A Whole New Kind of MBA
The Fierce Urgency of Now
The denigration of our planetary environment has reached a critical point — in the last 50 years there has been a 69% loss of biodiversity of animals, plants, birds, fish, insects, and forests, according to the World Wildlife Fund. This means that sustainability is no longer an option for humanity. One cannot be sustainable with a destroyed habitat. The only option left for us is regeneration. Regenerative Development is a holistic approach to development where the conditions for life are enhanced. Humans must re-vitalize, renew, and regenerate both community and planet to ensure not only our survival but the survival of all species. Nature’s well-being and human well-being are inextricably linked. Human ecology is as broken and despoiled as Nature’s is. Both must be renewed immediately and synergistically. The nature and scope of our crises, at the center of which is runaway climate change, leave humanity with no other choice. We must regenerate or perish.
To address this challenge, Ubiquity University (UU) and the University of International Cooperation (UCI) have come together with Green Project Management (GPM) and a global coalition of other academic institutions, NGOs and professional organizations to launch a whole new MBA degree called a Master in Regenerative Action (MRA), at the center of which is Doughnut Economics as well as a range of other regenerative approaches to ecology, economics, politics, consciousness, and culture. The focus is on Knowledge leading to Action to regenerate our world. There is no more time for business as usual. Business must be redesigned to regenerate economies and the larger ecosystem. We don’t need ‘Business Administration,’ the old kind of MBA. We need Regenerative Action to save the world, a whole new approach to business.
Our MRA will jointly co-brand and co-produce undergraduate and graduate courses and programs, also available for lifelong learners and activists, in the field of Regenerative Development. This will comprise the leading theorists and practitioners in the field of Regeneration. The content that is being developed will be linked to practitioners in the field working to regenerate bioregions, cities, and economies globally.
We are partnering with the Regenerative Communities Network founded in 2018. Currently, there are 15 members across 8 countries and 4 continents, a number that is expected to grow rapidly in 2021. Costa Rica already offers many sites within the country where students can come and actively learn regeneration by participating in many of the projects UCI is currently working on.
We are partnering with Integral City Meshworks and Populus Community Planning which are convening dozens of cities worldwide and over 45 partnering organizations to join the coalition. The fact that Amsterdam embraced Doughnut Economics in April 2020 has had an accelerating effect on galvanizing cities and regions globally to develop regenerative practices.
Our coalition of content providers and specialists will work together over time with the intent to create a global consensus around the imperative to move beyond Sustainability to Regeneration. We will link learning about Regeneration with what activists and practitioners need on the ground for effective and informed action. Our goal is to build a program grounded in service to bioregional development and the regeneration of cities and the entire political economy. Every sector of human society must be transformed to be regenerative.
As background, GPM, UCI, and Ubiquity came together and the coalition was conceived and has been established through Humanity Rising, an initiative of Ubiquity University and over 350 partnering organizations worldwide to create a daily global commons to enable people worldwide to come together to share their experiences as we all navigate through the pandemic and take counsel together as to how we can increase our strategic effectiveness. In July 2020, Ed Mueller, Founder and President of UCI, convened a seven-day program on Doughnut and Regenerative Economics and another five-day program in October on Moving Toward a Regenerative World. In January 2021, Integral City Meshworks and Populus Community Planning convened a five-day program on Cities Rising for a Regenerative World. It was out of these programs that the idea was conceived to build a coherent body of content linked to bio-regions and cities, initially focused on a Master in Regenerative Action and designed to serve activists everywhere seeking to regenerate community and environment.
Bounce Beyond, Capital Institute, Cascading Sustainability, Corporación Bosqueduca, Doughnut Economics Action Lab, Integral City Meshworks, GAIA Education, Global Ethics Foundation, Green Project Management, H3Uni, Institute for Cooperative Bio-Balance, Lighthouse Futures, Meraki, Oceanic Research Institute, OpEPA, Populus Community Planning, Prescott College, Presencing Institute, Regenerative Communities Network, SDG Transformations Forum, Social Capital Forum, The Flourishing Initiative, Transition World, Ubiquity University, University of International Cooperation, VERSO International School, Wise Generation, 7Vortex
Program of Study
Prerequisites: Undergraduate Degree in any field (transcript with proof of graduation is required)
Admissions Process: Submit the Application and we will get back to you with further instructions. If you need additional assistance, please feel free to reach out to our Ubiquity Director of Admissions, Nora Silini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This MRA Degree is composed of 30 credits:
- Core and elective courses (24 Credits)
- Impact Project in bioregions, cities, or other locations with a focus on one or more UN Sustainable Development Goals (6 Credits)
Required Core Courses (6 credits):
- Foundations of Doughnut Economics with Kate Raworth – LIVE in June 2021! (1 credit – online)
- Global Survey on Regeneration with Ed Muller (1 credit – online)
- Projects Integrating Sustainable Methods with GPM Global led by Joel Carboni (1 credit – online)
- Foundation in Soft Skills and UN SDGs with Shelly Alcorn (3 credits – online)
Elective Courses (18 Credits):
- Accounting and Managerial Control with Richard Combrink, PhD (UU – 3 credits – online)
- Acting with Confidence in Times of Disruption with Presencing Foundation (3 credits – online June 29 – July 2, 2021) MRA students pay the nonprofit registration fee – please use this special registration link.
- Beyond Resilient: Integral City Inquiry, Action and Impact with Marilyn Hamilton, PhD and Beth Sanders, MCP, RPP (UU – 3 credits – online)
- Beyond Smart: Integral City Practices, Tools, Maps with Marilyn Hamilton, PhD (UU – 1 credit – online)
- City Nestworking with Beth Sanders, MCP, RPP – LIVE in May 2021! (UU – 3 credits – online)
- Design for Sustainability and Regenerativity with Gaia Education (8 credits – online)
- Ecosystem Regeneration Design with Gaia Education (8 credits – online)
- High Impact Innovation Design with Julene Siddique (UU – 3 credits – online)
- Integral Global Futures Microcourse Set with Jennifer Gidley, PhD
- Integral Global Futures – Environment (UU – 1 credit – online)
- Integral Global Futures – Socio-Cultural Systems (UU – 1 credit – online)
- Integral Global Futures – Geo-Political Systems (UU – 1 credit – online)
- Leading Change with Cynthia Scott, PhD (UU – 3 credits – online)
- Regenerative Business Models with Carolina Fernandez-Jansink (1 credit – online)
- Regenerative Economics with John Fullerton (1 credit – online)
- The Science of Witnessing (UU – 3 credits – online)
Additional courses are under construction and will be listed as they become available.
Required Impact Project (6 credits):
Your Impact Project serves as your dissertation for the MRA. An Impact Project is the application of knowledge into action demonstrating that you can apply what you are learning in the real world in a way that is regenerative to communities and ecosystems. Impact Projects are comprised of work in the field and a write-up presented for credit. We accept Impact Projects of all kinds. Please submit a proposal to the MRA Coordinator and they will work with you to design a successful experience.
Tuition and Fees: There are no hidden fees. You pay for courses only as you take them. All courses at the Master’s level are $200 per credit. This means that you will pay approximately $6,000 for the 30 credit MRA program. Some of our partner courses have additional registration fees. In those cases, we require a written post-paper to be submitted demonstrating the knowledge you gained from the experience and will charge $200 per credit to apply the credit transfer to the MRA. In order to successfully complete your Impact Project, you may incur additional expenses such as travel, etc., and you will be responsible for those fees. The MRA is designed as a two-year Master’s program but the duration of the program depends on the student. It can be started anytime and the student determines the pace of learning.
For more information, see the Ubiquity University Student Handbook