Jennifer Astone: The Connection Between Indigenous Peoples, Biodiversity, and Climate Change

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Jen Astone joined the Swift Foundation as Executive Director in 2011. Swift Foundation provides grants and investment capital to promote cultural and biological diversity with a focus on land stewards and agroecology.

Through this work, Swift funds organizations led by or focused on Indigenous and other communities involved in advocating for land and resource rights, investing in traditional knowledge systems and creating alternative economic models.

Jen leads Swift’s work with two sustainable agriculture collaboratives: the AgroEcology Fund and the Global Alliance for the Future of Food. She also supports Swift’s initiatives with First Nations and civil society in the Sacred Headwaters region of Northwest British Columbia, and with food sovereignty advocates in the countries of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

Prior to Swift, Jen served as the first executive director of the Firelight Foundation and as Africa program officer with the Global Fund for Women, two foundations focused on grassroots grantmaking to community-based and human rights organizations. She has a PhD in cultural anthropology based on fieldwork she conducted on women’s home gardens in Guinea, West Africa.

 

In our conversation, Jen and I discuss a wide range of topics, including:

  • United Parcel Services (or UPS), and why the foundation was started

  • A company called Native American Natural Foods and how it is aims to use a traditional Lakota recipe to break the economic isolation of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

  • The top 2-3 challenges that most foundations face

  • The debate about whether foundations should “sunset” or remain in perpetuity

  • Tips on what most people miss when writing a grant proposal to a foundation

  • Some of the thought leaders in this space that Jen looks to for inspiration

  • Why “Homecoming” by Yaa Gyasi is her favorite book of the moment

 

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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.

Restorative Ocean Farming/Fishing For the Next Economy

Bren Smith, GreenWave Executive Director and owner of Thimble Island Ocean Farm, pioneered the development of restorative 3D ocean farming. A lifelong commercial fisherman, Smith has been called a “visionary” by Barton Seaver, Director of Harvard’s Healthy and Sustainable Food Program. Bren’s farming model is designed to restore ocean ecosystems, mitigate climate change, and create blue-green jobs for fishermen — while ensuring healthy, local food for communities.  In 2015 he was awarded the Buckminster Fuller Prize for ecological design. In 2017, he was awarded the European Sustainia Award. In 2013, Smith was chosen as one of six “Ocean Heroes” by Oceana and Future of Fish’s “Ocean Entrepreneur” of the year. He is an Ashoka Fellow and Echoing Green Climate Fellow.

 

With 1 out of 3 breaths we take coming from ocean-based phytoplankton, Bren’s model of restorative ocean farming for growing affordable food and fueling job creation for farmers was recently named a “coming attraction” in Paul Hawken’s recent book, Drawdown, the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming.

 

In my interview with Bren, we discuss:

  • Why Seaweed is the most affordable food to grow, and thus the most affordable food to eat

  • What Bren calls “the Nail Salon model of the sea” - How anyone with access to $20K and a boat can grow a seaweed farm, and Bren’s vision of 10,000 new ocean farmers

  • How Google’s appetite for seaweed is growing, with help from Greenwave.org and the for-profit arm SeaGreens LLC

  • Why “open-source sustainable seaweed models” are so important and a recent study about how the 3-D ocean farming model has the potential to create a plethora of new jobs

  • A polyculture approach within our sea systems and social systems - how collaboration between businesses, policy-makers, and ecologists is essential for regenerating oceans

  • how in CA alone Bren has a list of over 100 farmers waiting to be trained by Greenwave in his model of restorative ocean farming

  • How listeners will soon be able to dig their teeth into Bren’s seaweed at places like Brooks Headley’s Superiority Burger in Manhattan, NYC

  • His upcoming trip to sail from NYC to Washington DC for the People’s Climate March (please consider donating to Greenwave’s gofundme campaign in the Resources section below!)


 

Resources:

 

People's Climate March

 

3 D Ocean Farming

 

Greenwave.org


CIVIL EATS on 3-D Ocean Farms

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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.

Kate Raworth: Setting the Frame with the Regenerative Economic Paradigm

Author of Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, Kate Raworth is a renegade economist focused on exploring the economic mindset needed to address the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges. She is a senior visiting research associate and advisory board member at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute and teaches in its master's program for Environmental Change and Management.

She is also senior associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and a member of the Club of Rome. Over the past 20 years Raworth has been a senior researcher at Oxfam, a co-author of UNDP’s annual Human Development Reports and a fellow of the Overseas Development Institute, working in the villages of Zanzibar. She is also on the advisory board of the Stockholm School of Economics’ Global Challenges Programme and Anglia Ruskin University’s Global Resource Observatory. Kate lives in Oxford, England.

In this interview we discuss:

  • Her idea of the “doughnut” or planetary sweet spot, that aims to bring our social and environmental systems into balance and how business can play a larger role in that transformation

  • How brexit and the election of Donald Trump affect her work

  • How we can begin embracing complexity by reading Donella Meadows’ book: Thinking in Systems – A Primer

  • The idea of the “triumph of the commons” – that the commons and commons culture are an enormously important part of our life

  • Understanding that the household is an essential part of our economy

  • Transcending the grossly oversimplified perception and description of ourselves as consumers and recognizing our many social identities

  • Balancing the need to resist and protest with the need to build the models that make the existing harmful models obsolete

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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.

Lynn Johnson: Spotlighting Girls For Social Change

Lynn Johnson, social entrepreneur and girl advocate, is dedicated to igniting a compassion revolution by putting girls center stage. Lynn is the Co-Founder and CEO of Spotlight:Girls, the producer of Go Girls! Camp.  Based in Oakland, CA, Spotlight:Girls celebrates and activates girls and women through multi-media learning experiences, products, and events.

Spotlight:Girls is the first investee for LIFT Economy’s very Force for Good Fund. The Force For Good Fund is the world’s first “Best for the World” B Corp Accelerator Fund dedicated to investing in women and people of color owned enterprises!

In this interview we discuss:

  • The power of “Dad”vocates - the community support network of fathers and how the dads are often some of the biggest champions of this work

  • The importance of compassion-forward leadership (especially from men) and actions and leadership styles we all need to take to create space for female voices to shine

  • The free resources from Spotlight Girls that listeners can use to empower the young women in their life to shine their voices, including a webinar about Raising Black Girls, A Free media guide called #GirlsMakeMedia highlighting how girls can be creative and safe while expressing their voices online, and an upcoming webinar for parents who are curious about sending their girls to GoGirls camps!

Lynn also shares the 5 core traits of a “Go Girl!” (the affectionately-bestowed moniker for the girls and women of the Spotlight:Girls community) describing how Go Girls!...

#1 Say “yes”!  - and how even saying “no” sometimes is a way of saying yes

#2 Give and Take - and how Lynn’s work is rooted in neuroscience research from the Greater Good Science Center and how powerful it is to incorporate altruism, reciprocity by giving and taking in drama, theater and in our daily lives.

#3 Make mistakes - and acknowledge and learn from their mistakes through fun games like “The Tower of Oops”

#4 Feel our Feelings - learn self-awareness and compassionate non-judgement about the feelings we all feel

#5 Take center stage - incorporate boldness, bravery, and creativity to grow their internal resilience, strength and the power of their voice

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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.

Joy Anderson: Intersectional Impact and Investing with a Gender Lens

Joy Anderson is a leader at the intersection of business and social change. She is the president and founder of Criterion Institute, a nonprofit that does research and education to broaden who and what matters in the work of reinventing the economy. Criterion Institute has helped launch and grow the gender lens investing field. She has been a teacher, a consultant, and a founding principal of Good Capital, an investment firm that increases the flow of capital to innovative ventures creating solutions to inequality and poverty. Her thought leadership focuses on shaping financial markets, investing with a gender lens, and combining theological and financial imagination. She holds a Ph.D. in American History from New York University.

In this interview we discuss:

  • How Joy's experience in public education informs her approach to investing

  • Privilege 101 and addressing structural inequity by co-imagining what role finance can play in driving social change

  • Moving from the idea of “economy” as an abstraction to a more granular systems change view of market systems that work for people

  • The endless temptation of end-results and the arrogance embedded in expectations around “getting” results

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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.

Andrea Armeni: Transforming Finance To Finance Transformation

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. Transform Finance provides thought leadership and advisory services as well as innovative tools and investment structures that promote social change both in and through finance. Andrea is also the lead convener of the Transform Finance Investor Network, a community of practice for progressive investors that launched at the White House with an initial investment commitment of over $500 million and has since grown to $1.3 billion.

A prominent public speaker, he is recognized as a leader and innovator in the field of impact investing, particularly at the intersection of systemic change and social justice. Andrea combines a corporate law and finance background with a deep passion for and engagement with social justice activism. He has taught at the Yale Law School and at Université Paris Dauphine in France. He has been recognized as a BMW Foundation Young Leader, is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and sits on the board of directors of the NGO Finance for Good Brazil and of CARE Enterprises, Inc., a business venture started by the international NGO CARE to fund transformative enterprises worldwide. He is based in New York, NY and San Francisco, CA.

In this interview we discuss:

  • Well-intentioned investors working with indigenous communities have often taken conventional approaches which fail to account for the importance of community and broader power dynamics and we discuss how to support investors to deploy capital in ways aligned w/ values and needs of community

  • Organizing asset owners around 3 principles: 1) deep engagement in affected communities 2) ownership and asset building opportunities in communities 3)fairly allocating risks & returns between investors and communities enabling their

  • How Transform Finance dovetails with other organizations within the broader ecosystem of impact investing

  • Navigating the tension and sometimes uncomfortable interstitial space between finance and social justice

  • Including finance among the set of tools one can use for social change in addition to advocacy and political action

  • Rebuilding the ship while we are sailing it as an analogy for transition to the next economy

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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.

Matthew Monahan – Technology in Service to Justice Through Enlightened Enterprise

“Lead with values and make sure you are doing business with people you really trust and enjoy working with and the rest will find its way.”  - Matthew Monahan

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 and compassionate human being and a leading steward of the emerging ethic of service and giving through enterprise and through appropriate application of technology.

You will hear how Matthew and his brother, co-founder of Inflection, have expressed their generosity in the way they have integrated a for profit and nonprofit model.  The Namaste Foundation, which they started when they sold a portion of Inflection, owns 10% of Inflection and the company also voluntarily dedicates a portion of revenue and employee time to diverse expressions of service in the community.  

Inflection is extending its core technology to begin to support new possibilities in restorative justice.  Matthew also shares his enthusiasm for New Zealand as a prime launch pad for innovating on practices to address the core problems of our time, like climate change and social inequities.  

In the interview you will hear Matthew share about some the groups and organizations that the Namaste Foundation is supporting such as Enspiral and Mindful Schools which are developing scalable models for transforming how we live, how we organize and how we communicate to create that a more beautiful world we know is possible.    Matthew also shares some insights on corporate culture, technology, the pressures imposed by capitalization.  

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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.

Carol Sanford - Evolving the Mindset of Business Leaders for the Regenerative Paradigm

“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 celebrated author and speaker sharing examples that inspire and instruct businesses to re-imagine their way of working and change industries, social systems, cultural beliefs and governing practices.  Her highly-praised books, The Responsible Business and her latest The Responsible Entrepreneur, are required reading at leading business schools including Harvard, Stanford, Haas Berkeley and MIT. Carol has worked with and works with all functions and levels of businesses: from C-suite executives of Finance, Business Development and Sales, Marketing, IT, R&D, to operations leadership.  

 

In this interview Carol shares about some of the current focus of her work on a core education and development process for leaders in business that fundamentally informs the actions that they can take from a Regenerative Perspective.  Carol is extremely erudite in sharing her observations and precise in her diction.  Her decades of work and writing have revealed a significant gap in mindset.  Using mnemonics that reminded me of  the style of  adages of ancient wisdom traditions from around the world, Carol walks us  through the way she approaches educating the mind to transform the way one sees life and the the way to evolve personal and organizational capacity to discover and become a greater expression of one’s essence in a  way that contributes to one’s role, nested in a living system.

 

One key take-away from this podcast is the importance of acknowledging that simply having lists of “best practices” or checklists of actions is not adequate to actually move us to a regenerative paradigm.  Changing mindset first is critical to enable us to have the greatest leveraged or “nodal” impact.

 

The interview also touches on the distinction Carol makes between empathy and caring, how Carol shares her work in the world with curated groups, events, media and with individual clients (ranging from Shell to Google Innovation Labs - check out http://carolsanford.com/).  Carol shares some of her personal story that brought her to expressing her essence in the world and some fun foreshadowing about her new forthcoming book.

 

You can find more about her work at these additional sites:

http://carolsanfordinstitute.com/

http://seed-communities.com/

http://theregenerativebusinesssummit.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.

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.