Hub Weekly Roll-Up: Dolphins, Devils, and Silver Linings

I could understand if you looked at our events list this week and found yourself feeling a little depressed.  Dolphin slaughter?  Devil’s bargains and slippery slopes?  Professional help for challenging conflicts?  But despair not, dear member, because our event schedule is actually filled with hope and inspiration, if you know where to find it.  Try looking at it this way:

On Wednesday we’re screening the Academy Award winning documentary The Cove, which, due to the daring and James Bond-like efforts of a team of passionate filmmakers, is managing to bring worldwide attention to the slaughter of tens of thousands of dolphins in a small town in Japan.  Our neighbors from across the hall at the International Marine Mammal Project, whose work is highlighted in the film, will be on hand afterward for some Q&A (and good, old-fashioned inspiration).

On Thursday author and Hub member Elizabeth Doty will teach us some tools for maintaining our values in sticky situations: negotiations, difficult decisions, and working with partners and allies who may have a different take on certain values or principles.  Later that afternoon member Mark Batson Baril will 0ffer consultations designed to bring new ideas, perspectives, and answers to a personal or professional conflict.  It will be a day filled with integrity and unstuckness.

There, now, that wasn’t so bad, was it?  In a world full of things gone wrong, we’re not in the habit of seeing what’s going right.  It takes practice and intention, but the Hub is here to help.

Upcoming Events**

The Short List:
Sexy Salad, March 24
Movie Night! (The Cove), March 24
Devil’s Bargains by Degrees: How Even People of Good Intent Can Make Compromises They Regret…and How Not to (brown bag lunch workshop with Elizabeth Doty), March 25
Managing Conflicts: Private Consultations with Mark Batson Baril, March 25
Food Justice Working Group Meeting, March 29
Sexy Salad, March 31
Water-Wise Actions in a Warming World: Green Solutions to Help the Planet and Your Bottom Line, April 1
Hub Focus Group Feedback Exchange, April 2

This week:

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, March 24, 12pm-1pm, 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!

Movie Night!  (The Cove)

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

(Members and invited guests only)  Go to the Movies at The Hub!

Join us for our first movie night. Our first movie just won the Oscar for best feature documentary.  The Cove exposes the slaughter of more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises off the coast in Japan every year, and how their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food in Japan and other parts of Asia, often labeled as whale meat.  Our neighbors from Earth Island Institute / International Marine Mammal Project will be on hand for Q and A afterwards.  Catch the trailer at

We plan to screen movies once a month at The Hub.  If you have suggestions of other movies to screen, please let Eugene Chan ( know.  We’re looking for movies that will entertain and enlighten and that would be of interest to Hub members.

Devil’s Bargains by Degrees: How Even People of Good Intent Can Make Compromises They Regret…and How Not to (brown bag lunch workshop with Elizabeth Doty)

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

(Members and invited guests only)  The pioneers who lead values-based ventures are generally inspired by a vision of changing the world… and sometimes have trouble understanding those who seem reluctant to change or even look at the harm caused by current practices. Even more disturbing, a surprising number of those committed to change often feel others in the field fall into unhealthy compromise and betraying the core of their cause.

In this interactive session, we will explore some surprising lessons from Elizabeth’s 52 interviews with professionals in a variety of settings, including several socially and environmentally responsible businesses, about how otherwise well-intentioned people can end up compromising the values and principles they are committed to.  Using the stories to spark our discussion, we will explore some common assumptions about “good guys and bad guys” (or gals), and how a more realistic understanding of compromise and integrity can help The Hub’s members:

  • Keep their own mission real and honest
  • Craft organizations that have integrity has a whole
  • Engage and negotiate with those you are trying to influence
  • And work with partners and allies who may have a different take on certain values or principles

Please RSVP to

Managing Conflicts: Private Consultations with Mark Batson Baril

Thursday, March 25, 1:30pm-6pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only)  The Invitation:  Hub member Mark Baril invites you to participate in a perspective building exercise that focuses on YOU! The goal is to help build greater productivity, relieve stress, and surface new ideas. Mark does that with you via a 20-30 minute private meeting that centers on a personal or professional issue, conflict, or challenge of your choosing. Through a proven process of asking the right questions and helping you explore your own answers, new ideas and directions are born.

Some specific areas of conflict may include: Partnership issues; Financial decisions; Melding of cultures; Vendor relations; Customer relations; Employee relations; Intense negotiations; Quality control issues; Technical communication issues; Business start-up issues; etc…

With a Business Management undergraduate degree, a Masters degree in Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies, and thirty plus years of experience in nurturing long-term relationships with manufacturing partners, Mark has a deep curiosity around negotiating and conflict management. He currently works with organizations to help them resolve conflicts and leverage their power to create positive change via sustainable conflict management practices.  He has facilitated business meetings for over twenty-five years and he works within teams of conflict professionals to help bring peace into the room through mediation, training, coaching, and conflict systems analysis work.

To schedule a session with Mark, please RSVP to

Next Week:

Food Justice Working Group Meeting

Monday, March 29, 6:00pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members only) Come meet other Hub members who are passionate about creating a just and sustainable food system and join forces to increase collaboration in the sector.  After a few meetings and some initial research, we’re ready to plan our first series of events aimed at helping groups working for food justice connect, learn, and collaborate across the sector.  Come help us turn the Hub into a tool for food change!  RSVP to

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, March 31 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members and invited guests only) See description above.

Water-Wise Actions in a Warming World: Green Solutions to Help the Planet and Your Bottom Line

Thursday, April 1, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Hub members and invited guests only) Hub member Juliet Lamont is a consultant specializing in “green infrastructure” planning and policy – specifically the areas of watershed protection and restoration, and water resources planning.  In her talk Juliet will go over the basics of “green infrastructure” – what it means and why it’s important  – and then delve more fully into the water arena, focusing on the strategies of water conservation, water recycling/reuse, and restoration of our natural ecological processes as the best approaches to complement and improve water quality and availability regionally and nationally.

Currently, water concerns are at the forefront of the environmental agenda, both here in California as well as world-wide. Juliet’s discussion will focus on the national, state, and regional levels – but many of these same concerns and proposed solutions can apply everywhere.  Juliet will talk both about broader water strategies and legislation, but also about what small businesses, non-profits, and individuals can do to effect solutions to our water crisis.

Come and join us for this timely and engaging event – there will be plenty of opportunity for questions, exchanging ideas, and the chance to meet fellow Hub-bers who have always wondered what’s really happens before (and after) you turn on the tap!  RSVP to

Hub Focus Group Feedback Exchange

Friday, April 2, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members only)  Looking to see what other members are doing? April 2nd is the kickoff Focus Group Feedback Exchange Lunch: a forum for members to present their work to get feedback and advice. So far, Elizabeth Ferguson will be speaking about leadership development programs, and Amie Vaccaro will present her new venture, Cobblestone Solutions. There’s room for two more speakers, so if you’d like to sign up, contact Isolde:

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

Hub News

Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Group Kicks Off

Last Friday evening 15 Hub members in the early stages of starting a business or organization got together to hold their first peer-to-peer mentoring group meeting at Hub Berkeley.  Elizabeth Ferguson, Ph.D facilitated the first meeting and helped the group get to know each other, share current challenges, and find a structure, format, and basic agreement that addressed the group’s needs.  The group plans to form one or more small groups to meet regularly to encourage focus, exchange feedback, and hold one another accountable to self determined tasks and goals.  If all goes well, we hope to start other peer mentoring groups that could meet in Berkeley and San Francisco.  If you’re interested in participating in future groups, please write

Hub Social Justice Working Group Needs Your Feedback

We’re getting ready to launch a Social Justice Working Group here at the Hub.  In preparation for the group, and to inform future Hub events and activities focused on Social Justice, we’ve put together a short, 10 question survey for you so that we can better understand your interests and needs.

  The survey takes less than 5 minutes to fill out and can be found here.

Thanks in advance for your feedback, which helps us design useful events and programs.

New Members

Please help us welcome our new members:

Dania Cabello, Education Without Borders
Nicole Ballin, Refill Revolution
Jonathan Cedar, Biolite Stove
John Stevenson
Kristin Walter, FeelGood
Mark Lee, SustainAbility
Lisa Cain, PagePoint Web Solutions

Member News

Design for Resilience Coming April 10

Hub member Neal Gorenflo’s is co-hosting Design for Resilience at Hub Berkeley on April 10:

Have you ever wondered what qualities enable certain people, organizations or communities to thrive despite unexpected challenges?

D4R is a full-day exploration of resilience as a strategy for thriving in an uncertain world.  And a call to action to prepare for the crises and opportunities unfolding today.

D4R will empower you to explore resilience through a combination of presentations and workshops (in Open Space format).  As an Open Space participant, you’ll collaborate with innovators from the social enterprise, design thinking, transition town, network science, local economy, urban planning, green evangelical, open source, public media, and positive psychology communities to create a unique, cross-sector learning experience.

At D4R, you’ll:

  • Add resilience thinking to your strategy toolbox
  • Build relationships across sectors by learning with diverse participants
  • Take home valuable insights to apply in your life and work.

D4R is designed for those managing dramatic change in business and civil society, and are determined to thrive on the challenge.
D4R will be held at The Hub Berkeley, a co-working and events center for social enterprise. D4R will be the first in a series of events culminating in a D4R presence at SOCAP10. This is your invitation to inaugurate the D4R community.  Hub members can receive a 25% discount (use the discount code “Hub”).

For more information or to register, click here.

Haiti: From Relief to Recovery Coming Soon

Haiti: From Relief to Recovery
 is a one-day conference to encourage Bay Area-based organizations’ collaboration.

Participants may include (unconfirmed, TBA):  Architects for Humanity, AIDG, Blum Center for Development Economics, Build Change, Global Fund for Women, Haiti Partners, Inveneo, Mercy Corps, Sinora Cares, and SOIL.
Our goal is to get Bay Area organizations and volunteers who are currently in Haiti together to share challenges, lessons learned and ideas on how to move forward from relief to long-term recovery. We believe with more dialogue comes more collaboration and efficiency, which hopefully means a recovery that is better, more sustainable and more responsive to Haitian needs and culture.

Saturday, April 17th, 2010
9am to 3pm
Open to organizations, Hub members, and the general public interested in Haiti relief efforts
Sponsored by The Hub Berkeley International Development Working Group
For more information, or to register, click here.

Member Discounts

Twestival on March 25

Our friends at Twestival have offered a limited number of 50% tickets to Hub Members.  Use the code “TwestivalFriends”.  All ticket sales/donations will also be matched!

For more information and to RSVP, click here.

What is Twestival SF?
On Thursday 25 March 2010, people in hundreds of cities around the world will come together offline to rally around the important cause of Education by hosting local events to have fun and create awareness.  Twestival™ (or Twitter Festival) uses social media for social good.  All of the local events are organized 100% by volunteers and 100% of all ticket sales and donations go direct to projects.

This event will focus around raising money for Concern Worldwide – @concern – helping children gain education in third world countries.  The night will be highlighted by special guests, entertainment (Stroke 9!) and amazing sponsors.


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