A new economy is being build, and we need you to help bring it forth.

“A multitude of innovators and entrepreneurs around the world are experimenting with practical ways to reimagine capitalism, so that it works for all levels of society, a well as for the planet. In our terms, their common goal is to create a self-organizing naturally self-maintaining, highly responsive Regenerative form of capitalism that produces lasting social and economic vitality for global civilization as a whole.” John Fullerton in Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Principles and Patterns Will Shape Our New Economy.

“The United Nations has issued a massive global ‘call to action’ to mobilize the political and financial support necessary to restore the world’s deforested and degraded ecosystems over the coming decade to support the wellbeing of 3.2 billion people around the globe. More than 2 billion hectares – an area larger than the South American continent – stand to be restored.”

Depletion of the current ecosystems is due to a dominant extractive economy paradigm. Extractive means: “To pull or take our forcibly.”

We define extraction is the removal of capital from a system in a way that diminishes its overall health, function, or resilience. A nearly ubiquitous example of the current extractive economy is the mining of soils known as agriculture. Millions of tons of soil are inexorably lost every year through tillage, biology-destroying chemical fertilizers, and the resulting rapid erosion.”

The extractive economy asks, “How much can we get out of this landscape?” or,  “What can we take from these people or this place to make a financial profit?”

Within the framework of the Regenerative Enterprise, the questions become: “What are we cultivating in our interaction with this landscape? How can our connection with the system we are harvesting grow the integrity, resilience and long-term viability of these people and this place?

In this context, we define cultivation as the addition to and removal of capital in a system in a way that develops and evolves its health, function and resilience.” Ethan Roland and Gregory Landua in their book: Regenerative Enterprise: Optimizing for Multi-Capital Abundance

Regenerative enterprise is not just about agriculture, but our entire ecosystems.

“Dean Carter thinks about agriculture a lot these days. Not to grow crops, necessarily, but as a metaphor for cultivating a happy, productive workforce.

Dean serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Patagonia, the apparel company we’ve all come to know and love. His big insight lately involves the way leaders think about their employees: Do they look to extract all they can, or do they look to regenerate the employee?”  Patagonia and the Regenerative Approach to Performance Management by Chris Weller on Your Brain at Work – NLI’s blog for all things neuroleadership.

Listen to the podcast here with Dean Carter, Chief Human Resources Officer at Patagonia.

Photo: Costa Rica, famous surfing beach, January 2019