To design a regenerative right livelihood, we work with these principles:
Find Your Path
But if you feel that the Great Turning needs you to expedite your path to service, it is helpful to first identify your unique, highest contribution at this time.
In the "Pathfinder" phase, we use frameworks to guide you along more efficiently.
These frameworks balance deep inner work with rational analysis, so you can better discern which paths to follow.
The work includes deep, reflective, individual work answering questions that help you get clear about your role in co-creating our regenerative future.
And, because finding our path can be challenging when done in isolation... you get the nourishing support of being seen for your gifts, by people who actively cultivate the ability to envision regenerative pathways forward for humanity. And we regularly tap into Source and Earth Wisdom for grounding and guidance.
This work is super useful, whether you want to become a regenerative entrepreneur or not.
Anyone can benefit from doing the math to get really clear about where you are currently spending your time and energy, how to value your expertise, and what forms of abundance you need to thrive in a simple but high-quality lifestyle. Your "needed skills action plan" will help you laser-in on the right trainings for your next steps, and figure their return on investment.
This newfound clarity builds your confidence, helps you negotiate on your own behalf, makes it easier to set healthy boundaries and price your services, and clarifies your next steps on your right livelihood path.
You'll also gain a clear understanding of what it does take to be an entrepreneur, and if regenerative entrepreneurship is right for you. And if it is, all of your work so far translates directly into finding your "Sweet Spot" and designing your "Abundance Model."
Discern Your Sweet Spot
Many folks spend years with an idea banging around in their heads, and that means that regenerative solutions are taking too long to get out in the world. Others are so excited about their awesome idea that they jump into building it before they have tested if anyone will pay for it, and they burn out in their good work (this is one of the main reasons why entrepreneurs fail).
The "Sweet Spot" is the place where you can do your good work and earn a living.
The way to know if people want your solution is to get out of your head and talk to them. But the risk is that you'll ask the questions in a way where people say what you want to hear, and you'll get useless or misleading information. Instead, we use Lean Startup methods to devise the questions that will help you make decisions about the viability of your idea. And that can be vulnerable, because it includes being willing to be wrong and start over, perhaps many times. But we do this together, with lots of debriefing and coaching, and we get it done in "sprints" so that once you validate your solution, you can move on to building out your awesome service-based offering and getting it into the world quickly.
Build an Abundance Model
Another main reason why entrepreneurs fail is thinking they just need to create their service-based offering, when actually they need to design the business model that will themselves and their work over time.
In this hands-on approach, based on information you gleaned in your "Sweet Spot" work, you learn how to create a draft offering, play with various biz models, choose a price, enroll your first clients, deliver great value, learn from feedback and testimonials from participants, and iterate from there. You can use these skills over and over in the future.
We work with cutting-edge approaches like the Business Model Generator Canvas and Lean Startup principles to identify your how your Unique Value Proposition serves your customers, brings in revenue and minimizes your costs. You'll get all my spreadsheets for figuring this out.
Equally important, you will embed reciprocity, social justice, deep ecology, regenerative economics, redistributing the surplus, and radical self-care into your business model so that is regenerative. This not only helps you feel great about your work, but you can also push other businesses towards regenerative practices and use what you have learned to help design regenerative business ecosystems. Yes We Can!
Even now, businesses that embed sustainability and social justice into their DNA are just plain better businesses; but to be "fit" for the future, businesses will have to adopt deeply regenerative approaches and be financially sustainable. Your livelihood will be ahead of the curve.