The first two days of the Oakland Convergence will feature panel discussions, presentations, and interactive workshops, punctuated by contributions from local performing artists. The second two days will find Convergence participants developing projects in teams and pitching to a panel of judges on Sunday. Four projects will be selected for incubation with Uptima Business Bootcamp, an innovative member-owned business accelerator program.
October’s event is co-hosted by Bay Bucks, a regional currency and barter exchange for the Bay Area, and Uptima, both New Economy business ventures. “Since the recession in 2008, we’ve seen a lot of people re-thinking their assumptions about money, value, and exchange”, said Bay Bucks co-founder Kendra Shanley. “People are turning to their local communities, seeking alternative ways to get their needs met, and reconsidering their definitions of what success and prosperity look like.”
LNE Oakland is modeled after an event by the same name that started in Vancouver in 2012. Oakland is one of 18 cities around the world hosting a similar event this year, heralding a growing “New Economy” movement, characterized by the pursuit of an economy that is greener and more socially responsible, and one that favors resilient and responsive business practices over rapid exponential growth. Shanley observed, “This movement has been gaining momentum, but it’s at an inflection point now. People are ready for something different.”
Tickets and more information about the event are available at www.bayareaneweconomy.org
About Bay Bucks:
Bay Bucks enables local businesses to barter their excess inventory for things they need. For more information, visit www.baybucks.com
About Uptima Business Bootcamp:
Uptima Business Bootcamp provides entrepreneurs with access to hands-on education, resources and community to create thriving businesses. For more information visit www.uptimabootcamp.com