Next Economy Now: Highlighting the Leaders Who are Using Business as a Force for Good

Next Economy Now: Highlighting the Leaders Who are Using Business as a Force for Good
Next Economy Now highlights the leaders that are …
Andrea Armeni: Transforming Finance To Finance Transformation
Mar 22 • 43 min
Andrea Armeni is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Transform Finance, a field-building non-profit organization working at the intersection of capital and social change by building bridges between investors, communities, and other stakeholders.…
Matthew Monahan - Technology in Service to Justice Through Enlightened Enterprise
Mar 11 • 33 min
In this episode of Next Economy Now, Kevin Bayuk, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Matthew Monahan, co-founder and CEO of the 150 person technology company and certified B Corp, Inflection. Matthew is humble and successful entrepreneur, a thoughtful…
Carol Sanford - Evolving the Mindset of Business Leaders for the Regenerative Paradigm
Mar 4 • 52 min
“My work goes into helping people understand what it means to help people evolve capacity in the way that life works….” - Carol Sanford In this episode of Next Economy Now, Kevin Bayuk, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Carol Sanford. Carol is a much…
Joe Hudson: The Awakened Investor – Making Awakening Ubiquitous
Feb 26 • 41 min
In this episode of Next Economy Now, Kevin Bayuk, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Joe Hudson. Joe is the founder and managing director of One Earth Capital. He has decades of both corporate experience in helping build companies in personal…
Vincent Stanley: Patagonia’s Director of Philosophy on the Next Economy
Feb 19 • 57 min
Ryan Honeyman, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy at Patagonia and Visiting Fellow at Yale School of Management. Vincent and Ryan discuss how an economic collapse, a car wash, and a postcard from Vincent’s…
Marjorie Kelly: Democratizing the Economy from the Ground Up
Feb 11 • 39 min
Marjorie Kelly is Senior Fellow and Executive Vice President at The Democracy Collaborative. The Democracy Collaborative is a non-profit organization that works towards a new economic system where shared ownership and control creates more equitable and…
Fran Seegull: Introducing the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance
Feb 5 • 48 min
Fran Seegull is Executive Director of the U.S Impact Investing Alliance, which is supported by the Ford Foundation, Omidyar Network and the F.B. Heron Foundation, among others. The organization’s mission is to champion the power of impact investing in the…
Dana Lanza: Impact Investing, Mission-Related Philanthropy, and Owning What You Own
Jan 22 • 49 min
Dana launched Confluence Philanthropy in August of 2009 as a special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, after serving as the executive director of the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA). While at EGA, Dana provided networking services…
Birju Pandya: Money, Social Good, and Inner Transformation
Jan 21 • 41 min
Formerly a consultant for McKinsey & Company, Birju Pandya focuses on the nexus of money, social good and inner transformation and works with organizations on the cutting edge of this inquiry. He is a Managing Director with Armonia, a private equity firm…
Jessie Spector: How Much Wealth is Enough?
Jan 5 • 41 min
In this episode of Next Economy Now, Ryan Honeyman, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Jessie Spector, Executive Director at Resource Generation. As an activist and donor, Jessie participates in several innovative cross-class models of wealth…
Kristin Hull: Realizing The Next Economy with Your Investment Portfolio
Jan 5 • 36 min
In this episode of Next Economy Now, Ryan Honeyman, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Kristin Hull, Partner & Portfolio Manager at Green Alpha Advisors and President & Co-founder at Nia Global Solutions. Kristin’s background is in impact investing…
Shamini Dhana: How Ethical Fashion Connects You to Place and Planet
Dec 20, 2016 • 41 min
In this episode of Next Economy Now, Ryan Honeyman, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Shamini Dhana, CEO and Founder of Dhana, Inc. Shamini launched Dhana, Inc. in 2008, to celebrate our global connections between people and our planet through…
Kate Poole: Redistributing Wealth and Power
Dec 20, 2016 • 38 min
In this episode of Next Economy Now, Ryan Honeyman, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Kate Poole. Kate co-leads Regenerative Finance, a collective of young people with wealth working to shift control of capital to communities most affected by racial,…
Omar Freilla: Worker Cooperative Development as a Comprehensive Solution for Our Time
Dec 10, 2016 • 43 min
Omar Freilla is the founder and coordinator for Green Worker Cooperatives in the south bronx, where they run the Coop Academy to empower a new generation of small local businesses that are cooperatively owned and operated.
John Abrams: Behind the Scenes at the World’s Top Scoring B Corp
Dec 5, 2016 • 48 min
John Abrams, founder and CEO of the South Mountain Co, a Design Build construction firm operating for over 4 decades on Martha’s vineyard. They are a worker owned cooperative and boast the highest B Corp certification score in the world! His book…
Andrew Baskin: Reflections from a Next Economy Millennial
Dec 4, 2016 • 37 min
Andrew Baskin, Executive Fellow at LIFT Economy, is currently finishing his Bachelor’s of Science in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems with an emphasis in regenerative & cooperative economics at the University of California, Davis. Andrew is a…
Lou Paradise: The business of pain, hope and healing
Nov 27, 2016 • 43 min
In this episode of Next Economy Now, Shawn Berry, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Lou Paradise, founder and CEO of Topical Biomedics. Topical BioMedics is the research and development leader in transdermal pain relief and healing products, committed…
Jessica Bonanno + Adam Trott: Cooperative models for community based economic development
Nov 14, 2016 • 46 min
Jessica Bonanno from the Democracy Collaborative and Adam Trott from the Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives. The Democracy Collaborative has been doing important work around community wealth building, one of their most notable projects being the…
Sharon Rowe: The Magic of Tiny Business
Nov 14, 2016 • 28 min
Sharon Rowe, founder and CEO of EcoBags. EcoBags was one of the first brands to market with their reusable tote bags, founded in 1989 in NYC. I have had the pleasure to get to know Sharon over the last few years as a part of the Hudson Valley and NYC B…
Joe Whitworth: Redefining Conservation for the Next Economy
Nov 7, 2016 • 48 min
Joe Whitworth, President of the Freshwater Trust, discusses the notion of “quantified conservation,” the effects of animal agriculture on water usage, and how any business can help address the water crisis. Joe also discusses the resources, books, and…
Jeffrey Hollender - Taking a Systems Approach to Designing the Next Economy
Oct 29, 2016 • 35 min
“It’s not enough to build your own company, you have to participate in building the whole ecosystem… ” - Jeffrey Hollender Jeffrey is a thought leader on corporate responsibility, sustainability and social equity. His decades of experience have covered…
Alison Lingane: Worker-Ownership, the Coop Incubator, and Addressing the Silver Tsunami
Oct 24, 2016 • 45 min
Alison Lingane is the Cofounder of Project Equity. Project Equity is a nonprofit organization that fosters economic resiliency by demonstrating and replicating strategies to increase worker ownership. In this interview, we discuss some of the differences…
10 Power: Solar as the Backbone for a New Economy - in Haiti and Beyond
Oct 17, 2016 • 29 min
In this episode of Next Economy Now, Erin Axelrod, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Sandra Kwak, Founder and CEO of 10 Power, a woman-owned company that finances renewable energy in developing communities.
Rick Ridgeway: Why Patagonia is Moving From Sustainability to Regeneration
Oct 2, 2016 • 42 min
Rick Ridgeway, VP of Environmental Initiatives, is one of the originals at Patagonia. He was rock climbing buddies with Yvon Chouinard before Patagonia was founded in 1973. In this episode, we discuss Rick’s background as a photographer and filmmaker, his…
Blake Jones: Employee Ownership and Extreme Transparency as competitive advantages
Sep 26, 2016 • 40 min
Blake Jones is the President of Namaste Solar, a 100% employee-owned solar electric company based in Colorado. He began his career working as a civil engineer in the oil and gas industry. He then spent time in Nepal implementing solar, wind, hydro, and…
Matthew Abrams: Reinventing Education by Supporting YOU as the Captain of YOUR Learning Voyage
Sep 19, 2016 • 44 min
Matthew’s work as a photojournalist and entrepreneur took him to over 40 countries and offered him the chance to engage both the needs and opportunities of our world from a hands on perspective. These experiences offered the inspiration that gave form to…
Janelle Orsi: Leveraging the Legal System towards an Equitable & Inclusive Next Economy
Sep 8, 2016 • 43 min
In this episode of Next Economy Now, Erin Axelrod, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Janelle Orsi, founder of The Sustainable Economies Law Center. Janelle Orsi is an attorney living and working in Oakland, California. Her law and mediation practice…
Rha Goddess: Aligning Entrepreneurial Approach with Awareness and Clarity of Purpose
Sep 1, 2016 • 39 min
Rha is a cultural innovator and social entrepreneur who brings over two decades of transformational “crowd rockin’” in the name of social change. Rha is the founder of Move the Crowd, which provides rigorous entrepreneurial training to create a conscious…
Mike Brady: Greyston Bakery’s CEO on Hiring the Unemployable
Aug 30, 2016 • 41 min
Mike Brady, President and CEO of Greyston, discusses Greyston Bakery’s innovative Open Hiring model, which offers employment opportunities to anyone—regardless of education, work history, or past social barriers such as incarceration, homelessness, or…
Kate Williams: Global Movement of Companies Investing 1% for the Planet
Aug 18, 2016 • 36 min
Kate Williams is the CEO of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet by donating 1% of their sales to environmental non-profits. Founded in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia, 1% for the Planet has…
Stefanie Thomas: Black Women VCs, Community Investing, & Closing the Opportunity Gap in America
Aug 5, 2016 • 45 min
Stefanie Thomas, Senior Investment Associate at Impact America Fund, discusses her path to impact investing, the growth in black female entrepreneurs / VCs, and how Impact America Fund is investing at the intersection of technology and underserved…
Scott Morris: How “Complementary Currencies” Support Vibrant Local Economies
Aug 1, 2016 • 35 min
Scott Morris, Founder and CEO of IthaCash, shares how complimentary currencies can be a critical solution to help empower vibrant local and regional economies by keeping resources circulating, creating value and staying in place.
John Fullerton: The Emergence of Regenerative Capitalism
Jul 22, 2016 • 50 min
John Fullerton, Founder and President of Capital Institute, discusses his goal of effecting economic transition to a more just, regenerative, and sustainable way of living through the transformation of finance. John also talks about his work in carbon…
Nikki Silvestri: Linking Urban Communities with Carbon Sequestration
Jul 14, 2016 • 35 min
Nikki Sylvestri, Co-Founder & CEO of Silvestri Strategies and Live Real, and former Executive Director of People’s Grocery and Green for All, discusses her current work linking carbon sequestration initiatives (ie: carbon farming) with economic justice…
Kat Taylor: Can a Bank be an Agent of Radical Social and Environmental Change?
Jul 10, 2016 • 44 min
Kat Taylor, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank, is working to create a banking industry that is fair to the people with the least bargaining power; provides access to financial services for traditionally underserved communities; results in the…
Joel Solomon: Mission Venture Capital and the Clean Money Revolution
Jul 2, 2016 • 47 min
Joel Solomon, Chairman of Renewal Funds, describes how he first got started in impact investing, how he defines mission venture capital, insights from his upcoming book “The Clean Money Revolution,” and how his investments balance social, environmental,…
John Finger: How Hog Island Oyster Co. Balances Social, Environmental, and Financial Performance
Jun 22, 2016 • 41 min
John Finger, Co-Founder and CEO of Hog Island Oyster Co. (the world’s first B Corp certified, “Bay to Bar” shellfish company), discusses the climate benefits of shellfish, how the company attracts and retains top talent, why the company decided to take on…
Rose Marcario: Patagonia’s CEO on Climate Change, Regenerative Agriculture, and Business for Good
Jun 6, 2016 • 43 min
Rose Marcario, President and CEO of Patagonia, discusses her buddhist practice, B Corporations, climate change, regenerative agriculture, and why food might be the future of Patagonia.
King Arthur Flour: The Benefits of Collaborative Leadership and Employee Ownership
May 18, 2016 • 45 min
King Arthur Flour, founded in 1790, is America’s oldest flour company. However, the company’s approach to social impact, executive leadership, and stock ownership is very different from the vast majority of traditional corporations. In this interview,…
Kenyatta Brame: Cascade Engineering’s Innovative Hiring Practices
May 16, 2016 • 43 min
Kenyatta Brame, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Cascade Engineering, talks about B Corps, “welfare to career” hiring programs, and the value of removing the criminal history checkbox from the initial applicant screening…
Tiffany Jana: Building Authentic Relationships Across Differences
Apr 25, 2016 • 47 min
Tiffany Jana, CEO of TMI Consulting, discusses how to identify and overcome your unconscious biases, how to influence personal growth in others, and how businesses can navigate the thorny issues of race, politics, sexual-orientation, religion, money, and…
Adam Lowry: Can You Change the World by Breakfast?
Apr 13, 2016 • 43 min
Adam Lowry, Cofounder of Method and Ripple Foods, discusses how his new non-dairy milk product is made from split yellow peas, how to build a thriving employee culture, and how even the smallest actions (like what you eat for breakfast) can have far…
Cathy Clark: Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative Capitalism
Apr 5, 2016 • 38 min
Cathy Clark, Head of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University, discusses best practices from some of the world’s most successful impact investors, across asset classes, geographies and areas of impact. She also…
Susie Jaramillo: Igniting Creativity in Kids Through Storytelling and the Power of Play
Mar 14, 2016 • 26 min
Ryan Honeyman, Partner at LIFT Economy, and Susie Jaramillo, Founder of Canticos, discuss the launch of “Little Chickies / Los Pollitos,” the importance of bilingual/multilingual learning, and how to ignite creative thinking in kids through storytelling…
Marlena Sonn: Turning Money Into Trees
Mar 2, 2016 • 35 min
LIFT Partner Erin Axelrod interview Marlena Sonn, Founder Tree Beard Financial about her work, especially the pilot project she is launching with her nonprofit partner Camino Verde to plant 10,000 trees in 2015 in the Tambopata river basin in Madre de…
Marco Vangelisti: How You Can Become an Impact Investor
Feb 19, 2016 • 53 min
Kevin Bayuk interviews Marco Vangelisti, Next Economy thought-leader on investing, the problems (and solutions) related to banking and currency, the basics of critical financial literacy, and what options we all have to begin moving our money in ways that…
$20 Million & Change: Phil Graves on Patagonia’s New Venture Capital Fund
Feb 13, 2016 • 41 min
Phil Graves, Director of Patagonia’s $20 Million and Change, and Ryan Honeyman, Partner at LIFT Economy, discuss why Patagonia started making venture capital investments, what types of investments the company has made (and plans to make), and how this…
Jessica Prentice: How to Increase Your Social and Environmental Impact
Jan 31, 2016 • 59 min
LIFT partner Kevin Bayuk interviews Jessica Prentice, inventor of the term “Locavore” and founder of Three Stone Hearth—a cutting edge community financed, worker-owned cooperative enterprise in Berkeley California. Jessica and Kevin discuss the deliberate…
Phil Clark: Best Practices in Cultivating a More Diverse Workforce
Jan 26, 2016 • 32 min
Phil Clark, COO / CCO at Exygy, discusses white men and diversity, how Exygy got to 50% women in the tech industry, and why diversity is not a “should,” but a fundamentally better way of doing business.
Shawn Berry: Reinventing Organizations And “Going Teal”
Jan 14, 2016 • 22 min
LIFT Partners Ryan Honeyman and Shawn Berry discuss the book “Reinventing Organizations” by Frederic Laloux, the concept of “going teal,” and the emergence of self-managing organizations.
Jenny Kassan: How Women Can Raise Mission-Aligned Capital
Jan 5, 2016 • 39 min
Jenny Kassan, Founder of Jenny Kassan Consulting (and Founder of LIFT Economy Law), describes how mission-driven women entrepreneurs can raise the “right” type of capital from investors. Jenny discusses direct public offerings, pitching to mission-aligned…
Ari Weinzweig: Visioning, Vertical Integration, Open Book Management, and …. Anarchy?
Dec 17, 2015 • 35 min
Ari Weinzweig from Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan discusses the importance of visioning, vertical integration, open book management, and… anarchy?
Shawn Berry: The Benefits and Drawbacks of Worker-Owned Cooperatives
Dec 17, 2015 • 21 min
LIFT partners Ryan Honeyman and Shawn Berry interview next economy leaders to report from the cutting edge of resilient economic development on trends, new initiatives, best practices and what we all can do to help.
Erin Axelrod: Regenerative Businesses in Sonoma/Marin
Dec 3, 2015 • 33 min
LIFT Partners Erin Axelrod and Ryan Honeyman discuss the Mendocino wool and fiber mill, carbon farming, rainwater harvesting, and other regenerative businesses in Sonoma and Marin counties.
Ryan Honeyman: What is Value-Based Invoicing?
Dec 3, 2015 • 24 min
LIFT Partners Ryan Honeyman and Shawn Berry discuss LIFT’s modified “value-based” fee approach that allows clients to adjust invoices up or down based on the value they feel they received.
Kevin Bayuk: What is the “Next Economy”?
Nov 20, 2015 • 52 min
Kevin Bayuk and Ryan Honeyman, partners at LIFT Economy, discuss the question: “What would the economy look like if it was working for the benefit of all life?”