Regeneration and Beyond

Rieki Cordon
Jan 20 · 15 min read
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Note: SEEDS is an open-source, decentralized, citizen-governed & evolved financial system. It is not owned by Hypha (the organisation behind these articles). Just like Bitcoin, SEEDS operates on a distributed network. However, unlike Bitcoin, it is orders of magnitude more energy efficient and is able to be governed and evolved directly by those who contribute to its success.

Quick overview — Start here!

A regenerative financial system for a thriving global civilization

“Our long-run prosperity and our very survival both depend on nothing less than this once-in-the-history-of-civilization transformation to a regenerative civilization based on a holistic worldview.”
— John Fullerton Regenerative Capitalism

Growing a regenerative financial system

This means that SEEDS, as a financial system, does not require endless growth on a finite planet to maintain itself (to prevent widespread bankruptcies, poverty and depressions).

“The economic cycles of boom and bust, depressions and recessions are not natural phenomena — they are a symptom of a diseased financial model.” — SEEDS White Deck

Our dominant financial systems grow by transforming our natural world (and converting what was once free) into money.

Further they routinely (as we’re experiencing now — mid 2020) go through periods of depression that harm communities, people all while concentrating wealth.

The growth of SEEDS is not dependent through transforming our natural world and cultural gifts into money — but by transitioning out of degenerative financial systems (national currency) as people leave the current systems and enter regenerative financial systems (such as SEEDS).

To say another way, SEEDS grows when people leave (and shrink) existing financial systems to join SEEDS — not through increasing the exploitation of people and planet (as our current money systems do)>

This provides humanity an non-violent and gentle way to opt-into healthier systems.

Our current financial systems relentlessly create new money, driving the value of the currency down. This is a subtle and profound distribution of wealth from the masses that hold the currency to the minority who benefit from its creation and buy up assets.

Seeds are fundamentally unique in that they’re only created to replace destroyed Seeds and/or to meet new demand. This removes the artificial scarcity built into our current financial systems and replaces it with protocols that ensure we have exactly as much money as we need to exchange, no more (hyper-inflation) and no less (financial depressions).

The circulating supply of Seeds fluctuate to match demand — this facilitates “intrinsic stability” in the value of Seeds — which can allow Seeds to become a superior unit of account over the USD (losing 3–12% of purchasing power year over year) and alternatives such as Bitcoin (which exhibits extreme volatility, concentrates wealth and is a massive energy waste).

Click here for more on the drawbacks of Bitcoin and why Seeds are necessary.

Financing regeneration

What if the people had a direct voice in how this money was used?

What could we do with it?

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Regenerative local food as a foundation for a Regenerative Civilization

“The destiny of nations depends on how they nourish themselves.”
— Jean Brillat-Savarin, Food Philosopher

… and in today’s global civilization — it’s no longer just the destiny of nations.

Today the destiny of all of humanity, and countless species on our planet rests on humanity’s ability to transition into regenerative food systems and better nourish ourselves and Earth.

“It is the low-quality toxic food that we are regularly consuming that is preventing us from reaching our own personal potential. Just as it’s our collective food systems that are preventing humanity from reaching our collective potential. If we transform what we eat and how we cultivate it, we’ll transform our entire society.” — SEEDS White Deck

SEEDS starts with the understanding that it’s our global industrial and degenerative food systems that are the foundations for the decline of our personal and planetary health.

Many of the early architects of SEEDS are heavily influenced and inspired by Permaculture, Regenerative Agriculture and the necessity to heal ourselves and our planet through healthier food and food systems.

This is where SEEDS was born, as a financial system to fund, promote and facilitate the transition into regenerative and local food systems. While simultaneously growing from this foundation to meet the rest of our needs and desires in a healthy, regenerative and cooperative way.

Click here to learn more about the local food economy and how you can get rewarded to join.

A “Global Green New Deal”!

Facilitating a regenerative economy

SEEDS is designed to finance, reward and facilitate the creation of a regenerative economy — by rewiring the incentives built into our current economies.

SEEDS accomplishes this by how it distributes new currency as the movement grows. The aim here is to serve as the financial layer that unites, aligns and delivers value to the enormous collection of movements and organisations that are serving the transition to a regenerative civilization.

Note: If Bitcoin was designed as SEEDS it would have distributed $150+billion worth of wealth over its short life to finance and reward regeneration.

The most exciting function of Seeds is in how the new currency is distributed. “New currency” being the new Seeds that are created to replace any destroyed currency or when the economy is growing.

“Now there is money for all the projects that are required to heal our planet, but aren’t necessarily profitable. Replanting native forests (with no intention to cut them down), making our rivers drinkable again, growing food forests in our cities to give away free food…” — SEEDS White Deck

Short Term - Starting Jan 2020

1. Financing a regenerative global alliance

For this reason the majority of Seeds are not for sale. They need to be earned through contributions, co-creation and alliance.

To learn how to get a grant for your regenerative organisation, click here.

For the first year (From now until mid 2021) Seeds are fixed in supply and are designed to increase in value with adoption. The intent is for this value increase to go to those who are best serving people and our planet!

For this reason, its beneficial to be one of the first organisations to receive a grant to be able to get the highest possible value from it.

Many cryptocurrencies are designed to reward those with wealth (the ability to buy the token) with more wealth. They are unfortunately designed for speculation and have resulted in extreme wealth accumulation and disparity. Those fortunate enough to have enough resources to gamble on these new currencies are those who have gained the most. SEEDS solves this problem and many more. Watch the video above to find out.

Running Regenerative Campaigns and Forming Regenerative Alliances

Campaigns that anyone can participate in

Example campaigns:

  1. Proof of Food — Rewarding local food producers with the “#ProofofFood” campaign.

2. Plant Seeds Get Seeds — Rewarding people for planting trees, gardens and helping to restore our planets forests. #PlantSeedsGetSeeds

3. Good Deeds Get Seeds — Rewarding people who are doing good in the world — this can be through nominations or self admissions. #GoodDeedsGetSeeds

4. Any other campaigns the Citizens of SEEDS decide to run.

Click here for the steps to run a campaign in SEEDS.

Aligned partnerships for organisations

To learn how to get a grant for your regenerative organisation, click here.

These organisations will receive a wide variety of benefits (see here for more) — not least of which is a grant in Seeds that recognizes the value that organisations are bringing to create a Regenerative Civilization. In addition, these organisations will receive Seeds to gift to their communities for supporting them and the movement as a whole.

SEEDS has over $3.7 million USD (in Jan 2020 value) in Seeds to grant to organisations.

This whole process is governed directly by all the Citizens of SEEDS through an easy to use app — that’s called ‘the SEEDS Passport’ (click here on your phone to download).

See SEEDS 150+ Organisations who have taken the pledge to regenerate our planet and Join SEEDS!

2. Funding the regenerative movement by direct grants and loans to bioregions

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Part of the Seeds for campaigns (~11M USD in Jan 2020 values) is intended to finance and support:

  1. permaculture & regeneration education facilities;
  2. seed banks;
  3. community gardens;
  4. tool & sharing libraries
  5. interest-free loans for regenerative businesses
  6. roles for regenerative practitioners (tree planters, educators, movement-makers, etc)
  7. and more.

Citizens in SEEDS decide what and who gets funding; from the local food movement to the regenerative energy and housing industries and anything else the movement decides.

Important reminder: SEEDS is run directly by the Citizens as a whole. It’s not governed by a single organisation for the benefit of that organisation, anyone can join SEEDS and has an equal opportunity to contribute and gain value.

SEEDS is a tool gifted to humanity to aid our transition to a healthier global civilization.

Medium Term - Starting ~mid 2021

1. Better-than-free & regenerative organisations

Organisations who are regenerating our planet, or otherwise using the most ethical practices, earn additional rewards for participating in SEEDS while those who are “degenerative” lose rewards they would have otherwise earned.

SEEDS aligns financial incentives with regenerative behaviors and offers a financial justification for businesses to adopt regenerative practices.

Better than free

For example, peer to peer food exchanging platforms (such as Open Food Network) earn revenue without the need to charge fees. This can subsidize the expansion of these networks and the movement as a whole as we can undercut the prices charged by conventional food ordering (degenerative) options.

To help conceptualize this. It would be as if the Federal Reserve gave 1 trillion USD of the 6+ trillion made in the last decade to businesses that are serving the regenerative movement.

Rewarding regenerative reputations

Organisations that obtain a 0 or negative score (degenerative) earn no rewards from SEEDS regardless of how much they otherwise contribute.

This heavily biases the rewards towards organisations that are doing the most good for the world.

As SEEDS grows in momentum and value this reward can be substantial and provide the desperately needed financial incentives and compensation for making the changes required to heal our planet.

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How Organisations Earn Rewards in SEEDS

More rewards when you shop regeneratively

This encourages people to support more regenerative organisations as they earn more rewards.

Further, this could provide more business to those organisations — further incentivizing them to adopt regenerative behaviors.

2. Support the local food and sharing economy movements by making more profitable and practical peer-to-peer (P2P) platforms

Creating a local food system will inevitably create a network of people who are making routine interactions with each other. We do eat several times a day after all…

Why would Kim keep using the platform (and pay fees) to buy carrot cake from her neighbour Raphael— she’ll likely just pay him in cash.

Seeds is better than cash. No fees! Rewards for you and the causes you care about when you spend it.

P2P apps that use Seeds are able to earn revenue by facilitating these P2P exchanges without taking a cut. This means that as people develop routine and consistent purchases with their neighbours through these platforms won’t have an incentive to avoid the platform. As it would actually be better to use the app (and pay in Seeds) than it would be to pay with national currencies directly.

SEEDS provides revenue for the teams behind these applications, so they can be rewarded for serving the movement without needing to charge fees, sell data, advertise or any other common exploit.

California recently legalized selling meals right out of the home. SEEDS can fuel the platforms that emerge to serve this new and expanding global movement towards locally grown food and home-cooked meals.

Further SEEDS unleashes the untapped potential of the sharing economy renaissance. It facilitates the rise of these platforms without the traditional exploits plaguing current platform behemoths.

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A Peer to Peer Local Food System

3. Grants for regenerative projects

The Citizens of SEEDS vote for which projects they’d like to see funded and anyone can propose funding for their regenerative projects.

From replanting native forests and making rivers drinkable again to setting up community food forests and restoring the commons — anything is possible.

As SEEDS grows, the amount of money we can direct towards these projects grows with it. This is a complete reversal to our present financial system that grows through degenerating our world…

…SEEDS grows while regenerating it.

4. Interest free loans for transitioning into and joining the regenerative agriculture movement

We need a financial system that subsidizes regenerative agriculture!

SEEDS subsidizes the transition from degenerative agriculture (industrial & petrochemical based) to regenerative agriculture (permaculture and local).

Another portion of new money created is reserved as interest free loans for regenerative projects. While the grants are reserved for not-for-profit endeavors these loans are for for-profit organisations, families and groups.

Repayment on these loans don’t begin until after 1.5+ years. This gives ample time to transition to regenerative methods — providing more flexibility and support than the current options. Further, if they need to extend the payment date, they can simply ask their local community for an extension. For, its the Citizens of the community themselves who administer and benefit from these loans.

These loans come from a pool of money that local communities direct. This creates a closed financing loop. Meaning the people who vote to award a loan to a local grower, now have a vested financial interest in that grower succeeding and repaying the loan. This may lead to more support for that grower as the local community may buy from them opposed to degenerative options.

The best part is, none of this money needs to come out of your pocket. It all becomes possible when the people gain control (and the benefits from) of a financial system that actually serves us.

These funds are to finance and support the entire regenerative movement from regenerative housing and energy to food and soil production education and beyond.

As Brad Pit exclaimed in The Big Short, “Seeds are going to be the new currency!”

Long Term - 2021 and beyond

Further, after 2021 all developments in SEEDS will happen through decentralized governance by all the Citizens of SEEDS.

With all this said, we’ll share an idea that is possible with SEEDS should Citizens chose to adopt it.

Comprehensive overview of the “Regenerative Renaissance’s Financial System”

1. Reward use and lifespan over one off purchases.

This also comes with another incentive called “planned obsolescence”. This is the practice of building items to break down so that people have to continue to buy more. We can blame organisations for this behaviour, or we can blame a system that encourages this behaviour.

If the rewards were for use, not just purchase, then companies can earn more when they make things that people will actually use and need, not just buy.

With this the incentive can shift to making things that will last a long time — so they can make more money off each item they make. We can transition into this simply by providing the rewards for this behaviour and letting competition drive down purchase price to near zero as “per use” revenue rises.

Further, this has the added effect of rewarding the creation of a sharing economy.

As businesses get paid for use of their products — they would prefer to make one item (less cost) that is used by many people (more usage revenue).

It’s subtle shifts in our financial and economic incentives that can have profound impacts on the overall outcome of our collective and global systems.

This change and many more become possible when, we the people, gain the ability to evolve and govern the financial systems that permeate our lives.

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If we only had a say…

The UN estimates that on the high end it would cost $267 billion a year to end world hunger for the 800+ million in need.

Humanity could end world hunger 18 times over, using just the subsidies given to oil and gas.

Granted this math is simplified, and there are other factors. But, the fact remains we could do it, and likely humanity would chose to end world hunger if we actually had control of our financial systems and value flows.

Now for the most potent part

Making Seeds a world’s first “better than free” currency.

This is how we drive mass adoption towards regeneration. By aligning financial incentives (more revenue) with systemic regeneration.

This is all happening now and you can be a part of it.

If you have or represent a business, movement or organisation come join our growing alliance organisations and get rewarded for joining the movement.

The only thing standing in the way of a regenerative civilization is our collective beliefs and actions.

If this is something you’d like to support — then come get paid for supporting and co-creating this transition. One of the benefits of creating a new financial system, is that work doesn’t have to be pro-bono. All contributions are acknowledged and compensated!

Join at Joinseeds.com

This article was written by Hypha — one of the organisations serving the SEEDS movement.

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Appendix

Financial system model

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For more see Economics 1 and 2 of the SEEDS White Deck

Bill Reed of Regenesis’ “Trajectory of Ecological Design”

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SEEDS

Regenerate Money

Rieki Cordon

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Decentralizing Abundance! Evangelist & Facilitator @ SEEDS — Word-Smithing a More Beautiful Society! JoinSEEDS.com

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Making Money Work For Everyone

Rieki Cordon

Written by

Decentralizing Abundance! Evangelist & Facilitator @ SEEDS — Word-Smithing a More Beautiful Society! JoinSEEDS.com

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Making Money Work For Everyone

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