I have been researching financial permaculture lately - using the 3 ethics of permaculture (Care of Earth, Care of People, and Fair Share of Surplus) to inform how one runs a business. I'll eventually write a longer post summarizing the organizations I've been learning about, but here is one now!
The Ecotrust Foundation acts as an incubator for social enterprise, and a capital vehicle for organizations that inspire change toward healthy ecosystems and resilient communities.
You can see more of their work on their website - http://www.ecotrust.org/
"Ecotrust believes that the wellbeing of people and the planet are inextricably linked. We believe that diverse, healthy ecosystems are the foundations of healthy communities, which together form the bedrock for healthy economies. Nurture people and nature, and business thrives."
Here is a spread of the areas they focus on. Please join me in thinking about business and commerce in consideration of this kind of scale:
Food & Farms
Forests and Ecosystems Services
Marine Consulting Initiatives
Indigenous Affairs Program
Natural Capital Fund
Whole Watershed Restoration Initiative
The Ecotrust Foundation runs an investment fund called - The Natural Capital Fund - http://www.ecotrust.org/ncf/
Please stay tuned to this blog for links to more permaculture and sustainability incubator and financial institutions.