7 Laws of Degeneration

Carol Sanford
16 min readDec 31, 2023

# 6 Scaling is growth by expansion; NODAL is growth by evolution

I am repeatedly asked about how I plan to scale my regeneration work and told how important it is to do so. The combination of this question and comment demonstrates how far off-course people have become with the popularization of Regeneration. The intention is good, but the paradigm is wrong leading to more degeneration. Regeneration does not spread or become internalized well when conceived of from an expansion growth mindset as has been proven by the scaling of commercial farming, mandated public education or ideation of best practices. Scaling is based on a degenerative paradigm and lead to the mess that we are in. And as Einstein said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”

Regeneration can only be understood, at the level we need to understand, through an oral, developmental, tradition or otherwise it becomes demeaned and banalized, losing the force we hoped for. Otherwise it is transferred shallowly and frozen through a non-regenerative epistemology, a mechanical authoritative-other sourced knowledge. We give predigested soundbites, thinking it is important to spread to everyone as fast as possible. It is not engaged from the essence of the philosophy and cannot be internalized and regenerated for each place and time. Further, we do so with the assumption that there is a list of practices that are somehow known among some set of experts. Experts, who are mostly self-proclaimed and never experienced the process in their own upbringing. Mostly from the same paradigm that got us into the current mess as Einstein named it. That paradigm is sourced from a Do-Good Humanist or environmental path. Not from a Living Systems paradigm. The popularized models are organized around a Western Caucasian worldview. The tendency is to pick up ideas without discernment and amalgamate them into models. A mix and match approach. Then to distribute the models without testing with a cohesive set of principles that have been examined through time by cultures and teachers that have a Lived-Experience of regeneration. The knowledge used is borrowed from the humanist and environmentalist sources (human interpretation of nature’s needs) and not indigenous, wisdom, and quantum science and traditions.

Scaling is associated with the intention to grow the committed adherents whereby the returns, according to accrual accounting, are expected to expand, producing economies of scale for all including, in some cases, Earth…

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Carol Sanford

Sr Fellow Social Innovation, Babson |# 1 AmazonBest Selling/Multi-Award Winning Author | Regenerative Paradigm Educator