Eastbay Green Corridor

The East Bay Green Corridor is a regional partnership working toward promoting the San Francisco East Bay as a global center of the emerging green economy. The members are thirteen East Bay cities, schools and research institutions.[1] The partnership’s stated goals are to attract and retain green businesses, promote research and technology transfer, strengthen green workforce development programs, and coordinate a regional effort to secure federal funding.[2] West Berkeley activists have criticized the City of Berkeley’s planned implementation of the corridor, over concerns that zoning regulations may be relaxed for the benefit of developers and large corporations, and could negatively impact the city’s light manufacturing district.

Roses in Concrete

Our principal goal is to develop youth who are characterized by self-discipline, integrity, love and hope in the pursuit of justice and equity for all communities. The long-term goal is to create a model for urban education that prioritizes the needs of youth and families as the pathway to building healthy and sustainable communities across the U.S. and around the world. The Roses in Concrete Community School name was inspired by the book of poetry based on the writings of Tupac Shakur released in 1999, The Rose That Grew from Concrete. This vivid image captures the need to celebrate the tenacity and will of the rose that against all-odds, finds a way to grow in the inhospitable and toxic environment of the concrete, that it might transform the concrete into a rose garden.

Teaching Excellence Network

Teaching Excellence Network (TEN) brings together teachers, school leaders, students, and families to build community responsive schools and classroom cultures that lead to engagement and success. TEN is designed by nationally acclaimed teachers and educational researchers to find and share resources that support the development of qualities that make schools exceptionally effective in serving their students and community. TEN has expanded from 26 schools and 3 districts in the San Francisco Bay Area (San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland) to over 200 schools in 9 states. TEN is now in 48 schools in 14 districts across California and currently serves 10 school districts in Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Washington and Washington D. C. Other national partners include KIPP Schools and Teach For Americal. Since 2012, TEN has served over 1628 teachers, 452 administrators, and 27,539 students worldwide. We have partnered with over 4,193 families—the majority of whom are people of color living in poverty across the nation.


Streetwyze is a mobile, mapping, and SMS platform that collects local knowledge about how people are experiencing cities and services and turns them into actionable analytics. Our platform revolutionizes the flow of information between people, places, policies, and systems in ways that were previously unimaginable. Our people-sensing technology allows users to find goods and services, take action on important issues, and serves as a connection hub for community transformation. Streetwyze has been recognized by the White House, Atlantic Magazine’s Citylab, Green Biz, the Rockefeller Foundation, The Root, the Knight News Challenge, Acterra and others as one of the new mobile platforms designed to build power and self-determination with vulnerable populations and empower everyday people.


Town Kitchen & Youth Food Project

The Town Kitchen trains youth, with barriers to employment, in food service skills, job readiness, and food entrepreneurship. All youth Food Project classes are taught through a social justice framework with participants discussing race, power, privilege, and community investment. All classes are taught through a social justice framework with participants discussing race, power, privilege, and community investment. The vision of the Town Kitchen and the Youth Food Project is to create community through local food; a community where low-income Oakland youth can shine; a community where we introduce under-served youth to talented chefs & start-up entrepreneurs so they have the skills and network to pursue their future. The Town Kitchen has been recognized by Michael Pollan, Van Jones, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf; and featured in Fastcompany, Kron4, the East Bay Express; and was also selected as an innovation finalist by the San Francisco Foundation. Youth participants have catered for the host committee of Superbowl 50; and served over 1200 meals to community based organizations in a partnership with Pandora Radio.


The Global Partnership on Sustainable Development Data

In September 2015, 193 world leaders committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years: End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change—and the Global Partnership for Sustainability Data was Born. The Global Partnership on Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) envisions a world in which timely, accurate, and high quality data is harnessed to help achieve and measure sustainable development. It is a world in which data is produced, organized, shared, and used in an environment of trust, inclusion, creativity, efficacy, and efficiency. GPSDD currently has over 100 champions from around the world and across sectors, including governments, companies, civil society organizations, international organizations, academic institutions, philanthropy, statistics and data communities. It brings together the full range of data producers and users who are critical to harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development.


Open Data Charter

In July 2013, G8 leaders signed the G8 Open Data Charter, which outlined a set of five core open data principles. Many nations and open government advocates welcomed the G8 Charter, but there was a general sense that the principles could be refined and improved to support broader global adoption of open data principles. In the months following, a number of multinational groups initiated their own activities to establish more inclusive and representative open data principles, including the Open Government Partnership’s (OGP) Open Data Working Group. As a first step, on the margins of the International Open Data Conference in Ottawa at the end of May 2015, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Open Data Working Group (co-chaired by Government of Canada and the Web Foundation), the Government of Mexico, the International Development Research Centre, the Open Data for Development (OD4D) Network, and Omidyar Network convened a meeting of open data champions from around the world to discuss next steps for consultations on the development of an international Open Data Charter. This meeting constituted a group of stewards with representatives of governments, civil society organizations, and multilateral institutions from around the world.

During 2015, open data experts from governments, multilateral organizations, civil society and private sector, worked together to develop an international Open Data Charter, with six principles for the release of data:

1. Open by Default;
2. Timely and Comprehensive;
3. Accessible and Useable;
4. Comparable and Interoperable;
5. For Improved Governance and Citizen Engagement; and 6. For Inclusive Development and Innovation.

The principles in the international Open Data Charter provide governments with a common foundation upon which to realize the full potential of open data. The Charter serves as a statement of commitment and the means to pursue political support for the fundamental principles of openness.

Da Town Researchers

Da Town Researchers (DTR) is the student-led research wing of Oakland Unified School District’s district- wide elected student union that ISEEED facilitates and supports with training in Youth Participatory Action Research methods (YPAR). DTR conducts student-led research and evaluation throughout the school district in an effort to coordinate, collect and analyze meaningful data from students to strengthen safety and school culture, improve caring among adults and students, and increase engagement and authentic youth voice in all district efforts. DTR is a team of high school students who conduct research to support student-led campaigns. Da Town Researchers collaborates with strategic partners like OUSD’s Family and Student Engagement Department, the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) student advisory committee, Youth Together, Californians for Justice, Oakland Kids First!, and BayPEACE to design the research frameworks, specific research questions, and determine key findings and recommendations.

Key Accomplishments:

  • Integration of student researchers’ data, findings and recommendations into district-wide Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).
  • School Board adoption of 4 primary recommendations for improving safety and school culture:
  1. Build a code of conduct to co-create guidelines for clear expectations of everyone on the campus;
  2. Establish student-led trainings of teachers and adult staff for cultural competency and authentic caring;
  3. Institutionalize student hiring committees for students to have roles in creating optimal classroom environments by selecting teachers who are experts in creating authentic and caring relationships;
  4. Formalize student feedback loops for all school staff.
  • Incorporationofstudentresearchers’recommendations in high school site specific strategic plans.