Upcoming SELC Events

Be part of the movement for more just and resilient economies!Find SELC's events below! We're always cooking up pay-it-forward legal advice, action-oriented workshops, and engaging conversations on how to build just and resilient economies in your community. Don't miss out!

View all SELC events below or in google calendar here.

  • Monday, October 06, 2014 at 09:30 AM through October 09, 2014
    Fort Mason in San Francisco, CA

    The Economics of Sustainability Conference

    Economics of Sustainablity logo Please join SELC and a host of other amazing individuals and organizations as we work through strategies and practices for creating a more sustainable, just, and prosperous future.

    Confirmed Speakers: Gar Alperovitz, Ellen Brown, Richard Heinberg, Michael Brune, Randy Hayes, Mark Hertsgaard, Mark Z. Jacobson, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin (Richmond, CA), David Korten, Andrew Kimbrell, Janet Redmond, Jihan Gearon, Don Shaffer, Nikki Silvestri, Osprey Orielle Lake, George Lakoff, Georgia Kelly, Representatives from the Mondragon Cooperatives (Spain): Pio Aguirre, Michael Peck, and more!

    For more info and to RSVP, please visit: www.praxispeace.org/conference14

    Click below to download the entire brochure!

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  • Wednesday, October 08, 2014 at 06:00 PM · 2 rsvps
    Impact HUB Berkeley in Berkeley, ca

    Legal Cafe at ImpactHUBBerkeley

    Hashtag #SHARINGECONOMYThe Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) provides direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies.  The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe is a first-come, first-serve, donation-based legal advice clinic, providing a collaborative space for community building and connecting.

    Impact HUB Berkeley

    SELC is immensely grateful to Impact HUB Berkeley, a shared workspace and community of 1,000 entrepreneurs, creatives, community builders, funders, developers and more working to build a better world. Impact HUB Berkeley hosts our Legal Cafes at NO CHARGE to SELC! 

    For more information about the Legal Cafe, including the areas of law we specialize in, our upcoming teach-ins, and more, please visit www.theselc.org/cafe.

  • Wednesday, October 08, 2014 at 07:00 PM · $5.00 USD
    Impact Hub Berkeley in Berkeley, CA

    Legal Basics: How to Start an Ecovillage

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    Co-hosted with East Bay Cohousing, and part of SELC's Rethinking Home Teach-in Series

    Ever wanted to start an ecovillage? Already in the planning stages of creating one? Understanding the variety of legal options available for merging your ecovillage dreams with the IRS tax codes is an essential part of this process. In this interactive workshop, Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage co-founder Tony Sirna will discuss legal options such as:

    • For-profits,
    • Limited Liability Corporations (LLC),
    • 501c3 non-profits,
    • 501d,
    • Home Owners' Associations, and more.

    Participants will come away understanding the implications for governance, mainstream financing, fundraising, and taxes for each option, and how to determine what will work best for your group. Options will be described in simple terms - law degree not required

    tony_sirna.jpgTony Sirna is a co-founder of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeast Missouri, a community of 70 people creating a rural village to demonstrate sustainability. He also served on the board of the Fellowship for Intentional Community for 15 years. Tony is now on sabbatical from Dancing Rabbit and living in a small cohousing community in Oakland, CA and working on climate change issues with Citizens' Climate Lobby and 350.org.

    Other upcoming workshops in SELC's Rethinking Home Teach-In Series:

    The Gritty, Moral Solution to the Housing Crisis with David Giesen, Oct. 21, 6pm, Alchemy Collective Cafe, Berkeley

    Legalizing Tiny Homes: The Ten-Year Plan (event page coming soon), Dec. 3, 6pm, LOL Makerspace, Oakland

    $5 Donation Requested

    NO ONE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS!

    If cost is a barrier, or you would like to provide a donation at the door, you can email chris@theselc.org with your name and number of individuals in your party.

    For more information about the Legal Cafe, including the areas of law we specialize in, our upcoming teach-ins, and more, please visit www.theselc.org/cafe.

  • Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM · 1 rsvp
    Spiral Gardens in Berkeley, CA

    Let's Create a Coop

    GREG! Conversation happening at Spiral Gardens!SELC's Cooperatives Legal Intern, Greg Jackson, will be leading a discussion with Realm Parents to gather support and determine what Realm High School Students want to build as their first worker cooperative enterprise! RSVP below to join the discussion!

    Download the flier by clicking on the image below!

    Let's get our youth involved in community wealth building through cooperative enterprises!

  • Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 06:00 PM · 7 rsvps
    Impact HUB Oakland in Oakland , CA

    Coop Month Happy Hour

    October is Coop Month!

    And we're celebrating all those who cultivate, support, and train cooperative enterprises in the Bay Area!

    In celebration of the tireless efforts of cooperative developers, supporters, and technical assistance providers, SELC, Uptima Bootcamp, and CoFED are co-hosting a Coop Developers Happy Hour at Impact HUB Oakland on October 16th from 6:00pm - 7:30...ish. If you're a cooperative developer, cultivator, or technical assistance provider, please come and share in libations with your comrades at SELC's office in Impact HUB Oakland!

    October is Coop Month!

    Please RSVP below so we can grab enough drinks and snacks for all you amazing cooperative cultivators out there!

    CoFEDUptima! 

    ABOUT COOP MONTH

    In October, members from more than 29,000 cooperatives nationwide will join to celebrate the advantages of cooperative membership and recognize the benefits and values coops bring to their members and communities. Coop Month has been celebrated annually in October across the United States for 50 years and we're continuing the tradition here in Oakland!

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 05:00 PM · 5 rsvps
    Alchemy Collective in Berkeley, CA

    Legal Cafe at Alchemy Collective

    Resilient Communities Legal Cafe at the Alchemy Collective Worker Owned Cafe!The Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) provides direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies.  The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe is a first-come, first-serve, donation-based legal advice clinic, providing a collaborative space for community building and connecting.

    Alchemy Collective!

    SELC is immensely grateful to Alchemy Collective Cafe, a worker-owned business, who host our Legal Cafes at NO CHARGE to SELC!

    For more information about the Legal Cafe, including the areas of law we specialize in, our upcoming teach-ins, and more, please visit www.theselc.org/cafe.

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 06:00 PM · $5.00 USD · 14 rsvps
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    The Gritty, Moral Solution to the Housing Crisis with David Giesen

    housing.jpgPart of SELC's Rethinking Home Teach-in Series

    Fixing the housing crunch isn't easy, but there is a permaculture solution. Dave Giesen, economist and playwright, makes the case for socializing the rent of land in a hands-on, interactive seminar that identifies the value of what real estate agents mean by "location, location, location" as the lynch-pin in a holistic, sustainable economy.

    We'll also welcome Ben Grieff, Campaign Director for Evolve Prop 13, to discuss the California Prop 13 reform campaign as an example of Geogist social philosophy in practice.

    Join us for this lively, provocative, and practical conversation, asking: "Is there one good reason one human being should pay another for merely occupying land itself?"

    Presenters 

    Sept_9_2014_047.JPGDavid Giesen teaches Land Use Economics at the Henry George School in San Francisco. He's also a well-paid playwright who tackles land and society themes in his canon of successful one-act plays. And beginning this fall he'll be heading up sailing lessons at Aquatic Park in San Francisco.

    evolve-logo2.pngBen Grieff, Campaign Director and Spokesperson for Evolve, graduated from Boston University in 2006 and began his organizing career right away by working to unionize healthcare workers in Massachusetts. Since then he has fundraised for various non-profit organizations, directed canvass operations and done electoral field organizing. Prior to working with Evolve, Ben ran a telephone outreach project for the San Francisco Democratic Party and Labor Council during the fall 2010 election cycle. Aside from being a political junkie Ben enjoys hiking and wildlife photography.

    Other upcoming workshops in SELC's Rethinking Home Teach-In Series:

    Legal Basics: How to Start an Ecovillage, Oct. 8th, 7pm, Impact Hub Berkeley, Berkeley

    Legalizing Tiny Homes: The Ten-Year Plan (event page coming soon), Dec. 3, 6pm, LOL Makerspace, Oakland

    $5 Donation Requested

    NO ONE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS!

    If you would like to provide a donation at the door you can RSVP on our Facebook event page or email chris@theselc.org with your name and number of individuals in your party.

  • Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 08:00 AM through October 26, 2014

    Living the New Economy

    Oct. 23 - 26 in Oakland, CA

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    Co-create an economy in service of people and the planet

    A collaboration between Bay Bucks and Uptima Business Bootcamp

    For tickets and more information, visit the Living the New Economy website.

    More than a conference

    LNE Oakland is designed to be different from any event you've attended before. Drawing inspiration from hackathons, conferences, networking events, festivals, and jams, the result is a unique event that has components of each. More than a conference, this is a convergence.

    Expect an exciting lineup of speakers - including SELC staff Janelle Orsi and Chris Tittle - but you’ll do more than listen to talks. You'll meet and collaborate with other participants and launch project ideas. You'll learn about New Economy initiatives here in the Bay Area, and draw connections between them while connecting with each other.

    Be part of the first of an annual event that will introduce you to new ideas and new people, and leave you inspired to co-create a new economic reality in the Bay Area and beyond.

    Register here and get a 10% discount when you use the discount code "SELC"!

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM · $15.00 USD
    The Women's Building in San Francisco, CA

    Legal Eats: A Legal Workshop to Support Food Enterprises

    8615964706_5eb86919d6_m.jpgDo you own a food business in the Bay Area? Are you looking to expand your business but don't know how? Want to make sure your business is operating legally?

    Come to our upcoming Legal Eats workshop to get the scoop on the legal requirements for operating a food business in the Bay Area! RSVP below! The workshop provides food entrepreneurs with a simple overview of laws that regulate food businesses, from health and safety regulations to licensing and permitting to employment laws. The Sustainable Economies Law Center, in partnership with Berkeley Law School's Community Food Enterprise Project, will present a series of short lectures on legal issues related to owning and operating a small food business in the Bay Area.

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Entity Choice and Formation
    • Permits/Licensing/Sales Regulations
    • Employment Law
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    • And more!

    Each paying participant will receive a copy of the Legal Eats Manual - a legal guide to creating a food justice enterprise.

    Tentative Schedule

    10 - 10:15am: Registration
    10:15 - 10:20am: Introduction
    10:20 - 11:20am: Workshop Presentations
    11:20 - 11:30am: Resource Expert Introduction
    11:30am - 12:30pm: Resource Expert Q&A Session

    NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS.

    LIMITED REGISTRATION AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

  • Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 05:00 PM
    Lost & Found in Oakland , CA

    October Members Happy Hour

    DISCUSS!This October, SELC is hosting another special Members Happy Hour, featuring SELC members and how they are working to build more sharing, just, and resilient economies.

    We invite all of our Sustainers and Community Members to come, relax, and meet our special guests, Hank Herrera and Claiborne Deming. Please come and join us at Lost & Found in Oakland, near the 19th St. BART station, for drinks, casual conversations, and connecting with the trailblazers of the new economy. Please RSVP below!

    About SELC's Special Guests 

    Claiborne!

    Claiborne Deming

    Claiborne has worked as an organizer on the Obama Campaign, in PR for a horrifying DC firm, helped to start up the organization SumOfUs.org, and now runs campaigning at The Story of Stuff Project. Currently he excited to be working with the Project's Community Engagement team to build an international campaigning organization that can empower its members to self-organize and become changemakers in their local communities!

    Hank!Hank Herrera

    Hank is President & CEO of the Center for Popular Research, Education & Policy (C-PREP), a non-profit community based organization. C-PREP serves vulnerable communities with participatory action research, training, technical assistance and policy. His work specifically focuses on food justice and building community resilience.

    He co-founded Dig Deep Farms & Produce, a project of the Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs Activities League that he also managed. Hank is a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and a Kellogg National Fellow. He plays the alto saxophone; writes poetry and makes photographs. He lives in Oakland, California, where he enjoys biking and walking along San Francisco Bay at Cesar Chavez Park.

    What's Hank excited to be working on right now? "I’m really excited with New Hope Farms, a worker-owned cooperative farm. Right now we are building the infrastructure of the farm—fences, irrigation, planting trees, etc.  We have a small flock of sheep and soon will add goats, chickens and ducks. This fall we will plant our first vegetables using no-till methods. We plan to form a cooperative association of small cooperative farms linked to small cooperative inner city stores that sell our products—fresh, healthy, affordable real food in neighborhoods that lack access to good food."

    You can find SELC on the back patio of Lost and Found. Look for the colorful African cloths.

    We'll be in the back patio!

    Please RSVP below!