Archive | February 2020

Q. What does the regenerative economy look like?

Thanks for asking.

“Regenerative economy” is another phrase like, “The new energy economy.”

When we break it down into the individual words, it falls apart, so let’s think bigger, like Planet size.

“Regenerative” economies are the”New Model” we must adapt, but we’ve been given no basic understanding or vision to work from. “Regenerative” is a complex thought, and our brains try to avoid those, but bit by bit we’ll start adding pixels till a new view emerges.

Regenerative is a welcome word and acknowledges that “sustainability” isn’t enough. We’re past the tipping point, and “Not making things worse” is not going to serve.

On the destructive, extractive short view capitalism side, there seems to be no letting up, and expecting that to change without establishing an alternative profitability path is like watching passively as your child rides their bicycle toward a 1000 foot cliff.  

Thus the “regenerative capitalism” phrase was coined. We need as much enthusiasm and participation as we can get, so I would encourage you to at least scan what I’ll call Regenerative Capitalism 101. https://capitalinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/2015ExecSummary4-14-15.pdf, and if you want a deeper dive  https://capitalinstitute.org/as a source of much more detailed information and explanation of why the phrase was created.

Defining “regenerative” is also to define some of the most overlooked economic opportunities we’re going to see going forward.

If you want to think and invest like Warren Buffet, you should be investing in regenerative enterprises. Why? Because regenerative is going to be gaining the value that the extractive capitalist are going to be losing as their empires start to collapse.

Altresco, and I have been in this game before, and although we walked away with less than we should of (My poor decisions.) we learned a lot during and after the enterprises that is very useful today

The advantages we have today, are that as Sun Tzu elaborates in the Art of War, we know the other side of the line as well, if not better than they do.

I might But that didn’t happen. The principles were simply not in GE’s reality, so it was just called the  “Altresco” model, and they obtained exclusive right to finance anything Altresco, or I did in North America.

And, it also brings up the viable alternative approach to creating new “economies” that will not leave 60% of the planet’s humans “too poor to count” in World Bank and current international financing methodologies designed around the “extractive capitalism” business model.

In any case, when I discovered and read John Fullerton’s Regenerative Capitalism booklet in 2017, I felt validated for the first time in 2 decades.

This is a “capitalism” framework I can design business models for. My paraphrasing would also include “Stakeholder Centric” business models, with the environment, the land, the community, and even Government compatibility as “Stakeholders.”

And this “regenerative” concept can even apply to our climate, and how we can start re “Greening” our planet.

And, this is beautiful to me because it adds to the momentum of our agricultural economic development in Kenya.  

It’s like Deja Vu because it’s an extension of  what my friends in Kenya have been working on for the six years since my first visit in 2014.

I think you’ll be able to extrapolate from the discussion in this summary video of my visit and exploration of Isiolo County, Kenya.

All of the ingredients are either immediately accessible as infrastructure is constructed, or available as known and proven technologies, And with that we’re ready to bring the “business systems.” That can be designed as regenerative, and SDG inclusive from the start.

When we include Regenerative agriculture, Renewable energy, Regenerative water management, and private capitalism and a “built from a clean sheet of paper” regenerative business model template the outcome will be awesome and a model to be shared.

Regenerative agriculture: how it works on the ground

Regenerative is a system of elements working together.

And, the whole picture is going to take a lot of great writers to illuminate.

Agriculture includes many elements, but we also need to remember Energy, and Water integration.

And articles like this are all important.

History’s brightest minds are not always our modern day heroes, and as decades pass, the consequences of ingenious discoveries unfold. This is especially true in the history of agriculture. Take…

Source: Regenerative agriculture: how it works on the ground

From sustainable to regenerative: bold business moves to transform the agriculture system 

An image of what we started from in Isiolo

Yes.

“Regenerative”has a lot of moving parts.

The barriers come up when the plan is to make a sale, rather than creating a business system.

Creating the business system is what the McDonald brothers did without even realizing it till Ray Kroc took his multimixer sales hat off long enough to learn Why they needed them.

At Altresco Pittsfield, we created a business system rather “installing a power plant.” And, that’s the reason no one successfully reverse engineered it. They couldn’t see the system past the parts, and the window that created the opportunity closed before they could.

Today, we’re in Africa, and the situation, and needs, are far bigger than electricity systems can address alone, because there’s no “system” to utilize it.

Six years ago, we discovered, at the location of our now operating farm that all of the resources needed to create a food production system are available.

The actual farming was commenced 5 years ago, using all of the principals now being defined as regenerative, and we now have a proven working “business”with the principles of “regenerative.”already embedded.

We’re ready to ramp up as quickly as capital becomes avaiable, and an additional benefit will be provided to the broader community through transparent sharing as we write, and share the book.

Here’s the Article, and we’re proving that the challenges can be manageable.

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Regenerative practices could bring huge win-wins for farmers, food companies and the environment, implementing them will involve overcoming wide-ranging barrier.

Source https://regenerationinternational.org/2020/01/17/from-sustainable-to-regenerative-bold-business-moves-to-transform-the-agriculture-system

Reversing Climate Change through Regenerative Agriculture – Regeneration International

Screw the bad news, and whining about climate. What is now being called “Regenerative” has been my business and personal norm for life.

The sustainability “marketing”, and consulting world has been frustrated with me because of my obsession with “doing” economically viable actions that would be real-life beneficial.”

“Energy” has been the buzzword, because the general public has been discouraged from understanding the critical differenciation between the “Electricity” that comes from wall sockets, and the other 80% of the “Energy,” that we get from inefficiently combusting petroleum products.

But now, with the vague “Regenerative” word, we have a chance to get into action by creating our own “meaning” of what and how Regenerative can become a driver for a whole new future.

One that bring the dozens of elements together in a system that is complex and malleable enough to perform “regenerative” practices naturally.

Everything Altresco and I have been learning over the last decades are applicable and urgently needed in ” Regenerative” Business models, for renewable energy supported, and CO2 “Drawdown” agriculture.

This article is just a teaser relative to the exciting possibilities we’ll be using to create new “economies” that thrive on the optimization of resources.


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Regenerative agriculture can change agriculture from being a major contributor to climate change to becoming a major solution.

Source: Reversing Climate Change through Regenerative Agriculture – Regeneration International

The Age of Climate Authoritarianism Is Upon Us – OneZero

Does this depict people suffocating or preparing to drown?

I’m not sure I agree with this hypothesis, but I sure cannot refute it. This is a solid look at the “Deep State.”

A rapid — and massive — change in the geographies of energy production and consumption is currently underway. In a bid for energy security and new streams of profits, some of the world’s largest…

Source: The Age of Climate Authoritarianism Is Upon Us – OneZero