The East Bay Express has launched a weekly ad campaign called Think Indie, supporting independent businesses and the localization movement.
If you are interested in participating, please read the information below.
If the business can answer YES to these six questions, they are likely qualified to participate:
1. Is this business registered in an local city, with no corporate
2. headquarters outside of the Bay Area?
3. Is this business privately held and not publicly traded?
4. Does the business make independent decisions regarding the name
and look of the business, as well as all business purchasing, practices, hiring and distribution?
5. Does the business pay all its own marketing, rent, and other business expenses (without assistance from a corporate headquarters)?
6. Does this business have six or less outlets, with at least 50% of its outlets in Northern California?
7. Do at least 50% of the managing owners of the business live in Northern California?
View Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp1pjyrSCoA
The rotating tag line each week will support indie businesses, causes, trade associations and events through informational statements such as these:
· Keep dollars in our economy. Of every $100 spent at a local store, $68 stays in the community.
· Help keep us unique. Homegrown businesses are part of what makes us special.
· Create local jobs. Local businesses are the best at creating higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
· Help the environment. Buying locally saves transportation fuel. Plus you get products that you know are safe and well-made because our neighbors stand behind them.
· Nurture our community. Studies show that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.
· Conserve tax dollars. Spending locally ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong: right here in your community!
· Support Record Store Day by shopping at locally owned, independent record stores on April 16, 2011!
· Find the books you want on Indiebound.org and support local booksellers instead of Amazon.com.
· Members of Sustainable Business Alliance, Oakland Grown or Buy Local Berkeley:
o One time - $200
o Four per year - $600 ($150 per insertion)
o Once per month - $1200 ($100 per insertion)
· Non-members of Sustainable Business Alliance, Oakland Grown or Buy Local Berkeley:
o One time - $300
o Four per year - $900 ($225 per insertion)
o Once per month - $1800 ($150 per insertion)
No image changes at these ad rates.
Selected videos from the Progressive Opportunities sessions are listed alphabetically by session title below. Regretfully, we were only able to catch half of the sessions on camera. Also please accept our apologies for the inconsistency of some of our gracious volunteers' filming.
ALL of the sessions were professionally audio-recorded and archived here for your learning and listening pleasure. They are now available for FREE brought to you by Hungry Mind Recording in partnership with the East Bay Express: Progressive Opportunities Conference 2012: Audio
B Corporation: a better way to do business
B Corporations are a new kind of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. They meet transparent and comprehensive standards of social and environmental performance. They also legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests. Being the hub of innovation and social enterprise, California now joined six other states to sign Benefit Corporation into law. This panel will discuss the why and how to for companies to join this movement and amplify the voice for sustainable business.
Speakers - Andy Fyfe, Community Development, B Lab - B Corporation; Michael Hannigan, President, Give Something Back Office Supplies; Matthew Bauer, President, BetterWorld Telecom; Timothy Yee, President, Green Retirement Plans; Jonathan S. Storper, Partner, Hanson Bridgett, LLP
Speakers presented by - Faculty Member at the Presidio Graduate School
Crowdfunding for Local (Food) Economies (Part I)
Are you a social entrepreneur looking to raise money from friends, family, and community members? Are you a community member wondering how to support great local farmers, artisans, and businesses supporting your local economy? How can you leverage both accredited and non-accredited investors? Learn about innovative fundraising tools, public policy challenges and solutions, new financing vehicles, and local investment clubs.
Crowdfunding for Local (Food) Economies (Part II)
Discuss more real world examples and how to bring these tools and ideas to your community. This is a great chance to ask questions and discuss solutions with our expert panel!
Speakers - Mary Rick, VP, Marketing and Community, The Hoop Fund; Elizabeth Ü, Founder & Executive Director, Finance for Food; Jenny Kassan, Cutting Edge Capital; Arno Hesse, Slow Money Northern CA
Speakers presented by - Ariane Michas, Community Alliance with Family Farmers
Economic development for our communities - the potential of decentralized energy systems
Localized energy systems can address both the climate crisis and economic crisis of our cities, rolling back greenhouse gas emissions and providing clean energy jobs. This presentation explores the economic and social benefits decentralized energy system can provide to our communities, and the kind of policies and program needed to develop such a system.
Speaker - Al Weinrub, Coordinator, Local Clean Energy Alliance
Speaker presented by - Carroll Moore, Organizer, East Bay Green Drinks
Laughter Against the Machine: Q&A
Comedians W. Kamau Bell, Nato Green and Janine Brito, are Laughter Against the Machine; a unique kind of comedy troupe where the audience expects to be challenged, to laugh, and think at the same time. It's an issue-oriented, no-holds-bar show with no preconceived expectations, no party lines, and certainly no cheerleading - because they have beef with everybody, including themselves. This past fall, LATM set out to tour the nation's most volatile political hotspots, to find out what role comics can play in the revolution. After an successful fundraising campaign on Kickstarter, they shot a documentary of their tour to the most politically polarized places in the USA. In addition to visiting Occupy Wall Street actions in seven cities across the country.
Speakers - W. Kamau Bell, Nato Green, Evan Donn, Mike Paunovich
Speakers presented by - Rachel Swan, Music Editor, East Bay Express
New community-building tech innovation presentation by LocalOn
Small business owners can learn about a new technology that promotes their business through a unique collaboration between East Bay Express, local business associations, business districts, and all their social networking channels. This tool is super easy to use and saves merchants money and time in promoting their businesses while vastly expanding their marketing reach.
Speakers - Shahbano Imran and David Tolioupov, Founders, LocalOn; Shari Godinez, Executive Director, Koreatown Northgate Community Benefits District
Speakers presented by - Terry Furry, Sales & Marketing Director, East Bay Express
Slow Money - investing as if food, farms, and fertility matter
Slow Money. ACRES USA calls it a "movement." NPR calls it a "revolution." One thing is for sure: what began with a book and a set of ideas three years ago
has blossomed into a network of investors, philanthropists, farmers, entrepreneurs, and everyday folks who are concerned about where their food comes from
and where their money goes. Today, over $12 million has been invested directly in small food enterprises through the Slow Money network, both nationally
and through over a dozen local chapters, one of which is in Northern California. We are still at the beginning and at the same time we are well on the way
to our goal of 1 million people investing 1% of their money in local food systems, this decade. Come learn how, in Wendell Berry's words, these "millions
of small acts" can begin to rebuild our economy… from the ground up.
Speaker - Woody Tasch, Founder and Chairman, Slow Money
Speaker presented by - Temra Costa, Sustainable Food Advocate and Author of Farmer Jane
State and national small business policy and opportunities discussion
Changing public policy through advocacy in Sacramento and Washington is essential for building a robust and sustainable economy. David Brodwin will describe their increasingly successful work to mobilize business leaders and create a counter-force in the media, supporting forward-looking policies to restore American competitiveness and promote sustainable and socially-responsible growth.
Speakers - David Brodwin, American Sustainable Business Council(Clip below)
Scott Hauge, President, Small Business California and Cal-Insure;(NOT filmed)
Sustainable communities - advancing clean energy, water efficiency, and smart growth in the East Bay
Join key public officials in a conversation about the opportunities for the East Bay to thrive with a sustainable economy and environment. The crisis of climate change calls for resilient local action - hear what our representatives are doing to increase clean energy and energy efficiency at the state and local levels. The East Bay and the city of Oakland is facing a crossroads, with the elimination of redevelopment agencies, but with opportunities for an urban renaissance - how can cities move forward and encourage livable communities and sustainable transportation?
Speakers - Andy Katz, Director, East Bay Municipal Utility District; Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, Representing the 14th District, State of California
Unions and the new economy
Those who advocate new economic forms speak a language of ethical treatment of all. Yet, visions of a new economy often neglect to consider effects on workers, especially workers who perform more repetitive jobs. At the same time, the historic form of protections for workers - unions - has had a focus on community and protection of all since their inception. Yet, unions have had difficulties adapting to changes in the old economy and have not fully entered the conversation about a new economy. What is the role of unions in a new economy? How should new economy advocates think about this? How can these groups work together? This session will explore these rich and perplexing questions.
Speakers - Carl Hall, Media Workers; John Logan, Director of Labor and Employment Studies, San Francisco State University; Cindy Chavez, South Bay Labor Council (invited); Andreas Cluver, Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County; Keiranne Steele, Associate, Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld; Jay Youngdahl, President, East Bay Express and Partner, Youngdahl & Citti, P.C.
Visualizing a sharing economy - a cartoon guide to the policies and practices that are paving or blocking the way
Sharing is a key ingredient in the transition to a more sustainable world. Car sharing, shared housing, barter networks, gift circles, shared food gardens, meal sharing, community energy projects, cooperatives, community-supported enterprises - these are just some examples of ways that sharing is becoming an essential part of our economy and livelihoods. With the help of somewhat goofy cartoon slides, Janelle will discuss practical ideas and tools, ways of overcoming barriers to sharing, and exciting new developments in the realm of sharing economies.
Speaker - Janelle Orsi, Director, Sustainable Economies Law Center and Law Office of Janelle Orsi
Speaker presented by - Marissa LaMagna, Executive Director, Bay Area Green Tours
Why Occupy changes everything and how to join with Occupy to build powerful coalitions for change
A discussion on how citizen action has altered the regional and national discussion on our economy, prompted individual and collective change, and has the potential to further promote our transformation to a new more just and sustainable economy.
Speakers - Sara Mizner, Occupy Oakland; Phoebe Sorgen, Occupy Berkeley; Maria Gastelumendi, Rising Loafer Cafe & Bakery; Scott Rossi, Occupy San Francisco
Speakers presented by - Susie Cagle, Freelance Journalist
Worker cooperatives - sustainable economic development
This session will focus on how worker cooperatives (workplaces owned and controlled by their workers) are an integral part of sustainable, local economic development. Areas discussed will include the basics of worker cooperatives, the impact of worker cooperatives on local communities/economies, successful models of worker cooperative development (start-ups), and barriers to growing the worker cooperative economy. Resources will also be available for participants interested in working in/starting a worker cooperative or wanting to support workplace democracy in the Bay Area.
Speakers - Dave Karoly, Staff, NoBAWC; Kasper Koczab, Staff, NoBAWC and East Bay Express; Jenny Kassan, Cutting Edge Capital; Paul Knowles, Rainbow Grocery
Thank you for Watching!
Calling all filmmakers!
The East Bay Express' 4th annual Earth Day challenge is much more than just a digital film festival. You, the filmmakers, put the "festive" in festival as you race against the clock in a test of your endurance, creativity, and skills. Are you up to this challenge?
The 24-Hour Digital Film Festival means upon arrival to the "base camp" at Actual Cafe on April 21 , you pick up your top secret packet with the assigned scenario (hint: something "green" themed), plus other added challenges to make your filming day even more wicked fun. Then you have 24 hours to shoot, edit, and return to the base camp on the morning of April 22 (Earth Day) with your finished DVD to the East Bay Express Film Festival staff.
This challenge is especially fun for teams, so enlist your pals, family, or geeky filmmaking friends to join you. We want you to be creative, entertaining, bold, and serious about making a quality film. Most importantly though, we want you to have fun!
PRIZES: $500 for the first place team, $250 in gift certificates to the second and third place teams.
This year the Challenge is sponsored by Actual Café, Oakland Underground Film Festival and Trumer Pils.
FILMMAKER'S BASE CAMP:
6334 San Pablo Avenue
24 HOUR FILM FESTIVAL SCREENING:
Friday, April 27
6:30 to 9:30
Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Avenue
Trumer Pils Sampling & light Bites in the K Art Gallery
( Downstairs from Rhythmic Cultural Works)
For more information and to register your team, please email
DEADLINE: Each Team must register by Email by Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 5:30 pm
Event Website: www.ProgressiveOpportunities2012.com
All Recording were compiled by hungrymindrecordings.com
Read the recent East Bay Express article on the event. This is an alphabetical listing by Session Title
(HINT:We realize this is a long list of 24 sessions, so we recommend searching for specific Sessions within this blog entry. Press Ctrl + F (OR on a Mac: Command+F) and type in the name of the topic or Speaker you are looking for. This will allow you to find the section you are looking for.)
Last week, the Express held its annual 24-Hour Film Festival, sponsored by Trumer Pils, Ex'pression College for Digital Arts, and Rooz Cafe.Ten teams were challenged to make a film of up to five and a half minutes in 24 hours. Each team was given a basic scenario, seven props in which to choose six, and a line of dialogue selected at random that could be spoken or visually displayed.
Screenings and judging of the films took place on Earth Day, April 22, at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts.
Judges included Yael Braha, Program Director for Motion Graphic Design: Ex'pression College of Digital Arts; Tracey Snelling; Oakland Visual Artist, San Pablo Arts District Fund; and Kelly Vance, Film Reviewer: East Bay Express.
Thanks to all who participated. Here are the results:
First Place : Team 9: Robot Destroyer, Golly the Rainmaker
2nd Place : Team 1: S'up Doc, A Scientific Method
3rd Place : Team 7: The Critical Carolers, Carbon Dating
And the film festival's winner!
1st Place: TEAM: ROBOT DESTROYER THE SOLUTION Film and Music by: Chris Doornbos Chris Howarth
2nd Place : TEAM: S'UP DOC A SCIENTIFIC METHOD Andrew Peth Ray Sumser Ian Benedetti
3rd place: TEAM: THE CRITICAL CAROLERS CARBON DATING MADE BY: TIM ALDINGER BEN CHRISTIAN HEATHER AND THE FUTURE
Team : TREASURE PRODUCTIONS Produced by: Samantha Yapp Mikl Barton Mogli Maureal Edit: Mikl Barton Soundtrack: Mogli Maureal
TEAM: THE ILLUMINATORS DR.ECO-FURRY Dr. Eco Furry: Erik Tharalsen Eugene Tsui : Himself Stranger: Seth_the Dude Camera: Conrad Scheepers, Rachel Robertson Crew: Tihani Correa
TEAM: MANGO EMPIRE CAPTAIN CONDOR IN: " GLOBAL MELTDOWN" Written by: "Captain Condor" Cameron Johnson Directed by: "Dr. Ooze" Esau Hamadanyan Editing/Photography: Ryan "Ryry" Thomas Assistant Director: George Yong "Frankie" : Frankie Parise "Secret Government Official" : Alex Galler
TEAM: HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL SHADOWS Written by: Bethany Lourie & David Ceaser Filmed by: Juan Tuyub & Shiras Corella Actors: Bethany Lourie & David Ceaser Snails Narrator: Shiras Corella
TEAM: HOTEL OAKLAND EBX 24 Neptune Venus Productions Filmed and Edited by: Mayor Aaron Neptune Cast: Mayor Aaron Neptune Ben Melinda
TEAM: EX'PRESSION COLLEGE INSOMNIACS SUGAR PLUM HOBO Erik Linares David Linares Alber Lamm Alex Sepulveda, Duane Allen Parish Webber
TEAM: JPL-BOTS BORDER WARS Jessica, Peter, Luka
Choose Your Favorites for the 5th Annual Oakland Indie Awards: Nominate by April 1!
It's Nomination time! Your favorite Oakland Indies could win awards like Oakland Soul, Ripple, Greenie, the new Socially-Responsible Rockstar, and more! Your nomination could help jumpstart a blossoming start-up, or send a big thank you to a beloved hardworking Oaklander.
*Nominate a business by 3/30 and be automatically entered to win either prize pack: Oakland Symphony tickets or drink + admission tickets for two to the Oakland Indie Awards!
Brought to you by One PacificCoast Foundation and East Bay ExpressSave the date for the Party
Party - Friday May 13, 2011
6 pm- Awards Ceremony - Lakeside Theatre
6pm to 10pm - Party - Garden Room
Kaiser Center 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland
To be a food vendor, a musician, or a volunteer, simply contact Andrea Walker or Erin Kilmer-Neel at One PacificCoast Foundation. 510.663.2253
Halloween's over (boo?)...but the cavalcade of holidays is just beginning. While it seems like some break out the tinsel, carols, and other Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Winter Solstice/other holiday paraphernalia earlier and earlier each year, you can set your clocks (and help hold on to your holiday sanity) with the East Bay Express' yearly Holiday Guide (check out the 2009 Holiday Guide here).
Hitting the stands on Wednesday, November 24 (tucked inside your regular issue of the Express - so handy!), our annual Holiday Guide will tackle the tough issues, like: wrapping up the year in recordings, books, DVDs, and video games. We’ll also include our annual guide to snow sports, featuring a look at what’s new at the Tahoe resorts, and much more. And of course, we’ll focus on gift-giving, with gift ideas and how-to suggestions. Finally, we’ll set you up for the holiday season, with our traditional holiday calendar.
Advertisers, this is the perfect opportunity to boost holiday sales. For rates and information, click here.
Don't miss out! Before you know it, it'll be 2011, and you'll be wishing for one more glass of egg nog.
Nothing is more symbolic of the 510 than the Bay Bridge and Port of Oakland shipping cranes. Add a boombox to the mix and let's make some noise for the sunny side of the Bay.
Water-based ink printed on 100% cotton, sweatshop free, t-shirt in black. Garment washes to an extremely soft wear, while ink remains colorfast.
Made by 57-33 in East Oakland using water based, solvent free inks.
Today, the East Bay Express is publishing its first ever Bars, Clubs and Coffeehouses magazine. If you're always looking for the next great buzz (caffeine or booze, whatever floats your boat) you should pick up the "tree" version Wednesday (it'll be tucked into your regular issue of the Express). You can also flip through the digital version here.
Just like our Best of the East Bay poll, we opened up the decision making to you, the readers, to tell us what's what with the scene. You all voted and told us where to get the stiffest drinks, who has the sweatiest dance floor, and who makes the best latte foam. So we got out our abacuses and diligently counted every vote (there are no Diebold machines here at EBX central...nor hanging chads for that matter).
It's not just a poll, either - check out these featured stories (plus a lot more):
• Drinking Deja Vu - Once classic cocktails are making a comeback
• The World Atlas of Wine - Coming to a wine bar near you - wines you can't spell or pronounce
• Gimme a Beer, Hold the Shot - Beer-only taverns appeal to drinkers searching for a bargain
So check it out, let us know what you think, and get your buzz on.
Calling all crafters...or even wannabe crafters. Indulge your creative side this weekend at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire!
The original Maker Faire started back in 2005 as an offshoot of Make Magazine...which has now grown to an event that attracts about 90,000 people to the South Bay during the month of May. Talk about some rapid growth...since 2005, Maker Faires have since shown up in Austin, Detroit and New York City as havens of crafty goodness. Mini Maker Faires have started to sprout up around the United States, including Ann Arbor, Sebastopol, Aspen, Kansas City, and Boston.
This weekend's event is sponsored by the East Bay Express and will be held on Sunday, October 24th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Park Day School in Oakland. There are over 100 featured Makers & Crafters, Makers & Craft Vendors, and Performers. Check out the full list here.
Some cool highlights include:
• Author Michael Chabon is teaming up with Nick Dragotta of HowToons to teach a workshop on making comics
• Alpha geek Tim O’Reilly reveals the secrets of his famous home-made jam, featured in the hit book Cooking for Geeks
• Kids Who Rock stage: The Shes, Poison Apple Pie, The Black Bones,as well as the Devilettes, Toychestra, and other great East Bay adult bands
Ticket information is available here. You can still get tickets at a discounted rate (Adults = $15, Kids/Full-time Students = $10) until tomorrow (October 23). Otherwise, pick tickets up at the door. Follow the East Bay Mini Maker Faire on Facebook and Twitter at @EBMakerFaire.
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