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ABOUT THE HUB LA
Hub LA is about the power of people taking action for a better world. We are a new kind of membership club dedicated to the individuals and teams building the local, sustainable economy in Los Angeles and beyond. Anchored by a physical place in the heart of the Arts District in Downtown LA, the Hub offers members access to 8,000 square feet of creative industrial space to work, meet, learn, collaborate, and play; a curated community of values-aligned individuals and companies; and custom programming and events focused on personal and professional development. We combine the best of a cafe, innovation lab, business accelerator, serviced office, and community center to create a place for meaningful encounters, productive work sessions, exchange and inspiration all with the ambition to spur social innovation.
We offer different membership packages depending on individual and team needs from a basic Hub Connect virtual membership with ability to attend member programming to full-time membership with 24/7 access to the physical space. We are also developing new member services for social enterprise start-ups and independent content creators.
The HUB LA Member-Host is responsible for helping to build Hub LA’s most important offering: its culture. Professionally hosted space and member experience is core to the Hub LA experience and to the original HUB DNA. Member-Hosts work with the Hub LA team to build strong relationships with Hub LA members, ensure their experience is amazing, and act as their main interface to help empower them to get the tools and resources they need to succeed.
First and foremost Member-Hosts will assist in managing space and secondarily work with Hub LA team members to engage members by promoting opportunities for collaboration, and programming. Perhaps most importantly, Member-Hosts respond to Members’ last minute space and amenity needs and ensure everyone feels welcome and at home in the space.
Read more on “JOB POSTING: Hub LA Needs Hosts!” »
For our blog series “Hub LA Shares,” we’ve asked our members to share their expertise on something they’re passionate about professionally or personally. In this post, Steph Belsky of Lucid and Mike Tringe of CreatorUp joined forces to give us some pointers on how to make an effective fundraising videos. Perfect for nonprofits about to make their annual appeal or anyone looking to start a crowdfunded campaign, their “share” embodies the fantastic results of a Hub LA collaboration. This post originally appeared on CreatorUp’s website. Steph and Mike are leading workshops at Hub LA on Saturdays November 16 and November 23. Register for a workshop. They’re fun, useful, and full of treats.
If you work with or for a non-profit, the organization likely has a powerful mission that you believe in. So how can you share the story of that mission in a video that everyone can relate to, aiding in your fundraising efforts? (Perk alert! Free video tutorial course inside.) Read more on “Hub LA Shares: 10 Steps to Making a Great Fundraising Video” »
This is the first installment of a new blog series, “Hub LA Shares.” We’ve asked members to share their expertise on something they’re passionate about professionally or personally. For the first post, verynice‘s founder Matthew Manos shares some of his take-aways from writing and self-publishing a book about verynice’s innovative business model. Matt’s book How to Give Half of Your Work Away For Free, will be available very soon.
Five Lessons from Self-Publishing My Book, “How to Give Half Your Work Away for Free”
By Matthew Manos for HUB LA
I just finished one of the biggest projects of my career: I wrote a book. It’s called “How to Give Half Your Work Away for Free”, and it is a series of toolkits and essays that open-source verynice’s unique 50% pro-bono business model known as the “double-half” methodology. Aside from the role of an “author,” verynice is also managing the design, marketing, printing, distributing, editing, and selling of the book. The following are a handful of “lessons learned” from undergoing a challenge like this.
1. Talk about your project before you begin fundraising
verynice elected to fundraise for the printing of our book by having a “pre-sale” on indiegogo. The biggest mistake that I have seen businesses and individuals make while kicking off a crowdfunding campaign is that they use it as a launch pad for their product. What we found by actively discussing the content of the book an entire year prior to putting it up for pre-sale on indiegogo was that we immediately had an audience of potential buyers and advocates of what we were doing. People knew that this was coming and, for us, that lack of surprise actually resulted in being able to very quickly reach our funding goal.
2. Think beyond print
Immediately upon reaching our initial goal of $5,000.00, we realized that we needed to think beyond print and use extra funds to do even more than we originally imagined. The reality for many people who are self-publishing is that the opportunity to order an additional batch of books beyond the initial run is actually quite challenging. In our case, we are expecting to actually cap the printed version of the book at just one run of 500-750 copies. As a result, a big question we were confronted with was “how does the book live on beyond print.” Our answer was to create digital versions for various platforms that could be updated and distributed in multiple ways. As a result, we decided that 50% of our budget would go toward print, and 50% would go toward a digital companion.
Read more on “Hub LA Shares: Five Lessons from Self-Publishing “How to Give Half Your Work Away for Free”” »
Meet Zofia! Zofia is a fine artist, sculptor, creative director, theme park designer, and skateboarder. Her portraiture aims to capture the inner spark and the complex connections between artist, viewer, and subject. Currently, twenty five of her portraits of famous ocean explorers are featured in an exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Zofia was formerly a Disney imagineer, where she conceptualized theme park design. She is now working on the plans for a new theme park in Abu Dhabi. Be sure to watch Zofia share her story in the Hub LA’s digital yearbook about how she began skateboarding at the age of 50. Zofia’s energy, positive attitude, and willingness to try just about anything is infectious. Read her interview below and you’ll understand why.
Why did you choose to become a HUB LA member?
In last few years many of my contacts became virtual. Despite a great circle of friends, colleagues and family I felt isolated isolated and socially stagnant. A girlfriend randomly sent me a link to the HUB LA with a note – “You may like it.”
I did, signed on the same night, and found a community of doers who change our world a step at a time. HUB LA members think positively for themselves rather than eating the standard media menu of fear, negativity, inertia and defeatism, and they try new ideas in creative and unusual ways.
What is the best part of your membership?
The People – and their passion, smarts, generosity, stories, ideas and visions. Their bright-eyed -and-bushy-tailed energy.
The Place – Location , Location , Location. Always loved downtown LA, Now I have a good reason to visit frequently and check the new (and old) street art.
The Setup – flexible public working space that feels homey and cool
The Perks – deal of the century for the Annual Metro Pass compliments of our fearless co-leader Ann! Yeah!!! Read more on “Meet Our Members: Fine Artist & Theme Park Designer Zofia Kostyrko” »
MEET OUR MEMBERS: Jessica Meaney of Safe Routes to School National Partnership and Los Angeles Walks
Meet Jessica! Jessica Meaney works as the Southern California policy director for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, working on transportation policy priorities specifically regarding transportation finance, equity, and data collection/evaluation. She is also on the steering committee of Los Angeles Walks, a volunteer based pedestrian advocacy group that makes works to walking safe, accessible and fun for all Angelenos. Jessica enjoys being part of efforts to strengthen communities through improved transportation investments and policies. Jessica previously worked at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the California Community Foundation. Jessica has lived happily car free in the City of Los Angeles for over 15 years.
Why did you choose to become a Hub LA member?
Of course I love the flexibility of not needing an office but I was tired of working at home. I wanted more — more space, friendly faces and community connections. Not to mention our SoCal team keeps growing! Pauline, Mikela and Rye also Safe Routes coworkers, are HubLA members which gives us a great work space considering our organization has no central office. We all still like to work from home and in the field but sometimes we want and need to be together.
What are you most excited about/what’s the best part of your membership?
I love feeling like I’m a part of a creative community. The Hub is a solid space to land whenever I need to connect, meet with colleagues, community, friends or just work a while between meetings downtown. Most recently the Los Angeles County Active Transportation Coalition had a 60+ person meeting in the new Media Lab. Having accessibility to conference/classrooms rocks. Partners love to explore the space, the Arts District, nearby restaurants and brewery but are always impressed by the awesome energy in the main co-working space. People I meet here are always working hard; there is awesome potential for new ideas and meeting new partners.
I really love that it is close to Union Station, the Metro/Gold Line, Dash A and that Hub LA is currently working to add a Metro yearly pass at a significantly reduced rate. There is definitely transit reasonably available for all partners who visit the Hub LA.
Bike parking is en route and we just emailed LA City Department of Transportation staff about our interest in creating a bike corral on Traction! How rad would that be! We support someday having a bike and car share opp’s- it’d be like our own mobility hub! And I’m looking forward to helping pitch in with ideas to convert the Hub LA rooftop into a beautiful urban garden – how cool would that be! We could could eat fresh veggies while composting our lunch scraps!! And have a outdoor work space. Read more on “MEET OUR MEMBERS: Jessica Meaney of Safe Routes to School National Partnership and Los Angeles Walks” »
Do you love to write, report, and blog? Are you a social media maven? Are you looking to launch a career in marketing, branding, journalism, or communications? Apply now to be the Fall 2013 Hub LA Communications Fellow. Our need: An energetic team player in Hub LA’s to assist with communications and marketing needs.
Opportunity: Work with Hub LA in helping us grow as a dynamic, social enterprise for the Fall of 2013. Your efforts will be critical in building a professionally hosted place where high-impact consultants, entrepreneurs, investors and innovators come to work, meet, learn, and connect alongside diverse peers. As a Hub LA Fellow you have a unique opportunity to:
• Build strong working relationships with diverse groups
• Gain access and exposure to a dynamic start-up and promote thought leadership in the world of social entrepreneurship
• Work under the pressures of high visibility, fast turn-around and the highest quality expectations
• NETWORK! You will meet incredible people and forge connections and friendships that will change your LA landscape! We’re sure of it.
• Commitment to Hub LA at 15/hrs week until end of December 2013
• Work closely with Communications Director
• Manage social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) according to Hub tone/voice. Maintain balance of thought-leadership and Hub/member promotion.
• Maintain database of sponsors/partner social media trades, posting when necessary according to schedule
• Update website calendar. Research community events to include on Hub LA calendar and identify appropriate external community calendars on which Hub LA events can be included
• Write and edit blog posts on Hub LA member activity/accomplishments. Solicit guest blog posts from members. Cross promote posts through social media channels
• Develop and maintain Good.is profile and content
• Assist with communication efforts by spearheading monthly newsletter efforts
• Work with Events Director and Community Curator to help with internal/external promotion of events and programming
• Contribute to Hub LA team effort by accomplishing additional tasks as needed
• Help serve as a “face” to Hub LA
• Attend occasional night events to photograph and report for Hub LA channels.
Skills/Qualifications: Exceptional writing skills a must. Expert with social media needs including Facebook, Twitter, Eventbrite, and WordPress; must know basic WordPress back-end and minimal HTML. Web design, advertising, marketing, or branding experience/internship a plus. Added bonus: You are fired up about the Hub and ready to live, eat, and breathe social impact!
Offering: We look forward to supporting the growth of the Fellow by offering the following:
• Membership trade to match 15 hrs/week work – access to all membership amenities, including Media Lab facilities, to match Hub Productive.
• Online membership to HubNet with connections to 6000 members worldwide
• Free/discounted tickets to Hub LA events
TO APPLY: Send resume and cover letter (with links to any published writing online, if applicable) to Katy@TheHubLA.com. ALSO attach a writing sample that describes an event you recently attended and explains why this event was valuable, or interesting, or newsworthy. This can be any event at all–a concert, a dinner, a workshop, a show—-anything! 500 words max.
Meet Rishi! Rishi is a physician, public health leader, and social entrepreneur.
Dr. Manchanda is the President and Founder of HealthBegins, a startup that provides training and tools to help clinics address patients’ social needs and community factors that drive disease. He is the lead physician in a clinic for high-utilizing homeless veterans at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and also serves as the Director for Health System Transformation at Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science, where he is an Assistant Professor.
Most recently, he authored a TEDbook, “The Upstream Doctors: Medical Innovators Track Sickness to its Source.” (Available for download on Kindle, iBooks, Nook, and directly from TED Books for just $1.99).
(The following interview first appeared in TEDBlog: Tackling Sickness At It’s Source by Jim Daly. Click here to read the original.)
We all think we understand the formula for keeping healthy — eat right, exercise, don’t smoke, skip dessert. But that picture is vastly incomplete, perhaps fatally so. In the eye-opening new TED book, The Upstream Doctors: Medical Innovators Track Sickness to Its Source, physician Rishi Manchanda says that while our individual health is highly dependent on our daily behaviors, it may be even more strongly influenced by the social and environmental conditions in which we live. Manchanda argues that the future of our health, and our healthcare system, depends on growing and supporting a new generation of healthcare practitioners who look upriver at the source of our health problems, rather than simply opting for quick-hit symptomatic relief.
These “Upstreamists,” as he calls them, are practitioners on the frontlines of health who see that health (like sickness) is more than a chemical equation that can be balanced with pills and procedures administered within clinic walls. They see, rather, that health begins in our everyday lives, in the places where we live, work, eat and play. Upstreamists — who may be doctors, nurses or other clinicians — know that asthma can start in the air around us, or from the mold in the walls of our homes. They understand that obesity, diabetes and heart disease partly originate in our busy modern schedules, in the unhealthy food choices available in our stores and even in the way our neighborhoods are designed. They believe that depression, anxiety and high blood pressure can arise from chronically stressful conditions at work and home. And, just as important, these caregivers understand how to translate this knowledge into meaningful action. Read more on “Meet Our Members: Dr. Rishi Manchanda” »
Meet Stephanie! She’s the founder of Lucid., a creative firm specializing in online video production and YouTube optimization for non-profits, social enterprises, and companies seeking to give back.
Why did you choose to become a Hub LA member?
I first came to Hub LA because I had been introduced to Matt Manos of verynice through a mutual friend; I wanted to learn more about his blended for-profit/pro-bono business model since I wanted to do something similar with Lucid. I had no idea what Hub LA was beyond a street address. But when I walked in and looked around, I immediately felt a sense of connection and belonging with everyone here. It’s a bunch of social entrepreneurs working on great new ways to make the world better. I met like five other people during that first visit—people here are so easy to talk to and will introduce themselves in the kitchen or around the coffee machine—and I knew that membership, for me, was mandatory.
What’s the best part of your membership?
Access to all the resources–and the real resources are the people! I love being able to walk in to the Hub and see what everyone else is working on. My brain starts turning, thinking of ways to collaborate—whether person to person or business to business. Already I’ve been able to execute on a couple collaborations with fellow members. And of course the socializing doesn’t hurt, either; happy hours are fun!
Most recently, the opening of the new Media Lab is huge for lucid. because I work almost exclusively with freelancers and a network of technically gifted people that might not have the access to high-end equipment. It’s a huge advantage for me to be able to connect with the Lab and provide my clients with better product. Meeting rooms, screening rooms, editing bays, classroom space…there’s a need for all of this with my company.
Tell us a little about your work. What does it mean to “do good” for you vis-a-vis your enterprise?
Lucid is a way to branch the entertainment and technology sectors with non-profits. Our goal is more visibility for nonprofits. Visibility means awareness means fundraising means change. What people don’t realize is that sometimes giving back is as simple as sharing what they love and what they’re already doing. If they can put a message behind their project that can benefit a nonprofit by directing them funding, everybody wins.
Read more on “Meet Our Members: Stephanie Belsky of Lucid.” »
“A Co-Working Media Lab To Let Anyone Get Creative”
by Zak Stone
Reblogged from from FastCoExist.com
The Hub L.A., the Los Angeles outpost of a global co-working collective, is now offering high-tech equipment to let its users make all the media they want.
It’s easy for writers or other laptop-bound freelancers to stave off isolation at a co-working space or, more cheaply, at a coffee shop (where I find myself writing this sentence). But for creatives who rely on more equipment than fits in a tote bag–like video editors and filmmakers–the options for space and community are more limited and expensive.
As of Thursday, that’s no longer the case in Los Angeles. The co-working community Hub L.A.–which I wrote about when it opened last fall–is celebrating the opening of its new, 3,200-square-foot satellite space this week, the Hub L.A. Media Lab, just downstairs from the main Hub space. Access to the lab starts at $75 per month.
Read more on “Hub LA Media Lab featured in FastCompany!” »
Meet Jim Mulhearn! Jim is the Founder and CEO of Impctful, an online marketplace and collective for socially responsible goods and services. Impctful offers clothing and accessories for men and women, as well as items for beauty, tech, health, and home. Looking for an eco-friendly, vegan purse? Impctful’s got one made from upcycled innertubes. Need a laptop case but want something colorful and unique? This quilted one by Nomi Network is made from a recycled rice bag and increases the financial independence of at-risk populations.
Why did you choose to become a Hub LA member?
I had just moved back to Southern California after some time up North and it looked like a great way to meet people who are passionate about making positive change in the world.
What’s the best part of Hub LA membership?
The best part of Hub LA is the community, and the new Media Lab will be a great resource, too… but when I learned that membership at Hub LA includes a free membership to SPiN, the ping pong social club at The Standard Hotel DTLA it was a real game changer! Game on! [Editor's Note: Jim is undoubtedly the best ping pong player on Team Hub. You have been warned.]