Catalyzing a Future of Regenerative Communities
Countless communities throughout the world continue to employ an outdated development model that manages interests and industries in isolation of each other. Efforts to improve one area generate unintended consequences elsewhere in the system (waste, pollution, poverty, debt). The perpetuation of this model has created complex and accelerating challenges – depleting ecosystems, climate instability, resource insecurities, rising debt and social fragmentation, public health crises, and geo-political conflict.
Regensia is ushering in a new regenerative development model designed to meet the challenges of our time.
We employ a holistic, integrative, and collaborative approach to planning and developing vibrant, resilient, equitable, and resource secure organizations, communities, and regions. Our coordinated set of strategy, assessment, and design services help our clients and partners get in front of pressing development challenges by realizing aspirational net positive social, economic, and environmental goals.
Inspiring Innovation Through Powerful Enquiry
We help our partners and clients collaboratively work through ‘wicked’ development challenges by asking powerful questions, such as:
How can communities simultaneously strengthen their economies, provide high qualities of life for increasingly marginalized populations, and improve the health and vitality of the ecosystems they inherently rely upon? How can we shift from a zero sum ‘win-lose’ culture to one that strives for ‘win-win-win’ outcomes?
What development goals, benchmarks, and standards must communities adopt to account for the pace and scale of the challenges they face?
How might urban places ‘make’ more than they ‘take’? What type of technologies and infrastructure systems can power resource abundant and climate positive urban developments?
What lessons can we learn from nature’s 3.8 billion years of applied R&D? How can our built environments emulate the integrative and regenerative processes of living systems to better adapt to rapid change?
How can conventionally siloed communities capture the shared value of integrated urban systems? What type of business models, governance approaches, and finance mechanisms would be required?
Partners and Clients
Regensia collaborates with an extensive network of partners and clients to strategically advance regenerative urbanism. We provide support to diverse public, private, and civic entities, including:
Municipalities & Governments
We help forward-looking municipalities and government agencies develop regenerative-focused programs, projects, policies, and partnerships. We lead workshops, studies, assessments, plans, and development projects. We work at a systems-level to align diverse public, private, and civic interests around a community’s regenerative potential.
Corporations & Developers
We develop strategies and offer targeted design support for corporations and real estate developers. The regenerative approach offers a powerful competitive advantage, unlocking new markets and revenue streams, improving resilience and resource security, enhancing reputation and community benefits, and capturing public sector support.
Urban Planners & Engineers
We partner with industry-leading urban planners, engineers, and architects on highly innovative development projects. Our integrated strategy, assessment, and district design models stretch innovation further, opening up doors for more powerful and purposeful detailed design and planning opportunities.
We provide strategic support for operational and advocacy-based NGOs invested in testing and applying transformative new development models. Our regenerative approach delivers to diverse public-interest missions that support environmental, social, and economic vitality.
We work with impact investors, regional and multilateral development banks, and other finance institutions to develop innovative finance solutions and true-cost accounting models for next-generation development projects. Our approach anchors a new inclusive, circular, and regenerative economy.
Joshua Foss, Founder & CEO
Regensia is led by Joshua Foss, an accomplished strategist, urban planner, and thought leader shaping the future of regenerative design, circular economy, and resiliency movements. His expertise is in advancing integrative, systems-based innovations as a way for organizations and communities to get in front of complex interconnected development challenges.
In support of this mission, Foss has led first-of-their-kind regenerative impact assessments for multiple cities and regions throughout the world; been a contract advisor for Fortune 5 companies on community safety and regenerative design strategy; initiated and managed partnerships with global engineering, technology, and planning firms, government agencies, and international NGOs; led trainings for regional mayors associations; presented at United Nations events and Global Entrepreneurship Summits; co-produced global conferences on Regenerative Economies; and been a principal planner on multiple district infrastructure designs that have been recognized as the most resilient neighborhood plans in the U.S.
Foss carries a master’s degree in Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability, is a certified urban farmer (permaculture), a credentialed CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) specialist, and frequently lectures at universities and conferences throughout the world.