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 happy hours with engaging conversations on how to build just and resilient local economies. Don't miss out! Please, share with your friends or network when an event might benefit others!

You can view all SELC events below or in our public google calendar here (you can even sync SELC's google calendar to yours so you never miss out on building the legal roots of resilience)!

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 12:00 PM · 15 rsvps
    Impact Hub Oakland in Oakland, CA

    The Cooperative Ownership Transition

    Cooperatives!The in person event is past capacity. To attend via webinar, please register for Supporting the Cooperative Ownership Transition athttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8854249855936334849

    Please join Project Equity, the East Bay Community Law Center, and the Sustainable Economies Law Center for a webinar on how to replicate a regional approach to economic development through the lens of cooperative ownership. We developed a Blueprint for the Bay Area to increase the number and size of worker-owned businesses to address our growing income and wealth gaps. We called this model "A Blueprint for Creating Pathways to Ownership for Low and Moderate Income Workers," or the "BLUEPRINT" for short. 

    We will be covering issues such as: 

    • Why a BLUEPRINT for worker ownership? 
    • Elements of the BLUEPRINT 
    • Lessons Learned 
    • What resources are available? 
    • And what are some practical next steps 

    And what! Worker ownership!

    Please join us for an enthralling look at why the cooperative business model is a practical solution to inequality, community economic development, and raising the standard of living for millions of working poor in America. Learn about the three pathways for growth that can be tapped by nonprofits, business owners and economic development practitioners, and about the exciting role of Laney Community College:

    1. Small businesses
    2. Growth-oriented companies
    3. Conversion of existing businesses

    To attend via webinar, please register for Supporting the Cooperative Ownership Transition at

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8854249855936334849

    To attend in person, please RSVP on this page (below)

    We have space for about 15 people.

     

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 05:00 PM · 28 rsvps
    House of Shields in San Francisco, CA

    Legal Professionals for a New Economy Happy Hour

    Abe, you, and the sharing economyAre you an attorney, law student, or legal worker wanting to build a new economy? Are you looking to meet legal professionals working in the sharing economy? Most importantly, do you want to relax over drinks and appetizers with a passionate, social justice minded community? Then come to our informal networking happy hour to share stories and learn of ways to build more just and resilient local economies.

    House of Shields

    Sharing economy attorneys, social justice legal professionals, and public interest law students are invited to attend! 

    Please join us for an evening of new introductions and old friends to swap stories of building resilient communities. 

    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 31st, when we'll be congregating at House of Shields in San Francisco from 5:00 - 6:30pm to chat about how the legal profession can build a new economy!

  • Monday, April 06, 2015 at 05:00 PM · 4 rsvps
    Impact Hub Oakland in Oakland, CA

    Legal Cafe at Impact Hub Oakland

    Legal advice for just and resilient local economies. 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 Oakland: Impact Hub Oakland is equal parts inspiring shared working space, entrepreneurial incubator and a membership-based community of socially engaged people, co-working and co-learning. Located in the heart of one of the coolest cities in the United States (move over Brooklyn), we cultivate, support and connect purpose-driven people as they pioneer solutions for a sustainable and equitable world.SELC is immensely grateful to Impact HUB Oakland for hosting SELC and the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe. Impact Hub Oakland is equal parts inspiring shared working space, entrepreneurial incubator, and a membership-based community of socially engaged people, co-working and co-learning. Impact HUB Oakland cultivates, supports, and connects purpose-driven people as they pioneer solutions for a sustainable and equitable world.

    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.

  • Friday, April 17, 2015 at 07:00 PM through April 19, 2015

    Cooperation and Economic Democracy

    SAVE THE DATE

    US Social Forum Movement School on Cooperative Economics

    Movement School on Cooperative Economics

    Cooperation and Economic Democracy Conference

    Moving Towards Cooperation Silicon Valley

    April 17-18, 2015, San Jose, CA


     Friday Evening, April 17, 7-9 PM

    VISION, VALUES & ALTERNATIVES FOR A COOPERATIVE ECONOMY

    Vision and Values   Richard Hobbs, Human Agenda 7:10

     The Cooperative Economy   Evening Plenary   7:30 – 8:30

    Worker-Owned Coops:  David Smathers Moore   TeamWorks

    Municipally Owned Commons: The Water District   Hon. Tony Estremera

    The Role of Finance & Money in the Solidarity Economy   Marco Vangelisti

    Conscious Living, Conscious Consumption   Elizabeth Sarmiento

    Community Dialogue   8:30 – 9:00


     Saturday, April 18, 2015   9 AM – 5 PM

    THE ROLE OF COOPERATIVES IN BUILDING ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY

    The Mondragon Model   9:15 – 10:00

    Sharat Lin, San Jose Peace & Justice Center   

    Mondragon in Practice: The Arizmendi Bakeries   10:00 – 11:30

    Steve Rice, Arizmendi Bakeries   

    The New Cooperatives in Cuba   11:30 - Noon

    Greg Miller & Joan Simon, Health Care for All; Richard Hobbs, Human Agenda

    “The Union Cooperative Movement in the United States”   Lunchtime Keynote

    Elizabeth Scholes, Executive Director, California Council of Churches

     

    "Think Outside the Boss:" Legal Options for Worker-Owned Coops  1:00 – 3:00

    Presented by the Sustainable Economics Law Center

     

    Key Issues and Models for Coop Development   3:15 – 4:30

     Amy Johnson, Executive Director, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives

    COOKIES, ICE CREAM, DIALOGUE, & REPORT BACK   4:30 – 5:00

     

    HOSTED BY:  SAN JOSE BAY AREA LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE OF THE U.S. SOCIAL FORUM, LOW INCOME SELF HELP CENTER,  SAN JOSE PEACE & JUSTICE CENTER, HIP HOP CONGRESS, CHAM, SILICON VALLEY DE-BUG, MULTIMEDIA CENTER, HUMAN AGENDA, LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY, NATIONAL MOVE TO AMEND, SANTA CLARA COUNTY COOPERATIVES COLLABORATIVE

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT 408.460.2999

  • Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 01:00 PM

    Think Outside the Boss

    Equity_Liberation_TOTB3.jpgThink Outside the Boss provides community members an introduction into the nuts and bolts of starting and running a cooperatively owned business. We go over legal issues in an accessible way to help you understand the relationships between cooperatives, employment, and community wealth-building.

    SAVE THE DATE: April 18th

    This workshop is taking place at the Cooperation and Economic Democracy Conference put on by the US Social Forum's Movement School for Cooperative Economics. Ticket info coming soon!

    Think Outside the Boss Manual!

    Attorneys, law students, and experienced cooperative professionals give short presentations on legal issues, governance structures, financing, and more -- including resources and information on:

      • What is a worker-owned business?
      • What's the advantage of forming a cooperative business?
      • How do you run a business democratically?
      • How do you spread ownership and control across a group of people?
      • What's the tax and accounting issues in a cooperative?
      • How do you raise money from your members, your community, and even the bank?
      • What are the employment and labor laws about how to treat your workers?

    At the event, we will have bound copies of the Think Outside the Boss manual! You can also download it prior to the event here.


    United States Social ForumSELC is immensely grateful to Human Agenda and the US Social Forum's Movement School for Cooperative Economics for hosting Think Outside the BossHuman AgendaThe mission of Human Agenda is to envision a world where the human needs of all can be met, engage the community in forging local institutions that are democratic, cooperative, egalitarian, sustainable, and kind, and take individual responsibility to embody the change we’d like to see. The US Social Forum is a series of events and actions striving to step up and take its place in history by advancing the interests of working class, low-income, and grassroots struggles. 

    NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS.

  • Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 05:00 PM
    Alchemy Collective Cafe in Berkeley, CA

    Alchemy Legal Cafe

    Sharing economy attorneys doing community based lawyering! 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! They're amazing.

    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.

     

  • Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 05:30 PM · 6 rsvps
    Awaken Cafe in Oakland, CA

    Friends & Fans Happy Hour

    Join us at Awaken Cafe in Oakland, California for an evening of unbridled salutations to the creation of resilient, local economies!Are you interested in becoming part of the movement to build the legal roots of resilience? Do you want to connect with SELC's community of practitioners supporting the creation of cooperatives, alternative currencies, food justice enterprises, nonprofits, the sharing economy, and more? Then come out to SELC's Friends and Fans Happy Hour at Awaken Cafe on April 29th, from 5:30 - 7:00pm!

    The Sustainable Economies Law Center invites you to come out and talk with us about our innovative and generative work in the new economy related to housing, food, livelihoods, currency, energy, and more!

    This is a great time to not only learn about SELC and our work supporting grassroots economic empowerment, but also a place to meet the movers and shakers of the new economy! Community members, sharing economy legal professionals, law students, urban gardeners, social justice advocates, and more will be in attendance. 

    This is an informal networking event and celebration of local resilience, so come on out and share drinks, snacks and stories of cultivating resilience in your community!

  • Sunday, May 03, 2015 at 12:00 PM through May 06, 2015 · 20 rsvps

    International Seed Library Forum

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    The first International Seed Library Forum will be held in Tucson, Arizona May 3-6, 2015, to further coalesce efforts by public libraries, non-profits, universities, and food banks to increase the quality, accessibility, and diversity of community seed resources. This gathering will also celebrate the 35th anniversary of the first National Heirloom Seed Conference in Saint Louis, which followed closely on the tails of the first forum on community seed access, Seed Banks Serving People, held in Tucson. Lastly and importantly, this meeting will also assist all those involved in seed libraries to collectively address recent regulatory challenges to their operations in five states.

    SELC's own staff attorney, Neil Thapar, will be present and sharing about our Save Seed Sharing campaign alongside other seed sharing activists and advocates.

    For more information and to RSVP, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/international-seed-library-forum-tickets-15877866125.

    Here is a rough breakdown of the events and activities to be held at the forum:

    • Sunday May 3 will include afternoon field trips and open houses, followed by a event at the Loft Cinema. This evening event will include a seed swap and the showing of the film Seeds of Time, with a special question and answer session with its featured seed activist, Cary Fowler.
    • Monday the 4th and Tuesday the 5th daytime sessions will be limited to 140 participants at the Joel Valdez Downtown Library, and involve plenary presentations, panel discussions and demonstrations. Monday evening will feature a literary “seed reading” by poet Scott Chaskey and nature writer Gary Nabhan.
    • Tuesday’s daytime session will finish with a collective statement from participants about the future of seed libraries, followed by a celebratory event at Mercado de San Agustin, involving a tamale benefit in defense of native maize diversity, Latin music and the release of the new Edible Baja Arizona magazine featuring seed libraries.
    • Wednesday will involve farm visits and/or more technical seed trainings, to be announced.

     

  • Monday, May 04, 2015 at 05:00 PM
    Impact Hub Oakland in Oakland, CA

    Legal Cafe at Impact Hub Oakland

    Legal advice for just and resilient local economies. 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 Oakland: Impact Hub Oakland is equal parts inspiring shared working space, entrepreneurial incubator and a membership-based community of socially engaged people, co-working and co-learning. Located in the heart of one of the coolest cities in the United States (move over Brooklyn), we cultivate, support and connect purpose-driven people as they pioneer solutions for a sustainable and equitable world.SELC is immensely grateful to Impact HUB Oakland for hosting SELC and the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe. Impact Hub Oakland is equal parts inspiring shared working space, entrepreneurial incubator, and a membership-based community of socially engaged people, co-working and co-learning. Impact HUB Oakland cultivates, supports, and connects purpose-driven people as they pioneer solutions for a sustainable and equitable world.

    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.

  • Monday, May 04, 2015 at 06:00 PM · $5.00 USD · 5 rsvps
    Impact HUB Oakland in Oakland, CA

    New Opportunities in Community-Based Solar Energy

    We often think about solutions to climate change in terms of policy changes on the federal and international levels or behavioral changes on the individual level. One approach between those extremes that is often overlooked is community-based solutions. In fact, there are lots of ways communities can facilitate more clean energy in their communities. This includes crowdfunding solar projects, Community Choice Aggregation, Solar Gardens and more.

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    Join us for a presentation from our friends Andreas and Gavi from RE-volv, a nonprofit solar financing organization, whose mission is to empower individuals and communities to invest collectively in renewable energy. This talk will explore some of the creative options that exist for community-based renewable energy solutions and track some of the progress that has been made around the country at the community level. Andreas and Gavi will also elaborate on RE-volv’s solar financing model which combines crowdfunding with a revolving fund for community-based solar projects, look at other innovations in the space, and discuss the implications of community-based solutions for the climate movement and the solar industry.


    About Andreas and Gavi

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    Andreas is a dedicated renewable energy advocate with over ten years of environmental and renewable energy nonprofitexperience. Andreas incorporated RE-volv as a nonprofit organization in February 2011. Prior to founding RE-volv, Andreas worked with a number of leading organizations including the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the National Audubon Society, blueEnergy, and the Center for Resource Solutions. Andreas holds Master’s degrees in International Affairs and in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He is a 2013 Audubon Toyota TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellow. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Local Clean Energy Alliance.

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    A New Jersey native, Gavi holds a Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, where she completed majorsin Middle East & North African (MENA) Studies and Theatre. Gavi has a background in strategic communications, events management and development for nonprofits. Along with renewable energy, she is passionateabout food policy and its relationship to poverty, climate change and environmental stewardship. Gavi is working with RE-volv as a fellow in the Residency in Social Enterprise with New Sector Alliance, an Americorps program.

     
     
    $5 Donation Requested

    If you are unable to give financially or would like to donate in person at the event, please RSVP by clicking on this link here... ya, right here!