[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Apr 17 18:53:45 PDT 2011

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Small Changes, Big Results
The CT Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge

The Yale Center for Business and the Environment is pleased to present  
the fourth annual installment of the Carbon Finance Speaker Series,  
Blueprint for Efficiency. This series of free, public webinars will  
feature the latest developments in energy efficiency policy,  
investment, technology, and community engagement.

Join Kerry O'Neill and Bryan Garcia from Earth Markets who will  
present the Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge. Over  
three years, the Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge  
will engage 10 percent of residents in 14 towns, helping them reduce  
their energy use by 20 percent. The program integrates several  
innovative approaches including:

* Clean Energy Corps - the deployment of a Clean Energy Corps to  
support community groups and their residents as they move step-by-step  
up the "food chain of sustainable energy usage,"
* Performance-Based Rewards - a three-tiered rewards and recognition  
program that allows residents to earn points based on their actions  
and that can then be redeemed by towns like Green Stamps for valuable  
energy efficiency rewards,
* Technology - program delivery and data collection processes that  
utilize enabling technologies like mobile apps, iPads, and   
* Campaign Management - continuous program analysis utilizing campaign  
plans, dashboards, pipeline reports and acquisition marketing tools to  
support ongoing refinement of outreach and marketing strategies, and
* M&V - robust measurement and verification to support generation of  
revenue quality energy savings certificates for the state's energy  
efficiency resource standard and evaluation of sustainable business  

Title: Small Changes, Big Results with the CT Neighbor to Neighbor  
Energy Challenge
Date and Time : Tuesday, April 19, 2011 from 12pm to 1pm (EST)
GotoWebinar URL: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/806495342

Speakers: Kerry O'Neill and Bryan Garcia

Click Here to Register:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/806495342

Kerry O'Neill is the co-founder and president of Earth Markets.  She  
is an executive with over 20 years of progressive management  
experience in diverse sectors including direct marketing, e-commerce,  
business outsourcing services, and financial services holding  
increasingly senior roles in operations, strategy and marketing.   
Kerry is also the executive director of the Clean Energy Finance  
Center, a non-profit organization that develops innovative approaches  
to attract greater private and public sector capital to finance large- 
scale energy efficiency, renewable energy and carbon reduction  

Bryan Garcia is the co-founder and chief community officer of Earth  
Markets.  He is an executive with over 10 years of progressive  
management experience in the energy, environment and economic  
development sectors within organizations that operate in the public,  
private, non-profit and academic sectors.  Bryan is the program  
director of the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, an  
initiative of the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of  
Forestry & Environmental Studies that prepares environmental leaders  
for business and society to solve the problems that matter.

The grant is administered by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund and the  
program is managed by Earth Markets and draws resources and experience  
from several partner organizations, including the Connecticut Energy  
Efficiency Fund, Celtic Energy, Clean Water Fund, EMpower Devices/MIT,  
Mobile Genius, SmartPower, Snugg Home and the Student Conservation  

The Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge is a community  
energy savings program made possible by a $4.17 million Energy  
Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the U.S. Department of  
Energy through the BetterBuildings program, funded as part of the  
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The Blueprint for Efficiency series is supported by the Emily Hall  
Tremaine Foundation, Yale University and theMassachusetts Institute of  
Technology (MIT) Energy Club.  The series will take place from  
November 2010 through May 2011. It will be free and open to the public  
through online webcasts that will be conducted on a weekly basis from  
12pm to 1pm EST.  Each presentation will be recorded and made  
available to the global community through Yale University on iTunes U.

Funding for the Carbon Finance Speaker Series "Blueprint for  
Efficiency" was made possible by a generous grant from the Emily Hall  
Tremaine Foundation.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing  
information about joining the Webinar

For new users of GoToMeeting, please allow 10-15 minutes before the  
webinar to set-up and download the software to participate.

System requirements for PC-based attendees include required: Windows®  
2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, or Vista.  System requirements for  
Macintosh®-based attendees include required: MacOS X 10.4 (Tiger) or  


Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Legatum Lecture: Promoting Inclusion
Speaker: Aryeh Neier, President, Open Society Foundations
Time: 5:00p–6:00p
Location: 32-155, Reception to follow
Attend this lecture to hear about the worldwide work of the Open  
Society Foundations to secure education, health and justice for  
marginalized people.

Web site: http://legatum.mit.edu/content-677
Open to: the general public
Cost: none
Sponsor(s): Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship
For more information, contact:
Agnes Hunsicker
agnesh at mit.edu


Japan Nuclear Crisis: Aftermath and Implications on the World Energy Map

April 19, 2011  5:30p–8:00p

In the aftermath of the Sendai Earthquake and East Asian Tsunami, the  
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is in critical condition. The  
ramifications of these events have affected, and will continue to  
affect, the World Energy Map.

Category:  lectures/conferences

Location:  School of Management Auditorium, 595 Commonwealth Ave,  
Boston MA

Sponsored by:  MIT Energy Campus Events, Boston University Energy Club

Admission:  Open to the public

For more information:

Contact Priyank Maheshwari
pm at bu.edu


Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Architecture Lecture Series: The 5th Goldstein Lecture
Speaker: Guy Nordenson, Structural Engineer, New York City
Time: 6:30p–8:00p
Location: 10-250
Guy Nordenson: Patterns in Structures
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture
For more information, contact:  617-253-7791


Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Space, Land and Time Underground - Adventures with Ant Farm
Time: 7:00p–9:00p
Location: E15-070
Space, Land and Time - Underground Adventures with Ant Farm
A Documentary Film Screening with Co-Director BETH FEDERICI
Space, Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm is a  
documentary film directed by Laura Harrison and Beth Federici. Radical  
architects, video pioneers, and mordantly funny cultural commentators,  
the Ant Farmers created a body of deeply subversive multidisciplinary  
work that questioned the boundaries of architecture and predicted much  
of the technology we take for granted today.

The film is being publicly screened as part of the 4.332/4.333  
Advanced Seminar in Networked Cultures: Tactical Design for  
Cooperative Agency & Disruption course taught by ACT Fellow Nitin  
Sawhney and is funded in part by a grant from the Council of the Arts  
at MIT.

Web site: http://www.antfarmthemovie.com
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Sponsor(s): MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology

Editorial Comment:  The Ant Farm were real pioneers and did things  
forty years ago that are still radical.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The Evolution of Engineering Systems: A Rich Past, an Exciting Future  
- A Symposium Honoring Professor Daniel Roos
Time: 1:00p–5:15p
Location: E15, Bartos Theater
The Charles L. Miller Symposium
The series is named for Charles L. Miller, who joined the Civil  
Engineering faculty in 1955, and served as head of the department from  

This event will explore the past, present, and future of the field of  
engineering systems from the perspectives of speakers from academia  
and industry.

Web site: http://esd.mit.edu/roos_symp/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division, Civil and Environmental  
Engineering, Center for Transportation and Logistics, MIT Portugal,  
MIT Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development
For more information, contact:
Gerri Powers
gpowers at mit.edu


Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Feeding Conflict: The Impact of US Food Aid on Civil War
Speaker: Nancy Qian (Yale)
Time: 2:30p–4:00p
Location: E51-376
Feeding Conflict: The Impact of US Food Aid on Civil War

Web site: http://econ-www.mit.edu/files/6652

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Development & Environment Seminar

For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu


Mass Space Grant Consortium Twenty-First Annual Distinguished Lecturer  

April 20, 2011  4:00p–5:00p

Investments in our Future: Exploring Space through Innovation and  

Category:  lectures/conferences

Speaker:  Dr. Robert (Bobby) D. Braun, NASA Chief Technologist

Location:  26-100

Sponsored by:  AeroAstro, Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium

Admission: free

Open to the public

For more information:

Contact Jeff Hoffman
jhoffma1 at mit.edu


The Status of US Wind Energy

April 20, 2011  5:30p–7:00p

The Industry, Policy, Transmission, and Technology

Category:  MIT events/clubs: interest clubs/groups

Speaker:  Rob Gramlich, Senior Policy Advisor - American Wind Energy  

Location:  2-105

Sponsored by:  Wind Energy Projects in Action, MIT Energy Club, MIT  
Wind Energy Group

Admission:  Open to the public

For more information:

Contact Wind Energy Group
wind at mit.edu


Progress in Offshore Wind: Rhode Island and the United States

April 20, 2011  5:30p–7:00p

Deepwater Wind is the U.S. leader in offshore wind power development -  
increasing American energy independence with large-scale wind farms in  
deep ocean waters, where they are virtually invisible from shore.
Wind energy is recognized around the world as an excellent form of  
clean, renewable power. We can never run out of it. There's no  
pollution or greenhouse gas emissions. The fuel is free, and not  
subject to the price fluctuations of foreign oil.

Category:  lectures/conferences

Speaker:  Paul Rich, Chief Development Officer for Rhode Island, Deep  
Water Wind

Location: 2-105

Sponsored by:  MIT Energy Campus Events

Admission:  Open to the public

For more information:

Contact Kathy Araujo
kmaraujo at MIT.EDU


Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Living in Emergency Movie & Reception
Time: 5:30p–8:30p
Location: 4-270
MIT's Prehealth Advising presents...
Living in Emergency Documentary

For the first time ever, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) gave a  
documentary crew uncensored access to its field operations. Set in war- 
torn Congo and post-conflict Liberia, "Living in Emergency"  
interweaves the stories of four doctors as they struggle to provide  
emergency medical care under extreme conditions. Two volunteers are  
new recruits: a 26-year-old Australian doctor stranded in a remote  
bush clinic and an American surgeon from Tennessee trying to cope  
under the load of emergency cases in a shattered capital city.
Two others are experienced field hands: a dynamic head of mission,  
valiantly trying to keep morale high and tensions under control, and  
an exhausted veteran, who has seen too much horror and wants out. Amid  
the chaos, each doctor must find their own way to face the challenges  
of the work, the tough choices, and the limits of their idealism.

Movie Trailor:  http://www.youtube.com/v/mM3Na9a2mzw&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0
For more about the movie visit the Living in Emergency website - http://www.livinginemergency.com/
A discussion/reception with members of the Prehealth Advisory Board  
will follow the movie. Light food and refreshments will be provided.
REGISTRATION IS REQUESTED- please register through CareerBridge at https://www.myinterfase.com/mit/student/ 
  and select Workshops, Career Fairs and Events.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Preprofessional Advising

For more information, contact:
Tamara Menghi
trmenghi at mit.edu


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Climate and the Oceans: Where We've Been and What's Ahead

Speaker: Dr. Wallace Broecker of The Earth Institute at Columbia  

Time: 6:00p–9:00p

Location: E51

For more than half a century, Dr. Wallace Broeker's major research  
interest has been the ocean's role in climate change. He was among the  
pioneers in radiocarbon and isotope dating - the quintessential  
processes for creating maps of the Earth?s past climate fluctuations  
since as early as the Pleistocene period. He was also the first person  
ever to recognize the Ocean Conveyor Belt (which he named), arguably  
the most important discovery in the history of oceanography and its  
critical relation to climate. Broecker's research interests center on  
climate systems, especially as they involve the role of oceans in  
climate change. He places strong emphasis on utilizing isotopes in  
investigating physical mixing and chemical cycling in the ocean and  
the climate history as recorded in marine sediments. A prolific  
researcher, teacher and author, Dr. Broecker has published over 400  
scientific articles and is the author or coauthor of several textbooks.

Reception 6-7. Lecture 7 PM.

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): MIT Sea Grant

For more information, contact:
Nancy Adams
nadamsx at mit.edu


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Truck Farm Movie Screening

Time: 8:00p–9:30p

Location: 35-225

Join us for a screening of Truck Farm!

Truck Farm is a whimsical, musical documentary about the quirky world  
of urban agriculture. After filmmaker Ian Cheney (King Corn) plants a  
garden in the back of his pickup truck, he and the Truck Farm set out  
to explore the rooftops, barges and windows that represent New York  
City?s newest edible oases. Can these urban farmers feed a city? Can  
the old Dodge and its crops survive the winter? Blending serious  
exposition with serious silliness, Truck Farm entreats viewers to  
ponder the future of urban farming, and to consider whether  
sustainability needs a dose of fun and whimsy to be truly sustainable.

Sponsored by MIT EHS Sustainability Program and MIT Food & Agriculture  

Web site: http://food-ag.mit.edu
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Tickets: No tickets required
Sponsor(s): MIT Food & Agriculture Collaborative, EHS
For more information, contact:
Kristine Cass
food at mit.edu

8am: Dropoff begins for Swapfest: Choose to Reuse
Location: Stata TSMC Lobby

Drop-off starts at 8am, swap starts at 11am. Bring something, take  
something – choose to reuse

If you would like more information or would like to be involved in any  
reuse activities at MIT please email me.

Cordially Yours,
Nancy Kim
nancykim at mit.edu


Thursday, April 21, 2011
Earth Day Fair
Time: 11:00a–2:00p
Location: 32, Student Street and Outside the Stata Center
This year's Earth Week theme recognizes 150 years of innovation at MIT  
to be good stewards of our planet. Come to the fair to learn how you  
can help the planet on a daily basis through initiatives in  
Transportation, Food, Green Purchasing, Energy Conservation, and  
Recycling. Several organizations external to MIT will be at the fair,  
too. Check out the web site and publicity on campus for more  

Web site: web.mit.edu/earthday
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative, EHS, Facilities
For more information, contact:
Rebecca Marshall-Howarth
rhowarth at mit.edu


MIT Energy Club @ Sloan presents Adam Bernstein

April 21, 2011  11:45a–1:00p

Join us for the exciting chance to hear a real life case study of a  
cleantech start-up company that New Energy Capital is funding at the  
moment. It will combine elements of energy finance, policy, emerging  
technologies and transaction structuring.

In November 2010, multiple investors, technology firms, and  
engineering companies began construction on the largest fuel cell  
electricity project in the U.S. The Project will capture over 410  
million standard ft? per year of wastewater biogas, and use this gas  
to generate over 42 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year to  
power the University of California at San Diego and the City?s South  
Bay Reclamation Facility.

The story of how a start-up energy developer brought together major  
banks, manufacturers, construction firms, and government agencies to  
finance and build the Project holds valuable lessons for a wide  
audience. Adam will discuss the challenges of commercially deploying  
emerging energy technologies, along with the risks and opportunities  
for investors in this frequently misunderstood sector. NEC is the lead  
investor in the Project, and Adam oversaw the execution of this  
complex transaction.

Category:  lectures/conferences

Speaker:  Adam Bernstein, Managing Partner at New Energy Capital

Location:  E62-262

Sponsored by:  MIT Energy Club

Admission:  Open to the public

For more information:

Contact Javier Crespo
jcrespo at sloan.mit.edu


Thursday, April 21, 2011
Talk and Action: The Role of International Negotiations in Addressing  
the Climate Challenge
Time: 3:00p–4:00p
Location: E51-115, Wong Auditorium
Special Envoy for Climate
Change at the State Department

Todd Stern is the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the State  
Department. Mr. Stern plays a central role in developing the U.S.  
international policy on climate and is the President?s chief climate  
negotiator, representing the United States internationally at the  
ministerial level in all bilateral and multilateral negotiations  
regarding climate change. Mr. Stern also participates in the  
development of domestic climate and clean energy policy.

Mr. Stern brings extensive experience in the private sector and  
government. Before joining the Obama Administration he was a Senior  
Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he focused on  
climate change and environmental issues, and a partner at the law firm  
WilmerHale, where he served as Vice Chair of the Public Policy and  
Strategy Group.

Immediately following:
Rethinking Climate Change: The Past 150 Years and the Next 100...
Panel Discussion
4:00-6:00pm,E51-115, Wong Auditorium

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Sponsor(s): Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change,  
MIT Energy Initiative


Thursday, April 21, 2011
Rethinking Climate Change: The Past 150 Years and the Next 100 Years
Time: 4:00p–6:00p
Location: E51-115, Wong Auditorium
Moderated by: Dr. John Reilly, Co-director of the MIT Joint Program on  
the Science and Policy of Global Change; Senior Lecturer, Sloan School  
of Management

Professor Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science; Director of  
the Program on Atmosphere, Oceans, and Climate
Professor Ronald Prinn, TEPCO Professor of Atmospheric Science; Co- 
director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global  
Change; Director of Center for Global Change Science
Professor Chris Knittel, William Barton Rogers Professor of Energy  
Economics, MIT Sloan
School of Management
Professor Ernest Moniz, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and  
Engineering Systems; Director of the MIT Energy Initiative
Professor Sarah Slaughter, Associate Director for Buildings &  
Infrastructure, MIT Energy Initiative

Immediately preceding the panel discussion:
MIT Earth Week Colloquium
Todd Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change, US State Department
Talk and Action: The role of international negotiations in addressing  
the climate challenge
3:00-4:00pm E51-115 Wong Auditorium

Todd Stern is the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the State  
Department. Mr. Stern plays a central role in developing the U.S.  
international policy on climate and is the President?s chief climate  
negotiator, representing the United States internationally at the  
ministerial level in all bilateral and multilateral negotiations  
regarding climate change.

Web site: http://globalchange.mit.edu/news/event-item.php?id=371
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change,  
MIT Energy Initiative
For more information, contact:
globalchange at mit.edu


Thursday, April 21, 2011
(Face)book of the Dead
Speaker: Mark Dery
Time: 4:00p–6:00p
Location: 2-105
CMS Colloquium Series

Are we witnessing a plague of oversharing? Are social networks its  
vectors of transmission? Does this much-discussed phenomenon mark the  
Death of Shame, perhaps even a return to pre-modern notions of public  
and private?

In his illustrated lecture, "(Face)Book of the Dead," cultural critic  
and media theorist Mark Dery will address these and other questions,  
from the posthuman psychology of disembodied friendship to our growing  
unwillingness to untether ourselves from our social networks or the  
media drip, even for an instant. What does it say about us, as a  
society, if we're unable to be alone and unplugged without being bored  
or lonely? Is this, at root, a fear of the emptiness in our heads?  
Should we preserve some small space in our lives for solitude -- a  
Walden of the mind, away from the Matrix?

Mark Dery (www.markdery.com) is a cultural critic. He is best known  
for his writings on the politics of popular culture in publications  
such as The New York Times Magazine, Cabinet, Bookforum, Rolling  
Stone, Elle, and Wired. Dery's latest book is an anthology of his  
recent writings, I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Essays on American  
Empire, Digital Culture, Posthuman Porn, and Lady Gaga's Lesbian  
Phallus, published in Brazil by Editora Sulina. He is at work on a  
biography of the artist Edward Gorey for Little, Brown.

Web site: http://cms.mit.edu/events/talks.php#042111
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies
For more information, contact:
Andrew Whitacre
cms at mit.edu


Thursday, April 21, 2011
Near-Optimal LP-Based Policies for Revenue Management of Reusable  
Speaker: Retsef Levi
Time: 4:15p–5:15p
Location: E62-550
ORC Seminar Series
The OR Center organizes a seminar series each year in which prominent  
OR professionals from around the world are invited to present topics  
in operations research. We have been privileged to have speakers from  
business and industry as well as from academia throughout the years.  
For a list of past distinguished speakers and their seminar topics,  
please visit our Seminar Archives.

ORC Spring Seminar Series
Seminar reception immediately following the talk.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/orc/www/seminars/seminars.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Operations Research Center
For more information, contact:
Chaithanya Bandi, Michael Frankovich, or Anna Teytelman
cbandi at mit.edu, mfrankov at mit.edu, or teytanna at mit.edu


Thursday, April 21, 2011
History, Expectations and Leadership in the Evolution of Cooperation
Speaker: Daron Acemoglu (MIT)
Time: 5:30p–7:00p
Location: at MIT E51-395
History, Expectations and Leadership in the Evolution of Cooperation

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT/Harvard Applied Theory Workshop - (New Workshop Spring  

For more information, contact:
Theresa Benevento


Friday, April 22, 20112011
MIT Sustainability Summit - Bridging Thought and Action: Creating a  
Sustainable Organization
Time: 8:00a–7:00p
Microsoft NERD Center 1 Memorial Drive Cambridge, MA 02139

8:45 - 9:30  Registration & Breakfast
9:30 - 9:45  Welcome Address
Megan Wilbur, MIT Sustainability Summit Managing Director
9:45 - 10:30  Morning Keynote
Dr. John R. Ehrenfeld | former Executive Director of the International  
Society for Industrial Ecology
10:30 - 10:45  Break
10:45 - 12:05  Session 1
Bending the Water Cost Curve: Innovations to Avert Water Crisis
Reviving New England's Fishing Economy
Sustainability in the Built Environment: Integrating Transport  
Planning with Land Use and Building Design
12:05 - 13:05  Lunch & Expo
13:05 - 13:50
Afternoon Keynote
Gary Hirshberg | CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farm
13:50 - 14:05  Break
14:05 - 15:25  Session 2
Building a Regional Food System
All Linked Together: Sustainable Supply Chains
Waste Not: Adopting a Closed-Loop Approach
System Dynamics in Sustainability and Its Application to Climate  
Change Policies
15:25 - 15:40  Break
15:40 - 17:00  Session 3
The Future of Footprinting
Economic Case for Sustainability
Beyond Microfinance
17:00 - 18:30  Reception

*MIT Student pre-sale $20.00 per ticket
*Non-MIT Student pre-sale $30.00 per ticket (College ID required)
Regular Ticket Sales Start April 9 for MIT & Non-MIT Students
*MIT Student $30.00 per ticket
*Non-MIT Student $40.00 per ticket (College ID required)
Tickets Available Now For:
MIT Alumni, Faculty & Staff $50.00 per ticket
Non-Profit & Government Professionals $75.00 per ticket
Industry & Business Professionals $125.00
All ticket sales end on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 11:59pm



Friday, April 22, 2011
Time: 10:00a–5:00p
Location: Kresge Oval
The International Fair at MIT marks the opening of MIT's Spring  
Weekend. Come for games, food, music, performances, raffles, and Tim  
the Beaver as international students share their culture with the MIT  

Web site: web.mit.edu/isa
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): International Students Association
For more information, contact:
Lina Garcia
isa-execcom at mit.edu


Friday, April 22, 2011
Computation Lecture: Emergent mindsets in the digital age: Moving  
between worlds
Speaker: Edith Ackermann - Visiting Scientist , MIT Design Lab
Time: 12:30p–2:00p
Location: 7-431
Computation Lecture Series

This lecture is part of the Computation Lecture Series at the  
Department of Architecture.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Computation Group Events

For more information, contact:
Daniela Stoudenkova
danielas at mit.edu


"Earn Your Bull$&!*": User Lifecycles in Social Media

Speaker: Cliff Lampe, Michigan State University
Date: Friday, April 22 2011
Time: 1:00PM to 2:00PM
Refreshments: 12:45PM
Location: Patil/Kiva Seminar Room, 32-G449
Host: Rob Miller, MIT CSAIL
Contact: Juho Kim, juhokim at mit.edu

"Social media sites, or online communities, depend on user  
participation and contribution in order to be viable. Users contribute  
comments, articles, pictures and more to flesh out the architectures  
these sites provide. Some users take on leadership roles in user- 
generated content communities, becoming mentors and administrators of  
the sites. There's a debate about whether these contributors are  
socialized in some way to become valuable participants in the site, or  
whether they come to the sites already primed for the role they will  
eventually take. Using data from Everything2.com, a user generated  
encyclopedia started by the same team that started Slashdot, we'll  
discuss this debate, and show how motivation and external events can  
shape this lifecycle of users in these sites."

Cliff Lampe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of  
Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media at Michigan State  
University. He received his PhD from the School of Information at the
University of Michigan. Cliff studies the effects of social media use,  
which has two main aspects. In one line of work, he studies sites like  
Facebook, Slashdot, Everything2 and more to show how social
and technical systems interact, and what are the effects of those  
interactions on users. In another line of work, he creates social  
media sites, like GreatLakesEcho, GreatPlaceNetwork, MichEEN and more  
to show how social media can be used in the public sector. Cliff is  
crazy tall.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Materials and Assembly Techniques for Unusual Photovoltaic and  
Lighting Systems (Rohsenow Lecture)

Speaker: Professor John A. Rogers

Time: 3:30p–5:00p

Location: 3-270

Mechanical Engineering Colloquium

Web site: http://mechecolloquium.scripts.mit.edu/home/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MechE Seminar Series
For more information, contact:
Harris Crist
bhcrist at mit.edu


Friday, April 22, 2011
Architecture Design Lecture Series: BOS: Homemade
Speaker: Hansy Luz Better and Beth Whittaker
Time: 6:30p–8:30p
Location: 7-431, AVT
Hansy Luz Better of Studio Luz Architects and Beth Whittaker of Merge  

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture

For more information, contact:
Mauro Bortolussi
mauro at mit.edu




Energy Technology Innovation Policy/Consortium for Energy Policy  
Research Energy Policy Seminar Series
April 18, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Contact Name:  Louisa Lund
louisa_lund at harvad.edu
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS 79 JFK St Cambridge, MA
Joseph Aldy, HKS. Topic TBA.


Lunch Seminar — The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future  
of the World Economy
WHEN  Tue., Apr. 19, 2011, 11:40 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Business, Ethics, Humanities, Lecture,  
Science, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business &  
Government and the Center for International Development at Harvard  
SPEAKER(S)  Dani Rodrik, Rafiq Hariri Professor of International  
Political Economy at the Harvard Kennedy School
CONTACT INFO  RSVP: MRCBG at ksg.harvard.edu
NOTE  In this trenchant critique, economist Dani Rodrik combines  
historical narrative with fresh insights to challenge the conventional  
wisdom that portrays the advance of globalization as inevitable—and  
as inevitably benign—and shows that globalization carries with it an  
unavoidable tension.


Tuesday Seminar: ¡El Agua es Nuestra, Carajo!: Subsistence Threats,  
Social Mobilization, and the Case of Bolivian Water Wars
WHEN  Tue., Apr. 19, 2011, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  David Rockefeller Center for Latin American  
SPEAKER(S)  Erica Simmons, doctoral student at University of Chicago
CONTACT INFO  Sophie Jampel: sjampel at fas.harvard.edu
LINK  http://www.drclas.harvard.edu/events/Tuesday_Seminar_spring11_Simmons


Behavioral and Psychosocial Issues Related to Suicide, Accidental  
Death, and Violence Among Army Soldiers
WHEN  Tue., Apr. 19, 2011, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard School of Public Health
677 Huntington Avenue, Kresge, G2
Boston, MA 02115
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Health Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard Injury Control Research Center Seminar
SPEAKER(S)  Michael R. Bell, associate director, Occupational Medicine  
Residency Program,
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
CONTACT INFO  RSVP online at www.hsph.harvard.edu…
NOTE  Open to the public.
Refreshments will be provided.
LINK  http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/research/hicrc/seminar-series/


The Communication Crises and the Evolution of Personal and Cultural  
Greg Elliott, MIT Media Lab Researcher & Hugo Van Vuuren, Berkman  
Fellow / GSD
Tuesday, April 19, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar (ashar at cyber.law.harvard.edu 
This event will be webcast live (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast 
) at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after.

Respected newspapers (NYT) and bloggers (Swissmiss) agree: we have a  
full-scale "communication crisis" on our hands - “Too many channels.  
Too many messages. Too much noise. Too much guilt." Otherwise  
meaningful conversations and valuable data points are spread  
incoherently across various platforms, making it difficult to manage  
this data. Barriers exist between generations, industries and  
culture.  Large corporations are developing technologies to help  
bridge these differences but behind every technology problem is a  
human problem.

In response to this, we built Protocol to help users - particularly  
multi-channel high-frequency communicators - communicate their  
personal communication preferences. Protocol also doubles as an  
interesting data gathering device to study the evolving behavior and  
new technology use.Interested parties can sign up for access at www.protocol.by

Many people already explain in great detail how they want to be  
contacted and what they will respond to, e.g. Tim Berners-Lee, Swiss  
Miss, LowerCase LLC, and danah boyd.

As our communication channels increase in number and function, how  
will formerly society-wide notions of culture and protocol evolve to a  
personal and group level?  Methods and tools are emerging from  
academia and industry.  How do you solve this problem?

About Hugo
Hugo is a Berkman Fellow and student at the Harvard Graduate School of  
Design. Previously he helped launch The Laboratory at Harvard whilst  
completing a fellowship at The Harvard School of Engineering and  
Applied Sciences.

Born and raised in South Africa, Hugo graduated from Harvard College  
with a degree in Economics and studied in Germany and Africa.  
Previously he worked for Apple, co-founded MenSpeakUp, started Y  
Combinator startups in Cambridge and Silicon Valley, and later  
directed Artscience Labs initiatives in Paris and Boston.

He was selected as a 2009 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, a TED2010  
Fellow, and, with his Lebone co-founders, won the 2009 Popular  
Mechanics Breakthrough Award for an off-grid dirt-powered battery  

About Greg

Greg is currently pursuing a master's degree here at the MIT Media Lab  
in Information Ecology, focusing on interface and device design for  
healthcare and environmental impact.

In industry, he has worked with all sorts of companies, from the big  
guys like Dell, The BBC, and Steelcase to the counter culture  
innovators like Thunderdog Studios, Behance and Obsessable.

He previously completed an M.S. from ACE (Arts Computation Engineering  
interdisciplinary program) in the Informatics & Computer Science  
department at UCI. I worked with Simon Penny, Paul Dourish, Bill  
Tomlinson, and David Kirsh.

Several lifetimes ago, I received a B.S. in Cognitive Science and  
Computation (a combination of Computer Science, Nueroscience and  
Psychology) working with David Kirsh, Jeff Elman, Rik Belew at UCSD..


Propaganda and Conflict: Theory and Evidence From the Rwandan Genocide

WHEN  Tue., Apr. 19, 2011, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  CGIS Knafel Building
1737 Cambridge St.
Bowie-Vernon Room (K262)
CONTACT NAME  Stephanie Simmons Zuilkowski
CONTACT EMAIL  sls418 at mail.harvard.edu
CONTACT PHONE  617-460-1930
NOTE  David Yanagizawa-Drott, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, HKS
Abstract:  This paper investigates the impact of propaganda on  
participation in violent conflict. I examine the effects of the  
infamous "hate radio" station Radio RTLM that called for the  
extermination of the Tutsi ethnic minority population before and  
during the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. I develop a model of participation in  
ethnic violence where radio broadcasts a noisy public signal about the  
value of violence. I then test the model's predictions using a nation- 
wide village-level dataset on radio coverage and prosecutions for  
genocide violence. To identify causal effects, I exploit arguably  
exogenous variation in radio coverage generated by hills in the line- 
of-sight between radio transmitters and villages. Consistent with the  
model under strategic complements in violence, I find that Radio RTLM  
increased participation in violence, that the effects were decreasing  
in ethnic polarization, highly non-linear in radio coverage, and  
decreasing in literacy rates. Finally, the estimated effects are  
substantial. Complete village radio coverage increased violence by 65  
to 77 percent, and a simple counter-factual calculation suggests that  
approximately 9 percent of the genocide, corresponding to at least 45  
000 Tutsi deaths, can be explained by the radio station.


Japan's Economy and the World: Post-Quake Reconstruction Prospects and  
WHEN  Tue., Apr. 19, 2011, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Business, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Ash Center for Democratic Governance and  
SPEAKER(S)  Hiroshi Nakaso, assistant governor, Bank of Japan
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Bruce Jackan: 617.495.7548, bruce_jackan at hks.harvard.edu
NOTE  Amidst Japan’s tragic situation in the aftermath of the huge  
earthquakes and tsunamis of March 11th, policymakers and scholars are  
working on resuscitation strategies for the Japanese economy. Hiroshi  
Nakaso will address a Harvard audience concerning challenges and  
prospects of post-quake Japan’s economy after attending the IMF-World  
Bank annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Nakaso works extensively,  
along with his colleagues both at home and abroad, serving as chairman  
of G20 Study Group on Commodities and member of G20 Finance and  
Central Bank Deputies Meeting.
LINK  http://ash.harvard.edu/Home/News-Events/Events/Japan-s-Economy-and-the-World-Post-Quake-Reconstruction-Prospects-and-Challenges


Girls' Rights in Conflict: Challenges & Opportunities for Empowerment  
through Education: Iraq, Lebanon & Afghanistan

WHEN  Tue., Apr. 19, 2011, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Bell Hall
Belfer Building, Floor 5
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Education, Ethics, Humanities, Law, Lecture,  
Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
SPEAKER(S)  Shoubo Rasheed Jalal, Tueni Fellow, Carr Center for Human  
Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Zeena Zakharia, Tueni Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights  
Policy,Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Catherine Rielly, political economist and president of Rubia, Inc.

Moderated by:  Jacqueline Bhabha,  Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law,  
Harvard Law School
Director of Research at the FXB Center, Harvard School of Public Health
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK http://www.hks.harvard.edu/cchrp/events/2011/month04/GirlsRights_19.php


Lunch Seminar — Extended Producer Responsibility in the United  
States: Full Speed Ahead?

WHEN  Wed., Apr. 20, 2011, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor, Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy  
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Business, Environmental Sciences, Lecture,  
Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government
SPEAKER(S)  Jennifer Nash, executive director, Regulatory Policy  
Program, Harvard Kennedy School
CONTACT INFO  RSVP: MRCBG at ksg.harvard.edu
NOTE  Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a policy approach that  
requires producers to assume physical and financial responsibility for  
their products when consumers are ready to discard them. This research  
considers the factors that are driving the EPR movement in the United  
States; what these state laws require of manufacturers, retailers,  
consumers, and governments; the performance of collection and  
recycling systems to date; and likely next steps for this policy trend.


PON Brown Bag Lunch Series Presents: "The Dynamics of Nonviolent  
Power: Egypt, Tunisia and Beyond"

WHEN  Wed., Apr. 20, 2011, 12 p.m.
WHERE  Pound Hall, Room 108, Harvard Law School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Humanities, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  Hardy Merriman, senior adviser at the International Center  
on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC)
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  swhitman at law.harvard.edu
NOTE  What makes nonviolent, civilian-based movements effective? What  
are the skills and strategic choices that can make the difference  
between success and failure for these movements?
Bring your lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided.
LINK  http://www.pon.harvard.edu/daily/nonviolent_power/


Harvard/Cambridge Walk for Peace
WHEN  Wed., Apr. 20, 2011, 12 – 12:20 p.m.
WHERE  John Harvard Statue
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Ethics, Social Sciences, Special Events,  
Support/Social, Working at Harvard
NOTE  Nearly 10 years of war. Thousands of American lives, hundreds of  
thousands of Iraqi and Afghani lives, trillions of dollars. Come  
remember, mourn, and protest.


Decentralizing Discrimination: Democracy and the Thousand Little  
Horrors that are Tolerated in its Maintenance
WHEN  Wed., Apr. 20, 2011, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  124 Mount Auburn, Suite 200-North
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Ash Center for Democratic Governance and  
SPEAKER(S)  Christian Davenport, University of Notre Dame
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Bruce Jackan: 617.495.7548, bruce_jackan at hks.harvard.edu
NOTE  Most researchers have identified that political democracies are  
generally less repressive in their treatment of those under their rule  
relative to autocracies. This finding is robust across time, space,  
measurement, and methodological technique. What this work has missed,  
however, is how various forms of discrimination are perpetuated within  
democracies but in a different manner—they take place on a local  
level and are prevented from creating a "master" cleavage. When  
activities begin to aggregate these are framed in the only legitimate  
way that democracies can repress with the support of the citizenry:  
for example, in defense of the polity from politically threatening  
behavior. What this work also misses is the externalization (or  
exporting) of coercion from democracies to other locales in an effort  
to avoid domestic scrutiny. This seminar will lay out this argument  
and provide evidence from the United States, India, and Northern  
LINK  http://ash.harvard.edu/Home/News-Events/Events2/Decentralizing-Discrimination


Biodiversity, Ecology, & Global Change: "Fungal Diversity, Global  
Change, and Ecosystems"
April 20, 2011 - 5:00pm
Contact Name:  Lisa Matthews
lisa_matthews at harvard.edu
Biolabs Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Ave, Cambridge

Kathleen Treseder
Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of  
California, Irvine
"Fungal Diversity, Global Change, and Ecosystems"

We are investigating the role of fungi in mediating ecosystem  
responses to global change. Specifically, we tested for changes in the  
community composition and function of fungi under global warming, and  
examined potential consequences for the release of greenhouse gases  
from the soil. Our goal was to determine whether fungi might form  
positive or negative feedbacks on global warming. Our studies were  
conducted in boreal soils in Alaska, where a significant portion of  
the Earth’s carbon is stored. We used quantitative PCR and DNA  
sequencing to characterize shifts in the abundance and diversity of  
fungi, and we found that fungal abundance declined while fungal  
diversity increased. In addition, soil CO2 efflux slowed. In a  
concurrent study, we applied nucleotide analog labeling to identify  
fungal taxa that targeted specific forms of organic compounds in the  
soil. Fungal taxa that targeted lignocellulose, a recalcitrant  
compound, also tended to increase under warming. To examine rates of  
uptake of organic compounds by fungi, we used nanotechnological  
“quantum dots” to visually track movements of (labile) glycine and  
(recalcitrant) chitosan through the soil and into arbuscular  
mycorrhizal and ectomycorrhizal fungi in our field sites. We observed  
that ecosystem-level uptake rates of glycine as well as chitosan  
declined as nitrogen availability increased. Since warming also tends  
to increase nitrogen availability, it is possible that the use of  
recalcitrant organic nitrogen by mycorrhizal fungi may decrease as a  
result. Overall, our findings suggest that in the short term, fungi  
may form a negative feedback on global warming owing to their decrease  
in abundance, respiration, and use of recalcitrant organic nitrogen.  
Over the longer term, however, changes in the fungal community might  
lead to proliferation of fungal taxa that target lignocellulose, which  
could ultimately reduce soil carbon storage.


A Brief History of the Spectre of the Internet and the Death of Writing

WHEN  Wed., Apr. 20, 2011, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Geological Lecture Hall
24 Oxford St.
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Humanities, Information Technology, Lecture,  
Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
SPEAKER(S)  Matthew Battles, author, "Library: An Unquiet History"
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  617.496.1027
NOTE  Reception follows at the Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave.
LINK  http://www.peabody.harvard.edu/node/683


Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyberscholar Working Group at the Berkman Center for  
Internet & Society
Wednesday, April 20, 6:00PM
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St. 2nd Floor
RSVP to Amar Ashar (ashar at cyber.law.harvard.edu)

The "Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyberscholar Working Group" is a forum for  
fellows and affiliates of the Comparative Media Studies Program at  
MIT,  Yale Law School Information Society Project, and the Berkman  
Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University to discuss their  
ongoing research.

This month's presenters will include:

Acting in the networked public sphere: the Obama campaign’s strategic  
use of new media to shape narratives of the 2008 presidential race
Daniel Kreiss, Yale Information Society Project

While many scholars provide analytical accounts of the "networked  
public sphere" (Benkler, 2006), outside of a few case studies (Karpf,  
2010) little is known about how campaigns act within it to drive media  
narratives of electoral politics.  As a number of scholars have  
documented, sociotechnical changes over the last decade have resulted  
in professional media outlets, civil society organizations,  
governmental actors, political blogs, campaigns, and citizens  
interacting to an unprecedented extent to produce political culture.   
Building from recent work that analyzes how these actors produce  
"political information cycles" (Chadwick, forthcoming) shaped by the  
particularities of "networked news ecosystems" (Anderson, 2010), this  
paper provides an in-depth look at the new media messaging practices  
of the Obama campaign.  Through interviews with much of the campaign's  
New Media Division, this paper details what staffers valued in the  
networked public sphere, the interaction of actors within it, and the  
sociotechnical dynamics on new media sites and within ecosystems that  
helped shape what content gets attention.  I show how the campaign,  
much like its predecessors, defined 'winning the day' in terms of  
professional broadcast media values and audiences.  The paper also  
shows how the campaign leveraged platforms such as YouTube and sites  
in the progressive "netroots" for the at times surreptitious  
circulation of content attacking other candidates.  As such, the paper  
reveals how new media offer new venues for campaigns to disseminate  
strategic, and often anonymous, political communication.

Daniel Kreiss is a Postdoctoral Associate in Law and Fellow of the  
Information Society Project at Yale Law School. He is currently  
working on a book titled Taking Our Country Back: The Crafting of  
Networked Politics from Howard Dean to Barack Obama (Oxford University  
Press, 2012). The book tells the history of new media and Democratic  
politics over the last decade and reveals how a group of young  
internet staffers came together on the Dean campaign, created  
innovations in online electoral politics, and helped bring about a  
number of subsequent victories, including Obama's historic bid for the  
presidency.  Daniel received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication from  
Stanford University and a B.A. in Political Science from Bates  
College.  Daniel will be an Assistant Professor in the School of  
Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina  
at Chapel Hill beginning the 2011-2012 academic year.

= = =

Online News and the Red Queen: Power Laws, Traffic Churn, and Why  
Saving Journalism Is Harder Than We Think
Matthew Hindman, George Washington University & Berkman Center Faculty  

Though it is now common to assert that online audiences follow a  
(rough) power law distribution, myriad processes--with very different  
implications--can produce power laws.  Using a new data source with  
years of daily traffic data for thousands of sites, I shed new light  
on how these power law patterns are produced in Web traffic.  I show  
that (1) the largest sites are far more stable over every time scale  
than smaller sites, and that (2) site traffic volatility grows in a  
regular, exponential fashion as sites get smaller.  This pattern is a  
general property of Web traffic at nearly every level.

Simulations demonstrate that this statistically regular pattern in  
traffic churn--by itself--is enough to produce and maintain a power  
law. Even if sites start with equal traffic, a power law quickly  
emerges. Moreover, there is as necessary relationship between the  
traffic variance sites have, and the slope of that power law.

These findings show the future of journalism in a very different  
light. While the structure of the online news audience is stable, all  
but the largest sites face an uncertain future.   The volatility of  
small sites is especially consequential for Web-native local news  
organizations, which have an extraordinarily high death rate and few-- 
arguably zero--obvious success stories. I argue that the central  
problem facing digital news organizations is not lower per-reader  
revenue but radically more variable revenue, and that successful  
national online-only news sources demonstrate classic institutional  
responses to unpredictable revenue streams.

Matthew Hindman is a faculty associate at the Berkman Center and an  
assistant professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at the  
George Washington University.  His book The Myth of Digital Democracy  
(Princeton Press, 2009) won the Goldsmith Prize and the Donald  
McGannon Award.  His current book project is on the political economy  
of the online public sphere.

= = =

Best of Both Worlds: Issues of Structure and Agency in Computational  
Creation, In and Out of School
Karen Brennan, MIT Media Lab

Hundreds of thousands of young people have created more than 1.7  
million interactive digital media projects with Scratch and shared  
those projects with others through the Scratch online community. How  
can we make the best computational creation experiences that take  
place in this learning environment, which is characterized by low  
structure and high learner agency, accessible to more young people in  
learning environments like schools, which are often characterized by  
high structure and less learner agency? In this talk, I will describe  
how the online community and school contexts enable – or do not  
enable – young people to develop as computational creators, and what  
these contexts have to offer each other.

Karen Brennan is a PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab, a member of the  
Scratch Team, and leads the ScratchEd project. She studies the ways in  
which learning communities support computational creators.


'Seeing Like a Citizen': Power, Participation and Strategies for  
Citizen Engagement
WHEN  Thu., Apr. 21, 2011, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  124 Mount Auburn, Suite 200-North
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Ash Center for Democratic Governance and  
SPEAKER(S)  John Gaventa, Institute of Development Studies, University  
of Sussex
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO  Bruce Jackan: 617.495.7548, bruce_jackan at hks.harvard.edu
NOTE  A light lunch will be served.
Please RSVP to jesse_ledin at hks.harvard.edu.
In this seminar, John Gaventa will share his more recent approaches to  
understanding power, and discuss their implications for civic  
engagement (www.powercube.net). To illustrate his arguments, Gaventa  
will draw upon recent work of the Development Research Center on  
Citizenship, Participation and Accountability, a 10-year research  
program on how citizens mobilize to claim their rights.
LINK  http://ash.harvard.edu/ash/Home/News-Events/Events/Democracy-Seminar/Seeing-like-a-Citizen-Power-Participation-and-Strategies-for-Citizen-Engagement


Faculty panel: "Water & Health: A Global Perspective"
April 21, 2011 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm
HSPH Kresge G-3 Boston, MA

Water: It covers more than 2/3 of the Earth and we need it to survive.  
This Earth Day, join us for an engaging panel discussion featuring  
three HSPH Professors, John Briscoe, James Shine, and Elsie  
Sunderland, who will be speaking on the importance of a healthy,  
sustainable water supply in international public health efforts. They  
will discuss their own research, as well as answer more general  
questions about the fate of our water and implications for public  
health. Earth-friendly snacks will be served at 12:30pm, and the panel  
will begin at 12:45pm.
This faculty panel is sponsored by the HSPH EcoOpportunity Team:www.hsph.harvard.edu/ecoopportunity


Teaching for Social Transformation: Approaches to Human Rights  
Education in India, Lebanon, and Turkey
WHEN  Thu., Apr. 21, 2011, 2:15 – 4 p.m.
TYPE OF EVENT  Discussion, Panel
CONTACT NAME  Andrew Conning
CONTACT EMAIL  asc349 at mail.harvard.edu
CONTACT PHONE  617-794-1664
SPONSORING ORGANIZATION/DEPARTMENT  Civic and Moral Education Initiative
NOTE  A panel discussion with:
Monisha Bajaj, Assistant Professor of Education, Teachers College,  
Columbia University
Felisa Tibbitts, Executive Director, Human Rights Education Associates
Zeena Zakharia, Tueni Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy,  
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Moderator: Helen Haste, Visiting Professor, Harvard Graduate School of  
Presenters will critically explore the “empowerment model” of human  
rights education – both conceptually and in practice. Examples from  
the formal and nonformal learning sectors in India, Lebanon and Turkey  
will be used to investigate program variations and evidence of  
outcomes within these national contexts.
This event is free and open to the public.
LINK  http://cmei-harvard.ning.com/events/teaching-for-social


April 21
4:00–6:00 pm
How the Hippies Saved Physics
David Kaiser, Associate Professor, Program in Science, Technology, and  
Society, MIT and Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics, MIT



The Impact of Concurrent Shocks and the Ban on Opium on Stability in  
Helmand and Nangarhar
WHEN  Thu., Apr. 21, 2011, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Carr Center Conference Room
Rubenstein Building, Floor 2, Room 219
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Education, Ethics, Humanities, Law, Lecture,  
Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
State Building & Human Rights in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
SPEAKER(S)  David Mansfield, Carr Center Fellow, longtime field  
researcher at the forefront of policy development in drugs and  
development in Afghanistan
COST  Free and open to the public
LINK  http://www.hks.harvard.edu/cchrp/sbhrap/events/2011/month04/PSS_21.php


Workshop: "Energy and Environment: A Global History"
April 22, 2011 - 12:00pm - 6:30pm
Contact Name:  Philipp Lehmann
plehmann at fas.harvard.edu
HUCE 24 Oxford Street, 3rd Floor Cambridge
The workshop will consider energy history in a global perspective. It  
will present new research by graduate students from Harvard and MIT,  
and will conclude with a roundtable session of faculty from both  
institutions. The workshop is the first in a series of events hosted  
by theEnergy History Project, an initiative that explores the ways in  
which the historical study of energy use and its transformations can  
contribute to the understanding of economic, social, and environmental  

Participants will include David Blackbourn, Alison Frank, Richard  
Hornbeck, Ian Miller, Harriet Ritvo and Emma Rothschild.

If you would like to attend the workshop and access the pre-circulated  
papers, please RSVP to Philipp Lehmann at plehmann at fas.harvard.edu.


Soldiering: The Afterlife of a Modern Experience

WHEN  Fri., Apr. 22 – Sat., Apr. 23, 2011
WHERE  Barker Center, Thompson Room
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Conferences, Humanities, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Humanities Center at Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  James Der Derian, Sharon Ghamari-Tabrizi, Elaine Scarry,  
Steven Caton and many others
LINK  http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=soldieringconference


CID Graduate Speaker Series: Breaking the Poverty Cycle
WHEN  Fri., Apr. 22, 2011, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Rubenstein Building, Perkins Room 4th Floor, 79 JFK Street,  
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  David Rockefeller Center for Latin American  
SPEAKER(S)  Susan Pick, professor in the faculty of psychology at the  
National University of Mexico, and founder and president of the  
Mexican Institute of Family and Population Research (IMIFAP)
CONTACT INFO  Jennifer Gala: jennifer_gala at harvard.edu
LINK  http://www.drclas.harvard.edu/events/Spring11_CID_April22




Boston University Dining Services with the New England Aquarium is  
hosting the event, Sustainable Seafood, on 6 pm, Thursday April  
21st .  We will be showing the documentary, The End of the Line, and  
following there will be a panel discussion with local experts,  
moderated by BU professor in Marine Biology, Les Kaufman.  We invite  
you to come and enjoy the film, discussion, and refreshments.  The  
event is free and open to the public.  Please see the attached flyer  
for more information.
The address of the event is 775 Commonwealth in Boston, second floor  
GSU.  Limited parking is available on the street as well as a pay lot  
at 665 Commonwealth.  We are also reachable on the Green B line, BU  
Central stop.

Panel members:
Moderated by Les Kaufman, BU Professor of Marine Biology
Jen Goldstein, Wild Fisheries Specialist, New England Aquarium
Katy Hladki, Aquaculture Specialist, New England Aquarium
Niaz Dorry, Coordinating Director of Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance

Les Kaufman, BU Professor of Marine Biology
Professor Kaufman is faculty in the Boston University Marine Program,  
is Senior Marine Scientist with Conservation International, and  
Research Scholar at The New England Aquarium.  He is an expert on  
fisheries and coral reef ecology.  Les was full-time NEAq staff for 11  
years, during which he helped found the Aquarium's Conservation  
Program and led the Education, Exhibit Development, and Research  
departments in turn.  Les does basic research on rapid evolution in  
East African and coral reef fishes, and environmental research on the  
dynamics and sustainability of coastal ecosystems.  He is the author  
of more than 100 scientific papers, several books (both "adult" and  
children's), does collaborative research with our regional fishermen  
on their vessels, and is an avid naturalist and fisherman himself.  He  
attended Johns Hopkins University, probably for too long (undergrad,  
grad, research faculty), where he worked on Maryland's forests,  
striped bass and many other species in the Chesapeake Bay. His current  
research and conservation projects take him out onto Stellwagen Bank,  
and to coral reefs in Florida, Jamaica, Brazil, Belize, Panama, Fiji,  
and the central Pacific- the last as part of the Aquarium's research  
and conservation work in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, Nation of  

Jennifer Goldstein, M.S. Wild Fisheries Specialist
Jennifer has been a member of the Sustainable Seafood Programs team  
since 2008, where she researches wild-capture fisheries for  
environmental responsibility and develops recommendations for  
corporate partners. Jennifer began working on fishery related issues  
with a focus on tuna and large pelagics in 1994. Working closely with  
fishermen and industry, she continued her graduate work on tuna  
looking at issues pertaining to reproduction, migration and seasonal  
abundance of bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Maine. While maintaining a  
focus on large pelagics, Jennifer’s work has broadened to include a  
number of different species and fisheries.

Katherine Hladki, M.A., Aquaculture Specialist
Katy joined the Sustainable Seafood Programs team in 2008 and is  
responsible for researching and developing reports related to  
aquaculture for our corporate clients. Katy works primarily on issues  
surrounding farmed salmon by engaging producers and suppliers to  
improve operations, conducting site visits, and participating in the  
Farmed Salmon Aquaculture Dialogue. She participates in dialogues and  
public comment periods particularly for Pangasius and farmed bivalve  
species. Katy is one of the technical staff leads for education and  
outreach, developing recommendations for the New England Aquarium’s  
Celebrate Seafood outreach programs.

Niaz Dorry
Niaz is the director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, a  
regional organization working with ecologically minded fishermen on  
policies and market transformation strategies. She and her dog,  
Hailey, live in Gloucester, Massahcusetts - the oldest settled fishing  
port in the US. A survivor of Hurricane Katrina, Hailey is Niaz' daily  
reminder of all the fishing communities that are yet to be rebuilt  
since the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and  
other human-induced disasters that have destroyed traditional fishing  
communities while making our coastlines vulnerable to  
industrialization. Niaz began working with small-scale, traditional,  
and indigenous fishing communities in the US and from around the globe  
as a Greenpeace oceans and fisheries campaigner. After leaving  
Greenpeace, she went on working on advancing the rights and ecological  
benefits of the community-based fishermen as a means of protecting  
global marine biodiversity. Time Magazine named Niaz as a Hero For The  
Planet for this work. Her fisheries articles appear regularly in  
Fishermen's Voice and SAMUDRA as well as a range of random  
publications. Niaz' work and approach have been noted in a number of  
books including Against the Tide, Deeper Shade of Green, The Spirit's  
Terrain, Vanishing Species, The Great Gulf, Swimming in Circles, A  
Troublemaker's Teaparty and The Doryman's Reflection. She is a  
graduate of the Rockwood Leadership Program’s Leading From Inside Out  
as well as Art of Leadership trainings. Before joining NAMA in 2008,  
she served as the COO Chief of the Healthy Building Network.

We hope to see you there!

Sabrina Pashtan
Sustainability Coordinator
Boston University Dining Services
775 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Phone:  (617) 358-5551
Fax: (617)353-3862
harpers at bu.edu



Friday, April 22, 2011, Pardee Center
Peter O’Connor, Boston University
Rania Ghosn, Boston University
Adil Najam and Cutler Cleveland, Boston University

4th Floor of the BU School of Management (Hariri Building, 595  
Commonwealth Avenue) at Rm 424 from 10.00AM to 12.30PM.
Please RSVP at pardee at bu.edu




Going "Green" - Green Chemistry and Neglected Disease Discovery:  
Making Molecules with a Conscience
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Alumni Center
716 Columbus Avenue, 6th Floor
Boston, MA

Michael Pollastri, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and  
Chemical Biology, College of Science

As a science, chemistry is a red flag for many people, who frequently  
associate chemistry with "toxic" or "dangerous." However, chemistry  
plays a significant role in our daily lives by improving materials,  
enhancing drugs and medications, and discovering renewable energy  
technologies. Professor Michael Pollastri will discuss how many  
scientists have adopted green chemistry to encourage research and  
practices in a pharmaceutical research environment, with a focus on  
neglected disease drug discovery.

Also, meet Dr. J. Murray Gibson, Dean of the College of Science.

» Register online now at https://northeastern.ealumni.com/default.aspx?Page=EVNTEventDetail&EventID=212 

Professor Michael Pollastri earned his bachelor’s degree from the  
College of the Holy Cross, a master’s degree from Duke University,  
and his PhD at Brown University. He joined Pfizer Global Research &  
Development in Groton, CT as a medicinal chemist in 1998, and moved to  
the Pfizer-Cambridge site in 2003, where he worked in hit-to-lead  
medicinal chemistry for gene-family-based medicinal chemistry  
programs. In 2005 he became the Head of Chemical Technologies at the  
Cambridge site, where he led global research programs investigating  
new chemical technologies, including green chemistry. Dr. Pollastri  
moved to Boston University in 2007 to establish the BU Center for  
Molecular Discovery, and in 2009, he accepted a position as Associate  
Professor at Northeastern University. The primary focus of his current  
research is in neglected tropical diseases, such as African sleeping  
sickness and Chagas disease. Professor Pollastri has authored and co- 
authored various publications, which includes: Overview on Lipinski's  
Rule of Five; Identification and Characterization of Kava-derived  
Compounds Mediating TNF-α Suppression"; and "Development of continuous  
flow synthesis for production of compounds for medicinal chemistry."




Infrastructure Forum

Thursday, April 21, 2011 from 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM (ET)
Boston, MA
Watson Auditorium
Wentworth Institute of Technology
550 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

The symposium will highlight the issues that are constantly confronted  
by policy makers, engineers, designers, and constructors. The  
panelists will share perspectives on project scheduling issues and  
budgetary and regulatory constraints, and discuss new efficient  
approaches to improve the delivery of public projects. These  
approaches may be applicable to privately financed projects as well.

Former Governor Michael S. Dukakis will be the honored guest, and  
Congressman Stephen Lynch will provide the keynote address.





Discussion/Signing- Martin A. Nowak: SuperCooperators
Harvard COOP, Harvard Square
Details:  Monday, Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm

Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed

Martin Nowak, one of the world's experts on evolution and game theory,  
working here with bestselling science writer Roger Highfield, turns an  
important aspect of evolutionary theory on its head to explain why  
cooperation, not competition, has always been the key to the evolution  
of complexity. He offers a new explanation for the origin of life and  
a new theory for the origins of language, biology's second greatest  
information revolution after the emergence of genes.


GreenPort Forum

Street Trees in Cambridgeport
With David Lefcourt, City Arborist, Ellen Coppinger, DPW Landscape  
Administrator, and Carolyn Shipley from the Cambridgeport Neighborhood  
Please join us for a neighborhood discussion on street trees and  
plantings in Cambridgeport. How do street trees contribute to  
sustainability? What is the city’s approach to planning for trees in  
our neighborhood? How can neighbors help take responsibility for  
maintaining and improving street trees, and help in identifying areas  
that could benefit from more planting, or better care? This is your  
chance to learn from the experts, and ask questions of the leaders in  
street tree planning and implementation in Cambridge as a whole, and  
more specifically in Cambridgeport.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Cambridgeport Baptist Church, 459 Putnam Av, Cambrige (corner of  
Magazine St. and Putnam Av)

GreenPort envisions and encourages a just and sustainable  
Cambridgeport neighborhood
For more information, contact Steve Morr-Wineman at swineman at gis.net

For more information on street trees, see these links, courtesy of  
Carolyn Shipley:

Recommended city trees:  http://www.arborday.org/Shopping/Trees/Treelist.cfm?Categories=6

Trees and tree care: http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/uf/plant_trees/planting_trees.htm

Link to state law that the city uses as a guideline.  http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXIV/Chapter87
If you want to have the city plant a tree on your front lawn:


Showing Thursday, April 21, in Cambridge: [please download &  
distribute flyer <http://rule19.org/download-film/film-110421-gasland.pdf 


Tension begins when Josh Fox researches a letter he receives at his  
rural PA farmhouse, inviting him to sell his land for $100,000 and  
permission to mine natural gas. His neighbors tell him horror stories  
about water contamination due to hydraulic fracturing.

Fox tours other states where the process has already contaminated  
myriad underground wells, His continuing investigation ties this  
unchecked chemical process to Dick Cheney's Halliburton activity and  
bills covertly passed during the Bush administration [and sustained  
under Obama].

*Gasland* sheds light on a practice that many American citizens have  
assumed is benign. This is grassroots documentary filmmaking at its  
finest. Gasland is edifying in the most entertaining and palatable  
way. --Trinie Dalton

"We've poured our poisons into the world as though it were a  
bottomless pit.. and we go on gobbling them up. It's hard to imagine  
how the world could survive another century of this abuse, but  
nobody's really doing anything about it. It's a problem our children  
will have to solve, or their children." ~Daniel Quinn, novelist  

"It is not the man who has little, but he who desires more, that is  
poor". ~Seneca, Roman statesman

NOTE: early bird short film at 6:40pm*

6:30 pm, doors open for refreshments, extra
*7pm, film starts promptly*
243 Broadway, Cambridge - corner of Broadway and Windsor,
entrance on Windsor
*rule19.org/videos <http://rule19.org/videos/>*

Please join us for a stimulating night out; bring your friends!
free film, free refreshments, & free door prizes.
[donations are accepted]

"/You can't legislate good will - that comes through education./" ~
Malcolm X

*UPandOUT film series - see rule19.org/videos <http://rule19.org/ 

Why should YOU care? It's YOUR money that pays for US/Israeli wars -  
on Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Palestine, So America, etc etc - for  
billionaire bailouts, for ever more ubiquitous US prisons, for the  
loss of liberty and civil rights...


Earth Day 2011 at the State House

Make Your Voice Heard on Earth Day
Thursday, April 21
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Educational Fair
12:30 pm- Lobby Training
1:00 pm- Lobby Visits

This year's event will feature both an educational tabling as well as  
lobby training.  We anticipate that more than 20 different  
environmental organizations from around the Great Boston Area will  
come out in support.  Sponsors for this event include Senator Marc  
Pacheco and Representative Frank Smizik.  Additionally, Michael  
Dukakis has graciously agreed to come speak at the event in support of  
1% for the Environment in the budget, an issue that should be a major  
concern to all residents of Massachusetts.  We encourage participants  
of all ages and walk to life to come join us in making our voices  
heard-whether it be Bottle Bill, E-Waste or Safer Alternatives.  
Participants are welcomed to interject their local issue as well! We  
hope to see you all there!! If you have any questions, please contact  
Phil at phil at mlev.org.

Supporting organizations: Sierra Club, Clean Water Action,  
Environmental League of Massachusetts, Mass Audubon, The Alliance for  
a Healthy Tomorrow, The Trustees of Reservations.

RSVP at https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dERkampkcno0aXh0SGUzODFCdDNFN3c6MQ


This Earth Day:

Three Great Violinists
Come Together to Beat Climate Change!

Mimi Rabson, Tara Bangalore, Beth Bahia Cohen

Friday, April 22 — 7:00 pm

Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston

Tickets Are Available Online.

Regular Admission: $20 — Buy Now From CCNow http://www.ccnow.com/cgi-local/sc_cart.cgi?77684198814129 
Student/Senior Admission: $15  — Buy Now From CCNow http://www.ccnow.com/cgi-local/sc_cart.cgi?77684198814129 

Advance Ticket Orders Are Accepted Until 3 pm on April 22.

Orders received after Tuesday, April 19 will be held at the door.

One of the most exciting concerts this year! Enjoy an evening of  
dazzling virtuosity, daring improvisation and exquisite melody as  
three great violinists from different world traditions join together  
to celebrate Earth Day while drawing attention to the global climate  
crisis. Featured artists include: the great South Indian violinist  
Tara Bangalore, Eastern European and Middle-Eastern perspectives from  
Beth Bahia Cohen and her ensemble, and the vibrant jazz-rock of the  
Mimi Rabson quartet.  The music begins at 7:00 pm, at Emmanuel Church,  
15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA. Tickets are $20; $15 students/seniors.  
All proceeds will go to the environmental organization www.350.org.   
For information, please call 781-396-0734 or go to the event website.

“Playing For The Planet: World Violins Against Climate Change” was  
conceived as a way for these creative musicians to contribute to the  
urgent struggle against global warming. Because the climate problem  
recognizes no national boundaries, the artists represent musical  
styles from three different parts of the globe. Rabson, Bangalore,  
Cohen and their accompanists may present different melodic and  
rhythmic concepts, but they share key musical values: listening,  
honesty, creativity, and respect. And, of course, all these artists  
are committed to raising awareness of the potentially devastating  
effects of global warming. Their choice of beneficiary, 350.org, is  
focused on building global consensus on reduction of atmospheric CO2  
levels — action which climatologists agree is necessary to avoid  
catastrophic outcomes. It’ll be an incredible evening of powerful  
music — from some of the finest musicians in New England and the  


Boston CyberArts Festival
April 22 - May 8


Museum of Science, Boston
Now through May 12 (except for April 19 - 21), the Museum is  
celebrating Neighborhood Days and offering free admission to view
RACE: Are We So Different? for residents of Boston, Cambridge,  
Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Revere, Somerville, and Quincy on Tuesday,  
Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons, from 2:30-4:30 p.m.




April 25: Fred Kirchenmann on Sustainable Agriculture

4pm, Sever Hall 113, Harvard Yard

Join farmer, agrarian philosopher, author, and sustainable food  
advocate Fred Kirchenmann for a lecture and discussion about the  
future of sustainable agriculture. Free and open to the public.


*Dorchester Common Security Club*
Intro Session Monday, April 25
First Parish Church in Dorchester
Intro Session Facilitated by Chuck Collins and Andrea Nagel

*Open to the entire community, not just UUs!  Join us to learn more  
and sign up!*
Click here for more info<http://commonsecurityclub.org/2011/03/18/april-25-dorchester-boston-introductory-session/ 
 >, or email Sarah at CommonSecurityClub.org

The Great Recession has reminded us of our vulnerabilities. Debt.  
Foreclosure. Unemployment and Anxious Employment. Evaporating Savings.  
Rising Costs. In response, communities are forming "Common Security  
Clubs" to build resilience and strengthen community ties.

*Common Security Clubs are small groups where individuals find  
connection, information, and avenues to a new kind of security ? one  
based on mutual aid and support.*

Sometimes called "Resilience Circles," clubs meet for six initial  
sessions to learn, support each other, and take action in order to  
create a new economy that serves everyone in harmony with the planet.  
Many clubs continue to meet.

Sarah Byrnes
Common Security Clubs Organizer
IPS New England
617.477.8630 x307


April 27: Maria Speck book talk (Ancient Grains for Modern Meals)
5:30pm, Emerson 210, Harvard Yard
Food writer Maria Speck’s passion for propelling Old World staples  
such as farro, barley, polenta, and wheat berries to the forefront of  
new American cooking is beautifully presented in Ancient Grains for  
Modern Meals. In this inspired and highly personal book, Maria Speck  
draws on food traditions from across the Mediterranean and northern  
Europe to reveal how versatile, satisfying, flavorful, and  
sophisticated whole grains can be.  Free and open to the public.


April 27 – “How to Organize a Common Security Club” Informational  

Please join us for an interactive online webinar about Common Security  
Clubs, an approach to building individual and community resilience  
during difficult economic times.

We’ll talk about how to start a club for your community or  
congregation, including:

	• finding an organizing partner
	• how to share the idea of a club with others
	• how to find a facilitator (if it’s not you)
	• some notes on the curriculum
Wednesday, April 27 at 7 PM EDT (4 PM Pacific)Register for the free  
webinar here:  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/976173790
You will receive a confirmation email after registering with  
information about how to join the webinar.

Before the webinar, please take a few moments to familiarize yourself  
with the Common Security Club six-session curriculum, which can be  
downloaded in Word or PDF format at these links:



Colleges of the Fenway Annual Muddy River Symposium

When: April 28, 2011, 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Wheelock College, Brookline Campus, 43 Hawes Street
Co-sponsored by
The Colleges of the Fenway Center for Sustainability and the Environment
The Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee (MMOC)
of the Muddy River Restoration Project

For information contact Michael Berger: 617.290.5984 or michael.berger at simmons.edu


Greetings Green Friends,

The Green Neighbors and the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc.

Mayday Spring Planting

May 1, from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Jamaica Pond, meet us by the Boathouse and Bandstand.

Come learn how you can prepare for the world food crisis by learning  
how to grow food at your house in the yard, on the porch and indoors.

Find out about Raised Bed Gardening from the Food Project

Get tips on Container Gardening from some BNAN volunteers

Check out more information from other friends

At the same time, join us to welcome springtime by trying Maypole  
dancing and watching the Maypole Dance Contest.

Enjoy the music

Make flags for Boston GreenFest 2011

Take walking tours of the area

The Food Project will have a workshop - A Garden of one's Own: a  
practical how-to about growing food.

The purpose of this workshop is to help aspiring gardeners  
successfully grow food in a small space. We'll talk about how to build  
a raised bed or use containers, as well as how to how to evaluate a  
site, what grows well in a small space, timing and spacing.

You must register in advance for this class by sending email to the  
address below.

For more information

To sign up for the Maypole dance Contest

To register for the Food Project workshop

Or to volunteer

Contact Owen Toney at:  Otoney at comcast.net
(617) 427-6293

Saturday, May 21, 2011, join the Green Neighbors and the Foundation  
for a Green Future, Inc. for a Green Entrepreneur Small Business Forum  
at the Second Church in Dorchester, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Stay tuned In¡
Owen Toney

Green Neighbors Education Committee


Save the date: 150th Barnraising!
Sunday, May 1, 9:30 am - 2 pm
Boston Community Boathouse

Technically it is in Boston, but you can see it from our side of the  
river! Our next event will be at the Boston Community Boathouse.   
Check out the beautiful view from its dock, and help this nonprofit  
that offers so much to the Boston and Cambridge communities.

This will be our 150th building that we have worked on (either on our  
own or with another barnraising group).  Come sign up to volunteer at


Save some money? Spare some money?Have you put the skills learned at a  
HEET event to good use? Have you saved money by doing so? It would be  
great if you could help “pay it forward” with even a small gift to  
HEET at http://newgenerationenergy.org/node/130

Matching Grant:
Right now we have a matching grant - for every one dollar you donate,  
we’ll make another from a generous donor. The deadline for the  
matching grant is fast approaching (the end of April), so please take  
a few moments to donate today!

Matching Donations:
Many corporations and businesses have a matching grants program and  
will give grants to
organizations their employees support or volunteer for. Please help us  
to sustain our work by asking your employer if they have a similar  


Collective Intelligence: What is it? How can we measure it? And how  
can we increase it?

Monday, May 02, 2011 from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (ET)
Where: IBM Research, 1 Rogers St, Cambridge MA 02142
Free and open to the public with RSVP at http://tom-malone.eventbrite.com
Discounted parking at Galleria Mall, next to IBM. Bring parking ticket  
for validation.
Join us at the IBM Center for Social Software for a talk with
Tom Malone
founder of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence

- A Cambridge Science Festival Event (http://cambridgesciencefestival.org/Home.aspx 
) -
Collective Intelligence:  What is it?  How can we measure it?  And how  
can we increase it?
Tom’s talk will describe how the statistical techniques used to  
measure individual intelligence can be used to measure the "collective  
intelligence" of groups.  Just as with individuals, a single  
statistical factor can predict the performance of a group on a wide  
range of different tasks. Although this factor is weakly correlated  
with the individual intelligence of group members, it is strongly  
correlated with the social perceptiveness, conversational behavior,  
and gender of group members.

Tom will also discuss other work being done to increase collective  
intelligence by: (a) combining predictions from humans and computers,  
(b) mapping the "genome" of collective intelligence, and (c)  
harnessing ideas from thousands of people around the world for dealing  
with global climate change.

Thomas W. Malone is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at  
the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the  
MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. He was also the founding  
director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two  
founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on "Inventing the  
Organizations of the 21st Century". Professor Malone teaches classes  
on leadership and information technology, and his research focuses on  
how new organizations can be designed to take advantage of the  
possibilities provided by information technology.




Free Monthly Energy Analysis

CarbonSalon is a free service that every month can automatically track  
your energy use and compare it to your past energy use (while  
controlling for how cold the weather is).  You get a short friendly  
email that lets you know how you’re doing in your work to save energy.



Boston Food System

"The Boston Food System [listserv] provides a forum to post  
announcements of events, employment opportunities, internships,  
programs, lectures, and other activities as well as related articles  
or other publications of a non-commercial nature covering the area's  
food system - food, nutrition, farming, education, etc. - that take  
place or focus on or around Greater Boston (broadly delineated)."

The Boston area is one of the most active nationwide in terms of food  
system activities - projects, services, and events connected to food,  
farming, nutrition - and often connected to education, public health,  
environment, arts, social services and other arenas.   Hundreds of  
organizations and enterprises cover our area, but what is going on  
week-to-week is not always well publicized.

Hence, the new Boston Food System listserv, as the place to let  
everyone know about these activities.  Specifically:
Use of the BFS list will begin soon, once we get a decent base of  
subscribers.  Clarification of what is appropriate to announce and  
other posting guidelines will be provided as well.

It's easy to subscribe right now at https://elist.tufts.edu/wws/subscribe/bfs


Artisan Asylum  http://artisansasylum.com/

Sprout & Co:  Community Driven Investigations  http://thesprouts.org/studios

Greater Boston Solidarity Economy Mapping Project  http://www.transformationcentral.org/solidarity/mapping/mapping.html
a project by Wellesley College students that invites participation,  
contact jmatthaei at wellesley.edu


Links to events at 60 colleges and universities at Hubevents   http://hubevents.blogspot.com

Thanks to

Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the
Boston Area  http://fhapgood.fastmail.fm/site02.html

Boston Area Computer User Groups  http://www.bugc.org/











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