Hub Berkeley Weekly Roll-Up: Salad, Chocolate, and Wine

Okay, I admit it, I have a food problem, though it’s a problem that I’m honestly not terribly motivated to fix.  I’ve got food on my mind again, and today it’s not enough to just eat it (and eat it I will, rest assured, five times before the day is done); nope, today I’m afraid I have to talk about it too.

It’s actually not so much my fault as the fact that food and community go together like peanut butter and jelly (or peanut butter and honey if you like the sweet stuff as much as I do).  I swear I had almost nothing to do with this, but most of our upcoming events revolve around food.  On the menu this week:

  • Appetizer: Salad.  Sexy Salad is full of personality, surprises, and–best of all–community.  Feel free to join us, every Wednesday at Hub Berkeley at noon.
  • Main Course: Urban Agriculture. Put together by the Hub’s Food and Farming Working Group, this debate on if and how urban agriculture can improve our food system will take place TONIGHT at Hub SoMa and highlight diverse viewpoints and bring together some movers and shakers in the Bay Area urban agriculture scene.
  • Dessert: Chocolate. This Thursday is Madecasse Chocolate’s launch party at Hub SoMa, where they’ll be celebrating the birth of a company that turns the current economic development paradigm on its stubborn little head.  All Madecasse chocolate is sourced, produced, and packaged in Madagascar, creating 4X more income in the region than Fair Trade alone.  Founder and Hub member Brett Beach will be there as well as, I can only assume, lots of delicious chocolate.
  • Aperitif: Wine. Okay, technically an aperitif is a pre-dinner drink, but Wine Down is at the end of the week, so at the Hub we’re starting a tradition where the aperitif comes last.  Last week we had a lively and relaxing reception to welcome the weekend, and we plan on doing it again at Hub Berkeley this Friday at 4pm.

I hope you can join us, and I hope that you’re hungry.  As my French friend would say, Bon Appetit!

Upcoming Events*

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

The Hub Berkeley Short List
Movie Screening: The Money Fix, June 8
Sexy Salad, June 9
Social Justice Working Group Working Meeting, June 9
Wine Down, June 11
Sexy Salad, June 16
International Development Working Group Meeting, June 16
Wine Down, June 11

This Week

Movie Screening: The Money Fix

Tuesday, June 8, 12pm-1:30pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Hub Members and Invited Guests Only) Money is at the intersection of nearly every aspect of modern life. Most of us take the monetary system for granted, but it has a profound and largely misunderstood influence on our lives.  The Money Fix is a feature-length documentary exploring our society’s relationship with the almighty dollar.

The Money Fix examines economic patterning in both the human and the natural worlds, and through this lens we learn how we can empower ourselves by redesigning the lifeblood of the economy at the community level. The film documents three types of alternative money systems, all of which help solve economic problems for the communities in which they operate.

The Sustainable Economies Law Center is hosting a screening of The Money Fix open to all Hub members and invited guests.  Feel free to come by.  For more information on the movie, click here.

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, June 9, 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!

Social Justice Working Group Working Meeting

Wednesday, June8, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public) The Social Justice Working Group is meeting to plan a large, TED-style event to bring together diverse individuals and groups working for social justice in the East Bay and generate interest in creating ongoing collaboration through the working group.  If you’d like to help plan this event, please feel free to come by.

Wine Down

Friday, June 11, 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 16, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  See description above.

International Development Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, June 16, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Hub Berkeley

(Members and invited guests only)  Come talk about issues in International Development with other Hub members.  As always, this is a potluck, so bring some food or drink to share.

Wine Down

Friday, June 18, 4:00pm, Hub Berkeley

(Members and Invited Guests Only)  See description above.

Hub SoMa Events
[HubSoMa] Waffle Bash, June 7
[HubSoMa] Food and Farming: Urban Agriculture in Depth at the Hub, June 8
[HubSoMa] Sexy Salad, June 10

[HubSoMa] Madecasse Launch Party: Chocolate, Social Impact, Changing the Status Quo in Africa, June 10
[HubSoMa] Intersection for the Arts 45th Anniversary Gala, June 12
[HubSoMa] Waffle Bash, June 14
[HubSoMa] Intersection 5M Fundraising Mixer, June 16
[HubSoMa] Sexy Salad, June 17
[HubSoMa] Acumen Fund and the Hub Present: Social Enterprise from Scratch, June 17
[HubSoMa] Wine Down, June 18

[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  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 details on other Hub SoMa events, click here.

Hub News

Get an Investor’s Perspective: Office Hours with a Wes Selke

Wes Selke is the Investment Manager at Good Capital, a close partner of Hub Bay Area and social investment firm.  Wes is offering office hours for other Hub members who want to hear an investor’s perspective on raising capital.  Wes can address such topics as what type of capital is best for which stage and type of business; what investors are looking for; how to find potential investors; and how to prepare a business for investment.   If you’re interested in scheduling a time to meet with Wes, you may e-mail him at to set something up.  Please keep in mind that this is not a pitch session, but rather a time to ask someone who invests in social enterprises for a living for advice about your business or idea.

Book Author Looking for Hub Members’ Stories

The Hub Milan is developing a project with an Italian writer and radio presenter, Marco Liorni, who is interested in writing a book about Hubbers and their world-changing personal and professional stories. Marco Liorni goes live every day on RDS (one of Italy’s most popular radio broadcasting networks), after seven years spent working in TV.  His book will be published and launched in Italy and then translated and possibly published internationally starting from next October.

All members of Hubs in the world are kindly invited to give their contribution, telling their professional story inside the Hub (the projects they are developing, their experiences, impressions and whatever they consider relevant in order to pass on the Hub’s atmosphere to the reader) or telling their personal story (particularly significant episodes of their lives, world views, utopias, etc…).  Those members who are interested should email Alberto Masetti-Zannini ( and Federica ( You will then receive an email with a brief series of questions, which will need to be returned via email no later than 15 June 2010.

New Members

Please help us welcome our new members:

Amy Belanger, Idealist Marketing
Karen Pak Oppenheimer
Starla Sireno
Alicia Conway, B Lab
Ashmeet Kapoor
Irene Perciali
Jennifer Morgan, Redford Center
Claire Marsh
Brad Paul
Lande Ajose, BTW Informing Change
Jacob Luer, Inca Tern
Janine Firpo, Sevak Solutions
Heidi Arriza
Pete Davies, Terrapass
Alesia Tom
Valerie Mih, See Here Studios
Jeffrey Breau

Member News and Events

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.


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