Hub Berkeley Weekly Roll-Up: It’s a Hub SoMa!

There’s a favorite story in my family (or maybe it’s just my favorite because it explains so much) that when my mother brought me home from the hospital, my sister took a long look at me and said, “Okay, you can take her back to the hospital now.”

As manager of Hub Berkeley, I’m now having to spend some quality time in my sister’s shoes.  And though I love Hub Berkeley and the community that’s come together here, I have to admit I’m not above experiencing a bit of jealousy towards our newer, bigger, and much anticipated sibling that officially came into being at 9am this morning in the heart of San Francisco.

That said, there’s reason to believe that Hub Berkeley and Hub SoMa will get along swimmingly and become close friends as my sister and I have.  The good news for you is that now you have a home on two sides of the Bay.  And now that Hub SoMa is open, we’re sending out customized e-mails to San Francisco and Berkeley members, so you now have a personalized roll-up created just for you.

So for you, beloved Berkeley members, we have some exciting upcoming events.  First, Ashoka Youth Ventures is inviting members to help its entrepreneurs brainstorm strategies and solutions on Tuesday night.  Wednesday the International Development Working Group will hold its next meeting, and Thursday night Hub member Terry Patten will lead a training on Holacracy™: A New Operating System for Organizational Governance.  And don’t forget to come to Sexy Salad on Wednesday at noon to meet your fellow inspired Hub members.

I can’t wait to see how Hub Berkeley and Hub SoMa develop, with unique styles, interests, and personalities.  Will one be more pragmatic and one more idealistic?  One more literal and one more poetic?  One introverted and one more outwardly facing?  What kind of music will each prefer?  What kind of food?  The best thing about siblings is you get to know somebody from the very beginning then grow and mature together, becoming powerful resources for each other.  Okay, Hub SoMa can stay.

Upcoming Events*

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

The Hub Berkeley Short List
Food Working Group Launch Party, May 17
Ashoka Youth Ventures Meeting, May 18
Sexy Salad, May 19
International Working Group Meeting, May 19

Holacracy™: A New Operating System for Organizational Governance (produced by Softlanding Enterprises), May 20
Sexy Salad, May 26
Centering on Conflicts: Office Hours (with Hub Member Mark Batson Baril), May 26
International Futures Forum Bob Horn Mural Event, May 26
Radical Collaboration Hub SoMa Launch Party, May 27

This Week

[HubBerk] Food Working Group Launch Party

Monday, May 17, 6pm-8pm, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only) The Hub Food Working Group is planning big things for the month of June, including a mixer for movers and shakers in the movement for a just and sustainable food system and a debate on the pros and cons of urban agriculture.  In preparation for all this excitement, the Food Working Group is inviting all Hub members who care about food to come meet one another, eat, relax, and find out more about the upcoming debate series being planned.  Bring some food to share and remember, this is a party, not a meeting!  RSVP to

[HubBerk] Ashoka Youth Ventures Meeting

Tuesday, May 18, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public) Hub Berkeley is hosting one of a series of on-going monthly dinners with Ashoka’s Youth Venture.  Please come for a potluck gathering, Hub “Sexy Salad” Style.  The evening will begin with an Opening Ceremony and Introductions, to be followed by a Sexy Salad Potluck.  At 7:30pm folks will break out into focus groups to discuss/brainstorm the current projects of four youth teams.  Hub members will have the opportunity to hear from the young folks about their triumphs and current challenges, and will then brainstorm strategies for overcoming obstacles and stretching towards further success.  The evening will end with a Closing Ceremony and goodbyes.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Amy Benziger at

[HubBerk] Sexy Salad

Wednesday, May 19, 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] International Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, May 19, 6:30pm-8pm, Hub Berkeley

(Members and Invited Guests Only)  More information coming soon.

[HubBerk] Holacracy™: A New Operating System for Organizational Governance (produced by Softlanding Enterprises)

Thursday, May 20, 6pm-8:30pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public) Applying post-conventional leadership within conventional structures is not enough – we need a whole-system shift to a new tier of Consciousness and evolution. Discover Holacracy™, a remarkable new operating system for organizational governance that cleanly integrates the distributed intelligence of everyone on the team. Rarely do organizations live up to their full potential. Much time and energy are wasted in ineffective meetings, painful decision-making, and rigid structures. To fulfill their evolutionary purposes, organizations must shift from static predict-and-control to dynamic sense-and-respond — from ego-driven to evolution-powered. A comprehensive system for structuring and running an organization, Holacracy’s organic structure and transformative approach integrates the collective wisdom of everyone involved — without the tyranny of consensus. It liberates organizations to become direct expressions of evolution in action, while delivering better results, and dramatically increased agility, transparency, innovation, and accountability. Download an article or attend a free webinar at To register for this free event, please click here.  For further information, please contact Eric Graham at

Next Week:

[HubBerk] Sexy Salad

Wednesday, May 26, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  See description above.

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

Wednesday, May 26, 1:30pm-6pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members and Invited Guests 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.

Mark Batson Baril: a conflict manager, facilitator, and mediator and has worked in the small business world for more than thirty years. You can find out more here.  RSVP to

[Hub Berk] International Futures Forum Bob Horn Mural Event

Wednesday, May 26, 6:30pm-9:00pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public) International Futures Forum fellow Bob Horn will talk about his work on Vision 2050: A New Agenda for Business. This is a report pulled together by the World Business Council on Sustainable Development which looks at the steps necessary to be able to support the estimated 9 billion people who will be living on earth in 2050, whilst living within one planet’s worth of resources. Currently our civilizational footprint is around 1.3 earths, so clearly many things need to change. Bob created an information mural, roughly 14ft long, synthesizing the output of the report, which we will have the opportunity to explore together.  To purchase tickets ($10), click here.

[HubSoMa] Radical Collaboration Hub SoMa Launch Party

Thursday, May 27, 7pm-10pm, Hub SoMa

(Open to the Public)  Check out the Hub’s brand new 8600 square foot space in the newly minted Social Innovation Complex on Mission Street. Meet our neighbors Intersection for the Arts, TechShop and more. Sample amazing food and drinks from social enterprises from the Bay and beyond!  Free for Hub members (use discount code HubRadical).  To register or for more information, click here.

Hub SoMa Events

[HubSoMa] Cyber-Speech and Cyber-Defense — and why they are important to you, May 18, 4pm-6pm
[HubSoMa] Sexy Salad at Hub SoMa, May 19, 12pm-1pm
[HubSoMa] Intersection for the Arts Opening Reception & Inaugural gallery exhibition “Let’s Talk of a System”, May 19, 6pm-8pm
[HubSoMa] Triple Pundit Office Hours, May 20, 3pm-6pm
[Hub SoMa] Presidio Bike Tour (20 people), May 24, 1pm-2pm
[HubSoMa] Radical Collaboration Hub SoMa Launch Party, May 27, 7pm-10pm

For details on Hub SoMa events, click here.

Hub News

Hub  Closed on Memorial Day

Hub Berkeley and Hub SoMa will be closed on Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day.

New Members

Please help us welcome our new members:

Kari Ness Riedel, Rubicon National Social Innovations
Amy Lockwood, Project Healthy Children
Scott White
Jade Rex, Rubicon National Social Innovations
Melissa Foley, Rubicon National Social Innovations
R Carter McRee
Huey Mach, ACS Managed Care Solutions
Meg Lee, WDHB Consulting Group
Cara Jones, Story Tellers for Good
Jubran Kanaan, ICF International
Natalie Compton
Johanna Nilsson
Sarah Schramm
Leann Petersen
Jake Levitas

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