An Eye Opening Experience in San Francisco
The “Sharing Economy” is an exciting economic trend that is becoming recognized as the solution to today’s pressing questions: “How will we meet the needs of the world’s enormous population? How do we reduce our impact on the planet? How can we each be healthy, enjoy life, and create thriving communities?” From small peer-to- peer interactions such as Yelp or eBay, to fully integrated interactions in our lifestyles
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The goal of crowdfunding is to empower people to unite around shared ideas that matter to them, and together make those ideas come to life. Crowdfunding is redefining entrepreneurship — shifting it from being a privilege to a right. It enables entrepreneurs to raise money while also cultivating their first customers.
Community or Complementary Currencies
Learn about a, complementary currency designed to uplift the local economy. This community monetary system operates through a business-to-business barter exchange where 100% of the money spent re-circulates in the local community, creating real wealth and opportunities.
Short-term Lodging Marketplace
This global organization is about sharing unique places to stay. People can open their homes for guests to rent their space for a night, a week, or a month. Located in a renovated 100-year- old industrial building, their office features a green living wall and is designed to give employees the experience of traveling the world without leaving the building.
Community workshop and prototyping studio whose mission is to democratize access to the tools of innovation. The workspace is packed with cutting-edge tools, equipment, and computers loaded with design software featuring the Autodesk Design Suite and 3D printing. Most importantly, they offer space to make, and the support and camaraderie of a community of makers.
Ridesharing has taken off since the advent of the smartphone; the trust of its users is a model of the sharing economy. San Francisco is the birthplace of several shared transportation companies, including Sidecar, Uber, and Lyft. We will visit one of the companies in this fast-growing sector.
Another site to visit is 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 few of the benefits of working at a coworking office.
As we walk along between site visits, we’ll learn about
The Bay Area has bike stations in several locations. Bikes can be rented for any amount of time and returned at many locations. Sharing bikes this way is easy and cheap if you don’t need a bike every day.
Lunch Stops May Include
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.
Dine in style at the San Francisco Ferry Building, the primal portal of the city famous for its dramatic clock tower that has been the icon of San Francisco waterfront for more than a 100 years. From Vietnamese street food to oyster bars, handmade empanadas to good old cheeseburgers, and weekly farmers markets, Ferry Building’s Marketplace has something for everybody.
A San Francisco restaurant and bar launched in 2016 that champions progressive farming. Agriculture has the potential to reverse climate change and their goal is to serve great food and drinks that are part of a positive food system. Through their Perennial Farming Initiative, they support farmers and ranchers who employ regenerative practices including serving bread made with perennial grains, butchering carbon ranched meat and operating an aquaponic greenhouse.
The Market is not just a grocery store but a community working to bring people together to enjoy a variety of high-quality locally-sourced foods and freshly prepared meals. They work with local farmers and feature the best California cuisine with seasonal ingredients. Home to a dozen individual food vendors serving tacos, tapas, sandwiches, sushi, salads, Malaysian food, pizza, chocolate, coffee, and even a bar! Located in the Twitter building, you can take your food outside and eat around a fire pit in the courtyard.
The Plant grew out of a desire to make it easy and affordable to eat delicious healthy organic food. Their mission is to promote the wellbeing of people and the planet, and provide an avenue to support healthy choices and sustainable practices. Everything the café serves is made with exclusively 100% organic and local ingredients. The produce is seasonal from around the bay area, often picked only days before being served. The Plant’s menu is diverse, comprised largely of contemporary California cuisine and Asian inspired flavors.