Author : Jim Fruchterman

Jim Fruchterman is a leading social entrepreneur, MacArthur Fellow and Founder of Benetech and Tech Matters, nonprofit technology companies based in Silicon Valley. He's helped create five world changing technology social enterprises (and isn't done yet). His dream is to bring Silicon Valley's technology innovations to all of humanity, not just the richest 5%.

Terraso: SimCity for the real world

Imagine if we could help communities understand what business as usual will mean for them in twenty years. What would happen if the status quo for a given community and existing economic and climate trends simply continue? And then imagine if we could help them think about what if? What if bad land use policies could be reduced 20%? What if we had more investment in regenerative agriculture? What if we protected the watershed for our provincial capital, conserving those forests for wildlife, and didnā€™t have to invest in an expensive water treatment plant?

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