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Your source for
perspectives on
entrepreneurial feminism

What is LiisBeth?

LiisBeth is a smart online magazine and deep interest community exploring how today’s gendered entrepreneurship and innovation processes and systems impacts economic and social progress. We do this by via a feminist lens. History tells us entrepreneurship leads to social change. Therefore, we believe supporting and amplifying the work of today’s fast growing community of enterprising feminists (of any sex or gender identity) will advance gender parity and gender justice. A gender just world, in our view, will lead us towards the construction of profoundly different and relevant economic, political, social system. Ultimately, we envision a world where the planet’s natural ecosystems and all it’s peoples truly flourish for generations to come.

We are committed to this space being trans and queer inclusive, anti-racist, and intersectional. We welcome all allies.

Our editorial voice and framework appeal to supporters of magazines like Bitch MediaYes, Herizons, Bust,  The Broad Side, Adbusters, and Fast Company. Our vision is to become the Vice Media of feminist entrepreneurship.

In April 2017, we were nominated as a finalist for a Canadian Digital Publishing Award-Best Small Publication category.

What We Offer?

An online magazine. An opportunity to support the development of creative talent of all ages. Workshops. A community of practice. New tools and methods for designing a 21st-century gender just and inclusive venture. An opportunity to deepen critical thinking and power creativity through dialogue and exchange at our in-real-life salons and workshops. A chance to help counter-balance mainstream media and the dominant success narrative. A chance to join others looking to influence the entrepreneurship and innovation political and economic agenda. Plus a free monthly email newsletter, and open access online magazine. In other words, a lot!

How Are We Different?

We are the world’s first feminist entrepreneur and business leader’s network. We are a certified B-Corp.

Not Sure if you are a Feminist Entrepreneur or Entrepreneurial Feminist?

If you are passionate about gender justice, curious about what can be learned from feminism, and are attracted to applying its wisdom to your entrepreneurial or professional life, then we invite you to join the conversation.

What Do Feminist Entrepreneurs Care About?

There is no “one” feminism, and therefore, there is no definitive list but the research demonstrates that there are a common set of core values, concerns, and world views which inform feminist enterprise design and strategy. These include:

  • Dedication to advancing gender justice;
  • Tendency to value fairness, non-hierarchical power structures and internal democracy;
  • Attention to use of inclusive language;
  • Willingness to experiment with alternative organizational governance, ownership and investment models;
  • Values the common good over short-term thinking and rugged, individualism;
  • Recognition of and respect for mutuality, relationships, allies, linkages, and interdependencies;
  • Desire to create cultures of inclusivity which invites everyone to show up at work or in the community as their whole human, authentic selves, and where everyone is encouraged to speak and live their truth;
  • Generosity;
  • An understanding that society must change if were are to create a socially just and ecologically sustainable economy which generate the conditions for life to flourish now, for all, and for generations to come;
  • Peace over conflict.

Our Funding Model

We are able to do what we do thanks to donations and revenues from monthly subscriptions ranging from $3/month to $10/month. Coming Soon! We will be launching our new community of practice site in Fall, 2017.

As a feminist venture ourselves, we pay our contributors, illustrators, and editors fair and equitable rates to provide you with authoritative content. If are providing you with value, and you believe in paying creators for their work,  we invite you to: Sign up. Subscribe. Contribute.

Our Why

The world is in crisis and unbalanced socially, politically and environmentally, but we see huge potential for this to change for the better by working to end gender and sexual minority based marginalization so that women, girls, and LGBTQ+ identified people can participate more profoundly in the determination of our collective future. Gendered innovation is an under served opportunity. We believe the current, dominant venture capital, tech-driven definition of value creation, entrepreneurial success, culture and its methodologies needs a shake up (a.k.a disruption).

Our Theory of Change

Catalyzing uncomfortable conversations through storytelling, creating communities of practice, and the voice of independent media when combined accelerate social change.

Why the Name LiisBeth?

LiisBeth was inspired by Stieg Larsson’s fictional character, Lisbeth Salander, in the global best-selling Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Lisbeth is a fictional character, but a status-quo-challenging total badass, and ergo an inspiring feminist action hero for many real-world women. Salander fought male and female “baddies” but also worked to change the system. We also loved the company culture, activism, and journalistic ethos created by the story’s Millennium magazine.

Why Being Based in Toronto, Canada is An Advantage?

Toronto (population 5.5 million) is one of the world’s top startup cities, so we “get” the startup space. Toronto is also working to become a leader in the artificial intelligence (AI) tech space which unless examined and checked, will further institutionalize inequality for generations to come. Our city is also heralded as one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Thousands come here each year to start new lives as well as ventures, which means we can see and analyze barriers to inclusion in this space up close and personal. For an overview of our bustling startup ecosystem, read this. Our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls himself a feminist. Oh, and also, we happen to live here and love it!

Interested in Advancing Women Entrepreneurs and Gender Equity for the Benefit of All? 

Systemic change is a collective effort. Entrepreneurs and allied business leaders can be an incredible force for change. We’re looking for feminists in business and supportive organizations to enlist, contribute, and help fuel profound change.

 

 

Your source for
perspectives on
entrepreneurial feminism

What is LiisBeth?

LiisBeth is a smart online magazine and deep interest community exploring how today’s gendered entrepreneurship and innovation processes and systems impacts economic and social progress. We do this by via a feminist lens. History tells us entrepreneurship leads to social change. Therefore, we believe supporting and amplifying the work of today’s fast growing community of enterprising feminists (of any sex or gender identity) will advance gender parity and gender justice. A gender just world, in our view, will lead us towards the construction of profoundly different and relevant economic, political, social system. Ultimately, we envision a world where the planet’s natural ecosystems and all it’s peoples truly flourish for generations to come.

We are committed to this space being trans and queer inclusive, anti-racist, and intersectional. We welcome all allies.

Our editorial voice and framework appeal to supporters of magazines like Bitch MediaYes, Herizons, Bust,  The Broad Side, Adbusters, and Fast Company. Our vision is to become the Vice Media of feminist entrepreneurship.

In April 2017, we were nominated as a finalist for a Canadian Digital Publishing Award-Best Small Publication category.

What We Offer?

An online magazine. An opportunity to support the development of creative talent of all ages. Workshops. A community of practice. New tools and methods for designing a 21st-century gender just and inclusive venture. An opportunity to deepen critical thinking and power creativity through dialogue and exchange at our in-real-life salons and workshops. A chance to help counter-balance mainstream media and the dominant success narrative. A chance to join others looking to influence the entrepreneurship and innovation political and economic agenda. Plus a free monthly email newsletter, and open access online magazine. In other words, a lot!

How Are We Different?

We are the world’s first feminist entrepreneur and business leader’s network. We are a certified B-Corp.

Not Sure if you are a Feminist Entrepreneur or Entrepreneurial Feminist?

If you are passionate about gender justice, curious about what can be learned from feminism, and are attracted to applying its wisdom to your entrepreneurial or professional life, then we invite you to join the conversation.

What Do Feminist Entrepreneurs Care About?

There is no “one” feminism, and therefore, there is no definitive list but the research demonstrates that there are a common set of core values, concerns, and world views which inform feminist enterprise design and strategy. These include:

  • Dedication to advancing gender justice;
  • Tendency to value fairness, non-hierarchical power structures and internal democracy;
  • Attention to use of inclusive language;
  • Willingness to experiment with alternative organizational governance, ownership and investment models;
  • Values the common good over short-term thinking and rugged, individualism;
  • Recognition of and respect for mutuality, relationships, allies, linkages, and interdependencies;
  • Desire to create cultures of inclusivity which invites everyone to show up at work or in the community as their whole human, authentic selves, and where everyone is encouraged to speak and live their truth;
  • Generosity;
  • An understanding that society must change if were are to create a socially just and ecologically sustainable economy which generate the conditions for life to flourish now, for all, and for generations to come;
  • Peace over conflict.

Our Funding Model

We are able to do what we do thanks to donations and revenues from monthly subscriptions ranging from $3/month to $10/month. Coming Soon! We will be launching our new community of practice site in Fall, 2017.

As a feminist venture ourselves, we pay our contributors, illustrators, and editors fair and equitable rates to provide you with authoritative content. If are providing you with value, and you believe in paying creators for their work,  we invite you to: Sign up. Subscribe. Contribute.

Our Why

The world is in crisis and unbalanced socially, politically and environmentally, but we see huge potential for this to change for the better by working to end gender and sexual minority based marginalization so that women, girls, and LGBTQ+ identified people can participate more profoundly in the determination of our collective future. Gendered innovation is an under served opportunity. We believe the current, dominant venture capital, tech-driven definition of value creation, entrepreneurial success, culture and its methodologies needs a shake up (a.k.a disruption).

Our Theory of Change

Catalyzing uncomfortable conversations through storytelling, creating communities of practice, and the voice of independent media when combined accelerate social change.

Why the Name LiisBeth?

LiisBeth was inspired by Stieg Larsson’s fictional character, Lisbeth Salander, in the global best-selling Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Lisbeth is a fictional character, but a status-quo-challenging total badass, and ergo an inspiring feminist action hero for many real-world women. Salander fought male and female “baddies” but also worked to change the system. We also loved the company culture, activism, and journalistic ethos created by the story’s Millennium magazine.

Why Being Based in Toronto, Canada is An Advantage?

Toronto (population 5.5 million) is one of the world’s top startup cities, so we “get” the startup space. Toronto is also working to become a leader in the artificial intelligence (AI) tech space which unless examined and checked, will further institutionalize inequality for generations to come. Our city is also heralded as one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Thousands come here each year to start new lives as well as ventures, which means we can see and analyze barriers to inclusion in this space up close and personal. For an overview of our bustling startup ecosystem, read this. Our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls himself a feminist. Oh, and also, we happen to live here and love it!

Interested in Advancing Women Entrepreneurs and Gender Equity for the Benefit of All? 

Systemic change is a collective effort. Entrepreneurs and allied business leaders can be an incredible force for change. We’re looking for feminists in business and supportive organizations to enlist, contribute, and help fuel profound change.