r3.0 is collaborating with the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) on a White Paper on the shift from Monocapitalism to Multicapitalism: the existing economic regime focuses exclusively on financial capital, with emergent trends toward economies that integrate the multiple capitals — natural, social, human, manufactured, intellectual, and financial. Building on this concept of Multicapitalism first proposed by r3.0 Advocation Partner Mark McElroy (and fellow MultiCapital Scorecard author Martin Thomas) in 2014, r3.0 is spearheading the drafting of the White Paper that will integrate and further flesh out approaches for applying the “carrying capacities of the capitals” —  or thresholds delineating the ongoing viability of ecological and social systems. The White Paper, which is due out by the end of 2019, will be vetted by project Advisors, including Eva Zabey (WBCSD); Fiona Reynolds (PRI); Veronica Poole (Deloitte); Jeremy Nichols (Social Value International); Mark Gough (Capitals Coalition); Sean Esbjorn-Hargens (MetaIntegral); and John Fullerton (Capital Institute).


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“It’s been a long time coming,” writes Bill in the Author’s Foreword (quoting David Crosby) about this, our first White Paper: From Monocapitalism to Multicapitalism: 21st Century System Value Creation. More than three years, to be precise. But we think it’s worth the wait — and hope you agree! The project started as a partnership with the International Integrated Reporting Council; when we delivered the final draft, they considered it an “important and provocative paper.”

So provocative, in fact, that IIRC recognized they would need to request significant changes to be able to publish it under their name, and they showed respect by refraining from asking us to dilute the message to satisfy their more conservative base, and instead invited us to publish it solo.

We believe this is an integral part of the story of this paper: Multicapitalism, the concept conceived by our Advocation Partner Mark McElroy (and his partner Martin Thomas)  predicated on the fact that the multiple capitals all have carrying capacities, is an inherently provocative notion that challenges the core underpinnings of status quo Monocapitalism, with its commitment to shareholder primacy, perpetual growth, and privatization of value.

We believe that if political expedience requires us to disregard the carrying capacities of the capitals, then we must reject this “political world” (to quote Bob Dylan, as the White Paper does), and instead embrace the “material world” (more like George Harrison’s than Madonna’s) that reconciles thermodynamic realities with ethical imperatives — as this Multicapitalism White Paper does. Enjoy!

Multicapitalism Whitepaper


Additional Resources:

Kickoff article

Howitt presentation 2018 r3 Conference

Howitt / Baue presentation 2019 r3 Conference

Video Village 4 Session (Howitt, Baue — 0:00 – 29:00)

Bill Baue presentation IIRC Conference 2019





r3.0 is collaborating with the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) on its four-year Sustainable Development Performance Indicators Project (2018-2022).

Specifically, r3.0 Senior Director Bill Baue authored the kick-off paper for the project, Compared to What? A Three-Tiered Typology of Sustainable Development Performance Indicators: From Incremental to Contextual to Transformational, which introduces the Three-Tiered Typology of indicators that is predicated on the Sustainability Quotient established by r3.0 Advocation Partner Mark McElroy (see figure below).

This equation forms the basis of the Three Tiered Typology: 

Tier One: Incrementalist Numeration

Numerator indicators focus on actual impacts, including absolute indicators, as well as relative or intensity indicators that are non-normative, and therefore incrementalist by definition.

Tier Two: Contextualized Denomination

Denominator indicators contextualize actual impacts against normative impacts. Also known as “Context-Based” indicators, denominator indicators take into account sustainability thresholds in ecological, social, and economic systems, as well as allocations of those thresholds to organizations and other entities.

Tier Three: Activating Transformation

Transformative indicators add the element of implementation and policy to normative denominator indicators to instantiate change within complex adaptive systems.

Baue authored a follow-up paper focused on Tier Two – Contextualized Denomination (forthcoming).

Importantly, Baue and McElroy collaborated on a Manual of draft Indicators for all three Tiers (forthcoming).

Building on this Manual, r3.0 has launched a Project with UNRISD for Pilot Testing the Three Tiers of Indicators with both traditional For-Profit Enterprises (FPEs) as well as Social & Solidarity Economy Organizations & Enterprises (SSEOEs), which they can handle in-house or with support from r3.0 Advocation Partners (or other consultants). r3.0 is providing the up-front education on how to implement the indicators, as well as consolidating, synthesizing, and analyzing the results. We see this as a ground-breaking development, breaking through to establish thresholds-based and transformational indicators, built on the foundation of existing Tier One Incrementalist Indicators from UNCTAD (see here).

You can find the Brochure for this Pilot Testing Project here.

To kick off the 4-year SDPI project, UNRISD convened a Conference in June 2019 in Geneva gathering diverse experts to explore the question encapsulated in the Conference Title: Measuring and Reporting Sustainability Performance: Are Corporations and SSE Organizations Meeting the SDG Challenge? The Program included a keynote by Global Reporting Initiative Co-Founder (and r3.0 Ambassador) Allen White that referenced the concepts covered in the r3.0 report (see the Conference Twitter feed at #Reporting4Sustainability for a detailed narrative of the Conference as it unfolded). 

Additional Resources:

Conference Page

Conference Twitter Feed:  #Reporting4Sustainability


r3.0 World Progress Report 2020


r3.0 World Progress Report 2020


r3.0, the Berlin-based non-profit organisation, known for its development of pre-competitive and market-making Blueprints for a Regenerative & Distributive Economy, is now embarking on a new project: the r3.0 World Progress Report. Linked to r3.0’s highly-praised conferences, the report will become a major resource for every strategy-oriented department and outfit that is interested in “necessary transformation” toward the “future normal” of a Regenerative & Distributive Economy.

Why this report?

For many years, r3.0 has developed its unique Work Ecosystem of Blueprints, a systemic focus on areas that need to leapfrog simultaneously, to enable the emergence of a thriving Regenerative & Distributive Economy. From 2017-18, r3.0 released a First Phase Blueprints on Reporting, Accounting, Data, New Business Models and Transformation, and is initiating a Second Phase with the release of new Blueprints on Sustainable Finance and Value Cycles in September 2020, and on Educational Transformation and Systemic Funding in September 2021. In parallel, r3.0 is incubating a Global Thresholds & Allocations Council to provide an overarching governance function to help humanity navigate into a “safe and just operating space.”

In 2020, r3.0 also introduced a new conference structure of 4 thematic pairings that undergird the design and implementation of a Regenerative & Distributive Economy:

Science & Behaviour;
Finance & Growth;
Value & Circularity; and
Governance & Education.

We have recruited a group of globally recognized expert keynote speakers for these clusters. This conference structure will now also serve as focus areas for the r3.0 World Progress Report 2020.

The strength of this structure resides in its interconnectedness. International discussions often proceed in silos around single topics, like climate change or health care or digitization, or even the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. We note that the little progress we are able to make in these fields is partially due to their lack of interconnectedness into one systemic framework. That’s what differentiates the r3.0 World Progress Report from the myriad of industry, topic, or regional reports; it will fill these gaps, providing sorely needed holistic perspective.

The r3.0 World Progress Report 2020 will use the Conference and its proceedings as a baseline of information (building on the foundation of existing r3.0 Blueprints) to encompass a qualitative and quantitative status of necessary developments in these eight focus areas. Additional research will be carried out by using r3.0’s Advocation Partner and Academic Alliance Networks (or additional in-kind support). It will also be the basis for the use of a scoring system that will most likely be based on Likert scales. We will assess how much this is possible given the interconnectedness of the 8 focus areas. We may want to work with external partners where needed, pending funding success. It is our aim to publish the report in late fall of 2020.

How can I participate?

The r3.0 World Progress Report 2020 will have a project budget of 150.000 Euros for its first edition and is based on the expectation that there are approximately 15-20 organizations that are willing to fund the project with minimally 5.000 Euros and maximally 15.000 Euros. We call this a ‘fair share’ approach. Some in-kind support can be accepted in combination with a financial contribution. r3.0 would assess the need for in-kind support and define it when necessary of when offered. The report itself will be offered free of charge, with no fencing at all. Downloads from the r3.0 website will be possible even without leaving an email address behind, that’s r3.0’s standard policy of ‘walking the talk’ of delivering global public goods.

What benefits can r3.0 offer?

As this is the inaugural r3.0 World Progress Report, we will specifically communicate our appreciation to this very unique group of organizations on socials media, during the Conference and of course in the report itself. We also hope that the success of the World Progress Report will offer organisations to stay on board for multiple years, as we plan to publish this report on a yearly basis and gain parallel importance to other status reports (such as the WEF Risk Report). That decision can be made on a yearly basis, so the commitment we are asking for now just entails the inaugural report.

Additionally, we will also grant r3.0 World Progress Report sponsors with Bronze, Silver or Gold recognition of the Conference (in appreciation of providing support for the basic research behind the report). With this recognition, sponsors will also receive 1, 2 or 3 free tickets for Conference participation.

Project Lead:

Ralph Thurm
Bill Baue

Additional Resources:

r3.0 Inaugural World Progress Report 2020

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