World Centric understands the need to not only provide information to our community, but also to be crucial and involved in it's development. From our beginnings, we've had the desire to offer an environmental lens into the issues we face today. Issues of globalization, environmental destruction, economic and social justice, peace, consumption, biodiversity, sustainable alternatives and many other concerns have all been topics that our organization has focused on since our nonprofit roots. Through our courses, speakers, and more recent film series, we provide a healthy space for community involvement.
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For inquiries about using our community space in Palo Alto, please contact us at our Contact Us page and select the Volunteers, Intern, Jobs option.
Friday, May 24th, 2013: 7:00pm:: Essential Knowledge for Transition- Part 2---------
Sunday, April 21st, 2013: 7:00 pm:: "Do the Math" - The Movie
Friday, April 26th, 2013: 7:00 pm:: Fourth Friday: Behind the Kitchen Door
Friday, March 22nd, 2013: 7:00 pm:: Fourth Friday screening of Blue Vinyl
Friday, February 22nd, 2013: 7:00 pm:: Fourth Friday: Essential Knowledge for Transition
Friday, January 25th, 2013: 7:00 pm:: Fourth Friday screening of Bag It
Thursday, December 13 and Tuesday, December 18, 2012: 6:00 - 7:30 pm :: Climate Change and Poverty
Thursday November 29th, 2012: 6:30pm - Sustainovation: Benefit Corporations
Sunday November 11th, 2012: 7pm - American Meat
Fourth Friday: Essential Knowledge for Transition - Part 2
Friday, May 24th, 2013
We have a great Fourth Friday scheduled for May 24. It's the second segment in Marco Vangelisti's series on economics and what it means for Transition and sustainability.
For May Fourth Friday, Marco Vangelisti, who's been a major force in the Bay Area Slow Money movement, will give the second in his three-part series on Essential Knowledge for Transition. Come whether or not you were able to catch the first part!
In the face of increasing economic instability, building a resilient, enduring and equitable local economy is vital. To achieve this, we need to understand the current economic system, how it affects our communities and ways to transform it.
Marco will help us understand the current economic crisis in its historical context, how we dealt with the last major crisis in the 1930s and how we are (counter productively) dealing with it now. He'll also explain the economic system and alternative ways of structuring it so that it democratizes and localizes economic activity and anchors wealth and capital formation in our community.
Friday May 24th
World Centric, 2121 Staunton Ct, Palo Alto
7:00p - 7:15pm: Welcome to Transition (for newcomers)
Sponsored by Transition Palo Alto, Transition Silicon Valley, and World Centric.
Do the Math - The Movie
Fourth Friday: Blue Vinyl
Fourth Friday: Essential Knowledge for Transition
Friday, February 22nd, 2013
Fourth Friday: Bag It, the Movie
Tonight, January 25th, 2013
Climate Change and Poverty
Thursday, December 13th 6PM and Tuesday, December 18th 6PM
6:00 - 7:30PM
Mangrove forests absorb about 25% of the world's carbon emissions but cover only 0.7% of the world's forests. The continued destruction of mangroves not only destroys this very important carbon sink which absorbs carbon from the atmosphere but also will result in the release of additional and huge amounts of carbon. Each hectare of destroyed or converted mangrove can release up to 1,000 tons of carbon into the environment. Please come and listen to Food From Thin Air's presentation of a project that can save the mangroves, cut carbon emissions by 1.6 million tons per year and pull 100,000 households out of the poverty trap.
Please RSVP to mariabanico(at)yahoo.com or medaokelo(at)sbcglobal.net.
Sustainovation: Benefit Corporations
Film and Panel Discussion
7pm November 11
World Centric, Palo Alto
Can sustainable meat production ever satisfy the needs of consumers? Meet the farmers and food advocates who believe it can.
This acclaimed new documentary chronicles America’s grassroots revolution in sustainable meat production.
After describing the current industrial meat system, the film highlights the burgeoning sustainable, local-food movement made up of farmers, food advocates, chefs and everyday folks who are working to change how meat meat reaches the American table.
After the screening, local farmers and food advocates will discuss the film, and Q&A will follow the discussion. The panel includes:
- Graham Meriwether, the filmmaker
- Kelly Carlisle, founder and executive director of Acta Non Verba farm
- Peter Ruddock, environmental and food activist
- Sarah Greene Lopez, Fiesta Farm
Recommended donation: $10
Snacks provided, a short discussion follows each film.
November 11, 7pm
World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto
Promotional partners: Farmer Veteran Coalition, which helps veterans work, operate and own farms across America, and Transition Palo Alto and Transition Silicon Valley - Films of Vision and Hope, committed to building a resilient community through environmental awareness and activism.
business for the world we share
pushing the envelope with collaborative funding
Sustainovation and our co-sponsors the Bay Area Society for Organizational Learning, World Centric, and media sponsor: Shareablewelcome you to an In-depth Dialogue with Jenny Kassan, CEO Cutting Edge Capital
When: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Location: World Centric
Sustainovation (aSustainovation is dedicated to inspiring environmentally and socially sustainable business practices. Our mission is to promote sustainability as the driver of business innovation in Silicon Valley and beyond.
Films of Vision and Hope
Digging for Solutions
World Centric 2121 Staunton Ct., Palo Alto
Meet and greet (and Oct. 5 potluck) 7 P.M.
Films and discussion 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Friday September 14 -Transition 2.0
A story of resilience and hope in extraordinary times. You'll be inspired and moved by these stories of people around the world who are responding to uncertain times with creativity, solutions and engaged optimism, inspired by Transition principles of building local resilience to address the great challenges of our day.
Friday, September 21 - Dirt!, the Movie
This fascinating film tells the story of tells the story of the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet.
Friday, September 28 - First Millimeter: Healing the Earth
Learn about the possibilities of about Holistic Management, a system of land management that can improve our farming and ranching processes, reduce carbon emissions, and heal the earth. The first millimeter of the earth is the top soil that is often lost to erosion, and which livestock, properly grazed, can help restore to health.
Special guest: Sallie Calhoun from Paicines Ranch, chair of Holistic Management International
Friday October 5 - 100 Mile Potluck Plus Sonatas of the Soil - starts 7pm
Bring a dish to share, with local ingredients, if possible!
Films of Vision and Hope promotes positive solutions to environmental and social problems affecting our world. Provocative films, great discussion, and opportunities to connect with others who want to make a difference.
Sponsored by Transition Silicon Valley, Transition Palo Alto, and World Centric
Solar Home Tour: Road to Net Zero
Saturday, October 13th
Solar Home Tour in Palo Alto area
Date: Sat. Oct. 13
11:30 - Information Session
1:00 pm - Tour Begins
Start & pick up maps: Girl Scout House, Rinconada Park, Palo Alto
Behind the Lucie Stern theater complex, 1305 Middlefield Road, PA
Cost: Free, but pre-registration required: http://2012solarhomestour.eventbrite.com/
More information: Info@SunWork.org
On Saturday afternoon, October 13, Acterra and SunWork are offering a tour of Palo Alto-area homes that approach "net zero."
What's a "net zero" house? It's when the house produces all the energy the household needs -- usually including an electric car -- right on site.
Since California law requires that all new home construction by 2020 be "net zero," those thinking of building a new home will enjoy viewing some of these homes and talking with the owners about the techniques they employ.
Meet at the Girl Scout House in Rinconada Park, behind the Lucie Stern theater complex at 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The demonstration EcoHome located next to the Girl Scout building is the first stop on the tour.
The program starts at 11:30 am with an hour-long info session, describing how solar energy systems work (for both electricity and hot water), and discussing the environmental and financial benefits, including the City of Palo Alto's rebate program and Federal tax credits.
The self-guided tour starts at 1 pm, and maps listing the house locations will be available at the Girl Scout House from 12:30 until 3 pm. Homes on the tour are open until 4 pm, and they include a house designed to be fully net zero as well as a passive energy house, newly constructed by Clarum Homes. Various types of electric and plug-in vehicles will be displayed, both at the homes and outside the Girl Scout House.
To maximize the benefits from the program, participants are encouraged to bring their average monthly cost and kilowatt-hour usage to the info session. Everyone is also invited to bring a bag lunch to enjoy in the park before leaving on the tour.
A limited quantity of the 2008 Solar Energy Resource Guide will given away for free, and the 2012 Guide will be available for purchase.
This tour is part of the American Solar Energy Society's 2012 National Solar Tour and is organized by Acterra, a Palo Alto-based non-profit environmental organization (www.acterra.org) and SunWork, a non-profit installer of residential solar energy systems (www.sunWork.org). Co-sponsors include NorCal Solar Association, the Electric Auto Association of Silicon Valley, and the Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter.
For more information, contact Mike Balma, info@SunWork.org
business for the world we share
Sustainovation and our co-sponsors: Acterra, Bay Area Society for Organizational Learning, Community Environmental Action Partnership (CEAP),Continuing the Conversation, Green Town Los Altos, Los Altos Community Foundation, Mountain View Coalition for Sustainable Planning, Sustainable Silicon Valley, Social Innovation Design, Transition Palo Alto, and World Centric welcome you to
Greening Silicon Valley: Successes, Challenges, & Opportunities
An In-depth Dialogue with
What do you imagine a sustainable city will look like in the future? Where are the opportunities to collaborate and innovate? How might cross sector partnerships play a role? What are the challenges? How do counties and cities collaborate to accelerate positive change?
Wednesday June 27, 2012
6:30 PM -7:00 PM Networking
Location: World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Registration $15 advance online registration, $20 at the door (Cash only)
Sustainovation is dedicated to inspiring environmentally and socially sustainable business practices. Our mission is to promote sustainability as the driver of business innovation in Silicon Valley and beyond. We envision a new industrial revolution led by the principles of sustainable design and development. Through educational events, we form and inspire networks of innovators who share the belief that sustainable practices are essential to business success and the future of the world we share.
Films of Hope and Vision: Living Creatively in Times of Crisis
How are folks coping with today's economic and environmental crises? It's easy to lose hope when faced with a mountain of tough economic problems on top of climate change and other environmental woes.
Come join us for another film series starting next Friday where we'll take a look at how people are living creatively and finding ways to be resilient and thrive as the world seemingly comes apart around us.
Meet and greet at 7pm
Films begin at 7:30pm
World Centric Community Space
2121 Staunton Ct, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Films of Vision and Hope focuses on positive solutions to environmental and social problems affecting our world. Provocative films, great discussion, and opportunities to connect with others who want to make a difference.
Sponsored by Transition Silicon Valley, Transition Palo Alto, and World Centric.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Detroit, once an industrial powerhouse, is now devastated by the collapse of manufacturing and loss of population. But now against all odds, seeds of change are taking root. See how dedicated Detroiters are working tirelessly to fulfill their vision for locally-grown, sustainably farmed food in a city that had given up hope.
Farmin' in the Hood
Friday, May 4, 2012
It's an amazing story of about 20 families that uprooted from suburbia and made their homes for good in one of the most blighted neighborhoods in the U.S. "We took the seeds in our pockets and every square foot we owned and went about like mad scientists testing out innovative ideas from all around world and making them work in one of the most blighted neighborhoods in the US."
YERT - Your Environmental Road Trip
Friday,May 11, 2012
Don't miss this award winning adventure. Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road - traveling with hope, humor, and all of their garbage - to explore every state in America in search of the extraordinary innovators and citizens who are tackling humanity's greatest environmental crises.
100 Mile Potluck