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Category Archives: Deep Learning

  1. What’s Emerging?

    This crazy thing we do…

    I woke up early this morning thinking about something that our land manager, Kelly Mulville, said at a meeting recently. It was something to the effect of wanting more results, more perfection, at the ranch that we steward before we bring lots of people there and show them what we’re doing. I commented that I was the counterbalance to perfection. We also talked about wanting everyone at the ranch to feel like an “educator.”

    As I lay in bed this morning, I realized that I view this very differently. In 21st century America, the idea of an educator is to give someone answers. That isn’t at all what we are about. We are on a journey to make a change in the world, and we are about sharing that journey, with all of its questions, ideas, experiments, successes, failures, and, yes, squirrels. We want to inspire our visitors to ask their own questions, start or continue their own journeys, and share that with us. Together we will come up with whatever answers we can for our own places and lives. We will never achieve anything close to perfection. We might come up with some answers that work for us, but we may actually become less inspirational as that happens. If you show up somewhere and it looks like they have it all figured out and are way ahead of you, sometimes that’s more intimidating than inspirational.

    So, this is why I prefer to call Elaine Patarini the Director of Innovation Sharing. I would suggest that we all think of ourselves more as sharers of the journey than educators. We are all part of this crazy thing and have something of it that we can talk about. To me, thinking about it this way is exhilarating and exciting, rather than daunting and overwhelming.

    I think that this can inform the way we tell stories, and applies equally well to all parts of the No Regrets Initiative — Paicines Ranch, Cienega Capital, and the Globetrotter Foundation. This is what Esther Park and I are doing in the #No Regrets Initiative videos when we talk about integrated capital and new investing paradigms.

    And to my team and my community, thanks for doing this crazy thing with me. — Sallie

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  2. Thank you, RSF Social Finance!

    Thank you to our friends at RSF Social Finance for publishing this article highlighting our founders story as well as the importance of growing healthy soil to create a thriving society.

    Read the full article at RSF Social Finance.

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  3. The Design Flaw at the Core of Humanity’s Malaise

    We appreciate the insights of our friend, Judith Schwartz who raises some important questions about the roots or our economy and how we might envision the world we know is possible.

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  4. Regenerative Agriculture—Farming Methods That Can Reverse Climate Change

    From our friends at

    Regenerative agriculture harnesses the relationships between plants and soil microbes to pull excess carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and store it in plants and soils where it is a useful nutrient for farmers.

    You may have noticed that we’ve been talking about regenerative agriculture a lot lately, especially its amazing potential to reverse climate change and bring numerous benefits to farmers, consumers, and local environments.

    Today, we’re focusing on the how of regenerative agriculture—we’ll dive more into the specific practices that farmers and gardeners alike can use to not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also draw down excess carbon while bringing about many other ecosystem benefits at the farm and landscape level. Many of these practices have been around for ages; they’re proven to improve resiliency to ever increasing weather extremes and enhance long-term farmland values, which makes them good for the farmer and good for the planet.

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