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Hub Stories: Who Gives a Crap? Q&A with Designer Danny Alexander

[Name]: Danny Alexander

[Areas of Expertise]: Design for Social Impact, Mass-Market Sustainability, Industrial Design, Marketing, Supply Chain Analysis

[Memory Lane]:

“I was back and forth between the IDEO offices in San Francisco and Ghana for about three months on a project, a large part of which was spent prototyping. We brought five or six toilets with us to Ghana and essentially spent a couple weeks there leaving them with a number of families for 3 or 4 days each. We tested them by using them. It was an interesting process for sure. You learn a lot by prototyping, especially in a situation where you have to clean someone else’s crap out of a toilet.” Continue reading


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Would You Sell Youself for Social Change?

Introducing…The Life Investment. Have you ever though about what it would be like if people could use themselves as as an investment and not just their project?  Join the Social Capital Markets and Hub Bay Area communities on Wednesday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. for an event unlike any other you’ve been to.  As social entrepreneurs scavenge for resources to fuel their mission, a new age is dawning in social capital. The Thrust Fund is offering Social Entrepreneurs $300-$600K in exchange for 3-6% of their life’s earnings based on faith in “The People” rather than “The Idea.”
This event will be a chance for Hub and SoCap communities to come together  for an evening with people putting their lives on the line in a new mixture of trust and risk, power and money, giving and receiving, hope and fear. A new force to get the things done that need to be done may be emerging. People powered capital; a movement, not an asset class. Be part of it.
If you’re a Hub Member, we’ll give you 50% off the ticket price! For the discount code please, check your email. Please sign up here and we hope to see you at the event!

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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.
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.
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).
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.

Click here to vote and give your comments

Then, register for the event at eventbrite!

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