Our Mission is to regenerate the Wealth of Earth’s Commons

About


Common Earth is an international consortium supporting efforts to regenerate the wealth of Earth’s commons to meet and exceed the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The global commons are the dynamic, living systems that are the basis of life on Earth. Humanity’s social and economic well-being are dependent on the health of our common land, oceans, and atmosphere. Caring for them properly requires valuing human dignity and understanding that true wealth derives from a healthy planet.

Common Earth will launch in 2018 in partnership the Commonwealth of Nations Secretariat’s Innovation Hub. The Innovation Hub is focused on fostering innovation across the Commonwealth’s 53 member states. Together, the member states represent 2.4 billion people (60% under 30 years old), 21% of Earth’s land mass (spanning Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific), and 78% of the oceans’ exclusive economic zones. The diverse global community of the Commonwealth represents an unprecedented opportunity for transforming innovative ideas into action.

Common Earth emerged from the “Regenerative Development to Reverse Climate Change” initiative organized by the Cloudburst Foundation in October 2016 at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. Founded and managed by the Cloudburst Foundation, Common Earth is a collaboration of innovative practitioners, scientific research institutions, and funding organizations. It provides support to decision makers, communities, and companies across the Commonwealth seeking to meet their commitments to the Paris Climate Accord and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Members of the Common Earth consortium harness the potential of the Commonwealth’s unique places, people, and communities. It supports and develops local capacities and capabilities needed to address complex global challenges. The consortium is shifting the current model of sustainability from doing less harm to a regenerative model of doing most good. True wealth is when the world’s resources are managed to promote human happiness, dignity and prosperity for all people and future generations.

Common Earth provides a structure to:

  • Identify, network, and cultivate the global community of practitioners regenerating the ecological commons
  • Provide communication platforms and mapping, monitoring, and analysis tools to support and improve the efficacy of regenerative projects.
  • Direct public and private funds to projects operating systemically and attuned to the unique potential and needs of local contexts.

Convenings

Between October 2016 and June 2017, Cloudburst held critical convenings at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London. These served to amplify the voices of groups working on ecological regeneration. In each of these gatherings, Cloudburst tested new concepts and frameworks, and the feedback from participants —across sectors—was consistently positive. What emerged from these convenings was Common Earth, a cross-sectoral effort to regenerate the wealth of Earth’s commons across the Commonwealth and beyond. In 2017 Cloudburst Foundation became an official partner of the Commonwealth to deliver this initiative.

Experts Workshop on Regenerative Development to Reverse Climate Change


London, 28-29 October 2016

This workshop brought together a cross-sectoral community of more than 60 practitioners working to regenerate ecosystems in a variety of ways. Experts from areas such as agroecology, ecological restoration, permaculture, circular economy, regenerative development, biomimicry, and more came together to launch a process of supporting the Commonwealth as a global leader in regenerative development to effectively address climate change.

The primary result of the workshop was the consensus that there are proven techniques readily available to regenerate the capacity and capabilities of communities and ecosystems, and that the international community of practitioners doing this work is strong. The workshop was an important gathering for mobilizing action, and creating strategies for leveraging and scaling ecological regeneration across the Commonwealth. Importantly, Secretary General Baroness Patricia Scotland, demonstrated the political will to position the Commonwealth as a staging post and leader of this approach to climate change.

The full report from the workshop including working processes, workshop flows and notes, outcomes, and next steps is accessible here. Cloudburst Foundation interviewed many of the participants and clips of their discussions can be viewed in our gallery. Spherical, a close collaborator of Cloudburst Foundation, is currently mapping regenerative projects around the globe.

High-Level Policy Makers Discuss Regenerative Development in the Commonwealth


London, May 18-19 2017

In May 2017, Cloudburst Foundation organized a high-level meeting at Marlborough House aimed at building upon the Workshop on Regenerative Development to Reverse Climate Change. This meeting brought together policy makers from across the Commonwealth and focused on identifying strategic opportunities and leverage points within critical industries. The 123 participants included HRH Prince Charles of Wales, Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, Former President of Kiribati Anote Tong and the High Commissioners of the Commonwealth.

Various regenerative frameworks and perspectives were presented and the High Commissioners had the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback related to the specific needs and requirements of their regions. One key takeaway from this meeting was that regenerative development is an effective approach to addressing climate change because it harnesses the bio-cultural uniqueness of places around the Commonwealth. Given the diversity of people and places in the 53 member states this was seen as having high potential. Many attendees, including high-level political representatives, have since introduced regenerative language into their communications, advocacy, and policy efforts.

Cloudburst Foundation made a short video chronicling this event. In addition many participants were interviews and their discussions can be viewed in our gallery. The Commonwealth and Cloudburst Foundation put together a report on the potential of regenerative development in the Commonwealth which can be accessed here.

Funding Regenerative Development in the Commonwealth


London, June 27 2017

In June 2017 Cloudburst Foundation convened more than 50 stakeholders from the international finance community to discuss strategies for funding regenerative development in the 53 diverse countries of the Commonwealth. This meeting explored modalities for shifting financial flows to support the health of Earth’s living systems. Importantly participants discussed approaches to creating new investment opportunities that optimize planetary health and work to do most good instead of do less bad—a cornerstone of regenerative development.

Attendees included leaders and representatives from banks, climate finance, and investment groups interested in supporting regenerative solutions to climate change and sustainability. One key takeaway was an agreement that the regenerative development model offers new solutions that can overcome limitations of linear economic and development mechanisms.