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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Second Annual Open Mic Night

Date: Wednesday January 8th, 2014 : 6-10pm… (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: Syrup Loft: 939 Maple Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Plenty of street parking available)

It’s our second annual Open Mic Night! The night we listen to our community…

Tell us: Who are you and what is your work? Your passion? What inspires you about sustainability and the new economy? What would you like to share with us or learn more about? Who are you interested in networking with and what resources and skills are you looking for?

Five minutes per speaker, just a quick talk… We hope to film these and post them online as well. If you are interested in speaking please email

Speakers will be prioritized by who emails in advance and who shows up first on the day, but we do plan to hear from everyone who wants to speak.

As usual snacks and networking before and after. Looking forward to seeing you all in the new year!

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Ray Podder: From Bottom Line to Full Circle

Date: Tuesday, November 5th : 6-10pm… (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: Syrup Loft: 939 Maple Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Plenty of street parking available)

Get tickets here (or cash at the door):


Our operating systems are obviously failing us. What may not be so obvious, is that the transformative real solutions are actually here right now. The counter intuitive approaches to value creation, intelligent allocation, cashless exchanges and more are not only available now, they are ready technologically and socially to be implemented in the real world. When we broaden our view from the bottom line to the full circle, the next co-creative possibilities for our prosperity multiply. The systemic failures of business, governance, economics are not obstacles, rather the next opportunities in disguise. Transformation is sudden. It is not a lengthy process. As soon as you can see it, you become the change. This talk is about seeing the obvious in front of us, to render a more resilient reality than the one we find ourselves revolting against.


Ray embodies the definition of a designer who is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist. Professionally, as an user experience architect and systems thinker, he has been designing and delivering first of a kind creative solutions over a 20+ year career, across industries ranging from socially networked web services to cutting edge genomics medicine. Most recently, he is known for his work as an author and open innovation advocate, co-founding international grass roots movements like NOW, and his benefit enterprise incubator called GROW, set to launch in early 2014. GROW curates the best of breed solutions for full circle economic, environmental and energy systems most relevant to transform existing enterprises from extractive growth to practical evolutionary sustainability.

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