Open House & Holiday Pop-up
Join us for an open house as we celebrate the holiday season — tour the space, nosh and mingle with other locals!
Saturday, December 10 — 12:00-3:00pm.
490 43rd Street
Oakland, CA 94609
And shop our holiday pop-up featuring great local vendors for a variety of grab and go gifts or to enjoy for yourself. Atomic Garden and Wildflower and Fern are just a couple neighborhood favorites showcasing their holiday items.
Celebrate International Coworking Day (August 9) with Us!
Enjoy a free day of coworking during the month of August. Get out of the house, make a social connection, and work in a beautiful space!
Our Temescal Works members are part of a global community of freelancers, entrepreneurs, remote workers, startups and business owners who would rather work together than alone.
Stop by Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm to enjoy your free day of coworking. We’re here for you.
Voted Best Coworking Office Space in East Bay Magazine
Temescal Works was voted Best Coworking Office Space for the 2nd year in a row!
A big thank you to everyone who voted for us. Every year East Bay Magazine features readers picks for the best people, places and things in the East Bay. We’re thrilled to be included in the 2022 issue. Check out all the Best of categories in their E-edition!
Juneteenth (June 19th) commemorates the effective end to the enslavement of African-Americans in Texas in 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. First recognized as a federal holiday in 2021, celebrations are happening in June all over the Bay Area. One way to celebrate is by supporting black-owned businesses, and the Do The Bay directory of black-owned businesses is a great resource.
Some of these businesses are just a few blocks from Temescal Works, including Burlap Coffee, Abesha Ethiopian Cuisine, and Asmara Restaurant.
Temescal Works will remain staffed on Monday, June 20 to support those who need to work that day. If you’re coming into TW, consider having coffee or lunch at one of these local businesses!
Bans Off Our Bodies Event
The Supreme Court could reverse nearly 50 years of precedent and end federal constitutional protections for abortion. 26 states could move quickly to ban abortion, meaning millions of people might live without local access.
Join our local community this coming Saturday, May 14 from 11am-1pm to demonstrate support for people all across the country who deserve the power and freedom to make their own personal reproductive health care decisions. Temescal Works hosted a sign-making event for rally attendees to support the right to choose in all states. Learn details and more information about this event at Planned Parenthood.
Member Profile: Sway
In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to highlight Sway, one of the fast-growing teams who occupy a sun-filled corner of our mezzanine. Sway focuses on regenerative design solutions for plastic pollution. Intriguing, right? We asked co-founder and CEO Julia Marsh (pictured center above) to give us some background on how she got started, and explain things in layman’s terms.
What inspired you to create Sway?
Sway was inspired by a provocation: What if plastic could evolve into a material with the capacity to replenish the planet? Imagine a world where plastic packaging, no longer an unavoidable source of pollution, had the potential to regenerate life from sea to soil.
Prior to founding Sway, I spent about a decade as a designer building brand and packaging systems for consumer goods companies. I became frustrated knowing I was directly contributing to plastic pollution. Alternatives to single-use plastics frequently fall short in terms of performance, as well as actually being “better” for the planet. They require special facilities to degrade, or are reliant on resource intensive feedstocks. I became obsessed with so-called “regenerative” feedstocks instead – materials which replenish natural systems rather than extracting from them.
How bad is plastic? (or how and why seaweed is a great alternative!)
Very bad. Every day, 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into the ocean. Plastic waste has been found on the world’s most remote islands, its deepest seafloors, and its highest peaks. Plastic even finds its way into our bodies — you ingest tens of thousands of microplastics every year. According to Our World in Data, packaging material makes up the bulk of plastic waste on our planet, with few sustainable solutions.
While petroleum causes harm at nearly every step of its life cycle, seaweed has the potential to replenish life in its wake. Seaweed is abundant, growing on every coastline in the world with a total area of roughly 7 million km², roughly equivalent in both size and productivity to the Amazon rainforest. Plus, seaweed does not rely on arable land, freshwater, or pesticides to grow. Seaweed farms and forests help slow the effects of deadly ocean acidification, process large amounts of carbon — sometimes up to 20 times more per acre than land forests — and provide habitat and breeding grounds for biodiverse life. Furthermore, seaweed cultivation can provide dignified, climate-resilient employment to coastal communities around the world, many of whom have been harmed by overfishing and acute climate change detriments.
What are the most impactful action(s) members can take in the name of sustainability?
The urgency of the climate crisis is undeniable. Fortunately, there are so many ways you can integrate climate action into your career, regardless of your background or interests. Educators, engineers, artists, lawyers, managers, storytellers, leaders – everyone (!!) can look to the solutions and get going. Some of our favorite resources for inspiration:
- The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
- Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson’s workplace “Circles” for climate action
- Paul Hawken’s list of tangible regenerative actions you can implement today!
Brand New Billboard
We’ve been doing some spring cleaning and upgrading at Temescal Works, including replacing the billboard on the side of our building. 4 years of afternoon sun took quite a toll. We love the bright new billboard, and hope it’s a beacon for all those who are tired of working from home!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and in appreciation of our members, we’re having a Valentine’s Day Pop-up with local vendors. It’s a convenient way to snag something special for a Valentine — or yourself. Thanks to these local artisans and businesses for spreading the love!