Regenerative Business Development Community – Governing Boards


  • If a governing body were to pursue a Regenerative path, what would  they work on that is different than a Sustainable, Circular, Donut Path? And is the process different?
  • If they take on regeneration, is it different for the For-Profit body of Directors and Advisors?
  • Do commercial enterprises differ from not-for-profit in their work and challenges? Philanthropic Foundations or Activist organizations seeking change? How about Associations and membership organizations with Boards which usually have not-for-profit structures!
  • And then there are paid and unpaid Governing Bodies. Whew!

Is governing a ‘universal process’ or highly different in each of these context? And what makes it regenerative, anyway?

Endorsed by four decades of Carol Sanford Institute business clients!

“Carol is a visionary, giving us revolutionary, yet proven ideas, of what The Business of the Future looks like and how to create it, NOW. Carol’s work continues to be an amazing source of inspiration for Google Food Innovation Program—her approach to business is one of our foundational philosophies!”

– Michiel Bakker, Director, Google Global Food Innovation Lab

Beginning January 2021, we are launching an Internet-based, live learning and development community for growth-stage businesses and business units that aspire to gain the benefits and make the contribution to history that regenerative business practice offers. The community’s interactive format offers accelerated, responsible growth to 12-15 businesses. Participants experience how a diversity of businesses translate and apply a decades-old, proven system—yet to be embraced by most mainstream companies—that produces 3X to 10X growth and simultaneously contributes to social, cultural and ecosystem vitality.


Governing is the key to all types of boards. Regeneration is a paradigm of doing anything, and everything. It means that you have a focus on Evolving Capacity (of all entities involved) toward Essence Expression (in how the entities bring in their way of being), resulting in Systems Actualization (beyond a self-rewarding outcome.) This means that all work and activity increases the capacity of all those involved beyond what they brought in. Further, that they are not bringing standard or generic work but contributions ONLY THEY can bring because of who they are.


The focus of governing is to move their company or organization in a way that moves the systems in which there are imbedded, not just their own success and values, but in a way the shifts the greater whole in which they operate. Not by advocacy, activism or even role modeling. But by learning a regenerative theory of change that has quantum effects.


Specifically, their way of working is guided by these five leadership roles, that never overlap with management’s work, and instead creates consciousness energy fields in which the organization and others in their industry/domain work. Plus they are seen as the thought and practices leaders in their sphere of influence who are working for all the stakeholders, friend and foe.


“Carol Sanford transforms how to think about business and the world—producing not only sustainable prosperity but levels of meaning and commitment that most firms only dream of. She has created the prototype for the Business of the Future.”

– Rebecca Henderson, Senator John Heinz Professor, Harvard Business School

Regenerative Governing Boards Framewok

A few of the questions that underlie the framework we work from are:

  • What is the industry, sector or domain responsibility of the Governing Body? How does it position the entity it stewards to carry out strategy especially in uncertain times? How can governing bodies create social change with their business as a thought leader, educator and infrastructure designer?
  • How does the Essence of the entity they serve get stewarded across transitions in management and Board Member and committee rotation, so its offerings and identity are not personality driven by each new CEOs or Executive Director?
  • How can the integrity of the business and its place in the world be guided in up and down markets and in risky times such that investor/funders have confidence, so consumer/beneficiaries and marketplace/regulatory are being tended to so their effectiveness continues? And, how does the board ensure Integrity of the persons on the governing body as self-managing entity?
  • How can Financial Effectiveness be guided with innovative practice to ensure earnings, margins and cash flow are steady and fair? Including development of investor relations, whether institutions, taxpayers, shareholders or private capital as loans, donations or stock purchases in the work of this Governing Body Charter?
  • How does the governing body engage in stakeholder development beyond current management work such that they ensure local, national and global social systems are evolved to promote equity through systems design, systemic wealth creation through strategy choices, health and vitality of a society and planet through leadership roles. How can they lead evolutionary growth (which is regenerative) rather than expansion growth (which is degenerative)?

“Carol Sanford’s Regenerative way of working with Seventh Generation opened a door to a whole new level of engaging in everything we do—from how we organize the company, to strategic thinking, working with stakeholders, product development, and marketing. We have dramatically improved our strategic leadership and organizational practices. This has contributed significantly to growth of 45 percent in our first year and over 60 percent in the following years. This approach is foundational to the, and our, future.”

– Jeffrey Hollender, Co-Founder of Seventh Generation and American Sustainable Business Council.






Live online workshops include a fishbowl segment featuring one or two businesses, followed by a Q&A and application of ideas under discussion to each of the other businesses. Members will also learn more about regenerative practices and ways to sharpen them in their own governing roles by working with thinking partners in breakouts. Frameworks and guiding questions are provided for each business. 

All online workshops are recorded and available for viewing as long as businesses maintain their memberships (they are not downloadable).  


The Financial investment for One Year Regenerative Governing Boards Community Membership 



There is no reduction in cost for fewer than three people per business member. Our experience has taught us that participants must have good quality thinking partners who attend the sessions with them and share the experience as part of a team. Each of the twelve businesses engages in deep and rapid application, and with at least three individuals connected to Carol and other resources they have a much better chance of success. Multiple perspectives are required to hear and internalize the very rich, powerful, complex material offered. In breakout sessions during the webinars, teams will sometimes work together and sometimes with members from other businesses’ teams. Please note that payments made to join the Regenerative Business Development Community are  refundable for 3 days after purchase, minus a 3% handling fee. No refunds will be given after the first meeting. 


Dates and Times


9 am – noon Pacific Time USA





July 23, 2021

September 10, 2021

October 22, 2021

December 10, 2021


2022 DATES 



January 7, 2022

March 11, 2022

April 22, 2022

May 27, 2022

July 22, 2022

September 9, 2022

October 21, 2022

December 2, 2022



Carol Sanford, founder of Carol Sanford Institute, has an extraordinarily successful forty-year track record of growing businesses responsibly, increasing their revenue by as much as 40%-65% a year. Her expertise includes teaching companies how to build triple-digit margin growth and offer a funnel of products for decade-sustaining earnings in dynamic industries and markets. She is a Senior Fellow of Social Innovation and Executive-in-Residence at Babson College.

Resources are members of The Regenerative Business Alliance.

 Carol Sanford’s probing questions helped us think more clearly about who we are as a company and how we can become more effective at achieving our mission. How can we, ourselves, and all of our employees shape and resonate with the goals of the business at a deep level? Carol offered ways for placing our highest human values at the center of our business, so that the business can become more relevant in the world and more rewarding to both customers and employees.”

– Dirk B. Wassink, General Manager, Second Use Materials, Inc.

Carol Sanford Institute has run these series and others like them in businesses all over the world for 40 years. Case stories and testimonials are online at

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