Lunar Innovation: The Future of Global Governance | Celestial Citizen Podcast

Celestial Citizen Season 4 Ep. 4 with Jacob Malthouse Available Now!

Britt Duffy Adkins
2 min readFeb 2, 2023

On today’s episode, we will be discussing lunar policy and governance, getting better acquainted with the Open Lunar Foundation, and comparing the early days of ESG investing with the emerging space investment landscape.

On today’s show we are joined by Jacob Malthouse. Jacob works on the design and application of international multi-stakeholder governance models that empower open innovation. At the UNEP Finance Initiative Jacob project-managed the first global collaboration of financial institutions to undertake research on the materiality of ESG (which stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance) issues to equity pricing (report here). This work, along with the Freshfields report on the fiduciary duty of ESG issues, laid the foundations for the Principles for Responsible Investment (or PRI). Along with James Gifford, Jacob ran the PRI process until the first investor meeting. Jacob then left the UNEP Finance Initiative to join ICANN, the nonprofit responsible for critical aspects of technical Internet governance. While at ICANN, he developed and launched the ICANN fellowships program and was a founding member of the ICANN Global Partnerships team. Jacob left ICANN to co-found the .eco Internet domain with Trevor Bowden and Anastasia O’Rourke. Jacob was Director and CEO of Big Room Inc, the company behind the .eco domain registry, for ten years. After exiting from .eco he worked with Foresight — Canada’s leading cleantech accelerator — on their ecosystem strategy, including open innovation challenges and cluster development.

Jacob is now advising Open Lunar Foundation on novel approaches to applied policy development that will enable more resilient lunar futures. His work in finance, cleantech, digital technology, and consumer advocacy has been covered in major news media around the world including the Financial Times, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the BBC, the CBC and many, many others.

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Britt Duffy Adkins

Founder at Celestial Citizen | Space Urban Planner | She/her | Planning Humanity’s Future on Earth. Moon. Mars. Beyond.