What is a Renaissance?
Renaissance is a French word meaning “rebirth.” It often refers to a period in European civilization that was marked by a revival of learning and wisdom. A key event which influenced this period was the 16th century Protestant Reformation.
The Reformation was a movement by ordinary people. They were fed up with the corruption of the Church and of the papacy. It was led by Martin Luther, who didn’t have any real authority. He was just a monk who posted a sheet of paper with 95 theses about the corruption on the door of a church.
Once his students saw his thesis, they removed it from the door and used the new social medium to make it go viral. Of course, they didn’t have Facebook and Twitter in the 16th Century, but the printing press had just been invented. The printing press was the new social media. So they printed up the sheet and distributed it far and wide. Thanks to the printing press, it literally went viral in weeks.
Luther’s Protestant Reformation became a significant event during one of the most tumultuous periods in Western culture: the High Renaissance. Luther’s actions, which were targeted at the Church, ultimately led to the European cultural, artistic, political and economic rebirth following the Middle Ages.
Significant social changes like these start on the ground, with ‘ordinary’ people like you and me. They start because the ordinary people are fed up.
There are now more ordinary people fed up than ever before. But they’re manifesting it in all kinds of arbitrary ways. Protests is one way, but when everyone goes home, what has changed? And how can we see how big the movement really is? How do we know who is for or against new ways of doing things?
What is the Regenerative Renaissance?
Like the European Renaissance, the Regenerative Renaissance is a period marked by a revival of learning and wisdom. It’s a time when we rethink what it means to be alive. A time when we rethink our purpose on this planet. It’s a period where we transition from social systems built on scarcity and competition to social systems built from a space of abundance and collaboration.
The global pandemic of 2020 accelerated the emergence of the Regenerative Renaissance. So it’s still new; it’s fuzzy; it’s undefined. But it’s also taking shape — quickly — around ideas of
- reversing ecological damage
- restoring whole system health
- collective collaboration
- decentralized and holonic coordination structures
- circular, bioregional economies
- and much more…
What is the Map of South African Regenerative Renaissance?
The Map of South African Regenerative Renaissance is a listing of projects, places and people all working towards rebuilding South Africa. It’s a map using the latest available social medium to spread a renaissance of new ideas. It combines a directory with a visual representation of all the people supporting new ideas of what it means to be a proud South African.