2016

Shamini Dhana: How Ethical Fashion Connects You to Place and Planet [Ep. 44]

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.

Kate Poole: Redistributing Wealth and Power [Ep. 43]

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Ryan Honeyman, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Kate Poole.  Kate co-leads Regenerative Finance, a collective of young people with wealth working to shift control of capital to communities most affected by racial, economic and climate injustices. Kate is also a member-leader of Resource Generation, working to redistribute land, wealth and power.  Kate creates comics and zines about Buddhist economics, Jewish economics, racial justice and wealth redistribution, and the intersection of economic and spiritual practice.

In this interview we discuss:

  • Buddhist economics & right livelihood

  • The backstory to the Resource Generation collective

  • Applying values-based principles to investing through non-extractive finance, shared risk, & zero percent interest loans

  • Stewarding accumulated wealth and returning it to communities from which it was historically extracted

  • Karmically sound methods of accumulating capital

  • Emotional challenges that can come with inherited wealth that was derived from the trauma of others

  • The Buen Vivir Fund and other examples of inverting power relations, centering the work on acting from love, and being in authentic relationship with communities to build the self determination

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.

Omar Freilla: Worker Cooperative Development as a Comprehensive Solution for Our Time [Ep. 42]

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Shawn Berry, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Omar Freilla. Omar is the founder and coordinator for Green Worker Cooperatives in the South Bronx, where they run the Coop Academy to empower a new generation of small local businesses that are cooperatively owned and operated.  Shawn first met Omar in 2004 after the founding of the USFWC when he came to visit Shawn at his woodworking co-op in SF.  It’s been a pleasure for Shawn to see Omar’s work grow and develop over the years.

 

In this interview we discuss:

  • Why coops are such powerful and deep solutions, socially, environmentally and economically.

  • Omar’s experience visiting the Mondragon Coops in Spain

  • Common misconceptions about coops

  • How the current political and economic climate make this work more important than ever

  • New York City’s groundbreaking funding & coalition for coop development

  • Successes and best practices from the Coop Academy

 

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.

 

Andrew Baskin: Reflections from a Next Economy Millennial [Ep. 41]

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Ryan Honeyman, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Andrew Baskin, Executive Fellow at LIFT Economy. Andrew is currently finishing his Bachelor’s of Science in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, with an emphasis in regenerative & cooperative economics, at the University of California, Davis.  Andrew is a Millennial, and he represents a core constituency of young, passionate, and activated social entrepreneurs that are helping use business as a force for good.

 

In this interview we discuss:

  • Self-directed learning & Andrew’s “Sustainability and Community Food System Cali-Euro Bike Tour”

  • Leveraging sweat equity & resourcefulness instead of financial capital

  • Vermicomposting (aka worm composting) as a possible regenerative enterprise

  • Current benefits & drawbacks for Next Economy millennials in higher education

  • Nexus Blindness – A term Andrew coined to describe a cause of unethical or shortsighted so-called “solutions” that produce unintended consequences

  • Systems Thinking, Ethics, & Understanding Values as an integrated lens

  • Valuing the knowledge systems and intellectual capital of marginalized cultures

  • Stephen Deberry’s  “DeBerry Hypothesis”

  • Dave Snowden’s “Cynefin Framework” (See here for HBR Article: "Cynefin, pronounced ku-nev-in, is a Welsh word that signifies the multiple factors in our environment and our experience that influence us in ways we can never understand)

 

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.

Jessica Bonanno + Adam Trott: Cooperative models for community based economic development [Ep. 40]

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 [Ep. 39]

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 [Ep. 38]

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 [Ep. 37]

“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.

Jeffrey Hollender - Taking a Systems Approach to Designing the Next Economy [Ep. 36]

“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.  

 

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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 [Ep. 35]

“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.

 

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.