OUR PROJECTS COMBINE PHILANTHROPIC AND SOCIAL IMPACT CAPITAL WITH REGENERATIVE TECHNOLOGIES TO CREATE JOBS THAT HEAL THE PLANET WHILE AT THE SAME TIME ADDRESSING HUMANITY’S MOST PRESSING SOCIAL CHALLENGES.
WE DESIGN AT THE LEVEL OF THE ECOSYSTEM, BY SIMULTANEOUSLY CREATING NEW INFRASTRUCTURE ELEMENTS INCLUDING AIR, WATER, FOOD, SHELTER, ENERGY, WASTE, HEALTH & WELLBEING, INFORMATION, AND MOBILITY SYSTEMS.
DUE TO THE REGENERATIVE NATURE OF THIS WORK, THE PROJECT LIFECYCLE CONTINUOUSLY ENTERS NEW PHASES, LONG AFTER THE INFRASTRUCTURE IS IN PLACE.
Updated June 2020
It is increasingly difficult for the State of California to address its 3.5 million unit housing shortage. The high costs of construction in the state are further exacerbated by destruction of existing housing stock by wildfire as well as fees placed on development projects by cities to pay for distressed infrastructure and budget shortfalls. Low-income and worker housing, while a priority for the state, lags as well, and as the state’s homeless population swells to above 150,000, a new approach to affordable housing development is desperately needed. The quaint, Napa Valley town of Calistoga, may be able to share lessons for the state with an innovative housing approach that reduces commuter traffic from Sacramento, and increases its resilience with updated wastewater and alternative power systems.
CARBON POSITIVE PANCHAYATS
Due to changes in long-term weather patterns brought about by global climate change, Rural India’s food and water systems are becoming increasingly unstable. Ever longer periods of drought punctuated by record weather events make it extremely difficult for farmers to reliably grow and harvest crops; long-term soil depletion has led to the search for new farmland (placing further distress on grasslands and forests), or to abandon farming--and rural life--altogether. The resulting migration to the cities causes loss of farming knowhow and increased demand on rural food production from the large urban centers. With a lack of significant food-processing and food supply chain infrastructure, there is little-to-no resilience in our food systems. Many regions are perilously close to collapse.
A PARTNERSHIP TO REGENERATE LOCAL ASSETS FOR GLOBAL IMPACT
Abuja-based mass housing builder has asked CIS to provide architectural support on a village located near a hyrdropower project in Western Nigeria. The project is intended to be a world class model for expatriates, nationals, and the local workforce. Additional features for this project include a conference center for meetings and events, office spaces, recreational amenities, (soccer, tennis, etc.) a community center where local youth can get access to computers and mentoring, and a commercial center. CIS will help select appropriate regenerative technologies that increase the appeal of the project social impact and sustainability-minded investors.
A YOUTH-LED REGENERATION CORPS
While our social development partners in Kathmandu remain laser-focused on the Covid19 response and relief, we are taking this time to plan a youth program that links all CIS projects.
Currently, regenerative development is only practiced by a handful of organizations worldwide. To accelerate the paradigm shift, we require a massive engagement (or movement) of young entrepreneurs motivated to solve local challenges: the need for jobs and income, access to proper housing, access to clean natural resources, healthy food and education.
REVITALIZING LOS TAQUES
A thoughtful and vibrant community has been imagined and designed by our partners based in Caracas. However, the pace of local business has all but halted. We begin by reframing the project for international impact investors, and widening the scope to include nearby wind power and agricultural development. Thinking eco-systemically is critical not just for stalled projects, but all projects!
Coming August 2020 :)
Coming August 2020 :)