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.


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








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

Matthew Monahan – Technology in Service to Justice Through Enlightened Enterprise [Ep. 55]2

“Lead with values and make sure you are doing business with people you really trust and enjoy working with and the rest will find its way.”  - Matthew Monahan

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Kevin Bayuk, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Matthew Monahan, co-founder and CEO of the 150 person technology company and certified B Corp, Inflection.  Matthew is humble and successful entrepreneur, a thoughtful and compassionate human being and a leading steward of the emerging ethic of service and giving through enterprise and through appropriate application of technology.

You will hear how Matthew and his brother, co-founder of Inflection, have expressed their generosity in the way they have integrated a for profit and nonprofit model.  The Namaste Foundation, which they started when they sold a portion of Inflection, owns 10% of Inflection and the company also voluntarily dedicates a portion of revenue and employee time to diverse expressions of service in the community.  

Inflection is extending its core technology to begin to support new possibilities in restorative justice.  Matthew also shares his enthusiasm for New Zealand as a prime launch pad for innovating on practices to address the core problems of our time, like climate change and social inequities.  

In the interview you will hear Matthew share about some the groups and organizations that the Namaste Foundation is supporting such as Enspiral and Mindful Schools which are developing scalable models for transforming how we live, how we organize and how we communicate to create that a more beautiful world we know is possible.    Matthew also shares some insights on corporate culture, technology, the pressures imposed by capitalization.  

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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

Next Economy Interview Series - Best Practices in Cultivating a More Diverse Workforce [Ep. 8]

Ryan Honeyman, Partner at LIFT Economy, and Phil Clark, COO at Exygy, discuss white men and diversity, how Exygy got to 50% women in the tech industry, and why diversity is not a "should," but a fundamentally better way of doing business.

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