With the regular weekly ReFi Roundup on pause, let's take a moment to look back at some of the top ReFi news and content covered so far this year...
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Standing Strong in the Valley of Despair 🦾
As we catapult through 2023, we have already seen some amazing developments and ideas shared in the ever-inspiring Regenerative Finance (ReFi) ecosystem. And yet, as the chill of the bear market sets in, and project runways wear thin, do we find ourselves peering into the depths of the 'Valley of Despair'?
But, in the darkness of this valley, an opportunity glimmers, beckoning resilient regens to rally, build, and transform into a dynamic stage of rebirth and regeneration. As we look towards the future of ReFi, let's take a moment to look back at some of the key moments and content of the year so far...
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ReFi Roundup 2022 - The Year of Regenerative Finance!
In 2022 the ReFi movement underwent a remarkable transformation. It went from a small niche in Web3 that brought carbon credits on-chain, to becoming a widespread and holistic movement seeking to integrate regenerative values across a whole variety of sectors. From Regen Network's foundations to KlimaDAO and Toucan Protocol bringing over 20 million carbon credits on-chain, to Ethereum's infamous 'Merge'. A lot happened!
Check out the full article for a detailed recap on the origins and timeline of Web3 x Regeneration! Read more and collect on Mirror 👇
ReFi Villages: Web3-Enabled Communities for People and Planet 🌱 🛖
Eco-villages have been around since the 1960s, providing a model for how communities can live in harmony with the earth. Yet they often face huge difficulties in management, governance, and coordination. Regenerative villages take a more integrated approach with sustainable modern technologies and economic systems to create resiliency and better standards of living. Taking this a step further, this article coined the idea of ReFi Villages - the next evolution of eco-community living. It highlights the potential of Web3 and digital technology to solve some of the issues faced by eco-villages of the past and provide the infrastructure to scale and grow regenerative communities all over the world...
Explore their potential and join the movement to create a sustainable and regenerative future! Read more and collect on Mirror 👇
A Common Framework for ReFi | EBF Activator x ReFi DAO 🌱
Monty Merlin Bryant | May 13, 2023
How do we truly define ReFi or Regeneration? And how can we assess and compare various projects in this space? This article delves into these critical questions and more, exploring how a shared understanding of ReFi can foster global progress. It takes a closer look at innovative concepts like the Ecological Benefits Framework (EBF), an initiative that goes beyond carbon-centric models to encompass a holistic understanding of ecological benefits including air, water, soil, justice, and biodiversity.
Read more below & join the ReFi Rabbit Hole working group to help collaboratively answer the question of 'What is ReFi'? 👇
Rounding up the Roundups! 🔃
A new framework for Integrating Justice into the Global Commons 🙌
Shauna Butterly | Jan 28, 2023
The Global Commons Alliance's Earth Commission developed a new framework to integrate justice into the management of global commons, combining social and ecological thinking. This "Safe and Just Earth System Boundaries" framework aims to create a more sustainable and equitable world.
Read more about this revolutionary scientific breakthrough in the world of environmental stewardship👇
Unlocking Natural Capital
Designing systems and technologies that connect effectively with people and nature is no easy task. How might we scale natural capital with Web3 & ReFi? What if indigenous peoples are the key?
Read more about accelerating investment in natural capital through the ReFi movement 👇
Where to start in ReFi? 🤔
Phaedrus | Feb 13, 2023
Ready to dive into the world of ReFi? 🌍 Whether you're a beginner or want to spread the word, finding the right resources can be a challenge. Worry no longer, this article has got you covered!
Discover new 101 resources to the world of ReFi 👇
The Future of Distributed MRV 🔭 📱
Adam French | Feb 20, 2023
Discover the game-changers shaping the future of carbon credits and impact markets. Explore innovative projects in Digital Measurement, Reporting & Verification (dMRV) that are overcoming challenges and paving the way for climate change mitigation. Exciting times lie ahead in 2023 as we unlock the true potential of dMRV. Where will this revolutionary technology lead us? Get ready to find out! 🚀 👇
Earthquake donations for Turkey & Syria, and diversity's role in combating climate change
Tereza Bízková | Feb 27, 2023
⚠️ Crypto donations provide fast and traceable support during natural disasters like the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, where over $5.9 million was raised! To ensure funds reach those in need securely, blockchain-enabled funding and trusted platforms like The Giving Block play a crucial role!
Read the full scope and role of crypto donations during this tragedy 👇
ETHDenver and ReFi Nation!
Susana González | Mar 6, 2023
ETHDenver is one of the most hotly awaited events in the Web3 space, and this year, the Regenerative Finance community showed up in force! Highlights included the unveiling of ReFi DAO's vision of a network state to regenerate the earth—rooted in local startup communities around the world.
Check out other highlights from leaders of the ReFi movement 👇
Next-level carbon markets with ReFi?
Raam | Mar 20, 2023
While new technologies aren't a cure-all, the World Economic Forum paper "Recommendations for the Digital Voluntary and Regulated Carbon Markets" provides a comprehensive view of digital carbon market challenges and opportunities for blockchain-based approaches to enhance reach, credibility, and scalability.
Read the full article and take action now and be a catalyst for change 🍃 👇
Buckle up and understand how to add ReFi to the crisis cocktail.
Scott Morris | Mar 27, 2023
How can we ditch fragile financial monocultures? Embrace economic diversity and resilience. Empower communities through alternative economics and permaculture-inspired solutions. Check out these inspiring examples of rethinking money and value within communities 👇
Beyond Financial Capitalism - ReFi & The Commons 🤲
Maya Dentzel | Apr 3, 2023
Financial capitalism, characterized by constant expansion and extraction, has created a crisis with bank collapses and negative impacts on communities, the environment, and mental health. However, a shift towards digital commons and values-driven design principles, supported by blockchain infrastructure, can challenge the existing system and prioritize regeneration, climate justice, and community empowerment.
Read the full article on Regenerative Finance vs Financial Capitalism 👇
Unleash the potential of diversity and inclusivity in ReFi's quest for a thriving Web3 landscape.
Esther Val | Apr 11, 2023
As we navigate the challenges of climate change and social injustice, it is crucial to prioritize collaboration and equity. By challenging traditional power structures, empowering marginalized communities, and fostering inclusive dialogue, we can create positive change for all. Learn from insightful voices like Tre' Cates and Aimara García Cabezas, who emphasize the need for regenerative firms and increased representation of minorities in Web3.
Explore the full article to delve deeper into this transformative journey 🚀 👇
Let's pay attention to the South
Susana González | Apr 17, 2023
Are you ready to explore the transformative power of ReFi in the Global South? From empowering local economies to addressing language barriers, there are countless ways Web3 can make a difference. Discover how Web3 adoption is levelling the playing field, combating inflation, and fostering financial inclusion. Learn about initiatives that empower communities and bridge the gap between small businesses and investors. Join the movement for diversity, inclusion, and open dialogue.
Find out more in the full article 👇
Shifting paradigms with ReFi 🌌
Gabriel Orrego | Apr 24, 2023
Regenerating the earth requires more than just new technology and financial instruments, it requires a shift in our economic values, practices, and collective consciousness. By adopting regenerative and collaborative practices, individuals can actively contribute to creating a sustainable and equitable future, fostering a shift towards a new economy that prioritizes positive impact.
Read more about the collective shift 👇
Fuelling a Regen Renaissance
Monty Merlin Bryant | May 8, 2023
How can we make sure that ReFi actually holds up to this promise? How can we make sure we are not just redesigning the same extractive systems but on Web3 rails? How can we build strength, resiliency, and lasting positive impact for generations to come? —> The Medici Effect 🏰
By breaking free from entrenched specialist fields and converging disciplines, groundbreaking ideas can emerge, enabling us to see the forest beyond individual trees and drive revolutionary change.
Learn more about the Medici Effect 👇
Time for the Re-Generation 🌱 ✊
Cate | May 23, 2023
We face the challenge of averting environmental and societal collapse but also have a unique opportunity to design new structures. Generation Z holds the key to this transition, but creating inclusive pathways into ReFi is crucial. Testimonies from Maya, Niko, and Monty highlight the importance of education, clear communication, and personal discussions. 👇
How can biodiversity credits drive value to protect our planet?
Benjamin Life | May 30, 2023
Nature is in crisis, but we can make a difference. Introducing biodiversity credits, a novel funding solution to support ecological stewardship, compensate indigenous communities, and restore habitats.
Learn more and start making a difference in your local area! 👇
Unleashing Blockchain: Transforming Climate Solutions
Ben West, Tarah Stafford | Jun 7, 2023
Much of the discussion around blockchain technology is often focused on cryptocurrencies or the plethora of meme coins and scams that are often built on top. Yet as the world struggles to address the urgency of the climate crisis, the underlying technology of blockchain has the potential to be a game-changer in the murky waters of international coordination, resource allocation, and international accountability. But to unlock its full potential, collaborative efforts are essential and we need to shift from speculation to action!
Read more and join the movement towards a more sustainable future 👇
Looking Forward ⛅️
From Reflection to Action: Shaping the Future of ReFi ✨
As we take a moment to reflect on the sheer breadth of insight, innovative thinking, and collaboration presented in these diverse pieces, our gratitude extends to each and every contributor for their invaluable additions to the vibrant tapestry of Regenerative Finance. The wisdom, passion, and perseverance illuminated in their work serve not only as a beacon of hope but also as a testament to the extraordinary potential that thrives within the ReFi ecosystem.
Navigating through the 'Valley of Despair,' we are reminded that the road to progress is seldom linear or without obstacles. However, as echoed throughout these articles, it's precisely in these times of uncertainty and challenges that our resilience is fortified, our bonds are strengthened, and our potential is amplified. The first half of 2023 has undeniably had its ups and downs, but it's also been a testament to the power of collective action, innovative thinking, and a shared commitment to a regenerative future - and we're only just getting started...
So, as we look ahead, let's not forget the lessons and breakthroughs of these past months. Let's continue to build, innovate, and foster a spirit of unity within our community. Let's move forward together, with renewed resolve and unwavering optimism into the next chapter of our regenerative journey 🌱
Once again huge thank you to all the awesome contributors, and thanks to you, reader, for joining us on this journey through the transformative world of Regenerative Finance, your readership and support are deeply appreciated! If you would like to help shape the future of this blog, we would also be extremely grateful if you took a moment to provide some feedback 👇