Mission of the Lab
We value self-feeding, self-renewing processes modeled from natural systems that cultivate human consciousness, collaboratively rather competitively, so that together we can regenerate our systems to thrive for the long-term, and to adapt to the unexpected, sometimes threatening, social, environmental and economic circumstances.
Fundamental to securing this future is a body of work dedicated to 1) creating human systems that align with the universal patterns of how nature functions and the corresponding 2) evolution of human behavior to live within these new systems in a way that are integrated with the earth’s biosphere.
Brian WeinbergNEXUS Lab on Regenerative Culture Co-Chair, NEXUS Partnerships Advisor
He knew impact at scale would mean finding ways to leverage the capital market for good and so he joined the investment team at a commercial impact investing private equity fund called MicroVest; investing about $100 million in debt/equity transactions into microfinance banks throughout South America (some in those same shanty towns in Peru). To complement the due diligence rigor and investment chops, Brian launched blendedprofit.com. The GAMECHANGERS podcast series showcased cutting edge conversations on “growing the good economy” with thought leaders for all to learn and a resource center that mapped the emerging industry. It supported the questions he was hearing (with lists of job boards, accelerators, conferences, etc) while scaling VC Sean Foote’s MBA Berkeley simulcast to 75 universities around the world. During his travels, he began to see how the working class in these emerging markets began to follow the footsteps of US consumption habits. The planet could not sustain this. Now passionate about conscious consumption, he launched justgood.org (a “mary kay for social good” marketplace for socially conscious products). This work lasted several years but somehow never felt right. Selling millions of sustainable headphones wouldn’t actually solve the problem he set out to work on. Conscious consumption is really about behavior change. It is really about leadership to change a flawed system. These questions led him to become NEXUS Global Operations Director, positioning the organization for sustained growth by developing infrastructure on several fronts; new governance operating system, core financial footing, and harnessing member led impact with the creation of working groups, labs, and city ambassador programs. Today, Brian’s focus is at the intersection personal/spiritual growth and global regeneration. More @Weinberg or http://weinberg.strikingly.com. Awards & Honors: Stagen Integral Leadership Program Black Belt, Summa Cum Laude honors in Finance (BBA) and Spanish (BA) from University of North Texas, Ashoka Youth Venture Ambassadorship, Clinton Global Initiative U Grantee, Starting Bloc Fellowship (Boston 2010), Sandbox Fellowship, Opportunity Collaboration Cordes Fellowship, UNT’s Rhodes Scholarship nomination, and Finance Student of the Year.
Chris LindstromNEXUS Lab on Regenerative Culture Co-Chair
Chris lays out the vision for engaging with investors and technologists to successfully launch sustainable business and community-based energy solutions, targeting both innovative and Commercial-Off-The-Shelf technologies to fit the right projects.
Rosie Von LilaNEXUS Lab on Regenerative Culture Co-Chair
Based in Manhattan, and working frequently in Washington, D.C. and California, Rosie is a communications professional, author of The Von Lila Framework, and Co-Founder / Director, Marketing and Investor Relations of Lumera, a private equity and project finance firm focused on infrastructure investment in the United States. Prior to founding Lumera, she coached and consulted leaders based on her proprietary leadership models that drive participation and loyalty from their organizations’ stakeholders. Rosie transforms “executives”, “teams”, “stakeholders” and “customers” into community members. Her research and experience support her philosophy that the most impactful businesses and organizations draw contribution from and deliver benefit to community members.
Rosie has been contracted and engaged by myriad organizations to improve their member participation, loyalty and shared value: including Burning Man, U.S. National Defense University, Eisenhower School, United Nations, Harvard Divinity School and many others.
The RCL Lab aims to accomplish there mission and goals through:
The Commons: Shared-values and community speakers, breakouts, skills labs and site visits
The Cloud: Principles, frameworks, metrics, resource toolkits, and case studies on the ground
Project Pipeline: Land, community, healing – IY inspired, digital and creative projects
If you are interested in regenerative culture, exploring human systems and how they are in sync with nature and delving into how we can live a more integrated and compassionate life that does no harm to our environments and communities, we’d love to hear from you.
Whether you are looking to get more involved in our Lab or willing to support our mission through a grant or sponsorship, please reach out!