Jessie Spector: How Much Wealth is Enough? [Ep. 46]

In this episode of Next Economy Now, Ryan Honeyman, a Partner at LIFT Economy, interviews Jessie Spector, Executive Director at Resource Generation.  As an activist and donor, Jessie participates in several innovative cross-class models of wealth redistribution: the Criminal Justice Initiative, a circle of donors and activists who use consensus to fund the transformation of the criminal justice system in the US, and the Solidarity Family of POOR Magazine, a cohort of young people with wealth learning from and fundraising for POOR and the project of Homefulness, a permanent and sustainable pilot model of co-housing for homeless people. Jessie is constantly inspired by the power of organizing within her own community of young people with wealth and class privilege in partnership with people working for justice from all class backgrounds.


In this interview we discuss:

  • Leveraging privilege toward equitable distribution of land, wealth, and power

  • The question of ‘how much income and wealth is enough’

  • Taking collective action and partnering with social justice groups

  • From negative investment portfolio screens to more just, values-aligned positive screens

  • Listening, building trust, and being in relationship with marginalized communities


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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