What is this?

The Next Economy MBA is a nine month course for entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs who want to learn key business fundamentals (e.g., vision, culture, strategy, and operations) from a regenerative, Next Economy perspective. The course will be taught online via webinar. Check out our introductory webinar about the course here. 


40% off “Early Bird” Discount if You Register before - December 15th, 2019

Intro Webinar (3/20/2019)


Why are you offering this course?

Entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs often want knowledge about the fundamentals of business, but the content taught in the vast majority of MBA programs is based on outdated principles that were developed during the industrial revolution and oriented toward the outcome of producing functional mid-level managers of large multinational corporations. MBA programs are also incredibly expensive, costing roughly $100k-$150k for a two year degree. This ultimately exacerbates the cycle of wealth extraction and forces aspiring entrepreneurs to become reliant on high-salary positions to pay down their debt.

The LIFT team has spent nine years working with more than 150 social enterprises that are building the Next Economy. We have identified patterns that we feel that every entrepreneur should know in order to be prepared for the future of business.


What's in it for me?

The benefits of participating in this course include, but are not limited to:

  • Create a Next Economy business design or modify your existing business to be more aligned with creating benefit for all life

  • Learn about tools, tips, and strategies that you can apply to your own business

  • Increased confidence in your understanding of Next Economy business fundamentals

  • Feeling more confident about a career that aligns with your deeper purpose

  • Supportive peer group that will hold each other accountable to achieving your goals and objectives

  • Time saved by getting insights from experts who have worked in this field--without having to find all of the information out on your own

  • Build thought leadership by learning how to publish and speak about the Next Economy

  • Have the opportunity to influence a burgeoning new way of thinking about how to structure and organize a global shift towards an economy that works for all life.

  • See "Testimonials" below to see what others have gained from our previous courses


What does the course outline / content look like?

You can view a sample syllabus & course outline here but to give a brief intro, LIFT’s business design process is focused on four key areas. We’ll discuss these four key areas and elaborate on strategies and common themes we have seen work for enterprises and organizations that are fundamentally transforming the nature of the economy and how you can apply these to your organization, your career or your investments:


  • Clarify, articulate, and pursue your vision for maximum beneficial impact

  • Fine-tune your product and/or service design

  • Learn how to enhance your social and environmental performance while maintaining sound financial performance

  • Increase your confidence in the direction of the company and focus on your long-term goals

  • Learn about the mindset shift needed to create a regenerative economy



  • Strategic recruiting process to find and select the engaged, talented team you want to have

  • Fully engaged company culture aligned with your objectives and values

  • Defined values and cultural investments process to develop the highest impact culture possible

  • Learn about anti-oppression and moving from a scarcity to an abundance mentality



  • Conduct a gap analysis of the next economy goods and services that are missing/needed in your community

  • Develop a core value proposition and messaging to differentiate your brand

  • Attract mission-aligned investors

  • Cultivate your reputation as a thought leader



  • Create or reaffirm a clear organizational structure with documented roles and responsibilities

  • Create faster and more effective responsiveness to operational needs

  • Reduce stress and anxiety and create the space to resume the activities you enjoy


Who is teaching the course?

What are the course dates? What is the format?

  • The course runs from January 16, 2020 through September 10, 2020 for MBA IV (nine months total)

  • The course will be taught online via webinar. Anyone in the world can participate.

  • Online classes will be twice per month for 90 minutes

  • Office hours for student Q & A will be on the Friday following each class at 12 noon - 1 pm Pacific Time

  • All of the bi-monthly classes will be on Thursdays from 1:00pm-2:30pm Pacific Time

    • Thursday, January 16, 2020 Intro to Next Economy

    • Thursday, January 30, 2020 Intro to Next Economy II

    • Thursday, February 13, 2020 Principles of Next Economy Enterprises I

    • Thursday, March 12, 2020 Enterprise Case Studies by Structure

    • Thursday, March 26, 2020 Personal Strategies and Life Design

    • Thursday, April 9, 2020 Vision Alignment

    • Thursday, April 23, 2020 Culture I - Values and Team

    • Thursday, May 7, 2020 Culture II - Communication

    • Thursday, May 21, 2020 Strategy I - Positioning

    • Thursday, June 4, 2020 Strategy II - Fundraising

    • Thursday, June 18, 2020 Strategy III - Partnerships & Governance

    • Thursday, July 2, 2020 Operations I - Organization Structure, Roles and Tasks

    • Thursday, July 16, 2020 Operations II - Operating Projection and Financial Systems

    • Thursday, July 30, 2020 Marketing I - Approach and Messaging

    • Thursday, August 13, 2020 Marketing II - Branding and Sales Systems

    • Thursday, August 27, 2020 Key Considerations for Stage of Development

    • Thursday, September 10, 2020 Next Steps for the Next Economy


Who should take the course? How many people will be participating?

The course is designed for entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, students / recent graduates, employees, and folks who want to learn more about Next Economy business principles. We aim for an average cohort size of 30-45 people to keep the discussions focused and to ensure that we are able to serve individual needs (note: see comments directly below for more details).


How are you thinking about inclusion?

One of the biggest opportunities in creating the Next Economy is increasing the amount of diversity, equity, and inclusion from the start. Indeed, how can we create an economy that "works for the benefit of all life" without including people who have faced systemic barriers to success?

With this in mind, we aspire towards 50% spots in this course for people of color. People of color are also eligible for a 50% discount on the total price of the course.


Is this an "accredited" MBA program?

The program is not accredited. Indeed, part of the reason we created the Next Economy MBA is that no accredited business school in the world would teach about things like regenerative finance, the gift economy, self-managing organizations, multi-stakeholder cooperatives, comprehensive strategies to reverse climate change, non-violent communication, non-extractive investing, racial justice, etc. We had to create a comprehensive program that we would be interested in taking ourselves.


How much does the course cost?

We have three billing options:

  • Option #1: $4000 total ($500 discount) if paid upfront

  • Option #2: $4500 if paid in $500 installments over nine months

  • Option #3: $1000 if you want to register for the first six sessions only. These first six sessions give an overview of the Next Economy. If you want continue after the first six sessions, the balance will be charged in monthly $500 installments.

As noted above, people of color are eligible for a 50% discount on any of the above options (e.g., $2000 for Option #1, $250 per month over nine months for Option #2, or $500 for the first six sessions).

Please note that we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee for anyone who takes this course. We will refund your entire fee if:

  • After taking the entire course, from beginning to end, you leave feeling dissatisfied with the course value

  • You meet with us to discuss why you feel you did not receive value and what more appropriate reciprocity would look like

Are you ready to build an economy that works for all life? Join the Next Economy MBA today!


(40% off “Early Bird” Discount if You Register before - December 15th, 2019)




My relationship with business has transformed significantly since beginning the Next Economy MBA program. I came to a point in my life where I acquired a lot of skills surrounding my passions as a farmer and organizer and was trying to figure out how to create a business that centers people, planet, and profit simultaneously. I was interested in learning from people who see work environments as collaborative rather than competitive. My main work with the Next Economy MBA has been around vision articulation. It can be overwhelming figuring out where to begin when you are trying to build a business that doesn’t perpetuate the adverse effects of capitalism. LIFT Economy shares many tools and templates that help you build a Next Economy business. This course has given me a space to be intentional about creating a business that can have the potential for generational shifts in the way we relate to our food system.

~ Olive Watkins | Social Entrepreneur | Land Steward | MBA Candidate NC State

The LIFT Economy team facilitated an introspective process to push further my vision in the next economy principles and gave me the structure based on culture, operations and management to thrive under current market conditions and lead to a better economy. The most important thing I take away out of this MBA is a community of like-minded people & organizations that I can join in this journey to build an economy that benefits all life.

~ Dann Moreno | Social Entrepreneur | Democratizing Impact Investing | Mexico City Area, Mexico

~Lauren Magrisso | Founder, CEO Generativ Labs | San Francisco Bay Area

The webinar course I recently completed with LIFT Economy was excellent, and every session inspired me and influenced the way I am thinking about my enterprise.  My team here probably got tired about hearing about the webinars all the time. 

~Jake Ifshin | Executive Director, Everybody Grows | Washington DC


I am happy to share my experience with the online courses our Farm Manager and I took with LIFT just recently. This was a series of webinars focused on preparing a small startup business for a successful growth phase. 

I am a career CFO and Human Resources professional in a nonprofit industry, recently turning my acquired professional skills toward our family, for-profit agricultural enterprise to build a sustainable life path for our family while feeding our community.  I mention this because I found the webinars helpful to someone like me, who is conversant with the business end of an enterprise but needs more industry-specific information to integrate into that knowledge base, as well as to our Farm Manager, who possesses a wide range of operational skills  but needs a more solid grasp of the basic business skills required in a startup. 

The webinars were comprehensive, very personal, and quite versatile.  They contained enough old-school basics to satisfy generally accepted accounting principles and best practices in the C-Suite, and simultaneously offered an array of radical, visionary, next-gen tools that we all will be required to master in order to move sideways out of this dying, old economy with the scaffolding of a new one beneath us. I felt quite inspired by how thoughtfully the webinars were designed to be both practical and inspirational, personal yet applicable to a wide range of business types and diverse levels of knowledge and experience.

Personalized help was available throughout, and the webinars built each upon the other. LIFT has been a source of support and inspiration far beyond their initial engagement with us. The website alone is loaded with helpful resources, and their very existence helps us feel that the next generation economy is an achievable reality. They have helped to make it so in our small corner, and its effects are reverberating through our community.

~Ellen Buechner | Managing Partner, Fortunate Farm, LLC | Caspar, CA


The Next Economy MBA has been hugely empowering for me. I now have the analytic framework to understand the key dimensions of business, the best practices that lead to success, and the hidden dangers that can lead to failure. 

I’ve used the course material to increase my organization’s profitability and to shift our operations and culture toward real care and equitability. I’ve been invited into more leadership and am blessed to receive my colleagues’ gratitude and support.

I feel I’ve leapfrogged years and years of learning in just a few months in this course. I have come to see, too, where I can continue to deepen the skills and attitudes I will continue to cultivate to better serve people and planet.

I am SO grateful to the LIFT team for their experience and guidance. I would heartily recommend this course to anyone serious about extending their impact.

~Jared Wood



Please email erin@lifteconomy.com & andrew@lifteconomy.com with any questions or comments.