Living Environments in Natural, Social, and Economic Systems

LENSES is a structured process for regenerative development. Skilled facilitators guide individuals and groups toward breakthrough and transformation that is inspiring, authentic and generates abundance. LENSES can be applied to people, places and organizations.

“If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don’t bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.”                  – R. Buckminster Fuller


The LENSES Overview Guide

The LENSES Overview Guide is your starting point to practice regenerative development and create abundance. Available to the public, this guide orients you to regenerative development, Living Environments, and the LENSES Framework. A supplemental Facilitator Manual is available only to trained facilitators and features structured, easy-to-use facilitation models and templates to support LENSES Facilitators in creating healthy, thriving places and organizations.

Interested in learning more? Click the button below to download the Overview Guide.

LENSES Overview Guide


The LENSES Facilitator Program

Get with the program! Join a fun and engaging group of thought leaders and set yourself apart by becoming a LENSES facilitator. Develop your personal toolbox for leading positive change. Together with the LENSES Facilitator Manual, the Facilitator Program provides the resources you need to lead your team, organization, or community in creating Living Environments. The program features a collaborative online community and trainings; interactive, application-oriented team sessions; and one-on-one support from the creators of LENSES. Join an upcoming online or in-person training.

Online: August 8, 2017 – February 13, 2018, meet once a month online, registration opens mid-April 2017

In Person: October 25-27, 2017, Boston, MA, registration opens July 2017

Online: January 30, 2018 – July 24, 2018, meet once a month online, registration opens September 2017

Questions? Contact Helene Gotthelf, LENSES Program Manager, at helene(at)clearabundance.org.

LENSES Stories

Check out how LENSES has been applied to create impactful outcomes for a diversity of projects, including a veterinary teaching hospital, a community coalition, university-based spiritual center, a residential community in Costa Rica, and university sustainability classes.

LENSES Stories


LENSES Rubrics

Developed by Institute for the Built Environment at Colorado State University, the LENSES Rubrics are tools designed to evaluate the regenerative development qualities of a place, project, or organization. The Rubrics consist of scaled qualitative metrics that guide users in: assessing the impacts of current practices; identifying strategies to meet regenerative development goals; and evaluating the impact of decisions after implementation. The Rubrics can be used as a stand alone resource or in conjunction with the LENSES Framework. Click the button below to download this free, open-source tool.

If you plan on printing the LENSES Rubrics, please note they are designed on pages set to 11 x 17.

LENSES Rubrics


What people are saying about LENSES

“LENSES really helped me to communicate to the external world how to do regeneration, and that it’s about flows and relationships. That’s been highly valuable and taken up very well wherever I’ve spoken about it.”
– Dominique Hes, Professor, Melbourne University


“The power of LENSES is in opening up the thinking among team members early on and getting the most out of a project even if it isn’t a living type of building or a LEED project.”
– Stacey McMahan, Principal, Koch Hazard Architects


“I was impressed with its subtle, yet powerful ability to shift our group’s focus from what wasn’t working (and the associated litany of complaining), to envisioning what ‘good’ looked like (and what their accountability piece could be) for a better operation.”
– Leslie Carter, former Critical Care Services Supervisor, Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital


“The students saw LENSES as a useful tool for regenerative design. Because systems thinking and regenerative design can be somewhat difficult concepts to grasp, I think they were relieved that there was a little more of a roadmap that they could use.”
– Helen Kessler (on using LENSES as an educational tool), Adjunct Professsor at Northwestern University and President at HJKessler Associates


“Using LENSES has given me a powerful tool to bring a regenerative perspective to a much wider range of projects than I was able to do previously.”
– Jim Newman, Principal, Linnean Solutions


“LENSES helps bring broad, complex, sometimes ambiguous concepts into practical and applicable focus.”
 – Neil Kaufman, Founder of UpRiver and Executive Director at National Center for Craftsmanship
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