The Next Economy MBA is offered each year in the Spring and Fall. Enroll Now


If you are here, you already know we need anew way forward.

And you also realize the potential of business as a force for good.

The vast majority of MBA programs are based on outdated, extractive premises developed during the industrial revolution that only further our global social and environmental crises.

By design, these programs produce mid-level managers of high-paying large multinational corporations - where your salary can support the repayment of your $100k-$200k of student debt.

This only exacerbates the cycle of wealth extraction and traps emerging leaders inside our "business as usual" paradigm.


We know a different future is possible.

So we did something about it

This Next Economy MBA program was born out of the LIFT team's 10+ years of work with over 250+ social enterprises and organizations that are helping grow the Next Economy. This course examines the patterns and pitfalls we believe everyone should know in order to create transformational organizations that serve all life.

We do it while fostering the community and connection we need to stay resilient, inspired, and motivated in our movement for global change.

All at the fraction of a price of traditional MBA programs.

Enter a re-imagined MBA program.

Designed to support entrepreneurs and intrapraneurs courageously creating an economy that benefits all life.


You will learn...

  • The key business principles of the world's most innovative next economy orgs.
  • Design and redesign your business model, strategy and org design to embody the next economy.
  • Get inspired by in-depth case stories from organizations leading this movement.


  • Visionary, dedicated next economy teachers and leaders with over 10 years of experience.
  • A supportive, mission-aligned peer group of emerging leaders.
  • A growing community of Next Economy Leaders and MBA Alumn

And leave with...

  • Stronger business fundamentals that operate from a entirely new, life-serving paradigm.
  • Tools and connections to create a career in alignment with your deeper purpose.
  • A better understanding of the traps and pitfalls of the current system and new strategies to be a successful intrapreneur or entrepreneur.

Inspirational case stories from


Join our flourishing network of
250+ Alumni:

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Meet your facilitators

The LIFT Economy team has been leading on the cutting edge of next economy businesses for decades.

Collectively, we have a diverse set of entrepreneurial and professional skills including operating worker owned co-operatives, field-building for movement like regenerative agriculture, and advising some of the most influential and inspirational next economy organizations like: Fibershed, OurTable and CoLab Cooperative.

We’ve offered the next economy MBA for 7 cohorts, evolving the experience and curriculum along the way. We are here to inspire you, grow your capacity for change, and catalyze the leaders of the next economy.

Erin Axelrod

Specializes in

  • Equitable & Bioregional Fiber Systems
  • Integrated Capital Financing
  • Community Organizing
  • Agroecology & Perennial Food Systems

Erin’s client work supports indigenous-led hemp economies in northern Minnesota, the Trees for Climate Health Initiative and more. She loves supporting MBA participants around themes of creating equitable food systems and reimagining retirement (see The Next Egg Initiative for more). When not working, she loves to plant trees, raise backyard chickens, milk goats and connect with ecosystems.

Phoenix Soleil

Specializes in

  • Organizational Development
  • Inclusion And Diversity
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Personal Development & Play

Phoenix Soleil is thrilled to be bringing her understanding of how to navigate the many complex dynamics of starting a social enterprise such as conflict management, diversity and inclusion, and team culture. She also brings her teaching and practice of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a form of compassionate communication that supports us in attuning to our feelings and values for more successful interactions. She has led trainings in communication, racial justice, and meditation for organizations such as Google, Kellogg Foundation, UC Berkeley, Insight Meditation Society and Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.

Shawn Berry

Specializes in

  • Systems design
  • Workplace democracy
  • Company Culture
  • Strategy

Shawn is a lifelong cooperator, having worked in cooperative enterprises for his entire 24 year career. He brings this knowledge and experience to help participants navigate the paradox of running a mutually beneficial enterprise in the context of the exploitative capitalist marketplace. Shawn delights in connecting with the amazing community that has formed around this training and helping them approach the next set of challenges they are facing.

Kevin Bayuk

Specializes in

  • Alternative financing/fundraising
  • Strategy
  • Operations planning
  • Regenerative design

Kevin approaches facilitation through providing inspiration about what is possible contextualized into the opportunities and challenges of today. He loves co-working on specific problems faced by participants during office hour time and especially enjoys sharing case stories from the dozens or hundreds of next economy organizations he has had the privilege to work with over the last 15 years. Kevin is excited about the prospect of someday having thousands of alumni and allies working together on the next economy with a shared literacy and vision for a truly transformed economy that meets everyone’s needs while enhancing the conditions conducive to life.

Ryan Honeyman

Specializes in

  • B Corp
  • Anti-Racism / DEI
  • Visioning & Marketing
  • Raising Capital

Ryan Honeyman loves working with the wide variety of diverse, intersectional, and inspiring participants in the Next Economy MBA. Ryan helps participants with visioning, raising impact capital, marketing, positioning, and personal productivity. Ryan is passionate about anti-racism and increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within organizations. He’s experienced in mobilizing other white-identified folks as part of a multi-racial, cross-class movement towards collective liberation. Ryan is also an expert in B Corporations. He is the coauthor of “The B Corp Handbook: How to Use Business as a Force for Good” (Berrett-Koehler Publishers).

The Cohort VII Journey Begins on:

September 21, 2021

The Next Economy MBA is offered each year in the Spring and Fall. Sign up to receive announcements about the Next Economy MBA including new cohort dates, discounted tuition periods, events, and more information about the course.


Our inclusive MBA pricing

We offer our course with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We have also created discounts to make our learning environment as accessible, inclusive, and equitable as possible. We have three billing options.

  • Installment pay - $4500 if paid in $500 installments over nine months.
  • Pay upfront - $4000 or $3200 Early Bird.
  • First six-sessions - $1000 for a taster of the first six sessions. The balance will be charged in $500 monthly installments.
NOTE: People of color are eligible for a 50% discount on any of the above options. For example, $2000 (or $1600 early bird) for Option #1, $250 per month over nine months for Option #2, or $500 for the first six sessions.

Register for our next webinar: “Meet the Facilitators & Live QA”

Join our facilitators for a live intro webinar to learn more about the upcoming Next Econ MBA. We’ll share an overview of the course, testimonials from past alumni, and a Q&A forum for you to ask specific questions.

Date: Next free webinar to be scheduled in Fall 2021 after the start of Cohort VII



Course dates & format.

The next course runs from September 21, 2021 through May 31, 2022 for MBA VII (nine months total).
  • Online Webinar accessible to anyone worldwide.
  • 90 min facilitated course sessions 2x per month.
  • Recordings provided after each session.
  • 60 min office hour for participant Q&A 2x per month.
Dates & Times:
  • Tuesdays from 11:00am-12:30pm Pacific Time (the first two sessions will be from 11am-1pm).
  • Office hours Thursdays at 11:00am - 12:00pm Pacific (on week of scheduled class).

Download our curriculum & FAQ a full list of course dates.