Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve yearned for justice, whether it was wanting to protect the defenseless beetle getting scorched by a classmate’s magnifying glass or making sure my sister got exactly the same amount of ice cream as me. When I was in college, I realized that given what was going on in the world, my campaign for equal dessert opportunity was perhaps a wee bit narrow in focus. So I broadened my horizons and since then have sought to advance social justice in one way or another in all the work that I do.
The good news is that I’m not the only one doing this, and two leaders with deep roots in the local movement for a more equitable society are attempting to accelerate the efforts of people like me by convening a Social Justice Working Group at the Hub.
If you’re thirsty for justice like me–of the societal sort, not the bloody, revenge-driven, Princess Bride variety–then come to the kickoff meeting this Thursday night at Hub Berkeley. There won’t be any guns or sword duals, but there will be a group of folks who are passionate about social justice looking for ways to take the movement forward together.
Alternatively, if your love of justice is rivaled only by your love of fashion, then you should check out the Bay Area Ethical Fashion Night to be held on Thursday at Hub SoMa. With lots of fair trade products, music, and food, you really can’t lose.
To all those thirsty souls out there, I invite you to come see if together we can create a world where there’s enough ice cream for everyone.
The Short List:
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
Sexy Salad, April 14
Youth and Entrepreneurship: Ten9Eight Movie and Case Studies Night for Teen Age Entrepreneurs, April 15
Wednesday, April 7, 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!
Social Justice Working Group Kickoff Meeting
Thursday, April 8, 6:30pm-8pm, Hub Berkeley
(Open to the public) 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. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
[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, Sociate.com, SOCAP10, and Shareable.net.
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.
Wednesday, April 14, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley
(Members and invited guests only) See description above.
Youth and Entrepreneurship: Ten9Eight Movie and Case Studies Night for Teen Age Entrepreneurs
Thursday, April 15, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Hub Berkeley
(Open to the public) Come inspire and get inspired by the teenage entrepreneurs who are creating the companies and NGOs that will shape our future.
To start, we will show excerpts of Ten9Eight, a movie that tells the story of several kids from low-income communities who discovered the power of entrepreneurship. After 35 minutes of excerpts, students will break into groups to work on short case studies focused on social entrepreneurship.
Each group will work with an experienced entrepreneur who will facilitate discussions among students and help them prepare a
short presentation showing the group’s plan for their case. Students will have 5-7 minutes to present the group’s proposed solutions.
Everyone is welcome to join!
**Events in red are Hub-produced events. Events in black or gray are member-produced.
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Global Social Venture Conference Coming Soon
Join the 11th annual Global Social Venture Conference April 22-23!
Location: David Brower Center & Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Downtown Berkeley
The Global Social Venture Conference gives you the opportunity to engage with the competition’s finalists and network with experts from across the social impact community. This is a fantastic chance to learn about the new and innovative business solutions to global problems, talk with the leaders of social impact organizations, and learn how to launch your own double- or triple-bottom-line business!
The conference includes presentations from the Global Social Venture Competition’s global finalists, exciting keynote speakers, and in-depth panel sessions. This year, we will be featuring Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps, and Wilford Welch, author of Tactics Of Hope. The panels cover topics such as innovative business models, how to secure funding, addressing key legal challenges, global health, education, CSR, and the environment — all with a focus on how to start and sustain a business or non-profit with social impact.
Pre-registration for this conference is required, and seats are limited. Register here to get the early bird rate!