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Hub Weekly Roll-up: Building Community & Helping Haiti

Surprise! I know you’re all shocked and disappointed to not see Meredith here. But she’s off basking in the Hawaiian sun, and we couldn’t entice her off the beach to write the weekly member roll-up.

Despite Meredith’s absence, there are still important happenings at the Hub. We’re kicking off Hub 4 Haiti, hosting a community meeting, and we have the answer to all your mailing list woes! So please keep on reading for all the juicy details.

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Social Change Spotlight: Dwight Wilson

Ever wondered what you can get out of working with a community of like- minded individuals, working to create a better social economy? Meet Dwight Wilson, one of the Hub’s first members, who worked out of the Hub to begin incubating his idea for a global Peace Corps-style program of nternational volunteer service for the world’s young people . Watch this video to learn more about his initiative

Way to go Dwight! We are all rooting for your success here at the Hub Bay Area!

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Co-working: the end of loneliness

Nathaniel Whittemore of change.org published a  stellar post on 5 things necessary for any local start-up ecosystem. He points out that, “People are the lifeblood of any startup ecosystem; if you don’t have them, you don’t have anything.” His list focuses on how these great people find and connect with each other, including through workspaces, events, exposure to diversity and proximity to money. These are all aspects we’re working hard (with your help) to provide here at the hub as we nurture an eco-system for social entrepeneurs.

As the holiday season winds down, I’d also like to suggest just one more thing the Hub provides our bay area changemakers: an end to holiday office party envy! Admit it. While most of us revel in the independence and self-determination of working for ourselves, sometimes you miss the socialization of a thriving, vibrant office community. That’s why it was such a joy to celebrate the holiday season with fellow members here at the Hub. You’ll find some pictures of this great event over at flickr.

Thanks to all whom attended and made this gathering so vibrant and enjoyable. I look forward to many more such gatherings in 2010.

-Rebecca

p.s. see you bright and early Monday morning over at Hub Berkeley- my favorite place to ring in the work week! Until then, happy Friday.

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Sparkseeds web of entrepeneurs

It is a great time to be a budding entrepeneur. Sparkseed has launched another social innovation competition- this one geared towards college students. It promises to provide seed money, mentoring and pro-bono professional services for the right collegiate changemakers.

Through this effort, Sparkseed is successfully expanding the web of entrepreneurs working in the social economy by finding social innovators early. If you want to support this effort, maybe spread the word to your almamater or any collegiates in your network. You can also track the progress of their entrepreneurs on the web, participate, and provide feedback as they grow and improve their ideas.

We here at the Hub are watching closely, excited to see these innovators graduate and come on in to join :)

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Welcome Back- free coaching consults!

Hope you all had a wonderful break! Just writing to let everyone know the Hub is even MORE exciting in 2010. We have some beautiful new plants, and wonderful events planned for this week.

In particular, Elizabeth Ferguson still has a few slots open for her coaching consultations on Wednesday between 1-5:30. This was an incredibly popular service last month- so I would highly recommend you contact Elizabeth to try and squeeze on in (eliz@elizabethbergeson.net). Here’s a few more details:

These free, half-hour consultations offer coaching for any professional or personal issue you would like to bring to the session, including clarifying your project goals for 2010, coaching for a specific challenging situation or breakdown, and building greater resilience and leadership competence. Elizabeth Ferguson, Ph.D. has coached non-profit executives, social entrepreneurs, and individuals, helping them to develop deep leadership capacities to accomplish their visions and cultivate inner congruence with their social change objectives. She is also offering a significant discount on her coaching services to Hub members. For more information go to http://www.elizabethferguson.net/services/hubmembers

Alright- ready for a rockstar week here at the Hub. More details of events coming soon….

(thanks to Alan Gunshor for the rocking photo of everyday life at the Hub)

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In need of an Angel this holiday season?

More Specifically, are you a for-profit social entrepreneur looking for capital? Well the Investors Circle has another great opportunity coming up, with a January 13th application deadline.

The Hub will be hosting an information session to learn more about raising funds through the Investors Circle January 6th, from 6:30-8:30pm. Food and refreshments are included- how could you say no? Please RSVP here.

The workshop is open to anyone seeking funding for early-stage for-profit social enterprises. Investors’ Circle representatives will walk through IC’s funding criteria, process and venture fair opportunity. The workshop will also feature a recently funded IC company and an IC angel investor member.

After you’ve RSVP’ed, why don’t you swing on down to the Hub. We’re still full of holiday cheer this week, and would love to help keep you productive and motivated during this holiday ‘in-between’ week.

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Youthful Changemakers

Do you know any ambitious young ones looking for a jump start in changing the world? If so, spread the word about a great new opportunity to support youthful changemakers right here in the Bay Area.

Ashoka is launching a local Youth Venture program to support budding social entrepeneurs. Since 1996, Ashoka’s Youth Venture’s have been inspiring and investing in teams of young people as they start their own sustainable social ventures. By connecting them with funding opportunities and a powerful global network of mentors, Youth Ventures has supported over 3,500 teams of 12-20 year olds to make an impact across 20 countries. Check out all the inspiring projects here.

Intrigued? Read further for more details of how our bay area youth can become part of this network of global changemakers. Applications are due on January 5th, 2010, so act fast in spreading the word. You’ll find the applications on the following web-site: http://www.genv.net/sfbayarea/application

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Hub: Community Building Interns Wanted

The Hub is building its outreach strategy and community building initiatives with the support of a team of excellent interns. We are looking for a few more entrepreneurial interns who want to be part of a young, “for-more-than-profit” company that will be a nexus point for social innovation in the Bay Area. The internship will be based primarily in Berkeley or San Francisco depending on the intern’s residence.

Sound Exciting? Keep reading, cause there’s more….

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Event Update: Legal Huddle

The Hanson Bridgett Legal Huddle has been postponed until the New Year!

(I think I just heard the collective sigh of relief from our members whom could not attend due to the hectic holiday schedule)

If you WERE planning to attend… now you have time to join us for the brownbag lunch on extreme community and resilience planning.

See you tomorrow!

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International Development Working Group

Thursday’s the big day! After analyzing the data collected from the recent “Bay Area Hub – International Development Survey,” our hypothesis is confirmed- there are numerous members who are already involved in International Development, or eager to become so, and are interested in engaging with others in this field. We hope to unite these local, innovative minds to move forward in addressing their vision.

The Hub provides a space that supports innovation, optimizes productivity, and supplies an abundance of tools for working, learning, and connecting. To this end, we’ve identified an opportunity to bolster resources for those especially interested in international development.  We are creating an International Development Working Group (IDWG) to help brainstorm and plan events and activities that would benefit our ID focused members.

Should you wish to share your thoughts and participate in this group, please join us this Thursday, December 17 from 1:00-2:00pm in the 2nd floor conference room at the Brower Center. (2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704).

Alright enought from us… time to go celebrate and feast at the Hub Members Holiday Potluck! Hope to see you all tomorrow.

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