Jessica Bonanno + Adam Trott: Cooperative models for community based economic development

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Shawn Berry, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Jessica Bonanno from the Democracy Collaborative and Adam Trott from the Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives. The Democracy Collaborative has been doing important work around community wealth building, one of their most notable projects being the Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland, OH.  The Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives (VAWC) is a cooperative  of 8 worker-coops in Western Massachusetts created to serve their members and promote the development of the cooperative economy.

 

In this interview we discuss:

  • Their personal stories bringing them into this work

  • Trends in cooperative development

  • Ownership as a pathway to community development

  • VAWC’s inter-coop development fund

  • Evergreen Coops network of companies

 

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.

 

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.

Lou Paradise: The business of pain, hope and healing

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Shawn Berry, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Lou Paradise, founder and CEO of Topical Biomedics. Topical BioMedics is the research and development leader in transdermal pain relief and healing products, committed to high-quality, natural, safe and effective treatments. Lou is a decorated US Marine Corps combat veteran with decades of experience researching pain physiology, how the body heals, and the application of natural medicines to maximize the body’s desire to heal the cause of pain at the cellular level.

 

In this interview we discuss:

  • Lou’s personal story, on a mission for natural pain relief and healing

  • The paramount importance of hope and empowerment in healing

  • Healing as pain relief

  • Best practices - It’s all about people and relationships

 

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.

 

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.

Sharon Rowe: The Magic of Tiny Business

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Shawn Berry, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Sharon Rowe, founder and CEO of ECOBAGS. ECOBAGS was one of the first brands to market with their reusable tote bags, founded in 1989 in NYC.  I have had the pleasure to get to know Sharon over the last few years as a part of the Hudson Valley and NYC B Corp communities. And what inspires me about Sharon is not just that she started a for profit solution based approach to environmental activism, but she also did that while raising kids, pursuing her acting career and still takes vacations. In this episode we discuss:

 

  • Her story of starting and growing her company slowly

  • Relationships as the key to business success

  • Magic of Tiny Business and the value of a well rounded life

  • Women in business, how things have changed over the last 3 decades

 

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.

 

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.

 

Joe Whitworth: Redefining Conservation for the Next Economy

“We can solve the big problems of our era if we use the right tools.” - Joe Whitworth

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Ryan Honeyman, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Joe Whitworth, President of The Freshwater Trust. The Freshwater Trust is the largest restoration-focused organization in the Pacific Northwest.

Joe has been responsible for strategic direction of The Freshwater Trust for more than a decade, growing the organization’s budget tenfold during that time. He is focused on the next generation of conservation tools at the intersection of technology and finance to get results on the ground.

In addition to formal advisory roles in B Corp, foundation and government settings, he is a patented inventor, author of the book “Quantified: Redefining Conservation for the Next Economy” published by Island Press, and has served as founding board chair of the Council for Responsible Sport.

Joe has also served as a guest lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He holds an B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Lewis & Clark College with an emphasis in natural resources and water law.

In this interview, Ryan and Joe discuss:

  • The emergence of “quantified conservation”

  • Joe’s thoughts on rotational grazing, holistic management, and animal agriculture as it relates to water usage

  • What the average business owner can do to improve water conservation (beyond low-flow toilets and faucets)

  • The resources, thought leaders, and organizations he looks to for inspiration about the next economy

  • And much, much more

To listen to this podcast, please click the image at the top of the article.

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

Invest Now: <24 Hours to Support the #BCorp Force for Good Fund

Hi Everyone-

It's your last chance to invest--the Force for Good Accelerator / Fund closes in less than 24 hours (Monday, November 7 at 8pm Pacific / 11pm Eastern).

We have currently raised ~$370k from 90+ investors. Wow!! We have been incredibly inspired by the outpouring of support we have received from all of you.


Invest Now: Help Us Get to $400k!

Will you invest now to help us get to $400k? This will allow us to do four investments in amazing women and people of color owned, climate-change solving, "Best for the World" B Corps.

Please help us grow this exciting, inspiring, and desperately needed sector of the economy. Visit our WeFunder page to invest and/or learn more.


Huffington Post + Force for Good Fund

Shamini Dhana, CEO and Founder of Dhana, wrote an amazing article about the Force for Good Fund in the Huffington Post.

Will you help promote this to your social media channels? Here's an example tweet you could use:

  • Invest in women via the #BCorp Force for Good Fund. #crowdfunding campain ends today! http://buff.ly/2fEQuTh #impinv #socent #BCorps

Thank you for all of your support!

Ryan & the LIFT Economy team

Jeffrey Hollender - Taking a Systems Approach to Designing the Next Economy

“It’s not enough to build your own company, you have to participate in building the whole ecosystem... ” - Jeffrey Hollender

 

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Kevin Bayuk, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Jeffrey Hollender, Founder of Seventh Generation, the American Sustainable Business Council and Sustain Natural among other enterprises and organizations.

 

Jeffrey is a thought leader on corporate responsibility, sustainability and social equity.  His decades of experience have covered decentralized models of education, ethical community banking, starting and growing sustainable, and now net positive, enterprises and using the power of coalition building as a lever for creating change in policy and governance.  

 

In the interview we discuss how important it is to take a systems view when engaging in changing the economy.  In fact, systems thinking emerged as the consistent theme in our discussion and Jeffrey encourages listeners to check out this lecture by Peter Senge to develop a basic literacy of systems thinking.

We also delve into a diverse array of topics including the following:

  • Which type of scale (many small businesses or few very large businesses) is better to change the economy

  • The role of worker ownership in addressing wealth inequality

  • The role and power of everyday consumer choices

  • “Net positive” business compared to business just “less bad”

  • The dysfunction of the “business as usual” capital and the return mandates on that capital to serve the innovation of small emergent next economy enterprises

 

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.

 

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.

Alison Lingane: Worker-Ownership, the Coop Incubator, and Addressing the Silver Tsunami

“Good decisions are built into worker cooperatives from the inside out.” - Alison Lingane

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Ryan Honeyman, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Alison Lingane, Co-Founder of Project Equity.

Project Equity is a nonprofit organization that fosters economic resiliency by demonstrating and replicating strategies to increase worker ownership.

In our interview, Alison and I discuss some of the differences between worker-owned cooperatives, ESOPs (or Employee Stock Ownership Plans) and employee stock options (like you might get as an employee of a tech company like Twitter or Facebook).

We’ll also discuss the startling fact that there are only 300-400 worker owned cooperatives in the entire United States. Alison hopes to change this with her new Coop Incubator program at Project Equity.

Finally, if you are interested in increasing worker ownership at your business, we go over some of the frequently asked questions and steps you will need to consider before making the transition.

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

You can listen/subscribe to Next Economy Now on iTunes, Overcast, Stitcher, or your favorite podcasting platform.

Invest in #BCorps Now: Only 48 Hours Left to Double Your Impact

LIFT Economy recently launched the Force for Good Accelerator / Fund.

For those of you who don't know, this will be the first crowdfunded accelerator for women- and people of color-owned, climate change solving, "Best for the World" B Corps (e.g., those B Corps that score in the top 10% worldwide).

Here are 5 exciting updates from the last week:

1. ~$145k Raised in Total. We have raised $145k in one month (and $40k just this last week). That is a phenomenal result. Help us keep the momentum going!

2. The #BCorp Champions Retreat is this Week. The theme of this year’s retreat is “Towards an Inclusive Economy.” Are you interested in helping build a more inclusive economy? Consider investing in this fund :)

3. Only $37k in Matching Funds Left. If you (or someone you know) was on the fence about investing, now is the time! Only $37k of our original $100k in matching funds are available before they expire this Friday, October 21. Invest now to get the double the impact.

4. Andrea Walker is Our 50th Investor. If you don’t know Andrea Walker from Beneficial State Bank, you are missing out. She is an amazing leader in the B Corp movement (Indeed, the banner image on our WeFunder page is the back of her head). Thanks to Andrea for being lucky number 50!

5. $65k Raised for the Loan Loss Reserve. Thanks to Kat Taylor (Beneficial State Bank), Amy Levine (Cabot Creamery), Michael Pirron (Impact Makers), and John Replogle (Seventh Generation), we have raised $65k for our loan loss reserve. This money will be used to backstop any losses to investors if our fund does not do as well as anticipated. We hope to eventually have ~$250k in loan loss reserve for a $1M fund.

Will you share the Force for Good Fund via social media and with your friends and colleagues? Here are two sample tweets you could use:

  • Check out the Force for Good Fund, the first accelerator for #BCorp: wefunder.com/forceforgood #socent #impinv #crowdfunding
  • Want to invest in #BCorps? Check out the Force for Good Accelerator / Fund: wefunder.com/forceforgood #socent #impinv #crowdfunding #BCorp

Thank you for your help. Check out wefunder.com/forceforgood to learn more about our project. Please reach out to ryan@lifteconomy.com with any questions or comments.

10 Power: Solar as the Backbone for a New Economy - in Haiti and Beyond

Energy is the backbone of modernization.” - Sandra Kwak

 

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Erin Axelrod, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Sandra Kwak, Founder and CEO of 10 Power, a woman-owned company that finances renewable energy in developing communities. Sandra and Erin discuss the opportunities of bringing solar to countries like Haiti - where the most recent Hurricane Matthews has caused an extraordinary amount of devastation and destruction and yet where there is so much potential to build a regenerative economy leveraging cutting edge renewable energy technology.

Force for Good: $100k Raised + $100k in Matching Funds

The Force for Good Accelerator / Fund reached two exciting milestones last week:

  • $100k+ Successfully Raised: We raised over $100k (currently $109,611 raised from 41 investors) less than three weeks into our campaign, and

  • $100k in Matching Funds: Merlin Clarke (CEO of Dogeared) committed an additional $25k on top of the existing $25k commitment from Derek Hydon (MaCher) and $50k commitment from Kat Taylor (Beneficial State Bank).

This means that anyone that invests in the Force for Good Accelerator / Fund between now and Friday, October 21 will be matched 2:1.

Will you share this opportunity via social media and with your friends and colleagues? Here are two sample tweets you could use:

  • Check out the Force for Good Fund, the first accelerator for #BCorp: wefunder.com/forceforgood #socent #impinv #crowdfunding

  • Want to invest in #BCorps? Check out the "Force for Good Accelerator / Fund": wefunder.com/forceforgood #socent #impinv #crowdfunding #BCorp

Thank you for your help! Please reach out to ryan@lifteconomy.com with any questions or comments.