Joe Hudson: The Awakened Investor – Making Awakening Ubiquitous

“The teams that feel safe together, they perform great in almost any circumstances.”  - Joe Hudson

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 development, sustainable agriculture, and financial services and deep involvement in philanthropy. Joe has committed himself to a life of self-exploration and inner reflection across multiple platforms – neurological, psychological, and spiritual.

His projects include improving education in inner cities and the restoration of several riparian habitats in the South West United States.  Alongside his role as venture capitalist, he is also the managing director of the DBJ Foundation. He spearheaded the first venture capital company to focus on sustainable agriculture and was the largest investor in the first sustainable agriculture IPO on Nasdaq.

In this podcast interview, Joe shares how his personal journey of transformation intersected with his experience as a venture capitalist with the core insight that successful investments were highly correlated with awakened/developed entrepreneurs.  This opened a pathway that has led him to his current work of “making awakening ubiquitous.”  He still invests as a venture capitalist and gives as a philanthropists while simultaneously working with individuals and curated groups on facilitating personal awakening.

In the podcast Joe discusses the stages or steps  of shifting perspective and awakening and the impacts of how becoming more awakened leads to changes in business leadership behaviors.  Joe also describes some of the projects and managements teams he has been gifting to, investing in and supporting like Hand in Hand Parenting and Mindfulness in the Classroom (Inner Explorer). You’ll also hear from Joe that he does not invest in anything that does not have the potential to reach 10 million or more kids a year.  Finally, Joe shares some of his insights about the future of food production and the possibilities of awakened sales and awakened marketing.

You can find more about Joe’s work here:

http://artofaccomplishment.com/

http://joehudson.com/

http://www.oneearthcapital.com/

 

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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.

Vincent Stanley: Patagonia's Director of Philosophy on the Next Economy

Our guest on Next Economy Now is Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy at Patagonia and a Visiting Fellow at Yale School of Management.

If you’ve been following Next Economy Now, you might notice that Vincent is the fourth person we have interviewed from Patagonia since this podcast was launched in the Fall of 2015. It’s no secret that we love this company.

Not surprisingly, our listeners do too. For instance, our interviews with Phil Graves, Managing Director of Tin Shed Ventures (Patagonia’s venture capital arm); Rick Ridgeway, VP of Environmental Initiatives; and Rose Marcario, Patagonia’s President and CEO, are the top three “most listened to” episodes of Next Economy Now of all time.

So, what do Vincent and I discuss? Here are some of the highlights:

  • How he grew up in the 60’s in the San Francisco Bay Area and went to an alternative high school in Santa Cruz mountains

  • How an economic collapse, a car wash, and a postcard from his grandmother led to his working at Patagonia

  • Jonathan Rose’s book “The Well Tempered City,”

  • Bren Smith of Greenwave and 3D Ocean Farming

  • And finally, at many conferences that Vincent attends, people often say to him “I love your company. How can we scale what Patagonia does?” His answer to this question was very fascinating for me.

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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.

Marjorie Kelly: Democratizing the Economy from the Ground Up

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 inclusive outcomes, fosters ecological sustainability, and promotes flourishing democratic and community life.  Marjorie is author of the book, Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution, released June 2012 by Berrett-Koehler. In it, she explores many experiments with new forms of ownership, which she calls generative: aimed at creating the conditions for life for many generations to come.

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 inclusive outcomes, fosters ecological sustainability, and promotes flourishing democratic and community life.  Marjorie is author of the book, Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution, released June 2012 by Berrett-Koehler. In it, she explores many experiments with new forms of ownership, which she calls generative: aimed at creating the conditions for life for many generations to come.

In this interview we discuss:

  • The election of Trump and its correlation with the economic challenges faced in Appalachia and rust belt states

  • 5 design elements of a company: membership, governance, purpose, finance, networks

  • The Democracy Collaborative’s work supporting Native American businesses and what listeners can do to support rural economic development

  • Strengthening the backbone of communities by engaging anchor institutions (like universities and hospitals)

  • Getting bipartisan support from politicians to support resilient local economies & employee ownership

  • How the democratization of aristocratic government happened without the democratization of our economics, and how we can bring this about

To listen to this podcast, please click the image at the top of the article. If you only have two minutes, click here for a highlight from the interview

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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.

Fran Seegull: Introducing the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance

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 United States and foster deployment of and demand for impact capital across asset classes globally. Previously, she was Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director at ImpactAssets – a non-profit investment firm seeking to increase the flow of capital to impact investing.  Fran holds a BS in economics from Barnard/Columbia and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  At USC’s Marshall School of Business, she is the Adjunct Professor at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Senior Fellow at the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab. She serves on the board of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, the Investment Committee of the Goldhirsh Foundation and the G7 Social Impact Investment Task Force Working Group on Asset Allocation.

In this interview we discuss:

  • Moving away from a paradigm of maximizing shareholder value in the short term to one focused on stakeholder value and longer term value creation

  • Questioning tax-sheltered foundations yielding net-negative mission-related impact

  • The backstory on and intentions of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance

  • Integrity and innovation in impact measurements & reporting

  • Cases where there may or may not be tradeoffs between financial return and impact

  • The silver lining of the Trump administration: spurring entrepreneurship and livelihood creation in rural & urban communities

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In addition to listening on B the Change Media, you can listen/subscribe to Next Economy Now on iTunes, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcasting platform.

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.

Dana Lanza: Mission-Related Philanthropy and Owning What You Own

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 to over 250 grantmaking organizations from across North America and Europe in 15 strategic funding areas. As director, Dana worked with the Rockefeller Family Fund, and led a then 20 year old EGA into an independent 501c3 organization. Dana served as the Program Director and Board Advisor at The Swift Foundation while launching Confluence. 

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In this interview we discuss:

  • How the economic events of 2008 seeded greater interest in values-aligned investments

  • Top challenges investors face in aligning their money with their values

  • The debate about whether or not impact investors should seek market rate returns on investments

  • The trend for philanthropy to focus on mission-related investments rather than offering grants or program-related investing (PRI)

  • The subjectivity of measuring impact and its value versus objectively owning what you own

  • Place-based, regional, localized investing, challenging investment managers to elevate their socially-responsible platform, and being loud and proud about divesting from the fossil fuel industry

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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.

Birju Pandya: Money, Social Good, and Inner Transformation

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 specializing in “regenerative investing” using nature-based solutions. He is Chief Mindfulness Officer for Nessel Development, working in 'beyond sustainable' real estate and also a senior advisor to RSF Social Finance, focusing on projects which facilitate “inner impact.”  Birju is a longtime volunteer of ServiceSpace, a non-profit that has been popularizing gift culture paradigm.  

 

In this interview we discuss:

  • Blossoming into meditation and mindfulness with small steps

  • Whole person development in the workplace

  • Dynamic interplay between inner work practices with transcending limiting organizational structures and linear-thinking approaches

  • Contrasting “ripple effects” with our concepts of “scaling”

  • The subtle yet profound role of psychological work in using business as a means for personal transformation becoming a better person

  • Having the vulnerability and courage to ask others “What do I not see?”

 

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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.

John Abrams: Behind the Scenes at the World’s Top Scoring B Corp

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Shawn Berry, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews 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 Companies We Keep, is a seminal work for the growing movement of worker coop buyouts.

 

In this interview we discuss:

  • John’s background coming from the back to the land movement in the 60’s

  • The political climate following the recent election

  • Climate change and the need for solutions

  • Triple bottom line peer business support network

  • Their strong family centric culture

  • ROI on the best employee benefits package in the world including home ownership and renewable energy

  • Their limits on building big

  • Commitment to affordable housing & place

  • How they survived the great recession and their plan for the next one

  • Building a company culture that makes it safe to fail

  • Trust in people is paramount

  • What the company looks like after he is gone

 

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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.

Jessie Spector: How Much Wealth is Enough?

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 redistribution: the Criminal Justice Initiative, a circle of donors and activists who use consensus to fund the transformation of the criminal justice system in the US, and the Solidarity Family of POOR Magazine, a cohort of young people with wealth learning from and fundraising for POOR and the project of Homefulness, a permanent and sustainable pilot model of co-housing for homeless people. Jessie is constantly inspired by the power of organizing within her own community of young people with wealth and class privilege in partnership with people working for justice from all class backgrounds.

 

In this interview we discuss:

  • Leveraging privilege toward equitable distribution of land, wealth, and power

  • The question of ‘how much income and wealth is enough’

  • Taking collective action and partnering with social justice groups

  • From negative investment portfolio screens to more just, values-aligned positive screens

  • Listening, building trust, and being in relationship with marginalized communities

 

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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.

Kristin Hull: Realizing The Next Economy with Your Investment Portfolio

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 having founded the Nia Community Investments in 2010. The Nia Community Fund is focused on consciously investing for social justice and environmental sustainability in Oakland. Prior to Nia Community, Kristin served as President and Chair of the Board of the Hull Family Foundation from 2007 to 2011, where she oversaw all of the investment efforts and transitioned the endowment from a traditional investment portfolio to one of the country’s first 100% mission impact invested portfolios. Kristin is also a co-founder of Impact Hub Oakland and is devoted to promoting inclusion and diversity in leadership, and to re-envisioning capitalism.

 

In this interview we discuss:

  • Redefining finance by engaging from a foundation of intention and purpose

  • Barriers preventing people from investing in their local communities

  • Building investment portfolios around publicly traded companies leveraging best-in-class solutions as a vehicle to realize the next economy

  • Considerations in measuring impact both quantitatively as well as qualitatively

  • Balancing impact with financial returns

  • The need for financial literacy education and aligning our money with our values

 

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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.

Shamini Dhana: How Ethical Fashion Connects You to Place and Planet

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 clothing. Dhana, Inc. is an ethical fashion brand committed to using clothing to better connect people and our planet. Dhana believes apparel is an extension and reflection of one’s values, community, and outlook on life and therefore ought to be influenced by and made with respect for global cultures and materials.

In this interview we discuss:

  • Helping people to connect to place and planet through the medium of fashion

  • Badminton & business acumen

  • How Shamini, with no experience in fashion, transitioned from a Silicon Valley bank to radical entrepreneurship in apparel

  • How Dhana differentiates itself through the pre-point-of-sale story of the apparel

  • The shift in power from clothing brands to workers and consumers

  • Moving from mega textile waste to a future in recycling fiber

  • A must-watch documentary to change the way you wear your values: True Cost

To listen to this podcast, please click the image at the top of the article. If you only have two minutes, click here for a highlight from the interview

In addition to listening on B the Change Media, you can listen/subscribe to Next Economy Now on iTunes, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcasting platform.

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.