Our current energy system is irrational and dangerous. Current investments degrade the biosphere, wreak havoc on business and community life and create wealth for a select few. We are all familiar with the results: global climate change, extreme weather, energy blackouts and extreme prices, threatened wildlife refuges, smog and its negative health effects. Holistic Solutions offers a different vision. There are great rewards investing in conservation. Everyone can make money, contribute to avoiding global climate change and improve their quality of life by investing in conservation. As a part of Holistic Solutions’ mission to create sustainable abundance that honors humane principles, we offer the following suggestions on how to create profitable, rational and ecologically sound conservation investments. What are Conservation Investments? A conservation investment is a little different. When we think of investments we usually think of securities such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds. According to Merriam-Webster an investment is an “outlay of money usually for income or profit.” A conservation investment is an outlay of money that creates profits by saving money.
Thinking is the very essence of, and the most difficult thing to do, in business and in life. Empire builders spend hour-after-hour on mental work … while others party. If you’re not consciously aware of putting forth the effort to exert self-guided integrated thinking … then you’re giving in to laziness and no longer control your life. ~David Kekich
One of the fundamental first steps in holistic financial planning is figuring out what you want to do with your life. How do you want to live, and contribute, and add value? What is the primary orientation of your life? What is the best right livelihood for you? Investing the time up front to answer these questions is often the best investment anyone can make, but then the question arises, where do I find the time? Enter the annual retreat.
There was a time in college when I flirted with the idea of majoring in linguistics. I love perusing the Oxford English Dictionary, discovering the origin of words (the magnifying glass only adds to the kick!). I love all forms of word play, and I’m intrigued by the plasticity of words.
You may know there are 450,000 words in the English language, more than any other language, almost twice the number of words found in German, the next most loquacious language. The ease of word creation in English, as well as the language’s global reach, helps fuel this largesse. But what, you might ask, does this have to do with finance, financial planning, and natural investing?
I love Thanksgiving; it’s easily my favorite holiday. Some sainted sage once said: “Let’s celebrate thankfulness, with no religious confusion, no commercialization, and eat and eat and eat.” It’s simple gratitude to the core, a perfect design for a holiday. It’s also the High Holy Day for Slow Foodies, who scheme and cook for months. I also love Thanksgiving because it’s the only holiday dedicated to gravy. I LOVE gravy, and the slow foodista that I live with has mastered the art of broth, the heart and soul of excellent gravy.