Helping 1 billion people in the tropical forests – Drea Burbank

Drea Burbank Savimbo
Drea Burbank Savimbo

Today, we are learning from Drea Burbank.

Drea is an MD-technologist and founder/CEO of Savimbo, which sells fair-trade carbon credits. Drea lives in the Colombian Amazon. Her international team of 300+ delinquent savants hacks carbon markets to support jungle small-farmers who conserve and reforest. She’s addicted to yoga, passionate about creation, and prone to profanity or poetry — sometimes both.

Let’s get started…

In this conversation with Drea Burbank, I learned:

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 02:25 What we do, stop deforestation and sell climate products.
  • 05:00 The transition for the farmers to using tech.
  • 06:00 Drea explains why deforestation is happening. The credit market is really inequitable.
  • 07:45 Savimbo is about how to save a planet.
  • 08:40 The short version of the backstory of Savimbo.
  • 09:10 She discovered that her IQ was undesirable high.
  • 12:00 Switching career from firefighter to Med school.
  • 13:25 The effect of yoga on the physics.
  • 15:20 The start of Savimbo with the assignment from the local medicine men for Drea.
  • 19:05 The differences between conserving primary forest and optimizing a deforested area.
  • 20:30 The important reasons why it is stupid to ship soy from the Amazon to Europe and the US.
  • 21:20 It is easy to replace palm oil with forest oils.
  • 22:30 One billion people live in tropical forests.
  • 22:55 Three emerging technologies have changed everything in the last couple of years in these areas: satellite monitoring, electronic banking, and WhatsApp.
  • 24:25 The effect of micropayments.
  • 24:50 How we can help Savimbo, growth capital, buy credits, subscribe to a small farmer.
  • 26:15 A better gift for family and friends.
  • 29:35 Testing business partnerships in the Amazon based on consciousness.
  • 31:00 Full commitment to one project.
  • 32:55 Using open data to be transparent about where the money is going.
  • 33:40 The first years of a new company are like having a baby, it’s crying all the time. You work all the time.
  • 34:40 The difference in the concept of time. Indigenous people don’t work with time.
  • 37:35 Low living cost and low income, everything goes back into the company.
  • 39:05 The three founders started the company to give back.
  • 39:35 The feeling of enough enables you to do amazing work.
  • 40:30 How to stop chasing for more.
  • 42:15 A death and rebirth process, and losing everything that you have.
  • 45:20 Research on giftedness and research on Positive disintegration. Okay with the death and rebirth cycle.
  • 47:20 The death and rebirth cycle as a planet. We are attached to colonialism and restoration and those need to die.
  • 48:35 Indigenous people are cool and this is why.

Book: Shaman Gurl: Kundalini, mischief, and a judicious amount of mayhem – Drea Burbank

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