Context-Based Biodiversity Metric Pilot Project

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Context-Based Biodiversity Metric Pilot Project


r3.0 is collaborating with the Center for Sustainable Organizations (CSO) and Manomet to manage pilot testing of the world’s first context-based biodiversity metric that these two Advocation Partners co-developed, the Biodiversity Performance Index (BPI). This metric aggregates 10 context-based indicators, several of which already exist, and most of which utilize impact data that is typically already tracked by companies. Pilot companies will chose a few of the indicators to test, such that the full suite of 10 indicators will be covered in aggregate by all of the piloting companies.  This project runs parallel to (and complements) the pilot testing of the UNRISD Sustainable Development Performance Indicators that r3.0 is managing (in collaboration with CSO).

For more information on this Context-Based Biodiversity Metric Pilot Project, please see the Brochure here.
To express interest in piloting this metric (or asking questions), please contact Bill Baue and/or Ralph Thurm.

THRIVE Project Test Lab

Test Lab

THRIVE Project Test Lab


The THRIVE Project is a not-for-profit research, education and advocacy group whose mission is to ensure the long-term well-being and thrivability of all humanity. Our vision is a world where all living forms live in harmony and solidarity with each other, in the pursuit of global shared value creation and collective collaborative peaceful partnerships for people, planet, profit with purpose and prosperity (7Ps). THRIVE is The Holistic Regenerative Innovative Value Entity whose premiere offering is the conceptual THRIVE Framework and Platform featuring the 12 Foundational Focus Factors and the scale-linked 7Cs which through a process of systemic orchestration guides civilization onto the trajectory towards thrivable transformation.
The THRIVE Project is a leading collaborator with r3.0 and several others in the field of sustainability metrics. Adopting a first principled design science research approach, informed by what the best available science shows us is necessary and sufficient for humanity to flourish, the THRIVE Platform offers a taxonomy-agnostic systemic holistic modelling tool with integrated formula and weight engine, able to calculate impacts within context at each level. Furthermore, its advanced predictive big data analytics engine and machine learning pattern recognition SPRINT system is able to link sustainability performance with entity model, thus illuminating the path to backcast targets forward towards thrivability.
Visit the THRIVE Project website to gain free access to the resources, and tool, and partake in the evaluation process whereby you can shape the future of sustainability performance metrics, global thresholds and allocations, and the well-being of people through to planet. Let’s defy extinction. Join us on this journey towards thrivability with providence and prosperity.



Lead: Morris D. Fedeli

Email: Morris D. Fedeli






Regenerative Communities Network

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Regenerative Communities Network


r3.0 is collaborating with our Advocation Partner, Capital Institute, on its Regenerative Communities Network (RCN) at the meso (bioregional) and macro (global) levels. On the bioregional level, r3.0 and Senior Director Bill Baue serve as Systems Convener of the newly-launched Connecticut River Valley Bioregional Collaborative in the New England area of the United States. In partnership with River Strong and the Pioneer Valley Cohousing Community as joint Systems Convener, the Collaborative seeks to understand and heal the degenerative / collapsing social and ecological status quo in our bioregion by collaborating with diverse groups and individuals throughout the area. Our vision and practices aim to spur the emergence of a regenerative and thriving economy, culture, and society.

The Collaborative joins 13 other bioregional- national- and global-level Collaboratives with RCN areas as close to us as the Hudson River Valley and Buffalo in New York State, and as far flung as the Sacred Valley in Peru and the Himalayan Plateau in Nepal. Our overarching goal is to apply Capital Institute’s 8 Principles of Regenerative Economics at the bioregional level through Collaboratives of motivated organizations in those areas, which serve as nodes woven together in a coherent global network.. Members of our Collaborative use Sociocracy and other democratic methods in our regular meeting circles. We welcome your questions and ideas!

For example, to implement the Seeks Balance Principle, r3.0 will apply tools and concepts from its Global Thresholds & Allocations Council work to measure how the bioregion uses its vital capital resources within the carrying capacity thresholds of the region. This application methodology would then be replicable by all other bioregions in the Regenerative Communities Network. To address any overshoot of ecological thresholds or shortfall on social foundations, the bioregions can apply concepts and approaches from the r3.0 Value Cycles Blueprint that align with the Robust Circulation Principle.

The Collaborative and r3.0 will also apply other activities depicted in this graphic.


For example, r3.0 is working with the Regenerative Communities Network at the inter-regional and global levels by mutually sharing learnings between RCN’s Regenerative Finance Lab and r3.0’s Sustainable Finance Blueprint. As well, the r3.0 Transformation Journey Program provides a means for implementing Transformational Leadership Support. The r3.0 / RCN collaboration will also draw on other elements of the r3.0 Knowledge Ecosystem, such as the Data Blueprint as well as r3.0’s work on the UNRISD Three-Tiered Typology for Sustainable Development Performance Indicators.

Lead: Bill Baue






The Future Normals Webinar Series

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The Future Normals Webinar Series


EARTHwise Centre and r3.0 are delighted to present a new webinar series that forms part of the EARTHwise Tipping Point Conversations for a World that Works, called the “The Future Normals Webinar Series”, as a new r3.0 Test Lab. This webinar series results from a unique collaboration between EARTHwise Centre and r3.0 both founding members of the EARTHwise Tipping Point System for transition leadership and civilizational transformation. r3.0 co-facilitates this webinar series based on their Transformation Journey Blueprint and Programs and frames this collaboration as an r3.0 Test Lab. Together, we offer a unique starting point for the Future Normals.

Why is this webinar series important now?

The COVID-19 crisis has revealed even more strongly that dualistically polarized systems are incapable of guiding us through periods of crisis, in fact they are the very reason that we sink so deep into crisis. With dualistically polarized systems we mean the kind of dynamics that create divisions such as “economic gain versus health priorities”, “climate priorities versus business interests”, “state safety versus individual freedom”, and so forth. The “Future Normals” webinars explore the necessary ’transition pathways’, r3.0’s language of multi-level transformation, to get us out of dualistic argumentation and old unsustainable normals, by offering a Third Way approach for moving out of the crisis. The ‘Third Way’ is a unique approach developed by Dr Anneloes Smitsman based on her PhD research at Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

Who this webinar series is for?

Transition leaders, policy makers, creatives, solutionaries, academics, positive mavericks, visionaries, culture designers, and people who are committed to creating a world that works for all. The COVID-19 crisis has taken the life of hundreds of thousands of people already. It is our moral responsibility to learn from this crisis and all it is revealing to build the foundations for future normals that are healthy, regenerative, and thrivable.

What you can expect from this webinar series

In a series of 1.5 hours webinars on zoom, Ralph Thurm, Managing Director of r3.0, and Dr. Anneloes Smitsman, CEO of EARTHwise Centre, will facilitate these Tipping Point Conversations. The webinars are planned to take place every two weeks on Wednesdays, 12pm PDT (8pm CEST), starting May 20th. In subsequent webinars there will also be guest experts to share their contribution to the webinar topic.

The “Future Normals” are based on a unique formula which is applied to various transition trajectories. Each webinar will explore possible “Future Normals”, using system maps and tools that have been developed by r3.0 and EARTHwise Centre for systemic transformational change and transition leadership:

The Third Way Formula for new Future Normals:

  • A key topic will be introduced that reveals a dualistic provocation that is in the news and where opinions are often stuck in an either/or argumentation.
  • A perspective from r3.0, based on backcasting from an ideal situation, using r3.0 knowledge and tooling, presents a generic “maturation pathway”.
  • A “Third Way” system tool from EARTHwise Centre is shared for: 1) identifying the systemic boundaries that are ignored or harmed; 2) revealing the systemic thrivability barriers that give rise to this dualistic polarization, and; 3) identifying possible transformation strategies for third way solutions.
  • Breakout conversation in smaller groups for exploring “third way” future normals trajectories.
  • Completion in large group for sketching “third way” future normals trajectories based on the synergies of the group intelligence and collective wisdom.
  • Reflection opportunity by the participants, especially around how they sketch a first step for them, and the value the session created for them.

Which 7 topics will be covered in the first series:

  1. Saving the Economy versus Saving Lives >>> A Different Economy
  1. Green & Clean energy solutions versus Nuclear/Fossil >>> New Energy Solutions & Bioregional Approach.
  1. Short term crisis mode versus long term sustainability >>> Regeneration & Thriving
  1. Wealth aggregation versus Social Security of the Welfare State >>> Universal Basic Income & Planetary Health.
  1. Growth versus Degrowth >>> A living systems-based growth model
  1. Technology Monopolization versus Collective Commons >>> A Planetary Ethics for Societal Development
  1. Old Certainties versus New Uncertainties >>> Transformational Competencies & Systemic Resiliencies

How can you participate?

  • The first live online webinar is held on Wednesday, May 20th at 12pm PDT (8 pm CEST), and focuses on the current discussion about “Commensurability – Saving The Economy or Saving Lives”.
  • Registration is required via the enrolment options below.

Price Options & Registration

We are asking for a contribution of 20 USD to cover the cost for organizing and continuing this series over the next weeks, and possibly future series, if there is sufficient interest. You can also pay 120 USD for the full series of seven webcasts (buy 7, get one free). You can register here  and choose for one of the two payment option (single webinar of full series of webcasts).


Future Normals Webinar Series 3-pager


The Equity Culture / Civic Fiduciary Test Lab

Test Lab

The Equity Culture / Civic Fiduciary Test Lab


r3.0 is pleased to support the launch of the Equity Culture / Civic Fiduciary Test Lab as a platform for r3.0 Senior Research Fellow Marcy Murninghan to continue her ongoing action-research in this arena. To energize the formative stage of this project, this Test Lab is producing a feasibility study to secure funding to plant a prototype in Massachusetts and Michigan. With funding support from pioneering corporate governance / shareholder activism theorist and practitioner Robert A.G. Monks, Dr. Murninghan  will write a white paper on the Equity Culture / Civic Fiduciary concept and strategic approach while continuing to carry out field building to pave the way for planting the Action Labs.

This balance of action and theory-building will yield not just important supportive alliances to launch the pilot labs and a white paper, but important insights that can be incorporated into r3.0’s Sustainable Finance Blueprint. Indeed, the vision, concept, and strategies embodied in the Equity Culture / Civic Fiduciary Action Lab encompass both theory and practice, and are highly compatible with the aspirations and ongoing work of r3.0.

To wit:

      •  The Civic Fiduciary concept extends principles contained in moral and political philosophy, along with still-evolving public fiduciary theory and legal norms, to the real-world investment policies, practices, and impacts of affluent state-chartered nonprofit institutions located in two select U.S. locations: Lansing, Michigan, and Boston, Massachusetts. It challenges directly the narrow view of economic motivation, economics as a discipline, finance, and transnational capitalism that has emerged in the past six decades, compared to more expansive and humane definitions lasting through the millennia (Aristotle; Cicero; Veblen, 1923, 1997; Simon, Powers, and Gunnemann, 1972; Longstreth and Rosenbloom, 1973; Dahl, 1985; Sen, 1987; Vernon and Spar, 1989; Wuthnow, 1996; Sandel, 1998; Nye and Donahue, 2001; Sklair, 2001; Stiglitz, 2002; Skocpol, 2003; Pooley and Solovey, 2010; Shiller, 2012; Kay, 2015; Collier, 2018; and Norman, 2018). This narrow view exists alongside the explosive growth in nonprofit institutional investor assets under management, thus contradicting core values and mission.


    • The Equity Culture concept extends principles contained in complex adaptive systems theory of human and ecologic well being (Meadows, 1999 and 2008; Olson, 1971; Ostrom, 1990; Shklar, 1991) that integrates multicapitals, while applying a context-based approach to identify and assess impact. It seeks to cultivate “civic financial literacy” — e.g., mapping, motivating, meaning-making, and monitoring multicapital “return on investment” — through inclusive citizen taxpayer and trustee participation.

Equity Culture / Civic Fiduciary Test Lab Overview (pdf — 5 pages)


Project Lead:
Dr. Marcy Murninghan
Senior Research Fellow, r3.0

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