The Centre of Expertise Mission Zero is excited to announce the launch of its innovative Regenerative Leadership Toolkit. This toolkit is the culmination of a year-long KIEM-funded (KIEM GoCI) research project led by researchers at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) in partnership with i-did. It aligns with the Inner Development Goals (IDGs), and is designed to empower creative designers with the strategies and tools necessary to foster regenerative and sustainable practices within the fashion and textile industry (FTI). This toolkit can be accessed online here.

The European Industry 5.0 vision emphasises worker well-being and sustainability, highlighting the need for a shift from traditional, top-down leadership models to more collaborative and participative approaches. The ReLead project, led by the Circular Business research group at Mission Zero, aimed to promote regenerative leadership in the FTI through a tech-enabled leadership transformation toolkit. This comprehensive toolkit, along with the future i-did leadership academy, has been designed to help creative designers become regenerative leaders.

The toolkit draws from the ancient Indian chakra system, providing a structured approach to leadership development. The seven chakras—root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown—represent different energy centres within the body and guide leaders towards balance and harmony. Each chakra is associated with reflective questions, tools, and practices that align with its energy. The toolkit includes a curated variety of practical tools, templates, and checklists designed to facilitate the implementation of regenerative practices in diverse organisational settings. Tools are categorised as cognitive (C) or embodied (E). Finally, the interactive PDF enables users to seamlessly navigate through the different questions and pages, containing practical tools, frameworks, and multimedia resources for leadership transformation. 

This toolkit was extensively tested and validated by designers, researchers and entrepreneurs. It has been well received by a wide range of professionals extending its usability beyond creative designers. 

“The circularity gap report shows that the transition is not happening due to the fact that we keep on consuming. So we can focus on technological innovation and new business models, but what we really need to work on is our own agency. This toolkit can support the inner transformation needed to achieve the outer transformation.” 
Dr. Kim Poldner, Lector Circular Business, The Hague University of Applied Sciences and Endowed professor, University of Groningen.

“I went through it chakra by chakra and found an amazing wealth of information. Very educational and helpful.” 
Sr. Merchandise Manager, Carhartt

“My overall impression is that this is wonderful! I think this toolkit has a further reach than designers… I really like it for regenerative and out of the box thinking where we can re-imagine the world and also stay connected to ourselves – aligning inner and outer systems.” 
Executive and Leadership Coach, The Human Greenhouse.

More information

For more information about the Regenerative Leadership Toolkit or to discuss future collaborations and partnerships, please contact:
Ishwari Thopte            
Senior Researcher, Circular Business
The Hague University of Applied Sciences