For years now, I’ve had this idea in the back of my head that I thought could be world-changing, or at least nation-changing: Restoration Nation.
I even made a one-page website about it, just to hold the idea, here.
The tagline is “An Economy That Restores.”
If we are ever going to move away from an economy based on consumption, we need something inspiring to replace it.
So why not restoration, broadly conceived?
But also restoration of rivers, farmland, ranchland, brownfields, parking lots, crumbling factories, landfills, dying first-ring suburbs, run-down schools…the list is endless.
And so is the process of answering these questions: How do we base on economy on restoration? What would that transition require?
Right now, most restoration is funded by governments. Private-sector environmental restoration companies do exist, but I would bet most of their money comes from the government (in other words, from you and me).
Here’s what I want to discover: How do we move restoration into the private sector without “privatizing” it? That is, without turning it into an activity that enriches the few?
On Fridays, I’ll post about my efforts to answer the questions I asked today.
I’d appreciate any advice you have on where to find answers to these questions. I have never studied economics, so good websites about basic economic theory might be useful too.