The Age of Regeneration with a Focus on Impact with Durukan Dudu

The Age of Regeneration with a Focus on Impact with Durukan Dudu

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In our first episode, we had Durukan Dudu, the co-founder of Anadolu Meralar─▒, as our guest. We extensively covered various topics including restoration to sustainability, restorative agriculture to the era of restoration, impact focus to Web3. We witnessed Dudu's experiences and accumulated knowledge on the journey of "not only establishing but also spreading the understanding and concrete implementation of restorative agriculture ecologically, economically, and socially beyond sustainability."

Dudu started realizing his dreams of rural collective living and eco-village in 2012 by moving to the countryside. He was selected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2017. Since 2018, he has been providing consultancy services for domestic and international projects of international institutions, including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. His professional experience includes farming, shepherding, holistic land management and financial planning, editing, project management, facilitation, and teaching. He develops and promotes pioneering restorative agriculture and food models.

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With the code you will hear in the episode, you can get the NFT that we have prepared specifically for the podcast episode via POAP.

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Ôćĺ Notes from the Episode:

You can closely examine Anadolu Meralar─▒'s work on their website at the https://bit.ly/3AOqSvq

You can closely examine the work of ReFi Turkiye, which is moving around the concept of regenerative finance via https://bit.ly/3wxQ8nk

You can read Durukan Dudu's interview on regenerative agriculture and holistic management on Sivil Sayfalar (Civic Pages) at the https://bit.ly/3ALAQhg

You can watch Dudu's TEDx talk titled "Existential Satisfaction" at the https://bit.ly/3Rf6oSb

You can watch the imece summit session featuring Sandrine Dixson-Decl├Ęve, Co-President of The Club of Rome, and have an insight about the design and implementation of alternative actions to create "impact for the climate" at the https://bit.ly/3Tvzizt

You can access the evaluation and 2030 predictions regarding carbon offsetting mentioned in the podcast at the https://bit.ly/3pN9h0U

You can watch the video containing the evaluation of Bekir A─č─▒rd─▒r's book "Youth in Search of Its Story" mentioned in the podcast at the https://bit.ly/3KCkbAd

Ôćĺ Highlights from the Episode:

  • 2.08 - "The Difference between Regeneration and Sustainability"
  • 5:48 - "Regeneration in the Journey of Anadolu Meralar─▒" 10:34 - "Regenerative Agriculture and the Age of Regeneration"
  • 18:58 - "Perspective on the Crises the World is Facing" 26:16 - "Exciting and Risky Aspects of Web3"
  • 32:10 - "Access to Unlimited Budget and Talent Pool"

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While explaining the difference between sustainability and regeneration, Dudu highlights the importance of realizing that "we are not in a situation to sustain" and adds: "Regeneration is not just about causing less harm or minimal damage; it is about improving the existing state significantly. (ÔÇŽ) Instead of saying 'I didn't cause any harm,' I prefer to say 'I created something beautiful.' That is what we need economically, ecologically, and socially in the world. It's not about causing less damage; it's about regeneration."

Dudu emphasizes the importance of being in a position that enhances and enriches the environment, while also regenerating ecosystems, nature, communities, and the economy, as it makes a significant difference in terms of mobilization. When discussing the potential for humans to regenerate nature, he defines Regenerative Agriculture as follows: "We will engage in farming within a field, producing, for instance, a construction material derived from food or cotton to wool, thereby enhancing the ecosystem's health within our field." If both of these happen together, it is called regenerative agriculture (...) Agriculture is the fundamental way humans interact with the non-human nature and has been the longest-standing form of interaction. Depending on how it is practiced, agriculture can be the most destructive tool in our hands, as it has been for the past 70 years, or it has the potential be a highly regenerative tool.

Following Dudu's thought-provoking comparison, our conversation shifts to the crises we are currently facing as a world and the potential of Web3. Dudu says, "We are in a very severe crisis, but it is both urgent and possible to create a new world while emerging from that crisis. (...) There has never been a period in history where we urgently needed to tackle such severe crises, while also having the tools, knowledge, and imagination to make it possible, meaningful, and enjoyable.' (...) 'Web3 can serve as a great servant to not only open up new domains but also serve the existing ideas and realities in the field. (...) There's a feature I particularly admire in all these new tools: the ability to shorten the chain between people's actions or inactions and the consequences they face."

Dudu summarizes his standpoint as follows: 'We are not the ones who will actually practice regenerative agriculture or the Age of Regeneration. Our task is to empower. To create a stage where individuals can establish their areas of authority and responsibility.' This starting point aligns with regenerative finance, and in Dudu's own words, "ReFi is incredibly exciting since it facilitates and exemplifies the financial aspect, which is a crucial part of this, both as a practical tool and in terms of discourse."

Dudu's calls to action are as meaningful as his work: 'Let's come together and build those bridges, those connections. Let's weave the hives. Let's create the bonds in our own space, doing what we love to do, and in doing so, forming symbiotic bonds just like in nature, and from there let's run, whistle, and play in the age of regeneration.