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.

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 05:00 PM · 24 rsvps
    Lost & Found in Oakland , CA

    July Members Happy Hour

    Christina!This July, SELC is kicking off our Members Happy Hour Series, where we feature one of SELC's members and one of SELC's clients and how they are both working to build more sharing, just, and resilient economies.

    As a member of SELC, we invite all of our Sustainers and Community Members to come, relax, and meet our special guests, Lisa Gansky (The Mesh) and Joshua Danielson (Loconomics) sharing stories of resilient economies in practice. Please come and join us at Lost and 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

    Lisa

    Lisa Gansky is an entrepreneur, investor, speaker and author of the bestselling book, The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing and the chief instigator of Mesh Labs, a global directory for the sharing economy. She works in the design of new products, policies, services, partnerships and models in which ‘access’ to goods, services and talent triumphs over the ownership of them. Lisa invests, advises, speaks and writes on the topics of innovation, collaboration and the Share Economy including: cities as platforms, power of peers, shareable business models, building trust in a shared world, the hidden value in waste, and the rise of entrepreneurship.

    JoshJoshua Danielson is the founder of Loconomics, an online marketplace and business-management software for entrepreneurs such as bodyworkers and psychotherapists. Recently described in an SFGate article as "TaskRabbit if the rabbits owned the company," by SELC's Executive Director Janelle Orsi. She continued, "It's not a platform for the rich to get richer, it's a platform for reversing that." SELC is very excited to be working with Loconomics and building tech based companies that are owned and controlled by the people who generate the value that keeps the business thriving. 

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

    Please RSVP below! 

  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 06:30 PM
    Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA

    Hacking the Economy: Investing Alternatives Policy Hackathon

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    Please join us to hack California’s securities laws and open doors to community-sourced capital for our local businesses! Securities regulations have created a two caste system among investors: accredited (meaning: rich) and not. Accredited investors are assumed to be capable of taking the risk of investing in small local businesses, in farms, in new solar projects, and a wide variety of opportunities while such investments are rarely open to regular investors due to our existing legal regime. Cutting Edge Capital CEO and attorney Jenny Kassan will give an overview of current laws and options, including an update on how she has helped businesses to navigate the legal hurdles and do Direct Public Offering (DPOs). Janelle Orsi and Christina Oatfield of the Sustainable Economies Law Center will then give you the scoop on California’s current crowdfunding legislation (AB 2096), discuss its possibilities and limitations, and lead a brainstorm of proposals for a potential 2015 bill to create more nuanced and easy-to-navigate crowdfunding laws for California.  Please RSVP through Impact Hub Oakland

  • Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 05:30 PM · $5.00 USD · 2 rsvps
    Latina Center in Richmond, CA

    Tu Negocio Cooperativa

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    ¿Qué es una empresa poseída de los trabajadores? ¿Cómo empezar una?

    Únase con el Centro Legal de la Comunidad del Este de la Area Bahía (EBCLC) y el Centro Legal Para Economías Sostenibles (SELC) para aprender como empezar una empresa cooperativa en su comunidad.

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    Si usted tiene un interés en crear sus propios empleos y servir a su comunidad, o si tiene una organización sin fines de lucro y quiere apoyar empresas poseídas de los trabajadores, esta presentación es para usted.

    5:30 PM hasta 6:00 PM — Registración y cena.

    6:00 PM hasta 7:45 PM — Taller legal la educación popular.

    7:45 hasta 8:30 PM — Presentaciones de los miembros de empresas cooperativas que recientemente comenzaron y feria de recursos con información sobre los pasos para empezar su negocio.

    Feria de recursos: Una feria de recursos seguirá las presentaciones. En esta feria, los participantes podrán obtener información sobre como las empresas cooperativas planean y como estas empresas obtienen financiamiento, conocer otros empresarios que han formando empresas cooperativas, y también obtener más información legal. Las organizaciones invitadas incluyen: EBCLC, SELC, y Design Action Collective.

    Comida: Un cena leve será ofrecido antes la presentación.

    Usted aprenderá lo siguiente:

    -   que son empresas poseídas de los trabajadores y las ventajas sobre formando una, 

    -   como delegar la posesión del negocio y el control sobre varios grupos de personas, 

    -   impuestos y otras preguntas sobre contabilización en una empresa cooperativa,

    -   como obtener los fondos necesarios por su empresa colectiva, por la comunidad, y también por el banco,

    -   leyes sobre empleados y empleadores,

    -   información especifica sobre empresas de comida, contratistas  de paisajismo, y del cuidado de niños, 

    -   ¡y mucho más!

    Las primeras 45 personas que asisten recibirán nuestro manual, ¿Cómo empezar una empresa cooperativa?”

    ¡Consulte a un abogado, gratis! 

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    Habrá consultaciones legales después de las presentaciones para los que asisten y que quieren comenzar un negocio o unas empresas cooperativas. Si usted tiene interés en obtener consejo legal, por favor llene la aplicación que vamos a tener durante las presentaciones.

    Este evento solamente ocurre dos veces por año. ¡No se pierda el evento!

    Para más información, llame al numero 510.548.4040 ext. 307, o mande una mensaje por correo electrónico a koski-karell@uchastings.edu.

    No se rechaza a nadie por falta de fondos! Si usted desea brindar una donación a la puerta se puede confirmar su asistencia en nuestra página del evento en Facebook.

  • Wednesday, August 06, 2014 at 11:00 AM · $10.00 USD · 1 rsvp
    Live Chat Session

    Legal Basics for Complementary Currencies

    1 hour Pre-recorded Webinar - To be released July 30th
    1 hour Live Chat Session - August 6th, 11:00am PST

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    Do you operate a local currency or exchange project? Are you hoping to start one? Are you a legal professional or policy maker wanting to support complementary currency projects? Then this webinar and live chat is for you! Scroll down to RSVP below.

     

    Hosted by SELC Executive Director, Janelle Orsi, this video and the live chat session that follows will address foundational legal questions such as:

     

    • What laws prohibit or prevent the creation of complementary currencies, and how might we change these laws?

    • What other laws dictate the form and other characteristics of currencies?

    • When there are legal grey areas in determining what is a currency, how can we hone our arguments and also advocate for greater legal clarity?

    • What is the potential for cities and states to create currencies, and how does the U.S. Constitution create constraints on this?

    • Under what circumstances can employees be compensated with complementary currencies?

    • What laws apply to and put constraints on the organizations that administer community currencies? 

    We will discuss the Bank Secrecy Act, state money transmission laws, and other financial and consumer protection laws that might apply, and also explore the question of how to create laws better tailored to organizations administering community currencies

    Please note the unique structure of this two-part event: 

     

    1. RSVP on this event page to receive the 1-hour pre-recorded video covering the legal essentials of starting and operating a time bank or barter exchange. Then, watch the video (coming soon) on your own schedule between July 30th and the August 6th Live Chat session!

    2. You're not done yet! On August 6th, 11:00 PST, SELC will host a one-hour online live chat session for viewers of the pre-recorded video. This is your chance to pose your legal questions directly to Janelle Orsi - one of the country's foremost legal experts on local currencies - and SELC's Community Currencies Program team! In order to join us for the August 6th Live Chat session at 11:00 am P.S.T., you MUST register for the 8/6 GoToWebinar Live Chat session here.

    3. Finally, on August 6th at 11:00 am P.S.T., join us on GoToWebinar for a one-hour online chat session to discuss questions and topics covered in the prerecorded webinar. This is your chance to pose your legal questions directly to Janelle Orsi - one of the country's foremost legal experts on local currencies - and SELC's Community Currencies Program team! Don't forget, you must register for the GoToWebinar Live Chat session in order to join us live.

    For more information and legal resources related to complementary currencies, please visit CommunityCurrenciesLaw.org, SELC online legal resource library.

    No one turned away for lack of funds! If the suggested cost is a barrier to participation, please email Chris at chris@theselc.org directly.

  • Wednesday, August 06, 2014 at 12:00 PM through August 09, 2014
    Peres Elementary in Richmond, CA

    Our Power National Convening

    Just Transitions mean...Join the Sustainable Economies Law Center at the 2014 Our Power National Convening where we'll be leading workshops and participating in discussions on how to advance a Just Transition strategy that serves our communities, heals the planet, empowers the people, and improves our quality of life. 

    To RSVP and find more info, click on the link below!

    Our Power National Convening's website 

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    Basic Info & Goals:

    The 2014 Our Power National Convening seeks to:

    • Highlight and build the Our Power Campaign in Richmond
    • Strategize across frontline communities impacted by fossil fuels
    • Build relationships to deepen and expand the Our Power Campaign locally in Richmond and Nationally
    • Expand the Our Power base of supporters locally, nationally, and internationally
    • Grow grassroots knowledge and skills building to WIN

    The 2014 Our Power National Convening will unite local and national frontline communities, community-based organizations, environmentalists, labor unions, climate activists, food justice groups, and our allies to advance a Just Transition strategy that serves our communities, heals the planet, empowers the people and improves our quality of life.  Just Transition is the pathway from a pollution-based extractive economy (dependent on energy like nuclear, fracking, and dirty Tar Sands oil) to implementing a strategy to build local living economies that is environmentally grounded, produce community wellbeing, democratize decision-making, and promote local control of resources (including land, water, and food systems).

    The 2014 Our Power National Convening is hosted by the Richmond Environmental Justice Coalition (REJC), along with theClimate Justice Alliance (CJA).  The Our Power Campaign is a growing national movement led by the Climate Justice Alliance, working to build interconnected power bases of impacted communities across the US to end the era of extreme energy and implement a Just Transition to local living economies.

    Richmond, California is one of a growing number of “Our Power Communities” of the Our Power Campaign and is home to the 3,000 acre Chevron Oil Refinery – one of the largest stationary greenhouse gas emitters in the State of California, causing profound respiratory and health illnesses.  Richmond is at the frontline of climate struggles and challenging a pollution based economy.  Our grassroots environmental justice community is building our organizing power with community members and partners towards making a healthy, clean, green, democratic and equitable economy for Richmond.
    Just Transition means...The Our Power National Convening will have a special focus on bringing together frontline communities impacted by fossil fuel infrastructure projects like crude and coal by rail, refinery expansions and pipelines, while centering community-led, solution-oriented just transition strategies.  The REJC, which is developing a Just Transition platform, is working to create jobs that foster healthy communities in Richmond by building up the local economy through the arenas of clean community power, local food systems, cooperatives and strengthened housing rights, while addressing pollution, health, and safety issues at the Chevron refinery and in the community.

    Who will attend? 

    The National Our Power Convening will have over 350 local and national participants from frontline communities and allies from across the country who are organizing to build healthy and more resilient communities while fighting back against climate destructive projects in their community.  One of the main goals of the convening is to prioritize frontline communities and communities of color.   Existing national partners and members of the Our Power Campaign from the Climate Justice Alliance and Grassroots Global Justice membership will be given priority.  Space is limited.

    RSVP at

    ourpowercampaign.org/convenings/richmond2014

  • Wednesday, August 06, 2014 at 04:30 PM · 1 rsvp

    Legal Cafe at LOL

    LOL_Makerspace.jpgThe 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.

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    SELC is immensely grateful to Liberating Ourselves Locally Maker Space, a POC-led, gender balanced Oakland Maker Space, 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.

    Legal Advice for just and resilient economies

  • Wednesday, August 06, 2014 at 06:00 PM · $5.00 USD
    LOL Makerspace Oakland in Oakland, CA

    Understanding Your Workplace Rights

    YWUCome and learn what your workplace rights are, how to find solutions when those rights are violated , and understand how the laws workers can use to combat workplace issues. It will also build your knowledge of workplace safety, how to report issues to Cal/OSHA, and what laws protect you regarding workplace safety.

    This teach-in is an offering of the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe, a legal clinic, community building, and educational space for the new economy. The teach-in will be offered by Young Workers United, formed in 2002, is a multi-racial and bilingual membership organization dedicated to improving the quality of jobs for young and immigrant workers. YWU raises standards in the low-wage service sector in San Francisco through worker and student organizing, grass-roots advocacy, leadership development, and public education. We offer a free certificate for all the participants. 

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    YWU will offer a free certificate for all the participants!

    ORGANIZE! EDUCATE!

    SELC would like to thank YWU for empowering the communities of Oakland in understanding their workplace rights!

    $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 ricardo@theselc.org with your name and number of individuals in your party. 

     

  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 06:00 PM
    Impact HUB Berkeley in Berkeley, ca

    Legal Cafe at ImpactHUBBerkeley

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    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.

    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.

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 05:00 PM
    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.

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

    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, August 20, 2014 at 06:30 PM
    Impact HUB Oakland in Oakland, CA

    Hacking the Economy: Cooperatives

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    Many of the systemic problems with our economy arise from the diffuse ownership of large profit-maximizing corporations. Worker-owned cooperatives root the ownership of economic activity in place and can pursue social and beneficial practices that would be incompatible with a profit-maximization mandate. The program will feature a number of local cooperatives that are building the new economy by redesigning the way economic decisions are made:

    Energy Solidarity Cooperative – Shiva Patel 
    WAGES – Sarah Lightfood 
    Coop Collaborative Incubator – Rani Croager
    Three Stone Hearth – Jessica Prentice 

    Brief presentation by each of the presenter will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Ricardo Nuñez of the Sustainable Economies Law Center and audience Q&A. 

    $5 for Impact Hub Members

    $10 for Non-Members 

    To RSVP, please visit Impact HUB Oakland's Eventbrite page.