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Sudo Room moves into permanent space

posted Dec 23, 2012, 11:50 AM by Alfred Twu

Sudo Room, a hacker/creativespace in downtown Oakland, is celebrating their move into a full space at 2141 Broadway at 22nd StDetails at http://sudoroom.org/wiki/Welcome

Workshop on starting a worker-owned business, Nov/ 17 in East Oakland

posted Oct 24, 2012, 10:36 PM by Alfred Twu   [ updated Oct 24, 2012, 10:37 PM ]

Think Outside the Boss - Creating a Worker-Owned Business

Free event Nov 17: Register online

What is a worker owned business? How do you start one?

Join the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), and Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) as we explore the connections between environmental justice, resiliency and worker-owned business development.

You should come to this workshop if you are interested in creating a worker-owned business in your community or if you are a nonprofit non-profit organizations interested in incubating worker-owned businesses.

10:30am - 11:00am - Registration

11:00am - 2:30pm - Workshop

Location:

Tassafaronga Recreation Center
975 85th Ave
Oakland, CA 94621

You'll learn about the following:

- what worker-owned businesses are and the advantage of forming one,

- how to convert a traditional business to a worker-owned business,

- how to run your business democratically,

- how to spread ownership and control across a group of people,

- what is tax and accounting in a cooperative?

- how to raise money from your collective, your community, and even the bank!

- laws about how to treat your workers

- and more!

Networking opportunity!

There will also be an opportunity for networking with groups that will connect you with real worker-owners, financial institutions, and resources for worker cooperatives.

We will be distributing a manual on How to Start a Worker-Owned Business to the first 50 attendees!

Free follow-up legal consultation!

After the workshop we will hold two follow-up legal clinics for workshop attendees seeking to start or incubate worker-owned businesses. If you are interested, fill out an application at the workshop!

For more information, call 510.548.4040 ext 365, or email kara@berkeley.edu

Brush with Bamboo introduces bamboo toothbrush

posted Oct 18, 2012, 8:29 PM by Alfred Twu

Rohit Sahdev's new company, Brush with Bamboo makes eco-friendly toothbrushes from 100% biodegradable materials!

If you know of any cool people/retailers/farmers markets/etc that would be interested in selling this product, please feel free to email him at sahdev.rohit (at) gmail.

Also, if you are interested in seeing this product in real/physical life, the brushes will be on the shelves of Rainbow Grocery in SF and the Berkeley Student Food Collective.

Food: An Atlas currently fundraising

posted Oct 2, 2012, 3:35 PM by Alfred Twu

Food an Atlas . It's a Kickstarter campaign for a project Molly Roy has been working on in the past few months. She's co-editing an atlas related to all things food, which means she's been trying to organize 100 cartographers, educators, food policy organizers, artists and an admin team to work together to create a bunch of cool maps all in a span of FIVE MONTHS (the idea was conceived mid-June, and we want to send this to the printer November 16th). This is an experiment in what my co-editor likes to call "guerrilla cartography," meaning that we value collaboration, don't want to depend on a publisher, everyone's a volunteer, and we do this fast. No one is getting paid except the printers and perhaps someone to pack and ship the books, and people volunteer their time to the extend that they want to. It's crowd-produced, -funded, and -published, and it's already brought together an incredible community of map-lovers, food-lovers, art-lovers, and book-lovers.
Fundraising deadline: October 23.

Local Wikis coming to the Bay Area

posted Aug 5, 2012, 10:01 PM by Alfred Twu   [ updated Aug 5, 2012, 10:03 PM ]

For years, residents of Davis, California have used the Davis Wiki to share information on living in or visiting their city.  Now, the same platform is available for San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley! 
sfwiki.org
oaklandwiki.org
berkeleywiki.org

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