Hub Weekly Roll-up: the Future is Now

The future arrived at the Hub this week, and we’re helping you to predict, prepare for, and design it.

Tomorrow Hub member Jodi Turner will lead an introductory workshop on trend research and strategy.  Then next week member Holly Minch will be leading non profits through a game designed to help them think on their feet and develop strategic plans to prepare for a fast-changing future.  Finally, on Wednesday we’re hosting Design for the Developing World: Energy, in which participants will discuss and then design future solutions for energy related problems.

Come be a part of the future at The Hub.  No space helmets, spandex, or iPads required.

Upcoming Events**

The Short List:
Sexy Salad, February 17
Intro to Future Trend Research and Strategy with Jody Turner, February 18
Strategy, Chance, Skill: Wanna Play A Game?, February 23
Sexy Salad, February 24
Design for the Developing World: Energy, February 24
TEDtalk with Jon Axtell, February 25

This week:

Sexy Salad Day

Wednesday, February 17, 12pm, 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!

Intro to Future Trend Research and Strategy with Jody Turner

Thursday, February 18, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the public)  Content of the Brown Bag Lunch:

  • An hour presentation/engagement on trend spotting for betterment
  • The approach of simple verbal and visual captures for influence and focus
  • Resources and practices used in ideation process and development
  • Examples from work done with Jody’s company
  • Major trends to help increase awareness, relevancy and application

Jody Turner is a Hub member who lives simply allowing her to study, report and speak about the inspirational opportunities available today. The economic crisis due to an over production economy with less of a focus on what is truly needed is creating opportunity for those willing to step in. A solution-driven, problem solving, and community building economic base are the current opportunity directions we are influencing toward.

Projects: Helsinki’s “Never Mind Copenhagen” Climate Conference, Mumbai on Brands Making Meaning, Hong Kong on Eco Fashion Trends For Textile Manufacturers and many others. Jody also works with large companies introducing meaningful approaches and was recently seen on The Dr. Phil show trying very hard to bring positive and meaningful trends forward (and honestly not quite succeeding).   RSVP to

Next Week:

Strategy, Chance, Skill: Wanna Play A Game?

Tuesday, February 23, 1pm-2:30pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only)  Given rapid innovations in communications technologies, a turbulent economy and changing demographic tides, today’s environment demands that nonprofit organizations engage in strategic thinking on a daily basis — not just once every five years during their strategic planning process.  Nonprofits need strategic clarity and dexterity to achieve their goals for the common good.  Today’s organizations must be nimble in responding to change, integrated in weaving clear approaches through all levels of their organization,  and dynamic in their engagements with stakeholders.

To that end, Hub Member Holly Minch has designed a series of games nonprofits can play to plug into the purpose, potential and promise of your organization.  All the games start with a deck of cards designed to help nonprofits jump-start strategic thinking, engage in real-time, dynamic planning, and identify actionable approaches. Come join as we play a variety of card games with your team to surface bright ideas, shed new light on challenges, and hit the switch to move your team into action.



Sexy Salad Day

Wednesday, February 17, 12pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

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

Design for the Developing World: Energy

Wednesday, February 24, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the public)  Please join us as we delve deep into sustainable energy for the developing world and its potential to provide significant economic, health and environmental benefits. Rather than just focusing on the technology, we’re examining the design of energy solutions that are financially sustainable, scalable and most importantly fit the needs of the end user.

Part 1: Discuss (6:15-7:15pm).  
We will be joined by a diverse range of social entrepreneurs, engineers and consultants that have developed energy solutions across the developing world. They will be spilling the beans on what works, what doesn’t and what we can learnt from other sectors and markets. Participants include Heather Fleming from Catapult Design – the SF based non-profit design firm that has developed solutions for energy and healthcare in Africa, India and Latin America.

Part 2: Design (7:15-8:30pm). After our lively discussion, we’re moving straight into an intense design charrette. In small teams we will be developing potential  solutions to energy related challenges posed by Hub members (from refrigeration in Africa to solar power for IT centers in India and much more) all against the clock.

RSVP here.

Hub Brownbag Lunch: TED talking with Jon Axtell

Thursday, February 25, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

Members Only) Do you love TEDtalks as much as we do? Wanna learn more about fellow Hub members and what drives them?  Hub staffer Jon Axtell will screen a TEDtalk and then facilitate a values-driven discussion about methods of change.

More information to come on the topic for next week’s screening and discussion.


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

Hub News

Talent Bank Coming Soon (With Your Help)

Lovely Hub volunteer Kate Seely is working very hard to make the Talent Bank a reality.  Still not sure what the Talent Bank is exactly?  It’s a searchable database to help you find other Hub members who have the skills, experience, or expertise you need.  We hope this will become the go-to resource for members when in need of someone with a specific skill-set who can help you achieve your goals.

We need your help to create this resource.  If you’ve already filled out the Googledoc form, thank you very much.  If you haven’t, please take 3 minutes to do so now.  It’s a short form and will help other amazing members find out about your work and connect with you (but not bombard you–Hub members are incredibly polite and respectful creatures).

Click here to fill out the form.

New Members

Please help us welcome our new members:

Annie Burke, Snapshots Consulting
Catherine Markman, Global Brigades
Sabrina Klein, Creative Education Consulting
Morgan Fitzgibbons, Be Rewarding
Rebal Knayzeh, threeplusone collective
Natalia Castaneda, Leadership Learning Community

Member News

Companiesandme Launches (Out of The Hub)

We’re a little late on the draw in announcing it, but on February 1 Hub member Ryan Mickle launched Companiesandme, which curates the rich stories of the the Bay Area’s most inspiring companies and invites you to join in on conversations with the incredible people behind them. You’ll already find stories on the site such as Reem Rahim’s, of the sobering experiences and deep introspections that led her to co-founding Numi, Joie de Vivre’s Chip Conley on how we need to live in “joy bubbles,” and Linden Street Brewery Founder Adam Lamoreaux on bringing beer production back to Oakland.

According to Ryan, “Because we want to curate the stories of the companies you love, we’d like to ask you to nominate them so that we can help them build deeper relationships and awareness of what they do.”  All companies you nominate in the month of February get to join Companiesandme risk free, and every dollar the site earns this month will go to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund.  Nominate companies here.


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