Isabel Carlisle

Isabel Carlisle is a communicator, educator and large-scale project organiser. Her experience in the London art world (where her work included writing as an art critic for The Times and curating exhibitions at the Royal Academy) led her to set up and direct the Festival of Muslim Cultures that took place across Britain throughout 2006. Over 120 events in almost every conceivable art form brought audiences into contact with the Muslim world in order to build bridges of understanding between cultures. Isabel moved to South Devon in 2010 and created and led learning programmes for children and young adults with Transition Network. Since 2012 she has trained in Regenerative Development and Design with Regenesis.


Learning, not diamond-class carbon markets, is the bridge to landscape scale regeneration

Changing systems is never hands off: you have to become part of the system. Changing systems has the potential to change everything and everyone implicated in the system.

June 22, 2022

Avon Gorge

What does ‘regenerative investment’ mean now that Gaia is changing the rules of the game?

Unless we can learn and adapt faster than the rate of global systems change, our viability—the basic necessities for human thriving (nested within the imperative of thriving ecosystems and biodiversity) will dwindle to the point at which they cannot sustain us.

June 21, 2022


One Year in Transition: becoming an international community of practice

Gaps are good, they invite innovation, but the odd things about this gap is that almost no one I meet from the world of learning is talking about the fact that education is no longer fit for purpose.

March 31, 2016

Making Space for Nature: The Community Charter

Firstly, we can work hard at reviving our local economies and creating green jobs but if we neglect to pay attention to the wellbeing of our air, water and soil we are by-passing what makes economies long-term sustainable and humans and other species healthy.

September 18, 2014


Schools in Transition: mapping watersheds

How connected to your local place do you feel? Do you know where the nearest flow of water is? —I don’t mean down the drain!…Each one of us lives in a watershed and in the future we are likely to need to rely on our local bio-regions (that’s another way of talking about a watershed) and communities much more for the resources we need, and for the social, cultural and community bonds needed to sustain our wellbeing.

June 27, 2012

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