Organizations and Communities - David Joseph-Goteiner, UC Berkeley
David Joseph-Goteiner is a 4th year PhD student in sociology at UC Berkeley. He has a BA from Yale and an MS from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris. He studies the dynamics of contemporary communities.  His presentation addressed several areas:
  • What is sociology and what does it do?
  • What do organizations do and how do they show value? 
  • Is their membership inclusive or exclusive or both?
  • What do the members value and how do we measure success for the organization (is it just membership?).
Sociology looks at social groups to develop facts about those organizations. Some work is controversial and that work combines aspects of the scientific and artistic. David used his apartment building in Paris as an example. It was both a local community (i.e., they all lived there), but it was also a global community (i.e., they had some from everywhere). The pandemic also brought people together.  Read more about the presentation here.  Watch the presentation here.
Redwood Canyon by Wedgewood Weddings
Megan Rounke, the General Manager of Redwood Canyon by Wedgewood Weddings, described the wedding and other event services that Wedgewood provides at Redwood Canyon. Since taking over the catering and events management at Redwood Canyon, Wedgewood has made many improvements to the facilities to enhance the wedding and events experience.  They can support both indoor or outdoor weddings and now have a wedding suite to facilitate preparations for the wedding party. During the pandemic, Wedgewood opened the Courtyard for events, which can seat 300 people.  Also, there is a new evening musical event on the 3rd Thursday of every month.  More information regarding Wedgewood at Redwood Canyon is available here.  Watch the presentation here.
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