The objective: to explore the natural roots of investment networks

At Sustainathon 2017, we’ll begin by exploring a compelling multilevel pattern: gut bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi control the distribution of biomass and geochemical resources in animals and plants in a manner very similar to our banking and stock market investment processes. Do financial investment markets unknowingly mirror the system of ecological exchange networks?

The possibilities are incredible to say the least. If, for instance, phosphorus operates as a currency in plant and animal networks, is it possible for us to capture the value of sub-soil exchange transactions and convert it into digital currency? Can this currency give rise to exchanges between human economics and ecosystems? Only time, and research, will tell.

We’re investigating this pattern across levels through three different fields of research led by three experts.