As the economy takes a turn for the worse, it’s nice to know that some people are still thinking outside the box – or at least the office. Enter The Hub, a co-working outfit based in the UK, but with a decidedly global footprint. The idea behind co-working isn’t a radical one, or all that new: allow people from different companies to work together in the same space, and magical things will happen.
As it turns out, the end result is more magical than anyone ever imagined: stories abound of entrepreneurs working out of one of The Hub’s airy, open work spaces who quickly found themselves making strides with their businesses that they previously thought impossible. With the support of the great folks at Good Cap, there is no doubt that the San Francisco Hub will soon be serving up connections and success to Bay Area entrepreneurs, too.
For more information, please visit www.hubsf.net.
As the Obama Administration (pleasantly) surprises everyone by systematically turning everything on its head, one of the most exciting changes is actually stirring deep within the US Government itself. The rumblings began during the previous administration with the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Global Development Commons initiative, an interesting example of the cutting edge of international development and applied “web 2.0″ thinking.
The Obama team certainly hasn’t dropped the ball, as evidenced by a USAID panel to be held titled “Open Innovation for Government: Answering President Obama’s Call for More Open, Effective Public Service”. Hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a D.C.-based think tank, the panel features director-level panelists from across the Federal government including such agencies as NASA, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, USAID’s Office of Development Partners, and the US Department of State.
The event is scheduled for April 14th from 3-5pm EST at CSIS headquarters: 1800 K Street NW, D.C. 20006. RSVPs can be sent to PCRProject@csis.org.
Finally, in the spirit of openness and the cutting edge, a live webcast and Q&A will be available through the Global Development Commons site here as well as the Commons Ustream channel here.
Just when you thought that Big Oil was coming around, that maybe they thought it might be a good idea to invest in our collective future, not just oil futures, Royal Dutch Shell announces that it will focus its “renewable investment” portfolio on oil, gas and biofuels (ignoring solar, wind and other alternatives).
Never mind that oil and gas are hardly renewable resources by any stretch of the imagination; this news strikes a blow at the heart of the renewables industry because it begs the question: if one of the largest energy companies in the world won’t invest in our renewable future, who will?
Now in its fourth year, the California Clean Tech Open (CCTO) is set to hold its launch event this coming Thursday, March 19, 2009. Touted as an “innovation catalyst” for new ideas and businesses in clean tech, the CCTO is one of the more successful incubator-type events of its kind and a must-see for anyone in the sector.
This isn’t a recent ad from Nissan, or the latest anti-smoking campaign from our friends Philip or Morris. Instead, it’s an up-and-coming attempt to simplify ecological living by putting the “friendly” back in “eco-friendly.” Shift Your Habit aims to affect behavior at an individual level, using approachable tips, tricks, and hints, as well as a stable of celebrity spokespeople to get the word out that you too can do something to live more consciously.
The latest challenge from the talented crew at Architecture For Humanity is hot off the press. This time the focus is on how to revolutionize education worldwide by building the classroom of the future. A lofty goal, perhaps, but exactly what we have come to expect from the small team dedicated to revolutionizing architecture the world over. So what exactly drives the people behind the accolades and successful projects? What is it like to be in the midst of an architectural revolution? Definitely interesting, but not half as crazy as you might think.
Reusable grocery bags? Check. Thermal coffee mug? Check. For some of us, this is the extent of our eco-conscious behavior. There are those among us, however, such as the Team at Rubicon National Social Innovations, for whom this is only the beginning.
Most famous for “baking a difference” through the successful Rubicon Bakery program, Rubicon has raised the bar by systematically building double- and triple-bottom-line businesses (check out the Rubicon Landscape Services program as well) at an impressive rate. Now, though, the committed team at Rubicon has set itself an even more ambitious goal: to build a national – and scalable – social enterprise, from scratch, and show everyone that it is possible to tackle our biggest social and environmental challenges in a financially sustainable manner. Their challenge of choice: discarded mattresses.