Hub Berkeley Weekly Roll-Up: 3 Cheers for Hubsters

To be honest, I’ve never been one for team affiliation or national pride.  Case in point: I once got yelled at by fellow students at UC Berkeley for chalking what they thought were Stanford colors on the campus plaza.  What I was actually doing was promoting a teach-in on sweatshops that I was organizing with some friends.

All this is to say that it comes as somewhat of a surprise to me that I’ve found so much to cheer for this week.  As I watched an exciting World Cup match on Friday amidst Hub members, coffee, and howls of disbelief, I almost found myself wishing I had put on some red, white, and blue to show some pride in my team.  This from someone who once hesitated to wear a soccer jersey because it had an American flag on it.  If football is restoring your faith in your country as much as it is mine, then join us Wednesday morning to watch the US take on Algeria on the pitch.  There’ll be big screen action, bagels and cream cheese, and fellow football-obsessed changemakers.

Or if football isn’t your thing (and even if it is), then come to our first monthly Member Mixer this Thursday at Hub Berkeley to cheer on your fellow Hubsters.  The mixer is a chance for you to connect with other members from San Francisco and the East Bay and find out what everyone’s working on.  We’ll have a few members give brief (2-3 minute) presentations about their projects and are inviting members to create table displays about their work as well (contact Jeff Shiau at if you’d like to reserve a table spot).  Come relax with fellow members, find out what’s happening at the cutting edge of social innovation, and show your support.  To RSVP, click here.

Turns out it’s not very sustainable to be against everything; every once in a while you just need to stand up and cheer.  In many ways, that’s the real beauty of the Hub: it makes it easy to find so many things and so many people worth cheering for.

Upcoming Events*

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

The Hub Berkeley Short List
Nonviolent Communication Workshop: Collaborating for Change, June 21
USA vs. Algeria World Cup Game Showing, June 23
Sexy Salad, June 23
Member Mixer!, June 24

Wine Down, June 25
Sexy Salad, June 30

Presentation Skills Working Group Kickoff, June 30
Triple Pundit Office Hours, July 1
Wine Down, July 2

This Week

Nonviolent Communication Workshop: Collaborating for Change

Monday, June 21, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the public)  Working towards sustainability on a global scale requires balancing entrepreneurship with collaboration; personal power and power with others; working with like-minded people and interacting with people whose opinions are different from our own; being open to the world and attempting to influence people with decision-making power.

This workshop provides a framework and a practice for making grounded choices in challenging moments; bringing empathic presence to all aspects of our work; and learning how to speak and listen in ways that foster trust, mutual respect, and understanding even in the midst of intense disagreements.

Miki Kashtan consults, writes and teaches NVC at workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world. She holds a PhD in sociology from UC-Berkeley, and is a  co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC) in Oakland.

This event is free to members, $5-20 sliding scale for everyone else.  To register, please click here.

USA vs. Algeria World Cup Game Showing

Wednesday, June 30, 7am-9am, Hub Berkeley

(Members and Invited Guests Only)  We had a great showing Friday morning to watch the US team play Slovenia, with lots of cheers and excitement and howls of disbelief.  On Wednesday we’ll show the next US game against Algeria.  Come see it on the big screen and celebrate, cheer, or gripe alongside other Hubbing soccer fans.  Added bonus: we’ll provide bagels!

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, June 23, 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!

Member Mixer!

Thursday, June 24, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Hub Berkeley

(Members and Invited Guests Only)  We’re kicking off a monthly mixer for members to meet one another, catch up with each other, and generally bask in the amazingness that is the Hub community. Join us this month for our kickoff mixer at Hub Berkeley.  We’ll provide a couple bottles of wine to get the evening off to a good start, but please bring some drinks to share if you can.   This month the relaxation, connections, and inspiration will happen at Hub Berkeley (so yes, we’re asking SF folks to cross the bay).  Next month we’ll all head over to Hub SoMa!

Wine Down

Friday, June 25, 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 30, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  See description above.

Presentation Skills Working Group Kickoff

Wednesday, June 30, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only)  We’re starting to get started!  Join us for the first meeting of our Presentation Skills Working Group. In this initial meeting, we will assess what the group needs in terms of training, what time we can devote, and what options for training we’ll use (free form group or ToastMasters).  If we have a few brave souls who have immediate need for feedback, we can listen to fellow Hubbers’ presentations, evaluate and give suggestions (please email so she will know how many want to present). Once we have consensus on the time and methodology, we will set up a schedule for our future meetings. Public speaking is a challenge to most of us, but it is a skill that can be acquired, and learned well in a nonjudgmental, supporting and caring Hub community. So we hope to see you folks on Wednesday!

Triple Pundit Social Media Office Hours

Thursday, July 1, 3pm-6pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members only)  Curious about how to leverage blogging and social media to further your business? Hub partner Triple Pundit   is pleased to announce that they will be be hosting exclusive office hours for Hub members.  Triple Pundit is one of the leading blogs about sustainable business with thousands of visitors every day.  Come visit with Managing Editor Jen Boynton and tell her about your company, find out how you can submit a guest post to Triple Pundit, or just ask that burning question about twitter or Google Buzz. For more information or to RSVP, email

Wine Down

Friday, June 25, 4:00pm, Hub Berkeley

(Members and Invited Guests Only)  See description above.

Hub SoMa Events
[HubSoMa] Waffle Bash!, June 21
[HubSoMa] Sexy Salad, June 24

[HubSoMa] Adaptive Edge Launch Event, June 24
[HubSoMa] Waffle Bash!, June 28
[HubSoMa] EADS Innovation Strategy Dinner, June 29
[HubSoMa] Fearless Entrepreneur Panel Event, June 30
[HubSoMa] Sexy Salad, July 1

For details on other Hub SoMa events, click here.

Hub News

Listserve Digest Option

It was brought to our collective attention last week that while many of you like being on the member-to-member listserve, you sometimes feel a wee bit overwhelmed by the number of e-mails.  We’d like to remind you that there is a digest option that will hold the e-mails until they reach a certain size and then send them to you in one batch.  If you’re interested in the digest option, just let us know at

Lost and Found

Our Lost and Found drawers were getting so full that they threatened to explode and cover all of Hub Berkeley in the forgotten belongings of our lovely members, so we’ve cleaned them out and put everything out into the open.  If you think you’ve left something at Hub Berkeley (a digital photo frame?  sweatshirt?  notebook?  Mac adaptor?  mouse?  umbrella or two?), please come by before July 1 to claim your things.  After July 1, all lost and found items will be donated to the needy or, in some cases, taken home by staff.  From now on you’ll have one month to claim leftover items before they’re cleared out for good.

New Members

Please help us welcome our new members:

Jeff French,
Josh Engel, Rubicon National Social Innovations
Loraine Bjorendahl, Light Up Malawi
Kevin Chen, Intersection for the Arts
Peter Bender, Exponent Partners
Hans Chung, PlantMyPhone
John Furey,  Mind Time
Janet Wang
La Wanda Smith, Cocoa Diva’s Chocolate Bar
Yesenia Sanchez, Soleil Coaching and Consulting
Lisa Jacobs
Benjamin De Pauw, Ursa Minor
Brian Sorge, Jennifer Brown Consulting
Ragi Burhum

Member News and Events

Nonprofit Career Conference

Tuesday, June 29, 8am-4:30pm, Cal State East Bay’s Oakland Center

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.

Introduction to Equity

Monday, June 28 , 8:30am-10:30am, Hanson Bridgett San Francisco Offices

Wondering if you’re ready to take on an equity partner, and what that would mean for your company? This interactive workshop will provide you with an understanding of the different types of equity providers and how they evaluate potential investments.  Attendees will leave with a basic understanding of how private equity works (Equity vs. Debt, Types of Equity Investors, Valuation, Control, Exit…) You’ll also get a sense of what equity partners are looking for in exchange for their investment, and what different partnerships can look like.  To register, click here.

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