Proposed Abstract Title

Ocean-Positive (O+), Finance for Value Change

Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

Re-thinking Conservation Finance and Partnerships in Coastal Regions

Location

2016SSEC

Description

Conservation is generally seen as a three-part challenge—finance, implementation, and awareness raising (sometimes even value change)—where each step is pursued separately. But what if it were possible finance and implementation (via partnerships) could be designed to foster deep and widespread awareness raising and value change? In this talk, I will propose an audacious new model for integrated conservation across the value-chain that seeks to raise new sources of conservation funding while bringing together diverse groups into new partnerships, also simultaneously enabling the extension of a multi-scale sustainability ethic (not undermining others’ capacity for living well). The notion is to enable value-change by building the infrastructure that makes it possible—also simple and enjoyable—to exercise the extension of values that are already widely shared (the Golden Rule) across time, space, and ecosystem interactions. This idea is currently imagined as a badge called ‘Ocean-Positive’ (or ‘O+’), which signifies a positive/regenerative contribution to ocean ecosystems, a part of Co-Sphere (a Community of Small-Planet Heroes). In this talk, we will explain the logic by which O+ could operate, and propose a scientific and institutional basis for O+ to take shape.

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Ocean-Positive (O+), Finance for Value Change

2016SSEC

Conservation is generally seen as a three-part challenge—finance, implementation, and awareness raising (sometimes even value change)—where each step is pursued separately. But what if it were possible finance and implementation (via partnerships) could be designed to foster deep and widespread awareness raising and value change? In this talk, I will propose an audacious new model for integrated conservation across the value-chain that seeks to raise new sources of conservation funding while bringing together diverse groups into new partnerships, also simultaneously enabling the extension of a multi-scale sustainability ethic (not undermining others’ capacity for living well). The notion is to enable value-change by building the infrastructure that makes it possible—also simple and enjoyable—to exercise the extension of values that are already widely shared (the Golden Rule) across time, space, and ecosystem interactions. This idea is currently imagined as a badge called ‘Ocean-Positive’ (or ‘O+’), which signifies a positive/regenerative contribution to ocean ecosystems, a part of Co-Sphere (a Community of Small-Planet Heroes). In this talk, we will explain the logic by which O+ could operate, and propose a scientific and institutional basis for O+ to take shape.