Past Events

2010 2011
Corporate Sustainability Community Global Climate Self Improvement
Apr 25: Sustainovation:In Great Company Sept 15: An Introduction to Resilience Circles Mar 3: Haiti Update Apr 23: Peace Through Music
Mar 21: Sustainovation: B Corporations Dec 14, Jan 4: Community Building Feb 28: Sustainovation: Windowfarms Feb 12: TEDx Changing the Way We Eat
Jan 6, Feb 3: Individual Sustainability Commitment


Sustainovation: In Great Company



     business for the world we share

Sustainovation and our co-sponsors, Bay Area Society for Organizational Learning, Continuing the Conversation, PLANT!, and World Centric welcome you to

In Great Company
-growing a great company-what you can do today-case example with Veritable Vegetable

A conversation with Patti Lee-Hoffmann, author of In Great Company and Bu Nygrens, co-owner of Veritable Vegetable.

Event Summary
Join us for a conversation with Patti Lee-Hoffmann, author of the new business book In Great Company and Bu Nygrens, co–owner of Veritable Vegetable, one of the great companies highlighted in the book. Patti will share her insights from her research with companies that thrived during times of great recession. Learn more about their leadership, culture, environment, community that enabled them to thrive. Along with Patti, industry pioneer in the organic foods business Bu Nygrens will talk about Veritable Vegetable, the company mission, way of work, and opportunities and challenges that face the organics movement. The evening will include time for networking, presentation, and dialogue among participants.

Monday April 25, 2011
6:30 PM -7:00 PM Networking
7:00 PM -8:00 PM Presentation
8:00PM -9:00 PM Dialogue

About the Speakers
Patti Lee-Hoffmann
Patti is the author of a new business book, In Great Company which profiles 11 companies engaged in businesses that were hardest hit by the Great Recession, yet which continued to thrive nonetheless. She is a co-founder of the Triage Consulting Group, a national consulting firm in the field of healthcare. For the last several years, her company has been named to the list of the best medium-sized companies to work for in America by the Great Place to Work Institute. Last year, Women’s Initiative named Patti "Business Woman of the Year". Vigilant environmentalists, her two daughters, ages 11 and 9, refuse tangible birthday and Christmas presents.

Bu Nygrens
Bu Nygrens is the co-owner and purchasing manager of Veritable Vegetable, located in San Francisco, California. Established in 1974, VV is the nation’s oldest distributor of certified organic fruits and vegetables. Since joining in 1978, Bu has contributed to the company’s reputation for integrity, advocacy and leadership. Woman-owned and operated, VV serves organic farms and independent retail businesses throughout California, Hawaii, and the Southwest. Veritable Vegetable promotes equitable and sustainable food systems for all people. www.veritablevegetable.com

Location: World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court,Palo Alto, CA 94306
Registration: $15 advance online registration, $20 at the door (Cash only)
For online registration information go to http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=218646

Sustainovation (a project of Plant!--formerly Conexions--a non-profit organization) is dedicated to inspiring environmentally and socially sustainable business practices. Our mission is to promote sustainability as the driver of business innovation in Silicon Valley and beyond. We envision a new industrial revolution led by the principles of sustainable design and development. Through educational events, we form and inspire networks of innovators who share the belief that sustainable practices are essential to business success and the future of the world we share.

Sustainovation: B Corporations



     business for the world we share

Sustainovation and our co-sponsors: Bay Area Society for Organizational Learning, Continuing the Conversation, Sustainable Silicon Valley, and World Centric welcome you to

B CorporationsChanging the DNA of Business for Good!

An In-depth Dialogue with:
  • Aseem Das, World Centric Founder/CEO
  • Dermot Hikisch, B Corporations, Director of Community Development
  • Jeff Mendelsohn, New Leaf Paper, Founder/CEO
  • John Montgomery, Montgomery & Hansen, LLP

Event Summary

Businesses committed to generating social and environmental benefit in addition to profit have begun to achieve success despite many challenges from the greater business community. Many of these companies are becoming B Corporations, an exciting initiative to support and institutionalize “for benefit” corporations.

Please join us to learn why B Corporations matter, how B Corporations are changing the game, and how innovating to create new standards for environmental and social responsibility can have positive systemic effects.

We will explore the challenges and opportunities that companies face when they make a commitment to environmental and social change, how the landscape has changed since B Corporations started and where B Corporations are headed. The evening will include time for networking, presentations by the panelist, and conversations.


Monday March 21, 2011
6:30 PM -7:00 PM Networking
7:00 PM -8:00 PM Presentation
8:00PM -9:00 PM Dialogue


Location: World Centric
2121 Staunton Court
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Registration $15 advance online registration, $20 at the door (Cash only)
For online registration information go to www.sustainovation.org events page.

Sustainovation (a project of Plant!--formerly Conexions--a non-profit organization) is dedicated to inspiring environmentally and socially sustainable business practices. Our mission is to promote sustainability as the driver of business innovation in Silicon Valley and beyond. We envision a new industrial revolution led by the principles of sustainable design and development. Through educational events, we form and inspire networks of innovators who share the belief that sustainable practices are essential to business success and the future of the world we share.


Resilience Circles

We're in this Together!

An Introduction to Resilience Circles

September 15, 2011 6:30pm


The Great Recession is a scary time. Debt, foreclosure, unemployment, anxious employment, evaporating savings, rising costs, job insecurity, and environmental uncertainties.
Resilience circles are a positive way forward. A resilience circle is a small group of people that comes together to:
  • Face economic and ecological challenges
  • Learn about root causes
  • Discover non-financial resources
  • Build relationships that strengthen security
  • Take steps for mutual aid and shared action
  • Learn about community projects such as produce exchanges, time banks, and housing co-ops
  • Rediscover what we have and the prospect of a brighter future
  • Become part of a larger effort to create a fair, healthy, sustainable economy for all
For those already involved in local Transition activities, resilience circles are a natural way to tie in our concerns about peak oil and climate change with the real economic and personal challenges that we face. It's all part of the same picture!
Join us for an introduction to
Resilience Circles
We'll learn about the resilience circle movement and how resilience circles are helping people turn hardship into strengthened relationships and mutual support. We'll also plan follow-on sessions for those who want to get involved.
September 15
6:30 meet and greet
7:00-9:00 Intro to Resilience Circles

World Centric
2121 Staunton Court
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Hosted by Transition Palto Alto book group 4
For more information, email thomas@thomasatwood.net or dmytels@batnet.com, and visit http://localcircles.org/


Community Building

Conversation, Community, and Calling

Tuesdays, Dec 14th, 21st, and Jan 4th 7-9

World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Free!

Based on the practice of good, effective conversation, in this three session series we'll examine how you can use conversation and community to advance your vision of cultural change. Among other things, we'll explore Jeremy Rifkin's idea of the empathic civilization, the new gross national happiness movement, and ongoing efforts for wealth equality.

The presenter is Cecile Andrews, author of Circle of Simplicity, Slow is Beautiful, and Less is More Sponsored by Transition Palo Alto and World Centric. http://www.cecileandrews.com



Haiti Update

Thursday, March 3rd, 7PM

You're invited to a special event on Thursday, March 3 to hear about some inspiring projects in Haiti.

Kelly Kobza, has been living in Haiti for the past year and doing amazing work. She has led the organization and implementation of a watershed habitat restoration project. She has also worked with Haitian educators to begin a remedial education school and feeding program for some of the village's poorest children. Kelly and the Greater Good Haiti board members are now planning to build a community center with classrooms for additional education programs.

Please join us for Kelly's presentation on Thursday, March 3 at 7pm at World Centric, 2121 Staunton Ct.

Kelly would like to connect more folks from the Palo Alto area (her hometown) with the people of Haiti. She offers opportunities to visit and to experience Haiti first hand. Her website is http://www.greatergoodhaiti.org



Sustainovation: Windowfarms



     business for the world we share

Sustainovation and our co-sponsors Bay Area Society for Organizational Learning, Continuing the Conversation, and World Centric welcome you to the first dialogue to explore the theme Changing the World Through Food

Windowfarms—Reimagining Urban Agriculture

An In-depth Dialogue with Shivani Ganguly, Windowfarms CFO

Event Summary
Windowfarms promotes environmental stewardship and improves quality of life by reimagining and rebuilding urban indoor spaces. WindowfarmsTMare high-yield hydroponic gardens for growing fresh local vegetables indoors.But why have more than 18,000 community members joined the research and developit yourself (R&D-I-Y ) movement?

Join us to learn more about Windowfarms and the R&D-I-Ymovement! This is our first discussion on a theme we will be exploring together over the coming months: Changing the World though Food. The evening will include time for networking, presentation, and dialogue among participants.

Monday February 28, 2011
6:30 PM-7:00 PM Networking, 7:00 PM -8:00 PM Presentation, 8:00PM -9:00 PM Dialogue

About the speaker
Shivani is an social entrepreneur who is fascinated by food, technology, and business. She joined Windowfarms and the R&D-I-Y movement in October 2010, bringing her extensive experience growing businesses with effective, sustainable business models to the Core Team. She has also consulted with diverse organizations including 18Rabbits, SomaFM, the Napa County HHSA, and AchieveMission. Previously, Shivaniwas Sr. Director of Business Operations & HR at OQO, where she was a member of the Executive Team that created the world’s smallest personal computer.

(http://www.windowfarms.org/)

Shivani received a BA in Science, Technology,and Society from Stanford University. She is currently pursuing an MBA in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School.

Location: World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Registration $15 advance online registration, $20 at the door(Cash only)
For online registration information go to www.sustainovation.org events page

Sustainovation (a project of Plant!--formerly Conexions--a non-profit organization) is dedicated to inspiring environmentally and socially sustainable business practices. Our mission is to promote sustainability as the driver of business innovation in Silicon Valley and beyond. We envision a new industrial revolution led by the principles of sustainable design and development. Through educational events, we form and inspire networks of innovators who share the belief that sustainable practices are essential to business success and the future of the world we share.



Palo Alto Movie Night: Peace Through Music

Saturday, April 23rd, 7:30PM

You are invited to an unforgettable musical journey around the world...

Using a mobile recording studio, Playing for Change (PFC) records over 30 street musicians from New Orleans to Russia to South Africa, resulting in a delightful, soulful journey through world music at its most grassroots and finest. This film proves music has the power to break down boundaries and unite us as one human race. (73 min)

Stand By Me * One Love * Don’t Worry * Biko * plus much more

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us-TVg40ExM

After the film we clear the chairs and hit the dance floor(!) featuring the Playing for Change CD

Presented by community members Aseem, Tomas, and Karen reuniting for one more remarkable Palo Alto movie night
http://playingforchange.com/

TEDx Changing the Way We Eat

Eating (Slowly) at the Bottom of the Bay
February 12

 
TEDxManhattan Streaming Party
Changing the Way We Eat


 
Saturday, February 12, 2011
7:30 AM to 3:00 PM
World Centric Community Space
2121 Staunton Ct, Palo Alto, CA  [Map]

On February 12, The Glynwood Institute for Sustainable Food and Farming will host TEDxManhattan: Changing the Way We Eat, a one-day TEDx event on sustainable food and farming.  It will explore our food system -- from what happened, to where we are, to what we are doing to shift to a more sustainable way of eating and farming.  In an effort to have as many people as possible participate, the event will be webcast live.

For those of you unfamiliar with TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), it is a small non-profit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, using talks and performances.  Thought leaders from around the world are invited to give presentations up to 18-minutes long that explore important topics to society.  All of the talks are recorded and available in an archive at TED's web-site.  Some memorable talks include, Dan Barber's How I Fell in Love With a Fish and Jamie Oliver's TED Prize Wish:  Teach Every Child About Food.  Check them out and get hooked.

Then plan to join us at World Centric on the 12th.  The line-up is impressive, including Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, makers of King Corn, Brian Halweil of the Worldwatch Institute, Josh Viertel, president of Slow Food USA and many more.  You can get the full list at the TEDxManhattan web-site.  There is no schedule for individual speakers, but the event will be broken into sessions:

7:30 AM - 9:15 AM       Session 1 - What Happened?
9:15 AM - 10:30 AM     Break

10:30 AM - 12:15 PM   Session 2 - Where are we?

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM     Potluck Lunch Break

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM       Session 3 - Where are we going?


Come for one session or stay all day.  Those of us staying over lunch time will plan to share a potluck lunch together.  Bring something simple, seasonal, local - something sustainable - to share with your neighbors.

[This event is brought to you by a number of partners:  Collective Roots, Slow Food South Bay, Transition Palo Alto, Transition Silicon Valley and our host World Centric.]


Individual Sustainability Commitment

Create your ISC: Individual Sustainability Commitment

Daily Personal Choices for a Better World

Come attend a free workshop at World Centric, and discuss the impact of your daily choices on the environment. We will look at where our daily actions fall in the economic, ecological and social spectrum, learn how small actions we make each day can add up to have significant positive impacts on the planet, and create your own ISC: Individual Sustainability Commitment. Your ISC is one thing you can do each day that contributes to a healthier environment. Interactive group activities and exercises make this fun evening both informative and productive. A reading will be emailed to all participants beforehand to be discussed at the workshop. You will leave with your own ISC and a tracking sheet; a follow up 1 hour workshop will be held a month later to check in on your ISC execution. Space is limited to the first 30 to RSVP.

When: Thursday, January 6th 7-9:30pm and Thursday February 3rd 7-8pm

Where: World Centric, 2121 Staunton Ct, Palo Alto, 94306

Presented by: Shadan Mirabedi, Sustainability Program Manager at World Centric

Please RSVP to Shadan directly to sign up by Jan 3rd: shadan(at)worldcentric.org