BuildChange, Celebrate Nature, and Imagine the Future at The Hub

The equally lovely Rebecca has convinced me to keep the photo and introduction format for our weekly member blog posts.  I only wish I had a picture of her to put up as well so her family could be as excited as mine was by sudden Hub stardom.

Read on for details on upcoming member events, office hours, professional services, and news.  From tech 2.0 to updates on Hub #2, there’s a lot to learn, discuss, share, and do.

One important note: Hub Berkeley will be CLOSED on Monday, January 18 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Upcoming Events**

This week:

Hub Communications Lab: Brand Development Workshop with Kelli Peterson

Tuesday, January 12, 12pm-1:30pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only) This is a follow up to the first worksession held in October by brand strategist and Hub member Kelli Peterson.  Participants who sign-up on a limited, first-come, first-serve basis will have an opportunity to work through specific branding questions.  Space is limited to 6 participants who should provide their situational questions when they RSVP.  Note that the worksession will start promptly at 12pm and no one will be admitted late.

Kelli, a VP at Cheskin consulting, has over 17 years experience in brand development and marketing for both for-profits, such as Microsoft, T-Mobile and the Red Bull, and international NGOs and non-profits, such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and the United Nations Foundation.  What you should expect – 90 minutes of active work time.  We will use the group environment to workshop each participant’s primary question.  Please RSVP to with your name, organization and specific question(s).

Building Change: A Breakfast Conversation with Elizabeth Hausler

Wednesday, January 13, 9am, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members and their invited guests only) 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

POSTPONED: Tech Office Hours with Zach Berke of Exygy

To Wednesday, January 20, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

Sexy Salad Day

Wednesday, January 13, 12pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members and members’ invited friends only)  Sexy Salad is officially a Hub tradition every Wednesday!  Join us this Wednesday 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!

Finding Focus, Patience, and Peace Through Meditation

Thursday, January 14, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only) This workshop will introduce mindfulness meditation, its uses and benefits. We will spend some time discussing how meditation can improve our lives at home and at work. This will be a hands on experiential workshop and we will spend a good portion of the hour practicing techniques to reduce stress and calm the mind. There will also be several exercises that address two common challenges in the workplace – focus and patience. You will walk away from this workshop with several practical tools for reducing stress, and increasing focus and patience. Hope to see you there!

Speaker Bio: Vlad Moskovski is a certified NLP practitioner and meditation instructor. His teaching approach is founded on the philosophy that meditation should be integrated into people’s daily lives and the techniques be simple and accessible to all. Using metaphors and story- telling, Vlad is able to share his knowledge in a fun and interactive fashion. He is focused on bringing contemplative practices such as yoga and meditation to schools, corporations, and health care fields.


POSTPONED: Legal Huddle: Negotiating Equity Investments Without Giving It All Away

To Thursday, January 28, 6pm-8:30pm, Hub Berkeley

Brown Bag Lunch with Barbara Max Hubbard

Friday, January 15, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members and their invited guests only) Barbara Marx Hubbard is founder of The Foundation for Conscious Evolution (FCE). Her DVD series Humanity Ascending is carrying her message of hope worldwide in many languages.  As futurist, educator, author and speaker in the emerging field of conscious evolution, social innovation has been Barbara’s whole life’s work. Her emphasis has been on offering longer-range visions of a positive future, equal to our self, social and scientific/technological potential. Currently Barbara is working with a small initial team at FCE on creating new environments and processes for social synergy and connectivity–synergistic convergence–in the context of breakthroughs and solutions now emerging in every field, including a Social Synergy Platform, to scan for, map, connect and communicate what is working in the world to mobilize for effective action.  Join her in discussion during an intimate lunch for Hub members.  RSVP to

Next Week:

Hub San Francisco Update with Holly Meyer

Tuesday, January 19, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

Based on your needs/wants and some very lively design sessions, the Hub design team has completed the Hub SOMA (Hub San Francisco) plan and the Away Room/Lounge plan for Hub Berkeley. This brown bag lunch will be an open house review session to look at the design, ask questions, make comments and suggest last minute changes for the design for Hub SOMA and the final design for the Away Room and Lounge in Hub Berkeley. The goal of the meeting is to keep the community informed of our progress and plans for the Hub SOMA and final plans for the Hub Berkeley. We request your attendance and participation to continue to be a part of this design team and journey towards innovative office space. We hope to see you there.  RSVP to

Tech 2.0 Discussion with Monitor Institute’s Noah Flower

Tuesday, January 19, 6pm-9pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public) By now nearly all of us are social media addicts and most of us are finding some way to use it in our work. But how often have you stepped back to think about what these new tools mean for the kind of work you do and how you get it done? The consultancy Monitor Institute has been actively studying the ways that social media is enabling a new kind of strategy, a new kind of relationship to the public, and a whole new mindset that it calls “working wikily.” Noah Flower will be sharing the lessons that he has been learning through his research and work with clients on the cutting edge of the social sector, then hosting a conversation to help you reflect on the ways that you use social media, the most innovative ways you’ve seen it deployed elsewhere, and its deeper implications for your work and the sector as a whole.

Sexy Salad Day

Wednesday, January 20, 12pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

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

Tech Office Hours with Zach Berke of Exygy

Wednesday, January 20, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only) Does technology — the web, mobile, media — play a key role in your organization or vision?  Exygy is a custom software development shop that works with social entrepreneurs and organizations like SoCap and the Skoll Foundation.  Specialists on the web and on mobile devices, the geeks and artists at Exygy are a great resource that The Hub is very excited to offer to its membership.  30 minute slots are available for reservation with Exygy’s Founder Zach Berke from 12-5, and some other folks from the Exygy team will be available throughout the day to talk shop with you or answer questions.

Note: Exygy won’t be able to fix your laptop or set up your Blackberry.  Rather, if you want to talk big picture tech, to shape vision, or to understand how better to use web and mobile for your organization then please come and geek out with us!  Request a slot by writing

Bay Nature Release Party

Wednesday, January 20, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public) Bay Nature‘s January-March 2010 issue/ release party will mark the beginning of Bay Nature Magazine’s tenth year of publication. The new issue includes stories on great white sharks, the transformation of the Concord Naval Weapons Station, Castle Rock State Park, and more. Publisher David Loeb will say a bit about where Bay Nature is heading after a decade, and author Paul McHugh (longtime outdoors writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of Bay Nature’s January article about Castle Rock State Park) will read from a forthcoming book and tell us about his experiences hiking and climbing at Castle Rock, where so many great climbers have learned the ropes.

Playing with Business Models with Amy Barr

Thursday, January 21, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only) As social entrepreneurs, we’re reframing problems as opportunities and using new technologies to mobilize change. Taking an idea from seed to start-up and beyond we’ve learned is a replicable process. But in order to build new models for change we need a framework for understanding successful models and for developing new ones. While prototypes and business plans are the common next step for entrepreneurs with ideas, the business model has gotten limited attention. Until now.

The Business Model Canvas is a tool developed by Alex Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur to visually depict the key components of a business model to design new business models and to transform existing ones. Ideal for those in the research and development stage and those who are iterating on existing businesses, the Business Model Canvas is effective regardless of your legal structure (non-profit, hybrid, for profit).

Join us for a interactive workshop explaining the components of the business model using the Business Model Canvas. Participants will get an overview of the components of the business model canvas, map out their own business models, and, time permitting, debrief and discuss alternatives.
Prerequisite: viewing of the slideshare “Business Models for Social Innovators”:  RSVP to

Meetup for San Francisco/Bay Area M3 Race Group

Thursday, January 21, 6pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public) The M3 Race Group is thrilled to kick-off the new year with Regina Flanigan speaking about a topic that will change you and your business in an exponential way: your Value Proposition.  Engaging a client in a conversation about what you do, and how you do it – is the only way to build your business.  In any situation, whether it’s is a large-scale presentation or a passing interaction, having a flexible, well-articulated, spoken value proposition helps business owners tell their story, grown their business and build deeper relationships. Using a process and tool developed by an international consulting firm – participants will be able to articulate a strong value proposition for a 30 second, 3 minute or 30 minute conversation!

Regina is an inspirational speaker and well versed in the subject matter. Consultant, business owner and business activist, Regina lives in San Francisco and travels extensively in her role as a global management consultant, working for a firm based in London. She has 20 years of proven professional services and business development capabilities and a strong vertical knowledge of financial services. She has a significant working knowledge of contemporary technologies as enablers of business value.  For more information, go to

Hub News

**Hub Berkeley will be closed on Monday, January 18 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.**

New Members

Please help us welcome our new members:

Cheryl Kushida, Compass Legal
Ross Taub
Claudia Welss, NextNow
Gohn Marie McFadden, McFadden and Associates
Dana Harvey, Mandela MarketPlace
Eugene Chan

Member News

SF Social Enterprise TweetUp

Hub member David Hodgson is helping to organize a San Francisco Social Enterprise TweetUp.  @Christinasworld is traveling to SF and would love to meet and raise a toast to Bay Area #socent tweeps! Please join them at Yield Wine Bar in Dogpatch, San Francisco’s first eco-friendly wine bar.  Find details here.

Eureka Fund Launches

Supported in part by Hub member Zach Berke, Eureka Fund was launched on Wednesday of last week.  According to founder Jason Blue-Smith, “While quality projects led by inspired young scientists abound, they often struggle to find the seed funding – $5,000 to $50,000 – needed to validate concept and produce meaningful technology. Eureka Fund gives funding power back to the people, letting the public get directly involved in projects they want to support.”

Eureka Fund’s first ambitious goal is to get the public (that’s you!) directly involved in  supporting a high-risk/high-reward CleanTech research project with transformative potential: an off-the-grid energy use project in Africa.  If successful, this early stage research project could enable technologies that meet the energy needs of “bottom of the pyramid” families while also preserving energy and resources in Africa.  The technology is being developed by two engineers at Stanford and it needs a small amount of funding to prove its potential.

For more information, go to Eureka Fund’s website.

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

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