Hub Weekly Roll-Up: Food for Thought

Would it be wrong for me to use food again to entice you to the Hub?  It feels a little clichéd, like using sex to sell a movie, but in my admittedly food obsessed brain, it still makes a lot of sense.

What food does the Hub have to offer you?  How about the Food Working Group, which after a productive meeting last night is getting ready to host a series of food-centered parties and debates to promote collaboration in the sector.  Or Sexy Salad–weekly proof that collaboration is not only powerful, but delicious as well.  Or waffles–described by one participant last month as “the best waffles I’ve ever had in my life”–again next Monday morning.

Or how about this?  On Friday  Hub members are invited to their first Focus Group Feedback Exchange (get it?  Feed-back?) to hear about fellow members’ projects and give input on particular decisions they’re facing. And Thursday, in our weekly brown bag lunch gathering, water expert and Hub member Juliet Lamont will talk about where our water comes from, where it goes, and what we can do to create solutions to our water crisis.  Feel free to bring your lunch so this can be a food-centered event as well.

Food may not make the world go round, but it certainly does bring people together.

Upcoming Events**

The Short List:

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
Hub Grub Waffle Bash, April 5
Sexy Salad, April 7
Social Justice Working Group Kickoff Meeting, April 8

[Hub SoMa] Bay Area Ethical Fashion Night, April 8
Design for Resilience: Thriving in an Uncertain World, April 10

This week:

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, March 31, 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!

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:

Next Week:

Hub Grub Waffle Bash!

Monday, April 5, 10am-11am, Hub Berkeley

(Members only) No need to feel down this Monday.  Come usher in a new week and a new month with a warm waffle brunch at the Hub! We’ll provide the batter, and encourage you to bring the chatter and your favorite toppings and ingredients (syrup, berries, bananas, chocolate chips, etc.) Relax and mingle with your fellow members and enjoy a hot breakfast!

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, April 7, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members and invited guests only) See description above.

Social Justice Working Group Kickoff Meeting

Thursday, April 8, 6:30pm-8pm, Hub Berkeley

The Hub’s Social Justice Working Group is calling all leaders working for social justice to come to the kickoff meeting to contribute their ideas, energy, and insight.

Here is an excerpt from the call to action sent out by Boku, one of the organizers of the group:

“The premise is simply that ‘social justice begins with us.’ The Hub wants to create an on-going program of social justice advocacy. Not that they’ll own; it’ll belong to all of us but it’ll be conveniently accessible to us via The Hub.

“There is no doubt that we are all hurting by the economy, by the overall disenfranchisement of our social system.  And if we remain separated in our little groups, then we’ll continue to suffer when the real problem is the same for all of us. If we don’t unite we stay status quo and we continue to fight over scraps. So social justice begins with us.

“So my challenge is identifying the most important issues of social justice.  Break it down; specify it:

  • Our toxic food system?
  • Our incarceration system?
  • Our one-sided economic system?
  • Our education system?
  • Our eroding environment?
  • Our unaffordable health system?
  • The continued death of our social service system?
  • Our inability to see our own racism, ageism and sexism?

“So, any ideas; How do we gain momentum and get something that’s real and concrete to come out of this; something that kicks ass to our main issue? Would we then gain the momentum and power to take on the other issues?”

Come to this meeting and explore how we can use the Hub as a base to create connections, gain traction, and increase visibility in the movement for social justice.

[Hub SoMa] Bay Area Ethical Fashion Night

Thursday, April 8, 7pm-10pm, Hub SoMa

(Open to the public) Hub Bay Area is partnering with the Global Action through Fashion folks to host their first Bay Area Ethical Fashion night! This event hopes to stimulate discussion and awareness around socially and environmentally responsible fashion in the Bay Area. Local and global actors will have the opportunity network and learn from each others’ experience. Local producers of fashion and fair trade products will be able to share and sell their work and ethical fashion displays will highlight the latest materials, designs and sourcing techniques. Food, beverages, and music will be provided. For more information or to register, click here.

Design for Resilience: Thriving in an Uncertain World

Saturday, April 10, 8:30am-5:00pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the public)  Brought to you by FAS.research, The Idea Hive,, SOCAP10, and

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.

D4R is designed for those managing dramatic change in business and civil society, and are determined to thrive on the challenge.  It 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.

For more information or to register, click here.

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

Hub News

Hub Offices at SoMa Sold Out

The six offices at Hub SoMa are all now officially full.  We’re excited to welcome to our network and our future space the following innovative enterprises:

  • Hull Family Foundation, a funder that seeks to promote social justice and believes that education is a key factor in initiating change
  • Investors’ Circle, a network of angel investors who seek financial, social and environmental returns on their investments
  • Mercy Corp, an organization of 3,700 professionals of 3700 professionals helping turn crisis into opportunity for millions around the world
  • Rubicon National Social Innovators, an organization that collaborates with high performing nonprofit organizations and corporate partners to launch social enterprises that have the ability to scale nationally.
  • Adaptive Edge, a consulting firm that enables leaders, organizations and groups to anticipate, adapt and innovate for the future – and make better decisions in the present.
  • Exponent Partners, a provider of services and solutions for high performing nonprofits

New Members

Please help us welcome our new members:

Chris Jarvis
Huey Mach, ACS Managed Care Solutions
Alfredo Mathew, Education Without Borders
Charlton Barreto, BTC Logic

Member News

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.


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