2/10 Integrated Regional Development

Seeking inspiration from a tree

Online course with a panel of experts. Learn about Integrated Regional Development by Seeking Inspiration from a Tree. This course is the second unit out of ten from the program "Re-Building Resilient Food Systems" lead by Jean-Paul Close.

In the upcoming units, you can deep dive to a particular subject each month with the help of guest speakers, local case studies and additional information. Once you enroll in the full program, you get access to all available units and you can watch the video lessons at your own pace. Depending on your chosen package: if you are a Seeker, an Adventurer or a Trailblazer you get access to additional benefits, like 1-1 private training sessions or group sessions, a certificate or a diploma.

Discover the full program, or simply enroll in just one of the units.

For centuries humankind had fragmented natural functions and mechanized them into financially organized processes. We lost sight of the integrated way of working of nature and tried to solve our problems with more fragmentation, technology and control systems.

4 Billion years of integrated system’s experience is available to us, right under our noses. Take a 300 year tree for instance. Let us go back to our inspirational surroundings where productivity is high against no costs and automated through integrated symbiotics.

Value Proposition

We can all learn from the trees and the related mindset. No matter where you live, or what kind of life situation you are. If you are a citizen, you can learn how to interact with your neighbours, with the people live around you for from the perspective of wellness and shared values.

Business: 4 x WIN values driven attitude

Government: non polluting regional development

Science: Biomimicry, Sustainocracy, sociology

Background to the course

Nature provides us with all the required expertise to develop a sustainable future for ourselves, our communities, our businesses, etc. We can start by looking at a tree.


Your Instructor

Jean-Paul Close
Jean-Paul Close

After his university studies (maths, computer science, and international business) Jean-Paul developed a mixed career between entrepreneurship and top-level executive positions in multinationals. The birth of his first daughter and his condition as a single father after his divorce made him aware of the core human values that we stand for as parents for our offspring. It surprised him that those values, necessary for sustainable human progress, were pushed away in our systematized society format based on financial dependencies. He decided to define those core natural human values as a shared human and institutional responsibility and create a society vision that is now referred to as Sustainocracy (Sustainable human progress and Democracy). Those universal key values are: health, safety, cocreation, awareness and our basic needs (food, water, air and warmth). Sustainocracy is being implemented in a growing number of municipalities for regional development.

From the perspective of food as an essential value for our sustainable evolution as a species (just like water, air and warmth), he created FRE2SH. FRE2SH is to be seen as a local, regional and global community that experiments together with our growing insights about regional food self sufficiency, participation and shared resilience. FRE2SH is purely based on partnerships connected to our common higher purpose of taking our responsibility for food for all in close relationship and cooperation with nature and wherever necessary applying technology and science to ensure abundance without pollution, destruction or speculative manipulation of resources. Read more.


Who is this course for?

All stakeholders of a regional community. We all need to learn to think and act differently. Come with an open mind and a desire to do things differently.

What you will learn in this course:

  • to recognize the consequences of our fragmented way of working
  • to learn to observe nature for our benefit
  • to look at the working of a tree
  • to and project that on our community life
  • about business positioning
  • about regional development (infrastructures, design)
  • And creating values driven FRE2SH initiatives

You will learn through video interviews, articles to read critically, and questions to answer within the community.


Course Curriculum

  Inspiration from a tree
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1-1 Coaching with Jean-Paul Close

Book a private coaching session with Jean-Paul to get personal feedback on your creative projects. You can use this special occasion to take a deep dive with him into particular subjects you're interested in or ask for general guidance for your creative journey. The coaching session is not included in the price of the course.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course until 31 July 2023 - across any and all devices you own.

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