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!

BIOS

GREG WENDT, CFP

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

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.

6:30-7:30 NETWORKING and SNACKS
7:30-9 PROGRAM
9:00-9:30 more time for networking
COST: $10 cash at the door
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About:

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.

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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. http://www.linkedin.com/in/raypodder

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. se.linkedin.com/in/jonasbergvall

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. es.linkedin.com/in/irenegilbranding

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 possibilities.www.linkedin.com/in/paulmacfarlane

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:

NOWdirection

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 hollisdoherty@yahoo.com

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): http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8940032879

ABOUT THE TALK: FROM BOTTOM LINE TO FULL CIRCLE

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.

ABOUT RAY PODDER

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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Time Bank Training with Stephanie Rearick

See a video of the talk here:

FULL LENGTH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkEGVVcsTSg

What: Time Bank Training
Where: Fais Do Do, 5257 W. Adams Blvd, Los Angeles 90016
When: Sunday, July 28, 2013 from 10am to 2pm

Program:
+ Starting and coordinating a Time Bank
+ Recruiting leadership
+ Engaging stakeholders
+ Engaging organizations as partners
+ Community justice and Time Banking
+ Time Banking and other complementary currencies

About Dane County Time Bank: The Dane County Time Bank, established in 2005, is a network with over 2000 individuals and organizations who exchange time in order to build community, build capacity, and come together to help each other to build a better world. http://danecountytimebank.org/home

Stephanie Rearick: Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Stephanie Rearick is founder and Co-Director of the Dane County TimeBank and Project Coordinator of Time For the World. In addition to her work in timebanking and promoting ground-up economic and community regeneration, Stephanie is co-owner of Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse. She worked for Greenpeace for six years during her youth, helped launch Madison Hours, a local currency in 1995 and served for several years on the steering committee of independent local political party Progressive Dane.

You can learn more about Stephanie at these sites:

Her personal website: http://stephanierearick.com/
Speaking at the Economics of Peace Conference:http://vimeo.com/8240630
Lyon presentation on Human-Scaled Economic Development.http://vimeo.com/22087213

* Any Donations received will be put towards the future Arroyo S.E.C.O Network of Time Banks Community Revolving Loan Fund and Local Economy Incubator. We need to raise $5,000 in order to receive matching funds for the Community Revolving Loan Fund.

More about the Arroyo S.E.C.O Network of Time Banks Community Revolving Loan Fund
http://www.asntb.com/revolving-loan-fund.html
and More about the Incubator
http://www.asntb.com/local-economy-incubator.html

Special thanks to:
The Metabolic Studio
http://www.metabolicstudio.org/
Fais Do Do
http://www.faisdodo.com/
Large Marge Sustainables http://www.largemargesustainables.com/
The Living Economy Salon
https://livingeconomysalon.com/
CRSP
http://laecovillage.org/crsp/

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Screening of “Money and Life”

Date: Tuesday, July 2nd : 7-10pm… MOVIE STARTS AT 7:30! 

Cost: $10 (cash at the door, thank you!)

LOCATION: Satellite Flexible Work Spaces  3110 Main Street, Building C, Santa Monica 90405 

The Living Economy Salon returns this summer with a screening of “Money and Life”!

http://moneyandlifemovie.com/trailer/

We’ll convene over snacks, watch the film, then engage in a lively group discussion inspired by the film. Come to mingle, network, and enjoy!

THIS JUST IN…. We’re going to get to Skype directly with Katie Teague, the filmmaker, after the screening!

SYNOPSIS

MONEY & LIFE is a passionate and inspirational essay-style documentary that 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.

This cinematic odyssey takes us on a journey, from the origins of money to connecting the systemic dots on the current global financial crisis and how we got here. Most importantly, MONEY & LIFE says that we owe it to ourselves to understand the fundamentals of this technology called money in order to be effective participants in the economic transformation that is happening around us, a shift more rapid and as profound as the Industrial Revolution.

The film is a tapestry of beautifully shot expert interviews woven with compelling vignettes of individuals and businesses consciously transforming their relationship with money.  Together with dynamic animation, an original music score and an elegant voice of narration, the film tells a new story of money, but more broadly it tells a new story of humanity.  MONEY & LIFE aspires to be a part of bringing a new consciousness to our understanding and practices in the world of money, bringing a touch of humor and a lot of heart to a matter that concerns us all.

An optimistic film steeped in appreciation for human ingenuity, MONEY & LIFE does not dictate answers. It is a respectful invitation to consider questions critical to all our well-being: How can we move beyond being merely consumers, debtors and creditors, and put money in service to what we really care about as citizens, as human beings? Can we design a monetary circulation system that fosters democratic equality? What responsibilities should a corporate charter convey? What does it really mean to make a living? The film itself demonstrates how to approach these questions with both clarity and compassion.  MONEY & LIFE empowers each of us to respond to the fundamental issues of our time and participate in the emerging new economy.

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Jenny Kassan: Raising investment capital from the crowd – legal ways to do it now

See a video of the talk here:

FULL LENGTH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxTH79tlYnc

Date: Tuesday, March 5th : 6-10pm… PROGRAM STARTS AT 7:30!

Tickets: $10 (eventbrite link will be posted shortly)

LOCATION: The HUB LA 830 Traction Ave #3A Los Angeles, CA 90013 http://thehubla.com/

Join us for a live conversation with Jenny Kassan, CEO of Cutting Edge Capital, followed by a live Q & A, with time for snacks and networking before and after. www.cuttingedgecapital.com

Jenny will share her securities law knowledge to explain ways to raise investment capital from the crowd now, as well as what will change when the new crowdfunding exemption goes into effect.  She will share examples of socially responsible businesses throughout the country that are conducting legal direct crowdfunding campaigns right now to raise investment capital from their communities, customers, and fans.

PARTNERS: The living Economy Salon is pleased to be partnering on this event with THE HUB LA:
http://www.thehubla.com
AS WELL AS The Arroyo Seco Time Bank:
http://arroyoseco.timebanks.org/

PARKING: There is plenty of free and metered street parking and the lot adjacent to Hub LA is $5 with Hub validation.

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