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Oakland organizations help small businesses thrive

When Chef Jason Henry first decided to open Pop Art Bakeshop at 23rd and International, he had dreams of bringing good food to a place with few choices. But he quickly became overwhelmed with the amount of...
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Made in a Free World guides your (slavery free) holiday shopping

A radical shift in consumerism towards a global economy rooted in freedom rather than exploitation is setting a new standard of how we do business. On December 1st, Made in a Free World (MIAFW), an...
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Discover the New Economy: Documentaries and Quick Reads

There's no one place to learn about the New Economy, because it's not any one thing, and while the complexities of a movement comprised of a million different ideas may be daunting, it is actually an...
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Five reasons to shop local this holiday season

Last year, consumers shelled out a record-breaking $59.1 billion over the Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend, at an average of $423 per person, most of which went to national chains and big box stores. That’s...
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The new social network: local organizations diminishing modern slavery

Almost 150 years after the thirteenth amendment legally abolished slavery, we’re still fighting for freedom. In my previous article, modern day slavery was explored through the complex, multi-layered...
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Oakland After the Midterm Elections, Now What? (Reflection)

by Ayodele Nyzinga The local mid-term elections in Oakland have come and gone. We will have a new mayor and other new officials. What will be different? What will stay the same? What does Oakland need? Will...
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Living the New Economy Convergence comes to Oakland

On a Thursday in late October, Oakland’s first annual Living the New Economy Convergence kicked off in downtown Oakland, aimed at inspiring conference-goers to “co-create a new economic reality in the...
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Oakland’s 23rd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The City of Oakland's just announced the 23rd annual Thanksgiving dinner, a free event to feed those who need some holiday food and cheer. Sponsored by  Oakland’s Human Services Department, Communities...
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Oakland’s Coliseum City could be transformational if city leaders thought more like Steve Jobs (Community Voices)

I was meeting with clients on 85th Avenue bordering International Boulevard, which consists of a series of warehouses, mixed-use spaces, and affordable housing projects that some consider the industrial...
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What happened to the Ohlone burial sites? (Community Voices)

While looking through shelves of donated books at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, I found a comb-bound publication that looked as though it was made at Kinko's. There was a black-and-white sketch of a...