Hub Weekly Roll-Up: Loyalty vs Labor

Someone recently pointed out to me that May 1–International Workers’ Day–is a much bigger deal in other countries than it is in the U.S.  According to Wikipedia, that’s because in 1958 U.S. lawmakers worried that May Day had been appropriated by the Soviet Union and designated May 1 as Loyalty Day so we could reaffirm our loyalty to the United States instead of commemorating the Haymarket Massacre of 1886, a deadly clash involving unions, policemen, a bomb, and the fight for an 8 hour workday.

Controversy aside, there are plenty of reasons to honor workers, so the Hub is taking matters into its own hands and will celebrate our hardworking members who are fighting for a better world throughout the month of May.  We’re starting with a Wine Down next Friday (5/14) at Hub SoMa.  We’ll open some wine to celebrate members and our soon-to-be-completed new space.  Then May 27 we’re hosting our Launch Party at Hub SoMa.  Focused on the concept of “radical collaboration,” the event will feature vignettes by Valerie Casey of the Designers Accord Tim Freundlich and Alex Michel from Hub Bay Area, and Alexa Arena of Forest City–each will discuss local and global forms of collaboration for social and environmental impact.

Alongside all that celebrating, we’re continuing our regular programs, from a brown bag lunch this Tuesday on Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Africa to our second Social Justice Working Group meeting this Thursday.  I hope you didn’t tire yourself out on Saturday reaffirming your loyalty to America so you can come celebrate with us throughout the month of May.

Upcoming Events*

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

The Short List

[HubBerk] Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Africa: a Brown Bag Lunch with Nii Simmonds, May 4
[HiubBerk] Sexy Salad, May 5
[HubBerk] Social Justice Working Group Meeting, May 6
[HubBerk] Sexy Salad, May 12
[BrowerCenter] Brower Center One Year Anniversary Happy Hour, May 12
[HubBerk] What Spirituality Means for Modern Women: an Introduction to Spiritual Wellness and Meditation: a Brown Bag Lunch with Libby Weathers, May 13
[HubSoMa] WineDown at Hub SoMa, May 14

This Week

[HubBerk] Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Africa: a Brown Bag Lunch with Nii Simmonds

Tuesday, May 4, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public) Enjoy a brown bag lunch hosted by Nii Simmonds, Co-founder of Afrobotics, a workshop/competition to fuel engineering, science, innovation, and entrepreneurship on the African continent, utilizing robotics.

Nii will share his perspective on Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Africa with a special focus on access to capital for African entrepreneurs and SMEs.  Nii has on-the-ground experience and hails from Ghana.  Today he spends most of his time in the States but still makes it to Africa 2-3 times per year.  In addition to his work with Afrobotics, Nii is the Africa Prize Director for the William James Foundation.  You can find out more about Nii on his blog.

There will also be an opportunity to talk about possibilities for collaboration.  Please RSVP to if possible.

[HubBerk] Sexy Salad

Wednesday, May 5, 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!

[HubBerk] 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.

Next Week:

[HubBerk] Sexy Salad

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

(Open to the Public)  See description above.

[BrowerCenter] Brower Center One Year Anniversary Happy Hour

Wednesday, May 12, 4:30pm – 6:30pm, Brower Center, 2nd Floor Terrace

Join others working in the building for an informal, hosted happy hour to celebrate the Center’s one-year anniversary.

Immediately after the happy hour, there will be a screening of a new documentary film “A Fierce Green Fire,” directed by Mark Kitchell, of Berkeley in the Sixties.  This film brings together all the pieces of the environmental movement, giving people the big picture of the one of the great causes of the 20th century – and one of the keys to the 21st.  Brower Center tenants have been offered 2 for 1 Tickets. Regular price is $25 General Admission. Email and provide the coupon code DBCGREENFIRE. Tickets are subject to availability, so reserve yours today to guarantee a spot.

[HubBerk] What Spirituality Means for Modern Women: an Introduction to Spiritual Wellness and Meditation (a Brown Bag Lunch with Libby Weathers)

Thursday, May 13, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only)  What does it mean to be a spiritual woman in a modern world? Join Libby Weathers, Founder of SpiritWell Group, for cafe conversations about life balance, spiritual wellness and an introduction to meditation. Connect with women and learn simple meditation techniques to easily integrate into everyday life.

About SpiritWell: Lessons in self-awareness add many valuable dimensions to the human experience. But, you can’t just think your way to them. It is the integration of mind and heart that truly transform your life. SpiritWell’s programs are designed to help you access the deeper realities of human experience. Through our retreats and courses, you’ll gain strength, insight and a greater sense of purpose. We believe you have endless personal resources to draw from, and that there is always time to nurture your human spirit.  Please RSVP to

[HubSoma] Wine Down at Hub SoMa

Friday, May 14, 5pm-6pm, Hub SoMa

(Members and Invited Guests Only) Every Friday evening, Hub SoMa will turn up the music and open some wine to celebrate the work week. For our first Wine Down, you are invited to join us and come see our new space.

Save the Date

[HubSoMa] Hub SoMa Launch Party, May 27

Member News

CoFed Featured on Slow Food USA Blog

Slow Food USA recently highlighted Hub member and volunteer Yoni Landau on its blog.  Yoni is the founder of CoFed, an organization he founded to train student leaders on campuses around Northern California to create local, organic, community-run cafes on their campuses.  Click here to read the post.

Michael Straus on a Trip Round the World

Hub member and founder of Straus Communications Michael Straus has left for his much anticipated trip round the globe.  With a little professional help from fellow Hubster Jennine Cohen, Michael has been planning this sabbatical for quite some time.  You can follow his journey in his own words on his blog.


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