Hub News & Events: Sexy Salad, Free Coaching, and Green Angels

Upcoming Events**

This week:

Sexy Salad Day

Wednesday, December 23, 12pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members and members’ invited friends only)  Sexy Salad is officially a Hub tradition every Wednesday!  Join us to relax, eat, chat, and get to know your fellow Hub members.  Bring an ingredient and learn how tasty collaboration can be.  Need ideas?  How about spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, almonds, apples, or your favorite salad dressing.  Bring bread or spread or pasta or potato salad.  Bring something you cooked and prepped or bought at the market on the way to work.  Most importantly, bring yourself!  Your mission: to prove that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  And best of all, no need to RSVP!

Next week:

Sexy Salad Day

Wednesday, December 30, 12pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members and members’ invited friends only)  See description above.

The first week of the new year:

West Coast Village Capital Info Session

Tuesday, January 5, 6pm, Good Capital SF Offices, 2601 Mission St., Suite 400, San Francisco

(Open to the public) Inspired by the village bank model used in microfinance throughout the world, Village Capital is an innovative investment model built on the hypothesis that entrepreneurs, working intimately together and providing peer support to one another, will be able to efficiently and wisely allocate investment to one another’s companies.  West Coast Village Capital (WCVC) is a social venture program run by First Light Ventures and hosted at the Hub that brings entrepreneurs together to learn from and support each other’s social enterprises.  This information session will give  address questions on the program and the application process.  More information is available “Member News” (below) and at

Sexy Salad Day

Wednesday, January 6, 12pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members and members’ invited friends only)  See description above.

Free Coaching Consultations with Elizabeth Ferguson, Ph. D.

Wednesday, January 6, 1:30-5pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members only)  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
  • Building greater resilience and leadership competence

RSVP required to to book a 30-minute slot .

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

Hub Community Meeting and Feedback Forum

Wednesday, January 6, 5-6:30pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members only)  We’re creating a monthly dialogue for Members and Hosts to brainstorm ideas for how The Hub can better support value exchange and community interaction between us all. We want to invite any and all Members interested in making The Hub a more useful and meaningful habitat for work and play. The Hub will have wine available for all participants.

This week’s topic:  Building the Berkeley Community in 2010.   We’re figuring out how to grow in our first full year in existence.  We’d love your help and ideas.  We’ll discuss our current methods for growing the community and would like your feedback in making the Hub network thrive in the next year.  RSVP to

Investors’ Circle Workshop

Wednesday, January 6, 6:30pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the public)  Are you a for-profit social entrepreneur looking for capital?  Learn about raising funds at the Investors’ Circle workshop.

This workshop is open to those 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.  This program will be especially useful for companies that are interested in applying for the IC 2010 Spring Conference & Venture Fair.  The deadline for applications is January 13, 2010.  RSVP at

Building Change: A Breakfast Conversation with Elizabeth Hausler

Thursday, January 7, 9am, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley
Elizabeth Hausler is a mason, engineer, environmental scientist, and founder of BuildChange, an international non-profit social enterprise.  BuildChange designs earthquake-resistant houses in developing countries and trains builders, homeowners, engineers, and government officials to build them.  In the last 5 years, BuildChange has built 5,352 better houses, taught 360 better builders, and trained 585 local engineers in China and Indonesia to protect lives in the event of an earthquake.  Elizabeth, an Echoing Green and Draper Richards fellow, Fulbright Scholar, and abcNews World News Tonight Person of the Week, will come talk to Hub members about BuildChange’s work, methodology, and the success factors behind its ability to achieve success quickly in the communities it enters.  Join us for bagels, juice, and a guaranteed interesting start to your day!  RSVP to

Engaging the Next Generation in Social Entrepreneurship:

A discussion with Amy Wilson, director of Askoka’s new local Youth Venture program.

Thursday, January 7, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members only)  Roughly one-third of all Ashoka fellows work with youth.  Extensive interviews with these fellows yielded the discovery that the two most important skills young folks will need in order to succeed in the future are the ability to practice active empathy, and the ability to be changemakers.  In 1996, Ashoka created Youth Venture to support the development of these two core skills, and to engage the next generation in the powerful movement of social entrepreneurship.  Since 1996, Youth Venture has launched over 3,000 youth-led teams in over 20 countries.  What have we discovered in this process?  And what are we planning for the local area?  Come to learn, share your experiences, and get involved.  RSVP to

Hub News

Holiday Hours

Hub Berkeley will be closed on Thursday, 12/24 and Friday, 12/25 as well as Thursday, 12/31 and Friday, 1/1.

New Members

Please help us welcome our new members:

Clara Penning, Hub Bay Area Intern
Karen Clothier
Deb Parsons, Investors’ Circle
Jennifer Pahlka, Code for America

Member News

West Coast Village Capital Accepting Applications

West Coast Village Capital is seeking social entrepreneurs with bright ideas and sustainable business models.

West Coast Village Capital (WCVC) is a social venture program that brings entrepreneurs together to learn from and support each other’s social enterprises.  Over the course of 12 weeks, up to 30 social entrepreneurs will work together in groups of five to share their knowledge, strengthen their models, and build their businesses.  Additionally, WCVC puts the investment decisions in the hands of entrepreneurs themselves.  First Light Ventures will make $25,000 and $75,000 investments in the 5-10 companies jointly identified as most ready for seed capital.

First Light Ventures is a catalyst fund that promotes social impact through investment and infrastructure development.  First Light is testing the Village Capital model through four distinct pilot programs: West Coast Village Capital (San Francisco Bay Area, California); Unreasonable Village Capital (Boulder, Colorado); Idea Village Capital (New Orleans, Louisiana); and Dasra Village Capital (Mumbai, India).  WCVC will be hosted at The Hub in the Bay Area, which supports WCVC with marketing, meeting space, and access to its vibrant community of entrepreneurs, creative professionals and community leaders.

If you have a business idea to help improve the world, WCVC wants to hear about it.  The program is based in the Bay Area and will run January 19 through April 14, 2010.  Applications are due by January 7, 2010.  A public information session will take place the evening of January 5 at 6pm at Good Capital’s San Francisco offices (2601 Mission St., Suite 400, San Francisco).  More information is available at

Merry Forking Christmas: a play by Hub Member Daniel Heath

Giant Rabbit founder, Hub member, and playwright Daniel Heath is offering all Hub members $5 tickets to his new play, A Merry Forking Christmas.  According to Heath, “It’s a rather secular little Christmas comedy set in a mall on Christmas eve.  The play works like this:  at a number of different points during the show, the actors stop the action and the audience votes on what happens next (just like the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books from back in the day).  All the branches (or, “forks”) are fully scripted; it’s not an improv show…It’s a tiny little 54-seat black-box theater, and brown bags are strongly encouraged (and frankly go pretty well with the subject matter and structure of the play), so feel free to show up with a thermos of eggnog or a flask of Scotch.”  To get tickets, go to  If you’re a Hub member, use the code thehub to get your discount.

**Events in red are Hub-produced events.  Events in black or gray are member-produced.


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