Hub Weekly Roll-Up: Versailles, Waffles, and What Ifs

What happens when a community of Vietnamese refugees in New Orleans gets threatened with displacement by a toxic landfill after Hurricane Katrina?  What happens is those refugees organize themselves to turn a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance for a better future.  See the story unfold this Wednesday at Hub movie night when we show A Village Called Versailles and hold a Q&A afterward with the film’s associate producer and community organizer Loan Dao.

What happens when a successful triple-bottom-line blog shares its expertise with curious Hub members?  Hub members get their burning questions about social media answered and find out how to submit a guest post to the popular blog Triple Pundit.

What happens when changemakers get their hands on all-you-can-eat waffles on an otherwise dreary Monday morning?  Breakthroughs happen, that’s what.  Game changing, disruptive, and leapfrogging innovations happen, fueled by Isolde’s secret waffle recipe and lots and lots of syrup.

What happens when the Hub starts humming with the conversations of diverse social innovators, all seeking solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems?  We’re just beginning to find out.  Come by the Hub and see for yourself.

Upcoming Events*

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

The Short List

Nonprofit Guide to Going Green Book Launch, April 27
Sexy Salad, April 28
Movie Night: A Village Called Versailles, April 28
Triple Pundit Office Hours, April 29

Hub Grub Waffle Bash!, May 3
Sexy Salad, May 5
Social Justice Working Group Meeting, May 6

This Week

Nonprofit Guide to Going Green Book Launch

Tuesday, April 27, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  You are cordially invited to meet editors and authors of the book Nonprofit Guide To Going Green – The Handbook. This book offers practical advice on how non-profits of any size can green their own organization, even on a limited budget.  Hosted by and Better World Telecom.  For more information or to RSVP, click here.

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, April 28, 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!

Movie Night: A Village Called Versailles

Wednesday, April 28, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Hub Berkeley

(Hub Members and Invited Guests Only) From saving dolphins in Japan to New Orleans, this month we will show “A Village Called Versailles”, a documentary that tells the struggle of Vietnamese-American refugees in New Orleans fighting to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill. It is the empowering story of how the Versailles people, who have already suffered so much in their lifetime, turn a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance for a better future.  Loan Dao, associate producer of the movie and community liaison/organizer, will be on hand for a Question and Answer session afterwards.   The website for the film is  Please RSVP to

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

Next Week:

Hub Grub Waffle Bash!

Monday, May 3, 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, May 5, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  See description above.

Social Justice Working Group Meeting

Thursday, May 6, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  17 community leaders from around the Bay Area convened at the first meeting of the Social Justice Working Group at Hub Berkeley last month.  We discussed how a group of people with strong roots in the local movement for social justice could work together to accomplish more than any one person or organization could do alone.  We talked about what such a group could work on as well as who should be involved and how it would operate.  People got excited about the possibility of working on a social justice forum and decided to meet again to flush out the idea in more detail.  Join us for this second meeting of the Social Justice Working Group and learn about the forum idea, give your input, and help create a platform for collaboration to further social justice in the Bay Area.

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:

Chuck Longanecker
Maria Jenson, Salon Oblique
Maureen Carroll, Lime Design Associates
Erin Hersey
Shadia Fayne Woo, Project Survival Media
Ann Winterman

Member Discounts

Green:Net Conference

Green:Net is where green and IT meet. Alternative energy gets lots of attention at most green conferences. The GigaOM Network’s Green:Net, is unlike other green technology conferences — it offers a specific point of view on how the computing and Internet revolutions will provide the tools needed to fight climate change.

At Green:Net 2010 understand the opportunities created when the Internet meets Green. Green:Net 2010 can help you understand how the tools, technologies and innovators of the IT and Internet revolution can be harnessed to further the green agenda. For more information, click here.

Members of The Hub receive a $200 discount – just follow this link.


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