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The East Bay Express
invites all concerned citizens, activists,
nonprofits, entrepreneurs, business owners, workers,
civic leaders, investors, and change makers!

The Bay Area has tons of people and organizations working on our most pressing economic problems. What makes us so special is that our solutions focus on empowering people, protecting the planet, and increasing community wealth, while respecting justice, diversity, and equality.

Progressive Opportunities will showcase the best work of nonprofits, companies, unions, activists, and government leaders; shed light on some of our most pressing economic issues; create an opportunity to network and exchange ideas; and arm you with new tools to make positive change.

Event location, date, time:

2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
February 26, 2012 | 10am – 6pm | DOORS OPEN AT 9AM
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For more information contact:
Jody Colley, Publisher, East Bay Express

Conference sessions:

Alternative banking models – public banks, worker cooperative banks, and progressive banking practices
Marc Armstrong, Public Banking Institute; Mike Leung, The Worker Coop Credit Union; Esther Park, RSF Social Finance

Alternative workplace models – saving money, energy, and time while promoting creativity and collaboration through remote, flex-space, and other progressive workplace models
Matthew Bauer, BetterWorld Telecom; Ian Gover, Better Workplace (invited)

B Corporation – a better way to do business
Andy Fyfe, B-Lab; Matthew Bauer, BetterWorld Telecom; Timothy Yee, Green Retirement Plans; Jonathan Storper, HansonBridgett; Mike Hannigan, Give Something Back Office Supplies

Bikenomics – how biking will save the planet, our pocketbooks, and our local economy
Renee Rivera, East Bay Bicycle Coalition

Campaign finance reform – the single most important campaign
Mark McLeod, Sustainable Business Alliance of Oakland/Berkeley; California State Senator Loni Hancock

Complementary and alternative currencies to the US dollar
Guillaume Lebleu, Bernal Bucks; Jessica Nowlan, Hope Solutions Merchant Services; Charlie Rebich, Oakland Acorn/Oakland Grown Card; Erin Kilmer-Neel, Oakland Grown Card; Mira Luna, BACE Time Bank

Crowdfunding for Local (Food) Economies (Parts I and II)
Arno Hesse, Slow Money Northern California; Elizabeth Ü, Finance for Food; Jenny Kassan, Cutting Edge Capital; Mary Rick, The Hoop Fund

Economic development for our communities – the potential of decentralized energy systems
Al Weinrub, Local Clean Energy Alliance

Financing your small business
Sean Murphy, Inner City Advisors; Kelly Lovlien, Working Solutions; Alejandro Velez, Back to the Roots

How can we build a more resilient society?
Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute

Laughter Against the Machine: a documentary film preview and discussion with the comedy troupe and filmmakers
W. Kamau Bell, Nato Green, Mike Paunovich, Evan Donn

Localization movement – the economic argument for keeping it local
Linda Currie, Transition Berkeley
Susan Silber, Buy Local Berkeley; Carolina Miranda, Sustainable Business Alliance; Erin Kilmer-Neel, Oakland Grown; Hut Landon, SF Locally Owned Merchants Association

New community-building tech innovation presentation by LocalOn
Shahbano Imran, LocalOn; David Tolioupov, LocalOn
; Shari Godinez, Koreatown Northgate Community Benefits District; Darlene Drapkin, Urban Transformation and Temescal Telegraph BID

The new sustainable theory of investing
Jay Youngdahl, East Bay Express and Harvard Fellow at the Institute for Responsible Investment; (Responder)
Edward Church, Institute for Environmental Entrepreneurship

The non-profit industrial complex, cooperatives, and how to include your friends in the (food) revolution
Yoni Landau, Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive (CoFED)

Slow Money – investing as if food, farms, and fertility matter
Woody Tasch, Slow Money

State and national small business policy and opportunities discussion
Scott Hauge, Small Business California; David Bowdin, American Sustainable Business Council

Unions and the new economy
Carl Hall, Media Workers; John Logan, UC Berkeley Labor Center; Cindy Chavez, South Bay Labor Council (invited); Andreas Cluver, Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County; Kerianne Steele
, Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld; Jay Youngdahl, East Bay Express and Youngdahl & Citti, P.C.

Visualizing a sharing economy – a cartoon guide to the policies and practices that are paving or blocking the way
Janelle Orsi, Author of The Sharing Solution and Director, Sustainable Economies Law Center and Law Offices of Janelle Orsi

When the economy’s rotten, sell compost: transforming ecological crisis into community opportunities
Kirsten Schwind, Bay Localize; David Kant Wofford, Bay Localize

Why Occupy changes everything and how to join with Occupy to build powerful coalitions for change
Sara Mizner, Occupy Oakland; Phoebe Sorgen, Occupy Berkeley; Maria Gastelumendi, Rising Loafer Cafe & Bakery; Susie Cagle, Freelance Journalist; Scott Rossi, Occupy SF

Worker cooperatives – sustainable economic development
Kasper Koczab, Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives (NoBAWC); Dave Karoly, Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives (NoBAWC)Jenny Kassan, Cutting Edge Capital

* Subject to change at any time.

Take a free tour of the from 11am – 2pm while you’re at the David Brower Center!
- 1:30 – 2:00  Andy Fyfe from B Corp coming in to talk about working at the HUB
- 11:00 – 2:00  Short film screenings in the HUB conference room
The Hub is a community of people with ideas to build a better world. It offers a shared workspace that inspires collaboration, programming that accelerates progress, and events that gather ideas and thought leaders. This is where change goes to work. (4th Floor)

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