Regeneration: a strategic view

How to go beyond good intentions and become a global decentralized moonshot

Rafael Kaufmann
11 min readMar 15, 2023
Solarpunk, a large, busy, NASA-like control center, in the middle of the room is a hologram of the Earth, people are planning global ecosystem regeneration operations. Source: Midjourney

This article was originally posted on the ReFi DAO Blog.

Hello everyone! I’m Rafael, CTO of Digital Gaia. We’re on a mission to ignite a regenerative agricultural revolution from the bottom-up, using open science and AI to empower the world’s 1 billion farmers and land stewards with decentralized tools to measure and monetize their regenerative performance.

Before embarking on this journey, I worked at the intersection of business strategy and software development computational modeling for over 16 years (6 of those at Google). In my career I’ve had a lot of mentors and seen a lot of useful patterns and primitives that help collectives achieve their goals — coming from various disciplines such as systems investment, corporate strategy, ecosystem development, computer science, and game theory. Importantly, I’ve also seen a lot of stuff attempted in practice which fell by the wayside, despite best intentions, thanks to the Law of Unintended Consequences!

So how am I taking the lessons learned here and apply them to thinking around the problem of effectively financing planetary regeneration? In a nutshell, this problem is the ultimate instantiation of some classic strategy problems: