Working with how life works
as the source of creating health and wealth.
nau mai, haere mai, piki mai
Welcome. We invite you to be part of advancing the emerging regenerative paradigm, while growing your business, supported by Carol Sanford and a community of New Zealand and Australian businesses.
This programme is an internet-based, live learning and development community for growth-stage businesses and business units that aspire to gain the benefits and make the contribution to history that regenerative business practice offers.
Beginning mid 2019, The Regenerative Business Development Community’s interactive format offers accelerated, responsible growth to 12-15 businesses. Centred on eight video-conference sessions spread over the year, participants experience how a diversity of businesses translate and apply a decades-old, proven whole living systems approach - yet to be embraced by most mainstream companies - that produces 3X to 10X growth and simultaneously contributes to social, cultural and ecosystem vitality.
“Carol Sanford transforms how to think about business and the world—producing not only sustainable prosperity but levels of meaning and commitment that most firms only dream of. She has created the prototype for the Business of the Future.”
– Rebecca Henderson, Senator John Heinz Professor, Harvard Business School
Carol is one of those very rare individuals whom you meet that has the ability and wisdom to radical alter the way you think about yourself and the world. Her keynote speeches are phenomenal. Whether she is speaking in front of 5000 people or having a intimate coffee with one, Carol has the unique gift of getting through to people and helping them realize the potential of not just themselves, but of our world. She is as big a thinker as there is in this world and has the experience and wisdom to deliver transformation at scale. I would recommend Carol to anyone seeking to make significant and purposeful change in the world or in their lives.
Jason Twill, Founder Director Urban Apostles, Australia
why regenerative business?
Many businesses are actioning a paradigm shift and a revolution within capitalism.
At the same time, the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and New Zealand government policies such as The Treasury Living Standards Framework, demonstrate a rising political will to address renewed definitions of prosperity.
So what new capability is required to make this paradigm shift a reality – to deliver on the goals of ‘tribal’, ‘spiral’, ‘circular’, ‘green’ and ‘blue’ economies, toward genuine wealth and holistic well-being?
Regenerative business embraces and harnesses the power of whole living systems. Developing the regenerative business ‘mind’ allows us to evolve human and ecological capacity in conjunction with business capacity.
Establishing a regenerative business community in this region is building on the fast growing community of regenerative practice across New Zealand and Australia. This emerging field of practice was established in New Zealand in 2017, through partnership with Carol Sanford’s close associates, Regenesis Institute for Regenerative Practice.
A very unique opportunity is emerging here, where regenerative technologies and practices connect strongly with indigenous wisdom.
Within New Zealand, our nation is founded on the Treaty of Waitangi, and our economy has evolved at the intersection of indigenous wisdom and western industrialist capitalism. From this unique cultural partnership, we have earned the reputation as a highly innovative nation.
Our unique cultural context, perspective and experience has kept alive the fundamentals of whole living systems world views. We believe this can and should be the basis for shifting how we think about business – to discover the future of business.
We have a key opportunity to lead in the global transformation from de-generative to regenerative economies.
To support business in this opportunity, we are excited to partner with Carol Sanford, founder of Carol Sanford Institute.
introducing Carol Sanford
Carol’s work is deeply grounded in her Mohawk whakapapa. Her ancestors were healers and tribal leaders, and knew how to rebuild tribal communities. Carol has a lifetime of experience contextualising first principles learned from her grandfather, in combination with regenerative thinking technologies, into the world of business.
Carol has an extraordinarily successful forty-year track record of growing businesses responsibly, increasing their revenue by as much as 40%-65% a year. Her expertise includes teaching companies how to build triple-digit margin growth and offer a funnel of products for decade-sustaining earnings in dynamic industries and markets.
Case Stories and Testimonials
Carol Sanford Institute has run these series and others like them in businesses all over the world for 40 years.
Jeffrey Hollender, founder & CEO of Seventh Generation
“The work that Carol Sanford does through The Regenerative Business Community profoundly changed my life and I’m confident it will change yours too. Carol’s work also exponentially contributed to increasing the value of my company over the three plus years we worked together – that value increased by over about $100 million. Carol uniquely understands how to cultivate human potential by developing more conscious, creative, innovative, and intentional human beings. You will discover purpose in your work that will drive extraordinary results. You will find that you have the ability to develop capabilities that you never dreamed of. And perhaps most important of all, you will discover that your work can be fulfilling in numerous ways that deeply feed your soul.”
Stelios Tsezos, General Manager for Colgate Palmolive Africa / Europe
”InterOctave is one of the very few organizations I have met which has influenced deeply my professional life. We worked together in Greece to create a business turnaround, and also in all the African businesses for Colgate. A climate of trust was created with a multi-racial workforce and management during an historic period, (before and after the first free elections in the Republic of South Africa ) when strikes and violence were epidemic in other companies. I am persuaded that InterOctave‘s approach creates a long lasting competitive advantage, whilst developing people and the business.”
Chad Holliday, CHRM. CEO, President of DuPont from time a director, creating the UN Global Compact and broad stakeholder task forces as advisors to Board of Directors for each product line with social and planetary imperatives added; wrote the foreward to The Responsible Business.
Dirk B. Wassink, General Manager, Second Use Materials, Inc.
“Carol Sanford’s probing questions helped us think more clearly about who we are as a company and how we can become more effective at achieving our mission. How can we, ourselves, and all of our employees shape and resonate with the goals of the business at a deep level? Carol offered ways for placing our highest human values at the center of our business, so that the business can become more relevant in the world and more rewarding to both customers and employees.”
Will Lynn, President, who led Britta, KC BBQ Masterpiece, Hidden Valley and Kingsford to significant better eco-footprint and shifted to being 1/3 of corporate profits with 1/6 of people from the reverse. Had 10 leaders at the level of Director or Site Manager level, become heads of their own rapid growth firms, or heads of other businesses for companies like P&G, Heinz, Hunt Wesson.
Catherine Connelly, President, Merida, sustainable design of textiles who embraced the talents of extraordinary immigrant artisans, who have fled their county and livelihood, to shift her business from a commodity business to the choice of top bespoke and trend-setting interior designers for commercial and discerning buyers. She also bought out the business she was hired to run and made it a top line design company engaging her clients and artisans in a co-design process developing a one of a kind designer-branded rugs, making her clients into top name designers. And transformed several Brazilian communities exceed Fair Trade guidelines to community responsibility.
Lara Lee, President, Orchard Supply Hardware, who turned around a company that had been resold 4 times making it into a distinctive Neighborhood collaborator with customers, gave 6000 people innovative and meaningful work before activist investors closed the stores by taking over the Board of the parent company, Lowe’s. Neighbors sought to buy it out and make a coop but Lowes refused. Employees were snapped up but retailers who wanted to learn from them before the doors were closed.
Jeffrey Hollender, Co-Founder of Seventh Generation and Sustain Natural
“Carol Sanford’s Regenerative way of working with Seventh Generation opened a door to a whole new level of engaging in everything we do—from how we organize the company, to strategic thinking, working with stakeholders, product development, and marketing. We have dramatically improved our strategic leadership and organizational practices. This has contributed significantly to growth of 45 percent in our first year and over 60 percent in the following years. This approach is foundational to the, and our, future.”