Rebooting Capitalism Podcast

Rebooting Capitalism is a podcast that digs into why traditional capitalism is broken and what people are doing to fix it.

We are hoping our guests and topics will inform and inspire others to use business as a force for good. 

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Episodes

Rebooting Capitalism — Mark BrownEpisode #6 — Standing in Your Truth and Trusting Your Feet 

Mark Brown, Business Coach & Author of Outward Bound Lessons to Live a Life of Leadership: To Serve, to Strive, and Not to Yield

The way we look at business leadership has been changing and will continue to change. The switch in company culture to be more empathetic has left many executives at a loss for how to adapt. This week, we’re joined by Mark Brown, executive business coach, to talk about how bosses can better lead their teams. 

The way we look at business leadership has been changing and will continue to change. The switch in company culture to be more empathetic has left many executives at a loss for how to adapt. This week, we’re joined by Mark Brown, executive business coach, to talk about how bosses can better lead their teams. 

For decades, company leaders were supposed to be the experts in their industries. They were rarely seen on the same playing field as their employees. Today, that form of leadership is no longer effective. Through leading executives on outdoor adventures, Mark Brown teaches leaders how to be lifelong learners and embrace their mountains. 

Mark’s passion for leadership development was ignited when he went on his first Outward Bound expedition at the age of 25. One of the key elements of the course was to work with what you’re given. He was taught to face his fears and learn how to make sound decisions from a place of uncertainty. 

In this episode, Mark tells us his story of embracing adventure and unpredictability to become a stronger leader. We chat about the power of thriving in adversity, the changing value of employees, and what it means to “trust your feet.”

What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • The immense dissonance caused by changes in the economy.
  • How times of uncertainty can be the richest times for learning. 
  • The most important traits of an effective leader today.   
  • How to treat employees like the assets they are, not as expenses. 
  • The key questions you should ask yourself before you decide to lead.
  • What it means “To serve, to stride, and not to yield” in leadership roles. 

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Rebooting Capitalism — Guest: Lisa CurtisEpisode #5 — Supporting Moringa Farmers Around the Globe

Lisa Curtis, CEO & Founder at Kuli Kuli Foods 

Agriculture has a huge impact on the planet – we all have to eat, after all. And while right now a lot of the impact is negative, we can use agriculture to create positive changes for the planet and the many people who support themselves by tending it. This week, we’re joined by Lisa Curtis of Kuli Kuli Foods to talk about how her company is leading the way with this approach.

Agriculture has a huge impact on the planet – we all have to eat, after all. And while right now a lot of the impact is negative, we can use agriculture to create positive changes for the planet and the many people who support themselves by tending it. This week, we’re joined by Lisa Curtis of Kuli Kuli Foods to talk about how her company is leading the way with this approach.

Kuli Kuli Foods got its start when Lisa was working in Niger as part of the Peace Corps. When she was lacking nutrition, she asked some of the women in her community what she could eat to feel better and have more energy. They introduced her to moringa, which Lisa quickly learned was packed with nutrients. What followed was a collaboration between Lisa and moringa farmers to bring the ingredient to bigger markets in a sustainable, transparent, and ethical way.

In this episode, Lisa tells us the story of Kuli Kuli Foods and how it is helping small farmers around the world access big food markets like the US. We chat about the benefits of moringa, why it’s important to form entrepreneurial partnerships that empower people around the globe, and what other food manufacturers can do if they want to invest in small share farmers, too. We also discuss regenerative agriculture and the vision for Kuli Kuli’s future. 

What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • How Lisa was introduced to moringa and why the community wanted to create a market for growing it. 
  • Why moringa is a climate smart crop that benefits farmers, consumers, and the planet alike. 
  • How Kuli Kuli Foods uses language that is respectful and not patronizing to its partners in its marketing.
  • What other food manufacturers can do if they want to support small farmers and increase the demand for sustainably produced ingredients.
  • What moringa tastes like and what’s next for Kuli Kuli’s product lines.

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Rebooting Capitalism — Guest: Lindsey WoodwardEpisode #4 — Investing in Your Financial Future and the Future of the Planet

Lindsey Woodward, Financial Advisor at Abacus Wealth Partners 

To create a sustainable future for both ourselves and our planet, we all need to put our money to good use. To talk about sustainable investing, we’re joined by Lindsey Woodward of Abacus Wealth Partners. Abacus Wealth Partners is a progressive financial services company committed to making the world a better place through investing. Abacus helps clients make the best use of their financial resources by investing in sustainable companies. 

To create a sustainable future for both ourselves and our planet, we all need to put our money to good use. Like we say every episode, your dollar is a vote – so it’s important to vote wisely. This is especially true when it comes to investing, which compounds the impact of your money powerfully over time – which makes it doubly important to invest in companies and people who are working to build a sustainable future.

To talk about sustainable investing, we’re joined by Lindsey Woodward of Abacus Wealth Partners. Abacus Wealth Partners is a progressive financial services company committed to making the world a better place through investing. Abacus helps clients make the best use of their financial resources by investing in sustainable companies. Lindsey Woodward is a Certified Financial Planner with Abacus, where she helps individuals align their values and goals with their money. 

In this episode Lindsey talks about the basics of investing and why it’s available to everyone. We also discuss how you can invest in companies that benefit people and the planet while also saving for your future. We dive into saving for retirement if you’re working for a company and how you can save even if you don’t have access to a traditional 401K. And Lindsey also runs through some of the more sustainable options for investing, how to approach your HR about making the switch to sustainable investment vehicles, and how Abacus is helping people around the country align their daily values with their financial goals. 

What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • Why investing is important for everybody, whether you’re young or old, new to the workplace or heading into retirement.
  • The basics of investing and what to keep in mind when choosing different investment accounts.
  • How to invest in more sustainable investment options like ESG funds.
  • How to ask your company to make more sustainable investments.
  • What Lindsey sees for the future of sustainable investing and why it’s only going to become more commonplace and important.

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Rebooting Capitalism — Guest: Antione AmbertEpisode #3 — Breaking New Ground with Compostable Food Packaging

Antione Ambert, Senior Director of Innovation and Sustainability of Alter Eco Foods

The issue of plastic pollution has become more acute in the past decade as we’ve all become more aware of the sheer amount of plastic ending up in our landfills and waterways. Businesses around the world are wondering how to reduce or eliminate packaging from their products, especially in the food industry where huge amounts of single-use plastic is used to protect food as its shipped all over the globe. Some companies are leading the way in revolutionizing food packaging, and we’re lucky to have one of them joining us in this episode.

The issue of plastic pollution has become more acute in the past decade as we’ve all become more aware of the sheer amount of plastic ending up in our landfills and waterways. Businesses around the world are wondering how to reduce or eliminate packaging from their products, especially in the food industry where huge amounts of single-use plastic is used to protect food as its shipped all over the globe. Some companies are leading the way in revolutionizing food packaging, and we’re lucky to have one of them joining us today. 

Antoine Ambert is the Senior Director of Innovation and Sustainability at Alter Eco Foods. Alter Eco has been creating Fair Trade and Organic food products since 2005, working with small scale farms from around the world to create excellent foods, support farmers, and benefit the planet. They have been a carbon neutral business since 2008 and turned their sights to creating compostable packaging in 2012. 

In this episode Antoine gives us an inside look at the process Alter Eco used to develop a fully compostable packaging solution for its chocolate products. We talk about why the company wanted to commit to becoming fully plastic-free by the end of 2020, some of the challenges its encountered along the way, and what it’s like to design a new type of plastic-free packaging. We also discuss the impacts of packaging on the planet and why changes are needed both upstream in the way packaging is produced and downstream in the way its recycled or composted. 

What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • How and why Alter Eco became interested in developing a fully compostable packaging solution for their products.
  • What Alter Eco does to lessen their impact on the planet and support small farmers around the world.
  • The process of developing different types of compostable packaging and why it took multiple partners to make it happen.
  • Three key questions to ask when creating compostable packaging.
  • The importance of both upstream and downstream impacts of packaging on the environment.
  • What else Alter Eco is doing to have a positive impact on the planet and its partners while creating excellent products.

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Rebooting Capitalism — Guest: Derek HansenEpisode #2 — Revolutionizing Commercial Real Estate for Sustainability and Social Impact

Derek HansenCEO and Co-Founder of Mynt Systems

We are going to dig into energy efficiency, climate change and how businesses can upgrade their building’s performance to not only make the inhabitants of that building healthier and more comfort, but lessen their carbon footprint as well as save some serious cash in the process.  

Welcome back to Rebooting Capitalism, everybody! We have another fantastic guest and topic to discuss today, and this time we’re diving a bit more into the environmental sustainability side of things. Our guest for this episode is Derek Hansen, the CEO and Co-Founder of Mynt Systems.

Mynt Systems was designed to meet the demand from many different industries for commercial energy efficiency. Mynt has taken a fragmented and confusing process and brought it under one roof, a one-stop shop for energy efficiency. They combine the assessment, engineering, design and implementation into one package that is easy to understand, financially appealing and ecologically responsible.

Mynt Systems has the ambitious goal of revolutionizing commercial real estate, and they are making their mark with big projects and impressive retrofitting efforts. Derek describes the ethos and history behind their approach, why we need ecologically sustainable and human-friendly commercial buildings, and some of the amazing technologies and strategies he and his team are implementing. Derek also talks about some of the most game-changing technologies and approaches that are coming down the pipeline, and what he’s done to enhance his personal commitment to sustainability in the last year.

What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • How Derek became interested in making commercial buildings more energy efficient and sustainable.
  • Simple things that commercial building owners can do to reduce their energy and environmental impact.
  • Common challenges for making commercial buildings more energy efficient.
  • Why creating a split incentive that benefits both building owners and tenants is a key part of Mynt Systems’ strategy.
  • How making a building more energy efficient – and even turning it into an energy generator – can have a big return on investment.
  • Some of the most interesting technologies Derek has seen coming down the pipeline, and why his company is invested in big, game-changing energy projects.
  • Why the triple bottom line (planet, profit, and people) is an integral part of Mynt’s ethos.

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Rebooting Capitalism — Guest: Kat TaylorEpisode #1 — Reforming Banking for the Greater Good

Kat TaylorCEO and Co-Founder of Beneficial State Bank

We all know the banking systems is broken. 2008 is proof of that. If we are going to reboot capitalism to work for the common good, then banking is going to have to be one of the first business sectors to rebuild their reputation and trust. Kat and I are going to dig into the history of banking, where it went wrong and what changes are needed. 

Welcome to the very first episode of Rebooting Capitalism! We are so excited to be bringing this show to you and having important conversations about capitalism, why it’s broken, and what people are doing to fix it. We have an amazing guest to kick things off with: Kat Taylor, the CEO and Co-Founder of Beneficial State Bank.

Beneficial State Bank opened in 2007 under a unique foundation ownership model and has 17 local branches throughout California, Oregon and Washington. They offer checking, savings, loans, credit cards, online and mobile banking and everything else you’d expect from a bank—but they exist to serve their customers’ prosperity and goals, not to profit from them.

In this interview, Kat Taylor talks about the history of banking, why banking needs serious reform, and how Beneficial State is creating a triple bottom-line bank that is accountable to its customers, our society, and the planet – rather than rich stakeholders. Kat shares important design decisions that form Beneficial State’s structure and ethos, and talks about why the banking sector can be a great lever for change.

What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • How and why business – and especially banking – can and should be harnessed as a force for positive change.
  • The history of banking in the US and why banks are distrusted by many Americans.
  • The role of banks in society and how they could help, rather than hinder, more people.
  • How Kat Taylor and Beneficial State Bank are redesigning the banking model and ownership structure.
  • How Beneficial State Bank is combatting discriminatory banking practices like redlining.
  • Why Kat believes businesses have to choose diversity consistently if we want more and different people in leadership positions throughout society.

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Jennifer Cantero

Jennifer Cantero

Jennifer brings more than 20 years of business and marketing experience to her role as Director of Marketing and Sustainability at Sensiba San Filippo, California’s first and only B Corp accounting firm. She is SSF’s B Corp champion, who led the firm’s B Corporation certification process and today leads the Firm’s B Corp Practice assisting clients with their B Corp certification journeys and sustainability stories.  

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