63: Michael Kramer on Permaculture and Economics
Michael Kramer is Managing Partner and Director of Social Research at Natural Investments, a sustainable and responsible investment advisor with 10 offices in 9 states. A national leader in his field since 2000, Michael serves on the national policy committee of USSIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, the industry’s trade association. He is co-author of The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life Not Just Your Money (Berrett-Koehler, 2015). A former Executive Director of Permaculture Drylands Institute, Michael has facilitated permaculture courses and teacher trainings since 1992. He lives in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Listen in to learn about the unique relationship between humans and the land in Hawaii, why permaculture is a way of thought that can be interwoven into anything you do, the interconnections between sustainability and resilience, how discovering your worldview is the key prerequisite to learning how to invest in yourself and your purpose, and more insight from Michael.
Michael’s powerful advice: “As much as we all need to be accountable for our own basic survival needs…I just want to recommend that people, if they have any extra time to consider being involved in civic affairs, to share the lens through which you look at reality with others who need to hear it. And that can be through education, and it could also be through getting involved at the community level through decision-making…If you are a passionate person whit some good ideas, you will have their ear.”
Michael is the author of The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money
His personal most influential book? Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual by Bill Mollison. “It was life-changing for me…Permaculture changed the way I looked at the world and that manual really inspired me.”
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