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)


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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