About us

The Bring It Local Team

Elke Osheroff Heydecke

Elke is co-founder of the Bring It Local coop. She studied at Fachhochschule für Sozialarbeit und Sozialpädagik,Berlin (University of Applied Science in Social Work and Education) as well as at Fachhochschule für Wirtschaft, Berlin (University of Applied Science in Business). As a energetic community organizer Elke initiated several social community projects and was Green Party (Die Grünen, Germany) candidate for the local government in 2012. She consistently seeks to integrate the components of an ecologically sustainable and public-minded future into her life. Elke was co-founder of a successful alternative education preschool program (Waldkindergarten) that became a role model in Lower Saxony, Germany. Experienced as a teacher in adult education, Elke worked with young adults in their personal development and educational achievements (subjects: body language and expression, vocal training, german language, cultural studies); she is also parent of 4 grown children. Elke now lives with her partner in Berkeley, Ca.

Mark White

Mark is co-founder of the Bring It Local coop. Mark is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and has an MA from S.A.I.S. - the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Mark's hobby is the sport of endurance riding (the horseback version of marathon running). In 2006 he completed the Tevis Cup Endurance Ride - a grueling 100 mile ride through the Sierras considered by some to be the most challenging endurance ride in the world.

Simon White

Simon is co-founder of the Bring It Local coop. He is a recent graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz with a major in history. and is scheduled to graduate in spring 2015. Simon has a special interest in the Middle East. Simon also loves studing languages and completed the Mandarin language series at Santa Cruz and is now studying Spanish.


We are becoming a worker owned and member owned cooperative. That means that all profits flow back to the owners of the site - our workers and our members.

Living Grassroots Economics

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Advisory Board

Yanis Varoufakis

"To create isegoria (real democracy), and thus to empower citizens broadly, our ‘connected’ social economy must not only allow rulers and citizens to communicate but should also feature multiple networks enabling consumers, labourers and innovators to form units of production which create and distribute value in a participatory manner; in a manner such that no one employs anyone and everyone contributes labour and ideas while being rewarded according to contribution but also need." Can the Internet Democratize Capitalism

Yanis is former economics professor at the University of Athens and University of Texas at Austin. He is currently Finance Minister of Greece. Yanis has graciously offered support and advice to Bring It Local since March, 2014.