Hub Berkeley Weekly Roll-Up: New Hosts, New Actions, New Hope

The more I think about my departure, the more appropriate I think it is.  We are all involved in the movement for social change after all, so what could be more appropriate than a change of the guard?

I’m not the type of person that assumes all change is good (climate change being one obvious example to the contrary), but now that I know who’s taking over when I leave, I know that this is the type of change we all want to see (ie the good kind).

After I leave this Friday, Jeff Shiau will step up to join Santiago Halty to take over the captaining of this amazing ship.  You might recognize Jeff (pictured to the right) as the jovial, helpful host who’s been helping you out on Fridays and keeping us entertained at Wine Down.  I’m thrilled to leave him and Santiago in charge of Hub Berkeley because I know they’ll do a fabulous job at keeping it a welcoming, collaborative, and productive workspace.  Please welcome Jeff to the full-time Hub team when you see him next.

On the theme of newness and change, I’m excited for my last hurrah as Head Host this Thursday evening.  The Hub’s Social Justice Working Group is welcoming 3 speakers for a TED-like evening focused on Innovations in Social Justice: New Actions, New Hope.  Come here Aimee Allison, Radio Host of the KPFA Morning Show, Baybe Champ, Founder of Oakland’s Scraper Bikes Movement, and Arnoldo Garcia, Program Director at the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights share brief presentations on exciting new approaches to social change.  Before and afterward there will be time for attendees to connect with others working for social justice locally.  Click here to RSVP and join us.

Finally, and on a slightly unrelated note, if you’re a a self-employed person or small business owner who dreads tax time, come to the Hub Lab this Thursday at noon to find out what kind of records you need to keep, learn what purchases are tax deductible, and ask your burning questions to tax professional Rebecca Bailin. Sign up for her workshop here or for one-on-one consultations after the workshop here.

Please don’t think that I’m happy that I won’t see your beautiful faces or receive your lovely emails so frequently anymore.  But as we all know, trees can’t grow new leaves without shedding the old ones first.  And I, for one, look forward to seeing the Hub’s resplendent new growth for years to come.

Upcoming Events*

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

The Hub Berkeley Short List
County Line Harvest: Buy a Box of Veggies!, August 24
Sexy Salad, August 25
(Hub Lab) Tax Time Ease: Financial Organization for Self-Employment and Small Business, August 26
MOVED TO HUB SOMA: Triple Pundit Social Media Office Hours, August 26
Innovations in Social Justice: New Actions, New Hope, August 26
Wine Down, August 27
Hub Fast Pitch, August 31
County Line Harvest: Buy a Box of Veggies!, August 31
Sexy Salad, September 1
(Office Hours) Leadership Coaching w/ Ryan Rigoli

Wine Down, September 3

This Week

County Line Harvest: Buy a Box of Veggies!

Tuesday, August 24, 4pm-6pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public) Order your box by email at clharvest@gmail.com or just come on in to Hub Berkeley to pick up a beautiful box of fresh veggies. Bring $25 cash to the Hub between 4pm – 6pm, meet the folks from County Line Harvest who grow your food and bring home a box of fresh organic vegetables, herbs and flowers.  Yummy!

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, August 25, 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!

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

Thursday, August 26, 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!

Click here to RSVP for the workshop and here to sign up for a one-on-one consultation afterward.

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.

Innovations in Social Justice: New Actions, New Hope

Thursday, August 26, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public) This forum will highlight the cutting edge social justice work of several leaders and organizations active in the Bay Area and beyond. The evening will combine a series of short, inspiring talks about new approaches and new actions in the local movement for social justice, time for Q&A, and time to connect with others working for social justice locally. Panelists include Arnoldo Garcia of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Baybe Champ the Scraper Bike King, and Aimee Allison of the KPFA Morning Show.  Attendees will be invited to share thoughts on ways to create forums for continued collaboration within the local social justice community.

For more information or to register, please click here.

Wine Down

Friday, August 27, 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 Fast Pitch

Tuesday, August 31, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members and Invited Guests Only) 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 tighten your skills before presenting to actual investors!

The sessions will be facilitated by experts 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. Sign-up to pitch by clicking here.

County Line Harvest: Buy a Box of Veggies!

Tuesday, August 31, 4pm-6pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public) Order your box by email at clharvest@gmail.com or just come on in to Hub Berkeley to pick up a beautiful box of fresh veggies. Bring $25 cash to the Hub between 4pm – 6pm, meet the folks from County Line Harvest who grow your food and bring home a box of fresh organic vegetables, herbs and flowers.  Yummy!

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, September 1, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  See description above.

(Office Hours) Leadership Coaching w/ Ryan Rigoli

Wednesday, September 1, 2pm-4:45pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only)  As a social entrepreneur have you ever asked yourself:  “Can I inspire those around me to invest and support my vision?”,  “Will I be able to continue making decisions that are in line with my values?”, “Is there a way that I can live and work sustainably while I create a sustainable business?”  As social entrepreneurs we all have an inner voice that guides and leads us to starting a new business with a social mission.

But sometimes as we work to change the status quo, this deeper, guiding voice within us can be drowned out by more critical voices in ourselves or external pressures that we feel in society.  When we learn to cultivate our own inner guidance, particularly through the tough times, we can attract powerful opportunities for our business that are more in line with our vision and values.

As a leadership coach, Ryan Rigoli helps social entrepreneurs cultivate that inner voice within and more fully integrate their unique leadership presence and gifts into their work so they can turn their vision into a reality.  If you are interested in a complimentary 45 minute coaching session or just want to learn more about what Ryan does, sign up here.

Wine Down

Friday, September 3, 4pm-6pm, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only)  See description above.

Hub SoMa Events
[Hub SoMa] Waffle Bash!, August 23
[Hub SoMa] County Line Harvest: Buy a Box of Veggies!, August 23
[HubSoMa] Blitz Bazaar Hub vs. Net Impact Competition Closing Party, August 23
[Hub SoMa] Mobilize Your Cause!, August 24
[Hub SoMa] Sexy Salad Wednesday @ Hub SoMa!, August 25
[HubSoMa] Hiring Made Simple: What You Need to Know from HR, Legal & Payroll Experts, August 25
[HubSoMa] Triple Pundit Social Media Office Hours, August 26
[HubSoMa] Presidio and Beyond, August 26
[Hub SoMa] Wine Down, August 27
[Hub SoMa] Waffle Bash!, August 30
[Hub SoMa] County Line Harvest: Buy a Box of Veggies!, August 30
[Hub SoMa] Sexy Salad Wednesday @ Hub SoMa!, September 1
[Hub SoMa] First Thursday’s at Intersection 5M Gallery, September 2
[Hub SoMa] Compathos Film with Social Impact Director Series @ The Hub: “Return to El Salvador” with SPEAKER: Director Jamie Moffett, September 2
[Hub SoMa] Wine Down, September 3

For details on Hub SoMa events, click here.

Hub News

New Members

Please help us welcome our new members:

Willem Mass, GreenHomeGuide.com
David Bill, New Tech Network
Jeffrey Melcher, Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry, CA
William Abernathy, yourwritereditor.com
Evan Karp, Quiet Lightning
Cynthia Rothschild, GatherWell
Brianna Cayo Cotter, Avaaz.org
Courtney Macavinta, Respect Rx
Henry Corning, Meadowsweet Dairy
Jennifer Billock, Over the Moon Diapers
Lesley Grossblatt

Member News and Events

Hub Madrid Member Looking for Support for Film Project

The Cosmonaut is the first feature-film project of Riot Cinema Collective, a young Spanish film production company based in Madrid and focused in innovation and, quoting themselves, “to take cinema to all possible fields.”  The Cosmonaut will be a pioneering film for Spanish cinema, since it bases its business model in the notions of connectivity, interactivity of contents and community popularized by Web 2.0.  Anybody can financially back the project from 2 euros and become a producer of the film; with higher quantities, you can get merchandising, and, from 1000 euros, you can even become a true investor and get a percentage of the film’s profits. Companies, individuals, brands- everyone is invited to be a part of The Cosmonaut. Even more, the movie, once finished, will be released simultaneously in every distribution window, including on the Internet (for free), and licensed with Creative Commons licenses, so any user can distribute, lend or even modify it the way he pleases. Along with the film a series of contents for different formats will be developed, including a mysterious ARG (Alternate Reality Game), that will enrichen the story and will introduce the viewers in a twisted and absorbing plot. In conclusion, The Cosmonaut presents a profile never seen before in Spanish cinema: innovative, modern, and bold.

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