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Hub Stories: The Change-Making Power of Talk

[Name]: George Scharffenberger

[Organization]: UC Berkeley

[Area of Expertise]: International Development

George Scharffenberger is a talker in the finest sense of the word; his talk is the kind that changes the world. He is a practitioner of international development with a career spanning four decades and as many countries including Continue reading

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Hub Stories: Mystery Grant Fills NextDrop’s Bucket

[Name]: Anu Sridharan

[Areas of Expertise]: Civil Engineering, Mobile Technology, International Development, Women’s Empowerment

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“You know how you listen to music sometimes and it just brings you back to a certain time and place? I was listening to Pink in the car the other day, and I was brought back to when I was in middle school. And I just started crying. Because I realized that when I was younger I always just wanted to work in India– nothing job-specific, just that I wanted to make an impact there. And here I am, doing exactly that, full time. Thanks to Hub Ventures and just being very lucky, I am one of the few people that I can say I’m doing exactly what I always wanted to do when I was little.” Continue reading


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Hub Stories: Brothers from Mississippi Venture into Mobile Technology for Human Rights

[Name]: Kohl S Gill and Jake Astin Smith

[Sector Tags/Areas of Expertise]: Mobile Applications, Tech for change, Labor Rights, Human Rights, International Development

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“The conference we’re at today is called ‘Advancing the New Machine: How do we use technology for human rights?’ It covers everything from election monitoring to geo-spatial mapping. I’m so excited to be a part of this. I was in India last year starting a pilot project, watching the recordings of this conference– and it was very inspirational to me. It’s such a blessing to be a part of it this year.” –Kohl S. Gill, Hub Ventures Participant 2011 Continue reading


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Hub Stories: Q&A with the Curator of Spices

[Name]: Chris Pemberton
[Areas of Expertise]: Cooking, International Development, Travel, Technology, Sustainability Consulting

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When Chris was on his honeymoon in Turkey, he encountered a unique spice blend he couldn’t forget. Baharat, which means “spices” in Arabic, is often used to season lamb, fish, chicken, beef, and soups in the Middle East. The spice left a certain sentimental memory on Chris’ palate that followed him home to the U.S., where “barbecue is serious business,” but something is still missing from the cooking experience.

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IDWG Potluck: Ending Violence Against Women

Pull out your calendars and save the date for Wednesday March 17. The International Development Working Group will be holding its monthly potluck, discussing, among other issues, Ending Violence Against Women. Please sign up here for this exciting meeting and bring something yummy to share with the group!

Jimmie Briggs will be speaking at the event. He is the founder of ManUp, an international campaign to activate boys and young men in a movement to stop violence against women and girls. Over the last decade, Briggs has established his reputation as one of the most respected human rights advocates in journalism. His work has appeared in countless publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and Life. He is a National Magazine Award finalist and recipient of honors from the Open Society Institute. His work has also been recognized by the National Association of Black Journalist, the Alicia Patterson Foundation and Carter Center.

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The devastation in Haiti by recent earthquakes has been on all of our minds. We at the Hub want to contribute to the relief effort while initiating a dialogue about the social impact and hurdles Haiti now faces. So we’re hosting Hub4Haiti dinners. Modeled after the Hungry for Obama, the idea is to launch a series of dinners where members and friends can contribute towards the relief effort while enjoying a dinner, building community and dialogue around the larger issues surrounding this tragedy. We will start the chain here at the Hub with a Kickoff potluck next Wednesday February 3rd, and then those who attend, will in turn host their own dinner. We ask those who come to the dinners to contribute whatever they can towards the relief effort (suggested donation$25/person). If you wish to host your own dinner please sign up on the facebook page and we will help you spread the word.

The money will be going to an organization called Merlin USA (Medical Emergency Relief  International). The West Coast Director of Merlin and friend of the Hub Bay Area, Alex Cottin, is on the ground in Haiti helping with the relief effort. Alex will likely come into the Hub sometime in April to give us an update about the situation and the work he is doing there. For more information about Hub4Haiti visit our facebook  page.

We encourage you all to participate and donate in any way that you can. Below are other opportunities sent in by Hub members to support the Haiti relief effort. If you have any comments, questions or your own cause that you would like to share with us, please comment, tweet or message us. Let’s work together to help Haiti.

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Jam Packed Wednesday!

Feeling blue you’re only half way through the workweek?  Drop by the Hub today and re energize through some great events here.

If you are interested in International Development and Earthquake Preparedness come hear a discussion led by Elizabeth Hausler founder of BuildChange.org at 9 a.m. in the Hubble Meeting Space (Members and Invited Guests Only). This organization designs earthquake-resistant houses in developing countries and trains builders, homeowners, engineers, and government officials to build them. Get your day off to an inspired start!

As per usual, it’s Sexy Salad Wednesday! (Members and Invited Guests Only) Bring a salad ingredient or something to go with it and share a meal and conversation with your fellow Hub members. Collaboration has never been this much fun! We’ll kick it off at 12 p.m. in the Hubble Meeting Room

And to top off the day, come by An Evening with Social Innovators (Open to the Public) 6:00-7:3o p.m. Meet and mingle with Wesleyan alumni   for an evening on blurring of the lines between nonprofits and for profits, investment and philanthropy, and other mysterious and interesting topics. Joshua Kagan ’01 and Tim Freundlich ’90 will host at Hub Berkeley, a cutting edge new workspace and meeting place for social entrepreneurs and their funders. Tim, co-founder of Good Capital (http://www.goodcap.net) and Senior VP at Calvert Social Investment Foundation (http://www.calvertfoundation.org), will give framing remarks for the evening from his vantage point at the intersection of social enterprise and impact investing. Tim’s comments will be followed by plenty of time to meet with other alumni interested in social innovation to share ideas, and to reconnect with old friends. Wine and pre-dinner snacks will be provided.

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