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We co-design and execute investable deals and ventures

Triple Bottom Line

One Region at a Time

Investment at landscape scale

Aurora Impact is focused on creating a new wave of natural economic development opportunities for regions and cities, improving the quality of life, environment and creating jobs for citizens and wellbeing for communities. 

WE ARE.

We are an incubator and accelerator of evergreen enterprises and long term investment to effectively and profitably regenerate 1 billion hectares of degraded grasslands worldwide. As a neutral convener and organizer of co-investors we enable combining high impact ventures and projects at multiple scales, offering synergies, reduced risks and shorter execution times.

WE DO.

We actively create and transact investable deals that deliver land restoration results and financial returns for investors in a wide variety of sectors worldwide. We design-build and execute systemic projects that engage the participation of a range of investors and generate a consistent source of capital to ensure the evergreen potential of these projects.

WE DELIVER.

We conduct high intensity events to achieve results in compressed time at landscape scales. We implement Nature Enterprise Zones modelled on the well-known Special Economic Zones real estate model, creating waterfalls of benefits that are adequate for pensions, endowments and foundations to fulfil their governing charters of trust.

Restoring land is the single largest clean energy source via photosynthesis.

The major means to improve water retention and sequester carbon.

Indispensable to grow food, fibres and store water to address world needs.

Create investable assets with adequate returns for long term capital.

Achieve results in compressed time frames.

Our Philosophy

Our Team

Our team blends long and diverse experiences to create and transact investable deals and to operate system scale incubation processes.

Our backgrounds are in systemic challenges, co-creation, merchant banking, fund management, structured finance, enterprise models, facilitation, research, technology, start-ups, organizational and institutional change.

Aleks Blumentals

Aleks Blumentals

Founder and CEO

Working in multiple industries across the world, including years of experience with A.T. Kearney, Ernst & Young and EDS, Aleks has led the systems design, strategy, supply chain and organizational transformation of some of the biggest companies. As as social entrepreneur his focus is on the “big issues” of water, climate change and whole landscape restoration to augment the capacity of organizations and people to cope with the scale of change our civilization is creating, to stimulate the emergence of a more circular economy and resilient ecosystems.

Gavin Peacock

Gavin Peacock

Founder

Gavin has over 25 years’ experience in Investment Banking with JP Morgan, Barclays Capital, WestLB, Citigroup, Credit Suisse and Salomon Brothers International, has lent him a deep knowledge of asset classes and structuring risks in new business initiatives in domestic and international markets. With a refocused purpose Gavin is now called to connect and engage with others already doing impactful work contributing to individual, organizational and systemic change across the world.

Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor

Co-Founder

Matt is a designer, inventor, teacher, facilitator, sailor and entrepreneur. He has focused a fifty-two year career on the application of architectural design methods to solving complex, systemic problems found at the intersection of physical environments, ecologies, organizational practices and visionary ideas. Matt has developed and field-tested his approach in over 3,000 documented cases worldwide and is among the very top collaborative space and process architects in the World.

Tim MacDonald

Tim MacDonald

Evergreen Investment Partner

Tim is the author of the evergreen direct investing model for pensions + endowments + foundations as superfiduciaries deploying equity into enterprise, directly, and an authority on the workings of the modern financial system, as a system through which society decides which projects of the future can, should and will be made to happen. Tim’s knowledge has been developed over a 30+ year career as a partnership tax and transactions expert, a deal lawyer and deal-maker, in Real Estate, Corporate Finance, Leveraged Equipment Lease Financing and Renewables. Tim is a Senior Fellow at the Capital Institute leading research on The Evergreen Direct Investment Model.

Patsy Kahoe

Patsy Kahoe

Senior Partner

Patsy’s focus for over twenty years has been the delivery of large group collaborative process events to solve complex, systemic challenges in a compressed time frame. She joined MG Taylor Corporation in 1994, playing a central corporate role during its expansion, including the licensing and transfer of the Taylor Methodology to Ernst & Young, the World Economic Forum and other organizations around the world. Patsy is part of the facilitation team for city-scale transformation initiatives in the U.S. and member of the advisory team for this initiative, as well as Sponsor Liaison for the Global Innovation Summit.

Aleks Blumentals

Aleks Blumentals

Founder and CEO

Working in multiple industries across the world, including years of experience with A.T. Kearney, Ernst & Young and EDS, Aleks has led the systems design, strategy, supply chain and organizational transformation of some of the biggest companies. As as social entrepreneur his focus is on the “big issues” of water, climate change and whole landscape restoration to augment the capacity of organizations and people to cope with the scale of change our civilization is creating, to stimulate the emergence of a more circular economy and resilient ecosystems.

Gavin Peacock

Gavin Peacock

Founder

Gavin has over 25 years’ experience in Investment Banking with JP Morgan, Barclays Capital, WestLB, Citigroup, Credit Suisse and Salomon Brothers International, has lent him a deep knowledge of asset classes and structuring risks in new business initiatives in domestic and international markets. With a refocused purpose Gavin is now called to connect and engage with others already doing impactful work contributing to individual, organizational and systemic change across the world.

Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor

Co-Founder

Matt is a designer, inventor, teacher, facilitator, sailor and entrepreneur. He has focused a fifty-two year career on the application of architectural design methods to solving complex, systemic problems found at the intersection of physical environments, ecologies, organizational practices and visionary ideas. Matt has developed and field-tested his approach in over 3,000 documented cases worldwide and is among the very top collaborative space and process architects in the World.

Tim MacDonald

Tim MacDonald

Evergreen Investment Partner

Tim is the author of the evergreen direct investing model for pensions + endowments + foundations as superfiduciaries deploying equity into enterprise, directly, and an authority on the workings of the modern financial system, as a system through which society decides which projects of the future can, should and will be made to happen. Tim’s knowledge has been developed over a 30+ year career as a partnership tax and transactions expert, a deal lawyer and deal-maker, in Real Estate, Corporate Finance, Leveraged Equipment Lease Financing and Renewables. Tim is a Senior Fellow at the Capital Institute leading research on The Evergreen Direct Investment Model.

Patsy Kahoe

Patsy Kahoe

Senior Partner

Patsy’s focus for over twenty years has been the delivery of large group collaborative process events to solve complex, systemic challenges in a compressed time frame. She joined MG Taylor Corporation in 1994, playing a central corporate role during its expansion, including the licensing and transfer of the Taylor Methodology to Ernst & Young, the World Economic Forum and other organizations around the world. Patsy is part of the facilitation team for city-scale transformation initiatives in the U.S. and member of the advisory team for this initiative, as well as Sponsor Liaison for the Global Innovation Summit.

We are engaging people around the word in a Journey of Co-creation.

We are transforming how Superfiduciaries and stewards of long term capital think about investment  because linear investment models cannot support a circular economy.

Our Approach

What we do

We bring together the key players that make up our regions through live incubation Lab events and technology solutions. We capture what comes out of these initiatives in large scale prototypes through design-build-operate ventures, and share the opportunities with long term investors, partners and the community at large.

Activity

Partnership Development

Convening carefully curated Founder Groups we add a “do-tank” capacity to cities, regions, roundtables and mission-driven organizations to craft the platforms they need to execute systemic scale projects. We engage key players in a remarkable collaboration that augments their impact on their respective missions and together on the future of our planet.

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
Michelangelo

Aurora Impact is designed to primarily serve: impact-driven cities and regions in search of resilience; enterprise leaders and entrepreneurs creating products and services with systemic impact potential; and, permanent capital base stewards and impact investors with a capacity to invest for long term regeneration, sustainability, and thriving futures.

Enterprise Incubation

In order to restore all land to natural ecosystem capacity, individuals from the worlds of finance, agriculture, food production, textile manufacture, fashion, the water utilities, science and nature conservation must embark together on a journey of discovery and co-creation, crafting tangible landscape scale prototypes.

“Burning one hectare of grassland gives off more, and more damaging pollutants than 6,000 cars. And we are burning in Africa, every single year,more than one billion hectares.”
Allan Savory

We think this can be done profitably with an “enterprise model” integrating revenue streams from multiple business models (land management, food and fibres, clean energy, ecosystem services and others), to create a waterfall of benefits that are adequate for pensions, endowments and foundations to fulfil their governing charters of trust. Our belief is that “evergreen enterprises” are optimally suited to achieve systemic change and deliver forever returns to superfiduciaries.

Commercial model deployment

To implement large scale prototypes we use holistic planning and management at landscape scale creating a common execution framework for multiple business models.

  • Low costs for energy, living and business operations.
  • Sustainable animal husbandry, land management, farms model.
  • Monitoring of biological results by independent globally acknowledged organization.
  • Traceability of raw material origin for brands; branded meat, wool, etc.
  • Virtuous circle of job creation for local communities keeping much of the cashflow within the local economy.
  • Funds and fund-of-funds models to underwrite the investments.

The returns produced are adequate for commercial and impact investors while at the same time leading to ecological outcomes sequestering carbon, reducing droughts and floods, increasing biomass and biodiversity.

Partnerships

  • Cloudburst Foundation

    Leader in media and global events raising awareness and community engagement on initiatives that could make a real difference. Cloudburst promotes people and initiatives stimulating a global collaboration, and celebrating humanity and the power of individuals to make a positive difference for themselves and for the planet.

    Cloudburst Foundation
  • Savory Network

    Thirty  Hubs and counting deploying holistic management methods in all regions of the world. These locally owned and operated Hubs ensure that social, cultural, economic and environmental dimensions are fully integrated into the sustainable dynamic operational planning processes.

    Savory Network
  • Ovis 21

    South America hub managing 1.2 m ha (3m acres)  with Nature Conservancy monitoring, delivering spectacular land restoration and sustainable wool results in Patagonia.

    Ovis 21
  • Savory Institute

    World leader shaping the natural solutions for land degradation at landscape scale. Savory Global has a proven track record of holistic management applied in brittle environments worldwide with monitoring by reputed global organizations.

    Savory Institute
  • Cloudburst Foundation

    Leader in media and global events raising awareness and community engagement on initiatives that could make a real difference. Cloudburst promotes people and initiatives stimulating a global collaboration, and celebrating humanity and the power of individuals to make a positive difference for themselves and for the planet.

    Cloudburst Foundation
  • Savory Network

    Thirty  Hubs and counting deploying holistic management methods in all regions of the world. These locally owned and operated Hubs ensure that social, cultural, economic and environmental dimensions are fully integrated into the sustainable dynamic operational planning processes.

    Savory Network
  • Ovis 21

    South America hub managing 1.2 m ha (3m acres)  with Nature Conservancy monitoring, delivering spectacular land restoration and sustainable wool results in Patagonia.

    Ovis 21
  • Savory Institute

    World leader shaping the natural solutions for land degradation at landscape scale. Savory Global has a proven track record of holistic management applied in brittle environments worldwide with monitoring by reputed global organizations.

    Savory Institute

News

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“Future Ready Now” Investors Lab moved to Sep 2015

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Immersive lab at Milan Expo channeling $1bn into land restoration

Future Ready 2

Agri Investor reported on the Lab event we have planned in Milan to start discussions around a $1 billion grassland restoration fund.  The wider aim of the project Future Ready Now is to be working on the restoration of 1 billion hectares of degraded grasslands globally by 2025. This incubation stage of a project will attract high-profile celebrities to a launch gala

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