Kevin Bayuk: Our Journey to an Economy that Works for the Benefit of All Life [Ep. 99]

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Our dearly beloved co-founding member of the LIFT Team, Kevin Bayuk's has his roots in entrepreneurship, having spent nearly a decade starting and growing technology companies, and activating projects and organizations that regenerate healthy ecosystems and socially just and joyful environments. After immersing himself in all aspects of starting and growing companies, Kevin focused his attention on learning about and teaching eco-systemic design. Nowadays Kevin merges his experience in business with his experience in permaculture to help businesses care for people while enhancing the earth.  

Kevin also serves as the Senior Financial Fellow at Project Drawdown developing the business case to address climate change through existing practices and technologies. He frequently teaches classes, workshops, does public speaking, facilitates meetings, plans events and provides one on one mentoring as a founding partner of the Urban Permaculture Institute San Francisco. Kevin has helped design and start food security gardens and public learning experiences intent on reminding people that we, too, are nature.

Kevin has raised millions of dollars to capitalize business operations, led teams of more than 30 employees, and can speak well to the benefits and pitfalls of raising capital and the many paths of growing a business. He loves spreadsheets and loves to dig into operating models. One investor of Kevin’s last technology company said, “Kevin oozes strategy.”


Some highlights from Ryan’s interview with Kevin include:

  • Kevin recounts his process of shifting away from a worldview overwhelmed by proliferation of problems/suffering to one where he recognized countless opportunities to solve problems and inspire a movement of solutions

  • How the genesis of Kevin’s interest in business & economy as powerful lever for social change grew from observations that much suffering is rooted in our system of economy that informs our cultural norms and identities

  • A leisurely stroll through LIFT’s long term vision, from LIFT 1.0 to LIFT 5.0 and how the LIFT Team balances cynicism and optimism on the path to realizing our vision

  • Some resources from which the LIFT Team derives inspiration








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

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).  You can follow Ryan on Twitter @honeymanconsult or email him

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

Next Economy Interview Series - Reinventing Organizations and "Going Teal" [Ep. 7]

LIFT Partners Ryan Honeyman and Shawn Berry discuss the book "Reinventing Organizations" by Frederic Laloux, the concept of "going teal," and the emergence of self-managing organizations.

Next Economy Interview Series - How Women Entrepreneurs Can Raise Mission-Aligned Capital [Ep. 6]

Jenny Kassan, Founder of LIFT Economy Law, describes how mission-driven women entrepreneurs can raise the "right" type of capital from investors. Jenny discusses direct public offerings, pitching to mission-aligned angels, and how new crowdfunding rules are creating more opportunities for women entrepreneurs.



Shawn Berry: The Benefits and Drawbacks of Worker-Owned Cooperatives [Ep. 4]

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Shawn Berry is an organizational strategist inspired to harness the power of business to create resilient local economies as patterns to be documented, open sourced, scaled globally and adapted regionally. Shawn left an early career path in nuclear physics research to found the Woodshanti Cooperative (1997-2011), a custom cabinet and furniture shop in San Francisco that set the standard for ethical craftsmanship in the green building movement. This hands on experience as an entrepreneur combined with community organizing and systems theory to craft the vision for LIFT Economy to model an economy that works for all life.

Shawn is especially gifted at assessing and addressing gaps in the ways in which we organize our businesses and our lives. He has remarkable skills in being able to stay present in the often chaotic environment of leading a business, as he helps clients craft and adapt frameworks and models to enable them to be more efficient and effective. Shawn’s experience with working in democratic, multi-stakeholder work environments enables him to offer invaluable counseling in organizing business structures and communicating effectively with partners, employees and board members. Email him at shawn (at) lifteconomy (dot) com.


Erin Axelrod: Regenerative Businesses in Sonoma/Marin [Ep. 3]

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Erin Axelrod is a problem-solver, systems-designer, entrepreneur and community organizer. After earning her BA in Urban Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University, Erin worked for four years as the City Programs Coordinator for Daily Acts Organization producing water conservation programs for cities, transforming lawns into food, and helping design and manage a successful greywater reuse education & installation program.

She received her Permaculture Design Certificate with Toby Hemenway and has worked with the Fibershed Project as a contributing author for an Economic Feasibility study for implementing a bioregional-scale regenerative textile mill in CA.

Her consulting with LIFT Economy has lead her to a specialization in accelerating the spread of climate-benefitting and land-based businesses in the Next Economy. She does this through a range of initiatives including client work with companies like North Coast Brewing Company, Kendall Jackson and Singing Frogs Farm, among others. She also convene's LIFT Economy's regenerative agriculture investor network (RAIN) and a Restorative Ocean Economies Field-Building Initiative. Erin lives and works on a Grassfed beef and Land Restoration Project, Freestone Ranch, just outside of her hometown of Petaluma. When not working, she loves to forage wild mushrooms, huckleberries, elderberries and bay nuts to make nutrient dense foods for her friends. A frequent public speaker, she has given presentations at conferences including Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP), Permaculture Voices Conference, FoodFunded, Sustainable Enterprise Conference, NorCal Permaculture Convergence, and the CA Greywater Conference. Email her at erin (at) lifteconomy (dot) com.

Next Economy Interview Series: What is the "Next Economy"? [Ep.1]

LIFT Partners Ryan Honeyman and Kevin Bayuk discuss what the next economy is, why it is important, and how any company can increase its positive impact.