Experience the Vibrant Local Sites in Oakland!
The exciting trend of Shared Economy is blossoming. The community is recognizing this trend as part of the solution to the question: “How will we meet the needs of the world’s enormous population?” The Community in Oakland has been working on Shared Solutions for quite a while now and we have the opportunity to take you to some of the places who have implemented Shared Solutions with great success.
Some Suggested Stops
Eco-Industrial Artisan Park
This is a community of makers located in West Oakland that’s home to a network of artisans working collectively to develop and promote environmentally progressive projects. It includes aquaponic gardening, fish farming, and a small bonsai garden. There’s solar power production, bio-char, wastewater digestion for re-use, and an urban milling facility, where Oakland trees are preserved and milled into beautiful lumber used for firewood and furniture. Not only will we learn about the power of creating working relationships and community workspaces, we might learn about the trending benefits of insect protein by visiting an edible insect “farm” housed in a repurposed shipping container!
Visit a member-based shared office space whose mission is to build an entrepreneurial community and coworking space to create solutions for a world that works for all! It is a community of changemakers that support professional and personal growth. Connecting and collaborating with other members, being part of a community and having a great place to work are just a couple of benefits of working at a coworking office.
We’ll visit one a 1917 historic landmark repurposed building on the National Register of Historic Places. The co-housing residences are part of an award-winning, innovative, mixed-use, historic-preservation project – restoring an abandoned old market building with affordable rental apartments, a co-housing community, retail storefronts, restaurants, offices and a courtyard.
A certified and affordable coworking kitchen is a place where micro-entrepreneurs in the food products industry can launch catering, baking, or pop-up food businesses. These food start-ups gain a space where they can cook, create, and thrive with the support of a strong food-making and entrepreneurial community.
The East Bay is abundant with food policy activists, expert and gardens. One of the best examples of community gardening is a seven-acre collection of themed gardens at the north end of Oakland’s Lake MerrittThe Gardens serve as a source of great regional pride and a place to enjoy tranquility in the heart of the city. Lake Merritt’s themed gardens include a drought tolerant, bonsai, edible, Japanese, and sensory garden.
Popular Music Streaming Media Company
This enterprise has their “main stage” office in Oakland’s bustling Uptown neighborhood. Their model: create a separate, individualized radio station for each user having just the “good” music on it, with none of the “junk” that other users like. The space has a modern industrial feel with an open floor plan and stunning 360-degree views of the Bay Area.
Lunch Stops May Include
Meet with a community member and experience Agave Farm Fresh Oaxacan Mexican Restaurant. This destination is in Uptown Oakland’s Kapor Center for Social Impact. The spacious, ground-floor spot goes chic with natural wood, banquettes covered in festive fabrics and murals inspired by Oaxacan culture
Lake Chalet Waterfront Restaurant
Transforming Lake Merritt’s formerly dilapidated municipal building, this waterfront, 425-seat seafood behemoth offers oysters, calamari, and other oceanic bites, with a stunning view of the lake. Depending on mood and weather, diners can choose between a fireplace setting inside the grand, white tableclothed dining room, or a dock patio open year-round, located just a few breezy steps from the water.
Boxed Lunch from Town Kitchen
At this unique coworking kitchen the underserved youth are trained in culinary skills. Enjoy lunch on the beautiful and expansive Kaiser Rooftop Garden where participants will learn about Henry Kaiser and have a panoramic view of Lake Merritt and beautiful downtown Oakland. Check out historic pictures in the Kaiser building next door on the way in or out!