Imagine going to work every day as you, all of you. Feeling safe, connected, expressed and excited to share in your work with your colleagues. Knowing that you can bring your desires and dreams, your challenges and worries, your personal and your professional selves, all-in-one to your company, which is also your community.
This world is birthing. A new economic model where generosity, compassion, loving-kindness and shared belonging are part of the bottom-line. Corporations and workplaces as communities consumers and employees trust to provide nourishment, compassion, equity and even spiritual growth. Colleagues committed to the health, growth, success and full expression of one another regardless of roles, titles and in celebration of one another’s culture, race, gender, and preferences. This is the new world we stand for. This is The Love Economy Movement.
The Love Economy Movement offers an invitation to a new way of ‘being’ in business. Business as containers, communities of practice for personal, community and societal transformation---where implicit and explicit biases are identified and compassionately evolve. We believe that before the healing of our climate or the closing of racial and gender gap outcomes, we must first commit to the transformation of ourselves. As our internal ecosystems transform, we will see our community and global ecosystems renewed-- and BE the change we wish to create in the world. What a greater calling than Love as our highest state of Being.
We invite you to join us and imagine the most fully human, fully expressed, loving you and your most loving business.
A Soul-Forward Creative Director and Entertainer Committed to a New Story. Lover first. Storytelling Entertainer second. As part of the founding team of The Love Economy Movement, Julie runs the creative direction, production, content and brand building of Love Fests. And she brings the hype to every experience! She is also the Founder and CEO of B Storytelling, a creative agency committed to growing the B Corp movement through targeted content and branding. Her teams have helped dozens of social enterprises strategically discover, position and tell impact stories. She holds an MBA in Sustainability from Marlboro College Graduate School in Vermont and is proud to be the Co-Chair of B Local NYC. Julie lives in Brooklyn, New York and can be found jamming out on her piano, ecstatic dancing or trying to keep up with the runners in Prospect Park.
Sierra is a social entrepreneur working at the nexus of spirituality, sustainability, and design. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Strategic Leadership Toward Sustainability at the Blekinge Institute of Technology in southern Sweden while running her regenerative coaching and facilitation business, Coalesce. Sierra is passionate about working on the micro and macro scale to advance love in our society. To her, the Love Economy is a metaphor for the hardware and software upgrade necessary on the planet needed to build a healthy future. Sierra loves working with her colleagues, who she considers family, to activate the heart in business through leveraging the collective genius within this burgeoning community.
Filmmaker and entrepreneur Greg Hemmings leads from the heart, helping make the world a better place one story at a time. His TV shows have sold to over 60 broadcasters around the world, including W Network, CBC, CTV, Discovery Channel, Travel + Escape, BRAVO!, IFC, RUSH HD, RADx, Globosat, Turner Latin America, The Fight Network and RAI (Italy). His portfolio features award-winning documentaries, docu-soaps, music videos, live concert films, TV commercials, and commercial videos. He has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Commonwealth Vision Award, presented by the Royal Commonwealth Society in England. His work at Hemmings House Pictures connects individuals and the world, celebrating the universal, and exploring how our collective human narrative is unfolding against the particular backdrop of these exciting, accelerated times.
Lori Hanau is the founder of Global Round Table Leadership (GRTL), a training and coaching company dedicated to providing transformational learning and leadership development for conscious companies, campuses, and networks. Lori is also a faculty partner and Co-Chair of Marlboro College’s Graduate and Professional Studies management programs. Lori works to foster group vitality through her advising, facilitation and co-creative practices, including GRTL’s Shared Leadership Framework™ and The Compassionate Accountability Process™. She also works as an advisor, coach, and guide for other founders, CEO’s, ED’s and leadership teams whose organizations focus on systemic change with an emphasis on social, economic and environmental justice.
We can’t help but love each other. Through thick and thin, our business pose as platforms for intimate community-- between us and many more who have joined and helped to build The Love Economy Movement. As mission-driven, social entrepreneurs we became friends through The Social Venture Network (now known as The Social Venture Circle) and The B Corp movement in 2016. We quickly realized that our friendships or spiritual partnerships you might say--started as a result of our businesses---are tools to grow in character and become more loving, more radiant people. Together, we’ve weathered divorce, moving, grad school, family illness. And, we continuously celebrate the joy of life together, too. Oh yeah, and we’ve done business together, too.
Each of us sees our own business as catalysts for Love in the world. We know we are called together for such a time as this; a time where both a collective hunger for Love and the creation of an economic model are in desperate need of our full attention. And within less than a year, The Love Economy birthed. Lori led corporate teams through a model of Shared Leadership and compassion for many years with Love at the core of her approach. Greg and Julie talked for hours about creating a film about what Love looked like in business and a new era of capitalism. Sierra and Julie hosted a Love in Business Story Slam at the Frederick Douglas House in the Bronx as part of the Hospitality Suite Retreat with leaders from the Social Venture Network. Greg gave a TEDx Talk at the University of New Brunswick, conceiving the idea of a Love Economy. And then during a long walk on Laguna Beach, a few days before Christmas 2017, Sierra and Julie knew it was time to put their producer skills at work and host the first Love Fest gathering in Brooklyn, New York in March 2018. And so it was. A glorious, light-filled night of inspiration, conviction and new beginnings for 50 artists and entrepreneurs at The Love Shack in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
We are very grateful to the following organizations for their in-kind and financial donations which have made all Love Economy events possible. If you are interested in promoting your Love brand through a Love Economy event, please contact our co-founder Julie Fahnestock.