30+ Key Innovations, Tools & Technologies To Be Leveraged In Regenerative Business Models & Operating Models
Many of the ingredients we need for regenerative businesses and brands already exist. Discover the innovative frameworks, technologies, and tools that you can use to design and evolve a regenerative business model.
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Regenerative brands and business models (will) bake together frameworks, technologies, and tools like:
- Recalibration of economic and financial accounting to encourage and measure human well-being, happiness, learning, meaning, and joy, as well as productivity/profit/GDP
- Optimizing and consciously trading off at least 6, probably 8 or 9, different forms of capital, including social, relational, intellectual, natural, and material capitals
- A recalibration of globalization, with the focus shifting to the mobility of ideas and relationships (consciousness) as opposed to simply (cheaper) labor and liquid capital (matter)
- Slow, patient, and humble capital that is less interested in material scale, exponential returns, and rapid exits (i.e., ‘unicorns’); and far more interested in sustained and sustainable positive impact (e.g., ‘zebras’)
- Authentic business purpose at the core of all organizations (that is realized with concrete changes in business practices and investment in employee and user well-being)
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- Increasing development of sustainable, prosocial, and regenerative asset classes for capitalism to become more regenerative in (e.g. the EU’s taxonomy for different ‘shades’ of sustainable stocks)
- Ethical governance and ownership models — like co-operatives, social enterprises, and BCorps — that allow users/citizens/workers to share in the rewards, wealth, and decisions as well as the risks, worries, and effort: enriching all in the system, not extracting value for a few (e.g. REI opting out of Black Friday)
- Steward ownership models with asset locks preventing extractive exits—or one owner, the Earth, as Patagonia is moving to
- Increasing peer-to-peer transmission of value, products, and services such as education and healthcare, moving away from the costly and controlling expert/professional-to-user model (e.g., our peer-powered Leadership Coaching Kit)
- Compassion, kindness, and wisdom being made as important as knowledge, skill attainment, and accreditation in education, adult learning, and employee training (e.g., Stanford’s Center For Compassion)
- Legal rights for the planet/nature (e.g., in Bolivia and Ecuador), what has been called Earth Jurisprudence
- Sharing economies that benefit all sharers, not just the platform (from ride and resource sharing to co-living communities) and the ‘recommending’ of shared resources and spaces with expansive participatory wisdom to avoid the ‘tragedy of the commons’
- Ensuring local communities have increasing food sovereignty, as well as water, energy, and shelter sovereignty
- Participatory design and diversity in decision-making (e.g., Citizen’s Assemblies, circle-led governance, Way of Council)
- Decentralized organizational structures (e.g., Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) and holocracies)
- Gender, race, and cognitive diversity and dignity in organizations with the dissolution of all pay and power gaps
- Local decision-making and direct democracy (e.g., Flatpack Democracy)—where central decisions are only made when the edge cannot make them well (a principle called ‘subsidiarity’)
- Ways to change extremist views and polarized mindsets, such as Street Epistemology and Deep Canvass
- Local supply chains (e.g., onshoring) where imports are substituted for homegrown materials and ideas, and ‘surge protection; is built in to maintain resilience in the face of supply and demand shocks.
- Regenerative agriculture; and the rewilding of land and communities
- Local currencies (e.g., Lewes Pound) and forms of non-commodified ‘gift exchange’ and gift economies that build trust, coherence, and resilience
- Biodegradable materials, ‘green chemistry,’ biophilic design and ingredients (e.g., algae-led waste processes and bio-inks), biomimicry, ‘mycomimicry,’ and ‘mycorestoration.’
- A permanent shift to renewable, low, and zero carbon energy sources and decentralized systems of district energy/local solar energy
- Circular and net-positive supply chains with baked-in climate cooling and carbon sequestration technologies that are managed holistically and optimized as a whole system
- The closure of tax loopholes and the removal of off-shore tax statuses so that corporations pay for the commonwealth that so much of their profitability is drawn from (roads, universities, public innovations, schools, ambulances, etc.)
- The uncoupling of GDP growth from carbon (e.g., doughnut economics); and the recoupling of externalities to industrial processes and finance
- The proactive ‘degrowth’ of planet-polluting and humanity-diminishing industries
- The leverage of transparency technologies like tokens and the blockchain (including DeFi); and potentially emancipatory technologies like AI and nanotech in ethical, and therefore likely less exponentially profitable, ways
- The reduction of ‘walled gardens’ and anti-competitive monopolies on the Internet, with an Open Internet, Open Source development, and copyleft Creative Commons IP
- Variously colored New Deals, such as the Green New Deal, to regenerate the social compact between the liberal order and its citizens
There are so many inspiring and hopeful ways to create exponential impact in this digital, disrupted, and the damaged world that brings more health and wholeness to ourselves and our systems. With these technologies and tools, we can build regenerative business models.
It will be messy, challenging, and really, really hard. But there is a Triple Win (win-win-win) to be had in every future-proofing transformation: a win for our careers, a win for our organizations, and a win for our crisis-hit world.
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