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. 

(Early-bird pricing ends on October 23rd!)

 

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knowledge about the fundamentals of business, but the content taught in the vast majority of MBA programs is based on outdated principles that were developed during the industrial revolution and oriented toward the outcome of producing functional mid-level managers of large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?

LIFT’s business design process is focused on four key areas. Here is a brief intro to these four areas and some common themes we will discuss during the course.  We elaborate on strategies 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:

Vision

  • 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

 

Culture

  • 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

 

Strategy

  • 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

 

Operations

  • 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?

The team at LIFT Economy.

 

What are the Course dates? What is the format?

  • The course runs from November 2018 - July 2019 (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 Tuesdays from 10am-11:30am Pacific Time. Here are the exact dates for the course starting in 2018:

    • November 13

    • November 27

    • December 11

    • January 8

    • January 22

    • February 5

    • February 19

    • March 5

    • March 19

    • April 2

    • April 16

    • April 30

    • May 14

    • May 28

    • June 11

    • June 25

    • July 9

    • July 23

  • As mentioned above, all of the aforementioned classes will be on Tuesdays from 10am-11:30am Pacific Time

 

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. The course will be capped at 25 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 are holding 13 of the 25 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!

(Early-bird pricing ends on October 23rd!)

 

Testimonials:

~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 with any questions or comments.