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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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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Shifting To a Sustainable Global Economy – One Trillion Dollars At a Time

Living Economy Salon with Ed Keebler

Location: The Wellness Living Store 1412 14th St, Santa Monica, California 90404

Date: Thursday, November 1st 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Sustainability advocates think they have the lazarus chamber for people, profit and planet – so why is the specter of disaster still looming over the global economy?

Join Greg Wendt in a discussion with Edward Keebler, Chief Executive of DEA Enterprises Inc., for an evening of humorous and interesting stories that are sure to change the way you think about sustainability, economics and your role in both.

Ed Keebler is Chief Executive of DEA Enterprises Inc.  Founded in 1999, this boutique consultancy provides fix-term or a la carte contract services to businesses, governments, industry bodies, non-profits and NGOs.
Ed’s provides consulting services in sustainability, triple-bottom-line economics, economic policy – fiscal/monetary, trade promotion, trade policy, capital sourcing, marketing, market entry strategies, capability development, strategic initiatives and strategic partnerships, strategic differentiation, market arbitrage, multi-horizon scoping and planning.
The company’s sectors of focus are specialized manufacturing, ICT, food-fiber-agribusiness-aquaculture, bio-medical/bio-technology, nanotechnology, and clean-tech.

Ed’s personal and company goals are:
–    To continuously demonstrate a deep commitment to learn, gain wisdom and improve as a “response-able” global citizen – regardless of achievement, age or pursuits.
–    To engage in challenging and rewarding work that honors my employer, my family and my community.
–    To have a positive, enduring impact on the lives of the under-served, under-represented, persecuted and the economically challenged, regardless of culture, ethnicity, gender or religion.
–    To envision, produce and facilitate significant system wide solutions to several of the vast and intricate geo-political and socio-economic issues facing the entire global community.
–    To leave a lasting legacy of significant contributions which improved and protected the world for successive generations.

Link to DEA Enteriprises Inc.

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