Inspiring the creation of the regenerative society

About Fourthguides

Fourthguides holds a vision of a new society, that requires each individual to regenerate themselves and the world around them.
 

How did it begin?

David Schofield first had the sense that something big needed to happen in our society, whilst in his early 20s. He discovered that he lacked both the awareness of how to build and maintain his own life (without massive dependence on the people and organisations around him), as well as how to get along effectively with others. These seemed drastic incompetencies to David, so he went about finding a solution.

As he did so, he discovered that these issues were shared among many in our society. The lack of proper guidance for many young people became apparent. The impact of such being a rise in incompetent and dependent adults finding themselves in positions of power without having a proper appreciation of the associated responsibilities.

David conducted a variety of academic and social experiments to understand what could be done here, whilst also studying widely. He discovered that the pursuit of a better society had been discussed – and experimented with – since antiquity and that we haven’t yet succeeded.

The warnings from history are clear - attempting to create a better society presents many many pitfalls. But those pitfalls can and must first be encountered and overcome within each individual in order that the new society emerges from the strongest possible foundations. The chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Thus we must build from the ground up – with each individual taking total responsibility for themselves and keeping a watchful eye on the tendencies that we have to group together and convince ourselves that our group has it right, whilst everyone else is wrong.

How did it begin?

David Schofield first had the sense that something big needed to happen in our society, whilst in his early 20s. He discovered that he lacked both the awareness of how to build and maintain his own life (without massive dependence on the people and organisations around him), as well as how to get along effectively with others. These seemed drastic incompetencies to David, so he went about finding a solution.

As he did so, he discovered that these issues were shared among many in our society. The lack of proper guidance for many young people became apparent. The impact of such being a rise in incompetent and dependent adults finding themselves in positions of power without having a proper appreciation of the associated responsibilities.

David conducted a variety of academic and social experiments to understand what could be done here, whilst also studying widely. He discovered that the pursuit of a better society had been discussed – and experimented with – since antiquity and that we haven’t yet succeeded.

The warnings from history are clear - attempting to create a better society presents many many pitfalls. But those pitfalls can and must first be encountered and overcome within each individual in order that the new society emerges from the strongest possible foundations. The chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Thus we must build from the ground up – with each individual taking total responsibility for themselves and keeping a watchful eye on the tendencies that we have to group together and convince ourselves that our group has it right, whilst everyone else is wrong.
 
 

Why the name?

The number four has an uncanny habit of presenting itself whenever we try to make sense of our world.

There are four seasons in a year, four directions on a compass – and even four bases to the DNA that defines our nature.

We measure the passage of time in terms of fours, our navigation of space relies on fours, we conceptualise our existence using fours – and so it seems an appropriate vehicle to guide us towards a brighter future.
 

Why the name?

The number four has an uncanny habit of presenting itself whenever we try to make sense of our world.

There are four seasons in a year, four directions on a compass – and even four bases to the DNA that defines our nature.

We measure the passage of time in terms of fours, our navigation of space relies on fours, we conceptualise our existence using fours – and so it seems an appropriate vehicle to guide us towards a brighter future.
 

Why "Regenerative"?

Because regeneration is what is called for now.

We have been degenerating the Earth for generations so merely sustaining the current situation isn't enough.

We need to start regenerating our land and people.

Why "Regenerative"?

Because regeneration is what is called for now.

We have been degenerating the Earth for generations so merely sustaining the current situation isn't enough.

We need to start regenerating our land and people.
 

What is the regenerative society?

The regenerative society is made up of three pillars. They are: