Using RELi


Making the most of RELi 

RELi at its most basic level is a simple, but comprehensive “to-do” list. Using even a few of its selective parts can improve a project’s adaptive potential.

When applied at their most effective level, the RELi Action List requisites + credits can create patterns forming a web of interconnected relationships with emergent, intangible properties. By using an interactive combination of 1. RELi requisites + credits, 2. other project specific + selected action items and 3. living systems thinking, RELi projects can take on living qualities that offer more than than they take, providing net positive attributes. RELi will be most effective when used in combination with a well managed, integrative, living design approach where it can inform the systemic concepts that shape a design or solution. The “Working with the RELi” section of our Action List + Credit Catalog provides more detail. It’s located Here. The RELi Use Agreement is Here.

We encourage you to think of RELi as a catalog of great ideas and patterns to be blended with other concepts + resources in the pursuit of deeply resilient, living designs.

RELi + Living Systems Thinking

RELi on its own is an easy to use Action List. To be highly effective and go beyond a scorecard approach to using RELi, the Action List should be combined with the types of ecological, living systems thinking Michelle Holliday covers in this inspiring TEDx  Talk. The talk is focused on business organizations, but it adapts well to projects, neighborhoods and communities.


Resilience is an emergent property that exists when the parts, pieces + patterns are properly integrated to create a close fit with each other, the project needs and its context. Wholistic, systems based design, planning + operations are a priority for RELi and the use of a basic, integrative process is required. For teams seeking to explore advanced resilience, RELi’s Panoramic Approach credits outline the living design approach for using the Action List line-items as seed for creating a highly  interactive + integrated resilient system. The living design approach is universal. It can be applied to regenerative, restorative, sustainable and healthy designs.

The RELi Flipbook Reference Brief, pages 4-7 contain basic tips and how-to-use information for RELi.


RELi + LEED® and Other Rating Systems

For ease of use, RELi is structured much like LEED® and other point based rating systems. RELi includes multiple pioneering requisites + credits focused specifically on Resilience. It also aggregates key indicators from other existing guides creating opportunities for highly advanced levels of resilience and living design.  If you know LEED, LBC, SMaRT, SB2030 or other Leadership Programs, you can readily apply your existing knowledge to RELi.

RELi can stand alone as its own project certification or you can pursue LEED, LBC and other certifications to demonstrate compliance with many of RELi’s regenerative, restorative, healthy and sustainable elements.

The RELi Action List + Credit Catalog has the breadth, depth and fundamental requirements needed to launch almost any project forward in pursuit of resilience or even regeneration, sustainability and wellness. However capturing all-things resilient or salient to a specific project is more than a single list can accomplish, so we’ve included ample space for applied creativity, innovation and leadership within the RELi framework.

We hope you will join us in taking an important step towards creating not only a sustainable, restorative + regenerative world, but one that is also resilient by using the RELi Resilience Action List and the living design approach to guide your projects.




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