John Fullerton: The Emergence of Regenerative Capitalism

Next Economy Now highlights the leaders who are taking a regenerative, bio-regional, democratic, transparent, and whole-systems approach to solving social and environmental challenges.

The goal of this podcast is to identify the trends, tips, and best practices that will help listeners better harness the power of business as a force for good.

In this episode, Ryan Honeyman interviews John Fullerton, Founder and President of Capital Institute. Capital Institute is a nonprofit that is working to explore and effect the economic transition to a more just, regenerative, and sustainable way of living through the transformation of finance.

John is also a recognized impact investment practitioner as the Principal of Level 3 Capital Advisors, LLC. Level 3’s direct investments are primarily focused on sustainable, regenerative land use, food, and water issues.

Previously, John was a Managing Director of JPMorgan where he worked for over 18 years. Following JPMorgan, and after experiencing 9-11 first hand, John spent years embarked on more entrepreneurial ventures as an impact investor while engaging in deep study of our multiple interconnected systemic crises that led to the founding of Capital Institute in 2010.

He is a Co-Founder and Director of Grasslands, LLC, a holistic ranch management company in partnership with the Savory Institute, and a Director of New Day Farms, Inc., New Economy Coalition, and Savory Institute. He is also an Advisor to Armonia, LLC, a Belgian family office focused on impact investments, RSF Social Finance, and to Richard Branson’s Business Leader’s initiative (“B Team”).

In this interview, Ryan and John discuss a number of topics, including:

  • How John went from a career on Wall Street to being a leader in the field of regenerative capitalism

  • The eight principles of regenerative economics

  • Carbon sequestration, holistic management, and climate change

  • The thought leaders and books that influenced his thinking over the last 20 years

  • How consciousness intersects with systems design

  • Whether the is optimistic or pessimistic about the future

  • And much more

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Ryan Honeyman is a Partner at LIFT Economy and author of The B Corp Handbook: How to Use Business as a Force for Good (Berrett-Koehler Publishers). LIFT Economy is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to create, model, and share a locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all life. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @honeymanconsult or email him ryan@lifteconomy.com.