new ways of seeing, thinking, being and leading for the 21st century

We are a non-partisan think tank working to create a more just and sustainable way of life on earth

Together with our global ecosystem of 1000+ change makers, we combine modern science, storytelling, and the knowledge of timeless wisdom traditions to illuminate the path from an extractive economy to an emerging regenerative economy that supports the long-term well-being of people, planet and business.


Introducing Monthly Discovery Dialogues: A new live series from Capital Institute. Every month John Fullerton hosts a Dialogue on a current and vital topic with relevance to economics and finance. We draw on our extensive global network of global thought leaders with specific topic expertise to engage in this live dialogue.

A New 2-Part Immersive and interactive Course on Regenerative Finance Hosted by John Fullerton

Next Cohort begins in April of 2024

New Ways of Seeing, Thinking, Being and Leading for the 21st Century

 The aim of this course is to provide a living systems approach to redesigning our economy so that long-term prosperity, human dignity, social equity, and planetary wellness can be viably sustained throughout the world.

Next cohort begins on January 31st, 2024




Regeneration is the process that delivers sustainable living systems as the outcome of that process. Therefore, intelligent system design (and appropriate humility) would suggest using the same universal patterns and principles the cosmos uses to build stable, healthy, and sustainable systems throughout the real world as the model for our human economy.

How Universal Principles And Patterns Will Shape Our New Economy

Today’s greatest challenge is to address the root cause of our systemic crises – today’s dominant (neoliberal) economic paradigm and the financial system that fuels it and rules it – by transitioning to a more effective economic system design that is regenerative and therefore sustainable over the long term.

The universal patterns and principles nature uses to build stable, healthy, and sustainable systems throughout the real world can and must be used as a model for a new design of our economic system and the financial system that fuels it.


For over a decade, the Capital Institute has pioneered a new space for holistic economic thought that draws on the latest science of living systems and ancient wisdom traditions coupled with 20 years at the pillar of global finance on Wall Street. We believe that our finance-driven economic system is in urgent need of a regenerative redesign, one that is grounded in the universal laws – not theories – of living systems. The regenerative economy we foresee is a powerful one, unleashing unseen possibilities for self-sustaining prosperity for all. This potential derives from an intrinsic wisdom that resides in us all that can – and must – be tapped to create regenerative enterprises that support our socio-economic system as a whole.

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Finance for a Regenerative World

Finance for a Regenerative World provides a frank assessment of our flawed finance ideology, and a bold, principles-based framework for the future of Finance.

The transition toward a regenerative world is a collective effort that is already underway. To promote collaborative review and comment on this paper (and the ideas it introduces) Finance for a Regenerative World is being released in four acts:

Act I: Context and Implications of the Regenerative Paradigm for Finance
Act II: The Failures of Finance
Act III: Towards a Regenerative Finance and a New Investment Theory
Act IV: An Agenda for the Reform We Need


From the producers of Academy Award-winning documentary, My Octopus Teacher comes Going Circular, featuring Dr. James Lovelock, biomimicry biologist Janine Benyus, designer Arthur Huang, and Capital Institute’s John Fullerton, who dare to imagine a future where humankind not only survives, but flourishes, by rethinking global paradigms and respecting the limits of our planetary resources.

Meet four groundbreaking thinkers who navigate environmental, economic, and social crises of the modern age. They each discover that the solutions for creating a circular economy and planet have already been perfected in nature itself.