Economic Summit in CO Could Change Everything

May 18, 2017

BOULDER, Colo. — A three-day summit has just wrapped up in Boulder with what could be new benchmarks for transforming the entire global economy.

The Regenerative Future Summit brought in top thinkers, economists, and sustainability experts to expand on the concepts of former JP Morgan Chase & Co. investment executive John Fullerton. Fullerton has said that after two decades working in finance, he realized the corporate system largely isn’t working for humanity.

Brian Weinberg is chief operating officer for Fullerton’s now five-year-old endeavor, the Capital Institute – which he said aims to reconstruct the entire world economic model.

“It’s really the evolution of the sustainability movement,” Weinberg said; “which is not, you know, ‘break even, do less bad,’ but, ‘Let’s add value to the greater whole that we’re all a part of.’ And it’s about systemic change.”

He said the concept known as regenerative capitalism is picking up momentum across the globe. Part of the conference goal was to test the new economic theory on a micro-level in localized regions such as the Front Range.

A local-economy working group at the summit analyzed social, business and academic assets, as well as natural resources within the Rocky Mountain region. Weinberg was part of that group, and said they determined the area is especially qualified for the types of holistic changes the Regenerative Future Summit wants to try.

“The Front Range is uniquely positioned to be a leader in this movement, given the geophysical environment of the Rocky Mountains meeting the Great Plains, and the culture of a love for nature and health, and also farming and agriculture,” he said. “Not to mention the deep and rich history around spirituality and consciousness.”

The local group adjourned with the framework for a case study to apply this holistic alternative to traditional capitalism in Boulder County, with hopes it would expand from there.

More information on the mission of the movement is online at CapitalInstitute.org.

Summit Aims to Construct a New, Sustainable Economy

BOULDER, Colo. – Experts in a variety of fields will gather this week in Boulder, Colo., for the Regenerative Future Summit, an event focused on finding solutions to transform the economy and create a world that works for 100 percent of humanity.

With war, corruption and environmental catastrophe ever looming, a group of world-class scholars, business leaders and activists is coming together to change the economic narrative that drives these global problems.

The meeting is the brain child of author Hunter Lovins, president of Natural Capitalism Solutions and Leading for Well Being, who said the goal of the project is to help create an economy that benefits everyone.

“It turns out that it’s not as daunting as you might at first think,” Lovins said. “The economy we have today was invented by 36 men who gathered at a hotel outside Montreux, Switzerland – a place called the Mont Pelerin Hotel – in 1947.”

The summit is scheduled for May 15-17 at the new Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex at the University of Colorado. It will feature lectures and working groups with experts who have participated in a number of projects on the world stage – including the Paris Climate Agreement.

The gathering was inspired by the ideas in Lovin’s new book, “A Finer Future: How Humanity Can Avoid Total System Collapse.” In it, she contends that humanity currently has all the technology needed to solve even the world’s toughest problems.

Lovin said while economists, sustainability experts and entrepreneurs all have pieces of the plan, what they need is a narrative to pull it all together.

“So, we’re inviting a number of people who are good at telling stories to help us all get better at how we communicate in ways that really capture people’s imagination,” she said.

Those interested in keeping up with summit developments can visit RegenerativeFutureSummit.org.