June 7, 2010

NetTuesday: Slow Food for Fast Times


JD LasicaTomorrow evening in San Francisco, NetTuesday will put on Slow Food for Fast Times: Using the web to help make healthy eating choices.

I’ll be serving as moderator, and we have an all-star lineup of speakers:

Humberto Kam, Senior Manager of Online Communications for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where he is responsible for the aquarium’s online initiatives. Prior to that, he worked for The Walt Disney Company creating games that bridged the online and theme park experiences.

Letecia Landa, Programs Manager at La Cocina, where she provides technical assistance to program participants and connects them with service providers in the community. Leticia also works to keep La Cocina’s volunteers hard at work and helps with other projects including special events and classes, corporate gifts, donor out­reach and the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market.

Matt Hatoun, co-founder of Wholeshare, a web based startup that connects consumers to local food through collective purchasing. Wholeshare helps consumers who live near each other group together and place bulk orders directly from farmers.

Cost: free

When: June 8, 6 to 8 pm

Where: TechSoup Global, 525 Brannan St, Ste. 300, San Francisco

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September 9, 2009

Socialbrite’s night at NetTuesday


JD LasicaLast night was the coming-out party for Socialbrite at the monthly NetTuesday gathering in San Francisco. About 40 people turned out for the event at PariSoMa, the coworking space at Howard and Tenth. Here are a half-dozen shots snapped by organizer Sarah Kennon and me.

And here is what the NetTuesday Meetup members had to say about the event.

A few notes from the evening:

• I kicked things off with a rundown of the Socialbrite team and the resources offered by Socialbrite, including the Sharing Center, Social Media Glossary, Web 2.0 productivity tools, directory of social media reports, guides to free photos, free music and free video footage, and directory of cause organizations.

• Jacob Colker, co-founder of the Extraordinaries, discussed the “micro-volunteer” opportunities using mobile devices in their spare time that people could sign up for. The Extraordinaries is now available as a free iPhone app. Socialbrite will publish a video interview with co-founder Ben Rigby soon.

• Schlomo Rabinowitz sketched out VideoCampSF, coming to BAVC Oct. 16-17. Two days of sessions can be had for just $65. (Register here.) The stellar lineup of instructors includes Melissa Rowley, Jen Myronuk, Katrina Heppler, Sukhjit, Markus Sandy, Adam Quirk and Bill Streeter (hey, I know all these folks!).

• Katrina Heppler outlined her promising new venture, envisionGood.tv. (She’s also begun contributing video dispatches to Socialbrite, like the one immediately below this post.)

• Michael Stoll and two of his staffers came by to fill us in on The Public Press (which will be getting a new domain name next month). The nonprofit publication provides noncommercial news for the Bay Area and has been raising funds for story pitches on Spot.us.

• I outlined the mission of the Public Media Collaborative, a group of Bay Area technologists, activists and bloggers who put on training workshops, chiefly for community organizations. Our next daylong workshop will be Oct. 23 in Oakland.

• Program manager Liberty Smith told us about the National Service Learning Clearinghouse. Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Continue reading