Hub Weekly Roll-Up: Environmental Solutions Are in the Air

Am I the only one having a hard time accepting that we’re already more than a week into March?  I must be having a lot of fun, because time is really flying.  While the weather gets warm, the flowers come out, and a flock of Pisces celebrate their birthdays, I for some reason keep thinking it’s February and bundling up for cold, winter weather.

Meanwhile, March is getting hot at the Hub with lots to do, starting with the first meeting of the Environmental Solutions Working Group, facilitated by Hub members Paul Dunn and Earth Island Institute Executive Director John Knox.  Then the Presidio community is hosting a mixer and presentation by three exciting environmental startups.

Next week we’re going revolutionary with a discussion facilitated by the authors of “The Sharing Solution” and an event on how co-ops are changing the business landscape.  Stay tuned for more.

Upcoming Events**

The Short List:
Sexy Salad, March 10
Environmental Solutions Working Group first meeting, March 10
Presidio and Beyond, March 11
Hub Communications Lab: Online Marketing on a Shoestring, Part 2, March 16
Sexy Salad, March 17

Tools of the Sharing Revolution: A Discussion of Innovative Ideas, Technologies, and Organizations that are Bringing About a More Sharing World (brown bag lunch discussion with Janelle Orsi), March 18
Co-opist Presents: Worker co-ops & green jobs, March 18

This week:

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, March 10, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members and invited guests 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!

Environmental Solutions Working Group First Meeting

Wednesday, March 10, 6:30pm-9:00pm, Hubble Meeting Room

(First meeting open to the public) The Environmental Working Group is a monthly gathering of Hub Members and their peers engaged in advocacy of environmental issues.  This is the newest of three working groups at The Hub (International Development and Food Justice are the other two).  This group will explore the application of policy and business solutions to address these challenges.  The group will have the opportunity to engage projects of the Earth Island Institute, a 25 year old incubator of grassroots conservation, preservation,and restoration projects.  Join us in creating a group that creates tangible solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental needs.  For more information or to RSVP, click here.

Presidio and Beyond

Thursday, March 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  Come celebrate, network and hear from sustainable start-ups with the Presidio Community and Beyond at The Hub Berkeley.

6:30 – 6:45 Networking
6:45 – 7:00 Opening remarks & introductions
7 – 8 :00 10-minute presentations by each startup followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.  Presenters include Sandra Kwak of PowerZoa, Amanda West of Amanda’s Feel Good Fresh Food, and Naveen Sikka of TerViva BioEnergy.
8 – 8:30 Networking Continued

For more information or to RSVP, click here.

Next Week:

Hub Communications Lab: Online Marketing on a Shoestring, Part 2, March 16

Tuesday, March 16, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members only) This session is aimed at small social enterprise businesses and non-profits that want to maximize return on investment for their online marketing spend. In the last session, Geoff Schwarten went through many different free or low cost online marketing tools that exist in the marketplace and when or where each tool is appropriate. This session will cover a couple direct online marketing strategies of interest in greater depth – Pay Per Click/Search Engine Marketing (SEM) and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). The first half of the session will be a presentation, and the remainder will be for responding to participant questions or issues. If you’d like your organization’s online efforts to be evaluated during the session, please submit your site, your online goals, and issues that you would like to address to Meredith prior to March 15th. (Note: only 1 or 2 organizations will be selected at random to be reviewed due to time constraints).

Geoff honed his online skills leading marketing efforts for social enterprise Better World Books. While there he led the rebranding, ecommerce web site relaunch, and other initiatives that increased revenue and traffic by a factor of 10. He currently runs a consulting operation called Substance Integrated Marketing and works with businesses and nonprofits to improve their marketing ROI.  Please RSVP to

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, March 17, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members and invited guests only) See description above.

Tools of the Sharing Revolution: A Discussion of Innovative Ideas, Technologies, and Organizations that are Bringing About a More Sharing World

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

(Members and invited guests only) Come enjoy a casual chat with the authors of “The Sharing Solution” about exciting things happening in the world of sharing. What will the world look like as sharing increasingly becomes the norm in all realms of work and life?  How can everyone take part in bringing about a “sharing revolution?”

Janelle Orsi
Janelle is an attorney specializing in helping people share resources and create sustainable communities. She works with cooperatives, social enterprises, non-profits, community gardens, cohousing communities, ecovillages, and anyone else doing innovative work to change the world. With Emily Doskow, she is co-author of “The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community.”

Janelle lives in “casual cohousing,” shares garden space and regular meals with her neighbors, takes part in a grocery co-op, shares an office space, and is always looking for new ways to share in her life.

Emily Doskow
Emily Doskow has been practicing family law in the Bay Area since 1989, specializing in LGBT family law including adoptions, domestic partnership agreements, parentage issues, and uncontested dissolutions. She is the author or coauthor of many Nolo titles, including The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community, Nolo’s Essential Guide to Divorce; Making it Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships, & Civil Unions; The Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples; and Neighbor Law. She is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley. Emily lives in Oakland and participates in a neighborhood work group as well as various other sharing arrangements.

Co-opist Presents: Worker Co-ops & Green Jobs Discussion and Mixer

Thursday, March 18, 6:30pm-9pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the public)  An introduction to worker co-ops and how 
they address the need for just, and economically and ecologically 
sustainable livelihoods.

6:30-7:30 Worker co-op panel discussion:

  • Hilary Abell – Executive Director, WAGES
  • Dana Harvey – Executive Director, Mandela Marketplace
  • Melissa Hoover – Executive Director, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
  • Moderator: Megan Amaral, Director,

7:30-9:00 Mixer/party to celebrate the launch of Co-opist, a new co-op resource website, with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres

For more information and to RSVP, click here.

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

Hub News

Hub SoMa Update

The design plan for Hub SoMa has been finalized (click here to see the Hub SoMa plan) and demolition has been completed.  Meanwhile, we’ve found out more about who our neighbors will be.  They include:

Wanna Throw an Event at The Hub?

We have new contacts for event space rental and event co-sponsorship.  For events at Hub Berkeley, please contact Meredith (  For events at Hub SoMa, please contact Tim (

New Members

Please help us welcome our new members:

Juliette Benitez, Euclid Lab
Gregory Davis, KW Hours
Kern Beare, FeelGood
Talis Apud, FeelGood
Sophia Gill
Christie George
Isobel White, Spark Action
Colin Mutchler, LoudSauce
Rod Howard, Synectic
Libby Weathers, SpiritWell Group


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One response to “Hub Weekly Roll-Up: Environmental Solutions Are in the Air

  1. I am looking for an entrepreneurial attorney specializing in forming community cooperatives. West coast. Any suggestions?

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