Archive | poverty alleviation, economic growth, entrepreneurship, global warming, climate RSS for this section

Lebanon: from Ponzi to Antifragility | by Nassim Nicholas Taleb | Jul, 2020 | Medium

And, I can’t be happier to see the antifragility spreading everywhere. Including those areas where the Altresco collaborative is preparing the “new” economies made possible by the disruption and failure of what has been the existing reality.

What we see in Africa is an opportunity, through reorganization, to open the doors for 350 million new consumers, which will be helping reduce CO2, through drawdown that today’s consumer consumption by combustion approach to the existing reality has been stomping into the dirt and hopelessness of abject poverty.
And we don’t plan to be bragging about “how” we’re doing it, although I’m open to some public speaking as people began to “notice” that something seems to be changing for the better.

Source: Lebanon: from Ponzi to Antifragility | by Nassim Nicholas Taleb | Jul, 2020 | Medium

Africa Doesn’t Need More Development Aid, It Needs More Capitalism

This is what decades of aid have accomplished. It’s called dependence.

Now, Altresco has joined an alliance with Kenyan entrepreneurs to bring the regenerative capitalism that will turn large parts of this desert green.

Source: Africa Doesn’t Need More Development Aid, It Needs More Capitalism

The Outlier Mindset – Great Rewards Come From Brave Decisions – The Josh Barney Blog

Following the same processes and practices as everyone else is proving to be disastrous. We’re killing the only planet we are genetically engineered to live on.

But the “stockholders” have been demanding the continuous growth that mainstream economists seem locked into.

Regenerative capitalism will work, but not fast enough to save us. The advertising budget for the “consumption” economy is 50 times bigger than the outlier regenerative, or donut economy evangelists.
COVID 19 is demonstrating how far we are past the “carrying” capacity.

Will we listen? No.

But I’ll never stop hoping our outlier efforts will become even more contagious than Covid.
The “Pre-Covid” mindset was killing more people every month than the pandemic total has,

It’s time to be brave and realize that there are options the swarm will never know if we don’t start getting louder.

We must discover the mindset we need to reap the biggest rewards.

Source: The Outlier Mindset – Great Rewards Come From Brave Decisions – The Josh Barney Blog

Another expression of “Regenerative.”

Amsterdam to embrace ‘doughnut’ model to mend post-coronavirus economy | World news | The Guardian

Dutch officials and British economist to use guide to help city thrive in balance with planet.

Source: Amsterdam to embrace ‘doughnut’ model to mend post-coronavirus economy | World news | The Guardian

Why wait till the economy needs to be fixed, when, in undeveloped areas of countries, considered to be “Developing” we can design it right from the beginning?

In the Netherlands 98% of the population has money to by consumer products.
In Kenya, only 9 million people, out of the 53 million population, qualify as “consumers” and can buy consumer products. 44 million make less than $3 per/day with 75% of those making less than $1 per day and subsisting on what they can grow on their tiny patches of land.

Yet there are more people than the combined populations of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Sweden. And the Natural Capital, along with renewable energy availability, land, and water is adequate to feed the entire population.

The difference has been that Kenya has only experienced the “extractive capitalism” that takes all of the profits that smallholder farmers might earn, and moves those profits up to the middle men who ship the balance of the “profitability” home.

The proposed “Altresco” Regenerative Business system model” is being designed to bring a fair share of the profitability back to the farmers, so they can become “consumers” and start enjoying the quality of life that will exist when all of the Sustainable development goals have been met.

The Regenerative Capitalism model we are designing, along with utilizing carbon free electricty, is allowing us to design all of the Sustainable Development Goals into the local productivity chain.

How A New Cheese Factory Can Transform The Landscape Around It | Harvest Public Media

What does this have to do with Africa?

We can power this with clean and green energy, and no grid connection.

Nothing, today. but we are changing that. Of course nothing close to this magnitude, but cheese can be the high value-added product we can use to pay for our regenerative, regreening of the desertifying grasslands in the semi-arid parts of Kenya.

This is all part of the macro-strategy I wrote about a while back when talking about getting lights, clean water and decent incomes to millions of people in the lands that are currently destitute.

There are unlimited reasons for hope. We just need to look past the reality we’re living in.

Source: How A New Cheese Factory Can Transform The Landscape Around It | Harvest Public Media

The agricultural opportunities and challenges in Kenya are enormous.

And so is the need, but we have to create a massive paradigm shift with a very small core of people.

It could be intimidating to a point of paralysis, but I’m helped by an attitude that is bolstered by stories like this.

The Mississippi Effect.

Systems sometimes stand balanced precariously on the cusp of change. We may return to the river analogy by noting some interesting facts about the Mississippi. Basically, the river meanders through its last several hundred miles before spilling into the Gulf of Mexico in a general course that could not be altered by any event of less than cataclysmic proportions. But its local course is subject to drastic alteration by remarkably trivial events. A person with a shovel can, at the right place, start a small cut that gets bigger and bigger until the whole river flows through the new channel and an entire curve of the river is obliterated. (This fact was an ever-present consideration to nineteenth-century owners of river-front property, who often hired men to shoot on sight any suspicious persons caught upriver in the possession of digging implements.)  Ross, Lee. The Person and the Situation

In Kenya, the “river” is an agricultural and cultural paradigm, but in addition to shovels we have one other “Power tool.”

It will soon become apparent that it’s genuinely in everyone’s best self interest to make the shift, and it will literally lead to “greener” pastures.

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.

____________________________________________________________________

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.


____________________________________________________________________

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

A Supreme Moment in Our Humanity – Now is the Time! | The Nature of Business

Finally, an explanation of the “Mysterious” thinking that has gone into the “Altresco” business models that have stayed intact for decades. This thinking has been considered unfathomable over the decades, and not compatible with “modern “stockholder” capitalism for a simple reason.

Modern capitalism is based on marketing, sales of “merchandise”, and this quarter’s results. Both Altresco, and “Regenerative” capitalism is based on creating “Net Present Value.”

Revenues and profitability generated by stable and continuing sales of beneficial continuing consumption of essential goods, and services, that are foundations of community, and macro economies.

We are in the midst of a metamorphosis, profound shifts are affecting the way we work, how and why we do things, and the purpose and meaning we bring to our organisations, social systems and wider …

Source: A Supreme Moment in Our Humanity – Now is the Time! | The Nature of Business