Catalyst hub

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Catalyst hubs are community-serving buildings that serve as catalysts for a regenerative culture and economy in the neighborhood - designed, governed and owned by local communities. The intention is to establish a living example with one building that can then seed other buildings as catalyst hubs, then entire blocks, and eventually a neighborhood, while networked with other initiatives in other neighborhoods around the world.

Societal Benefits[edit]

The Societal Benefits of Cooperative Ownership
Extractive (Institutional) Ownership Generative (Cooperative) Ownership
Financial Purpose:
Maximizing profits in the short term
Living Purpose:
Creating the conditions for life over long term
Absentee Membership:
Ownership disconnected from life of enterprise
Rooted Membership:
Ownership in human hands
Governance by Markets:
Control by capital markets on autopilot
Living Purpose:
Creating the conditions for life over long term
Institutional Finance:
Capital as master
Community Finance:
Capital as friend
Commodity Networks:
Trading focused solely on price and profits
Ethical Networks:
Collective support for ecologial and social norms

Adapted from Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution, by Marjorie Kelly

Personal Benefits[edit]

The Personal Benefits of Cooperative Ownership
Finance-As-Partner Ownership Cooperative-
As-Partner Ownership
Financial Partners:
Partners based on who has money
Purpose Partners:
Partners based on who shares purpose
Personal Risk:
Revenue responsibility held solely by partners
Shared Risk:
Revenue responsibility shared by community
Limited Support:
Assistance limited to financial partner network
Extended Support:
Assistance extended to cooperative community
Fragile Ownership:
Partner’s project interest can change overnight
Resilient Ownership:
Shared accountability in maintaining core mission
Limited Equity Growth:
Limited by growth capacity of financial partners
Robust Equity Growth:
Accelerated by increase in community value

Adapted from Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution, by Marjorie Kelly

Cooperative development and governance systems[edit]


Prosocial - A perspective, practical purpose, research effort and community toward the welfare of others and society as a whole. This might be an attitude, a behavior (e.g. helping, sharing, donating, cooperating, volunteering), or an institution. It might be directed toward family and friends or the social acceptance of all people. Ultimately, Prosocial is an entire worldview.


Co-creation systems - Systems, models, tools for co-creation, designed, governed and owned by participants with a shared purpose, such as campaign teams and local communities.

Self organization[edit]

Self organizing systems - Processes where some form of overall order arises from local interactions between parts of an initially disordered system. The resulting organization is wholly decentralized, distributed over all the components of the system. As such, the organization is typically robust and able to survive or self-repair substantial perturbation.


Partnerism - An economic system that, unlike Capitalism & Socialism, recognizes the economic value of care and adequately rewards it in both the market & non-market sectors. Like Capitalism and Socialism, Partnerism is an economic ideology that promotes a set of values, assumptions, and beliefs. First coined by Riane Eisler in The Real Wealth of Nations, Partnerism as an ideology promotes and rewards caring for one another, nature, and our collective future.


Sensemaking - A process by which a large population of people are able to give meaning to their collective experiences, referred to as story-based or narrative-based assessment, and 'the first form of scalable ethnography'.

Place-Based Catalyst Hubs[edit]


Commongrounds - A new 4-story, 50,000 s.f. $16 million development in Traverse City, Michigan cooperatively owned by nearly 600 members. It will feature a food incubator, coffeeshop, distillery, childcare center, cowering space for impact organizations and businesses, performing arts and events space, artist-in-residence space, and 24 workforce rental units. Construction began in Fall 2020, with tenants scheduled to move in by 2022.

LaLa Gardens Cooperative[edit]

LaLa Gardens - A one-acre home and garden demonstration of permaculture and natural farming in the exurbs of Fort Collins, Colorado. The garden features regenerative farming and gardening, and is a pilot project for community ownership, governance, economy and culture that is based on a Declaration of Interdependence and in part, utilizes a global regenerative currency and ecosystem. It is reflective of hyperlocalsystems of Partnerism, membership, gifting, trade and other forms of mutual support. It is developing models for applying NFTs to regenerative real estate, education, marketplaces, art, culture and re-sci as a model for any neighborhood.

Temple of Mother Earth[edit]

Temple of Mother Earth - An international plant medicine healing center created out of the need for more welcoming places for people of color. The founding Temple is based in a predominantly BIPOC neighborhood in Southeast Washington DC, offering multi-faceted healing modalities with a primary focus on sacred plant medicines. It is a safe container of spiritual resources and space holders to support everyone in its community as they step powerfully into their sovereignty.

Catalyst Hub Tulum[edit]

Catalyst Hub Tulum - A regenerative community building in downtown Tulum that is collectively developed, governed, financed, owned and programmed by the local community. It is organized as a DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) to provide a living, working, gathering place for those in Tulum to catalyze regenerative change based on the values of caring and nature.

Regional Place-Based Cooperative Programs[edit]

Regenerate Idaho[edit]

Regenerate Idaho - An initiative in Idaho supporting community development that is collectively developed, governed, financed, owned and programmed by the local community. It is organized as a DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) to support the co-creation of living, working, gathering places in Idaho based on the values of caring, creativity and regeneration.


Regenerative Systems[edit]

Regenerative Systems - An overview of regenerative systems and their applications.

Self Organization[edit]


Self Organization Systems - A list of self-organizing systems.


Sensemaking - A primer on the process by which people give meaning to their collective experiences.


Co-Creation Systems - Systems, models, tools for co-creation

Regenerative Currency[edit]


Regenerative Urban Planning and Development[edit]

  • Form-based Codes Institute - The organization that supports regenerative urban planning operating systems known as form-based codes.
  • Form-based Codes - Form-based codes are a planning and development code that prioritizes physical form (rather than separation of uses) as the organizing principle for regenerative development. The SmartCode is one example of a form-based code.
  • SmartCode - A regenerative urban planning and development operating system and form-based code.
  • SmartCode documents - SmartCode documents.
  • Charter for New Urbanism - A set of principles and guide for regenerative community planning and development.

Development phases[edit]

  1. Phase I: Develop Core Team and Vision
    1. Define and pre-develop the mission, vision and founding support team
    2. Seed the idea, enable emergence of partners
    3. Develop project access
    4. Develop cooperative governance and financing agreements
    5. Develop interim staff
  1. Phase II: Develop Founding Membership and Vision
    1. Develop 15/150 founding membership
    2. Launch publicly
    3. Support visions from the membership
    4. Launch successive series of campaigns
    5. Conduct feasibility studies
  1. Phase III: Property Acquisition
    1. Secure down payment for property acquisition
    2. Secure tenant partners
    3. Secure finance partners
    4. Finalize financing
  1. Phase IV Optional: Construction/Renovation
    1. If necessary: Secure development and construction team
    2. If necessary: Secure development and construction loan
  1. Phase V: Ongoing Management and Emergence
    1. Financial accountability
    2. Restorative practice
    3. Self organization
    4. Crowdsourced placemaking