[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Jun 5 18:57:29 PDT 2011

Energy (and Other) Events is a weekly mailing list published most  
Sundays covering events around the Cambridge, MA and greater Boston  
area that catch the editor's eye.

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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


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!

*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  
online account.
*Learn more and RSVP:** *http://www.sojust.org/events/17664391/*  
*(bring your own dinner)


New England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP) Conference/Workshop  
Volunteer Opportunities

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  

Category:  lectures/conferences

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



The benefits of Facebook “Friends”: The social capital implications of  
Facebook-enabled communication practices
Nicole B. Ellison, Dept. of Telecommunication, Information Studies and  
Media, Michigan State University
Tuesday, June 7, 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.

This talk will provide an overview of research exploring the social  
capital implications of social network site use. Specifically, I will  
report on new research that attempts to identify specific Facebook- 
enabled behaviors that contribute to users’ ability to access diverse  
perspective, novel information, and social support. This research  
explores the link between bridging social capital levels and Facebook- 
related factors such as time on site, the number of Facebook Friends,  
and a set of behaviors we call “Cultivation of Social Resources.”

About Nicole
Nicole Ellison is an associate professor in the Department of  
Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media. Her research  
explores issues of self-presentation, relationship development, and  
identity in online environments such as online dating and social  
network sites. Nicole received her Ph.D in Communication Theory and  
Research from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University  
of Southern California in 1999. Currently she is exploring ad-hoc  
collaboration in social network sites, for a project funded by the  
National Science Foundation, and perceptions regarding the  
acceptability of profile discrepancies in online dating profiles. Her  
previous research has examined the formation of virtual communities  
and the ways in which telecommuters use information and communication  
technologies to calibrate the permeability of their work/home  
boundaries, as explored in her 2004 book, Telework and Social Change.  
Her work has been published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated  
Communication, Communication Research, and the Personality and Social  
Psychology Bulletin. Representative publications can be found on her  
publications page: https://www.msu.edu/~nellison/pubs.html. Nicole  
will be a visiting researcher at Microsoft Research New England,  
working with danah boyd, in the Spring of 2010 and at the Oxford  
Internet Institute the following Fall.

Links:  http://tism.msu.edu/users/nicole-ellison


Come out tonight for a free screening of the documentary "Who killed  
the electric car?"
& learn how to make a difference!
Help us kick off the EVboston Initiative with a free screening of,  
"Who killed the electric car?"
What is EVBoston?
The EVboston initiative is a series of programs aimed at preparing for  
the growth of the electric vehicle market in the region. Expanding use  
of traditional gasoline vehicles is a major cause of both local and  
global pollution. Locally, exhaust fueled air pollution is a public  
health hazard—decreasing the quality of life for Boston residents  
and visitors.
When: Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Where: Boston Common- Parkman Bandstand
Time: 8 pm
Contact: Boston Transportation Dept. Rachel Szakmary, 617-635-2755


Hello friends,

I want to invite you to a FREE conference call with renowned soil  
biologist and permaculture instructor Larry Korn (www.larrykorn.net)  
and myself. We're going to be giving a talk on the power of  
permaculture design, our trainings and spending much time answering  
questions (so come prepared to ask them!)

If you're thinking about joining us for one of our upcoming trainings,  
this is a great opportunity to engage with the program co-facilitators  
and to learn the basics about permaculture and our trainings.

When: Wednesday, June 8th @ 6PM Pacific
Where: Conference call
Cost: FREE [Space is limited - please sign up early]
Sign up to get access to the call and recording of the call:
-->  http://commoncircle.com/marketer/link.php?M=6340938&N=99&L=28&F=T

Larry Korn is an educator, consultant, editor and author in the fields  
of permaculture, natural farming, sustainable landscaping and local  
food production. Larry is the primary instructor for Common Circle  
Education Oregon Permaculture Design and Regenerative Leadership  

After completing his BA degree in Asian Studies at University of  
California Berkeley, Larry traveled to Japan to see first hand  what  
life was like in Asia. He lived and worked on communes and traditional  
farms in the Japanese countryside. Among other rural farms, Larry  
spent several years with Masanobu Fukuoka, a farmer and philosopher,  
on Shikoku Island. Mr. Fukuoka developed a special no-till way of  
farming to demonstrate the practical value of his spiritual  
principles. Larry returned to the United States and helped translate  
and edit Mr. Fukuoka’s book, The One-Straw Revolution, which was  
published by Rodale Press in 1978.

Vladislav Davidzon is a social entrepreneur with well over a decade of  
experience launching innovative social change brands challenging the  
very boundaries of sustainable design and permaculture. Having studied  
with some of the world's most renowned instructors, including Bill  
Mollison, Marshall Rosenberg, Starhawk and Joanna Macy, Vladislav  
integrates a diverse range of incredible teachings into his work  
designing and facilitating the Common Circle Education trainings.

When: Wednesday, June 8th @ 6PM Pacific
Where: Conference call
Cost: FREE [Space is limited - please sign up early]
Sign up to get access to the call and recording of the call:
-->  http://commoncircle.com/marketer/link.php?M=6340938&N=99&L=28&F=T

We hope you will be able to join us for this call!

Much gratitude,

Vladislav Davidzon, Founder/CEO

Common Circle Education
1-800-376-3775 // www.commoncircle.com
14525 SW Millikan Way, Suite 17760, Beaverton, OR 97005
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Financing Innovative Clean Energy Technologies
Thursday, June 09, 2011 from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (ET)
Boston, MA

Finance Series Event #5:  “Financing Innovative Clean Energy  
Date:            June 9, 2011
Time:            8:00-8:30am – Breakfast and Networking
                       8:30-10:00am – Panel Discussion
Location:      Goodwin Procter, 53 State Street, Boston, MA 02109
Cost:             Council Members and Sponsors:     FREE

For clean energy companies, conventional financing is often  
unavailable when deploying innovative technologies.  Even with  
government grants, tax incentives, and loan guarantees, innovative  
technologies often must pursue joint ventures, strategic investors, or  
projects with specific vendees or stakeholders.  Finding the right  
strategic partner is challenging, and companies then face another  
hurdle to structure their deal and allocate risk between the parties.   
Yet, these barriers must be surpassed in order for companies to  
demonstrate the feasibility of their technologies at scale.
  Join us as our panels of experts take a deep dive into the  
challenges and opportunities for clean energy companies in deploying  
innovative technologies.
	•  What factors determine the allocation of risk between strategic  
partners?  What current trends are emerging?
	• What role does venture capital play in financing the deployment of  
innovative technologies?
	• Can federal and state funds help bridge the gap? What role can  
government and non-profit groups play in match-making strategic  

Peter Rothstein, President, New England Clean Energy Council
Peter is President of the New England Clean Energy Council and has  
many years of venture, entrepreneurial, executive and deal experience  
across the cleantech venture market. Previously, Peter was part of the  
Flagship Ventures team, a leading seed and early stage venture capital  
firm in Cambridge Massachusetts, and founder of Allegro Strategy, a  
consultant, advisor and interim executive with early-stage cleantech  
start-ups. Peter has been in early-stage deal or executive roles with  
a number of cleantech companies, including Mascoma, Planar Energy  
Devices, Ze-gen, Novomer, Boston-Power, and Mechanology. Peter is  
actively involved in a range of leading cleantech and entrepreneurial  
organizations, including the National Renewable Energy Lab’s VC  
Advisory Board, catalyst to MIT Deshpande Center solar and energy  
storage MIT projects, and a Board member of the Cleantech Open.

Robert M Day, Partner, Black Coral Capital
Rob Day is a Partner with Black Coral Capital, based in Boston.  He  
has been a cleantech private equity investor since 2004, and acts or  
has served as a Director, Observer and advisory board member to  
multiple companies in the energy tech and related sectors, currently  
including Digital Lumens (www.digitallumens.com), Next Step Living (www.nextsteplivinginc.com 
), Powerit Solutions (www.poweritsolutions.com), and Zeta Communities (www.zetacommunities.com 
Rob serves as the Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Clean  
Economy Network Education Fund (www.ceneducationfund.org), and also is  
the Chairman of the Cleantech Open – Northeast Region.  Rob was  
previously a co-founder of the Renewable Energy Business Network, a  
non-profit organization which was acquired in 2009 by the Clean  
Economy Network.  Since 2005 he has also authored the website  
Cleantech Investing (www.cleantechvc.com), which currently appears on  

R.J. Lyman, Partner, Goodwin Procter
R. J. Lyman is a partner at Goodwin Procter. He represents clients in  
all aspects of commercial real estate and renewable energy project  
development, including site acquisition, project permitting, debt and  
equity financing, and property disposition. Mr. Lyman began his career  
as a project manager at a consulting engineering firm representing  
independent power producers and other energy and commercial  
developers.  He has also served as a government policy maker, as  
Massachusetts Assistant Environmental Secretary. Mr. Lyman earned his  
B.A. from Harvard University and his J.D. from Vermont Law School.

Kim Stevenson, Manager, New Technologies, Connecticut Clean Energy Fund
Kim evaluates proposals and develops and manages programs to support  
development and commercialization of new clean energy technologies.   
She has spent over 15 years in innovation and technology management,  
working with the senior management of Fortune 500 corporations and  
smaller organizations to conceive, develop and commercialize new  
products and services focused on energy, industrial and automotive  
markets.  Kim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and a  
Master of Science degree in urban planning, both from the  
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Farm Bill Forum

A Presentation & Discussion with Congressman McGovern and the  
Worcester Food & Active Living Policy Council

The Farm Bill is scheduled to be reauthorized in 2012, but organizing  
and advocacy has already begun!

The Farm Bill has international, national, and local impacts,  
including whether our food is nourishing and affordable, what  
assistance our society provides to feed hungry people, and what crops  
farmers grow under what conditions.  Come learn about the Farm Bill  
and what we can do locally to advocate for the best possible Farm Bill  
to support Worcester and Central Massachusetts!

Thursday, June 9th  10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Worcester Public Library
Saxe Room

Open to the Public, please RSVP to Liz Sheehan Castro
  hungerfree at worcesterfoodpolicy.org
508-757-5631 ext. 304


Thursday, June 09, 2011
The First Week in Space
Speaker: Dr. Paolo Zuccon, University of Perugia, Italy
Time: 11:00a–12:00p
Location: MIT 26--414, Kolker Room
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Laboratory for Nuclear Science
For more information, contact:
Miller, Randyn
randyn at mit.edu


Blogging While Brown Boston Meetup
Thursday, June 09, 2011 at 5:30 PM (ET)
Cambridge, MA

Event Details
The purpose of Blogging While Brown is to give Bloggers of Color an  
opportunity to meet each other for the first time, discuss current  
issues affecting Bloggers of Color, and learn about the latest  
technology that will assist them with publishing their work.
The Blogging While Brown Boston Meetup will provide an opportunity for  
local bloggers in the Greater Boston Area to meet, connect, and  
further the development of their respective blogs.
This event is open to everyone and FREE to attend!
5:30 - 6:00 Connect
6:00 - 7:00 Introductions and updates (everyone gets 3 minutes to  
introduce themselves, their blog, any current needs, and a goal to  
meet by our next meetup)
7:00 - 8:00 Guest Speaker and Discussion (TBD)
8:00 - 9:00 Connect

For additional information about the event or if you are interested in  
being a sponsor, please contact: Atinuke Diver at tinu at yesweretogether.com 
Twitter Hashtag: #BWBBOS
RSVP at http://bwbbos.eventbrite.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  
disadvantaged people.

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  
disregard are
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




Science in the News Spring Lectures — The War on Cancer: Where We Are  
in the Battle, and Why We Haven’t Won
WHEN  Wed., June 15, 2011, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE  Pfizer Lecture Hall, Department of Chemistry, 12 Oxford Street,  
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Harvard Science in the News
COST  Free
NOTE  Join Science in the News for a series of provocative and  
fascinating talks! Science in the News is a graduate student  
organization dedicated to science outreach for the general public.  
Speakers for our lecture series are graduate students who are working  
directly with the topics. This talk will review the history of cancer  
and our current progress in fighting it.
LINK  http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu


Global Pitchfest" - International Start-up Competition
Thursday, June 16, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)
Boston, MA

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  
your votes!

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  
their businesses.

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  
Yuchun Lee
Monday, June 20, 2011 from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (ET)

IBM Center for Social Software
1 Rogers Street
Cambridge, MA 02142



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  
Decision Making
Monday, June 20, 2011
Leominster, MA

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.


Patrick Field
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.

Steve Aldrich
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:
Pre-register online
Or contact
Miriam Scagnetti
978.840.4446 x1935
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  
members welcome!


Panel Discussion

swissnex Boston
420 Broadway

June 21, 2011
6 - 9 pm

If you would like to attend this event, we kindly ask you to
RSVP here<http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1077550-h1swFJFpXs>.
Please feel free to forward this invitation to friends and colleagues  
who are interested in this topic.

One of the major challenges of the 21st century will be to create an  
economy that can at the same time provide livelihoods for an  
increasing number of people and not degrade natural resources or spur  
climate change. This is also one of the major challenges that the  
Biovision<http://www.biovision.ch> Foundation<http://www.biovision.ch>  
encounters in its pilot projects in East Africa and its political work  
within the Rio+20 process.

A “Green Economy” in the context of sustainable development and  
poverty eradication is one of the main themes of the upcoming 2012  
UNCSD Earth summit in Rio de Janeiro. Within the preparatory process  
the question what green economy actually is and what it should look  
like is a heatedly debated issue. UNEP’s roadmap to Rio + 20, the  
Green Economy Report (published February 2011) sees the challenge of  
agriculture in feeding the world’s growing population without damaging  
ecosystems and human health and without undermining the sector’s  
natural resource base. Drawing upon UNEP’s Green Economy Report,  
experts will debate on what sustainable agriculture could look like  
and how it could fit within the new Green Economy framework.

Speakers and panelists:
Hans Herren<http://www.millenniuminstitute.net/about/hans.html>,  
President Millenium Institute and Biovision Foundation, Author of the  
Agriculture chapter of the UNEP's Green Economy Report
Katherine Di Matteo<http://www.ifoam.org/about_ifoam/inside_ifoam/boards.html 
 >, President of the Board of IFOAM (International Federation of  
Organic Agriculture Movements)
Eric Chivian<http://chge.med.harvard.edu/about/faculty/chivian.html>,  
Founder and Director of the Center for Health and the Global  
Environment at Harvard Medical School.

Samuel Fromartz<http://fromartz.com/main.php?sn=sn1&pc=oi2>,  
Journalist, Washington D.C.

	• 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.



GreenPort  Forum

Film and Discussion:  The Economics of Happiness
Tuesday, June 21 at 7:00pm
Cambridgeport Baptist Church, 459 Putnam Ave

A powerful new film by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick & John Page

'Going local' is a powerful strategy to help repair our fractured  
world – our ecosystems, our societies and our selves. Far from the old  
institutions of power, people are starting to forge a very different  
future. The thinkers and activists interviewed for the film come from  
every continent, and represent the interests of the great majority of  
people on the planet today. Their message is unambiguous: in order to  
respect and revitalize diversity, both cultural and biological, we  
need to localize economic activity.

Featuring voices from six continents, including:  Vandana Shiva, Bill  
McKibben, David Korten, Michael Shuman, Juliet Schor, Richard  
Heinberg, Rob Hopkins, Andrew Simms, Zac Goldsmith, Samdhong Rinpoche



Tuesday, June 21 at 7pm
Cambridgeport Baptist Church
459 Putnam Av, Cambridge
(corner of Magazine St. and Putnam Ave)

GreenPort envisions and encourages a just and sustainable  
Cambridgeport neighborhood

For more information, contact Steve Wineman at swineman at gis.net

*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  
involved in.
*RSVP:* http://www.sojust.org/events/17521346/ *Newcomers always  


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



JUNE 25, 1-8PM
(And discuss non-violent action plans 3-5:30pm)

Sponsored by: Wendell Conservation Commission
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:
website: www.medfordfarmersmarket.org
e-mail: medfordfarmersmarket at gmail.com
twitter: MedfordFarmMkt
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Medford-Farmers-Market/135452753138491
Address: Whole Foods Market Parking Lot, 2151 Mystic Valley Parkway  
(Rt 16)

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  
change (http://www.massinc.org/Research/The-80-percent- 
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

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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