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LIFT Next Economy Leaders Interview Series: Caleb Zigas, La Cocina

LIFT partners interview next economy leaders to report from the cutting edge of resilient economic development on trends, new initiatives, best practices and what we all can do to help. “..It doesn’t really matter how delicious her food is, if she can’t also manage employees, manage costs, find real estate, access capital and do those other things[to run the business]. It’s not exciting to tell someone your dream has to be …Read More

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

Permaculture and the Next Economy

Those of you who know the members of LIFT know that most of us have an affiliation with Permaculture. So how is Permaculture related to the Next Economy? Permaculture is a set of design strategies to help create closed-loop, self-sustaining systems that take cues from both nature and indigenous ways. One of the main methods is to orchestrate an interconnected web of elements (or organisms) that support, strengthen and cooperate …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

House Rules

It’s commonplace these days to see ecology and economy represented as two opposing paradigms in permanent conflict. In political discourse, for example, a politician often has to choose to appear either pro-business or pro-environment, but not both. At best, they can advocate for a compromise between the two opposing agendas. But, as more and more thinkers and activists are pointing out, this whole duality is mistaken. Ecology and economy are …Read More