Wow - the 5th Anniversary is quickly approaching and it's been so fun to reflect on all the fantastic events we've had in San Francisco (and in other cities) over the past few years. The events in SF have run the gamet from small (around 25 people) to large (around 250 people). Each time, everyone in the room has shared what's important to them with everyone else. I've heard some extremely serious shares and also extremely silly shares. What I've seen is that people are putting so much of their efforts into doing good - for both the planet and for busines. There have been times over the past five years when I thought about ending EcoTuesday, but then I go to an event and get so inspired by all of the incredible work that the participants spend their time on, and it revitalizes my efforts.
We have a special guest this month as our speaker. Brian Back, President of Sustainable Industries Magazine, was the very first EcoTuesday speaker back in February 2007. When he spoke at the inaugural event, he shared with us about what the magazine covers and his perspectives on the upcoming trends in different areas of sustainability (such as the consolidation of the solar industry, the different interpretations of clean tech, and more).
During this presentation he said, "Last year we thought that this year global warming and climate change would reach a critical mass in interest in business. I think that has largely happened." (How true!) He also mentioned, "In the beginning, the things we wrote about were nowhere near mainstream, but now they are." (What a relief!)
This month Brian will discuss The Access Economy:
- How a "stealth" economy has emerged over the past 5 years
- What happens when we start contributing powerfully to economic development as something other than a consumer?
- What if we shifted from a one-way transaction to a collaborative interaction?
- A new approach to innovation
The entire Ambassador team has put a lot of time and energy into making this event much different than our usual events. Participants can enjoy delicious (and free) beverages, desserts, and even sustainable oysters. As we do at every EcoTuesday event - everyone there will have the opportunity to share their name, company name, and a sentence about what they're most passionate about as it pertains to sustainbility in order to make your networking time even more effective.
Thanks so much to the gorgeous Bently Reserve for hosting us, and to all of our sponsors (below) for making this night a true celebration! We look forward to seeing you on February 21st in San Francisco.
OUR FANTASTIC SPONSORS FOR THE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION:
GreenMBA - an engaged learning community that seeks to promote financial viability, ecological sustainability, and social justice in business and organizations of all types. Please read more about the program on EcoTuesday.com.
FEARLESS Chocolates: Grown from humble beginnings at local Bay Area farmer’s markets, FEARLESS has become the largest manufacturer of raw chocolate in the world while remaining true to three core values: SUSTAINABILITY, INTEGRITY, and FUN.
Frey Organic Wine: Organic and Biodynamic wine, no sulfites added – from America’s first organic winery.
Alegria Partners: an integrated marketing and sustainability consulting firm that helps to manage and grow businesses.
KOR Water: Celebrate and protect water with the world’s most stylish, functional personal hydration products. The first 85 people to register will receive a beautiful KOR water bottle.
Mamma Chia: For health-conscious souls seeking an extra dose of vitality, Mamma Chia is the undeniable drink of choice. Learn more on their FB Page.
Presidio Graduate School: Educates and inspires a new generation of skilled, visionary and enterprising leaders to transform business and public policy and create a more just, prosperous and sustainable world.
ilovebluesea: Voted best of the city for sustainable seafood in 2011, i love blue sea gives you convenient access to the freshest fish available and allows you flexibility to pick up order locally or have it shipped to your home. Find out more about sustainable seafood here.