Drawing on Nature’s Design for Regenerative Economies

John Fullerton

Drawing on Nature’s Design for Regenerative Economies

Filmed on October 24, 2014, at “Gain: AIGA Design and Business Conference

About this video

The economic system we’ve collectively designed is driven by a financial discipline that requires continuous extraction from the earth’s fragile ecosystem. As our global economy has grown it has begun to undermine the health of the very ecosystem upon which it depends. We need to abandon our current dangerously outdated worldview which is misaligned with our latest scientific understanding of how the universe works. Its critical failure is that it fails to acknowledge that the human economy is embedded in the ecosystem not separate from it. We must embrace a new living systems worldview and transform our economic system using the principles of regenerative design. Through these changes we can become an economy that operates within the constraints of the ecosystem and with a more holistic expansive definition of wealth. In this presentation Fullerton explores the principles of a regenerative economy and share solutions that are currently being applied.

Speaker bio

John Fullertonis the founder and president of Capital Institute “a collaborative working to explore and effect the economic transition to a more just regenerative and thus sustainable way of living on this earth through the transformation of finance.” 

Before 2001 Fullerton was a managing director of JPMorgan where he worked for more than 18 years. He then shifted his focus to private investments and was LabMorgan’s chief investment officer through the merger with Chase Manhattan. Following JPMorgan and after experiencing 9/11 firsthand Fullerton embarked on more entrepreneurial ventures as an impact investor while engaging in extensive study of interconnected systemic crises. This eventually led to the founding of Capital Institute which launched in 2010. 

Fullerton writes the Future of Finance blog which is syndicated on platforms including The Guardian and The Huffington Post. He has appeared on Frontline and been interviewed for TheNew York Times Bloomberg The Wall Street Journal Barron’s Think Progress and Terrence McNally’s Free Forum radio showFullerton received a B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University.