Using RELi

Resilient Design actively solves the issues of a Rapidly Changing + Challenging World to create a Vital Future for All.

Making the Most of RELi

RELi can be a powerful menu of design ideas or a simple “to-do” list. It’s all in your perspective.

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 interconnected relationships with emergent, intangible properties. By using an interactive combination of RELi requisites + credits, additional project specific action items, and living systems thinking, RELi projects can take on living qualities that offer more than they take, providing net positive attributes. RELi will be most effective when combined with a well-managed, integrative Living Design Approach, which can inform the system-based concepts that shape a resilient design or solution. The “Working with the RELi” section of the RELi Version 1.0 Action List + Credit Catalog provides more guidance. 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 to pursue deeply resilient, Living Designs.

RELi + Living Systems Thinking

RELi, on its own, is a checklist of actions. 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 focuses on business organizations but adapts well to projects, neighborhoods, and communities.

Resilience is an emergent property that exists when the parts, pieces, and patterns are appropriately integrated to create a close fit with each other and the project needs and context. Wholistic, systems-based design, planning and operations are a priority for RELi. 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 RELi Action List as a seed for creating a highly interactive and integrated resilient system. The living design approach is universal. It can be applied to sustainable, resilient, regenerative, inclusive, and healthy designs. The RELi Flipbook Reference Brief, pages 4-7, contains essential tips and how-to-use information for RELi.

RELi + LEED® and Other Rating Systems

.RELi is structured much like LEED® and other point-based rating systems for ease of use. RELi is set apart by the multiple pioneering requisites + credits focused specifically on Resilience. It also aggregates key indicators from other existing guides, creating opportunities for highly advanced resilience and living design levels. 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 project certification, or you can pursue LEED, LBC, and other certifications to demonstrate compliance with many of RELi’s regenerative, inclusive, healthy, and sustainable elements. The RELi Resilient Design Guide has the breadth, depth, and fundamental requirements to launch almost any project pursuing resilience, 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 essential step towards creating a sustainable, regenerative, and inclusive world that is also resilient by using the RELi Resilient Design Guide and the Living Design approach to guide your projects.

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