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Purposeful Ecosystem - a collaborative economy for the common good

Jens Rinnelt May 14, 2021

Can our work per default be impact-driven and contribute to the common good?

Can we detach the value of work from the value of people and their needs, in order to provide people with what they need in a fair way?

Can we live a good life while collaborating for the well-being of all life? 

Can we create a simpler, yet more effective economic system that is based on trustful relationships? 


Although these questions might sound like the beginning of an utopian vision, they were the starting point for a group of people to experiment with a new economic setup. An economy where resources are shared and provided to those that need them the most. An economy where opportunities are transparent and open for all. An economy where resources are valued and used effectively for the common good. In short – a Resource Based Economy that per design enables trustful and purposeful collaboration for the common Good. 


At the end of 2020 the Purposeful Ecosystem (PES) was initiated in Germany by an international group of four people, who have been working with capacity and capability training for self-organizing and organizational transformation work based on Integral theory and the “TEAL” movement. PES is inspired by diverse theories and ideas as participatory democracy, decision-making and governance, as well as the Commons.

By May 2021 the initiative has been growing to around 10 people. Their trust and willingness to not only believe that a better economy is possible but to also to take courageous action to learn how to make it happen, provides the story for this inspiring open dialogue with two of the initiators. 


The Purposeful Ecosystem is based on three fundamental principles:

  • Sustainability – Preserving and using wisely our resources
  • Fairness – The needs of all people are equally important
  • Free Flow – Transparent access to all opportunities

PES is a scalable network of equals that leverages their mutual trust and energy, to interact effectively for the common good. It thus provides a viable alternative to the currently ubiquitous competitive economy.


Fireside Chat

Meta Themes

  • Equity & Inclusion

  • Stakeholder Economics & Leadership

  • Social Entrepreneurship

  • Impact Investing


Purpose and Desired Outcome

Describe the workings and learnings from an Purposeful Ecosystem, a radically simplified and sustainable kind of resource based economy, so that participants - Reflect on the mindset needed to achieve what we all collectively need and our current economy doesn't seem to be capable of; - Learn about an experimental, impact-first economical setup with all the future potentials and current practical challenges; - Understand ways to collaborate for purposeful activities in growing levels of interdependence; - Explore synergies to have a good life AND work impactfully.


  • Corporate & SME

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Service Providers

  • Accelerators & Incubators

  • Academia


  • NameJens Rinnelt
  • TitleBusinesshumanizer & Ecosystem Gardener
  • OrganizationPurposeful Ecosystem e.V.
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameAndrea Demaria
  • TitleOrganizational Development & Ecosystem Gardener
  • OrganizationPurposeful Ecosystem e.V.
  • StatusConfirmed
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