The goal of Think Act Regenerate is to make sure that you don’t miss out on your opportunities
There’s a rich smorgasbord of commercial solutions for dealing with ecosystem challenges – but they’re often hidden by “problem” messaging.
My exploration into practical Regenerative Innovation has been a whole lot of fun – and it’s fun that you can be part of.
Here are the high points of
my journey so far….
It was in 1985 that I began my journey into the supply chain and sustainability.
I’d finished my studies in computer systems management and joined the IT team of an Australian pharmaceutical manufacturer as an analyst/programmer.
It was the start of 30+ years of real world experience in factories, offices and warehouses – innovating the business systems that deliver the products and services we use every day.
The deep, practical understanding of the human systems we call “business” and “industry” – from the factory production staff to financial industry regulators – started then.
I worked on business applications that managed everything – from making headache tablets and scheduling pharmacy deliveries to running a Share Registry and collecting Debtors.
During that seven years in local manufacturing, I also “worked” as an owner-builder.
After 6 years of serious labour – through holidays, weekends, evenings – we successfully built the home of our dreams on our bush block.
It gave me massive insight into just how much goes into every built structure – time, energy, money, resources, passion, expertise.
By 1993 it was time for a new challenge. Our home was finished and the traffic on the daily commute to the factory was getting heavier.
I “crossed to the supply side” and went work for a consultancy delivering manufacturing systems into the food, beverages and packaging industries. With Y2K approaching, it was a busy time.
(Y2K was real – but most of the problems were dealt with in the 5 years leading up to 1 January 2000.)
I worked with manufacturers who made everything from ice creams (yum!) to office paper – and every department from production to accounting.
As an industry consultant, I saw the same thing over and over – most “technical” problems really started in the soft systems of the business, not the computer software.
Along the way I did industry certification in manufacturing and inventory management – learning the principles guiding the work my manufacturing clients were doing.
I also started my first exploration into how “the people side” of business innovation worked – because most of the serious “computer problems” I saw had contributing human issues.
I started the training led to me becoming an NLP Master Practitioner.
I started freelance consulting as Baker Consulting Services (not the most imaginative business name – but we were just starting out).
My work was helping the same sorts of manufacturing companies – the mid-size ones who had put in new systems “to fix Y2K”.
Now that their new systems were doing the accounting securely, they wanted to make the most of the planning and delivery tools that were built into their new ERPs.
How the products and services we use every day actually get made and delivered is endlessly fascinating.
On a break during the eBusiness Grad Dip, there was an announcement. The University was offering some new units on Sustainability in Business and they were looking for candidates.
I was interested – and I didn’t even know why!?!?
I decided to find out – and ended up helping to write the first 2 units of the course as part of that Grad Dip!
In 2001 I decided to find out how this thing called “the Internet” applied to coaching and consulting in industry – by doing a Graduate Diploma in eBusiness.
I learn lots about eCommerce, business and the Internet – and built my first website.
(And along the way, a “chance encounter” early in that Grad Dip created a whole new direction in my life. )
In 2004, a new opportunity opened up to explore the management side of business – working as a leadership coach in a franchise.
It combined together my undergraduate Psychology studies with my business experience and NLP qualifications, and offered a well-structured framework.
Baker Consulting Services turned into Balance3 – both to support this business model and my growing work on the three dimensions of sustainability.
As an organisational coach, I worked with Australian business managers on building their personal sustainability and their leadership skills.
It was a different level of insight into the busienss side of “this sustainability thing”, too.
Coaching gave me yet another fascinating insider perspective on how business REALLY works – and reinforced just how much human behaviour influences and limits business innovation.
Throughout my explorations into business sustainability, I’d been searching for the right book to give my busy business coaching clients.
The exciting, innovative approaches of Natural Capitalism, Cradle to Cradle Design, Systems Thinking and Biomimicry connected deeply with everything I’d seen in factories and warehouses around Australia.
But all the books on the innovation potential and the high-impact opportunities were massive – and most of them started with stories of terrifying futures.
So in 2009 I wrote my own 90-page opportunity summary – the original Deep Green Profit Handbook – and launched it at the International Coaching Federation’s Australian conference.
I added to my understanding of human systems with a Diploma of Ontological Coaching. That led me into the fascinating generative innovation toolset.
And the further I got into sustainability, regeneration and innovation, the more I realised that there were some serious communications issues that needed work.
So in 2010, I started a small regenerative business newsletter
2010 was when I shifted from talking about “sustainability” to regeneration – and started Regenerative Business streams on platforms including LinkedIn.
In 2017, Project Drawdown published their first round of modelling on REVERSING GLOBAL WARMING with existing solutions
It was the first ever attempt to answer “is this fixable” – and they found a wealth of solutions that surprised even the researchers.
Even more interesting were their findings that the top solutions offered multiple benefits AND some really big bottom line business savings.
DRAWDOWN convinced me even more than ever that regenerative business solutions needed better advocacy – and much more attention to the wealth of business opportunities.
The Balance3 newsletter became Regenerative Thinking in Action, and I started working on my Entrepreneur’s Guide to the Regenerative Economy.
During 2019, I drew further on the Project Drawdown knowledge base amongst a growing range of solutions sources.
The distillation of my thinking included a major re-vamp of Balance3, and included developing a free ebook on the role of entrepreneurial action in delivering a sustainable future.
also in 2019
I kept having conversations with sustainability people about “why doesn’t [the government/ business/ people] take action?”
Those repeated conversations turned into a new blog exploring regeneration, coaching and Innovation Delivery.
It explored the applications of today’s growing behavioural science knowledge base to the business of regeneration.
The REAL inconvenient truth is that the human race is an inconvenient SPECIES.Leigh Bake
In the third decade of the 21st century, it was increasingly amazing to me just how much sustainability messaging used out-of-date 20th century assumptions about how change occurs in human systems.
I did a whole lot of thinking and writing through COVID and the results blossomed progressively through 2021.
In March 2021, I started a podcast with a focus on climate solutions – REGENOMICS DOWN UNDER.
Further inspiration – and confirmation of my thinking about regenerative business -came in September of 2021.
Project Regeneration was launched – cataloguing a wealth of career, community and SME solutions opportunity.
(There are 200+ million SMEs globally – that’s potentially a massive regenerative business impact.)
In June, I finished writing a straightforward email course for SME business called The Deep Green Profit INSIGHTS
In a great conversation at the start of 2023, the realisation crystalised that my growing range of ideas needed to be consolidated into one place.
All my content about how to turn regenerative design and strategy into business action – came together under a single brand with a more coherent theme:
Think Act Regenerate
Now all my explorations are coming together in one place, distilling decades of research into Regenerative Business principles and practice into:
- The free Think Act Regenerate INSIGHTS email series.
- The Think Act Regenerate PODCAST for those with more time for listening than reading.
- The mentoring program REGENERATIVE THINKING IN ACTION
So if you’re anxious, frustrated or overwhelmed, you can explore for rewarding opportunities to Think Broader, Act Deeper and Regenerate Your World – TODAY!