In a sedentary world where people are stuck sitting at their desks, Joel Heath is out there trying to set the world in motion. Founder and CEO of FluidStance, Joel is an entrepreneur who never stops moving. He is the type of guy who would jump off a cliff and figure out how to build wings on his way down. He has the mentality to figure out how to make something happen no matter what obstacles arise.
After 25 years in development, Santa Barbara now has an ingenious place where its community can learn, play, and grow together. The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation, or MOXI, is changing the way we look at learning institutions. It is a 21st century museum that teaches the 21st century skills of collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity through experiences with science, technology, engineering, arts and math. MOXI is a flagship for what museums could be like, and Dr. Robin Gose is the new captain. Her goal with MOXI is to steer the Santa Barbara community to have a greater appreciation for science and technology, encourage more question askers and create more well-rounded citizens. But most importantly, Robin’s goal is to show people how to have fun with learning. As her own kids would say, “it’s time to play science.”
A Day in the life of an Impact Hub Member
Last week I had a slice of pizza with a world class journalist, a sommelier, the Central Coast’s doyen of impact investing, an aspiring poet, and a graphic design intern specializing in UX and content strategy. We sat at tables on the plush green AstroTurf under the beautiful California sun. The smoke from the woodfired grilled filled the air with a summery aroma as we unwound in the middle of a hectic week. I don’t actively seek out these genius, creative, energetic people, yet I meet them every day whether it’s in the kitchen grabbing a sip of kombucha, grabbing lunch at the beach, or helping one of them move a desk into their new office.
Technology Transforms Coworking Spaces
Coworking has been thriving as a hot trend and it just keeps growing with the support of startups, like Croissant. This app and technology platform provides a searchable database of available working spaces for entrepreneurs. That translates to saving you the time and energy needed to find an appropriate place to settle down and work. Two years since its launch, over 150 locations have popped up around New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington DC. We love Croissant because it gives users instant access to available seating right at their fingertips.
Impact Hub Santa Barbara is About YOU
In April, Impact Hub Santa Barbara opened its second location in the Funk Zone. The new space was designed with the same attention to detail, beauty, and function that has defined Santa Barbara’s downtown Hub. The Funk Zone has quickly grown a personality and style all its own. As soon as you enter the doors you can feel a different kind of energy, whether it’s the location – a five-minute walk from the beach – the uniquely energetic mural covering the walls, or the new members who now call it their home base, the Funk Zone Hub is always buzzing.
Rocket Space – Expanding Its Orbit
The Company Acceleration Secret – Duncan Logan
By: Donna Compaglia
In 2011, a young entrepreneur was frustrated as he looked for an office for his technology company in San Francisco.
Duncan Logan, a tech executive, did not want to be isolated in a private office in a multi-tenant building. He wanted to be surrounded by other technology freelancers and startups.
He has an idea. Start an ecosystem platform for like-minded technology companies.
Collaborative Workspaces Find Air Time
COWORK RADIO is the first and only terrestrial plus internet radio talk-show in the country exclusively about coworking and collaborating entrepreneurs.
Long time Santa Barbara radio personality, Catherine Remak, is collaborating with writer Jane Walker Wood and we had the opportunity to sit down with them and ask some questions.
Celebrating 100 Years of Unity Shoppe Impact
Unity Shoppe is a unique Santa Barbara based public benefit corporation dedicated to helping low-income families, the elderly and disabled. This local non-profit truly exemplifies bootstrap leadership. Led by a hands-on management team, it co-ordinates community giving with the support of over 20,000 volunteers, working year-round to assist 18,000 unduplicated referrals made by 300 non-profit agencies, churches, schools, hospitals and counseling centers throughout the Santa Barbara county. They offer people the use of any and all of the available programs that include a Grocery & Clothing Center; School Clothing & Supplies; Work, Learn & Earn Support; Long-Term Disaster Services; Job Smart Services; a Senior Resource Center; and Santa’s Toy Shoppe during the Holiday Season. Year-round over 60,000 visits are made during times of crisis. The work was started by Dr. Pearl Chase as a holiday service and was turned into year-round programs with the help of Kenny Loggings, Peter Noone, Jeff Bridges, Jelinda & Barry DeVorzon, KEYT, Santa Barbara News-Press, Larry Crandall, Richard Berti, Pierre Claeyssens, Annette & Harold Simmons, local foundations, and an army of community support.