Past Events

2010 2011
North Bay Sustainability Mixer
Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
7:00-9:00PM

Join World Centric and Aqus Community for a gathering of businesses, organizations, and individuals to discover our shared values, inventory our resources, and grow the sustainability movement in our local community. Participants will have the opportunity to share their efforts in driving sustainability in their own sectors.

Action-oriented group discussions will focus on how we can make our local community more sustainable. World Centric, an industry leader in certified compostable products and zero waste solutions, will speak on their efforts to help reduce environmental impact.

Come and meet: John Crowley, Founder - Aqus Community Annie Davis, Director of Marketing - World Centric Sudeep Motupali Rao, PhD, Regional Director - EPEA-San Francisco and representatives from many North Bay sustainable businesses and organizations! There is an entry fee of $10 General/$5 for Aqus Community members. This fee supports the growth of workshops such as this one and many more!

May 20, 2014 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Aqus Café, 189 H St, Petaluma 94952
 
Worm Workshop: Foundry Wharf Community Mixer
Thursday, May 17th, 2014
4:30-6:00PM

The folks at World Centric want to invite you to a Worm Workshop & Neighbor Mixer!

Vermicomposting takes food scraps from your kitchen and turns them in to super-rich, nutrient-packed compost. At this workshop you'll learn everything you need to know about the benefits of vermicomposting and how to set up your own system. We'll provide the expert (our amazing, zero waste specialist, Ellen Hopkins) and some examples to help get you started.
When: Thursday, May 6, 2014
Time: 4:00-6:00p
Where: Foundry Wharf on the green by the river

Feel free to bring friends (kids love worm composting) and snacks!

This workshop is offered as one of World Centric's "actions" for the 2014 Community Resilience Challenge. To make your own action, sign up for the challenge! http://communityresiliencechallenge.org/

Contact Janae for more information! janael@worldcentric.org
 
Films of Vision and Hope: Shift Change
Friday, June 14th, 2013
7:30PM

Shift Change tells the little known stories of employee owned businesses that compete successfully in today's economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces. With the long decline in US manufacturing and today's economic crisis, millions have been thrown out of work, and many are losing their homes. The usual economic solutions are not working, so some citizens and public officials are ready to think outside of the box, to reinvent our failing economy in order to restore long term community stability and a more egalitarian way of life.

Friday June 14th
World Centric, 2121 Staunton Ct, Palo Alto
7:30pm - 9:30pm : Film and Discussion

Sponsored by Transition Palo Alto, Transition Silicon Valley, and World Centric.
http://transitionpaloalto.org
http://www.facebook.com/TransitionPaloAlto

Fourth Friday: Essential Knowledge for Transition - Part 2
Friday, May 24th, 2013
7:00PM

We have a great Fourth Friday scheduled for May 24. It's the second segment in Marco Vangelisti's series on economics and what it means for Transition and sustainability.

For May Fourth Friday, Marco Vangelisti, who's been a major force in the Bay Area Slow Money movement, will give the second in his three-part series on Essential Knowledge for Transition. Come whether or not you were able to catch the first part!

In the face of increasing economic instability, building a resilient, enduring and equitable local economy is vital. To achieve this, we need to understand the current economic system, how it affects our communities and ways to transform it.

Marco will help us understand the current economic crisis in its historical context, how we dealt with the last major crisis in the 1930s and how we are (counter productively) dealing with it now. He'll also explain the economic system and alternative ways of structuring it so that it democratizes and localizes economic activity and anchors wealth and capital formation in our community.

Friday May 24th
World Centric, 2121 Staunton Ct, Palo Alto
7:00p - 7:15pm: Welcome to Transition (for newcomers)
7:30p: Program

Sponsored by Transition Palo Alto, Transition Silicon Valley, and World Centric.
http://transitionpaloalto.org
http://www.facebook.com/TransitionPaloAlto

Do the Math - The Movie
Sunday, April 21st, 2013
7:00PM


Last year's Do the Math tour was a whirlwind cross-country journey for Bill McKibben and our 350.org crew, with night after night of sold-out shows. At every stop, people learned the new math of climate change -- and emerged from the show fired up and ready to take action.

If you went to a local Do the Math event, you might have seen some folks with video cameras. Well, there's a reason for that: we teamed up with some talented filmmakers to make the "Do the Math" movie!

And the movie is finally here: we have a 42-minute film that goes way above and beyond the presentation you saw last year -- from the Do the Math tour to the the streets of DC to the tar sands of Canada. It's an inspiring, beautiful, and fast-paced story that shows the power of this growing movement.

On Sunday, April 21st, there will be a showing in Palo Alto at 7:00 pm at World Centric. Please bring family and friends and refreshments if you like. Please forward this to others too.

RSVP at http://act.350.org/event/do_the_math_movie_attend/4356 so organizers know how many people to expect.

Fourth Friday: Behind the Kitchen Door
Friday, April 26th, 2013
7:00PM

How do restaurant workers live on some of the lowest wages in America? And how do poor working conditions--discrimination, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchens--affect the meals that arrive at our restaurant tables?

In Behind the Kitchen Door, Saru Jayara- man sets out to answer these questions by following the lives of restaurant workers in nine major cities. Blending personal narra- tive and investigative journalism, Behind the Kitchen Door is a groundbreaking explora- tion of the political, economic, and moral implications of dining out. Jayaraman sets out a bold agenda to raise the living stan- dards of the nation's second-largest private sector workforce--and ensure that dining out is a positive experience on both sides of the kitchen door.

Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co- Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) and the Director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, she cofounded ROC in New York, which has organized restaurant workers to win workplace justice campaigns, conduct research and policy work, partner with responsible restaurants, and launch cooperatively-owned restaurants. ROC now has 9000 members in 19 cities nationwide. The story of Saru and her co-founder's work founding ROC has been chronicled in The Accidental American.

Saru is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was profiled in the New York Times "Public Lives" section in 2005, and was named one of Crain's "40 Under 40" in 2008, 1010 Wins' "Newsmaker of the Year," and one of New York Magazine's "Influentials" of New York City.

Friday April 26th, World Centric, 2121 Staunton Ct, Palo Alto
7:00p - 7:15pm: Refreshments and welcome to Transition (for newcomers)
7:30p: Program

World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto
Sponsored by Transition Palo Alto, Transition Silicon Valley, World Centric, Slow Food South Bay, and Unitarian-Universalist fellowship of Redwood City Social Action Committee



Fourth Friday: Blue Vinyl
Friday, March 22nd, 2013
7:00PM

With humor, chutzpah and a piece of vinyl siding firmly in hand, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand and co-director and award-winning cinematographer Daniel B. Gold set out in search of the truth about polyvinyl chloride (PVC), America's most popular plastic. From Long Island to Louisiana to Italy, they unearth the facts about PVC and its effects on human health and the environment.

Back at the starter ranch, Helfand coaxes her terribly patient parents into replacing their vinyl siding on the condition that she can find a healthy, affordable alternative (and it has to look good!).

A detective story, an eco-activism doc, and a rollicking comedy, Blue Vinyl puts a human face on the dangers posed by PVC at every stage of its life cycle, from factory to incinerator. Consumer consciousness and the "precautionary principle" have never been this much fun.

Friday March 22, World Centric, 2121 Staunton Ct, Palo Alto
7:00p - 7:15pm: Welcome to Transition (for newcomers)
7:30p: Program

World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto
Sponsored by Transition Palo Alto, Transition Silicon Valley, and World Centric http://transitionpaloalto.org
http://www.facebook.com/TransitionPaloAlto



Fourth Friday: Essential Knowledge for Transition
Friday, February 22nd, 2013
7:00PM


Fourth Friday: Bag It, the Movie
Tonight, January 25th, 2013
7:00PM


Climate Change and Poverty
Thursday, December 13th 6PM and Tuesday, December 18th 6PM
6:00 - 7:30PM


What: Presentation on a Poverty Alleviation Carbon Reduction Program for 100,000 rural households in the Philippines caught in the poverty trap of food shortages and exposure to typhoons.

Where: 2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto, CA World Centric Office

When: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 6:00 - 7:30 pm And Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Who: Food From Thin Air, Inc.

Why: Hear a presentation about a carbon reduction program that achieves the following:

  • Alleviates poverty for households earning $1/day
  • Increases food supply
  • Provides a sustainable livelihood using locally available technology
  • Protects people from tidal surges and flooding
  • Preserves the most valuable carbon sink (mangroves) and biodiversity
  • Reduce emissions using scientifically approved methods and monitoring plans
  • Verify emission reductions by accredited third parties

Mangrove forests absorb about 25% of the world's carbon emissions but cover only 0.7% of the world's forests. The continued destruction of mangroves not only destroys this very important carbon sink which absorbs carbon from the atmosphere but also will result in the release of additional and huge amounts of carbon. Each hectare of destroyed or converted mangrove can release up to 1,000 tons of carbon into the environment. Please come and listen to Food From Thin Air's presentation of a project that can save the mangroves, cut carbon emissions by 1.6 million tons per year and pull 100,000 households out of the poverty trap.


Please RSVP to mariabanico(at)yahoo.com or medaokelo(at)sbcglobal.net.

 



Sustainovation: Benefit Corporations



American Meat

Film and Panel Discussion

7pm November 11

World Centric, Palo Alto

Can sustainable meat production ever satisfy the needs of consumers? Meet the farmers and food advocates who believe it can.

This acclaimed new documentary chronicles America’s grassroots revolution in sustainable meat production.

After describing the current industrial meat system, the film highlights the burgeoning sustainable, local-food movement made up of farmers, food advocates, chefs and everyday folks who are working to change how meat meat reaches the American table.

After the screening, local farmers and food advocates will discuss the film, and Q&A will follow the discussion. The panel includes:

 

Recommended donation: $10

Snacks provided, a short discussion follows each film.

November 11, 7pm

World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto

Promotional partners: Farmer Veteran Coalition, which helps veterans work, operate and own farms across America, and Transition Palo Alto and Transition Silicon Valley - Films of Vision and Hope, committed to building a resilient community through environmental awareness and activism.




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Crowdfunding
pushing the envelope with collaborative funding

Sustainovation and our co-sponsors the Bay Area Society for Organizational Learning, World Centric, and media sponsor: Shareable

welcome you to an In-depth Dialogue with Jenny Kassan, CEO Cutting Edge Capital

Event Summary
All around us new models of business have emerged with the explosion of the internet and social media. With economic and environmental challenges in our future, new approaches & platforms to raise capital for start-up ventures are too on the rise.

What is crowdfunding? How does this form of funding complement others? Why do some start-up ventures care? How did it get started? What needs does it address? What are the possibilities? What are the barriers? What is the JOBS Act? How is it evolving? What's next? Please join us for an exciting evening of networking, learning together, and conversation.

When: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Registration and Networking start at 6:30 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM , Dialogue at 8:00-9:00 PM

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

Registration:
$15 advance online registration (plus processing fees), $20 at the door (Cash only)
To register click here: http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=233784

Speaker Bio
Jenny is CEO of Cutting Edge Capital, a consulting firm that helps small businesses raise community capital and pioneers tools for a more inclusive and values-driven economy. Jenny Kassan is also an attorney at Katovich & Kassan Law Group, a law firm that serves social enterprise. Her legal practice areas include small business start-up and financing, securities regulation, nonprofit law, and cooperatives.

Jenny earned a masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and earned her J.D. from Yale Law School. She worked for eleven years at the Unity Council, a nonprofit community development corporation in Oakland, where she served as staff attorney and managed community economic development projects including the formation and management of several social ventures designed to employ and create business ownership opportunities for low-income community residents.

Jenny is the President of Community Ventures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the economic and social development of communities. She also co-founded the Sustainable Economies Law Center, a nonprofit that provides legal information to support sustainable economies. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Post Carbon Institute, Sustainable Business Alliance, HatchLab, Inc., and Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont (LEAF).

Sustainovation (aSustainovation 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.


Films of Vision and Hope

Digging for Solutions

World Centric 2121 Staunton Ct., Palo Alto
Meet and greet (and Oct. 5 potluck) 7 P.M.
Films and discussion 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.

Friday September 14 -Transition 2.0
A story of resilience and hope in extraordinary times. You'll be inspired and moved by these stories of people around the world who are responding to uncertain times with creativity, solutions and engaged optimism, inspired by Transition principles of building local resilience to address the great challenges of our day.

Friday, September 21 - Dirt!, the Movie
This fascinating film tells the story of tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet.

Friday, September 28 - First Millimeter: Healing the Earth
Learn about the possibilities of about Holistic Management, a system of land management that can improve our farming and ranching processes, reduce carbon emissions, and heal the earth. The first millimeter of the earth is the top soil that is often lost to erosion, and which livestock, properly grazed, can help restore to health.
Special guest: Sallie Calhoun from Paicines Ranch, chair of Holistic Management International
(http://holisticmanagement.org/).

Friday October 5 - 100 Mile Potluck Plus Sonatas of the Soil - starts 7pm
Bring a dish to share, with local ingredients, if possible!

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Films of Vision and Hope promotes positive solutions to environmental and social problems affecting our world. Provocative films, great discussion, and opportunities to connect with others who want to make a difference.

Sponsored by Transition Silicon Valley, Transition Palo Alto, and World Centric
 

Solar Home Tour: Road to Net Zero
Saturday, October 13th

Details:
Solar Home Tour in Palo Alto area
Date: Sat. Oct. 13
11:30 - Information Session
1:00 pm - Tour Begins

Start & pick up maps: Girl Scout House, Rinconada Park, Palo Alto
Behind the Lucie Stern theater complex, 1305 Middlefield Road, PA

Cost: Free, but pre-registration required: http://2012solarhomestour.eventbrite.com/
More information: Info@SunWork.org


On Saturday afternoon, October 13, Acterra and SunWork are offering a tour of Palo Alto-area homes that approach "net zero."

What's a "net zero" house? It's when the house produces all the energy the household needs -- usually including an electric car -- right on site.

Since California law requires that all new home construction by 2020 be "net zero," those thinking of building a new home will enjoy viewing some of these homes and talking with the owners about the techniques they employ.

Meet at the Girl Scout House in Rinconada Park, behind the Lucie Stern theater complex at 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The demonstration EcoHome located next to the Girl Scout building is the first stop on the tour.

The program starts at 11:30 am with an hour-long info session, describing how solar energy systems work (for both electricity and hot water), and discussing the environmental and financial benefits, including the City of Palo Alto's rebate program and Federal tax credits.

The self-guided tour starts at 1 pm, and maps listing the house locations will be available at the Girl Scout House from 12:30 until 3 pm. Homes on the tour are open until 4 pm, and they include a house designed to be fully net zero as well as a passive energy house, newly constructed by Clarum Homes. Various types of electric and plug-in vehicles will be displayed, both at the homes and outside the Girl Scout House.

To maximize the benefits from the program, participants are encouraged to bring their average monthly cost and kilowatt-hour usage to the info session. Everyone is also invited to bring a bag lunch to enjoy in the park before leaving on the tour.

A limited quantity of the 2008 Solar Energy Resource Guide will given away for free, and the 2012 Guide will be available for purchase.

This tour is part of the American Solar Energy Society's 2012 National Solar Tour and is organized by Acterra, a Palo Alto-based non-profit environmental organization (www.acterra.org) and SunWork, a non-profit installer of residential solar energy systems (www.sunWork.org). Co-sponsors include NorCal Solar Association, the Electric Auto Association of Silicon Valley, and the Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter.

For more information, contact Mike Balma, info@SunWork.org
 

 

business for the world we share

Sustainovation and our co-sponsors: Acterra, Bay Area Society for Organizational Learning, Community Environmental Action Partnership (CEAP),Continuing the Conversation, Green Town Los Altos, Los Altos Community Foundation, Mountain View Coalition for Sustainable Planning, Sustainable Silicon Valley, Social Innovation Design, Transition Palo Alto, and World Centric welcome you to

Greening Silicon Valley: Successes, Challenges, & Opportunities

An In-depth Dialogue with

  • Steve Attinger, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, City of Mountain View
  • Erin Cooke, Sustainability Manager, City of Cupertino
  • Phil Bobel, Assistant Director, Environmental Services and Public Works, City of Palo Alto
  • Demetra J. McBride, Director, Office of Sustainability and Climate Action, Santa Clara County Office of the County Executive
  • Guest moderator Peter Drekmeier, Former Mayor, City of Palo Alto

 

Event Summary

What do you imagine a sustainable city will look like in the future? Where are the opportunities to collaborate and innovate? How might cross sector partnerships play a role? What are the challenges? How do counties and cities collaborate to accelerate positive change?

Please join us for an exciting evening together. The panelists will provide an overview of recent sustainability efforts in Santa Clara County, Cupertino, Mountain View, and Palo Alto including accomplishments, proposed programs, challenges, and opportunities. Attendees will have time to ask questions, discuss what's needed now, and how we can work together to create sustainable communities.

Wednesday June 27, 2012

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 http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=231270
For more information: www.sustainovation.org

Sustainovation 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.

 
Films of Hope and Vision: Living Creatively in Times of Crisis

How are folks coping with today's economic and environmental crises? It's easy to lose hope when faced with a mountain of tough economic problems on top of climate change and other environmental woes.

Come join us for another film series starting next Friday where we'll take a look at how people are living creatively and finding ways to be resilient and thrive as the world seemingly comes apart around us.

Meet and greet at 7pm
Films begin at 7:30pm
Free Admission
World Centric Community Space
2121 Staunton Ct, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Films of Vision and Hope focuses on positive solutions to environmental and social problems affecting our world. Provocative films, great discussion, and opportunities to connect with others who want to make a difference.

Sponsored by Transition Silicon Valley, Transition Palo Alto, and World Centric.
Urban Roots

Friday, April 27, 2012

 

Detroit, once an industrial powerhouse, is now devastated by the collapse of manufacturing and loss of population. But now against all odds, seeds of change are taking root. See how dedicated Detroiters are working tirelessly to fulfill their vision for locally-grown, sustainably farmed food in a city that had given up hope.

Farmin' in the Hood

Friday, May 4, 2012

 

It's an amazing story of about 20 families that uprooted from suburbia and made their homes for good in one of the most blighted neighborhoods in the U.S. "We took the seeds in our pockets and every square foot we owned and went about like mad scientists testing out innovative ideas from all around world and making them work in one of the most blighted neighborhoods in the US."

YERT - Your Environmental Road Trip

Friday,May 11, 2012

 

Don't miss this award winning adventure. Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road - traveling with hope, humor, and all of their garbage - to explore every state in America in search of the extraordinary innovators and citizens who are tackling humanity's greatest environmental crises.

100 Mile Potluck
Friday, May 18, 2012 at 7pm
Come to share food, conversation, and ideas, all sourced from within 100 miles of us.

 


 



Sustainovation: In Great Company



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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