Janelle Orsi: Leveraging the Legal System towards an Equitable & Inclusive Next Economy

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Erin Axelrod, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Janelle Orsi, founder of The Sustainable Economies Law Center.

 

Janelle Orsi is an attorney living and working in Oakland, California. Her law and mediation practice is focused on helping individuals and organizations share resources and create more sustainable communities. She works with social enterprises, non-profits, cooperatives, community gardens, cohousing communities, ecovillages, and others doing innovative work to change the world. Her primary areas of legal specialty are real estate, small business, nonprofit, and estate planning law. In addition to her private practice, Janelle is Co-Founder and Director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center.

 

Janelle is the author of Practicing Law in the Sharing Economy and co-author of The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community, a practical and legal guide to cooperating and sharing resources of all kinds. Janelle also writes for Shareable.net.

 

In this interview, Erin & Janelle discuss a number of topics, including:

  • What if people could divert their funeral financing into burial plot land conservation easements?

  • The radically transformative power of worker-ownership

  • What does the real sharing economy look like? Loconomics Cooperative as a model to emulate

  • What is a multi-stakeholder cooperative and why that might be important

  • Healthy workplaces and how to alleviate nonprofit burn-out

  • “Permanent real estate cooperatives” as an iteration of Community land trusts to lessen the divide and make land trusts accessible to a more diverse socioeconomic group

  • How to catalyze a consumer revolution to create a tipping point for cooperatives

 

Towards the end of the podcast, Janelle and Erin coin the term, “Democravore,” to indicate an idea of mobilizing groups of people to come together to prioritize food spending at worker-owned food businesses.

 

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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 a shepherdess, indigo farmer 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.

 

Matthew Abrams: Reinventing Education by Supporting YOU as the Captain of YOUR Learning Voyage

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Shawn Berry, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Matthew Abrams, co-founder of the Mycelium School.

Matthew’s work as a photojournalist and entrepreneur took him to over 40 countries and offered him the chance to engage both the needs and opportunities of our world from a hands on perspective. These experiences offered the inspiration that gave form to Mycelium.

Over the past 7 years he has facilitated workshops and conversations on Innovative Education Models, Social Entrepreneurship and Personal Purpose across the US in partnership with the Harvard, Sullivan Foundation, AshokaU, GOOD Magazine, Penn State, Generation Waking Up and others. He’s also offered keynote talks at conferences and event such as Sustainable Brands, the Innovation Exchange, TEDxYale, TEDxFurmanU and others.  

Matthew also writes on the future of education and social entrepreneurship for publications including the Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Guardian of London, GOOD Magazine and the Matador Network.  Matthew holds a Masters Degree in International Education + Social Entrepreneurship from the SIT Graduate Institute.

In this interview, Shawn & Matthew discuss a number of topics, including:

  • A critique of ineffectual education systems

  • Creating the conditions that support learning

  • The value of having access to a diverse array of relevant perspectives

  • Crafting customized, learner-centered, purpose-driven processes

  • Cultivating cyclical patterns for emergent learning

  • Providing minimum educational structure & maximum educational support

  • Renaissance versus revolution?  

  • Mycelium’s new program, “Start-up Venture Journey,” to catalyze enterprise

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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.

Small Investors Wanted: Help Crowdfund the First Accelerator for “Best for the World” B Corps

Have you ever wanted to be an investor? We just launched the Force for Good Accelerator / Fund, and we would love your help.

The Force for Good Accelerator / Fund is specifically designed to nurture, grow, and launch women- and people of color-owned, climate change solving, “Best for the World” B Corporations (i.e., companies that score in the top 10% of B Corps worldwide).

100/$1000 by the B Corp Champions Retreat

We are launching a campaign to get 100 B Corp supporters and stakeholders (e.g., customers, workers, suppliers, community members, executives, and others) to invest $1k each before the B Corp Champions Retreat in Philadelphia on October 17, 2016.

Will you join us by investing as little as $1k? We’ve already got our first investors, like Kat Taylor from Beneficial State Bank, Zach Berke from Exygy, and Stu Landesberg from Grove Collaborative.

To learn more about the goals/objectives, the terms of the investment, the expected ROI, and answers to frequently asked questions, please click here. You can also reach out to me directly at ryan@lifteconomy.com.

Rha Goddess: Aligning Entrepreneurial Approach with Awareness and Clarity of Purpose

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Shawn Berry, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Rha Goddess, founder of Move The Crowd.

 

Rha is a cultural innovator and social entrepreneur who brings over two decades of transformational “crowd rockin’” in the name of social change. Rha is the founder of Move the Crowd, which provides rigorous entrepreneurial training to create a conscious entrepreneurial movement dedicated to re-imagining “work” and ushering in a new culture and socio-economic paradigm.

 

In this interview, Shawn and Rha discuss a number of topics, including:

  • How her background and experience in civil rights and hip hop lead to training entrepreneurs

  • Aligning entrepreneurs with the “why” before the “how”

  • Her learnings and successes working with social entrepreneurs

  • How to invite in creativity in the context of business

  • How the rising social justice awareness of these times feeds into her work.

  • The future of our movements

 

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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.

Mike Brady: Greyston Bakery's CEO on Hiring the Unemployable

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Ryan Honeyman, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Mike Brady, President and CEO at Greyston Bakery.

Mike is building on Greyston’s thirty year heritage as a model for social enterprise. He served on the Board of Directors of the Greyston Foundation before being named President of the Bakery in January 2012. Mike’s passion for social entrepreneurism and the use of business to solve social issues are fundamental to his work at Greyston Bakery.

Prior to joining Greyston, Mike launched the first incubator in the country dedicated to organic food production and distribution. He spent over 20 years in strategy and executive management positions identifying and exploiting new business opportunities in high-growth and transitional industries.

Mike is also a business advisor to the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and is on an Advisory Council with the Urban Institute helping to promote policies for a more sustainable economy. Mike received his MBA from the Wharton School of Business and lives in New York City with his wife and sons.

In this interview, Ryan and Mike discuss a number of topics, including:

  • Greyston’s Open Hiring program

  • The suite of services needed to break the generational cycle of poverty

  • Greyston’s partnerships with Ben & Jerry’s and Whole Foods

  • Mike’s former career in internet startups

  • The book he most often gives as a gift

  • The thought leaders Mike looks to for inspiration

  • Why Greyston’s “Blondie” brownie might change your life

  • And much more

 

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Kate Williams: Global Movement of Companies Investing 1% for the Planet

Next Economy Now highlights the leaders who are taking a regenerative, bio-regional, democratic, transparent, and whole-systems approach to solving social and environmental challenges.

The goal of this podcast is to identify the trends, tips, and best practices that will help listeners better harness the power of business as a force for good.

In this episode, Shawn Berry, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Kate WilliamsCEO of 1% for the Planetan alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet by donating 1% of their sales to environmental non-profits.

Founded in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia, 1% for the Planet has grown into a global movement of more than 1200 member companies in 48 countries, all donating at least 1% of annual sales to sustainability initiatives. In just over 10 years 1% for the Planet companies have given more than $100 million back to Blue.

In this interview, Shawn and Kate discuss a number of topics, including:

  • Kate’s path as an environmental entrepreneur

  • The history and success of 1%

  • Kate’s influences and inspirations

  • The state of the movement

  • What the future might look like

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Stefanie Thomas: Black Women VCs, Community Investing, and Closing the Opportunity Gap in America

Next Economy Now highlights the leaders who are taking a regenerative, bio-regional, democratic, transparent, and whole-systems approach to solving social and environmental challenges.

The goal of this podcast is to identify the trends, tips, and best practices that will help listeners better harness the power of business as a force for good.

In this episode, Ryan Honeyman, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Stefanie Thomas, Senior Investment Associate at the Impact America Fund.

Stefanie joined the Impact America (IAF) team in 2015. As a member of IAF, Stefanie has emerged as a voice of “Black Female VCs” (Fast Company) who work at the intersection of founder diversity, technology for impact, and the deployment of capital within untapped markets.

Since 2013, Stefanie’s work has primarily centered around her passion to support under-resourced entrepreneurs, an ode to childhood memories of her father—a serial entrepreneur—who overcame tremendous challenges as an aspiring business owner, despite very limited secondary education and low-income beginnings.

Some of the inspired work that has resulted from Stefanie’s deep-rooted influences includes co-founding a female-centered entrepreneurship organization called Women Who Launch and traveling over 6,000 miles by car across the US to work with small businesses, landing her a feature on HLN’s “Growing America” docu-series.

Before shifting gears professionally, Stefanie served as a Vice President at Citigroup, managing more than 50 institutional investor relationships and leading finance transactions totaling over $1B in assets. Stefanie received her MBA from the Ross School at the University of Michigan and her B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She currently resides in Washington, DC.

In this interview, Ryan and Stefanie discuss a number of topics, including:

  • Stefanie’s path to impact investing

  • The growth in black female entrepreneurs / VCs

  • How Impact America Fund is investing at the intersection of technology and underserved communities

  • The opportunity gap in America

  • The thought leaders, organizations, and books that Stefanie recommends learning more about

  • And much more

 

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New Secrets of B Corp Consulting (Live + Self-Study) Courses Announced

People often ask "how do I become a B Corp consultant?"

Over the past 18 months, Ryan Honeyman (Partner at LIFT Economy and author of The B Corp Handbook) and Matt Mayer (Sustainability Consultant at Conscious Brands) have taught a series of courses for folks interested in becoming B Corp consultants. The goal of these courses is to provide a succinct, step-by-step overview of the tools, resources, and best practices we have learned about B Corp consulting. 

We are excited to announce that there are now two course options: a pre-recorded, self-study course, and an ongoing live course. Click here to learn more.

Scott Morris: How "Complementary Currencies" Support Vibrant Local Economies

Next Economy Now highlights the leaders who are taking a regenerative, bio-regional, democratic, transparent, and whole-systems approach to solving social and environmental challenges. 

The goal of this podcast is to identify the trends, tips, and best practices that will help listeners better harness the power of business as a force for good.

In this episode, Shawn Berry, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Scott Morris. Scott is an economist, community organizer and social entrepreneur. He has dedicated his career to solving the problem of why the economy only works well for some, while others get left out. He is currently the founder and CEO of IthaCash. Ithacash is "Money Made for Main St.", a regional cooperative currency program for in-and-around Tompkins County, New York where the marketplace & local money work together for local people, causes, and economies by offering another way to meet real needs.

Ithacash serves the community by granting homegrown funding to area civic organizations and fostering local resilience. Ithacash is building on the legacy of the Ithaca HOURs currency program begun in 1991 and will be a flagship pilot program for Qoin's community currency software in the US.

In this interview, Shawn and Scott discuss a number of topics, including:

  • Scott’s personal journey coming to this work

  • Creating a new currency and aspects of currency design

  • New developments in complementary currencies

  • Benefits created for local economy

  • History and case studies of successful currencies

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John Fullerton: The Emergence of Regenerative Capitalism

Next Economy Now highlights the leaders who are taking a regenerative, bio-regional, democratic, transparent, and whole-systems approach to solving social and environmental challenges.

The goal of this podcast is to identify the trends, tips, and best practices that will help listeners better harness the power of business as a force for good.

In this episode, Ryan Honeyman interviews John Fullerton, Founder and President of Capital Institute. Capital Institute is a nonprofit that is working to explore and effect the economic transition to a more just, regenerative, and sustainable way of living through the transformation of finance.

John is also a recognized impact investment practitioner as the Principal of Level 3 Capital Advisors, LLC. Level 3’s direct investments are primarily focused on sustainable, regenerative land use, food, and water issues.

Previously, John was a Managing Director of JPMorgan where he worked for over 18 years. Following JPMorgan, and after experiencing 9-11 first hand, John spent years embarked on more entrepreneurial ventures as an impact investor while engaging in deep study of our multiple interconnected systemic crises that led to the founding of Capital Institute in 2010.

He is a Co-Founder and Director of Grasslands, LLC, a holistic ranch management company in partnership with the Savory Institute, and a Director of New Day Farms, Inc., New Economy Coalition, and Savory Institute. He is also an Advisor to Armonia, LLC, a Belgian family office focused on impact investments, RSF Social Finance, and to Richard Branson’s Business Leader’s initiative (“B Team”).

In this interview, Ryan and John discuss a number of topics, including:

  • How John went from a career on Wall Street to being a leader in the field of regenerative capitalism

  • The eight principles of regenerative economics

  • Carbon sequestration, holistic management, and climate change

  • The thought leaders and books that influenced his thinking over the last 20 years

  • How consciousness intersects with systems design

  • Whether the is optimistic or pessimistic about the future

  • And much more

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