Blueprint 9: Educational Transformation  (forthcoming)

Purpose of the Blueprint


The purpose of this blueprint is to transform education in relation to the design and implementation of a regenerative and distributive economy in the 21st Century.

We are embarking on a year-long journey to map the ecosystems of learning associated with the regeneration of landscapes and cultivation of regenerative economic models at bioregional scales. This includes all relevant expressions of formal and informal learning.

There are permaculture camps, ecovillage training centers, large-scale ecological restoration projects, urban sustainability efforts, early childhood nature immersion experiences, undergraduate and graduate programs, and the panoply of life-long learning activities associated with entrepreneurial innovations in the midst of rapid global change.



The primary focus of this project will be to identify organizing principles and design pathways for systemic integration that makes it possible to navigate the complexities of global change while moving increasingly toward the restoration of planetary health.

Link to other r3.0 Blueprints
  • Reporting Blueprint: This Blueprint sets the foundation of r3.0’s notion of a green, inclusive, and open economy (now referred to as regenerative and distributive economy) that the Educational Transformation Blueprint will further develop.
  • Accounting Blueprint: Accounting education stands in need of radical transformation form monocapitalist to multicapitalist accounting that addresses the carrying capacities of the capitals.
  • Data Blueprint: Given the Educational Transformation Blueprint’s focus on bioregional regenerative economies requires information system architecture oriented to measuring bioregional carrying capacities.
  • New Business Models Blueprint: The Educational Transformation Blueprint will partner with the Flourishing Enterprise Institute, which is creating nodes of global research networks for creating flourishing business models.
  • Transformation Journey Blueprint: As with all r3.0 Blueprints, the Educational Transformation Blueprint will feed into the next round revision of the Transformation Journey Blueprint as the synthesis statement of Blueprint knowledge.
  • Sustainable Finance Blueprint: Creating bioregional regenerative economies ties into the Sustainable Finance Blueprint as a meso-level intervention at the intersection of portfolios and habitats
  • Value Cycles Blueprint: The Educational Transformation Blueprint calls for the cosmolocalization of value cycles to the bioregional level.
  • Governments, Multilaterals & Foundations Blueprint: Governments, Multilaterals, and Foundations need to shift from siloed to holistic funding and policy initiatives as well as institutionalized cultures, as outlined in the intersection of these Blueprints.


Areas the Blueprint will cover

Mapping of Regenerative EducationThere are currently thousands of thematically related educational projects associated with the creation of a regenerative and distributive economy. We will create an epistemological framework for mapping and visualizing how they relate to each other.
Knowledge Synthesis and Translation into ActionThe fragmentation of knowledge and lack of pathways to implementation are well known in the education discourse. We will outline strategies for the synthesis of vital knowledge into streamlined tracks of regenerative design for place-based and institutional transformation.
Bioregional RegenerationA key organizing principle will be to identify functional ecological landscapes like watersheds and coastal estuaries that biophysically constitute real-world human ecologies. We will systematically explore how this impacts education and the social learning processes involved in innovative design efforts.
Resilient Life Systems Amidst Planetary TurmoilContinuous learning across the full spectrum of life will be required to manage the complexities of accelerating global change. Key focus will be given to the formation of coherent life systems in which people go about their work, raise their families, and seek resilience in their lives.
Integration of Finance and Ecological Restoration
Mobilization of resources for the regeneration of landscapes and cultivation of resilient communities will need to involve the educational activities that translate ideas into actions. Focus will be given to the creation of financial instruments that “de-risk” investments in regenerative projects so that more people can participate in them.
Capacities for Network ActivationPractical focus will be given to the weaving of key actors across educational offerings so that capacities increase for the activation of networks that seek to implement this Blueprint after it is created.
Recommendations to Relevant ConstituenciesAs with all r3.0 Blueprints, this Blueprint will provide Recommendations for filling the gaps identified in the report, geared toward specific relevant constituencies – for example, existing educational institutions, governmental departments of education, etc…


Resources the Blueprint will build upon

SDG Transformation ForumThis is a network of research partners who design and implement transformation support systems to shape the evolution of social institutions, policy structures, and cultural values.
Wellbeing Economy AllianceA repository of research and policy frameworks for health and wellbeing that inform how to envision the future humanity wants.
Planet Drum FoundationDecades of research and writings about bioregionalism and the decolonization of education in service to the emergence of sustainable communities.
Regenerative Communities NetworkThis Blueprint will tie into the work r3.0 is doing in collaboration with the Regenerative Communities Network, piloting this work in the Pioneer Valley Bioregional Collaborative in Massachusetts.
r3.0 BlueprintsA repository of research and policy frameworks for health and wellbeing that inform how to envision the future humanity wants.

Expected outcomes of the Blueprint

RepositoryBlueprints typically result in a repository of source materials numbering in the hundreds, compiled into a repository.
Infographics from virtual dialogueBlueprint development typically involves a virtual dialogue on Currnt for each Exposure Draft, resulting in infographic reports.
Public comment After vetting two Exposure Drafts with the Working Group of 20-40 global experts, a Public Comment period precedes final publication.
Blueprint #9The final version of Blueprint #9 will be published as a r3.0 Blueprint Report


Parties who should be involved

Main role – (S)=sponsors; (W)=work/research partners; (D)= Data providers; (V)=validating / networking partners
Sponsors (S)Governments, Multilaterals, and Foundations involved in educational funding; Corporations
Research partners (R)Educational and research institutions seeking partnership opportunities to advance holistic practice in the field
Work partners (W)Advocation Partners and Transformation Journey Program Participants
Data providers (D)A particular focus on providers of data at the bioregional level with tools for measuring carrying capacity
Validating / networking partners (V)r3.0 involves influential players that aren’t in a position to contribute formally in this Blueprint Project to reflect and add opinions where deemed necessary. This increases the visibility of the project and recognition of the outcomes.


Management of the Blueprint project

FunctionRole Description
Program managerRalph Thurm/ Bill Baue
BP Lead(s)Joe Brewer
Corporate Participants7-10
Network Representatives7-10
Non-Profit Representatives7-10



1Call for participation, set up of working group, budget check, official launch
2-3Literature collection, analysis, 1:1 expert interviews
4Structuring of outcomes, 1st meeting working group
5-6Development of first draft blueprint with participants
7Online Think Tank, infographic development
8Structuring of outcomes, 2nd meeting working group
9-10Final draft to working group, public comment period
11-12Final version of blueprint and release



Funding200k EUR, accepting donations as matching funding, and corporate contributions between 10k and 20k EUR
Sustainable Finance Blueprint


Sustainable Finance Blueprint Repository

Lead Author

Joe Brewer

Lead Author

Program Managers

Bill Baue

Senior Director


+1 413 387 58 24

Ralph Thurm

Managing Director

OnCommons / r3.0

+31 64 600 14 52

Working Group Members

David DenHartog

David DenHartog

Director of Innovative Learning, Green Schools National Network


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