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From Water to Wallet: combining doughnut economics & mutual credit in Appalachia for sustainable impact

Nathan Phillips July 13, 2022

Concerned citizens started meeting in North Carolina to create a sustainable economy, based on Doughnut Economics, for their local watershed through regenerative, local partnerships and projects that emphasize the need for future-forward thinking that will benefit their community through food security, clean water, and reduced taxes.

While they will raise funding for the project through a DAF and crowdfunding marketplace, they will be able to exponentially expand the impact and lifespan of their work through a mutual credit toolkit called ReSource.

Since the impact area of the group’s project includes multiple municipalities including Asheville, the largest regional city, and is alongside efforts by Buncombe County to determine their 20-Year Comprehensive Plan for sustainable development policies, this initiative can be a demonstration of how grassroots movements can operate in this critical decade, and motivate and inform people to do elsewhere in the US and the world.


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Reimagine Systems


Delivery Equity & Inclusion, Advance Democracy, Accelerate Climate Action

Purpose and Desired Outcome

The purpose of this session is to share the value and power of decentralized & doughnut economics; how mutual credit expands potential for impact investing; and new ways to invest in grassroots movements. The audience members will walk away with a better understanding of using new financial systems removes systemic barriers to equity and inclusivity along with knowledge of an open-source toolkit to help them do that.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Asset Managers

  • Service Providers

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)


  • NameKevin Doyle Jones
  • TitleFounder
  • OrganizationWatershed Marketplace
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameAshley Taylor Buck
  • TitleCOO
  • OrganizationReSource
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameNathan Phillips
  • TitleDirector of Strategic Partnerships
  • OrganizationReSource
  • StatusConfirmed
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