2013 Financial Permaculture Workshop

January 21-25, 2013 Miami Dade College Homestead Campus www.financialpermaculture.com

Kickstarter goes B-Corp

Yancey Strickler
Listen to this video where Yancey Strickler, the CEO of Kickstarter, announces that his company will become a Public Benefit Corporation, which is more binding than the voluntary B Corp. To be certified as a B Corp, any for-profit entity is on its honor to report its social and environmental record, whereas a Public Benefit Corporation is under legal obligation to meet certain requirements and give back to the community. It must show accountability, transparency and measurable progress towards its stated purpose to its shareholders in a yearly meeting, just as it must share its financial goals. Kickstarter plans to support artists and musicians, art education and will also donate money to non-profits fighting inequality. Read its extensive charter. They also remain a B Corp… check out their scorecard!

Podcast: Right Livelihood with Ben Weiss, Dave Jacke, and Charles Eisenstein

BenDaveCharlesCheck out this awesome new podcast from The Permaculture Podcast by Scott Mann, featuring some of the best-known permies and right-livelihood advocates. Hear each of them share their candid thoughts on our current culture and what it would take for us to change for the better. They take on Permaculture as a concept, the spiritual aspect of earth care, the inner landscape that contributes to the world we live in and they share their own frustrations and successes. This is very worth one listen and possible multiple!

Bioneers: Local Living Economies Video with Judy Wicks

Check out this remarkable video by Judy Wicks taken from a Bioneers conference talking about her local, sustainable business (The White Dog Café). She takes us through her activism and decisions in making her cafe more sustainable from paying a living wage to using green energy to making sure all her products were as local and organic as possible. She co-founded the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), a national coalition of green businesses, and is a consultant to help many other businesses and industries follow her lead. She, unlike other small revolutionary green businesses, has refused to sell out to multinational corporations and continues to stay a single restaurant in her local community. As she says, wages have not gone up and the environment has not been saved despite the “green” company craze, so clearly much more work is needed to keep business local!

How to Multiply Your Time

Apparently you can multiply time! Most of us make endless lists, prioritize, procrastinate, feel guilty and still don’t make a dent in our to-do list. The fault is partly how much we are trying to accomplish in one day, but partly it is because we don’t have the secret ingredient Rory Vaden talks about in this fast-moving TED talk.

Purpose-Driven Work

purposedriven.fwThis short article is part of a blog series about how to bring more positivity to the workplace. It describes the benefits of maintaining happy employees and provides strong, evidence-based techniques for achieving the best organizational performance. This is a necessary part of a healthy Financial Permaculture design for a business and a right livelihood (work that is socially and environmentally conscious) for its workers. The other articles talk about maintaining flow, creating great interpersonal relationships and why true accomplishment is life-changing and is very different than just task completion.

Most people would choose meaningful work and right livelihood over a big paycheck. Having a sense of purpose leads people to accomplish more, have more loyalty and live happier lives, so keeping a company’s vision in front of its employees is very good business. The authors go into other simple ways to maintain a worker’s enthusiasm and back them with scientific references. Read the full article.


The absurd trial of a Russian farmer who invented his own inflation-proof currency

This is an amusing day-in-the-life look at a group of farmers in a small Russian town who created their own barter currency to avoid the runaway inflation and stiff loan fees, and the way the government is trying to crack down on them. The trial is covered by a journalist who knows more about the law then the farmers, and it gives a great insight as to how a local currency comes into being and is used effectively. And it shows how small-town local wisdom can make so much more sense than federal laws. For example, the DA attempts to prove his case by saying, “if someone  wants to get back what you owe them and you decide not to give it to them, then legally no one can get anything out of you. It’s all dependent on your reputation and good name. From the point of view of the law this isn’t enough!” This could be any small town in any country.

Read the full article

Opening the Social Field for Social Change

Otto Scharmer, Co-founder of the Presencing Institute and lecturer at MIT, published a Blog in the Huffington Post this week laying out a pattern language to discuss how to access deeper layers of the social field to help people awaken to their co-creative potential. While the world of presencing may seem far from the world of economics, as Otto uncovers in this article, the need for co-creative flow within and between organizations is a blind spot that may be holding many groups back from being truly generative. At one point in the article, Otto lists eight “acupuncture points” at the core of transforming the economy. Being able to re-think these economic assumptions, and allowing new concepts to emerge without resistance is essential to our ability to create radical and lasting social change.