Laconic Infrastructure Partners is an American Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) company that is developing large scale organic regenerative eco-culture projects alongside the company’s proprietary environmental sensing platform, SADAR. At Blue Earth Summit Mike Weeks will be giving a presentation on microbes, mangroves and environmental monitoring.
“The reason I am giving this talk is, there is no single approach that is going to get us out of this mess that we are in. From the climate change perspective, from pollution, from the loss of biodiversity, there is no single approach.
I can tell you microbes, mangroves and environmental monitoring won’t get us out of it either, but it is going to make a big impact and so I’m going to talk about a systems approach to a complex problem. You cannot take a simplified idea or simplified attitude to something as complex as natural systems collapsing.”
Mike is the lead for global business development at Laconic Infrastructure Partners, an ESG company that Mike says has ‘a no BS approach to environmental social governance’. Mike explains that at Laconic, everything they do is ‘environmentally and socially sound. So many big companies put ESG on their proverbial and literal business cards but, it’s just greenwashing.’
Mike lives in Bali with his wife and two sons for the purpose of raising them in an enriched and unique culture. In Bali, materialism is not the driving force, people are deeply entrenched in their spiritual and community beliefs and karma pretty much runs the decision making for Balinese people. From a perspective that runs through Blue Earth Summit in terms of Environmentalism, Bali is actually a very special place.
“The Balinese government is making a huge push to turn Bali organic in the next 3-4 years. They want to turn Bali into a utopia and also bring back the biodiversity that has been lost in the so called green revolution.”
Although Bali is a victim of its own tourism success, the Indonesian island hopes to attract a different type of visitor; people who want to respect and invest in protecting its natural assets. The vision of ‘total organic’ is one that will compel eco-tourism to thrive and entice people who want to be a part of Bali’s future.
Mike talks to host Laura Nesbitt about some of the amazing projects he’s working on currently, including restoring polluted rice paddies, cleaning river systems and developing a centre of excellence for regenerative agriculture.
“We say to anyone who wants to work with us at Laconic, come to Bali or our offices in Chicago. Visit our farmers in Bali and see the work we are doing there; stand on the land that we are restoring, be a part of the relationships we are building. Come and see where we put our money. Speak to our farmers when we are not around, see the non-chemical inputs that we use, see the deep commitment [our farmers] have, and ask them if they love the work they are doing?”
Mike is personally and professionally heavily invested in Laconic’s approach to protecting and restoring the natural world, and not least of all because of his own children.
“I’m not a farmer, but I do have a deep interest in agriculture because I have two children, and I suspect that agriculture will be one of the major factors in the years ahead that will either ruin the planet or give us a chance to restore and protect it.”