Last November in Paris a group of large investors led by Bill Gates announced the "Breakthrough Energy Coalition" to accelerate movement toward large scale use of renewable energy. The objective is to organize a continuum of funding -- from basic research, to high risk entrepreneurship ("breakthrough" companies), to large scale implementation. Gates argues the mix of finance will help accelerate innovation and risk-taking across the sector.
Kevin Bayuk, building upon Gates' example, argues that a similar "Regenerative Agriculture Capital Stack" will help build the wave of regenerative economics. In this video (10') Kevin explains the concept and how it applies in agriculture.
Who do you see building the capital stack - (please let us know)?
The growth in sustainable investment is substantive, yes, but it overstates matters to say this advanced form of investment is the “new normal”. In general, most investors or businesses or governments do not talk and act as if the low-carbon economy is inevitable, irreversible, and irresistible.
Fascinating video (18'), intended to "rescue ideas from history," describes the role the Medici's had in deliberately fostering the Renaissance. Investing intentionally, they worked and lived with artists and creators and focused on "beauty, truth, and wisdom" leaving a legacy that has survived for hundreds of years.
Let's do it again. Who has the vision to foster an era of regeneration?
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!
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