dollarimage2When yields on the 10-year Treasury note fall below 2%, you know the final vestige of a “safe” investment on Wall Street has fallen. Is the shit hitting the fan and should you pay attention? We think so. Two upcoming events at Hatch Lab will help you understand those glaciers that have been our financial systems, why they appear to be melting, and how they connect to you, your money, and where you live.

Do you know where your money is?

If you have been watching the craziness that is the stock markets, or the earthquakes in China’s economy, or the changes in finance law across the country (including Oregon), and your reaction is WTF?! then join other curious and concerned people for a provocative evening of shock and awe coupled with actionable solutions focused on this concept we call money.

On February 12 and 13, Hatch and Illahee bring Marco Vangelisti of Essential Knowledge for Transition to Portland for two rare opportunities to understand what is going down in our global and local economy – at a level you can finally understand. If after attending these events you decide you can’t get enough of Marco, you can see him speak at our annual conference in April—ComCap16.


There are two opportunities for you to be moved to action.

Curious and concerned? Friday night is for you. Ready to do the deep dive into your investment past and future? The Saturday intensive workshop is for you. (Not for the faint of heart!)

$10, Money & Morals: Cocktails and Conversations (in the kitchen). Friday the 12th, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

Join us on Friday the 12th for Cocktails and Conversations (in the kitchen) as we hash through what is happening around the world in the markets, and uncover where it connects to each of us. From 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. HatchLab becomes a “salon” mashup of money and meaning. We’ll start with a talk from Marco, and then have an “open mic” for reactions. Next up—roundtables where provocateurs will keep the conversations interesting!



$275  ($100 off with promo code “HATCH”), Align Your Investments with your Values. Saturday the 13th, 8:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Oregon’s year-old new law invites the 99% to become investors. But what does it mean to become an investor? If you have money invested somewhere, and you’d like to explore what it’s doing and how you can make it align with who you are, this workshop is for you.

Eventbrite - Align your Investments with your Values!


Marco is a wonderful educator who can communicate complex realities in ways that make sense. He draws from his own rich experiences as a fund manager and local investor to build knowledge that help you leave ready to make better decisions about your finances.

I spent the last six years of my career in finance working for a very well respected investment management firm. I was part of a team managing a $20 billion equity fund investing in emerging markets. We were quantitative managers, meaning that the fund was constructed by a series of algorithms that used statistical models we had built, rather than being the result of stock picking by members of the team. The fund was performing very well and our clients, mostly endowments and foundations including environmental foundations, were very happy with us. I discovered that one of the best performing stocks we owned was a palm oil company in Malaysia that had taken down tens of thousands of acres of rainforest and planted a monocrop of palm oil plants for the international commodity market. Its earnings and therefore the stock price got a big boost that year since the company earned lots of carbon credits for planting trees! —Marco Vangelisti