Monthly Archives: December 2015

Profile Response: The Crucible, Oakland CA

A person can’t simply stop by The Crucible, an almost mystical place of heat and muscle that many in the Bay Area credit with sparking the maker movement. It’s too large and too interesting and once the staff sucks you … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Ruth McFarlane, Director of Programs, LGBT Center, San Francisco, CA

When I arrived at the LGBT Center on a Friday morning, the building was locked, the glass in one of the front doors was shattered, and plywood covered the opening. I texted Ruth McFarlane; she came down to let me … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Danielle Engelman and Catherine Borgeson, The Long Now Foundation, San Francisco, CA

Where does man reside on the spectrum of time? We are conditioned to think of time as linear, with today always at the right hand margin and Homo sapiens representing evolution’s epitome. A few graphic representations show dotted lines projecting … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Kathy Schaefer, San Anselmo, CA

Many people leverage academic achievement, a college or professional degree, into a career. Kathy Schaefer is doing the opposite; using her knowledge and experience as a FEMA engineer to get a PhD. “I want to explore how to apply new … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Ed Curtis, Senior Civil Engineer, FEMA, Oakland, CA

Much of the Southern California coast is a long beach with tall cliffs. The cliffs, topped with pricey real estate, are erodible. According to Ed Curtis, we have two options. “Option one; stabilize the bluff and eventually lose the beach. … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Juliette Hayes, Risk Analysis Branch Chief, Mitigation Division, FEMA Region IX, Oakland, CA

“Disasters are 100% political.” For a federal employee, Juliette Hayes says downright radical things. Yet she gets away with it because: one, she’s right; and two, you know she’s coming from a place that wants to help, not hinder. She’s … Continue reading

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Profile Response: Peter Shalek, Joyable, San Francisco, CA

Peter Shalek wanted to be a therapist. “I read Freud and Jung at age 16. I’m interested in why people do the things we do.” As a college freshman Peter began a laundry service and enjoyed building a business. which … Continue reading

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