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Shades of Sustainability: Social Enterprises and the Next Economy

By Christopher McGuire As public interest in ethical, environmentally sound consumption and production has grown, the marketplace for sustainability has become increasingly complex. With a plethora of “green” and “sustainable” products available to us, what criteria should we use to make our decisions? Where should we look to acquire the goods, materials and services we need? As always, the first step lies in clearly defining our terms and goals. Let’s …Read More

LIFT’s Summit Series Continues

In March, LIFT held our first Next Economy Leaders Summit, which brought together entrepreneurs, activists, and visionaries of the growing Next Economy community. Last night we continued the Summit series at Global Exchange in San Francisco’s Mission district. Leaders from many Next Economy industries, from artisan baking to repurposed footwear to financial services, came together to connect, learn, spark new ideas, and find solutions from within the community to the specific …Read More

The Green Business Entrepreneurs Success Summit

Are you a green business owner or social entrepreneur who believes you can make a positive impact in the world without going broke? Have you always longed to start a sustainable business, but you are not quite sure how to do it, or don’t know what you want to sell? Whether you are an aspiring social entrepreneur or already have a sustainable business you want to take to the next …Read More

LIFT Holds First Next Economy Summit

This past Thursday, LIFT held the first in a series of Summit events in San Francisco’s Mission district. The Summit brought together leaders from an eclectic mix of industries: there were green roofers, social organizers, investors, web developers and technologists, filmmakers, realtors, and storytellers, all united by their pioneering efforts in the Next Economy. Guests mingled over fresh veggies and Cowgirl Creamery cheese — donated by Bi Rite Market — …Read More

Living Roofs in the Next Economy

When thinking about what constitutes a Next Economy industry, certain aspects immediately come to mind: the industry should source its materials locally, make wholesome products, and operate in a way that is conducive to life in a sustainable world. Green roofs seem to embody these principles, but does this burgeoning new sector hold up to Next Economy ideals? Green roofs are often perceived as a new technology, yet the practice …Read More