Most of the list might be classed as tech-utopianism. For example, 18 of the 20 megatrends are driven by advancements in artificial intelligence or machine learning while 15 (at least) rely on high-bandwidth networks. These are cool tools, but like CRISPR (trend #20), have no intrinsic guidance towards good or ill.
What about regeneration? He never uses the term and a first glance is not very encouraging. Megatrend 19 looks a bit like filler: Increased focus on sustainability and the environment and #16 is going to drive my holistic grazing brethren nuts: Cellular agriculture moves from the lab into inner cities, providing high-quality protein that is cheaper and healthier.
Still, if you squint, you start to see regeneration emerge. #1 is a big one - Continued increase in global abundance. Diamandis has a very helpful explanation of "an abundance mindset" and its contrast with a scarcity mindset. Plus, he expects Globally abundant, cheap renewable energy (#10) which creates a lot of regenerative potential.
A hidden gem is #11: The insurance industry transforms from “recovery after risk” to “prevention of risk”. This is a subject Bobby Fishkin has been talking about. Bobby argues that charging for risk recovery, without investing in risk prevention, is unethical. Regenerative landscapes can help prevent many kinds of risk including floods, fire, and drought.
Might risk prevention become a motivation (and funding source?) for regenerative efforts on land and in sea? Could risk prevention become the regenerative nose under the extractive tent?
Does our current ecological-economic-social-spiritual crisis have a behavioral fix? For instance, if we replaced our “buy now” shopping buttons with “buy later” or even “borrow instead” buttons? These are the kinds of questions author and public philosopher, Roman Krznaric, discusses.
Born into a seafaring family in The Netherlands, Jorne Langelaan was working at sea by the time he was 12. His love of ships become a love of sailing ships which led him to become Captain of the EcoClipper.
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We are early in the process of defining what it means to build a regenerative society. While the terminology will continue to evolve, we're convinced the ideas are directionally correct. We are studying, testing, plotting, and building interest, support, and resources.
Thus this newsletter, which will come out periodically with information about RASA and, increasingly, about the Global Regeneration CoLab - narrating our work - along with brief observations and links to related materials exploring innovation and the regenerative economy.
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