It matters because Silicon Valley lives largely in an echo chamber, focused on churning out innovation at breakneck pace without ever playing devil’s advocate to think how those tools might be misused.
Lifting spirits: Bay Area distilleries now making hand sanitizer for communities in need
Earlier this month, vodka maker Tito's urged customers to stop using their booze for homemade hand sanitizer because it didn't meet the CDC's required minimum of 60 percent alcohol content. But Mike Pierce, owner of Oakland Spirits Company, realized he made something that did. Osco Glasshouse 153 Proof Brandy is named for the old autoglass factory the distillery has operated out of for the last four years in Uptown Oakland. It provides a neutral base for the likes of homemade bitters and liqueurs, and Pierce said he usually keeps a couple of bottles around at work to help sterilize the equipment. But just as he was considering the idea of using it for a homemade hand sanitizer, he received an email from a customer who told him she already had. She mixed it with aloe vera gel and a touch of glycerin - and suggested he do the same.
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Innovation Zone sprouts in west San Jose – Silicon Valley
A new innovation zone, located in west San Jose near Santana Row and Westfield Valley Fair, is designed to spur tech companies and startups to pilot new technologies.
Richard Sherman, 49ers give back to community during Christmas time
"They were crying, their mom was going crazy because they didn’t have anything on their Christmas tree."
Holiday Giving: 85 ways to donate around the Bay Area in 2019 http://www.mercurynews.com/holiday-giving-85-ways-to-donate-around-the-bay-area-in-2019
Holiday giving: 85 ways to donate around the Bay Area in 2019
EAST BAY Alameda County Community Food Bank: Over the last 30 years, this food bank has provided millions of meals in Alameda County. This holiday season there are several ways for you to donate, including a virtual food drive, an actual food drive and cash donations;www.accfb.org. Bay Area Rescue Mission: This organization provides daily meals, job skills, emergency shelter, education and medical assistance to families in need. Bring joy this holiday season and drop off turkeys, new toys, sl...
Santa Clara officials discuss 2020 ballot question, innovation and transportation collaboratives
Santa Clara city leaders on Tuesday approved the language set to appear on the March 3, 2020 ballot to split the city into districts for future voting following a tense discussion that at times turned to yelling and head-shaking from audience members. Now, the question of how the city will redistrict is in residents’ hands. Councilmembers reviewed and approved the the ballot question to read, “Shall the City Charter be amended to elect city council members by district, excepting the mayor, as...
Magnify Community Launches Pledge to Encourage Silicon Valley Millionaires & Billionaires to Increase Local Giving
LOS ALTOS, Calif., November 6, 2019 – Despite its culture of innovation and immense wealth, Silicon Valley faces significant challenges that threaten its quality of life. The affordable housing crisis is making it difficult for hardworking families to get by, homelessness is on the rise, and even well-respected arts and environmental nonprofit organizations struggle to keep their doors open. As we head into what is traditionally the giving season, Magnify Community – a nonprofit initiative cr...
Plugging into community know-how in America’s innovation capital
Serving as Chief Innovation Officer in a city that calls itself the “Capital of Silicon Valley” comes with a little added pressure. Shireen Santosham is up to the task. “My job is to help San José…
3 Millennials on Why They Love Their City
Last month, Axios reported on a new nationwide trend: as millennials settle down, they’re leaving bigger cities for smaller, more affordable suburbs. According to the news outlet, “Suburbs with good jobs, relatively easy access to nearby city centers and moderate weather are growing twice as fast as the closest cities, per census data.” In many ways, this phenomenon makes a lot of sense. Affordability, be it housing, transportation, or just general cost of living, is an incredibly attractive ...
South Bay mom creates elaborate Halloween display on front lawn for terminally-ill son
A haunted clown carnival is catching the attention of many in San Jose's Willow Glen neighborhood and beyond the ghoulish display, there is a deeper meaning.
How global cities are innovating to leverage foreign investment
Across the nation, metro areas are experiencing positive outcomes, from industry growth to talent attraction, by seeking foreign investment into their communities.
City of San Diego’s Inclusive & Connected Communities Roadmap for Smart City Projects
City of San Diego’s Inclusive & Connected Communities Roadmap for Smart City Projects City of San Diego’s Inclusive & Connected Communities Roadmap for Smart City Projects On September 25, 2019, at 10 am PT, Meeting of the Minds will host a live webinar featuring Steph Stoppenhagen of Black & Veatch, Dave O’Connor of Atonix Digital, and Jason Anderson of Cleantech San Diego. Register Program Black & Veatch & Atonix Digital are working with the City of San Diego and Cleantech San Diego to roll...
Making the most of US opportunity zones
A new program for US opportunity zones seeks to spark development in the neediest communities and boost the national economy. Similar, past efforts offer insights that may help them succeed.
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7 Rules for Creating "15-Minute Neighborhoods" — Strong Towns
We hear it everywhere we go: people want, and cherish, the kind of complete neighborhood where you can meet most of your daily needs within a 15-minute walk. What will it take to create more such places in North American cities and towns?
Valley Water to award grants for environmental protection projects
Finding funding for environmental projects can be a daunting task, but Valley Water is hoping to make it easier for local organizations to make a difference in their communities.
Trump’s tariff war threatens future of innovation economy – Silicon Valley
The president risks our global dominance in a field that will determine who will lead the world for decades to come.
Wed, Aug 7 2019
Late last week, the Atlantic published a somewhat provocative piece, “ The Future of the City is Childless.” The article presents demographic data on the declining number of children in high-density cities like San Francisco, Seattle…
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Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla is betting big on innovation startups
Read more about Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla is betting big on innovation startups on Business Standard. Khosla of the view that technologies such as artificial intelligence and 3D printing are now becoming the new platforms and offer huge opportunities
Former 49ers QB Jeff Garcia, a Gilroy native: ‘Our community will rise above’
Gilroy is home to former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia, world-champion boxer Robert “the Ghost” Guerrero, and Rob Mendez, a high school football coach who won the Jimmy V award for perseverance — a trait of the town that is reeling from the Garlic Festival shooting.
Don Gips on Designing New Systems and Innovative Multi-Sector Partnership
Don Gips joined the Skoll Foundation in early April, taking over leadership responsibilities from Interim President and COO, Richard Fahey. Don brings a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors and has long collaborated with and supported social entrepreneurs. Though he maintains that he’s still very much in a listening and learning mode, he shared a bit of his time recently to chat about how he sees the work of the Skoll Foundation and the potential for multi-sector collab...
Community Development Director Moving Northward To Redwood City
Community Development Director Moving Northward - Redwood City-Woodside, CA - Receiving nice parting words from Menlo Park, Mark Muenzer will take over Redwood City's planning department Aug. 19.
Variety Salutes 50 Impactful Charities Serving Humanity, the Environment and Animals – Variety
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Working to Realize Equity for ALL
Society is better for everyone when even the most vulnerable among us can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. This July we are reflecting on the values of our nation and the stark reality that access to opportunity is uneven. At Heartland Alliance, we are using our work and voices to ensure that individuals in our communities, and around the nation, can equitably access health and healing, safety and justice, and economic opportunity. See how the team at Heartland Alliance...
How a culture of listening strengthens reporting and relationships
When Journal Star executive editor Dennis Anderson created a reader advisory board with residents of Peoria’s predominately African American South Side in 2014, he knew the paper had some work to do. Regard for the Journal Star wasn’t particularly high among these residents of the central Illinois town; some said that the only time they […]
Elected officials share successes, challenges with public engagement
Public engagement matters when tackling important issues in local government, elected officials agreed recently. Whether local governments want to increase taxes or develop a master plan, public input has been valuable in achieving goals for municipalities, elected officials said in Los Angeles during a Kettering Foundation mayoral learning exchange organized by the National Civic League....
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Manufacture : San Jose
How to make manufacturing cool again? Focus on jobs that involve creativity and innovative ideas, and highlight how your company is creating change in the community. #MFGSJ #ManufacturingCareers #Manufacturing #MFGDay19 #IndustryWeek #SanJosehttps://www.industryweek.com/leadership/why-manufacturing-s-not-cool?fbclid=IwAR0ww4433J0dyd8q6Ouq1vz4TX3Bk59yn9YV11YfmgJbN9Q1W5rEgIKPtpQ … Why Manufacturing’s Not Cool A high school student explains why you’re failing to reach teens and millennials. indu...
A tale of two cities: How SF and San Jose are approaching co-living projects
One reason developers have been slow to build co-living projects in San Francisco is the city’s 2013 decision to require “group home” projects to meet the same affordable housing requirements as other market-rate developments. The decision killed a project that developer Build Inc. and co-living provider Open Door proposed at 1532 Harrison St. The proposal called for 235 micro-suites organized around 28 shared living spaces. “Overnight the board killing our project — we reverted to tradition...
Yosemite: Man found dead in Hetch Hetchy Reservoir may be missing Los Gatos hiker
Investigators at Yosemite National Park said Thursday they are trying to identify the body of a man who was found Tuesday afternoon floating dead in Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. Park officials say it may be a Los Gatos electrical engineer who friends say was swept of a bridge three weeks ago while hiking near the reservoir at Wapama Falls — a 1,400-foot waterfall that is roaring this year due to the melting of the heavy Sierra snow pack. Friends say the man, Chris Mangan, 56, was an ardent hiker a...
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A Writer's Life
shelleywilsonauthor.com - I’m thrilled to invite debut author Lucy Mitchell to share her publishing journey with us today, and I’m honoured to feature in her story. You are an inspiration, Lucy x How Self-Publishing My Book H…
The latest A Writer's Life! https://paper.li/f-1297433916?edition_id=1b33ec60-97a0-11e9-a7d8-0cc47a0d15fd … Thanks to @svyantek @TCFRICK @Greg_CHF #blogging #writing ALPSP Awards for innovation in publishing http://www.alpsp.org The judges have announced the shortlist for this year's awards. Read the press release here. The finalists will be showcased at the ALPSP Conference and the winners announced at the... paper.li
Small businesses need state aid
RE: "California just passed a $215 billion budget. Here's what's between the lines.," June 13, 2019. Although California leads the nation in expanding healthcare coverage, too many middle income entrepreneurs and small business employees are struggling to afford health insurance. Something is being done about this problem, but it isn’t quite enough just yet. As part of the next state budget, California will offer healthcare premium assistance to include people who make up to 600 percent of th...
Lessons Learned from Resilient by Design: How Designers Can Engage Communities to Think Forward - DesignIntelligence
The Urban Land Institute began sounding the alarm within the SF Bay Area real estate business community with a 2015 report. The report spoke to the need for innovation in governance, finance and design to meet a challenge that is no longer in the distant future, noting that over 280 square miles of low-lying land in the nine county Bay area region is vulnerable to being inundated as soon as 2050. While initial conversations about climate adaptation and shoreline resilience have been led b...
San Jose ranked #2 “Best Small Business Growth City in America for 2nd year
Retaining its position as the second best metro area for small businesses in the US for the second year, San Jose has shown continued strength in its small business community’s annual revenue, credit score, longevity and other factors. The annual ranking is by Biz2Credit, an online company specializing in small business financing. To determine the... Read more »
Rebuilding volunteers give TLC to older Willow Glen homes – East Bay Times
More than 1,000 volunteers from companies, churches, service clubs and other community organizations spent April 27 repairing and rebuilding homes of the needy in Santa Clara County.
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