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Annie Wong

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January 25, 8:30am • 7th West • part of a series on Surreal

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Six years ago, when everything in Zakiya Harris’ life seemed to have turned upside down, “shape-shift” became her mantra. Read the East Bay Express article Zakiya Harris, Professional Shape-Shifter.

We’re excited to kick off 2017 by having Zakiya as our first speaker. The talk will be at Pandora 7th floor backstage and we’re looking forward to see you all this Friday!

Our guest this month—Courtney Martin—is an author, entrepreneur, and weekly columnist. In her latest book, The New Better Off, she examines the role of community and fun against the tide of debt, status, and MORE stuff.

We’re excited to have her take the floor this Friday morning at Pandora’s Backstage (16th floor) to hear her take on the global CreativeMornings theme “Fantasy”.

As always there will be free coffee, breakfast, hugs, and high-fives on demand for our morning people. Spread the word Oakland family, and we’ll see you soon.

Jennifer Pahlka helps improve how government works

Pahlka is founder and executive director of the nonprofit Code for America, which brings in mid-career tech workers willing to work for a year in cities looking for outside help.

The help comes at a price, but it’s not money. Instead, the cities have to open themselves to new ways of operating. They have to be willing to replace the ever-so-detailed rules and requirements of traditional government with the agility, innovation and feedback of the tech world.

Photo: Peter DaSilva, Special To The Chronicle

Read article on SF Chronicle

May-Li Khoe

Design Lead, Khan Academy

May-Li Khoe leads product design at KA, and thrives in helping designers grow and do work they’re proud of. She also experiments with playful new interactions to empower learners. She joined the team after a long stint at Apple, where she invented new things for humans to poke at in watches, iPads, iPhones and Macs. She enjoys DJing, dancing, dancing while DJing, and blurring the line between art and computer science.

Oakland, I want you to know…

July 23–October 30 2016 at Oakland Museum of California        

“This exhibition is a microcosm of the conversation about gentrification that’s going on in Oakland and the Bay Area… It amplifies those voices through art and provides another way to enter this complex conversation.”
—Artist Chris Treggiari


Youth Radio celebrated the Golden State Warriors’ historic 73 wins by creating an original song and music video.

Song written and performed by: Young Major
Directed by: Chaz Hubbard
Filmed by: Riley Lockett, Sayyid Abdel-Qawi, Will Flattery-Vickness, Liam Cochrane, Chaz Hubbard
Edited by: Max Aviles and Chaz Hubbard
Instrumental produced by: V

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“To me, freedom is personal. It’s not something that can be defined by someone else. And it cannot be taken by someone else.”

– Jennifer Johns

Oakland musician/MC Kev Choice takes us on the beginning of his journey from The Bay Area to Bogota, Colombia. Shot and edited on iPhone 6.
Music-“Another World” by Kev Choice x Trackademicks x 1-O.A.K.