Crypto/Blockchain, again!

DATE: Thursday September 28, 2017

LOCATION: The Satellite Flexible Workspace 3110 Main St., Annex Building C 2nd Floor Santa Monica, CA 90405

TIME: 6:30-7:30 Please arrive early for brief NETWORKING and snacks
7:30 Conversation with COMMUNITY MEMBERS Followed by Q & A, snacks and networking! (we will wrap it up by 9:30)

COST: $10 (for location and snacks)

Living Economy Salon returns! …Last time we only scratched the surface! Opening the floor to our community to speak briefly on Crypto/Blockchain, then we’ll break into discussion groups.
Our speakers will be the following:
Ray Podder will speak on FYL (Free Your Life) which is the first Free Exchange platform on the blockchain that pools shared resources together to shift business as usual to business as useful for everyone. Founded on valuing people before things, it’s a global consortium of investors, innovators, culture hackers and more co-creating the real story of abundance through an innovative access model that impacts people’s lives right now!
David Lightman will give a brief talk explaining why it’s important for people to have a nest egg in crypto-currency because there’s a significant possibility that widespread adoption will likely bring down the conventional banking system within about a decade. He’s a software designer and an expert in crypto-currency, having been involved with the space since 2012.
Francis DellaVecchia and Juston Brommel of Paper Lantern will share exciting projects in development with various collaborators around big system changes contemplated through use of the blockchain and tokens. We will discover what some are intending in the realms of renewable energy, regenerative agriculture, governance, intention based human exchange, and more. Think of Paper Lantern as lamplighters, illuminating the path toward the New Economy, one step at at time. Please bring more examples of this new economy that you would like to share and explore.
John Hanacek will highlight that in order for market systems to work there must also be non-market governance – aka voting rights/power cannot be for sale if the system is to stay competitive. He will touch on how to evaluate the future evolutionary direction of potential blockchain systems for use in a community based on the balance between the transactional game element and citizenship – the goal being to adopt systems that will resist power-law distributions as default to ensure a middle class in the future by keeping governance open and flexible.
Let’s take the conversation further on cryptocurrencies FTW: For The World
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Crypto/Blockchain FTW: For The World

DATE: Thursday August 10, 2017

LOCATION: The Satellite Flexible Workspace 3110 Main St., Annex Building C 2nd Floor Santa Monica, CA 90405

TIME: 6:30-7:30 Please arrive early for brief NETWORKING and snacks
7:30 Conversation with RAFE FURST Followed by Q & A, snacks and networking! (we will wrap it up by 9:30)

COST: $10 (for location and snacks)

A conversation with Rafe Furst…. “In the same way that the open source movement created new possibilities for collaborative software development, the blockchain and cryptocurrencies are powering open source business development. Ultimately, this could mean the end of traditional corporate structures, the demise of centralized platforms like Google and Facebook, and a radical remaking of business as we know it.”


Beginning in Silicon Valley in the mid 1990s, Rafe has founded, invested in and advised dozens of startups, including Internet Sports Network, Expert Insight, Full Tilt Poker and Crowdfunder. Along the way, he’s won multiple awards for video production and cancer prevention, and raised millions of dollars for charitable causes.  While at Crowdfunder, Rafe created and managed the first-ever index fund for early stage venture capital. His other fintech innovations include the Personal Investment Contract and various Invest-it-Forward vehicles.

Rafe is currently the Chief Investment Officer at The Crypto Company, the first publicly trading company dedicated entirely to cryptocurrencies and the blockchain as an emerging investable asset class.

Rafe holds a B.S. in Symbolic Systems (Stanford University), M.S. in Computer Science / Artificial Intelligence (Stanford University) and a World Series of Poker Championship in Pot Limit Holdem.

To date, Rafe’s companies have generated over $1 Billion in revenue and $450 Million in liquidity to stakeholders.

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SCREENING: “Money and Life” with Katie Teague

Date: Wednesday January 20th, 2016

LOCATION: Ocean Park Branch of the Santa Monica Library 2601 Main St. Santa Monica 90405

COST: free but donations encouraged

6:30-7:00 Please arrive early for brief NETWORKING and snacks
7:00 Screening of “Money and Life” STARTS PROMPTLY AT 7!
9:00 We must be out by 9pm, Greg will lead the group to a nearby watering hole for a conversation with KATIE TEAGUE the director of the film! 


Money & Life is an inspirational essay-style documentary that asks a provocative question: 
can we see the economic crisis not as a disaster, but as a tremendous opportunity? This cinematic odyssey connects the dots on our current economic pains and offers a new story of money based on an emerging paradigm of planetary well-being that understands all of life as profoundly interconnected. 

Money & Life invites us to meet the challenge of our time: to participate in the great transition to a sustainable, equitable and restorative economy that meets the needs and realities of the 21st century.

ABOUT KATIE TEAGUE (director of the film)

Katie Teague is a bike messenger turned psychotherapist turned visionary artist and award-winning documentary filmmaker. As founder of Storm Cloud Media, her work in the digital media arts is dedicated to telling the emerging story of humanity and bringing inspired transformational media to the social change process. Katie brings years of study in depth psychology, human development and the world’s wisdom traditions to her work as a multi-media mystic.

Katie’s documentary “Money & Life” was voted the best social issue documentary in the 2014 Atlanta Docufest.  Katie is also one of the 2012 Sundance Grantee filmmakers contributing on “99% The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film.”

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“The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money” with Michael Kramer

DATE: Thursday May 7th, 2015

LOCATION: Ocean Park Branch of the Santa Monica Library 2601 Main St. Santa Monica 90405

COST: donations encouraged

7:00-8 PROGRAM
8:00-9:00 more time for networking

DESCRIPTION: Come celebrate the release of longtime sustainability and ethical investment leader Michael Kramer’s new book, The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money (Berrett-Koehler, 2015). The book’s insightful framework expands the definition of investing to include time, energy, and money, engaging one’s personal, tangible, and financial assets in close-to-home, sustainable global economy, and evolutionary strategies that can help people, communities, and the planet thrive in these turbulent times. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

BIO: Michael Kramer is a Managing Partner of Natural Investments, a registered investment advisor with 30 years of expertise in sustainable and responsible investing. Michael has been an NI financial advisor since 2000 and a partner in the firm since 2007. He oversees the NI Social Rating of sustainable and responsible mutual funds, now in its 23rd year, and he coordinates the firm’s shareholder advocacy initiatives. He also serves on the Public Policy Committee of USSIF and writes the Sustainable Shareholder column at A Los Angeles native, Michael has lived in Hawai`i for 15 years, where he has created HI Impact (a sustainable business and impact investing association), the Hawai`i Alliance for a Local Economy, and the Kuleana Green Business Program of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce.

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Emerging Trends in New Economic Models with Heather Schlegel

DATE: Wednesday November 5th, 2014

LOCATION: Syrup Loft: 939 Maple Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Plenty of street parking available)

COST: $10 cash at the door

7:30-9 PROGRAM
9:00-10:00 more time for networking

Heather will speak about her research into emerging and future economic transaction systems and models. She will cover existing types of alternative and innovative exchange mechanisms that currently exist, and then move us into the frontiers of the future of how humanity might continue to evolve our economic models. We’ll have a lively discussion interacting with the audience and exploring how these economic models might further our common interest in valuing people and planet and not just profit.
Heather Schlegel aka heathervescent
Heather Schlegel is a professional social scientist helping people perceive and capitalize change. Through her company, The Purple Tornado, she consults, speaks and produces design fictions and transmedia futures. Schlegel started in Silicon Valley in 1996 and helped build and launch over 50 Internet products at more than 30 startups.
She is the creative director of The Future of Money TV series, producer and creator of 3 short future films, including “Fly Me to the Moon;” which was nominated for Most Important Futures Award by the Association of Professional Futurists. Her research focuses on the positive visions of the future and solving humanity’s grand challenges.
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Capital Strategies for Local Social Impact

Date: Thursday August 21st, 2014 : 6:30-10pm… (Networking from 6:30-7:30, PROGRAM STARTS AT 7:30! More time for networking after)

Tickets: $10 (we will have complimentary snacks and beverages for the networking portion of the evening)

LOCATION: Satellite Work Space 3rd FLOOR 3110 Main St., Building C Santa Monica, CA 90405

Join the Living Economy Salon for a conversation between our own Greg Wendt and our good friend and regular salon attendee Seth Wilson. Greg has been to Europe and is up to mighty interesting developments in his career, and Seth has begun working at Cutting Edge Capital. We’ll give them the floor to have an interesting discussion around their work and visions for how social impact investing is capable of making positive change in our world!



As a veteran wealth advisor, economist and Certified Financial Planner, Greg is considered a thought leader in his field of sustainable and responsible investing and green business. As founder of several non-profit community organizations, Greg is a recognized social entrepreneur where he applies a multidisciplinary systems design approach to financial innovation and community economic development. Since 1991 Greg has advised clients who want to align their wealth through investments that reflect their priorities and concerns for a better world. Greg built his expertise while working with major Wall Street firms such as Smith Barney, UBS Paine Webber and Prudential Securities. Currently Gregory is Senior Wealth Advisor and heads the west coast office for Stakeholders Capital. Stakeholders Capital is a boutique registered investment advisory firm dedicated to responsible investing. You can learn more about Stakeholders Capital here. Greg is also actively involved with applying financial innovation to create a better world based on the understanding that by creating a better financial ecosystem and marketplace which emphasizes beneficial uses of capital, money will move more effectively toward projects and priorities which need it most, and thus create a better life for future generations. As such, Greg is a member of the California Financial Opportunities Roundtable, a select group of experts convened by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the USDA Economic Development to address the financial needs of communities in California. As a result of this association and his work with CALFOR, Greg is now the Capital Action Team Co-Chair for the California Economic Summit



Seth Wilson is Director of Clean Economy Development at Cutting Edge Capital. Seth assists startup companies with raising capital through Direct Public Offerings (DPOs) and provides business and market development consulting services to clean tech companies.  Seth has over 30 years of experience with energy utilities and energy commodity markets. He helped found an energy clearinghouse in 2005 that was acquired by NASDAQ OMX in 2010. As Chief Risk Officer, he managed a $2 billion portfolio of wholesale power contracts and related counterparty credit risks.  Seth is active in Slow Money Southern California and through the Grow Riverside initiative, is helping to develop more sustainable local food systems in the Inland Empire.  He is on the board of a licensing spin-out company that is introducing water filtration and algae bio-reactor technology developed in the Ukraine to the US.  He is helping his son, Trey, start No Penalty Box Vending Company, a disability-owned business offering healthier and local snack choices in vending machines located in schools and businesses in Orange County.  Seth holds an MS in Decision Sciences from the University of Memphis and is a registered Energy Risk Professional by the Global Association of Risk Professionals.

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NOW : Transformations from the In-Betweens

Date: Tuesday March 18th, 2014 : 6:30-10pm… (Networking from 6-7:30, PROGRAM STARTS AT 7:30! More time for networking after)

Tickets: $10 (we will have complimentary snacks and beverages for the networking portion of the evening)

LOCATION: Satellite Work Space 3rd FLOOR 3110 Main St., Building C Santa Monica, CA 90405

A first of its kind Living Economy Salon worldwide conversation with Ray Podder, Jonas Bergvall, Irene Gil Catalina & Paul MacFarlane, the co-creators of the international inter-local, virtu-real NOW Pop-Up Possibility Encounters for world changers everywhere, along with some drop-in special online guests. Join the LES on this evening of collaborating and evolving with NOW to initiate the LES as one of the nodes of the global NOW collective.

7:30-9 PROGRAM
9:00-9:30 more time for networking
COST: $10 cash at the door


The reality we have believed true to date is proving false.

As current systems crack past their inevitable limits, competing opinions, actions and ideologies scream on as the next ways forward. Yet, with more new solutions we are also creating more new problems!

The co-creators of NOW see this differently.

Why are we still solving from the old beliefs that got us here? How do we change our current reality if we do not first solve for the underlying intentions, motivations, perceptions and limiting beliefs driving this version of it? Changing beliefs requires changing how we experience reality.

Our spaces exist because of how we think about them, but what about the in-between spaces we overlook? Spaces that are neither here nor there, like the inter-local virtual interactions that affect our daily reality?

The NOW story honors these in-between spaces, and holds them sacred for world changers. Inter-local encounters, think tanks, partnerships and more have manifested from the NOW Encounters with this next new world we are all co-creating everywhere.

This unique conversation brings the original co-creators into the same physical space for the very first time. Introducing new twists on our current reality and new ways of thinking beyond ideologies and isms to create the next possibilities NOW popping up everywhere. NOW pushes our premises and boundaries to show that a better world is not only possible, it is actually happening NOW with amazing co-creators worldwide.

Join us for an unexpectedly unusual evening of unprecedented possibilities, and take away more than the ideas you come in with. Amazing things are possible here and NOW when we can abandon our old views about them. The Living Economy Salon is so NOW. There is never any separation between NOW and others. Everyone everywhere are always included, and we are NOW free to co-create from what is and what has been universally true all along.

Love. Life. NOW.


The NOW Co-Creators:

Ray Podder | Los Angeles, USA
Designer and holistic systems thinker synthesizing art, innovation, science, regenerative economics and evolutionary strategy towards actually achieving universal sustainability—serving the highest quality of life for all life.

Jonas Bergvall | Strangnas, Sweden
Cultural investigator and creative business developer uncovering the source of our embedded values and converting them into meaningful innovation—creating a better world through better behavior that creates a more harmonious, considerate, playful and vivid life.

Irene Gil Catalina | Madrid, Spain
Brand strategist and multicultural communicator orchestrating complex integration challenges into fun and engaging participation—bringing together people, plans and perspectives to create a better world for all.

Paul MacFarlane | St. Louis, USA
Creative communicator, strategist, marketer and musician creating world -changing ideas for world changing brands—transitioning old world brands for businesses into a new interconnected world of prosperous

RECAP: written by RAY PODDER

The economy is the exchange of human energy.
It expands in proportion to the ideas and desires that we create.

This understanding was the foundation for the experimental gathering space we held for the NOW+Living Economy Salon encounter on March 18th, 2014. In our ambition to create a world that feels better to live in, we wanted to explore the three core tenets of transformation: discovery, discourse and design.

The economic reality we have been iterating to date is embedded in the illusion of separation.

There is no economic exchange today without ego, no breakthroughs without bias, and no advancement without agenda. Experience has taught all of us to protect the illusion of the identity we have each created for ourselves, which often seems inextricable from any other possibility.

With individuation at the core of the current consciousness, no amount of new age symbolism, new economics theories or practical P2P open source solutions protect us from another version of an “us vs. them” scarcity based reality. It is most difficult to believe that any other reality is possible when experience has taught us otherwise.

That is, unless we change the experience!

More specifically our reaction to what we are experiencing. So we tried something different. A gathering for the cultivation of new ideas attempting to be free from old assumptions, including the expected structures of the gathering itself.

Obviously challenges facing all of us globally are daunting. The technical solutions from selling to solving appear at the edges now, though our thinking still favors one ego based ism over another, and at our core, few can honestly attest to making a real shift from self preservation to a life of service.

These themes can be too tall of an order for a two hour convening, so we focused instead on just the exchange of ideas. For some, this was a refreshing change from the recurring themes of all the customary conventions that focus on the point of view of either the theme or the speaker, then everyone goes home to business as usual.

This was different.

Sometimes heady and abstract, sometimes emotional and moving. The energies present through amazing people in the room alone were deeply felt if not heard. If walking away with more questions than answers was the takeaway, then perhaps we found what we had put forth.

Where did it go? Nowhere and everywhere. That was the point.

Here’s the visual summary:


It was the penumbra between the comfort of logic and the messiness of the creative process. Preplanned examples and metaphors to emphasize certain aspects sat parked our PCs, and never got shared in the flow. Instead, being open to any outcome including the risk of failure reflected back to us by the participants. Our own struggles with ego were personified and amplified by certain voices, and our own compassion and creativity reflected again in unexpected ways.

So what was the takeaway?

We obviously did not manage much other than the discourse. Discovery and design got a bit lost in the abstractions of our minds instead of the abundance of love in our hearts. Maybe they’re percolating for some now…

Perhaps the evening could be best summed up by one word : Mudita

It means genuine joy in the success of others.

Maybe its really that simple.

To co-create another economic reality of abundance, all we really have to do is help each other where we fall short individually. We are so grateful and forever indebted to our friends who filled in for us when intentions didn’t quite manifest according to expectation. New lessons learned, new questions now incubating new insights, and new possibilities with the next things to share.

We are so grateful for everyone who came together and shared the space. Blessings to us all.

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