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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

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.

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

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

Why AID money isn’t reaching the poor in Africa | One African Voice Amongst A Billion

This is a very timely article in light of our Isiolo venture.

Why AID money isn’t reaching the poor in Africa

Happily, our Isiolo County agricultural productivity model has been designed from conception forward with all of these very important observations embedded.
As I write and share various implementation experiences, we’ll be working through these issues, and sharing how they can be experienced when the principal of the project is a well-educated man, Ph.D. who grew up in and lived the realities discussed here. That’s who introduced me to the landscape and translated discussions with the various leaders of tribes, failed enterprises and colonialist ruins.

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Wikipedia defines aid as “a voluntary transfer of resources from one country to another, given at least partly with the objective of benefiting the recipient country.“ There are thousands of …

Source: Why AID money isn’t reaching the poor in Africa | One African Voice Amongst A Billion

Before I could talk about the possibilities I see in, and for, “darkest”Africa, I had to see it for myself.

A lot of evolution has gone on since this was filmed and we are ready for next steps.

And, since this was filmed, many of the situations and potentially useful technologies have been weathered, characterized, and can be implemented based on the future we can plan, rather than the past we are trying to overcome.

Real life observations of what we’re actually starting from, a whole new version of enhanced productivity, from all segments of the population can emerge in ways that we can only foresee from today’s present reality.

Rather than discussing the “Cliche” phrases like “New Energy Economy,” we’ve been working on defining the “New Economy” that we can create with our current global technologies, and realities.

One situation that has seemed to cry louder and louder is that this is only going to happen as a “private” ownership venture. Those cries are not just coming from what we are observing today.

They are also coming from 25 years of retrospect as the best intentions of 25 years ago have weathered time.

With that insight, todays now-sight, and foresight, we’ve developed a modified perspective of what sustainably “Private” needs to look like.

On the surface it’s not going to be shockingly “innovative.”

We’re pretty stuck on our awareness of Homeostasis as it pertains to human nature. Plus we don’t have to guess. Instead of guessing, we have at least 50 years, of “data” we can now access to identify the kind of models cited in the book “Built to last” by Jim Collins, and Jerry I Porras.

Plus we have the sustainability of the business models that seemed to be the greatest thinking of the time. These have been sorted by the realities of human nature, and that’s the only thing we feel can be trusted.
This has also been true of post colonial Africa, and we don’t have to gues much about how well that’s been working. Not!

Sustainability as it has been proven will only succeed if the “systems” it exists in are able to maintain their “balance”

That, in turn means that the outcome is determined by what society believes is in it’s best interest Governments can’t seem to balance, but there are some great models in the private sector, many of which can be found in the “Buffet, Berkshire Hathaway basket of holdings.

We do have “endorsement, and encouragement” from the Governors, office and ministers, but we are not subject to any decision making at the “government” level.

If the United States has demonstrated anything to the world, it’s that the complete separation of the Government, and the capitalist business free market environment works incredibly well.

What has emerged from this first visit is the irrevocable allocation of a substantial amount of land, that is now under private business rule. And, as a 100% private “bootstrap” agricultural enterprise “Fetcha Farms” has proven the business concept and is ready to expand to a very real “impact enterprise.”

A new world of “Private Productivity” that will benefit all of the population living and working under the existing governments, but is not suitable for the “chicanery” universe.

We plan to foil that world by making it possible to Google every move we make, and laugh or be sad with these moves as the unpredictability of human nature come out of nowhere.

A primary purpose of this entire undertaking is to help the world learn with us as we implement what we think are great ideas, and discover if they are great ideas, or ones for the wastebaskets.

Our current learning environment is the presentation of knowledge with only accidental correlation. That’s not working and it’s not how we are intending to present this.

In this case we are going to show it all in the context of the fully correlated evolving system, so that everyone can see, if they care to, exactly what happens as a result of their actions.

When they fail, what else fails with them? Obviously there is only so much one consciousness can assimilate, but we believe it’s time for creating whole teams that understand the significance of every player.