Hub Berkeley Weekly Roll-Up: Enjoying the Fruit of Collaboration

The Hub’s working groups have been, well, working hard over the last few weeks, and soon you’ll have a chance to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

But first, some of you may be wondering, “And what exactly is a working group?”  Working groups are a way for Hub members with an interest in a particular sector or area of impact to work together to increase collaboration in their field.  They usually meet monthly and often host discussions or events, but being member driven and responsive to the needs of a particular sector, each has a slightly different format and focus.  Right now we have groups working in International Development, Social Justice, Food and Farming, and Environmental Solutions.

So what does this mean for you?  Right now it means there are two great events coming up that you just might want to check out.  The first is hosted by the Environmental Solutions Working Group: a screening of the award-winning film Crude: The Real Price of Oil.  Directed by Joe Berlinger, Crude is “the inside story of the infamous ‘Amazon Chernobyl’ case [against Texaco], a real-life high stakes legal drama, set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures.”  Preceded by a discussion on environmental activism led by John Knox of Earth Island Institute and Ginger Cassady of Rainforest Action Network, Crude is coming to a Hub near you (specifically the Berkeley one) tomorrow night.

Then next Tuesday at Hub SoMa the Food and Farming Working Group is hosting an exciting debate about urban agriculture and if it really is the best use of our inner-city real estate.  Preceding the debate, which is open to the public, is a mixer for folks working in urban agriculture.  See below for details.

And regardless of what group you’re working with, don’t forget to take a break and stop by Sexy Salad (Wednesday at noon) or Wine Down (Friday at 4pm)  this week.  Your hostess enjoys communicating with you through e-mails and blog posts, but finds it much more inspiring to speak with you in person. 

Upcoming Events*

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

The Hub Berkeley Short List
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
Sexy Salad, June 9
Wine Down, June 11

This Week

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, June 2, 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!

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.

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.

Next Week:

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, June 9, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  See description above.

Wine Down

Friday, June 11, 4:00pm, Hub Berkeley

(Members and Invited Guests Only)  See description above.

Hub SoMa Events

[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, June 3
[HubSoMa] Waffle Bash, June 7
[HubSoMa] Food and Farming: Urban Agriculture in Depth at the Hub, June 8
[HubSoMa] Madecasse Launch Party: Chocolate, Social Impact, Changing the Status Quo in Africa

[HubSoMa] Book Launch: The Coming Transformation of Higher Education

Thursday, June 3, 4:30-6pm, Hub SoMa

(Open to the Public) Join Fast Company reporter Anya Kamenetz for a discussion about how entrepreneurship and technology are changing education and her new book DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (Chelsea Green, April 2010). RSVP here.

About DIY U The price of college tuition has increased more than any other major good or service for the last 20 years. Nine out of 10 American high school seniors aspire to go to college, yet the United States has fallen from world leader to only the tenth most educated nation. Almost half of college students don’t graduate; those who do have unprecedented levels of federal and private student loan debt, which constitutes a credit bubble similar to the mortgage crisis. Consequently, our choice is clear; radically change the way higher education is delivered, or resign ourselves to never having enough of it. In the age of constant connectedness and social media, it’s time for the monolithic, millennium-old, ivy-covered walls to undergo a phase change into something much lighter, more permeable, and fluid. The future lies in personal learning networks and paths, learning that blends experiential and digital approaches, and open-source educational models. Increasingly, you will decide what, when, where and with whom you want to learn, and you will learn by doing.

[HubSoMa] Food and Farming: Urban Agriculture in Depth at the Hub

Tuesday, June 8, 6:30-8:30pm, Hub SoMa

(Open to the Public) Join us at Hub SoMa on June 8th for the first of a series of great debates where controversial topics in food and farming will be discussed. The first debate focuses on urban agriculture and whether growing volumes of food in urban areas makes sense, and if so, how. Practitioners and advocates will provide participants with an expansive view of urban agriculture by exploring different angles of the various issues associated with the topic. If you work in urban agriculture, please join us for a mixer before the debate that is aimed at providing those working in the sector with a space for collaboration and communication. Mixer for those working in the food sector: 6:30-7:30 Debate: 7:30-8:30 pm.  RSVP to the mixer by writing kateseely@gmail.com.  RSVP for the debate here.

[HubSoMa] Madecasse Launch Party: Chocolate, Social Impact, Changing the Status Quo in Africa

Thursday, June 10, 7-9:30pm, Hub SoMa

(Open to the Public) If you like chocolate and are interested in how it’s helping change lives in Madagascar, join us for the Bay Area launch of Madécasse /mah-day-cas/.  This free evening event will focus on the unique flavor of Madécasse chocolate and how it is being used as a means for social change. Seven bars will be featured with a photo gallery of Madagascar and information about the challenges facing what is the 4th poorest nation in the world. Check us out on YouTube Learn more about Madécasse.  Inspired by the founders’ Peace Corps experiences in Madagascar, Madécasse is one of the only chocolates in the world made from cocoa bean to finished chocolate bar in Africa. (Most companies simply export cocoa beans.) The Madécasse approach – from working with cocoa farmers and the production team to printing packaging – keeps 4x more income in Madagascar (vs. exporting cocoa). Join us for a taste of change! RSVP here.

For more details on Hub SoMa events, click here.

Member News and Events

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.

San Francisco Nonprofit Career Conference

Opportunity Knocks in partnership with YNPNsfba (Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – San Francisco Bay Area chapter) presents a full day of training and consultations to help you:

  • Analyze your resume and job search strategies
  • Determine a nonprofit career path
  • Transition from the for profit to nonprofit sector

Who Should Attend? Nonprofit professionals seeking to advance their career and for-profit/corporate professionals looking to switch careers to the nonprofit sector.  Click here for more information and to register.

Hub News

New Members

Please help us welcome our new members:

Vandna Mittal
Brian Hassan
Justin Roberts
Nicole Cassani
Azeem Butt

Kate Ettinger
Vanessa Maren
Abigail Sawyer
Jeff Gaffney
Angelica Lirag
Mircalla Wozniak
Richard Andrews, Questpoint
Ellen Toomey
Ajit Bhalla, 2010 NY.org
Amol Mehra
Connie Ulasewicz
Rana Chang, House Kombucha
Jacob Harold, Hewlett Foundation
Stephen Chasan
Jeffrey Shiau, Memee

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