Building a regenerative future -- the intentional anthropocene -- is going to require humankind bring its best game. We acknowledge the world will get increasingly populated and more complex. The challenge will be to cope with this complexity while still making the world a better place.
Lucky for us, tool building is kind of what we do. Technology innovation and smart deployment will be critical to our success. Timing is good. Advances in processing power, storage, satellites, sensors, artificial intelligence combined with increasing numbers of highly trained people are all coming online.
What technologies and use cases have caught your eye? Please let me know!
The Freshwater Trust has partnered with Portland State University’s Sustainable Water, Energy and Environmental Technologies Laboratory and Oregon State University to test how drones can help monitor the health and growth of streamside forests.
Seed bombs began as a fun and friendly tactic for greening abandoned lots in urban spaces. “Guerrilla gardeners” throw balls of seeds and fertilizer into fenced-off spaces that are otherwise neglected, such as brownfields or land in zoning limbo.
PlantNet is an app that will help you identify a plant just by taking a picture of it — think of it as the Shazam for plants. Okay, so the ratings are low and the geographic coverage is limited, but you get the idea...
This two-day event will feature more than 70 different speakers from the food and agriculture field. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policy makers, government officials, and students. (Sold-out but offering a free livestream.)
An abundance of different species in any habitat provides the resilience and strength necessary for a system as a whole to survive and to thrive despite the inevitable changes Mother Nature casts its way.
And, in closing
We are very early in the process of defining what it means to build a regenerative economy. While the terminology will continue to evolve, we're convinced the ideas are directionally correct. Now we are studying, testing, plotting, and building interest, support, and resources.
Thus this newsletter, which will come out about 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! Check out the archive to see if this newsletter is right for you (or a friend).
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