Category: Ethical Investment

3 Keys to Starting A Successful Permaculture Based Business

“Find the intersection between your passions and your strengths and problems that need solving.” – Rob Avis

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Crowdfunding Your Permaculture Project – Which Type is the Best Fit?

A crowdfunded planting As many farmers and founders of food-based businesses have discovered, crowdfunding is a tool that can enable you raise anywhere from thousands, to tens of thousands, to hundreds of thousands of dollars to launch projects that might never have gotten off the ground otherwise. But what type of crowdfunding are we talking about? The conversation can get confusing quickly, because people use the term “crowdfunding” to refer […]

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Investing Like An Ecosystem

Over the last few years, I have been formulating my opinion on how to approach investing and what do to with extra cash. And I can’t believe how many people have told me in the last few months that they are anticipating another huge market correction basically any time now. Mulling all of this over (and with the help of a good forest analogy) I’ve recently developed a few key […]

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Invest in Humanity (video)

In this compelling video montage (an artistic blend of TED talks, Burning Man, Samsara and others) Tim Jackson redefines our understanding of investment. It is an invitation to embrace a new form of economy; one bridging our shared past with our common future. In Tim’s words, "prosperity is a shared endeavor" and it requires first that we understand the essence of being fully human.

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Start Growing! Part 2: You Don’t Need Money to Buy a Farm

In Part 1 of the Start Growing! series, we explored how you might buy a farm debt-free with as little as $10,000 in savings. But what if you’re young and don’t have any savings at all? How can you become an independent, self-employed and profitable farmer when land is so expensive? It’s easier than you might think. Let’s take a look.

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Connected – A Film for Change

‘Connected’ is a film made by Paul and Kate Maple, a UK based family who have made it their lives for the last 4 years. Worried about the future and the seemingly insurmountable mountain of problems in the world, Paul and Kate decided to ditch their busy lives and start working out if there was any way they could help create positive social change….

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The Planet Fund: Crowdfunding the Restoration of our Environment and Communities

The Planet Fund is the first online global fundraiser created to assist projects the world over with the regeneration of our environment and communities. The Planet Fund has developed an entity of action — where we have the power to act globally as well as locally. We have developed this platform to address the need for rapid and widespread assistance to projects, people and communities all over the world.

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Crowdfunding for Relocalization

Today I wanted to share with you a link to a project in Cape Town, South Africa, that recently caught my eye for a few important reasons. A collection of residents in Oranjezicht, a suburb in the Cape Town city bowl, have managed to rally their community around the usage of some highly visible, under-utilized public space. They call it the Oranjezicht City Farm. The significance of the project goes […]

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How on Earth? Flourishing in a Not-for-Profit Economy by 2050

by Donnie Maclurcan and Jen Hinton Imagine waking up in a world where you feel good about going to work, no matter the nature of your job. You feel positive and motivated, knowing that your work provides you with a livelihood that also contributes to the wellbeing of others in a way that respects the ecological limits of the planet. Welcome to a not-for-profit world, where businesses can still make […]

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Investing – Part II

All photos © Craig Mackintosh In my previous article I stressed how there is no sounder thing to invest in than a) Yourself and B) Community. In this article I want to share some of the simple ways one can invest in oneself. For some this may translate and lead to finding meaning, a career and community — after all what we are ultimately talking about here is finding connection. […]

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Investing: The Option They Never Told You About

Maximum security, maximum return. Who doesn’t want that? In a world of uncertainty and change, more than a few people are reconsidering where it is they want their money. I grew up being encouraged to save and invest in savings. The two are not the same thing. To invest in savings is to invest in money itself. To put your money into money… such a strange idea. But in a […]

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Permaculture Education and Research in USA: Expanding Connectivity Between Islands of Fertility

Giving opportunities for young people to make a living improving the world is the great need of the hour As more and more people in developed nations (and the USA in particular) become aware of the effects of their personal decisions on ecologies and economies at local and global scales, both the supply and demand of permaculture design education has seen a dynamic increase over the past decade. With a […]

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