[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events
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My notes from three recent presentations on the Arab Spring are at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/05/13/975618/-Notes-on-the-Arab-Spring
Monday, May 30, 2011
This event occurs daily through June 7, 2011.
Location: 7-431, and in the corridors surrounding the Lobby 7 dome on
the fourth floor
A global design competition for the world's best thesis projects in
architecture, urban design and landscape architecture, including an
exhibit of all 300 entries and a series of design workshops for 100 of
the represented students.
Web site: http://www.archiprix.org/2011/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): School of Architecture and Planning
For more information, contact:
617 308 7386
adhooghe at mit.edu
Monday May 30, 2011 — 8pm at Middlesex Lounge
315 Mass Ave, Cambridge In Central Square
Boston Nerd Night: Psychopaths and Slot Machines
Featuring Nerd-appropriate tunes by Claude Money
Talk 1. “Free Money: The Art and Science of Beatable Slot Machines”
by Zach Alexander
Talk 2. “Stalking the Sasquatch; Or, Are There Psychopaths Among Us?”
by John Fennel
for more information about the speakers and the talks.
Communicating Trustworthiness - Drivers of Online Trust
Miriam Meckel, University of St. Gallen
Tuesday, May 31, 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 (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast
) live at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after.
User trust has been identified as a key success factor of online
business: A user's willingness to provide personal data is a
prerequisite for online transactions. Research has shown that this
willingness is based on the perceived trustworthiness of the
transaction partner. While antecedents of online trust have been
studied extensively from a marketing and information systems
perspective very little is known about the role of corporate
communication in online trust management. Our studies in this field
based on qualitative and quantitative analysis (indepth interviews and
standardized sampling) examine trust in online businesses
distinguished by industries and business models. We identify 9 core
drivers of online trust from a corporate communication's as well as
the user's perspective and differentiate the contribution of the
corporate communication function to these drivers. Communicating
trustworthiness is more than luck of the draw. It is based on an
approach of strategic communication based on premises that will become
increasingly important in digital life.
Miriam Meckel, PhD., holds a professorship for Corporate Communication
at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and is the Managing
Director of the Institute for Media and Communication Management
(since 2005). She is also an adviser for Public Affairs and Business
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Interdisciplinary Workshop on Information and Decision in Social
Speaker: Daron Acemoglu (MIT), Nicholas Christakis (Harvard), Martin
Nowak (Harvard), Sandy Pentland (MIT)
Recent technological and mathematical developments have opened the
possibility to considerably improve our understanding of how
information flows and decisions are made in large social networks. In
this workshop, we bring together researchers from different
communities working on information propagation and decision making in
social networks to investigate both rigorous models that highlight
capabilities and limitations of such networks as well as empirical and
simulations studies of how people exchange information, influence each
other, make decisions and develop social interactions.
This workshop is being organized by the Laboratory for Information and
Decision Systems. Pre-registration is required.
Web site: http://wids.lids.mit.edu/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): LIDS Events Calendar
For more information, contact:
jdonovan at mit.edu
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Innovation Series Event: Offshore Wind in New England: Lessons
Learned, The Way Forward
Speaker: Ian Bowles, former Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and
The north-east US is one of the world?s premier opportunities for
offshore wind energy ? a 1000 mile coastline with a wide continental
shelf on one side and major population centers on the other. Offshore
wind technology continues to advance, but Cape Wind?s experience in
developing the first major offshore site in the US has shown us that
the challenges to further development are political and social, as
well as economic.
What are the prospects and the challenges? Where do we go from here?
Web site: http://www.mitforumcambridge.org/events/june-innovation-series-event-on-the-the-future-of-offshore-wind-in-the-north-east/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free to students with a valid ID
Sponsor(s): MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge
For more information, contact:
entforumcambridge at mit.edu
Eli Pariser explains
The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store is very pleased to welcome former executive
director and current board president of MoveOn.org ELI PARISER as he
discusses his new book, The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding
In December 2009, Google began customizing its search results for each
user. Instead of giving you the most broadly popular result, Google
now tries to predict what you are most likely to click on. According
to Eli Pariser, Google's change in policy is symptomatic of the most
significant shift to take place on the Web in recent years—the rise of
personalization. In this investigation of the new hidden Web, Pariser
uncovers how this growing trend threatens to control how we consume
and share information as a society.
Though the phenomenon has gone largely undetected until now,
personalized filters are sweeping the Web, creating individual
universes of information for each of us. Facebook—the primary news
source for an increasing number of Americans—prioritizes the links it
believes will appeal to you so that if you are a liberal, you can
expect to see only progressive links. Even an old-media bastion like
The Washington Post devotes the top of its home page to a news feed
with the links your Facebook friends are sharing. Behind the scenes a
burgeoning industry of data companies is tracking your personal
information to sell to advertisers, from your political leanings to
the color you painted your living room to the hiking boots you just
browsed on Zappos.
In a personalized world, we will increasingly be typed and fed only
news that is pleasant, familiar, and confirms our beliefs—and because
these filters are invisible, we won't know what is being hidden from
us. Our past interests will determine what we are exposed to in the
future, leaving less room for the unexpected encounters that spark
creativity, innovation, and the democratic exchange of ideas.
info at harvard.com
(617) 661-1424 x1
rbcass at harvard.com
In a special Green Innovators in Business Network "Growing GIBN"
webinar on June 2 at 12pm ET, Farron Levy, founder and president of
True Impact, will join us to talk about his efforts to define measures
and develop tools to track the "Triple Bottom Line."
Farron will talk about how True Impact approaches the problem of
motivating and measuring beyond-compliance activities and demonstrate
an online tool they have developed. Together, we'll discuss
experiences with these issues and how these types of tools are helpful
for sharingbest practices and develop benchmarks.
Date: June 2, 2011
Time: 12pm ET
Register for the webinar online at: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=d3gf09raxycc
Dial-in at (760) 569-9000, code: 160031#
True Impact (http://www.trueimpact.com) provides web-based tools and
consulting services to help organizations quantify the social,
financial, and environmental return on investment (ROI) of their
corporate citizenship activities. True Impact's "triple bottom line"
evaluations have been adopted by Allstate, Deloitte, GE, Home Depot,
PNC Bank, and Verizon among others.
About Farron Levy
Farron Levy, founder and president of True Impact, was previously a
consultant with social auditing firm SmithOBrien and economic
consultancy Industrial Economics, Inc; and has served as an advisor to
City Year, New Profit, and CitySoft. He is on the faculty of Boston
College's Center for Corporate Citizenship, where he teaches
coursework on ROI evaluation. Farron earned an MPP from Harvard
University, and a BS with university honors from Carnegie Mellon
PechaKucha Boston 6/2 at 6:00pm
An event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work.
Drawing its name from the Japanese term for "chit chat", it rests on a
presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20
OBERON is located at 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge MA, 02138
Coming to Boston....
Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time
Join us at the Stuart Street Playhouse!
See the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made
about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental
legacy at the Stuart Street Playhouse in Boston! Green Fire shares
highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped
conservation and the modern environmental movement.
The film also illustrates Leopold's continuing influence, exploring
current projects that connect people and land at the local level. Meet
urban children in Chicago learning about local foods and ecological
restoration. Meet ranchers in Arizona and New Mexico who maintain
healthy landscapes by working on their own properties, and with their
neighbors, in cooperative community conservation efforts. Meet
wildlife biologists who are bringing threatened and endangered
species, from cranes to Mexican wolves, back to the landscapes where
they once thrived. Viewers will learn how Leopold's vision of a
community that cares about both people and land ties all of these
modern conservation stories together, and offers inspiration and
insight for the future.
DATE: Thursday, June 2, 2011
TIME: Doors open at 6:00pm; remarks and film begin at 6:30pm
LOCATION: Stuart Street Playhouse
ADDRESS: 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
TICKETS: Available through Brown Paper Tickets, $8 advance/$10 door
MORE INFORMATION: http://www.greenfiremovie.com
Discussion/Signing - John Quackenbush
The Human Genome: Book of Essential Knowledge (Curiosity Guides). The
DNA sequence that comprises the human genome--the genetic blueprint
found in each of our cells--is undoubtedly the greatest code ever to
be broken. Completed at the dawn of a new millennium, the feat
electrified both the scientific community and the general public with
its tantalizing promise of new and better treatments for countless
diseases, including Alzheimer's, cancer, diabetes, and Parkinson's.
Yet what is arguably the most important discovery of our time has also
opened a Pandora's box of questions about who we are as humans and how
the unique information stored in our genomes can and might be used,
making it all the more important for everyone to understand the new
science of genomics.
Time: 07:00 PM-08:00 PM
Location: Level 3
Recurrence: One Time Event
Place: Harvard Coop, Harvard Square
Friday, June 03, 2011
Sustainable Design at MIT: Active Owner Engagement Leads to High
Join this special Tech Reunions panel for an invigorating update about
new campus green buildings and the sustainable design strategies being
put into place. The panel will explore the critical role an active,
engaged building owner (in this case MIT) can have in shaping the
performance of the completed building and its energy efficiency.
Representing the lead designer's perspective:
Lynne Brooks, AIA, LEED, Principal, Bruner/Cott Architects and Planners
Representing the engineering designer's perspective: Edward D. Allen,
P.E., LEED AP, Vice President, van Zelm Engineers
and the owner's perspective:
Walt Henry, P.E. , Director, Systems Engineering Group, MIT Department
Moderated by Steve Lanou MCP '98, MIT's Deputy Director, Environmental
Alumni, students and MIT Community members not attending reunions are
welcome to attend, but seating is limited. Please email alumnienergy at mit.edu
if you'd like to register to attend.
Open to: the general public
Tickets: email alumnienergy at mit.edu
Sponsor(s): MIT Alumni Association
For more information, contact:
alumnienergy at mit.edu
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32nd ANNUAL CAMBRIDGE RIVER FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 4, 2011, 12:00 Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Rain or Shine!
Join us for this one-day celebration of the arts, attracting 200,000
annually. This FREE event along the banks of the Charles River
features jazz, folk, Latin and world music performances, dance, art
demonstrations, family art-making activities and over 100 specialty
food purveyors and craftspeople!
Riverbend Park, Memorial Drive
The FuturICT Flagship - A talk with Prof. Dirk Helbing
what Discussion, Workshop
when 2011-06-06 from 18:00 to 20:30
where swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway, 02138 Cambridge, MA
contact name Sabine Ledermann
contact email sabine at swissnexboston.org
Discover an European Platform to mitigate techno-socio-economic crises!
Today, we know more about the universe than about our society. It's
time to use the power of information to explore social and economic
life on Earth and discover options for a sustainable future. Together,
we can manage the challenges of the 21st century, combining the best
of all knowledge. Please join us for a unique and fascinating lecture
about the future with modern information technology with Prof. Helbing*.
The ultimate goal of the FuturICT flagship project is to understand
and manage complex, global, socially interactive systems, with a focus
on sustainability and resilience. Revealing the hidden laws and
processes underlying societies probably constitutes the most pressing
scientific grand challenge of our century and is equally important for
the development of novel robust, trustworthy and adaptive information
and communication technologies (ICT), based on socially inspired
Integrating ICT, Complexity Science and the Social Sciences will
create a paradigm shift, facilitating a symbiotic co-evolution of ICT
and society. Data from our complex globe-spanning ICT system will be
leveraged to develop models of techno-socio-economic systems. In turn,
insights from these models will inform the development of a new
generation of socially adaptive, self-organized ICT systems.
FuturICT as a whole will act as a Knowledge Accelerator, turning
massive data into knowledge and technological progress. In this way,
FuturICT will create the scientific methods and ICT platforms needed
to address planetary-scale challenges and opportunities in the 21st
century. Specifically, FuturICT will build a sophisticated simulation,
visualization and participation platform, called the Living Earth
Platform. This platform will power Crisis Observatories, to detect and
mitigate crises, and Participatory Platforms, to support the decision-
making of policy-makers, managers, and citizens.
Swiss style reception to follow.
Please R.S.V.P., seats are limited!
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*Dirk Helbing was born on January 19, 1965. He studied Physics and
Mathematics, but was always interested in other fields of science as
well. In the year 2000, he became Professor and Managing Director of
the Institute for Transport & Economics at Dresden University of
Technology, and in 2007 he was appointed Professor of Sociology, in
particular of Modeling and Simulation, at ETH Zürich. Since 2008, he
is elected member of the German Academy of Sciences "Leopoldina".
More than 200 publications in different scientific fields, 300 talks
and more than 300 reports in the public media reflect his wide field
of interest, reaching from traffic science over crowds and disaster
management to biologically inspired logistics. He also had projects
with Xerox PARC, Volkswagen, SCA Packaging, Siemens, PTV, further
companies, and various foundations.
Helbings's team developed a traffic assistance system and patented the
principle of a self-organized traffic light control, which implements
massively parallel, decentralized control concepts for the
optimization of traffic flows. The resulting increase of performance
and the higher flexibility are based on latest developments in the
understanding of complex systems. Companies and societies are other
examples of such complex systems. This is also the reason why Dirk
Helbing is interested in sociology.
Apart from developing information portals to accelerate scientific
innovation, he is particularly interested in techno-social systems,
which will determine the future of Web2.0. Furthermore, he is the
chairman of the newly established ETH Competence Center "Coping with
Crises in Complex Socio-Economic Systems", which will develop computer
models of crisis scenarios and finally provide decision support for
politics and economy.
*Skillshare: Time Banking in the Time Trade Circle****
Monday, June 6
The NonProfit Center by South Station
Looking for an alternative economy? Need a ride to the airport, help
with your garden or a massage? This workshop will talk about time
banking - exchanging services based on time - and tell you all about
the Time Trade Circle (TTC), a local time bank with 800+ members all
over the greater metro-Boston and Eastern-Mass area. The workshop will
explain how to join if you are interested, and forms will be
available. I'll explain how time banking is different from bartering,
how our local Time Trade Circle time bank works, what kinds of
services people trade, and how members participate through their
*Learn more and RSVP:** *http://www.sojust.org/events/17664391/*
*(bring your own dinner)
ew England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP) Conference/Workshop
June 07, 2011 8:00a–8:00p
The conference/workshop will focus on presenting balanced information
relevant to issues of importance to individuals and communities
affected by wind energy proposals throughout New England, including
environmental and economic benefits as well as siting concerns. Our
goal is to ensure that participants know where to go to obtain the
latest research, identify areas where more research is needed, and
identify strategies for continuing the NEWEEP effort.
This one-day conference/workshop will start with presentations and
discussion panels. In addition, facilitated breakout sessions will
allow participants to collectively brainstorm issues associated with
wind development, siting, and permitting, and to identify areas where
more credible research is needed and how to oversee and fund it.
NEWEEP's premise is that wind energy has benefits and that responsibly-
sited wind power has a role to play in New England, but, not every
place is the right place for wind generation. NEWEEP's mission is to
seek and make available the best information possible to support good
Location: Best Western Royal Plaza, Marlborough, MA
Sponsored by: MIT Energy Campus Events
Admission: Open to the public
For more information: Contact Kathryn Craddock
kcraddock at seadvantage.com
June 10, 2011
New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable:
Better Integrating Policy, Planning, and Electricity Markets in New
Raab Associates presents:
The 123rd NE Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
Date: Friday, June 10, 2011
Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Foley Hoag LLP
155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
June 10, 2011
New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
Better Integrating Policy, Planning,
and Electricity Markets in New England
New England has spent nearly two decades restructuring its electric
utility industry, and developing more competitive market structures,
ostensibly to bring enhanced benefits to customers. During the same
time period, federal, state, and even local governments have developed
a multitude of energy policies to encourage the development of
particular resources, such as energy efficiency, demand response, and
renewable energy (think RPS, energy efficiency and renewable energy
system benefit charges, demand response initiatives), while
discouraging other resources (think RGGI, various environmental
regulations, etc.). Other types of policies and planning frameworks
impact the choice between building more wires or more resources. Some
states are even putting out RFPs to develop very specific types of
resources. This Roundtable will explore the tensions between the
desire for both workable markets and a variety of public policy
objectives, and will consider how we can move forward to forge a more
workable system here in New England.
Our first panel takes a step back from the specific struggles within
New England to explore how these issues are playing out on the ground
nationally, providing some bold ideas for New Englanders to consider.
Former FERC Commissioner Nora Brownell will kick off the panel by
discussing how markets can successfully accommodate a wide range of
policy/planning objectives. Rich Sedano, Principal at the Regulatory
Assistance Project, will share work RAP is currently undertaking to
redefine the way markets and policy/planning should be integrated in
pursuit of "Responsive Resources." Finally, Mauricio del Valle, Vice
President, Global Power and Utility Group, Morgan Stanley, will
provide some reality-testing from Wall Street about what's actually
needed from markets and policy to get energy projects funded and built.
Our second panel focuses specifically on the current situation in New
England, and offers some thoughts on what we should do over the next
five to ten years to better integrate electricity markets and policy/
planning. Leading off the panel will be Gordon van Welie, President/
CEO of ISO New England, which is responsible for keeping the lights on
and operating the markets in the face of increasing complexity.
Massachusetts DPU Chair Ann Berwick will provide a state regulatory
perspective, followed by Daniel Weekley, Vice President of Government
Affairs at Dominion Resources, who will provide a generator
perspective (and reflect on Dominion's just-announced decision to
close Salem Harbor). Rounding out the panel will be Mary Healey,
Consumer Counsel for the State of Connecticut and immediate past
president of the National Association of State Utility Consumer
The Restructuring Roundtables are free and open to the public.
Advanced registration is not required.
The Restructuring Roundtable has been meeting bimonthly since 1995, to
discuss current topics related to revolutionary changes in the
electric power industry in Massachusetts and throughout New England.
It is supported by over 25 generous sponsors.
Jonathan Raab, Ph.D, moderator of the Roundtable, is president of Raab
Associates, Ltd, a Boston-based mediation and facilitation firm
specializing in energy and environmental issues. He also teaches the
sustainable energy policy class at MIT.
Raab Associates, 118 South St. 3A, Boston, MA 02111
tel. 617-350-5544 fax 617-350-6655
Greater Boston Connected and Consequential Conference: June 10, 11 and
June 10 & 11 Egan Center, Northeastern University
June 12 Design Studio for Social Intervention?
A place for artists and other creative thinkers and practitioners to
gather and explore the intersection of art and other fields, including
Health, Nature, Consumption and Justice. Through case studies and
moderated discussions, conference participants will?learn how artists
and their collaborators are using their creativity and finely honed
skills to intervene in the major issues of our time to produce
positive social outcomes.? The proceedings will focus on the best ways
to develop successful?"integrated or hybrid?practices", including the
role of collaboration, research, technology and sustainability.
The conference is free, but please pre-register online at
Friday, June 10 at Northeastern University, Egan Center,120 Forsyth
Boston, MA 02115
6:30-8:30 p.m. Stories from the Field, with artists and community
practitioners Gail Burton, New Freedwoman Project; Michael Dowling,
Medicine Wheel Productions; Mariama White-Hammond, Project Hip Hop;
Andi Sutton, National Bitter Melon Council; John Osorio-Buck;
moderated by Kenneth Bailey, Design
Studio for Social Intervention
Saturday, June 11 at Northeastern University, Egan Center,120 Forsyth
Street, Boston, MA 02115
8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Introductory Remarks and Video, Marie Cieri and Louisa
McCall, Artists in Context
9:15 a.m. Jeremy Nobel, Art and Healing
Jeremy Nobel is an Adjuncy Lecturer on Health Policy and Management
Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public
Health and President and Founder, Foundation for Art and Healing
9:30-10:30 a.m. Case Study: SUGAR and Story Circles with artist Robbie
Moderated by Jeremy Nobel, the discussion of story circles and their
impact on diabetics, attitude, care-taking and healing will include
Sharon Jackson, Mattapan Community Health Center, and Kathryn, a story
circle participant. The case study will also examine how community
interest and desire for this type of engagement are determined.
10:35-11:35 a.m. Case Study: Ideas Team with Artistic Director of
Artlink, Edinburgh, Alison Stirling, and artists Kelly Dobson, Steve
Hollingsworth and Wendy Jacob
How can people with profound developmental disabilities inform an
artistic process? How do you bring people together to further inform
and realize these ideas? In February, a group of artists, engineers,
arts administrators and case workers met in Edinburgh to discuss the
creation of a center part ideas laboratory, part university and part
day center where individuals from across a range of abilities and
disciplines could collaborate on creative projects that challenge
normative ways of communication and being in the world. The aim of the
center is to use the most cutting edge ideas for the most
11:45-12:30 p.m. Open Time networking and resource tables
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch, Judy Meredith, Institute for Public Policy
Negotiating Change with Power
1:30-2:30 p.m. Case Study: Crossing the Rubicon: On Contamination,
Tragedy and the Possibility of New Cultures with Dan Borelli, artist;
Gavin Kroeber, producer; moderated by Marie Cieri, Artists in Context
Environmental contamination may be perpetrated by specific individuals
and corporations, but the cultural conditions that permit such
collectively produced.? Starting from the environmental and social
histories of Ashland, MA and the Nyanza EPA Superfund site that it is
home to, this talk explores the possibility of an artwork that can
trace a society?s failure to address its own excesses, honor the
victims and heroes of this history, and finally lay the ground for a
fundamentally more complex relationship within our community.
2:35-3:35 p.m. Case Study: The Story Behind with Mario E. Quiroz-
Servellon, artist; Franklin Soults, Communications Director,
Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee and Advocacy Coalition; moderator
3:45-5:00 p.m. Wrap Up Community Discussion
5:00-6:00 p.m. Open Time networking and resource tables
Sunday, June 12 at the Design Studio for Social Intervention, 1946
Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02118 (entrance on Thorndike
10:30-1:00 p.m. Conference reflections, discussion and networking
Come Celebrate Magazine Beach
Saturday, June 11
9 am to 3 pm
9am to 12 pm Cleanup: Meet at Riverside Boat Club (across from
12 pm to 2 pm Picnic/Potluck/Barbecue with music by Best Ever Chicken
(behind DCR swimming pool)
1 pm to 3 pm Learn to Row at Riverside Boat Club
RSVP for clean up at lcw at thecharles.org
For further information, including rain date updates (rain date is
Sunday, June 12), go to http://www charlesriverconservancy.org, http://www.riversideboatclub.com
, or contact Cathie Zusy at cathzusy at gmail.com or 617-868-0489
Global Pitchfest" - International Start-up Competition
Thursday, June 16, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)
Switzerland’s most outstanding young innovators journey to Boston
every year for an entrepreneurial “boot camp” called venture leaders,
and you are invited to this year’s finale.
Coordinated by venturelab and swissnex Boston, this year’s 20 selected
startups range from medtech to iPhone apps. They will undergo ten days
of training culminating in the Global Pitchfest 2011 at MassChallenge
on June 16.
Over drinks and high-powered networking, come out to see the venture
leaders show off the skills they learned in Boston. They will pitch
their ideas to the top start-ups and investors from the Boston area,
while competing against 20 local counterparts for airline tickets
courtesy Swiss International Airlines. You choose the winners with
Come and join us for this exiting "Global Pitchfest" and have a chance
to select the winner of the night.
Visit the following link for additional information on the
entrepreneurs visiting from Switzerland:http://www.swissnexboston.org/activities/ventureleaders
For local startup teams: We are looking for 20 entrepreneurs who would
like to take advantage of this opportunity to get visibility for their
companies. If you are interested in joining the lineup of presenters,
please contact Thomas Boillat (thomas at swissnexboston.org).
MassChallenge: MassChallenge is running the largest-ever global
startup competition and accelerator to catalyze the launch and success
of high-growth, high-impact new businesses. Around 100 of the highest-
potential entrants will receive intensive mentorship and other free
resources, including office space and targeted introductions to
customers and funding sources. The very best startups will be
identified by expert judges to receive cash awards toward launching
swissnex Boston: They act as a physical and virtual environment
fostering closer ties between Switzerland, New England and Eastern
Canada in academia, industry and society. It places particular
emphasis on the next generation of creative thinkers and leaders,
through a network that promotes the exchange of knowledge and
generates cooperation in an innovative, inspiring, and rewarding
ventureleaders: This year will be the 11th edition of Venture Leaders,
an entrepreneurial "bootcamp" that will bring to the Boston area 20
entrepreneurs from Switzerland to visit local high tech companies,
attend courses with Babson College professors, interact with experts
and most importantly network with local entrepreneurs, investors and
other members of the high-tech community. The program is a
collaboration between CTI (Swiss innovation agency), venturelab (Swiss
entrepreneurship training platform) and swissnex Boston, Consulate of
Taking Risks: The Journey from Blackjack to Big Blue - a talk with
Monday, June 20, 2011 from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (ET)
IBM Center for Social Software
1 Rogers Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
TECHNOLOGY AND MICRO FINANCE
• Date: 6/23/2011
• Location: Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive,
Cambridge, MA 02142
• Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
• Audience: general public
• Description: This event hosted by the MFC (Micro Finance Club) of
Boston will focus on the influence technology has recently had on
micro finance organizations including Grameen, KIVA, WOKAI, and
ACCION. Technology has played an important role in shaping micro
finance in developing countries in a variety of ways. Technology has
allowed farmers in rural areas better access to information about
agriculture and through technology pregnant women have been able to
receive medical updates without leaving their villages. This
informative presentation will aim to bring together people in the
community to discuss the future of technology and ways in which
individuals can help locally, whether that be donating old cellphones
or volunteering their time.
*Recess for Justice - Saturday, June 25 - 11am-1pm*
Southwest Corridor across from Stony Brook T station in JP
Bring your favorite outdoor game or check out the assortment of fun
we'll have on hand: Frisbees, kickball & chalk (for 4-square!), jump
rope, basketball, softball (bring a glove) and whatever other
randomness we can think of. If it's hot we can run through the
fountain sprinkler to cool off. Around 1pm, we'll likely get out of
the heat by going to Ula Cafe for lunch. So look no further if you
want to cross-promote your events and campaigns while perfecting your
Frisbee forehand, you're seeking like-minded progressives to hang out
with in Boston, or are new to the area and looking for groups to get
*RSVP:* http://www.sojust.org/events/17521346/ *Newcomers always
Climate Change Adaptation Workshop
Consensus Building Institute
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions
The Trustees of Reservations' Putnam Conservation Institute
Local Communities Adapting to Climate Change: Managing Risk in
Monday, June 20, 2011
This one-day course will introduce municipal and community leaders,
and planning professionals to the tools they need to better assess and
manage the risks associated with climate change. Our approach helps
community leaders to consider how they can alter everyday decision
making to better prepare for the risks that may lie ahead. This course
is tailored specifically for the needs of suburban and rural
communities. The key concepts introduced will be "scenario planning"
and collaborative approaches to decision-making.
is Managing Director of North American Programs at the Consensus
Building Institute and Associate Director of the MIT-Harvard Public
Disputes Program. Patrick has helped thousands of stakeholders reach
agreement on natural resource, land use, water, and air issues across
the United States and Canada.
is the founder and President of Bio Economic Research Associates LLC,
an independent research and consulting firm specializing in complex
issue analysis at the intersection of our emerging knowledge of
biology and the economy. Steve studied evolutionary biology and has
more than 25 years of experience working in various industries,
including energy planning.
Workshop Fee: $45*
For More Information or to Register:
mscagnetti at ttor.org
* Members of The Trustees of Reservations or the MA Association of
Conservation Commissions may register for this workshop for $30 - New
Fundraiser for Water for Niger, Africa
When: Sunday, June 25 from 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: 239 Arlington Street, Acton MA 01720
What: African drummers will perform and afterwards a dance party.
Why: To raise funds to help build wells for villages that have been
put at risk by the many droughts in the region.
Donation: We are asking people to make reservations with a $25
Make checks payable to Bokai Inc, 239 Arlington Street, Acton. MA 01720
Bokai Inc: Established by a former Peace Corps volnteer with a direct
relationship with town officials in Guidan Roumji. It is a 501 C-3
charitable organization. The towns of Action and Guidan Roumji have
become Sister Cities. High School students have exchanged letters.
Money has been sent for business micro-loans, farming and tree
planting. All money will go towards the well building project.
For more details, contact Michael Klinger #978 263-7925, mklinger at anzuglobal.com
NO NUKES PARTY
JUNE 25, 1-8PM
WENDELL, MA, TOWN HALL, Common
(And discuss non-violent action plans 3-5:30pm)
Sponsored by: Wendell Conservation
Co-sponsors: Clamshell Legacy and Antinuclear Mobilization (info at clamshellalliance.org
Citizens Awareness Network (nukebusters.org),?? Safe & Green
Green Mtn. Post Films (gmpfilms.com); W. MA AFSC (westernmassafsc.org);
Traprock Center for Peace and Justice (traprock.info); Solar Rollers
???? More information, contact info at clamshellalliance.org
Every year, the International Co-operative Alliance, based in Geneva,
and the United Nations co-sponsor the International Day for Co-
operatives on the first Saturday in July, which is July 2nd in 2011.
This year, Harvest Cooperatives has agreed to sponsor a Co-op Faire,
featuring Boston-area cooperatives and their supporters. We will come
together in the parking lot adjacent to Harvest from 10 AM to 2 PM and
set up tables / canopies / booths with banners and signs, to pass out
flyers to the public, talk with interested potential members, share an
afternoon with coop-minded people, and celebrate the joy of building
the co-op movement. Add a bit of food for the gatherers to share,
maybe some acoustical music, possibly a skit or other performance and
a demonstration project or two and we will have a marvelous time
supporting co-ops and connecting with co-ops around the world.
History shows that the periods of greatest co-op growth are when the
economy is coming out of a recession. As people get back on their
feet, they work to organize different ways of building economic
organizations that will not replicate the previous business
disasters. That time is now. As we come out of the "Great
Recession", we are already seeing a boom in co-op organizing and now
is the time to point the way to a better future -- co-operatively.
If your co-op or supporting organization would be interested in
reserving a table space for the Faire, please contact Wayne Clark at rwayneclark at irg.org
or 603-512-8015 (cell) or 617-467-4113 (home). You can complete the
registration form and prepare to participate.
Hopefully, the 2011 International Day for Co-operatives, Mass Bay Co-
op Faire will begin an annual event where co-ops in our area can
promote the benefits of co-operatives and develop our organizations
and their members.
Come share the wisdom in the nearly 200 years of the co-op movement.
I hope to see you there, R. Wayne Archer-Clark (rwayneclark at igc.org)
From John Bolduc, Environmental Planner, Community Development
Department, Cambridge, MA:
"Finally, I wanted to let folks on the list know, if you are
interested, that I will be going, on a personal basis, on a study tour
of cities in Germany and Holland taking a look at climate change
adaptation and mitigation initiatives. The tour is organized by ICLEI-
Local Governments for Sustainability. We will visit Freiburg,
Dresden, Bonn, and Rotterdam. We will also participate in the ICLEI
Climate Resilient Cities Conference in Bonn. I am leaving today for 2
weeks and I plan to blog along the way as a way to share information.
If you are interested, please visit the Energy 2.0 blog hosted by the
Cambridge Energy Alliance. You can visit the site athttp://energytwodotzero.org/
. You can also subscribe to the blog to be informed of updates. I
plan to post 4 or 5 times with photos. So join me for the trip."
The Medford Farmers Market is looking for organizations, individuals,
chefs, nutritionists, educators, musicians, physical activity
specialists, gardeners, and other fun people who would like to do
educational activities on market days.
We are looking for activities that are interactive and enjoyed by all
ages. Demos, how-tos and games are encouraged. Should be somehow
related to sustainable living, health, nutrition, farming, gardening,
physical activity, sustainability, learning and development, music,
art, creativity. Most importantly it should be entertaining for people
at the market.
We are looking to fill 1, 2, 3 or 4 hour time slots. The Medford
Farmers Market is a great place for you to gain experience and
exposure - there are over 20 vendors signed up for the season
including local wine, meat, vegetables, honey, bread, art.....Your
activity/demo/gig will be well publicized via social media, as well as
local newspapers and newsletters sent to hundreds of people.
The market goes from June 16- Oct 13 at the Whole Foods Market Parking
Lot, 2151 Mystic Valley Parkway (Rt 16), Medford, MA 02155. Plenty of
parking and restrooms are available.
Please contact me if you are interested. Please feel free to forward
this e-mail to people who you think may be interested. Thanks so much,
have a great weekend!
For more info, please see the following:
e-mail: medfordfarmersmarket at gmail.com
Address: Whole Foods Market Parking Lot, 2151 Mystic Valley Parkway
Editorial Comment: I have taken some of my solar displays to farmers'
markets from time to time and have advocated doing so as a way to
change US energy attitudes, policies, and realities as the people who
go to farmers' markets are a core constituency for renewable energy.
More at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/5/27/870257/-How-to-Change-US-Energy-in-One-Growing-Season
Massachusetts Attitudes About Climate Change – An opinion survey of
Massachusetts residents conducted by MassINC and sponsored by the Barr
Foundation found that 77% of respondents believe that global warming
has “probably been happening” and 59% of all respondents see see it as
being at least partially caused by human pollution. Only 42% of the
state’s residents say global warming will have very serious
consequences for Massachusetts if left unaddressed. The 18 to 29 age
group is more likely to believe global warming is appearing and caused
by humans compared to the 60+ age group. African-American (56%) and
Latino residents (69%) are more likely than white residents (40%) to
believe global warming will be a very serious problem if left
unaddressed. The MassINC report, titled The 80 Percent Challenge:
What Massachusetts must do to meet targets and make headway on climate
challenge.aspx), contains many other findings. MassINC will hold a
forum about the report on May 19, 5:00 to 6:30 pm at the City Year
Headquarters, 287 Columbus Avenue, Boston. To register, click here.
[MetroWest Daily News, 4/14/11]
The presentations from the recent Affordable Comfort National Home
Performance Conference are available online at
Lots of good information from what some call the best energy
conference in the USA on Deep Energy Retrofits to Community Energy
Challenges with details on insulation, heat flow, energy metering,
ducting, hot water, and many, many other topics. If you are a
practical energy wonk, this should make your eyes light up.
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
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/
More information about the Act-MA