The bio-integrated economy, of which we use the acronym EBI, uses as founding principles some of the emerging phenomena of life from which it is inspired. As explained above, these principles aim to make human development sustainable in a constantly changing environment. It is therefore not a fixed economy, but, conversely, an economy that adapts according to the state of the biosphere.

The three principles of an EBI

1. Self-regulation

The system must self-regulate according to changes observed in the biosphere and human activity. Just like living things that can adapt to new conditions and orient their behaviours to maximize their chances of survival, the economy must also adapt according to biospheric parameters and our own activity. To do this, self-regulation mechanisms must be integrated into the system and not added to the system by the legislative tool (as is currently the case). In an EBI, the main mechanism of regulation is through monetary creation but we will explain this in more detail in the next articles.

2. Exchanges and distribution of energy, matter and information

The exchange and distribution of energy and matter between living things is likely to be the engine of any ecosystem. However, the problem we are currently facing is twofold. First, the current system does not distribute wealth efficiently, it is even the opposite effect that we are seeing through the development of a phenomenon of wealth capture that is growing year after year. Second, beyond the redistribution of wealth between humans, the redistribution of energy/matter to non-humans is even less obvious. In fact, we redistribute the crumbs of our development or worse, unusable waste for the Living. However, all living species need energy/matter to survive, the more we capture it at the expense of the Living, the more it can only decline.

In this context, the EBI proposes several mechanisms that allow:

  • to distribute wealth more efficiently and equitably.
  • redistribute some of the wealth generated to non-humans through "certified dynamic balance projects" that will be explained later.
  • to make more fluid exchanges between the different actors and to constrain the phenomena of wealth capture.
  • to give information visible to all and involving concerning the general state of the biosphere and our activity, the latter will also be explained in more detail later.

3. Stretching towards a dynamic balance

Finally, we have seen through the example of climax, that ecosystems tend towards an "optimum" in terms of growth, i.e. towards stagnation of it. Indeed, trees do not grow into space, the size of animals does not believe in infinity, all living things are subject to natural phenomena that regulate their development.

The function of entropy, increasing the degradation of energy quality, causes the death of individuals, species and ecosystems, but the Living brings out a self-regulation that allows it, to some extent, resilience to external disturbances. When a disease occurs, the immune system provides the individual with the ability to regain health, when a fire burns a part of the forest, it will regrow through the stock of available seeds. These are therefore reversible mechanisms that make the Living move towards a self-organization in "dynamic balance" and to keep it according to environmental parameters.

In the EBI, this dynamic equilibrium mechanism is achieved through the fluctuation of the money supply of an economic zone depending on the impact of human activity on the environment. It allows, for example, to create a balance between the money available in the economy (which allows human activity) and the environmental impact of humans. This mechanism will be explained in more detail later, as it is the driving force behind the EBI.

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