INSIDE #BRIGHTLIVELIHOOD :: AN INTERVIEW W. NU MUNDO

MEET DAVID CASEY, THE GENTLE HEART, CHIEF VISIONARY OFFICER, & LUCID EARTH STEWARD THAT FIRST TAUGHT ME HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE ( <~ so, hero ). WE ONCE TALKED STRATEGY FOR ABOUT FIVE MINUTES, & I'VE BEEN FOLLOWING HIS MOVEMENT, NU MUNDO, FROM AFAR. NOW IT'S RIPE FOR THE REST OF US - ESPECIALLY THOSE *GIVEN* BY WANDERLUST, COMMUNITY & MEDICINE-KEEPING, - & IT'S GOT MY HEAD SPINNING. THIS IS A RISING TIDE, FIRST TO FALL IN LOVE WITH, THEN TO JUMP ON. GRAB MY HAND. COME SEE...

 David's on the far left, along with team members &amp; co-founder Shayna, in purple.

David's on the far left, along with team members & co-founder Shayna, in purple.

MH- What’s needed and how is NU MUNDO providing it?

We are addressing the challenge of education, and specifically education pertaining to sustainable development, which has aspects of food, water, energy, health, environment, and poverty. The grand challenge of our times is that the human species’ behavior on this earth is not sustainable in its present state. In large part, this is due to a broken education system. By building an educational platform for hands-on learning and creating a decentralized learning network, we are accelerating the distribution of information on best practices for sustainable development. The physical learning happens on the ground at “impact centers” - schools for regenerative development. These centers can also share information, best practices, and models with each other and with individuals virtually - an “Appropedia” for impact centers.

MH- OKAY. LET ME GUSH. 

FOR THE WANDERING HEART, IT REALLY TAKES LOADS OF RESEARCH & MANY GOOD FRIENDS TO FIND THESE KINDS OF LEARNING EXPERIENCES. AS A ONCE-&-FOREVER UNSCHOOLER, I'M ECSTATIC ABOUT THIS MODEL AS AN ALTERNATIVE FOR MY SONS, & A CHANCE FOR US TO LEARN TOGETHER AS A FAMILY. NU MUNDO IS ONE OF THOSE IDEAS THAT ARE OBVIOUS IN HINDSIGHT, FULL OF LONGED-COVETED SOLUTIONS FOR EARTHKEEPERS, TRAVELING SEEKERS, & THOSE OF US LOOKING TO LEARN FROM AFAR...

 

Furthermore, we plan to develop templates for any individual anywhere in the world to convert any inhabitable space into a functioning impact center, so the network can scale more quickly.

 

MH- YES.  GENIUS. THIS IS WHERE IT GOES NEXT LEVEL.

 

Ultimately, our goal is to accelerate the growth of an international network of impact centers who can innovate and spread sustainable living techniques to all corners of the earth. The economic and information engine that our platform is creating is supporting social entrepreneurs around the world to create their own impact centers. By demonstrating and reifying a regenerative lifestyle first-hand, we are building a bridge from concept to experience to integration in daily life.

 

MH- THERE'S SO MUCH HAPPENING HERE: LEARNING INDIGENOUS & PLACE-BASED PRACTICES, BEING RIGHT-SIZED {"APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY" WAS ORIGINALLY BASED ON THE IDEA THAT "SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL"}, REALLY DOING THE WORK WITH HEART & HANDS TO BUILD OUT MANY MOVEMENTS, EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION, RELATIONSHIP BUILDING THRU ACTUAL COMMUNITY-BUILDING, & SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSISTED WITH A GLOBAL TECH FRAMEWORK RUN BY TRUE LEARNING TRAVELERS. THE DIVERSE LAYERS OF ALIGNMENT ARE STAGGERING. YOU MUST HAVE A SWEET TEAM! HOW ARE YOU BUILDING AS A COMMUNITY & SUPPORTING EACH OTHER?

Our team is 10 people and growing. We are nomadic, with team members in the US, Brazil, Mexico, and Costa Rica. We meet as a team physically about twice annually, and do team-building activities with each other in beautiful natural locations. When working remotely for the rest of the year, we have regular team meetings. Besides working as a team, we share personal updates about ourselves to bond as much as possible. This helps us reconnect and continue working together, despite being remote.

 

MH- SO YOU ARE ACTUALLY DOING BUSINESS, & RUNNING YOUR PERSONAL & WORK LIVES IN CONSCIOUS COMMUNITY, WITHIN YOUR INNATE GESTURES AS TRAVELING SEEKERS. THIS LEVEL OF VITALITY & INTEGRITY IS INCREDIBLY RARE, AND YET YOU ARE SETTING UP TO MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO ALL OF US! 

HOW IS LEADERSHIP & EQUITY SET UP WITHIN NU MUNDO?

 

  1. As a leader, I’ve implemented dynamic equity as a decentralized ownership structure and holacracy as a decentralized decision-making system for our enterprise for our team. These greatly help with team dynamics, making everyone feel included and passionate about growing the organization.

  2. We are building a community of support among transformational learning centers around the world. As our team moves around the world, we visit centers and build personal relationships with their founders. As we get to know our network, we can send people to exactly the right places based on our team’s first-hand knowledge of the locations in NuMundo’s network.

  3. Through our crowdfunding and launch campaign, we’re supporting the top centers in our network by featuring them through blog articles and creating graphic memes with viral potential and circulating them through large networks who are supporting our campaign right now, such as Sustainable Human and Unify. They are supporting us by donating spectacular experiences as perks for the campaign, which helps us raise funding to continue to build out the platform and offer these centers more services. We speak with the centers in our network on a regular basis to get feedback from them about our platform and how it could help them, and about the problems they face on a daily basis.

 

MH- WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL (GROWTH) EDGE, AND HOW IS THIS WORK GROWING YOUR EDGE?

 

My personal growth edge is certainly money, and business. I have never consciously labeled myself as an entrepreneur until very recently, and even then as a “social entrepreneur”. My desire is to change the world and have a large impact, and I always saw money as one of the plagues of the world, so I avoided it. I have worked for years in developing countries in poverty alleviation. Now I am understanding that financial sustainability and growth is part and parcel of having a global positive impact, especially with this project. Financial abundance flowing through our core team and through the impact centers in our network will have a regenerative impact.

As a founder, I am learning business modeling as I go. This is definitely where I’m being tested. I have incredible advisors who are helping me implement experiments to test hypotheses and assumptions. There is also the tradeoff that a social entrepreneur (or “regenerative entrepreneur”) faces when making decisions that affect profit vs. decisions that imply negative social and environmental externalities.

A book called Regenerative Enterprise by an amazing man named Gregory Landau helped give me a language and framework to understand the type of enterprise I am building.

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MH- SO MANY RESOURCES! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS WORK DAVID, AND GIVING US A PEEK AT THE EDGE YOU'RE LIVING WITH. I'M INSPIRED TO BRING THIS TO THE PACIFIC, WHERE MY FAMILY WORKS WITH PERMACULTURE & TRANSFORMATIONAL GATHERINGS. IT'S SO EASY TO SEE MYSELF INSIDE OF THE OPPORTUNITY & THE NEXT STEPS FOR US. (I'D ALSO LOVE TO SEND SOME FOLKS ON SOME OF THE INSANE CROWDFUNDING REWARD TRIPS YOU GUYS SET UP!  SHAMANIC PERMACULTURE? JUNGLE ESCAPES? YES, THANK YOU) 

xxx, maya

 

PS ~ FIND AN IMPACT CENTER & JOIN THE MOVEMENT ::


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Maya Hackett  Curious. Grateful. Delighted. Pollinator.
  Moves towards life, beauty, magic. Head on Earth, listening for what's needed. Transforms, sharing your light offline, at impossible speeds. Home birthing, urban*steading, unschooled mom of four. Fashion stylist, publisher. Fundraiser, multi-founder. Legacy Architect. Often sleeps at sea, for clarity + support. Gratefully collects minute bits of grace, spins it out as community caramel. With blessed help of thousands, On Purpose.

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