Hub Weekly Roll-Up: Good News, Gifts, and Budsocks

If you’re anything like me, you’re ready for some good news right about now.  Teased by summer weather but still stuck in the last dregs of the rainy season, I have to keep reminding myself that April showers bring May flowers.  And for Hub members, it brings a few other gifts as well.

May’s first Hub gift will be the opening of a new location in the SoMa district of San Francisco.  You’ve all received multiple e-mails announcing the new location and our subsequent trial rates (which save you $90-$150/month on all Hub 10o and Hub Unlimited memberships).  Now we have something else to add: starting in May, all Hub 100 and Hub Unlimited members pay half the rack rate for Hub meeting rooms (as low as $12/hour in Berkeley and $15/hour at SoMa).

If you’re more of a kinesthetic person and like presents that you can touch or even unwrap, then you’ll probably be most excited about our final gift, brought to you by fellow Hub member Jeffrey Wescott, founder of Budsock.  What is a budsock?  It’s an ingenious device that keeps your ear buds from getting all tangled up in your bag.  It’s small, convenient, made of Organic cotton, and now available to you–for free!–at Hub Berkeley.  Jeffrey has generously brought us a box of budsocks to give out to  Hub members.  So come pick yours up anytime during open hours (9-6, M-F).

And while you’re at it, join us on Wednesday for Sexy Salad or the International Development Working Group meeting and hear from organizations doing good work in Haiti.  Read more about these and other events below or on our calendar.

Rain supports life, but there’s another reason to like it as well.  Rain brings rainbows, and we all know what can be found at the end of those.

Upcoming Events*

*Hub produced events in Red; Member produced events in Gray.

The Short List

Sexy Salad, April 21
Haiti: From Relief to Recovery (a special meeting of the International Development Working Group), April 21
Sexy Salad, April 28
Centering on Conflicts: Office Hours (with Hub Member Mark Batson Baril), April 28
Triple Pundit Office Hours, April 29

This Week

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, April 21, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the public)  Sexy Salad is officially a Hub tradition every Wednesday!  Join us this Wednesday to relax, eat, chat, and get to know other amazing Hub members–entrepreneurs, freelancers, academics, funders, leaders, movers and shakers working for good.   We’re now inviting potential members to join us for some salad and check out what the Hub community is all about.

Participation is easy: just show up, 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!

Haiti: From Relief to Recovery (a special meeting of the International Development Working Group)

Wednesday, April 21, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the public)  The one-day conference “Haiti: From Relief to Recovery” will now be a special meeting of the Hub’s International Development Working Group to encourage Bay Area-based organizations’ collaboration in building a
sustainable Haiti, and to share challenges and lessons learned from the field.

Featuring presentations by: AIDG, Global  Fund for Women, Inveneo, Build Change.  A potluck dinner will be followed by presentations and discussion.

Next Week:

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, April 28, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the public)  See description above.

Centering on Conflicts: Office Hours (with Hub Member Mark Batson Baril)

Wednesday, April 28, 1:30pm-6:00pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members only)  Having conflicts in your organization is normal and potentially very healthy when handled well. Anticipating conflicts and working through them at the earliest possible stages can help create a vibrant learning atmosphere and is what helps drive many of today’s successful ventures. Working with conflicts early can also help save a tremendous amount of money, time, relationship strain, and effort when compared with allowing conflicts to fester and grow out of control.

Some typical conflicts stem from; partnerships issues; personality conflicts; differing ideas on new directions; money issues; vendor contract issues; design and interpretation conflicts; team building; communication styles; combining cultures; ethical issues; and new business strain issues of many types.

Join Mark for private, confidential and complimentary office hours that center on you, your organization, and a situation 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.    You can find out more about Mark at:  Please RSVP to Mark at

Triple Pundit Office Hours

Thursday, April 29, 3:00pm-6:00pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members only)  Curious about how to leverage blogging and social media to further your business? Hub partner Triple Pundit is pleased to announce that they will be be hosting exclusive office hours for Hub members the last Thursday of every month from 3-6 in Berkeley. Triple Pundit is one of the leading blogs about sustainable business with thousands of visitors every day. Come visit with Managing Editor Jen Boynton and tell her about your company, find out how you can submit a guest post to 3p, or just ask that burning question about twitter or Google Buzz. For more information, email

Hub News

Lower Meeting Room Rates for Hub 100, Hub Unlimited Members

Need another reason to spend more time at the Hub?  Now you have one: cheaper meeting room rental.  Starting May 1, Hub 100, Hub Unlimited, and Hub Permanent Desk members will pay half price to rent Hub meeting rooms.  That’s as low as $12/hour in Berkeley and $15/hour in SoMa.  Questions?  Want to upgrade to take advantage of these rates?  Write us at or call us at (510) 649.7700.

Budsocks Have Arrived at Hub Berkeley–Pick Yours Up!

Hub member Jeffrey Wescott is involved in several exciting projects, but the most important one right now for other Hub members is Budsock.  Never heard of a budsock before?  Good thing for you, now you have.  It’s an ingenious device that makes it impossible for your ear buds to get all tangled up.  It’s small, convenient, made of Organic cotton, and now available to you–for free!–at Hub Berkeley.  Jeffrey has generously brought us a box of budsocks to give out to other Hub members.  Come pick up yours at Hub Berkeley today!  And find out more about budsocks here.

New Members

Please help us welcome our new members:

Patrin Watanatada, SustainAbility
Scarlett Shepard, Women’s Film Institute/San Francisco Women’s Film Festival
Felice Ana Denia, Denia Dance
Ruth-Laurie Winestock, Paradise by Design
Gerardo Capiel, Benetech
Alison Brick
Tania Tam
Dennis Clark, DEFTA Partners
Steven Schultz, Oceanview Consulting
Yolanda Hippensteele

Member News

Global Social Venture Conference Coming Up

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!


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