Awakening the Age of Abundance: Simple Strategies for a Prosperous Planet

Living Economy Salon with Ray Podder

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

Date: Wednesday, September 26th 7:00pm to 10:00pm

There is a new awareness in the atmosphere. From accelerating open sourced innovation for community independence, to reinventing renewable resource based economics, we are witnessing a shift in the way we are solving for sustainability. We already have the tools. The next solutions are not about tools at all. They are simply new ways of using what we are already doing to redefine value for the next abundant age. This talk is about those ideas. Simple ideas we can act on now. Ideas that can change the tools we now use for destructive self gratification into a truly sustainable and gratifying future for all of us.

RAY PODDER:
Ray is a designer in the truest sense of the word. He has been solving seemingly difficult and complex systemic level challenges with elegant solutions over a 20+ year career.

He is the author of ONE, a book about open sourcing our distributed renewable energy independence. To execute on that vision, he is incubating on and offline platforms through GROW to accelerate innovation in this space with key partners from aerospace, permaculture and industrial design. The first effort on the ground is called BETTER. BETTER open sources advanced design and engineering of integrated permaculture technologies for food, water and energy sovereignty. BETTER, FORM, TRUE and more are the start of new platforms, products, physical labs and digital services that are designed to empower us and our communities to co-create our own energy and economic resilience.

Prior to GROW, his creative leadership has been instrumental in creating some of the most utilized social platforms and marketplaces on the web. He has conceived and architected numerous consumer and enterprise level applications, most recently in the smart energy and electric mobility space, including the integrated energy efficiency portal for State of California.

Ray also is a member of the GreenEconomy Think Tank, and connected into the emerging New Economic and Sustainability space. He’s a featured speaker and panelist on several upcoming initiatives like F3 and ExtremeFutureFest, sharing his vision and co-creative work for a better world ahead.

http://about.me/raypodder

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Crowdfunding: The new law and its implications for the living economy

LOCATION: The Wellness Living Store 1412 – 14th Street Santa Monica, CA 90404 Telephone:310-260-0013

DATE: Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 7pm-10pm

You’ve all heard of kickstarter as a way to raise money. Instead of large individual amounts from a few investors, crowdfunding raises funds by taking in many small amounts from a larger pool of investors. When a lot of people invest small amounts, it adds up!

On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed the JOBS act into law, it included “crowdfunding” legislation, that allows for raising funds through a wider pool of small investors with fewer restrictions. The SEC has been given approximately 270 days to set forth specific rules and guidelines that enact this legislation, while also ensuring the protection of investors.

Before, crowdfunding was utilized for gifts, donations, pre-sales, etc. Now it will be legal for actual investing (with returns).

On this evening we will explore the implications of this new law for America’s living economy. Join Investment advisor Greg Wendt and Sarah Tripp Stephan, a representative from http://www.crowdfunder.com/ as we discuss what this new law means, and what kinds of changes it may bring about in our economy.

We are so lucky to have a chocolate sponsor this evening! RAWKIN RAW CHOCOLATE: Vegan, 100% raw, packed with superfoods + antioxidants, cacao, goji berries, maca, & spirulina!!! read more at rawenergyandlife.com

GREG WENDT

Greg is Co-Founder of Green Business Networking; a non-profit business community of over 3,500 business owners and professionals committed to greening the economy for Greater Los Angeles. http://www.greenbusinessnetworking.org

He is also Founder of Green Economy Think Tank – which convenes sustainability leaders in cities around the country to evolve actions and solutions for the Green Economy.www.greeneconomy.org

Greg built his expertise while working with major Wall Street firms such as Smith Barney, UBS Paine Webber and Prudential Securities. Currently Gregory is Vice President of Sustainable and Responsible Investing at EP Wealth Advisors, Inc., http://www.epwealth.com, a well-established Registered Investment Advisory firm with over $1 Billion under management as of 1/1/11.

Greg has been a veteran financial advisor and Certified Financial Planner since 1991. He advises clients who want to align their wealth through investments that reflect their priorities and concerns for a better world. His clients want to generate healthy returns while cultivating opportunities to improve life for current and future generations.

Greg frequently writes articles, speaks at conferences and is often profiled or quoted in media including appearances on “Living with Ed” on Home and Garden Television, Air America Radio, Business Ethics magazine, Daily Variety, Financial Planning Magazine and Yogi Times Magazine

Links: http://www.gregwendt.com, blog: http://www.sustainablewealth.blogspot.com, linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/gregorywendt

Sarah Tripp Stephan 

Sarah Tripp Stephan serves as lead strategist across a wide range of education, health and wellbeing, environmental and social justice projects at Pyramid Communications where she is managing director and senior vice president. She specializes in helping private sector, government, and non-profit organizations develop strategies that attract funders, build coalitions, advance public policy and strengthen reach and impact across audiences that matter. This is often supported by integrated marketing and communications strategies to help organizations move their thinking from the abstract to the practical, changing the way people think, act, behave or vote.

Her current and past clients include AARP, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mercy Corps, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, Chalkboard Project and Oregon Health & Science University. In addition to setting strategy, Sarah leads firm-wide business development across Pyramid’s five core practice areas, regionally and nationally: Health & Wellbeing, Education, Energy & Environment, Native/Tribal Communities, and Arts & Culture.

Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Carleton College, where former political science professor Paul Wellstone served as her advisor prior to his election to the U.S. Senate.

FOR FURTHER READING:
community crowdfunding 7  Mashable Business News: www.mashable.com follow topics crowdfunding  Sustainable Economies Law Center: www.theselc.org 
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Screening of the documentary “Fixing the Future”

DATE: July 18th 7:30-10pm

LOCATION: Pacific Theaters 9500 Culver Boulevard Culver City, CA 90232

The Living Economy Salon in association with PGA Green* is pleased to co-host the screening of “Fixing the Future”, a documentary on how communities are making innovations in their local economies, and lasting change for the better… (Tickets will be sold at the box office) After the screening we will have a short talk with Culver City Timebank and we will share the ‘call to action’ which is also posted below!

Fixing the Future Across America:
A National Campaign

Watch the trailer here: http://vimeo.com/42269352

In the documentary “Fixing the Future”, host David Brancaccio, of public radio’s Marketplace and NOW on PBS, visits people and organizations across America that are attempting a revolution: the reinvention of the American economy. By featuring communities using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity, “Fixing the Future” inspires hope and renewal in a people overwhelmed by economic collapse.

The film highlights effective, local practices such as: local business alliances, community banking, time banking/hour exchange, worker cooperatives and local currencies.

Following the documentary on the night of July 18, 2012, audiences will enjoy an exclusive onscreen discussion panel featuring luminaries Bill McKibben, Majora Carter, Mike Brady and David Brancaccio.

*This event is brought to you by the Living Economy Salon in partnership with the Producers Guild of America’s Green Initiative (PGA Green) which was introduced in 2008 as a direct response to Producers who voiced the need for additional information on how to best produce more sustainable productions.  Find them at PGAgreen.org and http://www.greenproductionguide.com/ 

Try this link to buy tickets in advance:  http://www.movietickets.com/pre_purchase.asp?house_id=8498&movie_id=137875&showdate=8 

Like the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FixingTheFuture

Check out their website: http://fixingthefuture.org/

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A Call-to-Action, Three Simple Steps

1.     Move your money to community banks and credit unions

*list compiled using Yelp reviews and top-rated community banks by reviewers

i.         UMe Credit Union – Burbank

ii.         USC Credit Union – South LA

iii.         California Credit Union – Glendale

iv.         Wescom Credit Union – Pasadena

v.         First City Credit Union – Downtown

vi.         Kinecta Federal Credit Union – Westchester/LAX

vii.         First Entertainment Credit Union

  1. Luther Burbank Savings – Toluca Lake, Burbank

ix.         California Bear Credit Union – Downtown

x.         Media City Community Credit Union – Burbank

2.     Buy locally grown produce and support farmers markets

Look up local markets on different days: www.localharvest.org

i.         South Pasadena – Thursdays, Meridian @ Mission Street

ii.         Brea Certified – Tuesdays, Birch Street Promenade

iii.         Echo Park – Fridays, Sunset & Logan street lot

iv.         La Cienega – Thursdays, La Cienega (Plaza) @ 18th

v.         Atwater Village – Sundays, 3250 Glendale Blvd in Wells Fargo lot

vi.         Culver City – Tuesdays, 9770 Culver Blvd

vii.         Long Beach Uptown – Thursdays, Atlantic @ E. 46th

  1. Hollywood – Sundays, Hollywood @ Ivar

ix.         Santa Monica – Wednesdays and Saturdays, Arizona @ 4th

x.         Mar Vista – Sundays, Venice Blvd @ Grand View

3.     Support local green businesses in Los Angeles and please come to Living Economy Salon events and subscribe to our email list. If you are a green business owner or professional attend the Green Business Networking events.

Santa Monica Green Business Certification participants

Greenopia directory – depending on sector, they have a pretty comprehensive list

Sustainable Works

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New Web Based Economic Tools and Exchange Mechanisms

June 27th 7-10pm

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

On this evening the Living Economy Salon will host a panel discussion on new web based economic tools and exchange mechanisms. As our economy transforms, the internet is providing a platform for new innovative ways to exchange! We welcome Autumn Rooney from the Echo Park Time bank, Micki Krimmel from Neighborgoods, and Jared Krause of tradeya. As usual, the event is free and we will have some time for networking before and after with snacks.

BIOS:

Autumn Rooney is a Los Angeles based activist and community builder. She is co-director of the Arroyo S.E.C.O Network of Time Banks operating within twelve Los Angeles neighborhoods. The Arroyo S.E.C.O Network of Time Banks is a collective whose purpose is to facilitate the cooperative exchange of goods and services among its members in a pay-it-forward system of trade. Based on the fundamental principle that every human being has something to contribute, Time Banking is a worldwide movement in more than 40 North American states and 32 countries internationally. Autumn is also developing the California Federation of Time Banks, a regional information hub and network for Time Banks in California.

Autumn’s background includes, coordinating a recurring community-funded micro-grant for emerging artists called, “Artist Bailout”, a grassroots model for funding small creative projects through public meals. She has also organized several Time Bank projects including, classes on conflict resolution, emergency preparedness and food swaps. Autumn is dedicated to developing community assets in order to build a healthier, safer and more sustainable city.

Autumn Rooney
Arroyo S.E.C.O Network of Time Banks
http://arroyoseco.timebanks.org/
https://www.facebook.com/ArroyoSecoNetworkOfTimeBanks

California Federation of Time Banks
http://cafederationoftimebanks.org/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/California-Federation-of-Time-Banks

 

Micki Krimmel is the founder of NeighborGoods.net, a community that helps neighbors help each other by sharing goods and services. She is also the co-founder of a shared workspace located in the Arts District in downtown LA called The Idyllic Nerd Commune and the co-founder of LA Startup Club.

Micki has been building online communities for a decade. In addition to working for multiple startups, she created Participant Media’s first online community and led the social media efforts for Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, one of the highest grossing documentaries of all time.

In her spare time, Micki plays roller derby with LA Derby Dolls’ all star team.

http://neighborgoods.net/
http://LAStartupClub.com/
http://nerdcommune.com/
http://derbydolls.com/la

 

Jared Krause  is the CEO of TradeYa.com, an online marketplace that allows you to get what you want with what you’ve got, unlock your value and free yourself from money.

Jared is a serial media and technology entrepreneur whose last company, Goodlife.com, was the largest wellness/sustainability portal on the web. When he’s not obsessing about frictionless, non-monetary transactions he’s thinking about the singularity, the implications of exponential technological progress on human wellbeing and how to spend more time at the beach.

http://tradeya.com

http://facebook.com/tradeya

 

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Green Local Procurement Policy as a Sustainable Economic Driver

LOCATION: The Wellness Living Store 1412 – 14th Street Santa Monica, CA 90404 Telephone:310-260-0013

DATE: June 6th, 2012 7pm-10pm

Special Guest: Laurie Kaye Nijaki

Green Local Procurement Policy as a Sustainable Economic Driver

This talk will focus on research examining the green economy as an economic development tool at the local scale. In addition to exploring a range of potential policy tools for developing green jobs, this talk will focus on how local entities, such as cities and counties, can use environmentally preferable purchasing plans as a central tool in developing the local green economy.

Please see Laurie’s powerpoint presentation at: http://www.slideshare.net/lnijaki/greensalonpresentation

The full paper can be accessed on Laurie’s website at www.freewebs.com/lauriekaye; or through USC at: http://www.usc.edu/schools/price/bedrosian/

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The Art of Collaboration

Event Held on Wednesday May 9th


At HUB LA Downtown: 830 Traction Ave 3A Los Angeles, CA 90013

Join Greg Wendt of Green Economy Think Tank, Ron Schultz of Entrepreneurs4Change, and Hub LA for an evening devoted to exploring and improving how we collaborate, and practicing it in real-time!

The audience gathered will participate in a facilitated round-table collaboration focused on the question, “How can we set up Los Angeles as a center for Social Business?”.

More about Ron:

Ron Schultz is the noted author of twenty-one published books, thirteen on emergence, social entrepreneurship, business innovation and competitiveness. Included are Unconventional Wisdom (HarperCollins, 1994); Open Boundaries: Creating Business Innovation through Complexity, (with Howard Sherman) (Perseus Books, 1998); and The Mindful Corporation: Liberating the Human Spirit at Work, (with Paul Nakai) (Leadership Press, 2000). His 22nd, book, Miracles and Nasty Surprises (co-authored with Hugo Letiche and Michael Lissack) will be published in 2010/11).

Mr. Schultz has also run and directed for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurial initiatives as well as social enterprises. His efforts have always been about joining theory, application and practice into effective business-world solutions.

The goal of his work is to bring healthy business practices and innovative solutions together to solve pressing social issues.

Mr. Schultz is the founder and Executive Director of the International Social Action Film Festival (ISAFF), a year-round film festival, which screened in 9 countries and 18 cities in 2009, and is dedicated to sustaining and supporting the efforts of local social action organizations through film. Mr. Schultz is also the Executive Director of the Center for Social Profit Leadership which addresses the business needs of social entrepreneurs and those engaged in social enterprise. Within this capacity Mr. Schultz launched Lending4Change, considered to be a revolutionary breakthrough in providing access to capital to social businesses and enterprises. He is considered an international thought leader in the area of social entrepreneurship and social enterprise.

His web sites can be found at: www.e4c.net and www.samnet.tv

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Tools for Building a New Earth: Slow Money, Complementary Currencies, Creating the New World

Event Held on Wednesday May 2nd

At the Wellness Living Store

This panel will feature three individuals joining us from the east coast, Christopher Lindstrom, Kyra Pinchera and Nancy Polend who have been spending the last few years envisioning and designing new models for community, economic, environmental resilience. As the world moves faster and faster toward a large assortment of synchronized planetary crises, more and more people throughout the world are asking not how we might avoid these crises, but how we might weather the storm: how can we become more resilient in the face of unprecedented change? The necessary transformation that must occur is not only a life boat, but a gateway to a new stage of human evolution—the literal creation of a new world, entirely different then the one we currently inhabit. In this panel, Chris, Kyra and Nancy will talk about their respective insights and initiatives, including the emerging story of inter-dependence, the transformation of money—through programs Slow Money and complementary currencies, the transition from the “oil economy” to the “solar and soil economy,” and blueprints as well as new web-based platforms for building interconnected, thriving, resilient communities throughout the world.

About the Panel:

KYRA KRISTOF: As EarthEcho International’s first Director of Learning, Kyra Kristof has played a critical role in shaping the vision of EarthEcho’s programs that promote and support sustainability in society. In addition to her work with EarthEcho International, Ms. Kristof consults with a wide range of organizations on program development and digital strategy. She is particularly passionate about sustainable food and agriculture issues and is the Co-Founder of Pollin8r. Before meeting the Cousteaus and beginning her own personal journey of understanding how everything she does makes a difference, Ms. Kristof was dedicated to the field of arts in education, developing programs and products that used learning experiences in the arts to meet the complex needs of communities and educational systems domestically and abroad. Ms. Kristof holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.

http://www.earthecho.org/

http://pollin8r.com/

CHRISTOPHER LINDSTROM: Chris Lindstrom is a board member of Slow Money and co-founder of the Fund for Complementary Currencies. He has organized numerous conferences and events around the transformation of money and is particularly motivated by the holistic redirection of money into sustainability, culture, and consciousness. Chris worked for the E.F. Schumacher Society from 2003 to 2008, spearheading the launch of “BerkShares,” the local currency of the Southern Berkshires in Massachusetts, referenced innumerable times in international press as a model for communities world-wide.

Links:

NANCY POLEND: Biography: http://www.creatingthenewworld.org/about/about-creating-the-new-world.html

Links:
Creating the New World web site:  http://www.creatingthenewworld.org
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Be the Change: How Communities Take Their Power Back

Event held on Tuesday April 17th


At the Wellness Living Store

 

On this evening, Greg and Hollis will facilitate a discussion with Anneke Campbell. Anneke will be speaking on the book she co-wrote with the visionary lawyer Thomas Linzey, called “Be the Change”, about the work of five different communities who passed local laws returning to residents the right to decide what happens in their own homes and environments. There is currently a movement in Santa Monica to adopt a “Sustainability Bill of Rights”, which if passed, would give us the power to protect our environment and create a truly local and sustainable economy.

Anneke Campbell

Anneke Campbell, born and raised in The Netherlands, came to America at 17 and has worked as a midwife, nurse, yoga teacher, professor of English literature and composition, poet and scriptwriter. Her first novel, Mary of Bellingham, was published in 2004. She is the co-author (with Thomas Linzey) of Be The Change: How To Get What You Want in Your Community and co-editor (with Nina Simons) of Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart, and also co-produces (with Jeremy Kagan) advocacy videos for non-profits.

See her on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkujDVAJXrI

Get the book:

http://www.amazon.com/Be-The-Change-What-Community/dp/1423605616

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Evolving Financial models: A New Economy for the 100%

Event held on Thursday January 26th

At the Wellness Living Store

About: Join us for a conversation between Greg Wendt and Hollis Doherty about the evolution of our financial system… Greg Wendt is an expert in Sustainable Investing and will elucidate for us some of the NEW FINANCIAL MODELS coming forth to help strengthen community based businesses. Click here for a link to his presentation: http://bit.ly/KTLvJj

GREG WENDT:

Greg is Co-Founder of Green Business Networking; a non-profit business community of over 3,500 business owners and professionals committed to greening the economy for Greater Los Angeles. www.greenbusinessnetworking.org
He is also Founder of Green Economy Think Tank – which convenes sustainability leaders in cities around the country to evolve actions and solutions for the Green Economy.www.greeneconomy.org

Greg built his expertise while working with major Wall Street firms such as Smith Barney, UBS Paine Webber and Prudential Securities. Currently Gregory is Vice President of Sustainable and Responsible Investing at EP Wealth Advisors, Inc., www.epwealth.com, a well-established Registered Investment Advisory firm with over $1 Billion under management as of 1/1/11.

Greg has been a veteran financial advisor and Certified Financial Planner since 1991. He advises clients who want to align their wealth through investments that reflect their priorities and concerns for a better world. His clients want to generate healthy returns while cultivating opportunities to improve life for current and future generations.

Greg frequently writes articles, speaks at conferences and is often profiled or quoted in media including appearances on “Living with Ed” on Home and Garden Television, Air America Radio, Business Ethics magazine, Daily Variety, Financial Planning Magazine and Yogi Times Magazine

Links: www.gregwendt.com, blog: www.sustainablewealth.blogspot.com, linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/gregorywendt

 

Hollis has written a screenplay on the currency experiment in Woergl, Austria in 1932, called, “The Miracle in Woergl”. She will be asking Greg questions from a layman’s perspective.

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