In mid-2015, this new initiative from members of the Transition Network (global Transition Town group) will launch, with the goal of charting the already-existing pieces of the decentralized economy of the future. In essence, they’ll be charting much of our Evolutionary Strategy, which, as many of you have surely noted, also takes place Close to Home.
Introductory essay by Jules Peck: “…the alternative future is already (partly) here, emerging in pockets of light around the world. Aside from nearly 500 Transition initiatives worldwide, there is a vast and increasing array of practitioning and thinking around what is being called the ‘new economy.’ As Professor Gar Alperovitz has recently said, ‘just below the surface of media attention literally thousands of grass roots institution-changing, wealth-democratizing efforts have been quietly developing.’”
Current site of Jules Peck, one of the initiators of the Real Economy Lab; includes several recent introductory essays.
Get a taste of the resources and active nodes in this new economy that Real Economy Lab will bring together
Tags: close to home strategy, dreamer, evolutionary strategy, financial assets, personal assets
SunFunder is a San Francisco- and Tanzania-based business that connects investors to high-impact solar projects that improve the lives of low-income communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It provides structures for both accredited investors, through a fund, and non-accredited investors, through a crowd-funding model (no interest on crowdfunded investments). Visit their website.
Tags: crowdfunding, evolutionary strategy, financial assets, global, impact investing, renewable energy, solar
Oakland-based Mosaic uses crowdfunding campaigns and larger investments by accredited investors to fund clean energy projects. A new platform on Mosaic’s site focuses on growing renewable energy by giving people an opportunity to finance solar arrays on other people’s homes. Visit website.
(For now, crowdfunding options are only available in California, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, and New York; investors in other states must be accredited.)
Tags: evolutionary strategy, financial assets, renewable energy, solar, tangible assets
The New Economy Coalition is an alliance of individuals and organizations working toward deep, systemic changes to our economy and our politics. Centered on a vision of an economy that is restorative to people, place and planet, this Boston-based coalition holds conferences, offers publications, and facilitates conversation and action around this issue through various means. Visit website.
Tags: activism, conferences, evolutionary strategy, personal assets
This website is a Capital Institute offering that contains numerous stories and examples of locally-based regenerative products and projects, designed to inspire others. Includes tales of local finance, land & food, and urban projects. Visit website.
Tags: close to home strategy, collaboration, community groups, evolutionary strategy, farming, local, tangible assets
This article details 20 mind-blowing items that can be made today with 3D printing, including a working acoustic guitar and a loom. See article.
Tags: 3-D printing, dyi, evolutionary strategy, maker, tangible assets
This page includes many examples of investment opportunities in the food and ag sector, including crowdfunding (available to all) and investment funds (available to qualified investors). Read more.
Tags: crowdfunding, evolutionary strategy, farming, financial assets, food, impact investing, regenerative, tangible assets
Slow Money has catalyzed the formation of about two dozen regional chapters and over a dozen investing clubs that support investments in farms and other regional food enterprises, mostly in the form of loans. Slow Money also accepts donations in support of this work. This page features interesting examples of action and investment by local Slow Money chapters.
Tags: close to home strategy, evolutionary strategy, financial assets, food, regional food systems, tangible assets
Root Capital, a nonprofit social investment fund, grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for small and growing rural businesses. Its loan fund is open to qualified investors and they accept donations from anyone. Learn more.
Tags: community investing, evolutionary strategy, financial assets, global, justice
This guide by the Philanthropic Initiative offers a helpful introduction to impact investing. It is geared towards individuals, families, and foundations that want to align financial assets with social goals, while strengthening for-profit and non-profit organizations with social benefit missions. Visit website to learn more.
Tags: evolutionary strategy, financial assets, impact investing, qualified investors
Great Transition Stories is an open source wiki, initiated by Duane Elgin. The purpose of the site is summarized as follows: “The stories we tell shape our view of ourselves and the path we take through this time of collective awakening and global turning. We have the ability to consciously choose narratives that offer realistic beacons of hope to guide our way through the Great Transition. The following stories are drawn from many sources–biology, psychology, cosmology, mythology, and more–and offer a wide menu to choose from in crafting guiding narratives, whether personal or organizational.” There is also a resource list of leading articles, reports, and books giving credence to the idea of a Great Transition.
Tags: dreamer, dualist, evolutionary strategy, learning, personal growth
An excerpt from his book of the same title; discusses what growth would look like if it was based on a regenerative rather than destructive model. Lots of food for thought. Read excerpt.
Tags: evolutionary strategy, learning, personal assets