For Businesses and Organisations

Supporting your transition to regenerative

For us, regenerative isn’t some buzz word or band wagon, its a way of life that we have been living and running our businesses for decades. We do it because we know it makes sense for the health of businesses, ourselves, our people and the planet. And we know that if we don’t make this transition quickly, evidence shows there won’t be a healthy civilisation to base our businesses and organisations in.

We offer a range of options for businesses and organisations of all size and type.   

What is a regenerative business/organisation?

Regenerative organisations learn from the ways that nature achieves success. Based on the principles that have evolved to make living systems thrive over hundreds of millions of years, regenerative businesses recognise that everything is connected. They act like forests – an inter-connected ecosystem, with mutually-beneficial collaborations and effective mechanisms to ensure that the needs of all are met. They ensure that energy and materials are used effectively, cycling them to achieve healthy growth. They value people and ecosystems above monetary wealth. They are tried and tested, based on dynamic equilibrium, adaptable, innovative and flexible. Regenerative businesses create new life and create conditions conducive to life.

Benefits for:

Your organisation:

Improve innovation and problem-solving

Increase efficiency and productivity

Embed sustainability and pro-environmental behaviours as part of your culture

Increase innovation.

Lower staff turnover. Retain staff and attract new employees easily.

Create products and services in tune with the changing values of  customers

Reap the rewards from valuing diversity

Discover a more adaptive and agile culture, able to respond quickly to changes

Improved relationships with customers and stakeholders

Improved customer service.

Increase mutually-beneficial collaborations, thus keeping costs in check

Transition to the circular economy

Your people – you, your employees, volunteers, stakeholders, local community

A happier workforce

Create working conditions that benefit employees and the organisation

Work for an organisation in tune with their values

Create a more cohesive, collaborative and supportive team

Value the well-being of themselves and others

Reduce Cortisol (the stress hormone) and enhance Serotonin, Dopamine,
and Endorphins (the happy hormones)

Build emotional resilience and creatively respond to change

Value and be valued for their own unique talents, inputs and characteristics

Increased empowerment, innovation and a
sense of purpose

Embed self-care into routines, in tune with
natural rhythms and cycles

More locally-attuned business practices to benefit local people

Becoming a regenerative organisation means transitioning from the old destructive, extractive paradigm, towards a new way of working and a new way of thinking

Old business paradigm

  1. Extractive, destructive
  2. Short-term thinking
  3. Wealth/money focused
  4. Reactive to change
  5. Stifles innovation
  6. Linear,wasting
  7. Competitive
  8. Scarcity mindset (there’s a fixed pie)
  9. Fearing (or merely tolerating) diversity
  10. No sense of place
  11. Hierarchical
  12. The organisation as a machine mindset   

 

New nature-inspired regnerative business paradigm

  1. Creates new life and new opportunities
  2. Focused on medium and longer term
  3. People, purpose, planet focused
  4. Embraces change and opportunity
  5. Seeks innovation and learning from ‘mistakes’
  6. Circular – materials, energy, knowledge are cycled and used again
  7. Seeking collaborations and reciprocity
  8. Abundance mindset (by working together we make the pie bigger)
  9. Embracing diversity
  10. Locally attuned
  11. Decentralised, empowered decision-making
  12. The organisation as a living system mindset

Our 10 strands approach - the interconnected elements of a thriving, regenerative business

Discover the ten strands of an ecosystem-inspired business.

These are elements that every organisation will have to get right in order to thrive in a changing world.

We have developed these strands drawing on a diverse range of disciplines such as biomimicry, systems-thinking, regenerative business, permaculture and regenerative cultures.

Watch the video to discover the ten strands.

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Solutions

Think like a Forest open programme

You are looking for:

  • an  introduction to regenerative business
  • practical and straightforward solutions for your business
  •  a new way of approaching the problems you and your team face
  • sharing ideas with a diverse group of business people
  • small and medium size businesses/teams

 

Think like a Forest
in-house

You are looking for:

  • an  introduction to regenerative business
  • practical and straightforward solutions for your business
  •  a new way of approaching the problems you and your team face
  •  affordable training for your whole team
  • Solutions for small and medium size businesses/teams

 

Consultancy

You are looking for bespoke solutions in the areas of:

  • applying regenerative business practices in your workplace
  • ecosystem mapping for your organisation
  • workplace wellbeing
  • leadership coaching
 
Contact us to design a bespoke solution for you, your business and your people.
 

Solopreneurs and startups

We recommend that you take a look at the Think like a Tree group programme or 1 to 1 coaching options which provide a whole-system framework to design your business/life.

You are looking for:

  • a framework to design your new or existing solopreneur business
  • solutions to design your startup business in a regenerative way from the roots up
  • a holistic process that considers your life/health/wellbeing as well as your income
  • ideal for purpose-led solopreneurs and startups

Think like a Forest Open Course

How you and your organisation can thrive in challenging times through learning from nature

Who is this training for?

  • Team-members
  • Leaders and changemakers
  • Small business owners
  • Wellbeing or innovation leads
  • Environmental leads
  • For-profit and not-for-profit organisations

 

Come on your own or bring your team.

About the programme:

We associate forests with growth, creativity, diversity, connection, strength and resilience – characteristics that make for healthy, vibrant, productive workplace too.

Over two immersive days in a beautiful woodland setting, our programme will guide you through the various elements of a healthy workplace ecosystem, showing how changes, small and big, can transform the way we think about our work, workplace wellbeing, our relationships with colleagues and customers and our place in the wider world.

Drawing on learning from nature via disciplines such as biomimicry, ecopsychology, biology, systems thinking, regenerative leadership, psychological safety, permaculture and holistic design frameworks, you will explore how to take small steps towards having a healthy organisation modelled on ecosystem design, with wide-ranging benefits for people, productivity, purpose and planet.

Both thought-provoking and practical, at the end of the two days you will have:

  • a firm grasp of the ten strands of ecosystem-inspired design
  • a plan for action to inform your own wellbeing for home and work;
  • practical and achievable ideas to take back to your workplace;
  • an abundance of resources and further reading to share with colleagues;
  • and a unique toolkit of innovative tools to ensure your visions can be turned into action.

Nature is billions of years ahead of us in experience when it comes to handling change and building resilience, so it makes complete sense to draw wisdom on well-being from the expert itself (nature).

You will spend time in nature as part of the sessions and learn about the relevance of natural principles in their well-being strategies.

Not only will employees benefit from being better connected and inspired by nature, but research supports a correlation between nature connectedness, improved wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviours.

The programme focuses on three core principles, which are woven into everything we do:

  • Employee well-being: Giving team-members the resources to stay well in work and create conditions for employees and volunteers to thrive.
  • Culture: Over the two days, you will sow ideas, root concepts, and propagate a plan of action to organically grow a resilient culture.
  • Sustainability: The term sustainability is twofold. As well as being earth-minded in our approach, we also value the sustainability of our programme for you and your organisation. Your business and your life is an ever-changing ecosystem, so we give you the tools to continue growing long after the course.

Think like a Forest in-house

How you and your organisation can thrive in challenging times through learning from nature

Who is this training for?

If you would like your whole team to experience the training so they can understand and undertake the necessary transformations together, then in-house is ideal.

Venue:

The programme takes places in a beautiful woodland location so your team can learn directly from nature. We have a range of venues (such as Whistlewood Common in south Derbyshire) or are happy to discuss a venue close to your location. Venues all include outdoor woodland/nature spaces, comfortable indoor learning environment, toilets, refreshments, accessibility.

About the programme:

We associate forests with growth, creativity, diversity, connection, strength and resilience – characteristics that make for healthy, vibrant, productive workplace too.

Over two immersive days in a beautiful woodland setting, our programme will guide you through the various elements of a healthy workplace ecosystem, showing how changes, small and big, can transform the way we think about our work, workplace wellbeing, our relationships with colleagues and customers and our place in the wider world.

Drawing on learning from nature via disciplines such as biomimicry, ecopsychology, biology, systems thinking, regenerative leadership, psychological safety, permaculture and holistic design frameworks, you will explore how to take small steps towards having a healthy organisation modelled on ecosystem design, with wide-ranging benefits for people, productivity, purpose and planet.

Both thought-provoking and practical, at the end of the two days you will have:

  • a firm grasp of the ten strands of ecosystem-inspired design
  • a plan for action to inform each team member’s wellbeing for home and work;
  • practical and achievable ideas to take back to your workplace;
  • an abundance of resources and further reading to allow you to continue your journey;
  • and a unique toolkit of innovative tools to ensure your visions can be turned into action.
 
In-house benefits

Taking the in-house option means that your team will learn together and this will accelerate changes back at your workplace. We create a safe space for discussion, innovation, and sharing of ideas as these are key nature-inspired strands for health and growth. We can tailor learning to your particular industry, specialism and the needs of the organisation.

Add-ons

You are welcome to go deeper with an follow-up third day with a range of options: ecosystem-mapping for your organisation, workplace wellbeing and more.  You choose.

The programme focuses on three core principles, which are woven into everything we do:

  • Employee well-being: Giving team-members the resources to stay well in work and create conditions for employees and volunteers to thrive.
  • Culture: Over the two days, you will sow ideas, root concepts, and propagate a plan of action to organically grow a resilient culture.
  • Sustainability: The term sustainability is twofold. As well as being earth-minded in our approach, we also value the sustainability of our programme for you and your organisation. Your business and your life is an ever-changing ecosystem, so we give you the tools to continue growing long after the course

We offer consultancy to help transform your organisation.  Thriving for profit, productivity, purpose, people and planet.

Get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Solopreneurs and small startups

You are a solopreneur that cares about your business and the people it serves, but you also know that you can’t serve others if you are don’t look after  yourself. That can be difficult to achieve and that’s why taking a holistic design approach is vital to success.

Maybe you have a great idea that you want to bring to fruition but don’t know how to make it a success.

A whopping 20% of small businesses fail in their first year in the UK, and only 1 in 3 manage to survive ten years*. Given the diverse range of pressures on business-owners, taking an active conscious decision to design your business early on reaps huge rewards, making it worth every penny of initial investment.

Our programmes are based on the natural principles that nature has employed for 3.8 billion years, and because your business is also a living system, then you can learn from nature’s history of successful research and development.

Don’t re-invent the wheel – learn from nature to design a regenerative livelihood that’s right for you and the planet. Bring your ideas, your creativity, your spark, your passion, and we’ll give you the tools to design the life and the livelihood you want.

Think like a Tree or Think like a Forest programme? We recommend you check out Think like a Tree as the most suitable course for solopreneurs and small startups. That’s because you’ll be designing your whole life rather than simply concentrating on the business aspects. Of course you’re welcome to do both programmes! 

The Think like  a Tree  programme guides you through the many stages of designing a new or existing business, and at the same time designing the life you want. Choose a group programme or work with us 1 to 1. Either way you’ll come out with a design for your life, livelihood and business, having explored many different options, ideas and established the ground work to make your business a success.

Let us help you design the business that’s right for you, your family, your commitments and your customers.

All of our facilitators have experience of designing and achieving balance in their business and personal lives, whilst offering great services to their clients.

Check out the Think like a Tree programme and the Think like a Forest programme (for small, medium, large organisations) and if you’re unsure which is right for us please get in touch to discuss.

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Testimonials for Think like a Forest

"It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change"

Charles Darwin