Kevin Egolf: Supporting Small Farmers Through Sustainable Farmland Finance

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Kevin Egolf is an impact investing professional focusing his efforts on socially responsible farmland investing. His passion for sustainable agriculture and extensive finance background naturally led him into the growing impact investing field and towards impacting agriculture. Through Iroquois Valley Farms, a leader in triple bottom line impact farmland investing, and Local Farms Fund, a land access venture for early stage farmers in the NY Foodshed, Kevin helps investors achieve financial returns while providing social and environmental benefits alongside the investment gains.

As the Managing Director of Business Operations at Iroquois Valley Farms, Kevin was integral in growing the company from six farms when he joined to over 20 and tripling the number of investors (as of January 2015).  As a Co-Founder and Manager of Local Farms Fund, Kevin is bringing the Iroquois Valley Farms investment model on a small scale to local early stage farmers. Local Farms Fund is opening the doors of private investments to all investors, including non-accredited, following the principles of Slow Money.

Prior to his work in socially responsible farmland investing, Kevin spent several years in investment banking and private equity developing extensive experience in corporate valuation, transaction management and fundraising. He started his career at Bank of America, in the Consumer and Retail Investment Banking division as the go-to analyst for restaurant transactions, advising on several high profile deals including the buyout of Outback and sale of Applebee’s. After Bank of America, Kevin spent four years with Castle Harlan, a middle market private equity firm in New York. During his tenure, Kevin raised $700 million of debt financing and $300 million in co-equity investments across multiple investments as well as completed the first restaurant IPO in over four years at the time.

Kevin is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and Computer Science. At Wesleyan University, he was Academic All-American, All-New England, 4-time varsity letter recipient and senior captain in the sport of wrestling. He continues to promote and teach the sport of wrestling as a wrestling coach. Prior to a recent relocation, Kevin was the coach at Hunter College High School in New York City. Kevin lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife, Amy, and daughter, Aurora. Biography Other Interests Outside of sustainable farmland investment and wrestling, Kevin is an avid proponent of regular exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. He mainly follows a routine of running, lifting weights, and (ungraceful) yoga, but also bikes, hikes, paddles, SCUBAs or does any outdoor activity when available. Additionally, Kevin loves to travel and has been to all seven continents. While at home, Kevin can often be found in the kitchen pretending to be a chef, cooking local, seasonal and sustainably sourced meals.

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Some highlights from Kevin Bayuk’s interview with Kevin Egolf include:

  • An inside look into the Local Farms Fund

  • How Kevin structured the fund to serve both farmers and investors

  • Exploring the possibility that the Local Farms Fund can be a model that can be replicated in bioregions across the country

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Kevin Bayuk works at the intersection of ecology and economy where permaculture design meets next economy organizations intent on meeting human needs while enhancing the conditions conducive to all life. He is a co-founder and  partner with LIFT Economy, the Senior Financial Fellow at Project Drawdown and a founding partner of the Urban Permaculture Institute.  LIFT Economy is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to create, model, and share a locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all life. You can follow Kevin on Twitter @kevinbayuk or email him kevin@lifteconomy.com.

Raising the Bar: Native-American-Owned B Corp Tanka Bar Restores Land, Lives, Livelihoods, & Culture

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Cofounded by CEO Karlene Hunter and President Mark Tilsen, Native American Natural Foods is based on Pine Ridge Reservation in Kyle, South Dakota (Oglala Lakota County).  The company's line of Tanka products is based on the traditional Lakota recipe that powered Lakota Sioux warriors for centuries. The company's first product, launched in 2007, Tanka Bar, was the first snack bar to combine meat and fruit for the national market.  The company was created to help combat obesity and diabetes on the reservation and to provide opportunities for employment and economic development in the Native American community. Additionally, proceeds from the company's products support the Tanka Fund, which is helping to return buffalo to the land, lives, and economies of Indian people.

 

A member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Karlene Hunter has an MBA from Oglala Lakota College and over 25 years of experience in educational and economic development on Pine Ridge.  Over $25 million has been raised under her leadership – including raising the funds for the establishment of the first library on the reservation and the creation of new college centers in each of the nine districts on Pine Ridge.  The recipient of numerous awards, she serves on the Board of Directors of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Native American Rights Fund, the National Indian Business Association, and the Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce.    

Also a recipient of numerous awards, Mark Tilsen has over 25 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, marketing community development, and 18 years in special events marketing and productions.  A lifelong supporter of Native American causes, he began working as a volunteer in 1973 for the Wounded Knee Defense Offense Committee (cofounded by his parents) and has since honed his skills coordinating award-winning, database-driven direct marketing campaigns for Native American educational and environmental organizations.  A serial social entrepreneur, Mark Tilsen has co-founded several successful community organizations and businesses, including:

  • KILI Radio, the largest indigenous community-owned radio station in North America.

  • The Black Hills Alliance. a coalition of Native and non-Native Americans that had a major impact on changing the environmental policies and practices in the Black Hills.

  • Direct Expressions, the company that launched the first direct marketing campaigns for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., and Oglala Lakota College.

  • Direct Events, now the largest independent music promotions group in Austin, Texas.

  • Manager of Indigenous, the first Native American musical group to have a Top 10 hit on radio since the '70s.

  • Lakotamall.com, a web portal providing Internet market access to small businesses and non-profit organizations serving Indian Country.

  • Lakota Express Inc., the only reservation-based Native American-owned direct marketing firm in the nation.

  • Maz, Inc., a talent management group based in Minnesota.

Some highlights from Erin’s interview with Karlene & Mark include:

  • How a Lakota “give-away” celebration launched Tanka Bar into a national company

  • The creativity and resilience of the Lakota people at Pine Ridge Reservation – despite the unyielding systematic oppression and exclusion from economic opportunity informing their current status among the top 3 poorest counties in the U.S (an unemployment rate of ~70% and ~$5600/year average per capita income)

  • The ecological benefits of buffalo on the land & how prairies are one of the largest carbon sinks in the world (apart from rainforests and oceans)

  • The transformative impact of Native American Natural Foods/Tanka Bar: simultaneously regenerating an endangered species, regenerating the prairieland of America’s Great Plains, and regenerating Lakota culture and economy

  • How Native American Natural Foods/Tanka Bar is the first enterprise in history to restore an endangered species through entrepreneurship, now with almost half a million buffalo in the lower 48 states today  

  • How the company is struggling to maintain their position in a category they created, the cultural appropriation that’s involved in that struggle, and the importance of supporting and sharing the authentic, transparent story behind the Tanka Bar brand

 

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Erin Axelrod is a Partner at LIFT Economy, helping to accelerate the spread of climate-beneficial businesses, specializing in businesses that address critical soil and water regeneration. She is an avid ecologist, grassroots organizer and regularly forages for wild food in her home in rural Sonoma County. LIFT Economy is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to create, model, and share a locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all life. You can follow Erin on Twitter @erinaxelrod or email her erin@lifteconomy.com.

Rebecca Adamson: Indigenous Self Determination & Principles Benefiting Both People & Business

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Rebecca Adamson, an Indigenous economist, is Founder and President of First Peoples Worldwide, the first US based global Indigenous Peoples NGO, which makes grants and provides technical assistance and advocacy directly to Indigenous-led development projects. Rebecca has worked directly with grassroots tribal communities, both domestically and internationally, as an advocate of local tribal issues since 1970. She established the premiere US development institute, First Nations Development Institute, in 1980 and in 1997 she founded First Peoples Worldwide.

Rebecca's work established the first microenterprise loan fund in the United States; the first tribal investment model; and, a national movement for reservation land reform. Her work established a new field of culturally appropriate, values-driven development, which led to legislation that established new standards of accountability regarding federal trust responsibility for Native Americans. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Bay and Paul Foundations and the Calvert Social Investment Fund.

As a trustee of Calvert, Rebecca partnered with the Fund to create the first Indigenous Peoples' rights investment screen in 1999, and led the creation of the Indigenous Rights Risk Report, the first quantitative assessment of corporate risk exposure to Indigenous Peoples' rights, in 2014. In 2015 she has established three Shareholder Advocacy Leadership Training Centers located in Guatemala, Mexico and Canada as a new strategy for Indigenous leaders in addressing extractive industry on Indigenous territories. She was appointed as an advisor to the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Multi-Stakeholder Group, serving from 2014 to the present. She holds a Masters in Science in Economic Development.
 

Some highlights from Shawn’s interview with Rebecca include:

  • Rebecca’s role with Indian-controlled schools leading up to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975 and how this shaped her strategy of focusing on culture, development, and financial self-sufficiency

  • The history of the Lakota fund which birthed the microfinance movement in the U.S.

  • A comparison of the key underlying paradigm informing traditional Indigenous economic principles and values with the current dominant principles and values of capitalism

  • Nuanced history and details of DAPL and the larger pattern in which it fits

  • How using Indigenous economic principles have demonstrated superior economic performance in terms of both financial metrics as well as holistically

 

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Shawn Berry is a Partner at LIFT Economy, where he works as an organizational strategist inspired to harness the power of business to create resilient local economies as patterns to be documented, open sourced, scaled globally and adapted regionally.

LIFT Economy is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to create, model, and share a locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all life. You can follow Shawn on Twitter @sd_berry or email him shawn@lifteconomy.com.

Tyler Gage: Fully Alive – Using the Lessons of the Amazon to Live Your Mission in Business and Life

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Tyler Gage is an entrepreneur, author and speaker who uses wisdom from the Amazon and start­up success to bring innovation and inspiration to growing organizations.

Tyler has spent the last 12 years studying with indigenous elders in the Amazon rainforest, venturing far from his suburban roots at the age of 20. After graduating from Brown University, Tyler turned down a Fulbright grant to start RUNA, a social enterprise that makes energizing beverages with guayusa (pronounced gwhy-you-suh), a rare Amazonian leaf, and improves livelihoods for 3,000 indigenous farming families in Ecuador. With over 70 employees and 15,000 stores selling RUNA beverages in the US and Canada, RUNA has grown to be one of the 500 Fastest Growing Companies in the US according to Inc Magazine.

Tyler was named a Forbes “30 Under 30 Entrepreneur” and winner of both the Big Apple Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Specialty Food Association's Citizen Leader of the Year Award. ABC Nightline, National Geographic and Richard Branson's book Screw Business as Usual have all featured Tyler for his unique and powerful approach to building businesses and creating social good.

Tyler also serves on the Board of Directors of DavidsTea (NASDAQ: DTEA) and on the Advisory Council for Entrepreneurship at Brown University. In addition to advising and investing in other start­ups, Tyler is a co­founding partner and strategic advisor to NAKU, a pioneering indigenous healing center in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Tyler lives in Bellingham, Washington with his wife Michelle and enjoys boxing, yoga, riding his unicycle and studying ethnobotany.
 

Some highlights from Shawn’s interview with Tyler include:

  • Tyler’s liberal arts approach to business and use of the culture around guayusa to inform RUNA’s business model

  • The strategic reasons behind the tandem for-profit and nonprofit approach that enables RUNA to not perpetuate harmful dynamics of past business (ie: United Fruit Company)

  • Tyler discusses his new book – Fully Alive: Using the Lessons of the Amazon to Live Your Mission in Business and Life

  • The power and  importance of embedding the organization's beneficial impact in the structural DNA and core operations of the business rather than tacking programs onto the business

  • How inspired Tyler feels about organizations like Tanka Bar and Kara Solar (see Resources section below)

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Shawn Berry is a Partner at LIFT Economy, where he works as an organizational strategist inspired to harness the power of business to create resilient local economies as patterns to be documented, open sourced, scaled globally and adapted regionally.  LIFT Economy is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to create, model, and share a locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all life. You can follow Shawn on Twitter @sd_berry or email him shawn@lifteconomy.com.

Mark Eckhardt: Redefining Capitalism with Something in COMMON

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Mark Eckhardt is CEO at COMMON – proud members of the movement that is redefining business.  COMMON is a creative accelerator and community that catalyzes and promotes products and ideas that take care of the planet and all the creatures on it.  Prior to joining Alex Bogusky, Rob Schuham and John Bielenberg at COMMON, Mark was a principal at UFUSE Visionary Strategy Management, a global consulting firm devoted to unleashing creativity and helping creative entrepreneurs produce outstanding results through innovative business strategies, organizational design and alignment of partnerships.

From 2004 to 2007, Mark served as part of the founding management team and Vice President Client Services for Globefish Media BV, where he oversaw the implementation of mobile and digital content management, distribution and billing, and reporting technologies for clients in the entertainment sector in North America. This also included high level business development with major record labels, recording artists, film studios and media companies.

Prior to Globefish, Mark spent fifteen years as a producer, composer and performer who oversaw and contributed to projects for Fox Studios, MGM, Disney Animation, PBS, Mitsubishi, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Activision, Life/FX, Kids Save, Boston Market Restaurants, Power Athletic Footwear and various record labels. He has also worked with numerous recording artists such as Whitney Houston, Bonnie Raitt and Ben Harper.

Mark is a U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce TOYA Award recipient and received this honor in recognition of community service performed through the foundation I founded, be Music Foundation. Former recipients include John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Al Gore, Robert Kennedy, Nelson Rockefeller and Leonard Bernstein.

Mark loves tractors, secretly idolizes farmers, and is a former Zen Buddhist priest.

Some highlights from my interview with Mark include:

  • How success comes down to people’s ability to work together effectively

  • A deep dive into what Common is

  • Unpacking what it means to redefine capitalism and how this links with regenerative practices and regenerative economies

  • John Fullerton’s compelling perspectives on spirituality’s role in business

  • Reflections from the Regenerative Futures Summit and the COMMON UNSUMMIT

  • That business is just a vehicle to some larger means or end and for Mark that means creating experiences that reminds people to love the person to the left and to the right of them

  • How you have to “tell one on yourself” if you want to be a leader

  • The importance of having vision and building momentum toward it

  • How the notion of “social business” is a farce because there’s no way for a business to not have a social impact

  • How the rich diversity of Mark’s family impacted his direction in life and business

 

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Andrew Baskin is Executive Producer and Fellow at LIFT Economy, specializing in regenerative ag-related enterprise and impact investing that advances the health of our soil, food-system, and climate.  LIFT Economy is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to create, model, and share a locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all life. You can email Andrew at andrew@lifteconomy.com.

Paul Hawken on Drawdown – The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed for Reversing Global Warming

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Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist who has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. Among the environmental movement’s leading voices, and a pioneering architect of corporate reform with respect to ecological practices, his work includes founding successful, ecologically conscious businesses, writing about the impacts of commerce on living systems, and consulting with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy.

Paul has founded several companies, starting in the 1960s with Erewhon Trading Company, one of the first natural food companies in the U.S. that relied solely on sustainable agricultural methods. He went on in 1979 to co-found Smith & Hawken, the retail and catalog company. In 2009 Paul founded OneSun, an energy company focused on ultra low-cost solar based on green chemistry and biomimicry.

Paul authors articles, op-eds, and peer-reviewed papers, and has written seven books including four national bestsellers: The Next Economy (1983), Growing a Business (1987), and The Ecology of Commerce (1993) and Blessed Unrest (2007). The Ecology of Commerce was voted as the #1 college text on business and the environment by professors in 67 business schools. Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution (1999) co-authored with Amory Lovins, has been read and referred to by several heads of state including President Bill Clinton who called it one of the five most important books in the world today.

Paul has served on the board of many environmental organizations including Point Foundation (publisher of the Whole Earth Catalogs), Center for Plant Conservation, Conservation International, Trust for Public Land, Friends of the Earth, and National Audubon Society.

In 1965, Paul worked with Martin Luther King Jr.’s staff in Selma, Alabama prior to the historic March on Montgomery. As press coordinator, Paul registered members of the press, issued credentials, gave updates and interviews on national radio, and acted as a marshal for the final march. That same year, he worked in New Orleans as a staff photographer for the Congress of Racial Equality, focusing on voter registration drives in Bogalusa, Louisiana and the panhandle of Florida, and photographing the Ku Klux Klan in Meridian, Mississippi, after three civil rights workers were tortured and killed. In Meridian, he was assaulted and seized by Klan members, but escaped due to FBI surveillance and intervention. Paul has spoken, conducted research, and traveled extensively throughout the world, undertaking journeys into insurgent-held territories of Burma to research tropical teak deforestation, as well as a 1999 humanitarian/photojournalistic trek to war-torn Kosovo and Macedonia.

He has received numerous awards and recognitions over the years, has received six honorary doctorate degrees, and he is now Executive Director of Project Drawdown, a non-profit dedicated to researching when and how global warming can be reversed. The organization maps and models the scaling of one hundred substantive technological, social, and ecological solutions to global warming.  

The incredibly inspirational team at Project Drawdown recently released their book, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed for Reversing Global Warming – which has become a New York Times Bestseller overnight.  Paul wrote and edited the book in collaboration Project Drawdown’s research team. He is also authoring a book entitled Carbon, The Business of Life, to be published in 2018.

Some highlights from Kevin’s interview with Paul include:

  • Our history of understanding climate change and global warming

  • The origins of and motivation for Project Drawdown

  • Moving from a “game over” to a “game on” attitude

  • The importance of naming "drawdown" as the goal in relation to global warming

  • Paul's surprise with regard to some of the food-, land-, & women-related solutions

  • Meeting our needs in ways that enhance and restore the environment (ie: regenerative development)

  • How we've unintentionally created an elitist climate movement

  • The flipside of Trump pulling out of Paris agreement

  • What's next for Project Drawdown

 

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Kevin Bayuk works at the intersection of ecology and economy where permaculture design meets next economy organizations intent on meeting human needs while enhancing the conditions conducive to all life. He is a co-founder and  partner with LIFT Economy, the Senior Financial Fellow at Project Drawdown and a founding partner of the Urban Permaculture Institute.  LIFT Economy is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to create, model, and share a locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all life. You can follow Kevin on Twitter @kevinbayuk or email him kevin@lifteconomy.com.

Jonathan Lewis: The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur

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Jonathan C. Lewis is a life-long social justice activist and accomplished social entrepreneur and the founder of MCE Social Capital, an innovative social venture that leverages $110 million of private capital to finance tiny business loans to deeply impoverished people, mostly women, in 33 countries in the developing world.  He is also founder and president of Opportunity Collaboration, an annual strategic business retreat for 450 senior level anti-poverty leaders from around the globe.  Additionally, Jonathan is the co-founder of Copia Global, an Amazon-like consumer catalog serving the base of the economic pyramid in Kenya.  He is a Trustee of the Swift Foundation and serves as a general partner of Dev Equity, a social impact investment fund in Latin America.  Jonathan has taught social entrepreneurship at New York University,UC Berkeley, and has lectured at universities around the world. He is a recipient of the Social Venture Network Innovation Award. During his eclectic career, Jonathan has served as the founder and CEO of a global business knowledge company in the healthcare sector, Chief Budget Adviser to the President of the California State Senate (who, in public debate in the Senate, said to his colleagues, "if the Senate has a resident genius, it's Jonathan Lewis"), he’d the founder and CEO of an urban real estate development company, and the owner of a contemporary art gallery.  He loves to collect art made by made with recycled materials.

 

Some highlights from my interview with Jonathan include:

  • What it means to listen actively

  • Choosing the “side” of remedying injustice in a context of clear and present persecution

  • The value of deep emotional connection with those with shared values in our field

  • Holding people to account in their obligation to be self-informed about key issues

  • A highlight reel of Jonathan’s enterprises and his new book

  • The power of focusing on doing one thing well at a time

  • Santana’s music as the passionately engaging spirit of the movement for social justice

  • Responsiveness and honoring the integrity of individual relationships

  • Transforming anger and righteous indignation into a process of “weaponizing” yourself

 

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Andrew Baskin is Executive Producer and Fellow at LIFT Economy, specializing in regenerative ag-related enterprise and impact investing that advances the health of our soil, food-system, and climate.  LIFT Economy is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to create, model, and share a locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all life. You can email Andrew at andrew@lifteconomy.com.

Daniel Goleman: Mindfulness, the Dalai Lama, and How You Can Be a Force for Good

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Dr. Daniel Goleman is an internationally known psychologist who lectures frequently to professional groups, business audiences, and on college campuses. Working as a science journalist, Goleman reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for many years. His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence (Bantam Books) was on The New York Times bestseller list for a year-and-a-half; it is available around the world in 40 languages, and has been a bestseller in many countries.  Goleman is a co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, originally at the Yale Child Studies Center and now at the University of Illinois at Chicago. CASEL’s mission centers on bringing evidence-based programs in emotional literacy to schools worldwide.  He currently co-directs the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at Rutgers University. The consortium fosters research partnerships between academic scholars and practitioners on the role emotional intelligence plays in excellence. Goleman is a board member of the Mind & Life Institute, which fosters dialogues and research collaborations among contemplative practitioners and scientists. Goleman has organized a series of intensive conversations between the Dalai Lama and scientists, and shares the Dalai Lama’s vision for our world in his recent book entitled Force For Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World.

 

Some highlights from Ryan’s interview with Dr. Goleman include:

  • A description and definition of emotional intelligence as comprised of four parts: self-awareness, self-management, empathy, & relationship skills

  • How mindfulness meditation and emotional intelligence are important for cultivating leadership that is more present and how the kind of person you are as you lead matters

  • A winning combination for leadership: mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and values

  • Greyston Bakery as a shining example of using business as a force for good

  • The driving principles advocated by the Dalai Lama in the vision expressed through Daniel’s book and how education is key

  • The need for widespread education and competency development in systems thinking that’s rooted in empathy and compassion and some exciting initiatives in the International Baccalaureate program that are taking this on

  • How the news skews our view of what’s really going on in the world

 

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Ryan Honeyman is a Partner at LIFT Economy and author of The B Corp Handbook: How to Use Business as a Force for Good (Berrett-Koehler Publishers). LIFT Economy is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to create, model, and share a locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all life. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @honeymanconsult or email him ryan@lifteconomy.com.

Sheryl O’Loughlin: How to Grow Your Business Without Losing Your Heart

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Sheryl O’Loughlin is a serial entrepreneur and author of Killing It! An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart (Harper Collins, December 2016). She has served as the CEO of Clif Bar, where she led the concept development and introduction of Luna Bar. In Sheryl’s three years as CEO, the company revenue doubled from $100M to $200M.  She then went on to co-found and serve as CEO of Plum Organics. Plum was sold in 2013 to The Campbell Soup Company. She was the Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Sheryl is currently CEO of REBBL, a fast-growing maker of super herb beverages.

 

Some highlights from our interview include:

  • What it was like moving from working at large multinationals (like Kraft and Quaker Oats), to joining Clif Bar in 1998

  • How she helped Clif Bar launch the Luna Bar, and how Sheryl eventually became CEO of Clif Bar

  • How she co-founded Plum Organics with Neil Grimmer

  • Sheryl’s advice for entrepreneurs when they are considering raising money (and a story of what it looks like when you bring on bad investors)

  • We also talk about her latest projects, including REBBL and the company’s mission to abolish modern day slavery

  • Sheryl shares her struggle to overcome an eating disorder

  • And finally, we discuss Sheryl’s book “Killing It,” and how entrepreneurs can launch and grow their business while maintaining their well-being.

 

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Ryan Honeyman is a Partner at LIFT Economy and author of The B Corp Handbook: How to Use Business as a Force for Good (Berrett-Koehler Publishers). LIFT Economy is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to create, model, and share a locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all life. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @honeymanconsult or email him ryan@lifteconomy.com.

Frederic Laloux: Reinventing Organizations for the Next Stage of Human Consciousness

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A former Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company, Frédéric Laloux holds an MBA from INSEAD, and a degree in coaching from Newfield Network in Boulder, Colorado. He has traveled widely and speaks five languages fluently. Frédéric Laloux works as an adviser, coach, and facilitator for corporate leaders who feel called to explore fundamentally new ways of organizing.  His work draws on two strands: his deep understanding of the inner workings of organizations, and his longstanding fascination with the topic of human development and his own joyful journey of personal and spiritual growth. His research in the field of emerging organizational models, published in his book Reinventing Organizations, has been described as “groundbreaking” and “a leap in management thinking” by some of the most respected scholars in the field of human development and management. The book focuses on how a currently emerging, new form of consciousness is bringing forth a radically more soulful, purposeful, and productive management paradigm.

Some highlights from our interview include:

  • A brief overview of the concepts and inspiration behind Reinventing Organizations

  • What Laloux would change if he could write the book over again today

  • What is was like for Laloux to present his findings to the Dalai Lama

  • How the election of Donald Trump has affected Laloux’s worldview

  • The book he most often gives as a gift

  • What’s next for him in the next 6-12 months

 

Resources:

Reinventing Organizations Wiki

Translations of Reinventing Organizations

Enlivening Edge: News from Next-Stage Organizations

Participatory Budgeting

Center for Courage & Renewal

The Center for Nonviolent Communication

The Mankind Project

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Ryan Honeyman is a Partner at LIFT Economy and author of The B Corp Handbook: How to Use Business as a Force for Good (Berrett-Koehler Publishers). LIFT Economy is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to create, model, and share a locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all life. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @honeymanconsult or email him ryan@lifteconomy.com.