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The Next Economy MBA

A 9-month journey for emerging leaders of an equitable, inclusive

and regenerative economy

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

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

 

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The vast majority of MBA programs are based on outdated, extractive premises developed during the industrial revolution that only further our global social and environmental crises.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

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We know a different future is possible.

So we did something about it.

 
 
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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 reimagined MBA program.

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

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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

Alongside...

  • 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 alumni

And leave with...

  • Stronger business fundamentals that operate from an 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
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Inspirational case stories from:

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What’s in a Next Economy curriculum?

Receive an in-depth overview of the curriculum and pedagogy for the MBA course. We also include an FAQ with answers to the most common questions about the course.

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Join a flourishing network of
hundreds of alumni:

 
 
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100+

Next Economy Founders

50+

Working Groups Initiated

4.75/5

Average Session Rating

They are leading the next economy at organizations like:

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What Next Economy alumni say:

"My relationship with business  has transformed significantly since the beginning of the Next Economy MBA program.  It can be overwhelming figuring out where to begin when you are trying to build a business that doesn't perpetuate the adverse effects of capitalism.  LIFT Economy shares many tools and templates that help you build a next economy business.  This course has given me a space to be intentional about creating a business that can have potential for generational shifts in the way we relate to our food system."

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Olive Watkins

Social Entrepreneur, Land Steward | Black Farmer Fund

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 movements 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 twice per year since 2018, 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.

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Phoenix Soleil, Partner

Specializes in

  • Organizational Development
  • Inclusion And Diversity
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Personal Development and 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.

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Erin Axelrod, Partner

Specializes in

  • Equitable and Bioregional Fiber Systems
  • Integrated Capital Financing
  • Community Organizing
  • Agroecology and 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.

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Shawn Berry, Partner

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.

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Ryan Honeyman, Partner

Specializes in

  • The B Corp Movement
  • Anti-Racism / DEI
  • Visioning and 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).

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Kevin Bayuk, Partner

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.

The Cohort VIII journey begins on:

 

March 29, 2022
 
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.
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Interested in Learning More?

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You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers. Sign up for a 15 min coffee chat with a LIFT Partner to learn more about the program, ask questions, and get to know one of our facilitators.

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Register for our next webinar: “Meet the Facilitators and Live Q&A”

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.

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Course dates and format:

The next course runs from March 29, 2022 through December 6, 2022 for MBA VIII (nine months total).
  • Online webinars are accessible to anyone worldwide.
  • 90 min facilitated course sessions 2x per month.
  • Recordings are provided after each session.
  • 60 min office hour for participant Q&A 2x per month.
Dates and times:
  • Tuesdays from 11:00am-12:30pm Pacific Time (the first two sessions and the last session will be from 11am-1pm).
  • Office hours Thursdays at 11:00am - 12:00pm Pacific (on week of scheduled class).

Download our curriculum and FAQ for a full list of course dates.

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