An organization that has been a staple of the “Alt Tech” scene in San Francisco is now hosting events in Downtown Oakland. It is another sign that Oakland is definitely becoming a major place to hold gatherings and meetups for business innovation and for new technologies. Right here, right now, it’s happening in Oakland.
Many of the events aim to foment a revolution in approaches to economic development. Last month, Tech4Good brought Susan Mills, the founder and director of the EASE Initiative, to Manifesta, an alternative salon and business incubator in Downtown Oakland. This past weekend, Tech4Good hosted the Uptima Business Bootcamp’s “Sharing Economy” hackathon to promote a new vision of economic development.
The EASE approach puts the social and economic goals of a community into their regular consumer activities. Mills’ message is that social, economic and environmental issues can be addressed from inside the normal cycle of advertising and selling within a city or a region. She proposes using a platform that is like a socially-conscious version of Amazon.com.