Storm Cunningham: Champion of the Restoration Economy

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Sun, 14 Feb 2016 at 3:32 a.m.

“Restorationists… a huge, dynamic professional community.”

“Restorative development: The process of adding new value to natural or built assets, ideally in a manner that detracts neither from their other preexisting values, nor from the value of other assets.”

The following is an advertisement of sorts, hoop-la with compelling messages…

Source: www.revitaliz.com

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Storm Cunningham is the author of The Restoration Economy (Berrett-Koehler, 2002) and reWealth (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008).

The Restoration Economy is the first book on regenerative growth: the first to document the “hidden”, multi-trillion-dollar economic sector that is revitalising our communities, our nations, and our natural resources. Regenerative growth is also called “restorative development”: in it lies the future of our civilisation, and our planet.

Storm Cunningham is CEO of Resolution Fund, LLC. This Washington, DC-based firm offers the Renewal Capacity Program, a series of seven 1-day workshops that help communities worldwide efficiently ignite rapid, resilient renewal of their economy, their natural resources, and their quality of life. Resolution Fund trains both the public and the private sectors to partner more effectively on regeneration, and then matches these communities and redevelopers on the right projects at the right time.

Storm is also founder of Revitalization Institute, the non-profit international academic alliance for community renewal and natural resource restoration, and is Distinguished Visiting Professor at Seneca College, Canada’s largest educational institution.

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The Restoration Economy helped launch the consolidation of what might be the most important new industry on earth: The fragmented $1.5 – $2 trillion-dollar/year restorative development industry, whose practitioners are now uniting through the work of the Revitalization Institute. Hundreds of thousands of business, government, academic, and non-profit leaders have been restoring the world’s communities and natural resources, but under a myriad of names, such as “redevelopers”, “remediators”, or “restorers” of ecosystems, heritage, watersheds, fisheries, disasters, wars, infrastructure, etc. It has inspired exciting new economic revitalisation strategies, such as the leading-edge Oilforest Plan for tropical countries looking to wean themselves from over-dependence on economically and environmentally unsustainable monoculture crops (such as bananas).

Until this groundbreaking book came along, these restorative investors, architects, engineers, planners, biologists, preservationists, community leaders, foresters, and entrepreneurs often didn’t perceive that they were all revitalisation professionals. We now understand that we can’t revitalise a city or region in bits and pieces (such as individual brownfields projects or historic buildings): True, self-sustaining revitalisation comes from applying the 3 Renewal Rules.

The Restoration Economy describes a huge, fast-growing new growth frontier for entrepreneurs, investors, and organisational leaders, not to mention graduates looking for the most personally fulfilling and financially rewarding career path.

Restorative development comprises eight industries that are restoring our natural and our manmade environments worldwide. The book’s Table of Contents reveals these eight industries; you can also read the entire Preface and Introduction online at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Restoration-Economy-Storm-Cunningham/dp/1576751910 [go to ‘Look inside’].

Source: www.restorationeconomy.com

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“Storm Cunningham and William McDonough were born the same year, 1951. Both published landmark environmental books in the same year, 2002. And both are optimistic about the world’s future in spite of the spectre of climate change and resource depletion. Now [Cunningham’s] got another book… it’s called reWealth, a volume of insights, examples and tools needed “to create rapid, resilient, regional renewal in cities and natural areas anywhere on the planet.”
– Korky Koroluk, “Cradle to Cradle” and “The Restoration Economy” offer food for thought, in Daily Commercial News & Construction Record, March 28, 2008
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www.rewealth.com

Post by Elizabeth Kerr

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One response to “Storm Cunningham: Champion of the Restoration Economy

  1. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Wed, 29 Sep 2010
    Otago lecturer awarded Fulbright
    By John Gibb
    Dr Ian Barber, a University of Otago archaeologist, has gained a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, to study overseas, in Utah, in the United States, next year. The award will enable him to investigate “the global emergence of revitalisation movements” during about four months of study, starting mid-next year, at Brigham Young University.
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