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Welcome to Ecotrust’s new blog

Stories and conversations about transformation.

Welcome to Ecotrust’s new blog, where we hope to share stories, create conversations around people and place, and build a more “natural” model of development — one that fosters resilient communities, economies and ecosystems.

The blog draws on Ecotrust’s work in areas such as impact investing, spatial planning, community fisheries, ecosystem services, indigenous leadership and regional food systems, and brings together opinions from inside and outside the organization. As in our every day work, we are pushing transformative ideas. To us, new operating systems that acknowledge the interdependence of humans and nature are the only way forward. As urban theorist Jane Jacobs said, “Human beings exist wholly within nature, as part of natural order in every respect.”

What does real transformation look like? Here are a few stories to start things off:

  1. Doing business better: Ecotrust Forest Management joins B Corporation wave
  2. FoodHub’s popularity surging
  3. New Indigenous Leaders Council will guide Northwest

Additionally, we’ve started a regular feature from Ecotrust founder Spencer Beebe, who is traveling the globe in “The Magic Canoe” to explore what Jane Goodall calls “reasons for hope” — stories of resilience that offer innovative approaches to some of the world’s most pressing problems. Watch Spencer’s recent TedX talk on origins and future meaning of The Magic Canoe here. We’re also excited to feature economist Kristen Sheeran and her colleagues from the E3 Network, who will explain the compelling case for a New Economy that invests in people and place. Many other voices from the Ecotrust family will weigh in here as well.

We welcome story ideas and your comments. Join the conversation or email the editor.  And we hope the ideas here help you map out a more resilient future.

Yours in resilience,

Astrid Scholz, Ph.D
Executive Vice President, Ecotrust