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Hub Voices: Be the Media with LoudSauce

[Name]: Colin Mutchler

[Title]: Founder of LoudSauce

[Areas of Expertise]: Crowd funded media, Creative Commons

Hub Voices captures stories of Hub Bay Area members who are working across sectors and geographic regions to change the status quo.  Have a listen to Colin’s story and hear how he is spreading the word about ideas that matter.

Presented by Hub Voices producer Tarek Al-Zand

in partnership with StoryCorps

Tarek Al-Zand is a freelance producer for the Hub Bay Area.  He has acted as an on-air host, sound editor and program director at numerous Canadian radio stations.  As an audio artist, Tarek is focused on non-linear storytelling and soundscapes.  Now a SF resident, Tarek is excited to capture the sounds of the Muni and the echoes of the alleys.

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The Good Food Awards Call for Entries!

The Good Food Awards is excited to announce the launch of its second year with a call for now through September 1! Seedling Projects, the “‘do tank’ for the food movement” behind the initiative, is inviting food producers from across the country to submit their beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, pickles and preserves to a blind tasting that takes place at The Hub in San Francisco, with over 80 food world luminaries including Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, Ruth Reichl, Amanda Hesser and Nell Newman.  The catch: everything must be produced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner to be eligible to enter the blind tasting.

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Hub Berkeley Weekly Roll Up: Connect

Come Connect in the Space.

Plenty of chances to meet new faces this week through next:

Today, Tuesday, if you feel like you can’t write, bring your colleagues and join Sondra Hall in the Hubble at noon as she teaches how to effectively write for anything.

On Wednesday, there’s Sexy Salad as always, but Continue reading

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Hub Bay Area featured in Sierra Club Magazine!

The word is spreading on the eco/social benefits of co-working in the greenest building in the bay. Read, and enjoy 🙂

Sierra magazine

Comfort Zone | Smart Designs for Pleasure and Planet

Slag, Slabs, and Social Networks

By Anneli Rufus

What I Like
“We think of the Brower Center as more ‘art’ than ‘building,'” says Amy Tobin, the center’s executive director, noting the visible irregularities in its walls.

Lesson Learned
“There’s so much concrete that there are a lot of hard surfaces and right angles,” says Meredith Walters, the Hub’s “community builder.” “We’ve been adding soft surfaces, curves, and organic materials.”

At David Brower Center, salvaged wood becomes a bench (left); thinkers convene in the Hub’s meeting space (top right); woven wood graces the atrium (bottom right).

At the Hub, a “coworking space” in Berkeley, California, ambient sunlight plays across two dozen figures hunched over laptops at petal-shaped tables. They peer into the future while surrounded by the past.

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2 Major Announcements from Hub Bay Area

A new day is dawning.

In a year in which traditional systems and assumptions have been disrupted, new voices of innovation and determination are effervescing.  Evangelists of community, new media, non-traditional capital markets, and entrepreneurship seek new answers to the problems of our age.  Hub Bay Area feels privileged to be a part of this movement by offering an ecosystem, resources and a platform to these voices.  It is for this reason, we are proud to announce two major developments in the Hub Bay Area community.

1)  An intent to lease at the San Francisco Chronicle for the home of our future SF Hub

2)  A partnership with First Light Capital to offer seed funding to start-up social entrepreneurs.  Informational meeting on Monday December 7th

San Francisco Chronicle Building: The SF Gate and SF Chronicle released a story about plans to renovate the Chronicle building to become a new Hub for social innovation.  The Hub Bay Area space will be over 6,000 square ft. and located on the first floor of the Hearst family owned Chronicle building.  Click here to read more.

First Light Capital:
First Light Capital has announced Hub Bay Area as the home of the new $500,000 West Coast Village Capital Fund.  Inspired by the village bank model used in microfinance throughout the world, Village Capital is an innovative investment model built on the hypothesis that entrepreneurs, working intimately together and providing peer support to one another, will be able to efficiently and wisely allocate investment to one another’s companies.
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West Coast Village Capital (WCVC) is a social venture program that brings entrepreneurs together to learn from and support each other’s social enterprises.  Over the course of 12 weeks, up to 30 social entrepreneurs will work together in groups of 5 to share their knowledge, strengthen their models, and build their businesses.  Additionally, WCVC puts the investment decisions in the hands of entrepreneurs themselves.  First Light Ventures will make $25,000 and $75,000 investments in the 5-10 companies identified as most ready for seed capital.
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First Light Ventures is a catalyst fund that promotes social impact through investment and infrastructure development.  First Light is testing the Village Capital model through four distinct pilot programs: West Coast Village Capital (San Francisco Bay Area, California); Unreasonable Village Capital (Boulder, Colorado); Idea Village Capital (New Orleans, Louisiana); and Dasra Village Capital (Mumbai, India).
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WCVC is looking for social entrepreneurs with bright ideas and sustainable business models.  If you have a business idea to help improve the world, they want to hear about it.  The WCVC program is based in the Bay Area and will run January 19 through April 14, 2010.  Applications are due by January 7, 2010.  A public information session will take place December 7, 6:30pm at Hub Berkeley (David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Suite 400, Berkeley, CA 94704).
More information is available at www.vilcap.com.

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Legal Issues? Hanson Bridgett Legal Huddle at The Hub

They say justice and our legal system is blind, that doesn’t mean you should be.

Social innovation can often times be stifled with the complexities of the US legal environment.  What’s stumping you and who would you like to hear offer advice?  Hanson Bridgett is sponsoring a very exciting series at The Hub about legal issues as they relate to social innovation.  Come join us on Thursday,December 17th for another great Huddle, but even more, we want to hear your perspectives on what the next Huddle should discuss and who we should invite to take part in the discussion.

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Then, register for the event at eventbrite!

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