Hub Berkeley Weekly Roll-Up: Your Not-So-Secret Admirer

When I admire someone, I tend to do it quietly.  I’m not sure why, but I know I’m not the only one–“noisy admiration” is not a common phrase, after all.  But admiration is a beautiful thing, and when reciprocated, it can lead to collaboration and partnership.  The Hub is all about collaboration, so we decided to try to make admiration louder by running an Admiration Campaign among social innovators in the Bay Area.

What is an Admiration Campaign?

It’s a way for you to tell the people you admire why you admire them.  Through the Campaign, we hope to make it easy for Hub Berkeley members to reach out to the people they admire in the East Bay/Bay Area who are working for change.   It’s a chance to reconnect with someone with whom you’ve lost touch, reach out to a rock star changemaker you’ve been too intimidated to approach, or deepen your relationship with a respected colleague who might appreciate the support.

We’ll give you a template email that you can personalize, and we’ll track your efforts on an Admiration Map on our blackboard.  That way you can see whom other members are admiring too.  Then we’re going to throw a party to celebrate the Bay Area’s most admired people on September 16, and we’ll invite everyone to whom you reach out.  Finally, we’re offering a free trial at the Hub to anyone you contact in an effort to bring the folks you admire into our network, increasing its value and strength.

We’ll send the template email and more detailed instructions shortly–keep an eye out for them.  And then start checking your inbox for an admiration email yourself–you might find that you have a not-so-secret admirer at the Hub.

PS  If you need some help finding people to admire, come to Hub Fast Pitch on Tuesday at noon to hear four Hub members pitch their projects and hear feedback on the pitches from a panel of judges.  In addition to learning about what other Hub members are up to and some good tips on presenting, you’re sure to hear something admirable while you’re there.

Upcoming Events*

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

The Hub Berkeley Short List
Hub Fast Pitch, August 3
Sexy Salad, August 4
Wine Down, August 6
(Hub Lab) Tax Time Ease: Financial Organization for Self-Employment and Small Business, August 10
Sexy Salad, August 11
Wine Down, August 13

This Week

Hub Fast Pitch

Tuesday, August 3, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room

(Open to the public)  Calling all social entrepreneurs!  Are you looking for an opportunity to work on your presentation skills and hone your elevator pitch?  Would you like to hear more about the work of Hub members and others in the Bay Area?  If so, please join us for the kick off of a new lunch series called Hub Fast Pitch.

During these one hour lunch sessions, four social entrepreneurs will be invited to pitch their ideas to a small audience of Hub members and guests, and then receive helpful feedback.  Think of this as a “dress rehearsal” to hone your skills before presenting to actual investors.

The sessions will be facilitated by folks with both for-profit and non-profit funding experience, and all types of organizations are encouraged to participate.  Time is limited to four pitches per session, so we will schedule these on a first come, first serve basis.

Moving forward, we will have bi-weekly sessions alternating between Hub location, so stay tuned for upcoming dates.  If you’re interested in participating in Hub Fast Pitch, please email Wes Selke and Calgary Brown at wes @goodcap.net and calgary .brown@the-hub.net .

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, August 4, 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!

Wine Down

Friday, August 6, 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:

(Hub Lab) Tax Time Ease: Financial Organization for Self-Employment and Small Business

Tuesday, August 10, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only) Are you a self-employed person or small business owner who dreads tax time? This class will teach you how to choose the simplest system for organizing your finances and meeting your tax and management needs.  What records do you need to keep?  Do you need Quickbooks?  Is the business use of your home tax deductible?  What about the vehicle you use for business – is it better to lease?  What about equipment?  What are your business assets?  What if you work sometimes as a contractor and others as an employee?  You’ll take away tools and knowledge that will help you to get organized now!

About Rebecca Bailin: Rebecca A. Bailin is a tax professional.  She is an MBA, MA and Enrolled Agent (EA – a designation allowing her to represent taxpayers before the IRS.)  She has served clients as a Socially Responsible investment advisor and prides herself on cutting through the hype and mystery of personal finance.  She is also an entrepreneur and ran her own small business (a consulting practice) for over 15 years.

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, August 11, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  See description above.

Wine Down

Friday, August 13, 4:00pm, Hub Berkeley

(Members and Invited Guests Only)  See description above.

Hub SoMa Events
[Hub SoMa] Waffle Bash!, August 2
[Hub SoMa] 2010 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, August 3
[HubSoMa] Anu Menon- Ethical Marketing Guidelines for Gender Equality Brown Bag (+ Sexy Salad), August 4
[Hub SoMa] Peoplewearsf Event, August 4
[HubSoMa] Hub Labs: Mark Chasan, August 5
[HubSoMa] Office Hours with Hanson Bridgett, August 5

[HubSoMa] First Thursday’s at Intersection 5M Gallery, August 5
[Hub SoMa] Wine Down, August 6
[Hub SoMa] Waffle Bash!, August 9
[Hub SoMa] Kiva Social Enterprise Lab (+ Sexy Salad), August 11
[HubSoMa] Hub Labs: Guerilla PR with Priss Benbow, August 12
[Hub SoMa] Wine Down, August 13

For details on other Hub SoMa events, click here.

Hub News

New Members

Please help us welcome our new members:

Rob Thomas, Social(k)
James Kalin, Virtually Green
Ann Bartz, Green Corridor BALLE
Sue Kearney, Magnolias West
Ernesto Sopprani, The Off Center
Murat Armbruster
Philip Milestone, mod4 LLP
Alex Lavidge, Lavidge Unlimited
David Fore, Lybba
Saul Wainwright
Andrew MacDonald, M Squared Strategies
Renuka Kher, Revolution Foods

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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