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Sustainable Economic and Enterprise Development (SEED) Institute

In alignment with Regis University’s Jesuit values, the Sustainable Economic Enterprise Development (SEED) Institute seeks to foster the development of sustainable economic enterprises honoring humanity and the Earth through education, collaborative scholarship and convening. 

SEED hopes to play a role in co-authoring a new story in which business is a partner in addressing the changes needed for humanity to move toward a thriving planet and flourishing human society. 




SEED Sowing Chats create space for folks to engage with different answers to the question, "How do we create a sustainable world?" - a world in which our economy honors our humanity and the Earth. Through gather sharers and listeners, the SEED Institute hopes to play a role in co-authoring a new story in which business, enterprise and economic structures address the changes needed for humanitiy to move toward a thriving planet and flourishing human society.

Ready to register? Click on the title of an upcoming SEED Sowing Chat to learn more and sign up!

Upcoming SEED Sowing Chats

Reimagining Sustainable Cash Crop Farming: The Case for Tea in Kenya and Nepal
Wednesday, October 28 | 3:20 – 4:30 p.m. MT
M. Kinoti, Professor
Anderson College of Business and Computing, Regis University

How do we Accelerate Sustainable Tech Businesses?
Tuesday, November 3 | 12:35 – 1:45 p.m. MT
Hannah Davis, Program Director, Techstars Sustainability Accelerator

What is the Role of Social Compliance Auditors in a Sustainable World?
Wednesday, November 11 | 3:20 – 4:30 p.m. MT
Rona Starr, President and CEO
Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA)

The Life I Want: Stories from the Intersection of Business and Society
Tuesday, November 17 | 12:35 – 1:45 p.m. MT
Christine Bader, Co-Founder, The Life I Want
Former Director of Social Responsibility, Amazon

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SEED Seminars

SEED Seminars are an invitation for community learning and informed conversation on global challenges that are top-of-mind for us as humans, citizens, family members, and consumers. Anyone who has a desire to learn about the seminar topic and is devoted to creating time to be in conversations with us for 5 weeks can join us for free: students, prospective students, alumni, faculty, staff, donors, parents, general community members. Students can also register to take the course for 1 credit.

Current SEED Seminar:

Perspectives on COVID-19

Instructor: Mairi-Jane Fox, PhD mfox003@regis.edu
Dates: Every Thursday in October beginning 10/1, 5:30-7 p.m. MT
Offered virtually via ZOOM

Regis faculty members in Biology, English, Computing, Business Management, Pharmacy, Counseling, Nursing, Religious Studies, Psychology, and Peace and Justice Studies will share the expertise from their field on the global challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include:

  • What is a virus and how do they work?
  • What is it like to be a nurse in the ICU during COVID-19?
  • How has COVID-19 magnified systemic injustices of race, class, gender?
  • What lessons might faith offer for living through a pandemics together?

Registration for Perspectives on COVID-19 has closed.

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How SEED Seminars Work

Each seminar series will give a “full system” view with multiple perspectives of a current challenge by sharing the knowledge held in the university’s three schools with anyone who is interested in being part of a community of curious, open-hearted learners. We will try on different “lenses” from diverse disciplines to look at the global challenge and be in a conversational community with each other about it. At the end of the 5 week course, we will all be wiser and even more curious about the topic we explored together. Perhaps we will feel more equipped to imagine and address the changes needed for humanity to move toward a thriving planet and flourishing human society.

The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. Pope Francis

About the SEED Institute

SEED draws inspiration from Laudato Si' On Care for Our Common Home, an encyclical letter written by Pope Francis in May 2015 as an urgent call to address the dire humanitarian consequences of climate change around the world. Towards this end, SEED aims to support enterprises that steward natural and human resources while readying the next generation of business leaders to take on future sustainability challenges. 

Due to the power business, it is possible to draw a causal line from businesses to much of today’s environmental degradation and human inequality. However, SEED aims to catalyze another possible future—one of hope, innovation, and a new direction for one of the most influential forces in society. SEED’s new director, Dr. Mairi-Jane Fox, believes that because humans designed “business,” we can re-design it to play a critical role in alleviating human suffering and regenerating our planet’s life-support systems. As Parker Palmer states in his book Let Your Life Speak, it is possible to conceptualize “another way of doing business, a way that is consensual, cooperative, communal.” 

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Mairi-Jane Fox, Ph.D.
Director, SEED Institute