17. Eight Forms of Capital and the Ecology of Value Exchange
“What if our financial system looked more like an ecosystem?”
This was one of the big-picture questions that eventually led Ethan Roland and Gregory Landua to propose that money isn’t the only form of capital driving the human economy.
By viewing the financial system through the lens of permaculture, Roland and Landua eventually settled upon eight forms of capital that they observed flowing between individuals and communities, each with their own unique currencies:
Social, financial, living, material, intellectual, experiential, cultural, and spiritual.
Roland and Landua’s foundational framework was built for the domain of business, but it’s easy to see how these concepts can be applied more generally for making conscious lifestyle choices – and that’s what I’m all about! :)
In this episode, we’ll cover:
- The eight forms of capital – what they are, how they connect, and how to generate and exchange them in your daily life
- What a visit from the family and a food forest installation can tell us about wealth and the pursuit of happiness
- Why some forms of capital are more valuable than others, but also why balance is key
- Plus, Brooke Sycamore shares a story based on the Chiricahua Apache tale of the coyote and the money tree, with musical accompaniment by yours truly
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About the Author
Sam Sycamore is a writer and homesteader located in Simpsonville, Kentucky. An avid gardener with a passion for wild foods and edible perennials, Sam loves to teach others about growing food, foraging, and finding purpose in the modern world. Contact Sam here, and keep up with his daily adventures on Instagram @doityoursammy.