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Shift Change Film, presented by LA WORCS. Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 7pm


What: LA WORCS (Los Angeles Ownership Resources and Cooperative Services) presents “Shift Change”, a new film by Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young

Where: The Workmen’s Circle, 1525 Robertson Blvd Los Angeles CA 90035 – 5 blocks south of Pico Blvd

When: Saturday, March 16, 2013, 7:00 pm

About the Film
SHIFT CHANGE is a documentary film by veteran award-winning filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin. It tells the little known stories of employee owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces.

With the long decline in US manufacturing and today’s economic crisis, millions have been thrown out of work, and many are losing their homes. The usual economic solutions are not working, so some citizens and public officials are ready to think outside of the box, to reinvent our failing economy in order to restore long term community stability and a more egalitarian way of  life. There is growing interest in firms that are owned and managed by their workers. Such firms tend to be more profitable and innovative, and more committed to the communities where they are based. Yet the public has little knowledge of their success, and the promise they offer for a better life.

SHIFT CHANGE encourages support for employee ownership, and provides on-the-ground experience from a variety of enterprises and locations. Screenings have already occurred, and more are being planned, in cities around the world. The film is also expected to be presented on television, as well as in academic, public planning, business and community settings.

SHIFT CHANGE  brings you behind the scenes at some of the most exciting cooperative successes in Europe and the United States. This is a movement that’s creating jobs, strengthening communities, and showing that another economy is possible. It’s a movement that’s taking off — and SHIFT CHANGE is the way to understand what’s happening.
Sarah Van Gelder, YES! Magazine




Los Angeles Worker Ownership Resources and Cooperative Services is an initiative to create a worker cooperative incubator in Los Angeles.

Where to find us:






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Within Reach Movie, Los Angeles Premiere. Tuesday July 24.

WITHIN REACH explores one couple’s pedal-powered search for a place to call home. Mandy and Ryan gave up their jobs, cars and traditional houses to “bike-pack” 6500 miles for 2 years around the USA seeking sustainable community.

Rather than looking in a traditional neighborhood, they begin to recognize that community is the secret ingredient to living sustainably on this planet. Along the way, they explored 100 Ecovillages, Cohousing Communities, Co-op Houses, Communes, Transition Towns and their own principles and commitment. In the end they return to the timeless truth that community is people; they are everywhere; and there is room for everyone.

Both their journey and their film have answered the question that they and many others are asking: How can we pass along a lush, beautiful, sustainable world to future generations? After circling the country and interviewing hundreds of Americans, they have found that by reaching within sustainable community is Within Reach. In fact, it’s already here.

To get the most up to date info on this film, join the Within Reach Facebook Group:
or  follow the tour blog:


What: Within Reach, the movie: Los Angeles Premiere (98min). Adventure, Documentary, Drama
with director Ryan Mlynarczyk in person.

Where: at L.A Eco-Village (directions)

When: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm

$10 at the door.  Limited Seating.

Sponsored by Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana limited equity housing co-op, the Beverly-Vermont
Community Land Trust and CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages.

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Eco Maya Festival. July 28 & 29, 2012.

EcoMaya Festivals have been happening in L.A. since 1992 produced with the endless energy of L.A. Eco-Villager Julio Santizo. The Festival is free and open to everyone.

Help make this a ZERO WASTE event: walk, bike, Metro, carpool and please bring your
own non throw-away eating utensils. Let’s make it happen!

Wanna volunteer? Call Julio at 323/377-0923 or email him at Or just show up with good energy.

What: EcoMaya Festival

Where: In and around the L.A Eco-Village (directions).

When:  Saturday, July 28, 2012 from noon to 9 pm and Sunday, July 29, 2012 from 11am to 8 pm


Sponsored by Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana limited equity housing co-op, the Beverly-Vermont
Community Land Trust and CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages with support from the Rampart
Village Neighborhood Council and Councilman Eric Garcetti.

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Creating Rain Gardens Talk with Cleo Woelfle-Erskine. September 14.

What: Cleo Woelfle-Erskine gives a public talk on his new book: Creating Rain Gardens

Where:  L.A Eco-Village (directions)

When:  Friday, September 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Learn how to collect rain to reuse in your front or backyard, and help keep pollutants out of the L.A. River and the ocean in the process. Water conservation expert Cleo Woelfle-Erskine will talk about his new book, Creating Rain Gardens, covering everything from rain barrels to simple living roofs, permeable patios, and other low-tech affordable ways to save water in the garden. From Puget Sound to the Kansas prairie to the Chesapeake bay, communities are installing thousands of rain gardens and rain cisterns as part of watershed restoration projects. These integrated urban waterscapes can be an alternative expanding dams, desalination plants, and sewer systems. Creating Rain Gardens walks gardeners through the process of building a rain garden, with step-by-step instructions for designing and building swales, French drains, rain gardens, and ephemeral ponds—the building blocks of rain-harvesting gardens. From soil preparation, planting, troubleshooting, and maintenance, to selecting palettes of water-loving plants that provide all-season interest and a habitat for wildlife, Creating Rain Gardens covers everything a gardener needs to create a beautiful rain garden at home. Copies of the book will be available to purchase.


About Cleo

Cleo Woelfle-Erskine is a hydrologist, educator, and scholar of water. He co-founded the Greywater Guerrillas, and has led dozen of community-based workshops on rainwater harvesting and greywater reuse across North America. His writing on dam remova environmental justice, and urban gardening has appeared in High Country News and Yes, among other magazines, and in the anthologies Urban Wilds and Dam Nation. An avid gardener, Cleo is also pursuing a PhD in the Energy and Resources group at UC Berkeley where he is investigating how rainwater harvesting affects streamflow.

Sponsored by Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana limited equity housing co-op, the Beverly-Vermont
Community Land Trust and CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages.

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Art of Community Conference. September 21 thru 23.

What: Art of Community Conference in Occidental CA

Where: Occidental, CA

When: September 21 thru 23, 2012

More details here:
This year’s theme is People, Place, and Purpose, representing three intertwining threads that will be woven throughout program content, categorized as follows:

• PEOPLE: Group process and dynamics, cooperative skill building, decision making models, social sustainability.

• PLACE: Ecological sustainability and local economies, understanding of and connection to our physical environment, nuts-n-bolts of cooperative ownership of buildings/land, and forming/joining intentional communities/cooperative networks where you live.

• PURPOSE: Focused networking sessions, regional organizing, creating community with intention, and the Communities Movement.

The weekend program includes a wide variety of interactive workshops and inspiring presentations by well known facilitators from the Fellowship for Intentional Community as well as the Bay Area and beyond.

If you live in, would like to live in, are exploring intentional communities and ecovillages, or just want to have fun, this event was made for you.  Don’t miss it.


Spread the word.  CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages is coordinating ridesharing, so
let us know if you plan to attend: or 213/738-1254

Socially Responsible Investing with Greg Wendt. August 30.

What: Socially Responsible Investing with Greg Wendt, Certified Financial Planner
When: Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 7:30 pm
Where: at the L.A. EcoVillage (directions)

What do you do if you actually do have a pile of money and want to handle it in fiscally and socially responsible way as well as environmentally sensitive way? How can you do good while still doing well?

About Greg Wendt:

Gregory Wendt, CFP is Vice President of Sustainable and Responsible Investing (SRI) with EP Wealth Advisors, Inc. – a well established and recognized registered investment advisory firm based in Los Angeles with over $1 Billion of client assets under management as of April 2011. Having been in the business since 1991, Greg has earned a reputation as one of California’s leading experts in Sustainable and Responsible Investing.Greg is frequently profiled or quoted as an expert in the media including “Living with Ed” Television Show on Home and Garden Television, Business Ethics magazine, Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety, Financial Planning Magazine and others. Greg also speaks regularly at conferences on the matters of new paradigms in economics, sustainable and responsible investing, new consciousness around wealth and related matters. You can learn more about what is on his mind at his blog “Sustainable Wealth”.Greg and his colleagues at EP Wealth Advisors offer comprehensive financial advice to individuals, families, privately held corporations and charitable organizations. People come to Greg for a full range of financial services including comprehensive financial planning, investment management, estate planning and life insurance.Greg 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.””My work as a wealth coach is to advise you to and to work with your money to support your highest mission for living on the planet. I want you to live in a way that is consistent with your deeply held values and ideals.”  Greg

Sponsored by Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana limited equity housing co-op, the Beverly-Vermont
Community Land Trust and CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages.

Coming in october

GAIA UNIVERSITY event with Liora Adler and Andy Langford:

Cohousing event with Betsy Morris and Raines Cohen

Watch for details.


Sponsored by Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana limited equity housing co-op, the Beverly-Vermont
Community Land Trust and CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages.

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This Way Out: a step by step guide to starting a worker co-op. Film and Discussion. Coming in September.

What: Presentation of the film This Way Out:  a step by step guide to starting a worker co-op, followed by a series of discussions with Dr. Liz Rider

Where: L.A Eco-Village (directions)

When:   December 2, 2012 from 9am to 12:30 pm and continues for two more sessions as noted below  Attend one or several.

Veggie potluck breakfast at 9am.  Session starts at 9:30 am

#4 Sun 12/2 from 9am to 12:30 pm on Planning and Funding
#5 Sun 12/9 from 9am to 12:30 pm
#6 Sun 1/6/13 from 9am to 12:30 pm

*Pre-requisite for Sessions #4 thru #6:
You must have seen the film in sessions #1-3 or have a basic understanding of co-ops and their
principles and the basic types of worker co-ops.

For resources on worker co-ops, see: and

Please let us know if you are planning to attend: or phone 213/738-1254.

Free events but donations requested.

Watch the film trailer:

This Way Out is…Out! from MightySmall Films on Vimeo.

About Dr Lisabeth Ryder:

Dr Lisabeth Ryder is a life-long social justice and human rights activist. While earning her doctorate at UCLA, she worked with Professor Leo Kuper in International Alert Against Genocide and Mass Killing to educate about genocide, In 1991, she was one of the 12 founding members of the East Timor Action Network that later helped bring about the plebiscite in East Timor making it the world’s newest nation. She was an organizer against the racist initiatives in California, with Coalition ‘94 against Proposition 187 and with Metropolitan Alliance against Proposition 209. Working for organized labor for two decades, Dr Ryder has provided support for labor organizing campaigns across the country as a staff member of SEIU and AFSCME.

Starting in the 1970’s she participated the Free Venice Conspiracy, an early food cooperative in Venice California, she has worked to develop cooperatives such as the Wee Bruins child care cooperative at UCLA student housing. She sees Worker Cooperatives as the game changer in taking back our economy of predatory capitalism, and has worked with the Democratic Socialists of America and the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives grow the worker cooperative community. She serves as Co-Chair of the Labor Council of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and program coordinatot of cooperative development as Occupy Jobs:

Sponsored by Urban Soil/Tierra Urbana limited equity housing co-op, the Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust and CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages in association with Occupy Jobs

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