Leah Hunt-Hendrix: Building the Next Economy in Solidarity with Resistance Movements

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Leah Hunt-Hendrix has her doctorate from Princeton University in Religion, Ethics and Politics. Born and raised in New York City, she has spent the past decade at the intersection of theory and practice, combining a study of moral philosophy and democratic theory with research around the world in grassroots organizing and social movements. She has lived and worked in Egypt, Syria, and Palestine, where she focused her research on the effects of international aid and development, and the history of popular protest. She is the co-founder of Solidaire, an organization that provides support for social movements.

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Some highlights from Kevin’s interview with Leah include:

  • How economic justice intersects with racial justice, how economic democracy & political democracy intersect, and how Solidaire brings philanthropic support to these spaces with a vision for inclusive populist movements that tie these threads together

  • Leah summarizes Movement Generation’s 3-stage process for advancing & solidifying systemic/structural change

  • Leah shares examples of her work advancing the cooperative economy & climate justice

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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.

Jeff Ward: Indigenous-owned B Corp with Thunderbird's Eye View on Indigenous Innovators & Technology

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Jeff Ward is a web designer, software developer, author, & speaker.  Born in Manitoba & living on Vancouver Island in British Columbia on Coast Salish territory, Jeff is a father, serial entrepreneur, and CEO & Founder of Animikii, a web-service company empowering Indigenous organizations to leverage technology for social, economic and cultural initiatives – and the first indigenous-owned certified B Corp in Canada.  

A father of two cool little men and a husband to his amazing wife Robyn,  Jeff is of mixed ancestry.  His father is Ojibwe (Sandy Bay) and Métis.  His settler heritage is English and Ukrainian on his mother's side.  He identifies as a proud Indigenous man and his background informs not only his creative work but his business philosophies as well.

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Some highlights from Andrew’s interview with Jeff include:

  • Animikii Indigenous Technology’s creation story

  • Framing “social enterprise” in the context of indigenous vales

  • Jeff’s participation in Canada’s historic Truth and Reconciliation Commision & its influence on his approach to business

  • Ways in which Jeff and Animikii has been impacted by systemic, institutionalized racism

  • Jeff’s bridging of cultural identities and worldviews

  • How values-aligned social enterprise is a potent tool for Indigenous self determination

 

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Andrew Baskin, Partner & Executive Producer at LIFT Economy, specializes 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.

Mary Waldner: Holding On To Your Vision Even When VC’s Make You Go Crackers

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Mary Waldner holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She practiced as a psychotherapist for 26 years, helping others to manifest their truest selves so they could live full, happy lives. But when Mary was 43, a chiropractor figured out she had celiac disease.  After cutting out all gluten, she was happier and more energetic than she’d ever felt.


To make her dietary transition easier, Mary began baking gluten-free goodies so she’d never feel deprived.  They had to be organic and gluten free, but if they didn’t taste indulgent, that was a deal-breaker. Along the way, she realized my crackers also fed people’s hunger for something authentic and truthful in this processed and fortified world, so along with Dale Rodrigues, she co-founded Mary's Gone Crackers in 1994.  Mary is a Member of the Organic Trade Association and the Celiac Sprue Association.

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Some highlights from Kevin’s interview with Mary include:

  • Mary’s tragic experience learning the hard way battling deceptive investors that stifled the vision and wanted to liquidate the value of the company’s essence, yet Mary stuck it out and eventually triumphed

  • Mary shares challenges with maintaining the impact of the business while feeling the growing pains of scaling so rapidly

  • Mary advocates strongly for worker ownership and for weaving in similar considerations at the outset of a business before investors can preclude those possibilities

  • Mary underscores the value of knowing your market, while thinking what or who we want to be in service to and trusting our own intuition when anticipating people’s needs and what might be value to them

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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.

Neil Grimmer: It's Just Business... And Just as Personal as Your Dietary Habit

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Neil Grimmer co-founded Plum Organics, which turned the baby food industry on its head by replacing flavorless goop in jars with great-tasting, organic meals in pouches. Of course, in nurturing Plum, Neil experienced what a lot of new parents go through: His own well-being took a hit.

 

Neil still thought of himself as a skinny punk rocker turned triathlete. But when he looked in the mirror, he saw a middle-aged white dude with a dad bod that was threatening not just his self-esteem, but his longevity. After DNA and blood tests, he discovered that the best way back to a healthier, energized version of himself started with understanding his body's fundamental needs—and eating the types of foods and nutrients that his body asked for.


Twenty-five pounds lighter, and feeling better than ever, Neil founded Habit to change the world through food, once again – this time for grown-ups. He had made it easier for the youngest generation to feed their bodies what they needed, and now he would do the same for their parents and grandparents. He scoured the earth for the best science, wellness, design, tech and culinary partners he could find, to make his dream of personalized wellness through nutrition a reality. And so, Habit was born.

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Some highlights from Ryan’s interview with Neil include:

  • Neil’s journey from being a punk rock cultural critic to being a punk rock cultural critic while also actually solving people’s problems through social enterprise

  • Neil's insight while working at IDEO that "It's not enough just to create a heathy product.  It's got to come from a healthy company."

  • How Neil’s success in business grew out of making business personal through delivering value rooted in purpose and supporting a “B.Y.O.S.” company culture

  • How Habit is transcending the one size fits all approaches for our dietary needs toward a completely individualized approach based on your own body’s data

  • How Neil pulled off one of the fastest conversions from a B Corp to formally incorporating as one of the founding Benefit Corporations in Delaware almost immediately after the new legislation had passed

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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.

CULTURE, SOCIETY AND NEXT ECONOMY – A LIFT Economy Manifesto

WHOLE | RESILIENT | LOCAL

The Next Economy is not some great green vision set out in the future, with flying buses and food delivered by hologram; the Next Economy is now. It is made of whole systems designers building companies to enhance all life. It is an increasing number of individuals and organizations focused on providing the key necessities for simple comfortable human lives and making these standard for everyone. The goal of these individuals may vary, but across the board they are in service to life, life enhancing, and their inspiration comes from clean food and water, fresh air, vibrant community and culture, and meaningful, challenging work. These companies are living their vision now, and running their companies according to these principles, analyzing the life cycle of each decision and its impact for generations, creating a lifestyle that is rewarding and inspiring on a daily basis.

They practice democracy daily at work, not just once a year. They balance their work lives with serious play, self-expression and service. Their culture is of equal importance to their financial health. They invest in their local economy and communities first. They are innovators and delight in new systems – open source, permaculture, and cradle-to-cradle-that stack functions and produce multiple yields. There is no lack of opportunity for improvement so let’s all join in and get to work making our solutions available to everyone!

Human enterprises will be designed in service to all human needs while benefiting the earth and all life. The goal of doing business in the next economy is to be of service to life while doing what you love – finding “work” so full of joy and purpose you cannot really call it work.


Growing the Next Economy are new organizations that operate with a distinctive ‘DNA’ from that of the current economy and for that DNA to propagate seems to imply a transformation of the DNA of human culture and human settlement.  These are big concepts and ideas and this article attempts to provide some additional context and some examples that point towards the vision of both a transformed economy and, in concert, a transformed human culture.

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The current economy (oversimplifying the many aspects of the global economy and painting it with broad strokes based on the self-evident effects of climate change, economic collapse, species extinction, gross social inequities and environmental degradation) seems to have something of the following as its underlying DNA (these all seem to be tightly correlated):

  • Creation of money as interest bearing debt
  • Scarcity – the sense that there is ‘not enough’
  • Growth as a requirement to pay back the interest in money loaned into creation
  • Growth as the measurement of success (GDP)
  • Exploitation of people and planet (resources) – i.e., the externalization of costs
  • Planned obsolescence
  • Ownership sought after and used to concentrate earnings – e.g., intellectual property
  • Economies of scale or the primacy of big – e.g., global brands, multinational corporations
  • Business culture that focuses on and glorifies maximization of returns/earnings

The next economy can be envisioned as a network of locally self-reliant, resilient, regional economies where the organizations, to the extent needed, that comprise these regional economies express the following principles, from their design/incpetion, as their core DNA:

  • Need-oriented – i.e., goods/services that meet human needs first (i.e., food and shelter before jewelry and entertainment)
  • Accessible – i.e., affordable, or available to as many as possible
  • Transparent – i.e., clear about supply chain, practices, finances, benefits, cost (e.g., true cost accounting)
  • Equitable/democratic ownership e.g.,  could be coops; employees involved in some practice of self-determination
  • Surplus reinvestment –  i.e., profits are shared or redistributed
  • Support of local alternative economy ecosystem (local supply chain)
  • Zero waste or net benefit product design, manufacturing
  • Ecosystem integration – i.e., whole systems thinking (e.g., stormwater investment, habitat for owls, etc.)
  • Whole system finances – i.e., supportive of polyculture of regional currency and emergent currency models, direct public offerings, crowdfunding, living returns, revolving lending, peer-to-peer financing, gift economy, barter, etc.
  • Living wage care of people
  • Open source –  i.e., “Growth by Replication” rather than “Growth by Accretion”
  • Education embedded into product service – i.e., promote ‘producer culture’ rather than enforce dependent ‘consumer culture’

The current global economy seems to result in or arise in a particular societal and cultural condition with significant consequences on the human settlement and the patterns of ways in which humans meet their needs for food, water, shelter, space, health, education, transportation, media/entertainment – essentially everything; roughly characterized as follows:

  • Dependent isolated consumerism – e.g., each person must have their own car, the nuclear family, social isolation and alienation
  • Lack of trust, anonymity,
  • Create waste
  • Utilize money/currency as substitute for community, connection, gift or trade
  • Quest for personal security through wealth and resource accumulation

The next economy seems to require significant transformations in culture in order to support the emergence of the organizations with the distinct DNA from the current systems; roughly characterized as follows:

  • Interdependent, self-reliant producer culture
  • Voluntary simplicity
  • Balancing personal preferences/interests with prioritizing collective well being
  • Trust, sharing (space, resources, gifts, etc.
  • Quest for personal security through community and status of being a valued contributor

This article acknowledges that there may be deep psychological, even identity-level, mythological, conditions that enable current economic and cultural circumstance and does not ignore the importance (primacy?) of these aspects of human consciousness in the emergent transformation to the next economy.  We posit that there might be a dynamic interplay between economy, culture, and social/individual psychological condition and that the achievable transformation of culture and economy today might help inform and inspire the transformation, over time, of human consciousness.

For many, concepts of ‘culture’ and ‘economy,’ might seem vague and esoteric and it might be that these notions are best communicated by stories, images and then supported with living examples of pieces of such narrative visions.   Here are some examples of stories that have repeating themes of inspired visions of the next economy (each story might have pieces that are objectionable or distracting narratives, but we have found them most helpful in conceiving the cultural context for the emergence of the next economy) and corresponding culture and some examples of what exists today and what could be:

Next Economy Narratives:

Closer and more immediate than science fiction and narrative, are actual examples of elements or pieces (some more whole/complete/comprehensive than others) of cultural and economic transformation existent today:

While these attempts and endeavors exist today, with few exceptions i. ii., most have not been conceived to model a pattern that could be replicated and adapted to urban, sub urban, and rural human settlements and be integrated into a full economic transformation to the next economy.  This intersection appears to be the current edge of innovation where new organization forms and structures are emerging in concert with new cultural norms in mutually supportive ecosystem (organizations enabling culture change and culture change enabling the new DNA of next economy organizations).  We look forward to seeing the innovative interdependent forms of organizations that create permanently affordable, limited equity ownership (or in trust) co-housing agrihoods with decentralized manufacturing and easy assets sharing and cooperative, preventative health care through decentralize clinics and decentralized, cooperative education and cooperative renewable energy microgrids, and more.  Let’s do this!

Liesel Pritzker Simmons: Stewarding Inheritance on the Stairway to Blue Haven

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Liesel Pritzker Simmons is Co-Founder and Principal of Blue Haven Initiative.  As an investment strategist, she oversees their portfolio focused on holdings that generate competitive financial returns while addressing social and environmental challenges. The portfolio spans asset classes, from traditional equities and direct investments to philanthropic programs.

Liesel co-founded Blue Haven with her husband, Ian Simmons. Together, they systematically assessed their portfolios based on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria and financial performance. Together, the restructured portfolios became the foundation of Blue Haven, one of the first family offices created with impact investing as its focus.

Liesel is also Co-Founder of IDP Foundation, a private Chicago-based foundation focused on achieving universal primary education. There, she helped create the IDP Rising Schools Program, which leverages microfinance networks to empower nearly 450 low-cost private schools—established and managed by local entrepreneurs—in some of the least-developed regions of the world.

Liesel, an engaging and sought-after speaker on impact investing and Next-Gen investors, serves on for-profit and nonprofit boards and investment committees of organizations including ImpactAssets, Synergos, Toniic, Eco-Post, and The ImPact, a network of families committed to the conscientious stewardship of wealth.

Liesel attended Columbia University in New York City, where she studied African History. She lives in the Boston area with Ian and their daughter.

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Some highlights from Ryan’s interview with Liesel include:

  • Liesel’s journey from being a childhood movie star to cultivating interest in the economics of poverty and sustainable international development to becoming an early trailblazing impact investor

  • Leisel shares the backstory behind Blue Haven’s relationship with B Lab

  • An exploration of the Blue Haven’s nimble and diversified portfolio with a special look into their investments in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Leisel challenges all of us to ask the organizations that manage our investments what kind of impact investment options they have available and how they measure impact because even if they don’t have good answers, asking demonstrates the demand they need to justify making impact options available

 

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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.

Sasha Kramer: Poop to the Rescue for Eroding Soil & Healthy, Dignified Livelihoods

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Dr. Sasha Kramer is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL). Dr. Kramer is an ecologist and human rights advocate who has been living and working in Haiti since 2004. She received her Ph.D. in Ecology from Stanford University in 2006 and co-founded SOIL that same year. SOIL is a non-profit that uses ecological principles to address the basic human rights issues of sanitation, food and access to a healthy environment. SOIL’s current work focuses on developing social business models for the provision of household sanitation in vulnerable urban communities in Haiti. While Sasha spends the majority of her time living and working in Haiti, she is also a global advocate for the recycling of nutrients in human waste, helping others implement sustainable sanitation projects and inspiring people around the world to participate in the sanitation revolution. Dr. Kramer has been recognized as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, an Architect of the Future with the Waldzell Institute, a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year and an Ashoka Fellow.

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Some highlights from Erin’s interview with Sasha include:

  • Taking a public health problem and transforming it into an environmental solution and, in the process, creating livelihood opportunities in the sanitation sector with a mix of both private and public sector support rather than taking the traditional humanitarian aid approach

  • SOIL’s pilot project designing and modeling a replicable sustainable financial model after experiencing hard learned lesson transcending the assumption that exists across the sanitation sector and development sector in general, that if you introduce the technologies or infrastructure to solve a problem, the ongoing maintenance will take care of itself or be done by volunteers

  • Why composting human waste and soil fertility is an important solution in the face of climate change

  • The challenges in creating a financial model around something like sanitation that should be a basic human right and how SOIL has navigated those challenges

 

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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.

Paula Francis: The 8000 Mile Walk Toward Making Happiness Our New Bottom Line

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Paula is a co-founder & Vice President of Gross National Happiness USA (GNHUSA), and chief Happiness Walker. She has been enamored with the idea of an economy grounded in happiness since first learning about the concept in 2008. Soon after, she became one of the original organizers of Gross National Happiness USA (GNHUSA) and traveled to Bhutan to witness GNH in action.

In 2014, she committed to The Happiness Walk full-time to further the goals of GNHUSA and to ignite a national conversation about what matters most in life. Influenced by the Peace Pilgrim and her unrelenting quest to share goodwill while traversing the country on foot, Paula likewise leans on her strong spiritual foundation to create social change: one-person, one-step at a time.

This Happiness Walker also applies her learning in values clarification, compassionate communication, appreciative inquiry, community organizing, peace building, and positive psychology to inspire local action around creating a world that works for everyone – and the planet! Prior to this, Paula offered organizational services to social-profits through her business, Inspired Consultation. As her two grown daughters have set out to create their own happy lives, Paula has made the road her new home.

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Some highlights from Andrew’s interview with Paula include:

  • The benefits and challenges of Paula’s experiment in making the road her home and how it’s been a window into seeing and understanding people who are often invisibilized

  • A comparison of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with Gross National Happiness (GNH)

  • Contrasting Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with Gross National Happiness (GNH) and how such metrics inform our behavior

  • How Paula’s groundtruthing process during her over 8,000-mile Happiness Walk takes a data-driven, people-centered approach in order to inform policy and expand our set of metrics to be more indicative of what really matters in life

  • GNHUSA’s nonpartisan, all-inclusive public engagement and the increase over the past 5 years in public awareness of the state of our societal health

  • How we can get stuck and feel helpless if we focus too much on the problem and how we might instead balance awareness of our social ills with seeing the goodness in people and focusing on aligning our lives with our values

  • Actions you can take to begin prioritizing what matters most in your life

 

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Andrew Baskin, Partner & Executive Producer at LIFT Economy, specializes 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.

Sara Day Evans: Making America Regenerative Again

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Sara Day Evans, Founding Director for Accelerating Appalachia and Co-Founder of Prosperity Collective, is a sixth generation Kentuckian, and has worked with communities and small businesses across the southeast for over 20 years. She’s served over 300 communities and small businesses in economic development, entrepreneurship and environmental protection and leveraged over $250M in funding in service to the southeast and Appalachian region. She was awarded a presidential commendation from Bill Clinton for her work in the health and livelihood of women living in Appalachian Kentucky through her clean water efforts.

With degrees in Geology/Hydrogeology and a background in water law, she was instrumental in developing Kentucky’s groundwater protection programs and later developed Kentucky’s first ongoing solid waste management fund, resulting in an 85% reduction in illegal dumping and a 25% increase in recycling. She served western North Carolina’s hardest hit counties by developing sustainable economy plans that fit with the people and place of the region and created North Carolina’s Green Economy Resources Directory.

She’s particularly proud of the program she developed and implemented to install clean energy systems on farms in western NC’s high-unemployment counties while also training high school and community college students in clean energy installation.  In 2011, Sara Day co-founded the social enterprise Prosperity Collective and inspired by the textile, farming, forest products skills of Appalachians, the expanding world of social entrepreneurs and investing for good, she launched Accelerating Appalachia in 2012 to serve nature-based businesses in Appalachia and beyond.

For most of her life, Sara Day has been a singer/songwriter and guitarist, performing and also producing exceptional house concerts for good causes. Her most profound influencers are her parents, her children and her lifelong friends, Wendell and Mary Berry.

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Some highlights from Erin’s interview with Sara include:

  • How Accelerating Appalachia approaches accelerating the regenerative economy by connecting “basic needs businesses” and by bridging the urban-rural divide

  • Leveraging the strategy of supporting businesses who are the customers of farmers to apply more regenerative business practices in order to more exponentially incentivize farmers to adopt more regenerative farming practices (ie: via generating a greater demand for regenerative sourcing to influence regenerative farming)

  • How conservation practices/policies without applying proactive regenerative practices/policies is insufficient to meet our current climate crisis

  • A description of a smattering of some of the lovely enterprises Accelerating Appalachia works with in food, fiber, and other nature-based enterprises (see “Organizations” below)

 

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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.

Frederick Schilling: Holding It Down for Smallholder Farmers at Big Tree Farms

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Frederick Schilling founded Dagoba Organic Chocolate in 2001 and sold to The Hershey Company in 2006. He currently serves as partner/co-ceo of Big Tree Farms, a sustainable/organic supply chain company based in Indonesia. They develop supply chains for value added exotic and premium commodities/ingredients that are sold into the international organic/natural/specialty markets.

 

Big Tree Farms’ products include: coconut palm sugar, cacao/chocolate, coconut water concentrate, exotic peppercorns, Balinese sea salt, exotic & rare honeys, cashews, moringa and other ingredients for the raw food market. In 2007, he co-founded AMMA, with Diego Badaro and Luiza Olivetto, a vertically integrated artisan chocolate company located in Salvador, Brazil; the first premium artisan chocolate company in Brazil that is fully integrated from farm to finished product. While primarily focused on the South American market, the specialty chocolate products will be available to the international market. AMMA Chocolate was voted “Product of the Year” by O Estado Sao Paulo, in Brazil, for 2010 and have won numerous awards since then.


Frederick was founder/CEO of Big Tree Climate Fund, which he has since decommissioned during the recession of 2008.  BTCF was a carbon sequestration project developer and marketer of Fair Carbon™; holistic carbon credits that balance social & environmental aspects of carbon market project development.  The projects that BTCF developed generated greenhouse gas emission reduction credits, which we sold into the voluntary emission offset market in the US, Europe, Indonesia and Brazil, to businesses or individuals. The revenue generated from the selling of these credits was used to further the development of other projects, while 10% was given to the Big Tree Community Fund, which went to the communities in the zones where our projects existed.

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Some highlights from Kevin’s interview with Frederick include:

  • Overcoming perception of business as the root of all evil to realizing it can be used as a force for good

  • The rippling beneficial impact of empowering women through supply stream decisions

  • Big Tree Farm’s voluntary choice to steer clear of harmful agrochemicals prioritize their environmental and social mission along with their economic goals

  • How Frederick finds a sense of fun in viewing business as a puzzle

 

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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.