Pythia Capital’s Delphian Research: Divining The Future We Want

by | Dec 7, 2022 | living systems investing

We thought it would be helpful to discuss our Delphian Research in more detail, as it is foundational in how we apply our living system investment principles.

We divine future investment potential across many diverse areas using natural evolutionary intelligence. We are offering a new type of global prognostic investment research across industry, technical and scientific areas that has the power to shape the future more proactively, so that everyone has the potential to thrive and live more in harmony with each other and the environment.

Our style of prognostic research is a bit different. We do not act all-knowing with our crystal ball telling people what is going to happen. Rather we look at various “attributes” of various trends (micro-themes and micro-trends), ask provocative questions and present information using our unique process that helps the readers discern for themselves future paths that have the most coherence. We apply the lenses of the various aspects of our living system framework, in novel and exploratory ways.

Our unique prognostic research can help investors better align systemic value, systemic risk, and investment returns on a macro and micro level. Our research can help investors sort through information overload, find new opportunities and risk manage their portfolios, whether private, public, or blockchain/crypto projects.

Uncertainty can be a path for creativity rather than a path for fear when we learn to leave room for the joy of synchronistic discovery by bringing people together that would normally not speak with each other. There are self-organizing groups of people coming together all over the world to creatively brainstorm about how to make the world a more thriving, just, and healthy place. The groups we resonate with the most are groups of entrepreneurial people that are fringe, eclectic and interdisciplinary. However, people in these fringe groups tend not to be trusting toward predominant investment and industry players. With this crowd, blindly chasing “impact or sustainable investors” is not the answer either as most of these investors are still following linear investment approaches that are incoherent with emergent, innovations based on the true physics and creativity of natural intelligence.

Many investors (impact or not) often pursue investments in trendy areas, resulting in herd investing that eventually explodes causing many unintended trade offs and leaves out many fringe entrepreneurs that have highly creative, off the beaten path ideas (We need these “edge” entrepreneurs, borrowing principles from permaculture, for the innovation needed to solve really hard problems). This is because predominant economic models steer you in these directions by definition, resulting in the few controlling the many and a loss of individual agency. Our current economic paradigm results in centralized, concentrated cartels of power and wealth.

An economic framework based on living complex systems would help to balance concentrated power with more resilient decentralized and distributed systems. It is not possible to solve any of our complex problems such as our interrelated health and environmental crises using the existing economic framework. What is certain using this framework (even when you mean well) is that money will flow from those that have the least to those that have the most and none of the problems will get better. They will actually get worse. You can already see this happening in the world. Our current economic models do not consider the reality of interrelated, nonlinear, complex adaptive systems.

Pursuing financial returns without primary consideration of intrinsic value (which considers our ecological surroundings and social systems by definition) means there is no effective mechanism to unwind what is harmful for society or the earth. Unfortunately, that means there are many lies and efforts to control narratives to keep the old power structures going. Pursuing unlimited growth predominantly for more wealth and power is causing extreme incoherence in our global systems, harming ecological systems, human health, vitality, diversity and overall individual sovereignty. This is all starting to break down into chaos today with overlapping global crises. Our economic system is not separate from nature or her cycles. Applying permaculture principles to business and investing restores interlinked economic, ecological and social lenses, but in a way that is naturally coherent with natural systemic principles. This is the primary reason why these principles work better than simple ESG principles. They are also very honest. If we are out of balance, it is very clear, and no amount of narrative shaping can change this illuminated view of reality.

The same people that have benefited the most from the existing extractive economic systems are the same ones that sit on the top of the food chains of most major corporations, big banks, think tanks and large NGOs that claim they are working to solve humanity’s problems. Even if these groups and people mean well (in reality some do and some do not), too much top-down control in our global economic systems will not improve things for the good of all, regardless of how many warm and fuzzy labels you use.

We need more bottoms up empowerment for people in our global economic systems to repair and restore our global systems and the earth. Following natural intelligence means balancing centralized governance systems with decentralized, distributed, self-organizing and self-correcting nested systems. In other words, we need more “Yin” and less “Yang” to live more creative and vibrant lives, not more academics writing big, detailed papers with lots of footnotes and diagrams.

The way these fringe entrepreneurs perceive the world is very different. Both the breakthrough opportunities and the shadows in society are more transparent to them, especially when they get together and support each other.

Intense polarization and corruption in the world are blocking more groups like this from finding aligned resources, but they are also reminding us, deep down inside why diversity in every sense is necessary, including diversity of perspectives. We need to be radically honest with ourselves and each other in order to understand what is at stake. Are we all so caught up in our need to be right or our fear of change (often framed by our upbringing, education, career, socioeconomic background, culture…) that we leave no room for the new? We are all so focused on solving problems with our linear, anti-nature economic lenses that we are often missing the magic for how significant new discoveries usually happen. Please see the following blog for more information on why great new discoveries are often not planned: Why Are Divergent Thinkers Ostracized?

We believe that investors aligned with our authentic living systems investment framework are better partners for these very special entrepreneurs. We have an atypical investment approach and focus on innovations on “the edge of chaos”. The interrelated, systemic global crises are already causing considerable chaos, so the timing is ripe for new evolutionary leaps in how we can best support and fund these special entrepreneurs.

We are also offering experiential educational research on our living systems investment framework from a wide range of perspectives.

We share our intelligence through a variety of experiential educational services, virtual conferences, community forums, webinars, videos, podcasts, subject specific newsletters, and metadata.

We believe in asking uncomfortable questions and do not shy away from controversy. In this way, we leave room for emergent, breakthrough innovation by leveraging the dynamic tension of respectful, active listening to people with diverse perspectives.

The beauty of the living system principles we use is that they attract the most creative, innovative, high integrity, fringe thinkers, scientists, technologists, and entrepreneurs in the world.

This is not for the linear mind that likes to play it safe with consensus views and group think. In a nutshell, we are divergent in the best sense of the word. This is where all the magic happens.

Please click here to learn more about our first service launch called “The Pythia Delphian Research.”