Christian Shearer on Regenerative Agriculture To Stop Climate Change, Blockchain for Farmers, & Creating Incentives | Evolve 053

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Christian Shearer is the CEO & Co-Founder at Regen Network, a community of actors engaging with ecological regeneration, ecological monitoring, verification, distributed computing and technology development, centered around Regen Ledger. Christian went from permaculturist and educator in Southeast Asia to a global tech entrepreneur looking to solve global challenges like climate change, desertification, and resource depletion that affect nearly every aspect of human life. These experiences opened his eyes to the most powerful pathways for reversing climate change and unlocking the largest untapped market in the world: farmers and the earth’s Ecosystems. So he decided to create a block-chain based marketplace that allows land stewards to sell more than just produce. Farmers can monetize their ecosystem services to buyers around the world, functioning to reverse climate change, and improve their soils, through incentivized carbon removal.

Full show notes and worksheets can be found here: evolvethe.world/episodes/christian-shearer

What You Will Learn In This Episode:

  • How Christian bought a piece of land in Thailand after college
  • How Christian became an expert in permaculture to fulfill his own needs
  • What a world renowned permaculture designer taught him about inspiration
  • The surprising secret of just how much agriculture affects our lives
  • Why Christian moved back to the states to start Terra Genesis International
  • The biggest lesson Christian learned working with permaculture clients
  • The fundamental questions Christian started asking self about agriculture and the climate crisis that led to Regen
  • How incentives can drive change, for better or worse
  • How to better incentivize farmers to practice more regenerative agriculture
  • How Regen is using open source, blockchain technology and advanced verification to support farmers
  • How Christian went from permaculturist to technology expert
  • What TechStars taught Christian and how it shaped his business
  • Why companies would want to purchase carbon credits
  • The counter intuitive reason why carbon credits incentivize companies to have more sustainable business practices
  • How entrepreneurship affected Christians previous marriage
  • The impact of Microsoft purchasing offset credits from Regen
  • How Regen's blockchain technology works
  • Why they are open sourcing their technology, even to competitors
  • The problem with big agriculture
  • The real reason Christian has dedicated his life to this mission

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