The Gaia U Regenerative Livelihoods (Inner Qualities and Pro-Skills) Award, which can be displayed on your Gaia U profile as well as on social media profiles like LinkedIn, is earned by completing the Creating Regenerative Livelihoods (Part 1) Course at Gaia University. The course takes approximately 6 to 8 hours to complete and consists of 3  Lessons and a collection of related Activites you were expected to complete : –

Lesson 1  Inner Qualities

in which we used the Carol Dweck model to consider our capacities for

  • Mindflex and agency

then put some attention to how people come to have the beliefs they do in a section on

  • Acquiring Beliefs

and observed that beliefs are often shaped by dysfunctional patterns wrought by the imposition of the Patrix in the section called

  • Beliefs and the Patrix

Lesson 2 – Andrew Learns Trading Skill – A Story

Which started with a warning about relevance and context with regard to

  • Using Case Studies

Following which we introduced a model about the progression of learning called

  • The Competence Ladder

Then continued in storytelling mode as we expanded the case study in a tale titled

  • The Mermaid Forge – Falling Off the Ladder

which was followed by the beginnings of a redemption story in a section called

  • Un/Learning Trading Skills and Climbing Back on the Ladder.

Two more short sections added depth to the context surrounding the case study, one being focussed on

  • The Importance of Community

and the other focused on living well and simply called

  • Buen Vivir

Lesson 3 – Trading Skills – The Details

First, we sought to justify the very idea of Trading Skills in a section called

  • Just What Are Trading Skills?

and delved into detail by describing these next in the following terms

  • Casinoistic, Sensate and Empirical


  • Becoming a Zestful ‘Books’ Worm

Next, it was time for a look at

  • The Lean Canvas as a Diagnostic Tool

Followed by a first dive into the complicated world of costing with

  • Costings or, How Much to Charge – a lesson that included a number of rules of thumb for various enterprise types

Then came the Activities

We asked you to create

  • A Mini Life and Career Review (LCR) and a Mini Learning Intentions and Pathway Design (LIPD

both of which are regular devices of reflection and intention setting in Gaia U. We invited you to share any

  • Learning from Andrew’s Story

and directed you to Ash Muraya’s website to describe a project of yours by using the

  • Lean Canvas

To end the Course we asked you to provide a short

  • Reflection

on your experiences working through the material


  • Complete all readings
  • Post responses to all activity questions

Badge characteristics

  • With reference to Cynefin, this badge covers a complex topic area
  • With reference to the Gaia U Learning from Experience model (derived from Kolb) this classroom badge is observational and reflective (1 of 5 stars) and involves acquiring and using new concepts for that purpose that can be arranged in juxtaposition to deal with real-world complexity (2 of 5 stars). There is some active experimentation involved in using the Lean Canvas (1 of 5 stars).  There is sufficient concrete experience required to warrant a score of 2 of 5 stars.

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