Public Bank LA: “Solutions for Social and Environmental Justice”

DATE: Thursday October 4, 2018

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

TIME: 7:30 PANEL BEGINS!
6:30-7:30 Please arrive EARLY for NETWORKING and snacks

Followed by 
Q & A with the members of our Public Bank LA panel & more snacks and networking! (we will wrap it up by 9:30/10)

COST: $10 (donation for location and snacks)

On November 6th, Los Angeles voters will have the chance to take the next step in making Public Banking a reality by Voting #YesOnB … Charter Amendment B removes a critical hurdle to creating the first Public Bank of Los Angeles. The Public Bank of LA will invest in socially and environmentally responsible projects like Green Energy & Infrastructure, Affordable Housing, Education, Healthcare, and Small Business Loans. Together we will create a new model of ethical banking that puts people and planet over profit and aligns our money with our values.  #PublicBankLA #YesOnB #OurMoneyOurValuesOurBank

The Public Banking movement in Los Angeles has already scored critical victories including divesting Los Angeles from Wells Fargo. Amendment B will begin a process that will ensure our public funds are no longer outsourced to Wall Street Banks to finance such things as Fossil Fuel Projects, Private Prisons, Immigrant Detention Centers, and Military Defense Contractors.  

MEET OUR PANEL:

Ellen Brown is an attorney, founder of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution.  A 13th book titled Banking on the People: Democratizing Finance in the Digital Age is due out later this year.  Her work traces the history and evolution of the current private banking system, showing how it usurped the power to create money from the people themselves, and how the people can take that power back through public banks operating in the public interest.  Her 300+ blog articles are posted at EllenBrown.com.

David Jette is a financial analyst, writer and social finance activist living in Los Angeles with ten years of experience in the tech, real estate, and startup sector. He is the Legislative Director for Public Bank LA.  

Trinity Tran is the Co-Founder of Public Bank LA, and Founder and Lead Organizer for Revolution LA and Divest LA. The Divest LA coalition succeeded in pushing the City of Los Angeles to divest its finances from Wells Fargo Bank, paving the path for the Public Bank LA campaign. Trinity and the Public Bank LA team initiated the California Public Banking Alliance (CPBA), a coalition of grassroots public banking advocacy groups. Trinity is also a Board Member of Urban Partners Los Angeles, a non-profit organization dedicated to uplifting the lives of underprivileged communities in Los Angeles through food and educational resources.

Additional Resources:
New video explaining Public Banking & Charter Amendment B: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9I-dgJ_n40
Recent interviews explaining what’s at stake:
https://vimeo.com/285635061
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RCYuY_kayk

 

 

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Film Screening: “PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes”

DATE: Thursday May 31, 2018

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

TIME: 7:30 SCREENING BEGINS!
6:30-7:30 Please arrive EARLY for NETWORKING and snacks

Followed by 
Q & A with the filmmaker Holly Mosher, & more snacks and networking! (we will wrap it up by 9:30/10)

COST: $10 (donation for location and snacks)

FILM SYNOPSIS: Driven to make the world better for his newborn daughter, John Ennis looks for ways out of our system of pay-to-play politics. Along the way, he journeys through high drama on the Ohio campaign trail, uncovers the secret history of the game Monopoly, and explores the underworld of L.A. street art on a humorous odyssey that reveals how much of a difference one person can make. PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes is a fun guidebook to returning the United States government to its People.

PAY 2 PLAY features Robert Reich, Lawrence Lessig, John Nichols, Noam Chomsky, Jerry Springer, Van Jones, Marianne Williamson, Jack Abramoff, Thom Hartmann, Bob Edgar and more…

Holly Mosher, Producer

Holly Mosher is an award-winning filmmaker who brings socially conscious films to the public. Holly made her directorial debut with her award-winning documentary, Hummingbird, about Brazilian street kids. She produced two films on the pharmaceutical industry: Side Effects, starring Katherine Heigl, and the documentary Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety. She co-produced Maybe Baby, and executive produced Vanishing of the Bees, FREE FOR ALL!, and PAY 2 PLAY. The second film she directed, Bonsai People – The Vision of Muhammad Yunus, aired on Public Television.

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Beyond the Blocks: Thrivable Crypto Technology w/ Jean Russell

DATE: Thursday March 22, 2018

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 (donation for location and snacks)

Jean is project lead for the Holo ICO. She has been championing thrivability for a decade with several published books on the topic, the most recent of which describes organizational design and culture. She is bringing her skills and vision to the Holochain project where living system principles are being deeply woven into the design of a distributed computing crypto-platform.
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Holochain apps each use a monotonic Distributed Hash Table (DHT) to share data and enforce validation rules on data published from a user’s signed source chain. Each agent holds their own immutable hash chain and stores a portion of the app’s public data as a node in the DHT. This makes powerful and secure decentralized computing possible on devices as lightweight as mobile phones.
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JEAN RUSSELL:
Jean M. Russell is a culture hacker, facilitator, and writer on a quest to catalyze group productivity. As a founder of the Thrivability movement, Jean works with change agents, innovators, and new economy builders, globally, through the Thrivable Futures Consultancy.
In 2013, Jean published Thrivability: Breaking Through to a World That Works with Triarchy Press. She received an honorable mention on the Enrich List as one of the top 200 people enriching our path to a sustainable future. She is also listed as one of 100 women globally co-creating a P2P Society. In 2010, with 65 inspiring people, she curated, Thrivability: A Collaborative Sketch which has been seen by well over 30,000 viewers. She has published articles on organizational design strategies, and her work on thrivability, innovation, philanthropy, and cultural shifts has been highlighted in The Economist, Harvard Business Review, and Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Since 2007, she has been facilitating strategy retreats, conferences, and workshops in North America, Europe, and Australia. She brings to her facilitation a keen understanding of social network analysis, motivation and behavior patterns, group dynamics, and culture change. Jean often custom designs participatory structures for group engagement that evoke play to achieve purpose.
Jean loves hiking to Tennessee Valley Beach for a picnic with some Vinho Verde, crusty rustic bread, and a selection of cheese so she can savor the flavors while watching crepuscular colors shift on sand and water at sunset. ​
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Crypto/Blockchain: What now?

DATE: Thursday November 30, 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 (donation for location and snacks)

Living Economy Salon returns!

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: Ed Keebler! (Plus two of our regulars…) This time we will have a deep dive talk with our special guest Ed Keebler, after we begin with two brief speeches from David Lightman and John Hanecek, allowing time for an inclusive group discussion following the talk.
 
ED KEEBLER: Topic: Migrating from the waste of techno-finance anarchy to the next wave of alternative value exchanges frameworks that support real placed based economic development. By learning the lessons, and evaluating the shortcomings, of the current crypto confidence game, we can create the financial democratization that crypto libertarians strive for.
BIO: Edward Keebler is a Partner at Living Economy Advisors (LEA) and Co-Founder of Food Shed Project LLC.
Through his work at LEA, Edward and his team are working to redefine rational action in business, governance and capital markets. Edward has specific interest in accelerating the regenerative economy by supporting disruptors and innovators via a blend of traditional business consulting, market intelligence and resource connectivity.
 
DAVID LIGHTMAN: the founder of the Radical Decentralization group will speak briefly on “Decentralization”
 
JOHN HANECEK: “Thermodynamic economics, optimization and how to war-game an abstract system in a physical world ”
-I want to touch on the fact that solving a crypto hash uses time/space/energy and connect the abstract realm of math to the more tangible realm of physics to help the group make informed decisions about how to pick their systems based on how physically intensive the computations are. Moreover I need to help people understand there are some core themes of physical reality that can be exploited to centralize systems which claim to be distributed. I intend to instill a sense to others of how to look at computer networks as grounded in physical reality so they can use some natural reasoning to make inferences about how they might evolve.
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Crypto/Blockchain: Deeper…

DATE: Wednesday October 25th, 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! …Opening the floor to our community to speak briefly on Crypto/Blockchain, then we’ll break into discussion groups.
Speakers include:

ERIC PETERSON: Blockchain technology is already offering innovative ways to create and manage “decentralized organizations”. In this lightning talk, I’ll review several prominent blockchain governance platforms, and highlight intriguing features and challenges in this emerging model.

JOHN HANACEK: Will speak on how the nature of systemizing value creates a class of people who specializes in gaming the system itself rather than participating in the value it is supposed to represent and how to mitigate that. He will touch on the idea of institutions and the future of banks/insurance/identity protection services as human jobs and what he balance can be in how many people are involved in managing the system and how many people are playing with the system – trying to continue my previous thread but with a little more meat.

HOLLIS DOHERTY: Will speak briefly about bringing the feminine into economics via demurrage, what that means and how it might be implemented in blockchain currency design.
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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.
SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED!
 
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.”

BIO for RAFE FURST:

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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