From May 1-4, hundreds of world-changers in philanthropy, business, government and citizen activism will convene in San Francisco to foster the emergence of a new regenerative society. Help bring about a rapid shift from a degenerative economy to one that supports the mutual thriving of people and planet.
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Bloom Network is producing a sister conference to ReGen in September, called HiveMind, so we will be there to support networking and collaboration across the two events. Magenta Ceiba will be reporting on social media throughout the event to share insights and practices.
One of the strong focuses at ReGen is financial models for regenerative work. As an example, here's an article from ReGen's blog, by Wendy Weiden.
Philanthropic Capital Can Regenerate Food Systems
Passionate entrepreneurs, investors, advocates, and business leaders are having conversations about creating regenerative food systems. Yet policy continues to protect incumbent interests and their economies of scale. As a result, we have yet to see fundamental shifts in the underlying systems. Philanthropic capital has untapped potential to change – or break – the status quo.
Early stage ‘Good Food’ companies are not supported because they are judged too risky in the current system. This system of laws, regulations, and financial incentives forces the pursuit of market rate returns. Facing this persistent pressure, how can the private sector be a catalyst for and a driver of systemic change?
THE IMPORTANCE OF PHILANTHROPIC CAPITAL
Here is something I’m trying: rather than chasing investors for my clients based on proving a business case for sustainability that generates near market-based returns, I’m shifting my energy to using philanthropic capital. Freed from expectations around strictly financial returns, philanthropic capital can be leveraged in a wide variety of ways to nurture the kind of innovative, creative ideas we need.
The monetary incentives for donors are built into the existing system. They understand and are more receptive to off-balance sheet returns. This increases the odds that some firms will achieve escape velocity and scale. As a result, they may intervene in the policy process, accelerating transformation in a regenerative cycle. I believe that philanthropic capital is uniquely positioned to viably bring new responsible food entities to market AND reshape the market structure in which they operate.
Nowhere are the structural issues more pernicious than in the food industry. After over a decade witnessing the problems caused by the way we make, sell, and consume food, I am ready for something different. It’s time for new thinking on how to catalyze a more comprehensive ecosystem for food-related social entrepreneurship.
REGENERATIVE SOLUTIONS ARE AROUND US TODAY
By definition, regenerative practices give back to the system from which they originated, whether that’s a plot of land, a social network or neighborhood, or an urban ecosystem. As participants in this movement, we do not need to wait for a widespread “aha” moment within our inherently extractive financial system. Let’s make better use of the tools we do have to nurture and launch the change we want. I look forward to deepening connections and conversations about this emerging, exciting frontier of philanthropy at ReGen18 in May.
About the author:
Wendy Weiden has over ten years of experience as a food systems entrepreneur, consultant, and educator. She graduated from Presidio Graduate School determined to “change the (food) world.” While at Presidio, Wendy developed and co-taught a class on market failures, exploring the usually hidden role that government plays in driving or hindering the options for scaling social ventures.
By Janine Jordan
Hear ye hear ye and hello from the Southern Nicoya Peninsula Bloom in Costa Rica. This is the first Green Wave Bloom Report.
It is summer here in our part of the world, but the May rains are coming soon and we can’t believe how quickly the year has gone by so far.
This year has been busy with unplanned happenings, and those that have not gone as planned. We were hoping to have an inaugural event at The Green Wave house (eco-show home, mini-permaculture farm, and Green Wave office) this past month. However the main farm opened up a restaurant for the surrounding community called Wonderland.
To better collaborate, we have decided we will hold showings at the house but move “events” over the Wonderland as it has more ideal entertaining space. However, Wonderland had plans of their own. Our lovely community restaurant wanted to throw an awareness event and fundraiser for a local project around the same time we were hoping to have “Sera Luz”. So our event has been temporarily stalled as we wait for the owners to return from vacation as they left immediately after the last event. Sera Luz is to be an annual event that ideally takes place close to Equinox to celebrate cycles and to honor one of our ex-workers who was killed from a drunk driver who did not see him on his non-reflective bike. The event will be open format and change yearly but part of the event will be a collection drive of reflective sashes that can be distributed as a random act of kindness to community members we see that do not have reflective elements to clothing or bikes as they ride along the roads. Sera Luz means “be a light” and that is what we hope to inspire in our community is for people to approach life with creative solutions to the problems we face in our world.
We have had three official visits to the Green Wave House. In January we hosted a women’s retreat intentional seed planting activation with a nonprofit organization called Groundswell while just weeks ago we had about 30 kids from the Playa Hermosa school come by to check out the solar carport and 100% veggie car! We recently found out how good we have been doing on our power. We are producing more than we use. Our bill is around $5. Ken says "It’s as if we have a meter and no one lives here."
Green Wave House also hosted a tour for two members of Futuro Verde school who are looking to integrate permaculture philosophy into their already holistic environmental education at the school. Due to this visit, Green Wave is working with another organization, Escuela de la Jungla, to create a permaculture integration plan for Futuro Verde. Small step implementation of that plan will hopefully begin in May of the year on or around International Permaculture Day. First steps of this integration will include the creation of a seed bank (some seeds have already been gifted to the school from the Green Wave House seed bank).
Other Green Wave happenings:
Green Wave has inspired partner project Wild Sun rescue to start an ecobrick program and we are excited to introduce this to Futuro Verde as well (which will be presented in their permaculture plan). We will be helping develop a volunteer and guest guide that will include information about this new program.
Green Wave House hosts weekly “movie night” first come first serve to our community (due to limited space in our small, eco home). We are giving away surplus fruit on these nights or other farm goods. On this last movie night, attendees received Ken’s new jam (made of cashew fruit). Receivers of jams or medicines understand we have a recycling policy on containers. Next week we expect to give out dried herb bundles for smudging made of clove basil and Costa Rican wild sage.
Green Wave House has been collecting seeds from our farm and sharing seeds with our community members. So far Green Wave House has gifted small seed bank starting kits to:
Outside of Costa Rica, Green Wave has the online community of Electronic Music Alliance. We are proud to announce that we are officially challenging our industry to take part in a “Trash Challenge” this year. We are in the last round of the naming phase but challenge announcement, guidelines, and submissions will open during Earth Week. We are currently looking for media sponsors from the industry or even green blog support. We may have some other projects we will share with the Bloom community when they are ready for either feedback or potential support.
That’s the update folks. Thanks for reading. Over, out, and beyond and through. Take time to talk to flowers.
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