We hold a vision of locally self-reliant, resilient, regional economies where the abundant resources of any given region are used locally to meet as many needs as possible and then surplus is traded as finished goods to obtain resources scarce in any one locality. We want to see this created as a documented open-source pattern that can be easily adapted and replicated to any bio-region on earth. We launched our Impact Accelerator in Fall 2014 with an open RFP (request for proposals) as a step toward achieving this vision.
We received 40+ applications from companies and organizations across the country and abroad. We had the good problem of many interesting, innovative and important projects to vet for the viability of impact potential. The top half of the organizations were interviewed and given detailed feedback on their proposal and coaching on next steps forward to manifest their projects.
This Accelerator program was an attempt to have maximum beneficial impact on all life in pursuit of our vision of a just and sustainable world, where humans live simply and tread lightly.
The life sustaining systems on planet earth are on the verge of simultaneous collapse and immediate systemic action is required on a global scale. Climate change, economic collapse, species extinction, gross social inequities and environmental degradation point to current and looming disaster for life as we know it on planet earth. At the same time, we have unprecedented global access to information, resources, technology, manufactured goods, diverse cultures and wisdom traditions. We have abundant, emergent solutions to the crisis’ we face but they are, today, only applied on small scales and in disintegrated, incomplete fashion in disparate locations.
Our observation is that the economy is the dominant force for activity on the planet and we have an opportunity to harness it as a vehicle for change to benefit all life, but only if we alter the core underlying structures and systems (the DNA) of how the economy works. We hold a vision of locally self-reliant, resilient, regional economies where the abundant resources of any given region are used locally to meet as many needs as possible and then surplus is traded as finished goods to obtain resources scarce in any one locality. We want to see this created as a documented open-source pattern that can be easily adapted and replicated to any bio-region on earth. This may be difficult to imagine since we have not seen, heard or experienced this type of whole, intact system where needs are met in harmony. Some examples that currently exist in partial form are the Mondragon Cooperatives in the Basque region of Spain. Or on a smaller scale closer to home, the way a nuclear family shares resources and care for each other with no one left out.
If we desire to change the economy, it seems we will find that there are changes necessary in human culture/human lifestyle, the way in which we live and meet our needs. Examples of these cultural shifts include:
- Voluntary simplicity or living conservative lifestyles where the ethic is to consume less, become more of a primary producer where possible, balancing personal preferences/interests with prioritizing collective wellbeing
- Shared resources including:
- Shared space in building where we live (co-housing type models)
- Sharing transportation (cargo bikes, e bikes, bikes, cars, vans, shuttles, etc.)
- Sharing food purchases for bulk staple foods that we do not grow ourselves
- Sharing tools, kitchen assets, capital intensive resources (workshop space, etc.)