According to analysts conducted by the Global Footprint Network, in 2019 humanity used the resources of the planet 1.75 times faster than the Earth was able to recover them. Regenerative economy, which is an economic model alternative to the exploitation of the planet, might be an answer. Its principles were revealed in the 2015 work "Regenerative Capitalism" by John Fullerton, the Head of the Capital Institute.
Fullerton believes that the regenerative economy model is based on the principles of interaction between natural systems: "Since living systems are both sustainable and regenerative over long periods of time, we began exploring whether following nature's rules of health and development might lead to sustainably vibrant economies as well. But, the more we explored this thesis, the bigger and more diverse the picture became. We discovered that what we call "systemic" or "holistic" approaches could be seen in different works. Holistic concepts are emerging in almost every field imaginable, from agriculture and healthcare to monetary systems, urban planning, and network-centric technology."
Fullerton formulated 8 key principles of the regenerative economy
, including adaptability, respect and balance. Capital Institute
conducts research and supports local regenerative projects in different regions of the world.
A holistic approach to the regenerative economy is a process in which global players must be involved. At the moment, local leaders could use some tools of the regenerative economy (for example, take into account the principles of circulation, balance and recovery in agriculture, or make decisions at the company's level presenting the views and interests of all involved minorities).