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Permaculture Design for Business and Beyond

Permaculture Design for Business and Beyond

Author: Jason Thomas Isn't permaculture all about growing food and saving the planet?   What do you know about permaculture? Some people think it's a sophisticated approach to organic gardening and, in many respects, it's commonly used that way. But what else? What's all the hype? It began in response to the climatic crisis they identified back in the 60s and 70s. The founders of the Permaculture movement, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, set out to learn about sustainable and regenerative land management techniques by studying indigenous traditions that have served humanity for millennia. They did so, however, alongside curious study of contemporary adaptations, inventions, and ingenuity. This was a true hero's journey because they not only found answers to their ​original quest, but the process brought them to deeper questions and realizations. "​​What were the commonalities that tied together techniques, both modern and ancient?""​What was the common wisdom that could guide...

“Regeneration” – A Buzzword or A Movement

“Regeneration” – A Buzzword or A Movement

Author: Jason Thomas Regeneration isn’t a trend; it’s an imperative!     After my first podcasting season, I renamed the show ‘Regeneration Nation Costa Rica.’  Why? Well, for one, the original name, ‘Sharing Insights Podcast,’ didn’t really say much. I chose it as a placeholder. It conveyed the altruistic intentions I had for the show, but the truth is, all podcasts are essentially “sharing insights.”    When choosing a new name, I aimed for something more meaningful. When I first got started in this game a couple of decades ago, “sustainability” was the focus of many ecologically-minded projects. Well, it’s become clear that we’ve gone beyond that luxury, and bolder initiatives are called for. Besides that, there’s the obvious - it’s good for SEO. Content creators need to think about these things these days. Our findability depends on it. This, of course, is only one of many reasons I chose to identify with a term that many consider overused.    Permaculture is all about...

What Does It Take For A Regenerative Enterprise To Thrive?

What Does It Take For A Regenerative Enterprise To Thrive?

Author: Jason Thomas Regenerative entrepreneurs carry hope for our future   Thanks to the advancements of the communication age, the world is finding more good-intending people than ever starting businesses meant to make a positive difference in the world. The internet is full of ways to get your message out to the world and technologies designed to get your products into the hands of those whose lives will be better for it.   Entrepreneurs are way-seers, innovators, creators, & risk-takers. They’re dreamers, believers, and doers. Regenerative entrepreneurs are a rare breed of humans who see how the world could be better and follow the impulse, devoting their life to making it happen.   The trick is that while creating a product or program is easier than ever, we live in a world inundated with people trying to do so. A relatively small percentage of those individuals begin with business training to organize their approach in a way that’ll cut through the noise on the...

Diversify Your Flow of Abundance and Become Financially Free

Diversify Your Flow of Abundance and Become Financially Free

Author: Jean Pullen Diversity in its many forms Diversity is key in all aspects of life. Diversity on professional teams can mean hiring a range of people of various races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, genders, sexual identities, lifestyles, experiences, or interests. Diversity in agriculture describes a polyculture of crops (many different crops) and plenty of biodiversity, miming natural forests. Financial diversity, or “diversification,” means we have different assets and monetary resources in different asset categories, such as cash, stocks, gold, equity, land, cryptocurrencies, and investments in companies.    “Uniformity is not nature’s way; diversity is nature’s way. In nature’s economy, the currency is not money; it is life.” —Vandana Shiva   We have all heard the saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” Well, we can look at finances similarly. We must diversify and invest in our earth and the well-being of all our communities:   ...

You can’t teach what you can’t sell

You can’t teach what you can’t sell

If you can figure out how to get people to consume your content for free, you are 80% of the way there to being able to sell it. Attention is far more scarce than money.  — Tiago Forte   Making Our Dreams Come True   The topic of money has become an intrinsic part of the human experience. It's one of those things that we all need and use to one degree or another. Attracting money helps us to create and facilitate many elements of the lives we want to live. At the same time, for some, acquiring that money can be a tricky path to navigate.   As conscientious entrepreneurs, we want to create scenarios where we’re calling in sufficient abundance to fuel our mission and fulfill our visions, and we want to do it in a way that celebrates an alignment with our ethics and values. Many people have seen the acquisition and use of money handled in degenerative ways. As a result of witnessing this abuse, some well-intentioned people end up pushing money away. Or, at least, they...

What we learned at the Regenerative Incubator for Landowners

What we learned at the Regenerative Incubator for Landowners

What does it mean to operate a regenerative business?   How do we align our revenue models with our project’s visions? How do we build cultural bridges to repair the neo-colonialist tendencies that have characterized our era? These are just a few questions the 2022 Regenerative Business Coheart came together to explore during our 4-day incubator event last month.         Three years ago, during a late-night stroll in the Minnesota cold, I recorded an exercise to cultivate a vision for the next chapter of my life.  I’d been in MN for three and a half years and was ready to reignite my life in Costa Rica.   This was the third in a series of visioning exercises where I put my headphones on, with the voice recorder app open, and a held intention to think deeply about a single idea.  By walking with the phone in my hand, with the record button running, I’m also able to keep my mind from getting distracted, staying focused on the topic that I’ve set out to ponder.  When my mind does get...

You can’t teach what you can’t sell

Setup your Digital Workspace the Permaculture Way

Setup your digital workspace the Permaculture way   In the permaculture world, I’ve come across many people who are not only “not tech-savvy” but have a legitimate resistance to the technological world beyond meeting their most basic needs for communication and entertainment. I get it.  The more time we spend in the tech world, the less time we tend to spend in the “real world.”  Abstaining is an option.  But it has its consequences.   Among many grassroots movements, when it comes to operating a business, there seems to be a more-common-than-usual sense of taboo, resistance, and even “againstness” of technology, blocking many excellently conceived projects from their much-needed success.   By their very nature of embracing and identifying with a “grassroots” movement, people often tend to favor the archetypes of coming up from the ground & other organic sensibilities.    As understandable and desirable as this may be, these qualities, feeding the fire of...

#015 Cultivating an Impactful Belief System (Season 1 Recap, Part 6)

#015 Cultivating an Impactful Belief System (Season 1 Recap, Part 6)

  Cultivating an Impactful Belief System   Hey, there impactful believers, What you’re about to read are the transcripts from the last of a 6-part recap series that I did for the Sharing Insights Podcast. When I rebranded the podcast to Regeneration Nation Costa Rica, I pulled most of the episodes from the RSS feed. The audiobook format of these episodes ended up being different from what I had in mind for the podcast. I’ve left this final installment of that series up for a couple of reasons. For one, I’d intended to offer some kind of recap for the season, and this one turned out to be my favorite of the bunch. It gives a nice overview of some of my guests' finer qualities. Beyond that, it delivers some of the more universally useful truth bombs that I picked up from those interviews. In the end, I wanted to make sure that anyone following me has quick access to this episode's insights. Another reason is that these episodes ended up costing me quite a bit more work and...

Recap Alternative Building Techniques (Season 1 Recap, Part 5)

Recap Alternative Building Techniques (Season 1 Recap, Part 5)

Sustainable Building Methods Hello, and welcome back to the Sharing Insights Podcast. My name is Jason Thomas, and the adventure continues. If you’ve been following the first year of the podcast, you’ll have noticed that I disappeared for a while. The last couple of months of 2021 handed me some massive life changes, and these first few months of 2022 have not only been about getting back on my feet but have invited me into a co-creative collective that's giving my life here new purpose.    Here's Why The long and short of it is that I just left my farm and home of 12 years. I was pushing to make things happen in a way my land partners just weren’t available for, and I wasn’t able to go any further without their support.  As difficult a decision as it was, I’ve packed my things and moved on to a more co-creative environment. In the end, I’ve welcomed the change and have already begun enjoying the fruits of being able to expand my spheres of influence in the region. I’m happy to...

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Permaculture Design for Business and Beyond

Permaculture Design for Business and Beyond

Author: Jason Thomas Isn't permaculture all about growing food and saving the planet?   What do you know about permaculture? Some people think it's a sophisticated approach to organic gardening and, in many respects, it's commonly used that way. But what else?...

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“Regeneration” – A Buzzword or A Movement

“Regeneration” – A Buzzword or A Movement

Author: Jason Thomas Regeneration isn’t a trend; it’s an imperative!     After my first podcasting season, I renamed the show ‘Regeneration Nation Costa Rica.’  Why? Well, for one, the original name, ‘Sharing Insights Podcast,’ didn’t really say much. I chose it as a...

read more
What Does It Take For A Regenerative Enterprise To Thrive?

What Does It Take For A Regenerative Enterprise To Thrive?

Author: Jason Thomas Regenerative entrepreneurs carry hope for our future   Thanks to the advancements of the communication age, the world is finding more good-intending people than ever starting businesses meant to make a positive difference in the world. The...

read more
You can’t teach what you can’t sell

You can’t teach what you can’t sell

If you can figure out how to get people to consume your content for free, you are 80% of the way there to being able to sell it. Attention is far more scarce than money.  — Tiago Forte   Making Our Dreams Come True   The topic of money has become an...

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