Archive for July, 2010

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The writing is on the wall.
Our world fundamentally changed in the past decade.
Economic crises. New ways to raise capital. Data overwhelm. Faster, cheaper, analytics. Hunger for meaning. Invitations to authenticity. Global supply chains. Local customization. Connected 24/7. The desire to ‘unplug’. Urbanization. Heading for the green spaces. Extreme weather. Resilient communities and companies. Accelerating speed of life. Thirst. for human scale. Building up in large organizations. Building out in networks.

And through it all, a sense of urgency to align our lives and livelihoods as part of a natural environment that has served and sustained us over the millennia. Aware and concerned about our legacy and our common inheritance – the Earth. Seeking surer footing as we navigate over changing landscapes.

That’s what we’re all about: working with clients and partners to imagine, transform and sustain businesses, communities and economies. All with an eye to opportunity for growth and development, and to protection and regeneration of the natural world of which we are all part.

What We Do

Here at Natural Capital Resources Inc. we help people make decisions that are both environmentally and economically-sound. And we do that through five areas of service:

  • Opportunity Assessment
  • Value Chain Analysis
  • Collaborative Relationship Development
  • Implementation Planning
  • Business Transformation  Services

Green Revolution or Green Rebellion?

Originally published February 17, 2010:

There have always been a few — well more than a few — people interested in being greener. My working definition of “green” is living, working and playing in ways that have less environmental impact. These days, most of the green attention is going to energy. Alternative, renewable, clean, sustainable: choose your adjective.

The attention is understandable given the amount of air time climate change has received in the past few years. And while the focus on green energy may have pushed other important environmental issues into the shadows (water being one…), some analysts suggest we’re missing the main point behind green energy of late. Some suggest we are moving from green revolution to green rebellion. Read more

Net, Net, What’s It Going to Cost (Or Save) You?

Originally published January 23, 2010:

Just looking at the latest newsletter from Hydro One (the publicly-owned corporation responsible for Ontario’s electricity grid). Rural “hydro” customers like me get their electricity directly from Hydro One rather than through a Local Distribution Company (read: your local town/city utility).

This newsletter tells us about the upcoming switch to Time-of-Use pricing for electricity. TOU pricing means that the price you pay for electricity varies depending on the time of day it is used. Ontario can only move to this type of pricing because it has spent several years installing “smart meters” that track useage by time. Read more

On The Other Hand

Originally published January 18, 2010:

I’m only part way through reading David Wolfe’s latest work “21st Century Cities in Canada: The Geography of Innovation” (recently released and available as a free download from the Conference Board of Canada). Yet already I have been struck by the number of countervailing arguments to what we have long accepted as true in the contemporary world of economic development. There’s a lot of “on one hand… on the other hand…” Personally I find this quite refreshing because the report acknowledges that in Canada “one size does not fit all” and those concerned about cities and innovation would be wise to tailor their strategies to fit the particular circumstances of that particular city. Despite the fact that this study is explicitly focused on cities — especially large cities — it does acknowledge that smaller communities also have aspirations and prospects. Read more