The Bay Area is a hotbed of social and sustainable entrepreneurs, with business pioneers working on creating an impact locally and internationally and the burgeoning support systems encouraging growth in this sector. We’ll visit some of leading social enterprises, highlighting their definition of success and the impacts they aim to achieve. Learn how “social” entrepreneurs different from other entrepreneurs? We’ll visit both promising start-ups and well-established organizations, hearing stories from the experts about how they got started, and how they came to achieve success. Possible Experience Stops in San Francisco Include:
Intersection for the Arts
For 50 years, Intersection for the Arts has played a unique role in the development of the Bay Area’s rich, innovative, and diverse arts ecosystem by connecting people and communities across physical, social, cultural, and economic boundaries to motivate change.
Through a platform of resources — fiscal sponsorship, incubation, professional development, technical assistance, community gatherings, artist’s residencies, exhibitions, and live performance — Intersection fosters the advancement of the Bay Area arts community by creating sustainable models for artists and arts organizations that are critical in a rapidly changing world.
Intersection’s Artists Resources/Incubator Programs provide assistance to more than 120 artists and arts organizations to support the growth of their practices, the development of sustainable livelihoods, and the realization of their work. Not only are they working with artists, but they are working with makers, entrepreneurs, social change agents, and technology innovators to unlock resources in silos and disciplines by offering fellowships, fiscal sponsorship, incubation, performances, exhibitions, workshops, and public art projects.
Thirsty Bear Organic Brewery
ThirstyBear Organic Brewery is the first and only brewery in San Francisco to brew certified organic beer and become a certified Green Business. Born out of Founding Brewmaster Ron Silberstein’s longstanding commitment to support sustainable agriculture, ThirstyBear brews CCOF and FDA certified organic beer with the finest hops and grains. ThirstyBear sources its ingredients from the world’s most renowned malt houses and premier West Coast organic hop farms to distinctly pair their craft beers with its exquisite Spanish cuisine.
New Resource Bank
New Resource Bank is a triple-bottom-line bank serving values-driven businesses and nonprofits that are building a more sustainable world.
New Resource Bank aims to have an impact in four key areas:
* Environmental protection
* Health & wellness
* Education & community empowerment
* Sustainable commerce
New Resource Bank has helped award-winning organic food companies satisfy growing demand, innovative solar providers installing small scale commercial solar systems in communities, farms that are converting their waste to energy through biogas systems, and green builders using energy efficiency practices of resource conservation to construct offices, hotels, and apartments.
Alter Eco is a pioneer of globally crafted organic foods, from delicious Swiss-made chocolate bars and truffles to Bolivian Royal heirloom quinoa. Alter Eco provides small-scale farmers outlets for their crops and a brand to protect their interests in highly competitive marketplaces. All Alter Eco products are USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade Certified, Carbon Neutral Certified, Non-GMO Project Verified and Certified Gluten-Free.
Alter Eco is dedicated to full-circle sustainability throughout its operations and supply chain through four pillars: sourcing using Fair Trade principles, producing of only organic and non-GMO foods, creating minimal waste by working towards 100% compostable packaging, and in-setting carbon emissions by means of large-scale reforestation programs in the cooperatives that produce its crops.