Andrew Baskin

Scott Moore y Medina: Story-Informed Design at Indigenous-Owned Architectural B Corp [Ep. 164]

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Scott Moore y Medina, AIA NCARB AICAE PID, is an architect, community builder and co-founder of Blue Star Integrative Studio, an Indigenous American creative business enterprise headquartered in Tulsa, OK with satellite offices in California and South Dakota. Blue Star Integrative Studio is dedicated to quality design, environmental excellence, and smart community building. In his work, Scott creates place-based, common sense solutions centered around community involvement and local empowerment for clients and communities facing unique challenges. He has coordinated several sustainable planning projects and designed healthy, energy efficient projects in North America. He is actively bringing efficient, affordable, replicable, and culturally relevant designs to life, while leading game-changing projects that improve lives and support resilient economies.

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Interview Highlights:

  • How being a multicultural person lends strengths in bridging cultural divides

  • Scott shares his experience being mentored by Bob Berkabile at BNIM, 1 of 15 to study under the architect Buckminster Fuller

  • Deep dive into the details of a highly innovative project in partnership with Thunder Valley CDC on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota

  • The fundamental importance of rooting into story, history, identity

  • Power in investigating your identity, acknowledging trauma, and moving on by being proactive

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Andrew Baskin, Partner & Executive Producer at LIFT Economy, specializes in regenerative ag-related enterprise and impact investing that advances the health of our soil, food-system, and climate.  You can email Andrew at andrew@lifteconomy.com.

Tre' Cates: Liberating Our Latent Potential Through Regenerative Design [Ep. 152]

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Consulting with organizations in a variety of industries across 6 continents and 35 countries, Tré has proven to be indispensable in designing, developing, and implementing an organization’s purpose for the future. His industry experience is very diverse from the development of faith-based community organizations, a publicly-traded technology company, to a multinational organization working in 20+ countries. One of his companies was recognized twice as one of the fastest growing companies in the US on the INC 500/5000 list. He has won several top individual awards in the state of Colorado including Entrepreneur of Distinction in Boulder, CO and two-time semi-finalist of Colorado’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He is active in his community by serving on the board of several companies including multiple non-profits. Tré has a BA in Philosophy from Ouachita Baptist University and a MA in Theology from Southwestern seminary.

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Some highlights from Andrew Baskin’s conversation with Tre’ Cates include:

  • Tre’s journey of personal fulfillment & the transformative role that mentorship played in his life

  • The paradigm shifting impact Tre’ experienced and aims to share with others through regenerative design

  • Tre’s application of values through cultural investments at his former tech company

  • The deep backstory on nRhythm and it’s relationship with Alan Savory and The Savory Institute

  • How managing for overall system health is a precondition that allows potential to be realized in living systems and organizations

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Andrew Baskin, Partner & Executive Producer at LIFT Economy, specializes in regenerative ag-related enterprise and impact investing that advances the health of our soil, food-system, and climate.  You can email Andrew at andrew@lifteconomy.com.

Leah Penniman: Farming While Black [Ep. 137]

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Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol educator, farmer/peyizan, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. She co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2011 with the mission to end racism in the food system and reclaim our ancestral connection to land. As co-Executive Director, Leah is part of a team that facilitates powerful food sovereignty programs - including farmer trainings for Black & Brown people, a subsidized farm food distribution program for people living under food apartheid, and regional organizing toward equity in the food system. Leah holds an MA in Science Education and BA in Environmental Science and International Development from Clark University, and is a Manye (Queen Mother) in Vodun. Leah has been farming since 1996 and teaching since 2002. The work of Leah and Soul Fire Farm has been recognized by the Soros Racial Justice Fellowship, Fulbright Program, Omega Sustainability Leadership Award, Presidential Award for Science Teaching, NYS Health Emerging Innovator Awards, and Andrew Goodman Foundation, among others. Her book, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land (Chelsea Green Publishing, November 2018) is a love song for the land and her people. Follow her @soulfirefarm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Some highlights from Andrew Baskin’s conversation with Leah Penniman include:

  • Stories of unquantifiably valuable moments of healing of intergenerational trauma through relationship with land for people of color

  • How Leah’s new book, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land, overcomes cultural erasure by providing a rare resource for Black/POC food & farming practitioners to learn about, celebrate, and reclaim their ancestral legacy of being in deep relationship with land

  • Leah shares details on the chapter in the book, “White People Uprooting Racism," for whose interest in antiracist work as white allies

  • Soul Fire Farm’s relationship with intentional community Wildseed and a POC/Indigenous-led land trust is reclaiming spaces in alignment with shared values

Resources:

Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement by Dr. Monica White

The Color of Food by Natasha Bowens

Collective Courage A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice by Jessica Gordon Nembhard

The Movable School Goes to the Negro farmer by Thomas Monroe Campbell

Ed Whitfield: Racial Justice Meets Non-Extractive Financing [Ep. 78]

Being Human by Climbing Poetree

I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door, I'll Get It Myself) by James Brown

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Andrew Baskin, Partner & Executive Producer at LIFT Economy, specializes in regenerative ag-related enterprise and impact investing that advances the health of our soil, food-system, and climate.  You can email Andrew at andrew@lifteconomy.com.

Donna Morton: A Chance to Change Finance for Good [Ep. 131]

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Donna Morton is CEO and co-founder of Change Finance, which is working to create 100% clean ETFs for sustainable investments. Donna had decades of experience in sustainability, economics, social innovation, clean energy, and ethical wealth management. She was the CEO of a clean energy company and built a think tank which helped pass the first carbon tax in North America. She is also an Ashoka, Ogunte, and Unreasonable Fellow, and a lifelong serial social entrepreneur with international experience ranging from sustainability and economic policy to social justice and human rights issues.

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Some highlights from Andrew Baskin’s conversation with Donna Morton include: 

  • The four phases of Donna’s career from the power of saying no as an activist in resistance movements to the the power of yes as an activist in the house of finance.

  • The backstory of Change Finance and the innovation of financial products stemming from women & marginalized groups

  • What ETF’s are and how financial activists can leverage them to take back our economy with love, respect, and dignity while boycotting the economy that is killing people and planet

  • How Change Finance has made accessible tools for deep impact investing for climate solutions in public markets for the price of a pizza, while also partnering with social justice community partners to co-design domestic-focused bond products and a globally-focused fund to benefit indigenous peoples

  • Donna’s unapologetic embrace of rendering love and care and empathy in business and finance at a system-wide level

Resources:

Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners Ep.1 (see clip 1)

Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners Ep.2 (see clips 1, 2)

Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

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World Indigenous Business Forum

Jed Emerson

Joel Solomon

Rosa Walker

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Andrew Baskin, Partner & Executive Producer at LIFT Economy, specializes in regenerative ag-related enterprise and impact investing that advances the health of our soil, food-system, and climate.  You can email Andrew at andrew@lifteconomy.com.

Gretchen Grani: Guayaki's Authentic Invitation to Come to Life [Ep. 120]

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Regeneration & Sustainability Cebadora at Guayaki, Gretchen Grani has directed corporate sustainability and philanthropy for 2 natural products companies. Prior experience includes managing an environmental conservation nonprofit and serving on numerous nonprofit boards, environmental consulting, writing about ecopsychology, and volunteering at a St. Helena winery for 15 years. Gretchen is an advocate for personal regeneration and regenerative business as a solution to reversing climate change and solving the world’s biggest social and environmental problems.

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Resources:

https://www.climatecollaborative.com/

https://mamuse.bandcamp.com/track/we-shall-be-known-featuring-thrive-choir

 

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.

 

Andrew Baskin, Partner at LIFT Economy, specializes in regenerative ag-related enterprise and impact investing that advances the health of our soil, food-system, and climate.  You can email Andrew at andrew@lifteconomy.com.

Lisa Curtis: Nutrition, Livelihoods, and Environmental Restoration through Moringa [Ep. 111]

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Lisa Curtis began working on Kuli Kuli while in the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. As a volunteer in her village’s health center, she gained a first-hand understanding of the common nutritional challenges faced in West African villages and how moringa can play a role in helping to address those challenges. Prior to Kuli Kuli, Lisa served as the Communications Director at Mosaic where she managed a team of six to grow the company from zero to over $5M invested in solar through Mosaic’s online marketplace. Previously, Lisa wrote political briefings for President Obama in the White House, served as a United Nations Environment Programme Youth Advisor and worked at an impact investment firm in India. Lisa’s writing has been featured in a variety of outlet, including Forbes, The Huffington Post and Grist. Lisa has been recognized as a StartingBloc Fellow, a Wild Gift Better World Entrepreneur, an Ashoka Emerging Innovator and a Udall Scholar.

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Kuli Kuli's Website

Growing Women’s Empowerment Through the Moringa Tree (video)

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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.

Andrew Baskin, Partner & Executive Producer at LIFT Economy, specializes in regenerative ag-related enterprise and impact investing that advances the health of our soil, food-system, and climate.  You can email Andrew at andrew@lifteconomy.com.

 

Sandra Kwak: #WeStandWithHaiti & #4thWorld as U.S. Solar Energy Policy Erodes [Ep. 100]

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Executive strategist and systems thinker, Sandra Kwak is applying disruptive innovation to create a regenerative future. Before launching 10Power, she scaled AutoGrid from prototype to a global brand, creating automated intelligence out of big data from the smart grid. Prior, as Co-Founder / President / COO of energy efficiency company Powerzoa, she brought building management hardware and software tools to market. Sandra has also served as CEO of a software company producing the world’s first mathematically lossless video codec. She worked at Pacific Gas & Electric implementing the ClimateSmart program and has consulted with clients including Mitsubishi, the Transamerica Holding Company, and The San Francisco Foundation. Sandra has an MBA in Sustainable Business from Presidio Graduate School and a BA in Political Science and Visual Art from Emory University.  10 Power is an investee of LIFT Economy’s Force for Good Fund.

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Some highlights from Andrew’s interview with Sandra include:

  • Sandra describes how part of her inspiration for creating 10Power grew from her observation that concerted efforts to elevate social equity was missing from CleanTech sector as thousands lack access to electricity and all that affordable electrical infrastructure affords

  • With Haiti importing most of its energy, Sandra enumerates emerging opportunities for solar in Haiti including building virgin, state of the art infrastructure and innovative financing to increase affordability

  • Sandra laments Trump’s imposition of tariffs on solar panels, counterproductively backsliding U.S. energy policy as Haitian President Jovenel Moïse boldly removes tariffs entirely from solar panel imports with promises of rapidly electrifying Haiti with renewable energy

  • Deriving much of her hope and inspiration from youth, Sandra offers advice to anyone wanting to make a difference in CleanTech or in general, advising us to treat every experience as a learning experience, to find or create the conditions that enable us to thrive, and to elevate positive solutions

  • As they continue recognizing, investing in, and scaling solutions, 10Power will be raising a fund later this year (subscribe to LIFT Economy’s monthly newsletter to stay tuned for opportunities to support!)

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Andrew Baskin, Partner & Executive Producer at LIFT Economy, specializes in regenerative ag-related enterprise and impact investing that advances the health of our soil, food-system, and climate.  You can email Andrew at andrew@lifteconomy.com.

Jeff Ward: Indigenous-owned B Corp with Thunderbird's Eye View on Indigenous Innovators & Technology [Ep. 96]

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Jeff Ward is a web designer, software developer, author, & speaker.  Born in Manitoba & living on Vancouver Island in British Columbia on Coast Salish territory, Jeff is a father, serial entrepreneur, and CEO & Founder of Animikii, a web-service company empowering Indigenous organizations to leverage technology for social, economic and cultural initiatives – and the first indigenous-owned certified B Corp in Canada.  

A father of two cool little men and a husband to his amazing wife Robyn,  Jeff is of mixed ancestry.  His father is Ojibwe (Sandy Bay) and Métis.  His settler heritage is English and Ukrainian on his mother's side.  He identifies as a proud Indigenous man and his background informs not only his creative work but his business philosophies as well.

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Some highlights from Andrew’s interview with Jeff include:

  • Animikii Indigenous Technology’s creation story

  • Framing “social enterprise” in the context of indigenous vales

  • Jeff’s participation in Canada’s historic Truth and Reconciliation Commision & its influence on his approach to business

  • Ways in which Jeff and Animikii has been impacted by systemic, institutionalized racism

  • Jeff’s bridging of cultural identities and worldviews

  • How values-aligned social enterprise is a potent tool for Indigenous self determination

 

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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.

Andrew Baskin, Partner & Executive Producer at LIFT Economy, specializes in regenerative ag-related enterprise and impact investing that advances the health of our soil, food-system, and climate.  You can email Andrew at andrew@lifteconomy.com.

Paula Francis: The 8000 Mile Walk Toward Making Happiness Our New Bottom Line [Ep. 90]

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Paula is a co-founder & Vice President of Gross National Happiness USA (GNHUSA), and chief Happiness Walker. She has been enamored with the idea of an economy grounded in happiness since first learning about the concept in 2008. Soon after, she became one of the original organizers of Gross National Happiness USA (GNHUSA) and traveled to Bhutan to witness GNH in action.

In 2014, she committed to The Happiness Walk full-time to further the goals of GNHUSA and to ignite a national conversation about what matters most in life. Influenced by the Peace Pilgrim and her unrelenting quest to share goodwill while traversing the country on foot, Paula likewise leans on her strong spiritual foundation to create social change: one-person, one-step at a time.

This Happiness Walker also applies her learning in values clarification, compassionate communication, appreciative inquiry, community organizing, peace building, and positive psychology to inspire local action around creating a world that works for everyone – and the planet! Prior to this, Paula offered organizational services to social-profits through her business, Inspired Consultation. As her two grown daughters have set out to create their own happy lives, Paula has made the road her new home.

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Some highlights from Andrew’s interview with Paula include:

  • The benefits and challenges of Paula’s experiment in making the road her home and how it’s been a window into seeing and understanding people who are often invisibilized

  • A comparison of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with Gross National Happiness (GNH)

  • Contrasting Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with Gross National Happiness (GNH) and how such metrics inform our behavior

  • How Paula’s groundtruthing process during her over 8,000-mile Happiness Walk takes a data-driven, people-centered approach in order to inform policy and expand our set of metrics to be more indicative of what really matters in life

  • GNHUSA’s nonpartisan, all-inclusive public engagement and the increase over the past 5 years in public awareness of the state of our societal health

  • How we can get stuck and feel helpless if we focus too much on the problem and how we might instead balance awareness of our social ills with seeing the goodness in people and focusing on aligning our lives with our values

  • Actions you can take to begin prioritizing what matters most in your life

 

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Andrew Baskin, Partner & Executive Producer at LIFT Economy, specializes in regenerative ag-related enterprise and impact investing that advances the health of our soil, food-system, and climate.  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 email Andrew at andrew@lifteconomy.com.

Rick Alexander: Benefit Corporations & Pursuing Profit with Purpose [Ep. 84]

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Rick Alexander has practiced law for 26 years at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, including four years as managing partner. He remains counsel to the firm. During that time, he was selected as one of the ten most highly regarded corporate governance lawyers worldwide, as Delaware Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year, as Delaware Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year, and as one of the 500 leading lawyers in the United States.

In 2015, Rick became the Head of Legal Policy at B Lab. In that position, Rick works with lawyers, companies, investors, legislators and regulators around the world, seeking to create sustainable corporate governance structures. Rick prepared the initial drafts of both the Delaware public benefit corporation legislation and the ABA Benefit Corporation White Paper, and serves as Special Consultant to the ABA’s Corporate Laws Committee. He chairs the Funding Implementation Committee of the Delaware Access to Justice Commission, co-chairs the Content Committee of the American College of Governance Counsel, and is a member of the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative Advisory Board. He also serves as a board member of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Clerky Legal Concepts for Founders Editorial Board.

Rick has written three books, The Public Benefit Corporation Guidebook and The Delaware Corporation, and his third book, Benefit Corporation Law and Governance: Pursuing Profit with Purpose, published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers. He has published articles in Harvard Business Law Review, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Business Lawyer, Business Law Today, Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, Review of Securities and Commodities Regulation, Law360, Insights, and Agenda.

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Some highlights from Andrew’s interview with Rick include:

  • The history, rationale, and legal context of the Benefit Corporation

  • The benefit of Benefit Corporations for entrepreneurs, investors, and society

  • An explanation of why there are so many more Benefit Corporations relative to the number of Certified B Corps

  • How the Benefit Corporation entity is a great choice for an enterprise of any size

  • What’s Next: Scaling the impact of Benefit Corporations through publicly traded markets

  • What’s Now: Rick’s new book: Benefit Corporation Law and Governance: Pursuing Profit with Purpose

 

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Andrew Baskin, a Junior Partner & Executive Producer at LIFT Economy, specializing in regenerative ag-related enterprise and impact investing that advances the health of our soil, food-system, and climate.  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 email Andrew at andrew@lifteconomy.com.