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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