Blake Jones: Employee Ownership and Extreme Transparency as Competitive Advantages

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Shawn Berry, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Blake Jones, the former CEO and Co-founder of Namaste Solar.

Blake Jones is the President of Namaste Solar, a 100% employee-owned solar electric company based in Colorado. He began his career working as a civil engineer in the oil and gas industry. He then spent time in Nepal implementing solar, wind, hydro, and electric vehicle technologies.

In late 2004, he returned to the USA to co-found Namaste Solar which has installed more solar systems throughout Colorado than any other company. Due to its unique business model, Namaste Solar has earned widespread recognition.

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

  • Their company culture based in extreme transparency

  • Transitioning away from his former role as CEO

  • Slow decisions and fast execution

  • Enhanced work life satisfaction from working with a strong team

  • The solar buying cooperative they helped start

  • The pending launch of the Clean Energy Credit Union

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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.