Hub Berkeley Weekly Roll-Up: Ballot Propositions, Conflict Resolution, and Second Chances

First things first: please note that Hub Berkeley will be closed for Memorial Day on May 31.

It’s a week of second chances here at Hub Berkeley, just in case you didn’t get things quite right the first time.  If you didn’t, don’t worry–you’re in good company.  Take the Hub, for example.  We never had a launch party to properly celebrate the opening of Hub Berkeley.  That’s a mistake we intend to rectify by celebrating doubly hard this Thursday night at the Hub SoMa Radical Collaboration launch party.  (Be sure to register soon, using discount code HubRadical for your free ticket.)

Or Wine Down, a weekly ritual we started when we opened in Berkeley way back in September but soon abandoned due to a conspicuous lack of members in the space at 5pm on Friday evenings.  We’ve recently had some requests for a revival, so we’re trying again on June 4–this time with more fanfare, more members committed to coming, and an earlier start time (4pm).

But it’s not just the Hub.  California seems to always need more chances to correct past legislative mistakes and puts dozens of corrective propositions on the ballot each election in an attempt to make things right.  What’s a busy Hub member to do when she wants to do her civic duty but doesn’t have time to research all these ballot initiatives on her own?  Come to Hub Berkeley on June 1 to discuss the propositions with other members, that’s what, to pack a whole lot of facts and opinions into a little chunk of time.

And what about those times when despite your best effort you just didn’t get off on the right foot with someone?  Find a way to start things fresh by attending Mark Batson Baril’s office hours this Wednesday; he’ll coach you in how to handle conflicts productively and discover new directions in challenging relationships.  See?  Second chances all over the place.

We all have times when we wish we had a rewind button.  Don’t miss out on these events and make this week be one of them.

Upcoming Events*

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

The Hub Berkeley Short List
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
Hub Berkeley CLOSED for Memorial Day, May 31
June 8th Elections Ballot Propositions Discussion, June 1
Sexy Salad, June 2
Screening of “Crude, The Real Price of Oil”, June 2
Wine Down (it’s back), June 4

This Week

[HubBerk] Sexy Salad

Wednesday, May 26, 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] 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.

Next Week:

Hub Berkeley is CLOSED on Memorial Day, May 31

June 8th Elections Ballot Propositions Discussion

Tuesday, June 1, 6:30pm-8pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the public) On the June 8, 2010 State of California ballot, there are 5 propositions.  To see their official descriptions, click here.  To better understand the issues involved in these propositions, we will be hosting a discussion on these 5 propositions only.  We invite you to bring materials, guests and anything else (including snacks) that you believe can help all of us to better understand these propositions.

[HubBerk] Sexy Salad

Wednesday, June 2, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  See description above.

Screening of Crude, The Real Price of Oil

Wednesday, June 2, 6:00pm-8:30pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public) Join us for a screening of Crude, preceded by a discussion on environmental activism led by John Knox of Earth Island Institute and Ginger Cassady of Rainforest Action Network.  The first thirty minutes will be a social mixer, giving people enough time to settle in.  John will speak first on the topic of Environmental Activism since the first earth day event in 1970, and possibly give us an indication of how the movement should progress.  Then Ginger will bring us up to date on the Chevron lawsuit in Ecuador and introduce the film.  Fore more information on the film, click here.  To register for the event, click here.

Wine Down

Friday, June 4, 4:00pm, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only) Wine down is back!  Come work out of the Hub on Fridays then join us for an informal social hour (or however much you can spare) to decompress after a productive week, chat with other members, and transition to the weekend.  We’ll provide a bottle of wine, but feel free to bring more if you’re so moved.

Hub SoMa Events

[HubSoMa] Brown Bag Lunch with Deborah Cullinan, May 26
[HubSoMa] Sexy Salad, May 27
[HubSoMa] Radical Collaboration Hub SoMa Launch Party, May 27
[HubSoMa] Brown Bag Lunch with David Bornstein, May 28

[HubSoMa] Wine Down, May 28
[HubSoMa] Hub SoMa CLOSED for Memorial Day, May 31

[HubSoMa] Fearless Women Entrepreneur Day Event, June 2
[HubSoMa] Book Launch: The Coming Transformation of Higher Education, June 3
[HubSoMa] Presidio and Beyond: Sustainable Start-Ups @ the Hub

For details on Hub SoMa events, click here.

Hub News

Hubs  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:

Shannon Larsen
Jake Levitas
Jessica Weiss
Judy Ford
Martha Matsuda
Sudeep Motupalli Rao, Beautiful Communities
Keith Allman, Bamboo Finance
Christopher Curran, Sustainable Economies Law Center
Patrick Donohue, Bring
Maryline Daviaud Lewett, RealChange Network
Maia Hirschbein
Cameron Campbell
Aroma Sharma, Sustainable Economies Law Center
Erin Byers, Sustainable Economies Law Center
Mark Fish
Isabel Jagoe, Traction
Robert Gerughty
Beth Richardson, B Lab
Menekse Gencer, mPay Connect
Bill McCart

Member News

New Exhibition at the Brower Center (home of Hub Berkeley)

Opening Reception and Panel Discussion: Thursday June 10, 6:30pm

Artists and Activists: A Dialogue about Water and Human Rights
Photographers Robert Dawson and Roberto Bear Guerra – both featured in the exhibition – will discuss the artist’s experience and unique role in highlighting the connection between rivers, dams and human rights. They will be joined by Steve Rothert, California Director of American Rivers, and Aviva Imhof, Campaigns Director of International Rivers, activists on the front lines of the struggle for healthy rivers and human rights in California and around the world. This conversation will be moderated by Patrick McCully, Executive Director of International Rivers.

Free and open to the public.  
RSVP here.


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