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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Time Bank Training with Stephanie Rearick

See a video of the talk here:


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

+ 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.

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:
Speaking at the Economics of Peace Conference:
Lyon presentation on Human-Scaled Economic Development.

* 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
and More about the Incubator

Special thanks to:
The Metabolic Studio
Fais Do Do
Large Marge Sustainables
The Living Economy Salon

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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”!

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!


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:


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

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.

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:
AS WELL AS The Arroyo Seco Time Bank:

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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Erik Rothenberg and the URSULA Project



See a video of the talk here:



Date: Tuesday January 29th, 2013…. 7-10pm

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

As usual, we will be networking with snacks from 7-8, program from 8-9, time for questions and then more time to mingle before we leave at 10.

Erik Rothenberg is Founder and Director of URSULA Project, an undertaking tied to serving a single, shared, desired goal: achieving the highest quality of life, for all life, in the shortest possible time, for the longest period of time, or any subset thereof. Rothenberg spent more than 10 years thinking about and researching just exactly what keeps civilization in separation and conflict before identifying the core underlying issues. Upon their discovery, he spent the last 6 years developing the essential solutions. The result is URSULA, which stands for Unified Rating System, Universal Life Assessment. For more information go to the current site

Prior to URSULA, Rothenberg had a 20-year entrepreneurial career, in fields as diverse as renewable energy, industrial hemp, Internet service and data storage, and international trade in major markets of North and South America, Europe and East Asia.

Satellite Flexible Work Spaces
3110 Main Street, Building C, Santa Monica 90405 (building is on the back of the lot at the corner of Navy and Neilsen). The seminar room is on the 3rd floor. The building does have valet parking (enter on Marine) and there’s plenty of parking nearby for those who drive.

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Living Economy Salon: OPEN MIC NIGHT!

Date: Tuesday, December 18th : 6-10pm

LOCATION: The HUB LA 830 Traction Ave #3A Los Angeles, CA 90013

The Living Economy Salon is hosting our first ever OPEN MIC NIGHT for our year end Holiday Party! You’ve heard from us all year, now we’d like to hear from you!

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?

LES: Open Mic Night Speaker List

Here it is folks! A list of our fabulous Open Mic Night Speakers and the links they provided for us to look in to their subjects in more depth…

*Will and enter “bemoreproductive” as the invitation code


*Seth Wilson– Cycles, Society and Community

Projects for any community:

Street painting and urban permaculture

East Baltimore Day of Play and Cardboard Challenge

Community brownfield repair

Chicago’s Food Crisis: Growing Home

Community Kitchens

West Town Bikes


*Kevin Arthofer + Geoff Shively Capture: Environmental Design : portfolio


*Chris Durian– “Generative Economic models” , “Capital as Friend.” For those interested in the Generative Ownership Design model, here are a couple useful links. The basics are laid out in the prologue which can be read by following the first link. The second is the book publisher’s link.


*Jane Park – The School of Open ( is a joint project co-led by Creative Commons and the Peer 2 Peer University to develop and offer free online educational courses on the meaning and impact of “openness” in the digital age and its benefit to creative endeavors, education, research, and more. We are currently seeking volunteers (individuals or orgs) to help build this effort, which is set to launch in March 2013.


*Sharon Porter– is gathering collaborators to move this information forward, . or  310-821-8212 to get on her mailing list for talks, workshops and training.  See Free Articles on her web site for Sharon’s own story about  her breast lump and some good treatments for breast health and the immune system. Her healing modalities are described in “Sharon’s Brochure”.    She has also added a new modality, Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE),  She teaches TRE in private sessions and to groups.  Collaborators needed for the Bras project include Project Manager, Documentary Filmmaker for  a Research Project, Finance, Clothing Design, Publicity, Medical connections, Celebrities, and all manner of social media/web design/webinars.


*Jenn Reed


*Mike Flannery-what it really means to be a “renaissance man”


*Ray Podder-NOW


*Rob Dew-Occupy Venice Film Series


*Alexandra Mason-Imagination Activation and creating new world

Creating a new vision, new dream for our modern world is the big question of our time and focus of community work by Pachamama Alliance:

Gathering together for the purpose of co-creating our new world is also the focus of Creating Our New World program:

Author Neville has laid down his framework for seeing power of our imagination in action, and it is still very applicable now several decades later:


*Amy Clarke– Gaia Grove initiative, building community, co-ops, sharing resources, weaving healthy webs, Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Outreach.  “helping heal the earth”


*Munir Jawed

TechCrunch article:

KokoChé – Launching in East LA where it was hatched, KokoChé is a Smartphone app that connects communities to hyperlocal, real-time offers from local merchants.  Our mission is to create a bridge of access to streaming information that is useful and user-friendly for both residents and local merchants in any neighborhood, regardless of location or income level. 

At the tap of the Smartphone, merchants can instantly boost business during slow hours, reduce excess inventory, and create instant awareness for new products and services, all the while adapting to local preferences and growing a client base.  On the mobile app, customers have instant access, through impulse buttons (e.g. “Feed Me,” “Fill My Cup,” “Under $1,”) to real-time savings on food, health + wellness, style + beauty, entertainment, clothing, and more, all within earshot of their current locations.

The KokoChé experience is frictionless for both consumers and merchants; consumers can sign up and access deals without credit cards or prepayment, while merchants keep 100% of sales and control 100% of their postings.    KokoChé strengthens bonds between local businesses and their communities, and strives to keep money local by boosting the outreach efforts of small businesses.  When you use KokoChé, you support local businesses in Los Angeles.  Keep money local.  Tap into local.


*Eric Rothenberg :

URSULA Project | A Simple Standard


*Ron Schultz

Book: “Creating Good Work” edited by Ron Schultz, order at use code “XP356ED” to save 20%


*Raleigh Waller and Arghavan Sadeghi

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