Thriving communities and great inspirations from SF

We have seen so many cool projects happening in San Francisco the past two days.

We came across La Cocina in the Mission, a space to encourage entrepreneurship in food. They rent out affordable professional kitchen spaces to people, with an emphasis on encouraging ethnic women into running their own businesses.

We also met a bunch of great people working on the next generation of social media websites in San Francisco and at the Founder Showcase. One great idea was MediaShare, which plans to sell media companies’ shares (like Nascar) directly to the company’s fan base. We heard Elon Musk, a co-founder of  Paypal and now CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, talk about the risks and rewards of backing what at first seem insane ideas with one’s own money.

Another great inspiration for us has been the Crucible, an art-industry-student training workshop across the bay in West Oakland. On the morning we visited, there were over 200 children in the workshops doing summer camp classes. These ranged from casting and welding to glass blowing to mudslinging (also known as pottery). It’s all about inspiring people of all ages to take an interest in industrial production and manufacturing – students have gone on to do apprecentiships in the docks just down the road from the Crucible.

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