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Innovate Berkeley: Sustainable Economic Development - East Bay Social Innovation Dinners

Impact Hub Bay Area

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 from 6:15 PM to 9:15 PM (PDT)

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Early-bird Admission   more info Ended $30.00 $1.74
General Admission Ended $35.00 $1.87
Impact Hub Members Ended $30.00 $1.74

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Innovate Berkeley East Bay Social and Civic Innovation Leader Dinners are informal monthly gatherings for Impact Hub members and East Bay thought leaders to share ideas about how Berkeley and other East Bay communities can realize their potential as hubs of entrepreneurial activity. Innovate Berkeley is a community grounded on principles of civic engagement, sustainable cities development, and social and environmental innovation.

Each of our past months’ events have been unique and engaging experiences, packed with interesting conversations and drawing a fascinating group of changemakers.  You’re going to want to be there, so register now!  You can also get more information and see photos from our past events on the Innovate Berkeley Facebook page!


Shannon Spanhake
Featured Guest:

Shannon Spanhake

OpenGov, City & County of San Francisco

Shannon Spanhake is building an OpenGov program for the City and County of San Francisco. The work includes projects to innovate job creation, government/citizen engagement, and urban infrastructure. Shannon applies agile methods and design-thinking to civic services to demonstrate the transformative potential of innovation to make a smarter and more open city government. Shannon has been recognized in “100 Women Innovating Science and Technology” by the Grace Hopper Foundation and was a Semi-Finalist in the Buckminster Fuller Inventor competition for an environmental monitoring technology she invented. She has a wide range of technical experience from hardware to web and mobile application design, along with domain expertise in technology and governance, environmental monitoring, and social development.  In general she aspires to leverage the transformative power of technologies to enable participation, and in particular, she wants to work with motivated people on unusually interesting projects. She has presented her work at venues such as TEDx and Google Tech Talks and her work has been covered in the New Scientist, Engadget, and WorldChanging.org.



Fenster - Back to Earth photo
Chef Eric Fenster
Featured Chef: 
Back to Earth

Back to Earth was founded in 2001 by Eric Fenster and Ari Derfel. With a shared background in event production and sustainability, as well as a passion for organic food, Eric and Ari joined forces to “green” the event industry. Both entrepreneurs saw an untapped opportunity to offer catering services in the San Francisco Bay Area with both high quality cuisine and high quality business practices based on respect for people and the environment.

When Back to Earth hit the scene, words like “green”, “organic”, and “sustainable” were just beginning to catch and were almost non-existent in the food and event industry. From inception, Eric and Ari built a company with these principles at its foundation. Their goal was to prove that sustainability and health did not need to be an afterthought — it could bring food and events to the next level of quality, elegance, and innovation. Word hit the street quickly, and before long Back to Earth established itself as the premier organic caterers in the San Francisco Bay Area. They received national press and awards and a flood of requests and enthusiasm. Today Back to Earth provides catering services to over 25,000 people each year.




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Impact Hub Berkeley
2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 from 6:15 PM to 9:15 PM (PDT)

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Impact Hub San Francisco is a coworking & events space for a membership community of entrepreneurs, activists, creatives, and professionals taking action to drive positive social and environmental change.

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