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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

China’s toxic air pollution resembles nuclear winter, say scientists | Environment | The Guardian

This article is 6 years old, and I’m posting it today to show how long the Chinese people have been having to wear masks to survive.
Covid 19 is bringing the first breaths of fresh air these people have had since before this article was published.

The truth is that we can bring back the productivity, and dramatically reduce pollution by getting off the fossil fuel narrative, and fully utilizing hybrid renewable, natural gas, and nuclear electricity.

It’s time to stop talking about “Climate” and start focusing on mitigating today’s pollution. Kill Pollution, and the Climate will get better, faster than the current narrative is doing.

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Air pollution now impeding photosynthesis and potentially wreaking havoc on country’s food supply, experts warn

Source: China’s toxic air pollution resembles nuclear winter, say scientists | Environment | The Guardian

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.

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