your idea?
Why does it matter?
What do you need to move it forward?
What does Regeneration mean to you?
Remember to tag @regernativefutures #TheRegenerativeList, and good luck!