Investing like an ecosystem

Best thoughts on investing I’ve ever read; enough so that I have posted it on my FB page as well. (links to the articles, not a re-blog)

Rabid Little Hippy

The topic of investment has come up in my world of late and, like seems to be happening a lot of late, my RSS feed has heard my questions and answered them. 😉

I cam across this article and have to share. If you have any money in investments, take a look at this. 🙂


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9 thoughts on “Investing like an ecosystem

  1. Channelling funds towards earth building and community based projects if you have the spare dosh is a good idea but I reckon building infrastructure for resiliance and for positive change in your own lives should be the first thing that you invest in 🙂

    • I completely agree, Narfie7; in fact, that’s what I took away from the articles. And it’s more than investing money, to me. We can invest our time, love, helping hands, etc. But, as with the oxygen masks on the airplane, we have to invest in us first, then in our family and friends, then in the larger village, county, country, etc. It all counts, anyway.

      • First make yourself right then spread the love around! A very wise premise. Sort of like the biblical “first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly enough to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” isn’t it? 🙂 “Thar be the truth!”

      • So true! (but we seem to prefer to begin with pointing out the sliver in another’s eye – forget about removing it!) If 10% of people did this (began with themselves), what changes we would see!

  2. Thanks Linne. I think it was one of the most valid articles on investing I have read in a LONG time, in fact, possibly ever. Thanks for sharing the word further. Just imagine, if even 10% of people began investing in this manner… 😀

    • Yes; and I’m smiling a bit . . . this is much what my parents, grandparents and the rest of my forebears did as a matter of course . . . not the ‘green’ stuff or solar power, etc., but working hard, being thrifty, saving, mending, doing without so they might achieve future goals.

      Some (not all) of the stuff in my storage units is what I gathered over the years with an eye to what I see beginning to happen now . . .

      I’ve also ‘invested’ time in massive reading; some of that was learning about skills I didn’t have. Practical experience is best, of course, but at least I have some knowledge and may be able to figure out enough solutions to keep myself going . . .

      Thanks again for this interesting link, which has led me to others.

      You are right; even 10% sharing would make SUCH a difference . . . I will post the link on Twitter later, too.
      (best use for social media, I think; fomenting healthy change and revolutionary morphing of our culture)
      😉 ~ Linne

      • Social media is one of those lovely first world play toys really hey, but the use it has been for many movements; political, ecological and of course, for fun too. 🙂 IT, like many other things is a great tool. 😀
        Knowledge is one of the forgotten investments for many and I’m glad it was mentioned in this article. But as you say, practical experience is worth more but it’s far more valuable when both are combined. I had the knowledge of how to make both soap and cheese but until the other day I’d made neither at home. Knowledge? Yes. Practical experience? No. I’m hoping to rectify that today. 😀 We’ll see.
        And yes, our forefathers knew what they were about. They fought hard to clear land, grow vegetables and make things. Valuable skills passed along from father to son, mother to daughter but so many of them were passed over or forgotten with the “wonders of modern convenience”. I wonder if they would have been so quick to throw those old skills out if they could see 100 years into the future. 😉

      • Yes, tools is the perfect word. I remember the first time I saw YouTube; some home video like ‘look what my dog does’; I thought then, ‘you can have it!’ And then a few years ago, finding so much music on it; getting to hear and see music I loved that isn’t on the radio anymore; seeing musicians I didn’t recognize because I only knew most of them from the radio; and then discovering all the new stuff (new to me, I mean!) that I fell deeply in love with. OMG!! I didn’t think I’d ever bother with FB or Tweeting; when I found out they offer a way to be politically active and effective, I was sold!! (well, and there’s Blitz, too; I confess; it shuts my busy mind off for a while and lets me just ‘be’). I’d take book learning over practical experience in many cases because unless we don’t have any time at all, we can learn from experience by applying the book learning. If time is short, then we may not have time to experiment and learn. If we are fed by our own hands, time changes in importance. It’s not like, ‘oh, the possums ate the tomatoes; guess I’ll go to the store”. Nope, it’s ‘tighten that belt again time!)

        I hate that we have allowed the deliberate marketing to our young people that happens now. Every time I see a headline that says something like “not your mother’s xx” or “not your grandmother’s xx”, I feel it is a vicious slap in the face to all those women (and sometimes men, now – the other day I saw an add for a woodworking kit and it said “not your grandfather’s woodwork”) and I am just so angry on their behalf. What’s wrong with us being creative and innovative while continuing to honour what has been done to date? Oh, right, what am I thinking . . . if we honour our elders, we will learn to be frugal and self-reliant and some ‘money hoarder’ will lose a source of unneeded income . . . ‘Modern convenience’, indeed! More like ‘modern profiteering’ . . . I think one day soon, people will be begging to learn what only a few still know. And the old tools and hand machines had best be kept secure . . .

      • One day the knowledge of how to bake sourdough bread, how to grow vegetables, how to espalier or prune or tend fruit trees, how to chop and stack firewood, how to light a fire (saw a fellow once trying to light a fire with a large log and a blowtorch), how to pressure can or water bath preserve, how to ferment, how to build without modern architecture and more will be worth more than that an investment banker, or financial planner or plastic surgeon or so many more occupations. In my opinion those skills are already more valuable (although a plastic surgeon presumably could perform other surgery too) although the monetary value is not yet there.

        Those of us with some homesteading skills, no matter how meagre, must (in my not so humble opinion) be prepared to be the teachers of the future.

        I agree too. I would rather know the knowedge in my head than not. I still would prefer to have some practical experience of all skills (even if building experience is nothing more than knowing how to hammer in a nail and use a hand saw) than none at all. 🙂
        The best bit about building up all this infrastructure in my book? Spending time as a family, sharing the skills, ideas and labour. Yes, even with a 5 year old and 4 year old. Even a 2 year old can help. 🙂

        My kids helped me collecting and snapping up kindling this morning. Even Orik could have helped with that. 🙂 We are now considering building an earthbag dome for our root cellar which which the kids can help. My kids all love digging. 😀

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to reading your comments. ~ Linne

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