Hub Berkeley Weekly Roll-Up: Howdy, Neighbor

As an English major, I have a soft spot for metaphors, and my favorite right now is neighborhood.    Neighbors ask you how your day was, lend you some sugar, and sometimes even bake you cookies.  They care about you and your family and lend you a hand if they can.  Hub members are some of the best neighbors I’ve had (and make some of the best cookies), so it’s important to get to know them.  With that in mind, I’d like to introduce some new-ish neighbors that Hub Berkeley is lending a hand to as they get up and running in Hub-land.

The Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) facilitates the growth of sustainable, localized, and just economies, through legal research, professional training, resource development, and education.  Started by Hub members Janelle Orsi and Jenny Kassan, SELC has five interns who are working out of Hub Berkeley, and are, among other things:

  • Requesting a rule change from the SEC that would allow small businesses to raise money by asking for investments of under $100 per person from friends, family, and community members;
  • Building an online legal resource library for people practicing Urban Agriculture; and
  • Supporting revisions to state law that would make it easier to incorporate worker-owned cooperatives.

The Hub is lending a helping hand to SELC to get it up and running.  As part of that effort, we’ll be hosting two events here this summer: an Urban Agriculture Meet Up next Monday, and a Launch Party to share their goals and accomplishments with the community on July 27.  Come check them out at these events or write Janelle Orsi at Janelle.Orsi[at] if you’re interested in getting involved.

There are lots of ways to get to know your neighbors.  Come to an event, answer an email on the listserve , or next time you’re at the Hub, introduce yourself to the person next to you.  Who knows, one day they might lend you a Mac charger or bring you a donut.

PS  I’ll send more details next week, but I wanted to let you know that we’re planning an exciting workshop with New Resource Bank founder and chairman Peter Liu called Best Practices: Fundraising For Social and Green Businesses.  For more information, click here.

Upcoming Events*

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

The Hub Berkeley Short List

Sexy Salad, July 7
Ashoka Youth Ventures Dinner, July 7
Wine Down, July 9
Urban Agriculture Legal Meet Up, July 12
Sexy Salad, July 14
Socially Responsible Investing Brown Bag Lunch, July 15
Wine Down, July 16
Best Practices: Fundraising for Social and Green Entrepreneurs, July 20

This Week

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, July 7, 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!

Ashoka Youth Ventures Dinner

Wednesday, July 7, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  The Theme of the Evening:  Leaving the Known to Explore the Unknown.  Because being an entrepreneur means moving beyond that which has always been to create something new.  And many of Ashoka’s young folks are about to embark upon traveling journeys or will be leaving soon to go to college.

Also, there is a new Youth Ventures competition that young folks can apply for (they can win up to $5,000 in cash/prizes and travel to the East Coast to talk at a TEDx event!).  Amy Wilson will talk more about this at the dinner, and it would be great if any HUB-sters wanted to offer their insight and wisdom about TED, and about presenting their ventures in a good way.

This is a potluck, so bring food to share!

Wine Down

Friday, July 9, 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:

Urban Agriculture Legal Meet Up

Monday, July 12, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  An invitation to urban farmers and food justice activists to join the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) for:

  • Workshop on legal issues that arise for commercial and nonprofit urban farmers.
  • Presentation describing SELC’s research on hot legal topics.
  • Group discussion on legal issues and ways to break down legal barriers to urban ag.
  • Mixer to continue the conversation and build community!

Snacks will be served! Suggested Donation: $5 to $10.  And/or bring some fresh harvested or foraged fruit or veggies to share!

To register, click here.  Contacts: Chris Curran and Janelle Orsi

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, July 14, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  See description above.

Socially Responsible Investing Brown Bag Lunch: Influencing Corporate America Towards Sustainability

Thursday, July 15, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members and Invited Guests Only)  Join Timothy Yee, Co-Founder of Green Retirement Plans and Geoff Ashton, Senior Vice President of Calvert Investments, in conversation about socially responsible investing. Learn all about SRI’s, what goes into environmental, social and governance criteria, and the role shareholder advocacy plays in influencing Corporate America toward sustainability and social responsibility.  Please RSVP here

Wine Down

Friday, July 16, 4:00pm, Hub Berkeley

(Members and Invited Guests Only)  See description above.

Hub SoMa Events
[HubSoMa] Tour of SF Dump, July 7
[HubSoMa] Sexy Salad, July 8
[Hub SoMa] Thinkubator Event with Adaptive Edge & Hub SoMa, July 8
[HubSoMa] Wine Down, July 9
[HubSoMa] Waffle Bash, July 12

[HubSoMa] Doing well and doing good… and tasting great: The case of chocolate, July 14
[HubSoMa] Sexy Salad, July 15

[HubSoMa] Kiva Social, July 15
[HubSoMa] Wine Down, July 16

For details on other Hub SoMa events, click here.

Hub News

Last Minute Hubble Rate

Need a spot for a last-minute meeting or call?  Hub Berkeley’s Hubble is now available at a special, last-minute rate of $10/hour.  If nobody has previously reserved the Hubble, you can write your name on the new sign by the door and use it for as long as it’s free.  We’ll bill your account, so there aren’t even any extra hassles!  Write if you have any questions.

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

New Members

Please help us welcome our new members:

Jenean Smith, Power to the People
Bob Gower, bobcanhelp
Laurie Marshall, Unity Through Creativity
Sondra Hall, Take My Word for It
Lorna Li, Green Marketing TV
Safia Kryger-Nelson, Giving Assets

Member News and Events

Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp

Saturday, August 14, 7:30am-5:30pm, UC Berkeley campus

Hub Bay Area is excited to participate in Craigslist Foundation’s 7th annual Boot Camp.   This one-day, high-energy conference brings together and showcases effective community leaders.  Through a series of inspiring panels, interactive workshops, collaborative programs and networking opportunities, Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp cultivates conversation and empowers people to affect a positive impact in their neighborhoods and communities.

Hub Bay Area will appear on a panel at the event on fostering collaboration among social entrepreneurs.

All Hub members are eligible to register at the lowest (Level 1) rate, regardless of their size.  For more information or to register, click here.


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