Introduction to Regenerative Economics

New Ways of Seeing, Thinking, Being and Managing for the 21st Century | First Cohort Begins March 21, 2022

Course Overview

The Capital Institute is offering its first-ever course on Regenerative Economics entitled: Introduction to Regenerative Economics: New Ways of Seeing, Thinking, Managing, and Being 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. In line with this objective, this course will explore the following questions:

  • How can Regenerative Economics address the unprecedented crises, such as global warming, viral pandemics, and extreme economic disparities?
  • Does exponential and undifferentiated economic growth truly define the path to long-term prosperity?
  • What are the characteristics that define economic vitality and what are the conditions needed to deliver regenerative potential?
  • How can we identify and promote regenerative organizations within the private and public sector?
  • How do we look at macroeconomic institutions and their function through a regenerative lens?
  • What needs to be done to align our financial systems with the emergence of regenerative economies?
  • How can regenerative principles be applied to create a new leadership paradigm and new approaches to management?
  • How can we align emergent technologies to promote the regenerative paradigm?
  • How do the principles of Regenerative Economics resonate with ancient wisdom traditions?

These Scholarships are Designed For:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students as well as young professionals seeking alternative solutions for managing the interdependent complexities of 21st century life.
  • Philanthropy NGO professionals seeking a more holistic approach to systemic change.
  • Academics inside and outside of economics who sense something is fundamentally wrong with our economics and are looking for a fresh way of seeing. 
  • Economic system policymakers, system regulators, and Financiers.
  • Billionaires with rocket ships.

Please note: This course will be a prerequisite for future courses on Regenerative Finance, Regenerative Leadership, Organizational Design, Bioregional Development, Public Policy, Philanthropy, and more.

First Cohort Begins MARCH 21, 2022

This 8-week course offers a practical approach to reimagining our economy to create long-term wealth, ecological harmony and genuine equality throughout the world.

The waitlist for the March course is now closed. We invite you to join the waitlist for our Summer 2022 course now.

Building a Regenerative Future

As we enter the 21st century, we find a drastically changed context. Regenerative economics provides the principles-based, theoretical foundation for redesigning economies to meet unprecedented demands. This core vision resonates with a current and unmistakably growing need to return to a more equitable, sustainable and compassionate place. By introducing principles of living systems into our current economic, the Greek “oikinomia” – literally the management of the household – takes on an essential new meaning.

With new clarity and vision, we begin to understand how the many institutions that make up our economy – from multinational corporations to central banks to state actors – all must operate for the benefit and good of the whole, just as in life itself. From this vantage point, these institutions no longer function as isolated entities but as interdependent nodes in one interconnected system.

Course Design

8 Weeks • 17 Thought Leaders • 4-6 Hours Per Week

This course is centered on how the eight principles of a regenerative vitality can be used to build a vibrant and self-sustaining economy that is in service to all life.

These eight principles provide critical insight into how and why integrity, ethics, caring, and sharing are non-negotiable systemic requirements for securing true prosperity and long-term social and ecological wellbeing for all. 

Grounded in the rigor of trans-disciplinary academic theory and practical real life examples, this 8-week course is structured on three reinforcing modalities: 

I. Lectures and Readings

For each module, participants will have access to a series of live and pre-recorded lectures and readings on the fundamentals of regenerative economics, and how these core concepts are being applied in the real world to co-create a more vibrant and self-sustaining future. In addition to this material, we see a growing library building over time to provide an unparalleled source of emergent regenerative theory and practice.

II. The Discovery Dialogues 

To further support knowledge and learning, this course will offer a series of live one-on-one conversations with leading regenerative thinkers and practitioners. These conversations, called the Discovery Dialogues, will be hosted every week by John Fullerton. Course participants are required to attend these sessions to better understand how the regenerative framework can be applied in business and in life.

A collection of previously recorded interviews will also be available through the Discovery Dialogues video library. Participants will have full access to this library as well as other learning materials and resources throughout the course.

II. A Regenerative Learning Community

To advance the professional and personal growth of participants, our unique learning platform is specifically designed to foster a regenerative community where knowledge, experience and inspiration can be reciprocally created and shared.

Through this collective learning environment, participants are afforded new opportunities to meaningfully connect with a burgeoning regenerative movement and co-create a community of lifelong learning. Access to this communal network will be ongoing, thus allowing all participants a chance to collaborate with a range of regenerative thinkers and change makers long after the course is completed.

Course Curriculum

Week 1: What is Regenerative Economics
Week 2: Thinking in Systems: Moving from Reductionism to Holism
Week 3: The Eight Principles of Regenerative Vitality
Week 4: Organizational Design
Week 5: Macro Regenerative Economics
Week 6: Finance in Service to Life
Week 7: Learning to Lead Together
Week 8: A Roadmap to Transformation: The Timeless Wisdom of Regenerative Vitality

What You Will Learn:

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will:

Discern the root causes of the many interdependent crises we face today.

Demonstrate proficient understanding of the Eight Principles of Regenerative Vitality and how they can be applied to create self-sustaining economies.

Differentiate and define characteristics of regenerative organizations.

Understand how macro-economic institutions can be redesigned and/or created to foster true prosperity and abundance.

You will also receive:

Access an ongoing learning community filled with new ideas, knowledge, and inspiration that supports a new regenerative mindset.

A  certificate of completion from the Capital Institute.

Collaborating Thought Leaders

We are honored to feature insights through lectures and Discovery Dialogues from incredible Thought Leaders who have been instrumental in informing Capital Institute’s approach.

*Please note that Thought Leaders vary by course due to availability program design.

John Fullerton


John Fullerton is an unconventional economist, teacher, writer, impact investor, and some have said philosopher. Building on and integrating the work of many, he is the architect of Regenerative Economics, first conceived in his 2015 booklet, “Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Patterns and Principles Will Shape the New Economy.” John’s work, now featured in two pathbreaking live courses, Introduction to Regenerative Economics, and Finance for a Regenerative World, has been experienced by over 1000 people from 50 countries to wide acclaim. 

After a successful 20-year career on Wall Street where he was a Managing Director of what he calls “the old JPMorgan,” John listened to a persistent inner voice and walked away in 2001 with no plan but many questions.  A few months later he experienced 9-11 firsthand.  The questions crystallized into his life’s work with the creation of the Capital Institute in 2010, where his work reflects the rising evolutionary shift in consciousness from Modern Age thinking to Integral or Unitive Age thinking.  

Capital Institute is dedicated to the bold reimagination of economics and finance in service to life. Guided by the universal patterns and principles that describe how all healthy living systems that sustain themselves in the real world actually work, and which happen to be remarkably aligned with the world’s diverse wisdom traditions.  The promise of Regenerative Economics and Finance is to unlock the profound and presently unseen potential that is the source of our future prosperity and the reason for hope in these troubled times. 

During his Wall Street career, John managed numerous capital markets and derivatives businesses around the globe and was JPMorgan’s Oversight Committee Representative that managed the rescue of Long Term Capital Management in 1998. Finally, he was Chief Investment Officer for Lab Morgan’s venture investment portfolio before retiring from the firm and walking away from Wall Street for good. 

John was featured in the 2021 award-winning documentary Going Circular and the newly released documentary Man on the Run revealing the Malaysian 1MBD scandal.  He is the co-founder of Grasslands, LLC, a board member of the Savory Institute, an advisor to numerous sustainability initiatives, and is a full member of the Club of Rome. He speaks internationally to public audiences and universities, and writes a monthly blog, The Future of Finance.  His first sole authored book is due out in 2024. 

Peter Barnes

Entrepreneur & Writer

Peter Barnes is an innovative thinker and entrepreneur whose work has focused on fixing the deep flaws of capitalism.  He co-founded several socially responsible businesses (including Working Assets and Credo Mobile), and has written, among other books, Who Owns the Sky? and Ours: The Case for Universal Property.  He lives in Point Reyes Station, California, with his wife, dog and vegetable garden. 

Jude Currivan

Co-Founder, WholeWorld-View

Dr Jude Currivan is a cosmologist, futurist, planetary healer, author, member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle, and previously a senior international business woman. She has a master’s degree in physics from Oxford University specializing in quantum physics and cosmology and a Ph.D. in archaeology researching ancient cosmologies. She has travelled to over 80 countries, worked with wisdom keepers from many traditions and is a life-long researcher into the nature of reality. She is the author of 7 books, latterly and both award-winning and best-selling The Cosmic Hologram (2017) and The Story of Gaia (2022) and is co-founder of WholeWorld-View.
Paul Hawken

Environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist

Paul Hawken starts ecological businesses, writes about nature and commerce, and consults with governments and CEOs on climatic, economic and ecological regeneration. He lives in Cascade Canyon in Northern California with nuthatches, grey fox, coyotes, pileated woodpeckers (once in a great while), and a red-shouldered hawk who visits regularly on his field mouse patrol  He has written eight books, five national and NYT bestsellers, is published in 30 languages, and his books are available in over 90 countries. His book Drawdown, The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming debuted as a NYT bestseller on 2017 and is currently in seventeen other languages. He just completed his latest work, Regeneration, Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation, published by Penguin RandomHouse, September 21stth in the US and UK. And after only one week, Regeneration hit #6 on the NYT bestseller list. Paul will send a free copy to the first person who can guess his favorite food (hint: it is definitely a plant).  

Alnoor Ladha

Co-Director, Transition Resource Circle

Alnoor’s work focuses on the intersection of political organizing, systems thinking, structural change and narrative work. He was the co-founder and Executive Director of The Rules, a global network of activists, organizers, designers, coders, researchers, writers and others focused on changing the rules that create inequality, poverty and climate change. TR started in 2012 as a time-bound project and an experiment in temporary organizational design, exploring new ways of how to work, play, and make trouble together.


Alnoor comes from a Sufi lineage and writes about the crossroads of politics and spirituality in troubled times. His work has been published in Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Truthout, Fast Company, Kosmos Journal, New Internationalist, and the Huffington Post among others. He is a board member of Culture Hack Labs, a co-operatively run advisory for social movements and progressive organizations. He is currently the co-director of Transition Resource Circle, a “temporary organizational zone” for the healing of wealth and money. He holds an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics. 

Jeremy Lent

Author, Speaker, Activist

Jeremy Lent, described by Guardian journalist George Monbiot as “one of the greatest thinkers of our age,” is an author and speaker whose work investigates the underlying causes of our civilization’s existential crisis, and explores pathways toward a life-affirming future. His award-winning book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning, examines the way humans have made meaning from the cosmos from hunter-gatherer times to the present day. His recent book, The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Universe, offers a solid foundation for an integrative worldview that could lead humanity to a sustainable, flourishing future. He is founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute and writes topical articles exploring the deeper patterns of political and cultural developments at Patterns of Meaning. Author website:

Laura Ortiz Montemayor

Chief Purpose Officer and General Partner at Regenera Ventures Fund

Laura Ortiz Montemayor is a living-systems thinker and mompreneur, founder of SVX México, passionate about Regenerative Culture, biodiversity, and an advocate for transformative Impact Investing. Her life mission is to ensure that capital serves life instead of governing it and she works shifting investment paradigms. During the past years, Laura’s work has focused on building the investment case for biodiversity regeneration, climate finance and Latin America through Investment advice and education. She is also a board member of the Mexican National Advisory Board from the GSG (AII MX) a volunteer for ALTERNARE A.C., one of the founding members of the ASEM (Mexican Association of Entrepreneurs). Both Laura and her business partner Stevie are currently launching their first fund: Regenera Ventures to invest in the regenerative transition for rural Mexico with a gender lens and a landscape approach. She has taught impact investing, climate finance and regenerative economy to over 3,000 Latin American investors and spoken about the subject in multiple countries. Befor founding SVX, she previously worked for over 8 years in wealth and asset management in BBVA and Citi Banamex.
Laura has a degree in International Business from ITESM (Tec de Monterrey) and has additional certifications on Impact Investment from Oxford University, Regenerative Entrepreneurship by UCI, Venture Capital and Private Equity Seminar of RiskMathics, Investment Management training by ANDE and Behavioral Economics by NYU.
Laura is an angel investor in Desplastifícate, and a micro investor through collective finance in 2 more social and environmental impact companies in Mexico.
Sam Pitroda

Chairman, the Pitroda Group

Sam Pitroda is an internationally respected development thinker, policy maker, telecom inventor and entrepreneur with over 55 years in Information and Communication Technology. Credited with having laid the foundation of India’s Technology and Telecommunications revolution in the 1980s Mr. Pitroda has been a leading voice in bridging the global digital divide. Sam was chairman of India’s National Knowledge Commission and Advisor to the Prime Minister of India with the rank of a cabinet minister. He was also Chairman of the National Innovation Council, Smart grid task force, Railway modernization and Public broadcast reforms. At present he is founder, investor and chairman of six startups and several nonprofit foundations. He holds over 100 patents and has published and lectured extensively in US, Europe, India and Latin America. His biography was published in 1992 and his autobiography “Dreaming Big” was published by Penguin Random House in 2015.

Santiago Siri

Coder, Founder Democracy Earth, Co-Founder Proof of Humanity

Founder of Democracy Earth Foundation, a non-profit organization backed by Y Combinator that built Universal Basic Income on Ethereum and the Proof of Humanity protocol. Executive Director of DAO Education, building educational tools for the Information Society. Author of “Hacktivismo”, published in 2015 by Random House.

Laura Storm

Founder, Regenerators

Laura is the Founder of Regenerators and has spent her entire career working in the intersection of sustainability, organizational development, climate change policy and the intelligence of nature. She has started and led multiple international organizations focused on the global transformation to sustainability – including Copenhagen Climate Council and Sustainia. She has been awarded the title “Worldchanger” by Greenbiz, named one of the 30 leading women within sustainability and regeneration by Sustainable Brands, is selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, a World Economic Forum Sustainability Expert and serves on many Boards. She runs regenerative transformation processes on Regenerators Academy for individuals and organisations and is the co-author of the much-praised book Regenerative Leadership – the DNA of life-affirming 21st century organisations. 

Halla Tómasdóttir

CEO of The B Team

Halla Tómasdóttir is the CEO of The B Team, a group of courageous  business and civil society leaders working together to transform business for a better world. Halla started her leadership career in corporate America working for Mars and Pepsi Cola. She was on the founding team of Reykjavík University where she established the Executive Education Department, founded and led a successful women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment initiative and was an assistant professor at the Business School. She was the first female CEO of the Iceland Chamber of Commerce and later went on to co-found an investment firm with the vision to incorporate feminine values into finance. The company successfully survived the infamous economic meltdown in Iceland. In 2016 Halla was an independent candidate for the President of Iceland. She entered a crowded field of candidates and finished as the runner-up with nearly 30 percent of the vote.

Daniel Christian Wahl

Transformative Innovation, Whole Systems Design, Consultancy, Futures, author of 'Designing Regenerative Cultures'

Daniel Christian Wahl originally trained as a biologist, and holds degrees in Biology (BSc. Hons., Univ. of Edinburgh), Holistic Science (MSc.,Schumacher College) and Natural Design (PhD., Univ. of Dundee). He was the director of Findhorn College between 2007 and 2010, is a member of the International Futures Forum and H3Uni, an advocation partner of r3.0, and on the advisory councils of Ecosystems Restoration Camps, Commonland, the Ojai Foundation, the Systems Change Alliance and the Overview Institute of Australia, as well as, a Findhorn Foundation Fellow. and a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle. Daniel lives on Majorca where he helped to set up SMART UIB and works locally and internationally as a consultant, educator and activist. Among his clients have been Ecover, Forum for the Future, Camper, Balears.t, Save the Med, Lush, UNITAR, UK Foresight, Future Stewards,  and many universities and N.G.O.s. He served on the academic working group of the Global Ecovillage Network and has been linked to GEN for almost 20 years. Daniel has worked closely with Gaia Education sine 2007 and contributed to the development of their Design for Sustainability online course and co-authored the current versions of all four dimensions of the curriculum. He also wrote the content and developed the concept of Gaia Education’s SDGs Flashcards which with the support of UNESCO are now translated into 7 languages. Daniel teaches regularly on the MAs in Ecological Design Thinking  and Regenerative Economics at Schumacher College. His 2016 book ‘Designing Regenerative Cultures’ has quickly gained international acclaim. It has been published by now in English, Brazilian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian editions with the German version arriving in mid-2022. Daniel’s  Blog on Medium is followed by over 24k people and his social media advocacy has a combined audience of over 680k people around the world. In 2021 the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacture and Commerce – founded in 1754 – awarded Daniel with the Bicentenary Medal for “an outstanding and demonstrable contribution, through … design practice, towards an equitable and regenerative world.”

Mary Evelyn Tucker

Co-Director, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology

Mary Evelyn Tucker teaches at Yale University at the School of the Environment and the Divinity School. She is co-director with John Grim of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology. With Grim she organized 10 conferences on World Religions and Ecology at Harvard. They were series editors for the 10 resulting volumes from Harvard. She co-edited Confucianism and Ecology, Buddhism and Ecology, and Hinduism and Ecology. She has authored with Grim, Ecology and Religion (Island Press, 2014). They also edited Thomas Berry’s books, including Selected Writings (Orbis 2014). Tucker and Grim published Thomas Berry: A Biography (Columbia University Press, 2019).

With Brian Thomas Swimme, Tucker and Grim created a multi-media project Journey of the Universe that includes a book (Yale, 2011), an Emmy Award winning film, a series of podcast Conversations, and free online courses from Yale/Coursera 

Tucker was a member of the Earth Charter Drafting committee and the International Earth Charter Council. She won the Inspiring Yale Teaching Award in 2015 and has been awarded 5 honorary degrees. With John Grim she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture. 

Janine Benyus

Co-founder Biomimicry 3.8 and The Biomimicry Institute

Twenty-five years ago, Janine Benyus introduced the world to the concept of learning from and emulating nature’s designs in her groundbreaking book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. Since then, she and her teams have worked to transform Biomimicry into a solution-seeking discipline, complete with methodology, open access research tools, academic education degrees, professional certification, and ethical codes of conduct. Today, thousands of biomimics, including those at her own consulting firm (Biomimicry 3.8), non-profit (Biomimicry Institute), and university center (The Biomimicry Center at Arizona State University), are applying nature’s time-tested designs to the redesign of energy systems, agriculture, city planning, building, manufacturing, product design, chemical and structural engineering, finance, organizational development, and more. Worldwide, nature’s 3.8 billion years of brilliant ideas are helping innovators and decision-makers do what is inherently sustainable: create conditions conducive to life.

Tre' Cates


Consulting with organizations in a variety of industries across 6 continents and 35 countries, Tré has proven to be indispensable in designing, developing, and implementing an organization’s purpose for the future. His industry experience is very diverse from the development of faith-based community organizations, a publicly-traded technology company, to a multinational organization working in 20+ countries. Tré has a BA in Philosophy from Ouachita Baptist University and a MA in Theology from Southwestern seminary. 

Lorna Davis

Speaker, Coach. Board Member, &

Former CEO of Danone North America

Lorna Davis is a Business Leader, Coach & Wildlife Conservation Activist committed to helping leaders incorporate social, environmental and financial priorities into their business performance. For more than 20 years, Lorna served as president of multinational consumer goods companies, including Danone, Kraft and Mondelez. 

Lorna serves on the board of a number of organizations that are committed to having a meaningful purpose and is a member of the Social Mission Board of Seventh Generation, the Advisory Board of Radical Impact, the Integrity Board of Sir Kensington and the board of Guayaki.

Lorna is currently based in New York City, where she is a speaker and coach.

Rob Johnson

Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking

Rob Johnson is the President of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), which he co-founded with George Soros, William Janeway, and James Balsillie in 2009. From the outset, the founders envisioned INET as a globally engaged network that could lead the evolution of economic thought toward the interest of people and the planet. For over a decade Johnson has convened global initiatives with the greatest economic minds of our time, including conferences around the world, from Bretton Woods to Hong Kong; the Commission on Global Economic Transformation, in partnership with academics, business leaders, policymakers, and NGOs; the Young Scholars Initiative; new economic thinking curricula and online courses with leading scholars like Michael Sandel and Perry Mehrling; and groundbreaking research projects that challenge economic orthodoxy.

In 2020, when the world was at the onset of the COVID 19 pandemic, Johnson and the Institute for New Economic Thinking opened up a new channel, bringing leading thinkers to the table on his podcast/videocast, “Economics and Beyond with Rob Johnson.” The podcast draws on the expertise of the Commission on Global Economic Transformation, Nobel laureates, and economic experts associated with INET and beyond. Discussion topics range broadly, from the latest economic ideas, to the climate crisis and the pandemic, to the impact of music and the arts on public policy.

Johnson has also been an international investor and consultant to investment funds and philanthropic institutions on issues of strategy. He sits on the board of directors of both the Economic Policy Institute and the Campaign for America’s Future, serves on the external advisory council of Princeton University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and is the former President of the National Scholastic Chess Foundation. He served on the United Nations Commission of Experts on International Monetary Reform under the Chairmanship of Joseph Stiglitz, and has also taught as an adjunct professor at the Union Theological Seminary and at SIPA at Columbia University

Previously, Johnson was a Managing Director at Soros Fund Management where he managed a global currency, bond, and equity portfolio specializing in emerging markets. His focus was on emerging Asia with a particular focus on the development of China. Johnson has been a participant in many forums in China and is a frequent attendee of the China Development Forum in Beijing. Johnson began his private-sector career at Bankers Trust Company as a macro strategist and portfolio manager focused on the financial strategies of intra-European currency trading. At Soros Fund Management, Johnson was also a part of the famous team of speculators that broke the Bank of England in 1992, forcing the British pound out of the ERM.

Johnson served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee under the leadership of Chairman William Proxmire (D – Wisconsin) at the time of the 1987 stock market crash and the savings and loan crisis. Before this, he was Senior Economist of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee under the leadership of Chairman Pete Domenici (R – New Mexico).

Johnson is also a documentary film producer, whose credits include Amazing Grace (directed by Alan Elliott), the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side (directed by Alex Gibney), and Money-Driven Medicine (directed by Andrew Fredericks).

Related to his work as a documentary film producer are his ongoing efforts to bring technical economic issues to a wider and more general public by supporting the creation of economics courses, such as The Economics of Money & Banking, by Perry Mehrling, and fostering a cooperation agreement between the Pontifical foundation Scholas Occurrentes and the INET’s Commission on Global Economic Transformation.

Johnson also founded and ran a music organization under the name of Bottled Majic Music that made blues and roots music recordings on the Rooster Blues and Okra-Tone labels and evolved into music artist management and music documentary film production.

Johnson received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Princeton University and a B.S. in both Electrical Engineering and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Silvia Lagnado

Sustainable Growth Officer at Natura & Co

Silvia Lagnado is currently Sustainable Growth Officer at Natura & Co. Prior to working at Natura & Co, Silvia has held a number of executive roles including:  Corporate Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer of McDonald’s Corporation, Chief Marketing Officer of Bacardi Limited, Executive Vice-President at Savoury and Senior Vice-President for Dove, where she oversaw the highly successful and award winning “Campaign for Real Beauty”.  

Hunter Lovins

President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions

L. Hunter Lovins is the President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS), a non-profit formed in 2002 in Longmont, CO. A renowned author and champion of sustainable development for over 35 years, Hunter has consulted on regenerative business, economic development, sustainable agriculture, energy, water, security, and climate policies for scores of governments, communities, and companies worldwide. Within the United States, she has consulted for heads of state, departments of defense, energy agencies and hundreds of state and local agencies. 

Hunter believes that citizens, communities and companies, working together within the market context, are the most dynamic problem-solving force on the planet.  She has devoted herself to building teams that can create and implement practical and affordable solutions to the problems facing us in creating a sustainable future. 

Hunter has co‐authored sixteen books and hundreds of articles. Her book, Natural Capitalism, Won the Shingo Prize. It has been translated into a more than three dozen languages and summarized in Harvard Business Review. Its sequel, The Way Out: Kickstarting Capitalism To Save Our Economic Ass, won the Atlas Award. Her book, Creating a Lean and Green Business System again won the Shingo Prize. Her latest book, A Finer Future: Creating an Economy in Service to Life won the Nautilus Award. 

Hunter has taught at numerous universities around the world. Currently a founding professor of Sustainable Management at Bard MBA, she was named a Master at the Chinese De Tao Academy, where she helped launch the Institute for Green Investment in Shanghai. She also teaches at Fordham University. 

Lovins has consulted for scores of industries and governments worldwide, including International Finance Corporation, KPMG, Unilever, Walmart, the United Nations and Royal Dutch Shell, as well as such sustainability champions as Interface, Patagonia and Clif Bar. 

Hunter lectures regularly to audiences around the globe, and has briefed senior officials in more than 30 countries. She has worked in economic development from Afghanistan to New Zealand, and served the King of Bhutan on his International Expert Working Group, charged with reinventing the global economy. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Club of Rome, the steering committee of the Alliance for Sustainability And Prosperity, and Capital Institute’s Advisory Board. A founding mentor of the Unreasonable Institute, Hunter teaches entrepreneurship and coaches social enterprises around the world. She is also a founding partner in Change Finance, an impact-investing firm. Hunter has won dozens of awards from the Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel), Leadership in Business, The Rachel Carson Award, and the European Sustainability Pioneer award. Time Magazine recognized her as a Millennium Hero for the Planet, and Newsweek called her the Green Business Icon. 

Amit Pradhan

executive chairman, rainfall

Amit is a well-known entrepreneur, investor, and speaker in the A.I. & Blockchain world and is deeply involved in using exponential technologies for good. He is a Responsible Leader at the BMW Foundation, President at Silicon Valley Blockchain Society, G. P. at JetVentures, and Board Member at Norwegian Refugee Council.

Allan Savory

President and Co-founder of the Savory Institute

Allan Savory, born in Zimbabwe and educated in South Africa (University of Natal, BS in Zoology and Botany) pursued an early career as a research biologist and game ranger in the British Colonial Service of what was then Northern Rhodesia (today Zambia) and later as a farmer and game rancher in Zimbabwe.

In the 1960s he made a significant breakthrough in understanding what was causing the degradation and desertification of the world’s grassland ecosystems and, as a resource management consultant, worked with numerous managers on four continents to develop sustainable solutions.

He served as a Member of Parliament in the latter days of Zimbabwe’s civil war and became the leader of the opposition to the ruling party headed by Ian Smith. Exiled in 1979 as a result of his opposition, he immigrated to the United States, where he continued to work with land managers through his consulting business. The growth of that business, a desire to assist many more people and the need for furthering his work led him to continue its development in the nonprofit world. In 1992 Savory and his wife, Jody Butterfield, formed a non-profit organization in Zimbabwe, the Africa Centre for Holistic Management, donating a ranch that would serve as a learning site for people all over Africa. In 2009Savory, Butterfield, and a group of colleagues co-founded the Savory Institute in Boulder, Colorado to serve the world through an international network of entrepreneurial innovators and leaders committed to serving their regions with the highest standards of Holistic Management training and implementation support. The Africa Centre became the first of the Savory Institute’s locally led and managed “hubs.”

Savory’s book, Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision-Making (Island Press, 1999), describes his effort to find workable solutions ordinary people could implement to overcome many of the problems besetting communities and businesses today.

In 2003, Allan Savory received Australia’s International Banksia Award “for the person or organization doing the most for the environment on a global scale,” and in 2010 Savory (and the Africa Centre) received the Buckminster Fuller Institute’s Challenge award for work that has “significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems.” A TED talk Savory gave in 2013 has received over 3.4 million views and in 2014 was voted one of the 50 most intriguing TED talks of all time. The Savory Institute is one of 11 finalists in the Virgin Earth Challenge, a $25 million initiative for the successful commercialization of ways of taking greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere and keeping them out with no countervailing impacts.

Jeff Su

Managing Director, nRhythm

Dr. Jeffrey Su has led a diverse and international career as an ecologist, CEO, entrepreneur, consultant and psychotherapist in the USA, Australia, Europe, and Africa. Throughout his career Jeff has applied living systems thinking and holistic approaches to help organizations address the most pressing environmental and social issues of our time. Jeff applies systems thinking to his own life experience and development through a dedicated Buddhist practice. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Science, a graduate degree in Holistic Psychology and is a David H. Smith Conservation Science Fellow.

Peter Victor


Peter A. Victor is a Professor Emeritus at York University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from UBC in 1971 and has worked for over 50 years in Canada and abroad on economy and environment as an academic, consultant and public servant. His work on ecological economics has been recognized through the award of the Molson Prize in the Social Sciences by the Canada Council for the Arts in 2011, the Boulding Memorial Prize from the International Society for Ecological Economics in 2014, and election to the Royal Society of Canada in 2015.
Peter was the founding president of the Canadian Society of Ecological Economics and is a past-president of the Royal Canadian Institute for Science. Prior to becoming Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in 1996 he was Assistant Deputy Minister for the Environmental Science and Standards Division in the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Currently Peter is a member of the Honorary Board of the David Suzuki Foundation, the Chair of the Science Advisory Committee of the Footprint Data Foundation and has served on many advisory boards in the public and private sectors.
Peter maintains an active research program as a co-investigator in the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity and through the Ecological Footprint Initiative at York University. His next book, Escape from Overshoot: The Economics of a Planet in Peril, will be published in early 2023.
Tyson Yunkaporta

Aboriginal scholar, founder of the Indigenous Knowledge Systems Lab, & author of Sand Talk

Tyson Yunkaporta is an Aboriginal scholar, founder of the Indigenous Knowledge Systems Lab at Deakin University in Melbourne, and author of Sand Talk. His work focuses on applying Indigenous methods of inquiry to resolve complex issues and explore global crises.

Nora Bateson

President of the International Bateson Institute

Nora Bateson is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and educator, as well as President of the International Bateson Institute, based in Sweden. Her work asks the question “How we can improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?”. An international lecturer, researcher and writer, Nora wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary, An Ecology of Mind, a portrait of her father, Gregory Bateson. Her work brings the fields of biology, cognition, art, anthropology, psychology, and information technology together into a study of the patterns in ecology of living systems. Her book, Small Arcs of Larger Circles, released by Triarchy Press, UK, 2016 is a revolutionary personal approach to the study of systems and complexity.


The IBI integrates the sciences, arts and professional knowledge to create a qualitative inquiry of the integration of life. As President, Nora directs research projects at the IBI that require multiple contexts of research and interdependent processes. Asking, “How can we create a context in which to study the contexts?”, an impressive team of international thinkers, scientists and artists have been brought together by the IBI to generate an innovative form of inquiry, which Nora coined “Transcontextual Research”.

As an educator she has developed curricula for schools in Northern California and produced and directed award winning multimedia projects on intercultural and ecological understanding. Her work, which has been presented at the world’s top universities, is described as “offering audiences a lens through which to see the world that effects not only the way we see, but also the way we think”. Nora’s work in facilitating cross-disciplinary discussions is part of her research into what she calls “the ecology of the conversation”. Her speaking engagements include keynote addresses and lectures at international conferences and universities on a wide range of topics that span the fields of anti-fascism, ecology, education, the arts, family therapy, leadership, and many more aspects of advocacy for living systems — she travels between conversations in different fields bringing multiple perspectives into view to reveal larger patterns.

Memberships and awards: Chairman International Bateson Institute, Associate of The Taos Institute, Board Member: Human Systems Journal of Systemic Practice, Tallberg Foundation, Fellow of Lindsifarne Foundation, Bateson Idea Group (BIG), Club of Rome, Great Transition Foundation, Human Potential Foundation, Awards: Sustainable Thompkins Ecology Award, Winner Spokane Film Festival, Winner Santa Cruz Film Festival, Media Ecology Award.

Katherine Collins

Head of Sustainable Investing at Putnam Investments

Katherine Collins is the first Head of Sustainable Investing at Putnam Investments and Founder of Honeybee Capital, the precursor to Honeybee Capital Foundation. 

After many years serving as head of research and portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments, Katherine set out to re-integrate her investment philosophy with the broader world, traveling as a pilgrim and volunteer, earning her MTS degree at Harvard Divinity School, and studying biomimicry and the natural world as guides for investing in an integrated, regenerative way, beneficial to our communities and our planet. Katherine is author of The Nature of Investing, and her closest neighbors in Massachusetts are several thousand honeybees. 

Daniella Ibarra Howell

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of The Savory Institute

Daniela is the co-founder and CEO of the Savory Institute and has led the design and implementation of Savory Institute’s global impact strategy to tackle desertification and climate change.  She is the Chair of the Europe-based  Savory Foundation, dedicated to designing innovative investment models to attract and deploy capital in large-scale regenerative projects globally. She is the Chair of Savory’s Land to Market, the world’s first outcomes-based verified regenerative sourcing solution for raw materials, such as meat, dairy, leather and wool.
With degrees in Agronomy, natural resource economics, conflict resolution, Holistic Management and systems innovation, and with 30+ years of hands-on experience in regenerative land management, she is a global leader in the design and implementation of effective solutions at the intersection of agriculture and climate change. She holds board or advisory positions with the 4 per 1000 Initiative, Club of Rome, Global Evergreening Alliance, the UN Global Sustainable Livestock Coalition, Ashoka Bioregional Weaving Labs, Slow Money, and Business of Fashion among others. In 2018, she received the “Top Conscious Business Leaders Award” from Conscious Company in the Global Impact Thinker category. Daniela has two daughters, Savanna and Mia.
Alfa Demmellash

CEO & Co-Founder, Rising Tide Capital and Co-Founder, Future Tide Partners

Born and raised in Ethiopia, Alfa lives in New Jersey with her husband and two boys. She is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Rising Tide Capital, a non-profit organization that provides underserved entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch and grow successful businesses. Since 2005 the organization has operated the Community Business Academy, a 12-week course that provides intensive business management training coupled with year-round coaching and mentorship, now serving a network of more than 3,000 entrepreneurs in New Jersey as well as Illinois, South Carolina and North Carolina, with more in planning stages. Corporate, foundation, and government funders underwrite the cost of tuition and services for all participants; 70% are women of color. By building successful businesses, entrepreneurs meet their families’ basic needs, create opportunities for social mobility, and help transform their local communities into thriving economies.

Alfa is also the Co-Founder of Future Tide Partners, which equips cross-sector leaders to shift capital, policy and culture in a rapidly changing world of work towards an inclusive, flourishing future economy. She was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2015 and has appeared in leading media outlets including CNN, O the Oprah Magazine, Essence Magazine, Bloomberg, Inc. Magazine, the Suze Orman show, BusinessWeek and Entrepreneur Magazine. She has been recognized by President Barack Obama; received the prestigious 25th Heinz Award in the Technology, the Economy and Employment category; and was named a CNN Hero and one of the Most Powerful Women Changing the World in Forbes. She currently serves as a Commissioner on the New Jersey Future of Work Task Force and is a board member of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund

Colin le Duc

Founding Partner, Generation Investment Management

Colin le Duc is a Founding Partner of Generation Investment Management, a founding member of the Growth Equity strategy and a member of the Just Climate management committee.  He is also Head of Generation’s San Francisco office.  Previously, Colin worked for Sustainable Asset Management in Zurich, Arthur D. Little in London and Total in Paris.
Colin received a BSc in International Management and Modern Languages from the University of Bath in the UK.  He has lived in nine countries across four continents.  Colin serves on the boards of the non-profit organisations NatureBridge and Ocean Conservancy.
Daniel Martin

Teacher and Principal Creator of Mindfulness Dialogue

Danny Martin is a theologian with an emphasis in Ecology. He is a principal creator of Mindfulness-Dialogue which has been used, worldwide, by groups and organizations to assist in leadership development, team building, program development, and cultural enhancement.

In 1973 Danny brought Dialogue to his work as a Catholic priest in Kenya. In 1981 he attained his Licentiate in theology at the Gregorian University in Rome. When he left Kenya in 1984, he continued to develop Dialogue as a Religious Advisor to the United Nations Environment Program. In this role, he helped create a process to engage the religions of the world through an initiative called The Environmental Sabbath. In 1986, under the mentorship of Dr. Thomas Berry, a pioneering Cosmologist, Danny earned his doctorate in Theology from Fordham University. Having left the priesthood in 1990 Danny became the Director of The Global Institute at Wainwright House, in Rye New York. While there he received a grant from Laurance Rockefeller to travel several continents engaging local environmental and religious leaders to create an Earth Charter. The Charter was presented in 1992 at the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In 1994 Danny established Cross River Connections where he continued to deepen the art of Dialogue by integrating the practice of mindfulness into an integral method known today as Mindfulness-Dialogue. He has brought this method to institutions such as the CDC, American Heart Association, Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies and Jefferson Memorial Hospital.

Danny was a founding member of many environmental initiatives such as Sound Waters, in CT, Greenbelt Safaris with Wangari Maathai in Kenya, and Conversations for Action, in Bedford NY, which has since become Bedford 2030. Danny continues to bring his work to programs such as The Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue at Iona College where he is also animator of the Thomas Merton Initiative. He serves as a consultant at institutions such as Greenwich Academy, Greenwich Psychotherapy and Associates, Talmadge Hill Community Church, Katonah Meditation Group, the Leatherman’s Loop and Creative Conversations.

Danny lives his life as a student of poetry, music and language. Wherever Danny lived, he immersed himself in the culture by learning the language: Gaelic, French, Swahili, Kikamba, Italian and ‘American’. Danny grew up in Belfast, Ireland and resides in Cross River, New York with his wife, Ann D’Elia.

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Alex Pryor

Co-founder of Guayaki

Alex Pryor, married for over 22 years and father of five. CoFounder and board member of Guayaki Yerba Mate SPC. 25 years experience with Indigenous Ancestral Knowldege, International Business, Food Science and Natural Resource Management in Agroecology. Currently promotes Life Regenerating Businesses models such as Guayaki in order to value Ecosystem, Economic and Cultural Interdependence on a local, regional and global level. Born and raised in Argentina witnessing the causes and consequences of deforestation. Coauthor in the Science Panel for the Amazonia Chairman of the board at The Guayaki Foundation, former board member of Fundacion Vida Silvestre Argentina (WWF partner), President of Fundacion Agroecologica Iguazu ( Argentina). 

Bill Reed

Regenesis Group

Bill is an internationally recognized planning consultant, design process facilitator, lecturer, teacher, and author in sustainability and regeneration. He is a principal of Regenesis, Inc. – a regenerative design, living systems integrator, and education organization. His work centers on creating the framework for and managing an integrative, whole and living system design process. This work is known as Regenerative Development. The objective: to improve the overall quality of the physical, social and spiritual life of our living places and therefore the planet. The more immediate benefits of this process include higher efficiency, lower costs, reduced waste, faster time to market, and the realization of exponential value to the social, ecological, financial and human qualities of a project, the community and its ecosystem.

An author of many technical articles and contributor to multiple books including co-authorship of the seminal work, “Integrative Design Guide to Green Building”; he is a founding Board of Director of the US Green Building Council and one of the co-founders of the LEED Green Building Rating System. In addition to being considered one of the leading thinkers in this field, Bill has also consulted on over two hundred green design commissions – buildings and city master plans.  He is also a keynote speaker at major building and design events as well as a guest lecturer to universities throughout Europe, North America, and Oceania including Harvard, MIT, Princeton, and UPenn.

Vincent Stanley

Director of Philosophy Patagonia Inc.

Vincent Stanley, co-author with Yvon Chouinard of The Responsible Company, has been with Patagonia on and off since its beginning in 1973, for many of those years in key roles as head of sales or marketing. More informally, he is Patagonia’s long-time chief storyteller. Vincent helped develop the Footprint Chronicles, the company’s interactive website that outlines the social and environmental impact of its products; the Common Threads Partnership (precursor of Worn Wear); and Patagonia Books. He currently serves as Patagonia company philosopher and is a resident fellow at the Yale Center for Business and Environment. He is also a poet whose work has appeared in Best American Poetry. He and his wife, the writer Nora Gallagher, live in Santa Barbara. 

Katherine Trebeck

Co-founder of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance

Katherine is co-founder and Strategic Advocacy Advisor of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and co-founder of WEAll Scotland. She held various roles with Oxfam GB and instigated the Wellbeing Economy Governments partnership. Katherine sits on several advisory groups, including The Democracy Collaborative and CUSP. Katherine holds a Political Science PhD from ANU and is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde and a Distinguished Fellow of the Schumacher Institute. Her book The Economics of Arrival: Ideas for a Grown Up Economy (co-authored with Jeremy Williams) was published in 2019. 

Sandy Wiggins

Co-founder and Chief Learning Officer, Future Tide Partners

Sandy is a co-founder and Chief Learning Officer of Future Tide Partners, a field building collaborative focused on equipping individuals and institutions to shift consciousness, culture, policy and capital toward an inclusive and flourishing future. He is a lifelong student of Eastern, Western, and indigenous spiritual traditions and is dedicated to supporting transformational development as the pathway to an equitable, sustainable, and abundant future.  He is certified as an Integrative Breathwork Practitioner and Psycho-Spiritual Facilitator by the Global Professional Breathwork Alliance and is a member of the International Breathwork Foundation and is a certified meditation teacher. He facilitates breathwork with individuals and groups around the globe, and designs and facilitates experiential workshops, communities of practice and retreats focused on personal transformation, equitable economies, environmental sustainability and culture change. Trained in Integrative Breathwork, Holotropic Breathwork, Therapeutic Breathwork, and Coherent Breathing, Sandy has also studied, practiced, and taught numerous meditation and transformational techniques over 45 years.
Following a two-decade career as a real estate and construction executive and an epiphany regarding the destructive impacts of that industry, Sandy became a central figure in the U.S.’s green building movement.  In 2004, he launched Consilience LLC, a consultancy with a mission to foster environmentally, socially and economically sustainable communities.  Through Consilience, his skillful facilitation has given birth to sustainability plans for municipalities and institutions, regional public policy initiatives and sustainable economic development plans across the U.S.
Sandy also previously served as Sr. Advisor to RSF Social Finance where he focused on RSF’s field building activity in emergent systems.  He founded and facilitated the RSF/BALLE joint Local Economy Foundation Circle, a community of practice that supports leaders of philanthropies who are working to transition their endowments to mission-aligned investments.  He also launched RSF’s Conscious Finance initiative, which focused on the power of inner transformation as the means to alter the way that money works in the world.
Sandy served for a decade as Chair of BALLE (now Common Future).  He is also Past Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, and Founding Chair of Green Business Certification Inc.

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This course is centered on how the eight principles of a regenerative vitality can be used to build a vibrant and self-sustaining economy that is in service to all life.

About the capital institute

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.

Meet the Team:

This course is a collaborative effort between Capital Institute and RegenDesigners. Together we intend to activate the transformation of economics and finance into alignment with the patterns and principles of living systems.

Meet the team bringing this course to life:

Tomas Allende

Marissa Dean

John Fullerton

Cloe Galasso

Alexandra Groome Klement

Ernesto van Peborgh

Traci Wallace

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