Moving to a regenerative economy will require much innovation and investment in lots of infrastructure. One area of particular importance will be the definitions, data, and algorithms that help us identify "quality". How do we know if we are making progress? How do we prioritize and where should we focus attention? How can we tell "good" initiatives from "bad" or at least "better" from "worse"?
As we become more sophisticated we'll want widely agreed upon, widely available, timely, accurate, data sources - dashboards - to help monitor progress and identify opportunities and resources that will continue to drive improvement. Certainly we'll debate definitions, accuracy, data sources and more - that is a necessary part of the maturation process.
Fortunately, efforts are already underway. One of my favorites is WRI's Global Forest Watch which combines a variety of data sets, updating as often as daily, to describe both the current state of the world's forests as well as how they are changing over time. GFW is an example of a resource enabled by modern technology - satellite data shared freely by the government combined with distributed computing power leads to results in hours that, not long ago, would have taken decades to process, if they were possible at all.
And the debate over data and metrics is also well underway. One of the most prominent venues for this debate over the next few years, will be around the UN's sustainable development goals. How well these goals represent regenerative thinking can slow or accelerate this movement.
Improvement: Last week I credited the term "The Regenerates" to Alexander Melck and his film "The Regenerates" (45'). Turns out it had been used as a company name by Regenesis long before. My bad & thanks for the corrections!
Still hope you will be a regenerate and join the wave!
The first data summit following the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals will provide the space to rethink data for development and global sustainability. The summit aims to link personal health to the health of cities and the health of the planet.
The end goal is to launch the GLOBAL GOALS LAB, an innovation space around data for the UN Global Goals.
The summit will take place 25-26 November 2015 in Stockholm. Let us know if you participate!
And, in closing
We are very early in the process of defining what it means to build a regenerative economy (and the terminology may continue to evolve). But we're convinced it is directionally correct. Now we are studying, testing, and building interest, support, and resources.
Thus this newsletter, which will come out weekly with brief observations and links to related materials exploring innovation and the regenerative economy. With effort, and a bit of luck, we hope support for these concepts becomes a wave sweeping the world!
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