[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Jun 12 12:22:16 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


Monday, June 13, 2011

300 of the world's best design theses on view at SA+P: Archiprix

Time: 9:00a–8:00p

Location: MIT 7-431, On the 4th floor above Lobby 7, at 77  
Massachussets Avenue

A major exhibit on view throughout the summer at the School of  
Architecture + Planning is presenting 300 of the world's best thesis  
projects in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture.

Sponsored by Archiprix International, the biennial exhibit is the  
largest such presentation in the world -- more than 1,400 universities  
were invited to nominate their best graduating students -- and offers  
a rare opportunity for assessing current trends in design education  
around the world and architecture in general.

Hosted by SA+P's Platform for Permanent Modernity, a research program  
in the Department of Architecture, the exhibit opened May 30 as part  
of a two-week international event that also features intensive six-day  
workshops for about 100 of the students represented in the show,  
conducted at MIT by prominent designers from leading architecture  
schools in the United States.

Web site: http://www.archiprix.org/2011/
Open to: the general public
This event occurs daily through August 31, 2011, except May 30, 2011  
and June 6, 2011.
Sponsor(s): School of Architecture and Planning, Arts at MIT

For more information, contact:
Alexander D'Hooghe
617 308 7386
adhooghe at mit.edu

Monday, 6/13/11
1 pm
Brandeis, Lemberg 55
Special Seminar (Justice Brandeis Semester on Mobile Apps and Game  
Stephen Randall (founder/CEO of Locamoda.com)
Mobile Games on Public Screens and other Innovations
Hosted by Pito Salas


Ethnographies of Access, Ownership, and Collaboration in the Virtual  
Kate Hennessy, Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University, School of  
Interactive Arts and Technology
Tuesday, June 14, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar (ashar at cyber.law.harvard.edu 
This event will be webcast live (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast 
) at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after.

Museums and academic institutions are rapidly digitizing their  
ethnographic collections to make them accessible to the public and to  
communities from which they originated. These practices both amplify  
the public nature of institutional collections, and create  
opportunities for re-thinking how collections should be shared online.  
In (post) colonial contexts, the virtual museum is a productive  
location of Aboriginal self-representation, where global heritage  
policies and institutional practices interface with Aboriginal  
paradigms of knowledge circulation, ethics, and control. Based on  
collaboratively designed virtual museum projects with Dane-zaa and  
Inuvialuit communities in Canada, I show that access to digital  
collections can both facilitate the reclaiming of intellectual  
property rights and copyright of cultural heritage––including the  
right to restrict circulation of cultural property––and support the  
design of archives and virtual exhibits on Aboriginal terms. These  
projects highlight Aboriginal remediation of digital collections as  
alternative modes of thinking about the design and activation of  
networked technologies in diverse cultural and institutional contexts.

About Kate

Kate Hennessy is an Assistant Professor specializing in Media at Simon  
Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT).  
She has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia  
and an MA in the Anthropology of Media from the University of London,  
School of Oriental and African Studies. As the director of the Making  
Culture Lab at SIAT, her research explores the role of digital  
technology in the documentation and safeguarding of cultural heritage,  
and in the mediation of culture, history, objects, and subjects in new  
forms. She is a founding member of Ethnographic Terminalia, an  
international collective exploring the borders of anthropological,  
curatorial, and artistic practice (http://ethnographicterminalia.org).  
She was a Trudeau Foundation Scholar from 2006-2010, Social Sciences  
and Humanities Research Council of Canada Graduate Scholar from  
2005-2009, a Canadian Polar Commission Scholar in 2006-2007, and a  
Commonwealth Scholar in 2001-2002.
Website: http://hennessy.iat.sfu.ca

	• http://www.siat.sfu.ca/faculty/Kate-Hennessy/
	• Kate Hennessy’s dissertation Repatriation, Digital Technology and  
Culture in a Northern Athapaskan Community(2010) is available at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/27055


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Clean Energy Innovation Reception

Speaker: Governor Jennifer Granholm

Time: 5:30p–7:30p

Location:  MIT E14-674, Media Lab, 6th Floor, Corner of Ames and Amherst

Join local academic, industry, and government leaders in clean energy  
technology and innovation to meet and discuss clean energy  
opportunities for Massachusetts
with the Honorable Jennifer M. Granholm, Former Governor of Michigan  
from 2002-2010

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, who recently joined The Pew Charitable  
Trusts? Clean Energy Program, is travelling to Massachusetts to  
promote the importance of clean energy innovation and favorable public  
policy as an engine to grow our state and national economies and  
create jobs. Governor Granholm brings first-hand experience to the  
national discussion. During her two terms as governor, she worked to  
revitalize one of the country?s most challenged state economies,  
partly through attracting clean energy jobs and businesses to  
Michigan. The Governor looks forward to the opportunity to engage in  
an open dialogue about how we can grow our clean energy economy in  
Massachusetts and encourage research, development, and innovation.

This is a free event. Please RSVP to: laurie at 1620associates.com or  
Web site: http://globalchange.mit.edu/news/event-item.php?id=411
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change,  
MIT Energy Initiative, Pew Charitable Trusts
For more information, contact:
Laurie Curtis
laurie at 1620associates.com

Make Your Ideas a Reality: Creating Mobile Games with Max, Maya & Unity
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM (ET)
Boston, MA

Event Details
Join us for a great evening on Tuesday, June 14th at Bunker Hill  
Community College.
Carl Callewaert, Unity Evangelist and developer of Autodesk’s game  
creation curriculum for Maya, Max and Unity, will present the most  
productive workflow for Maya and Max with Unity. After an in-depth  
look at Unity, Carl will demo how to make a game and build it for the  
web, iOS and Android platforms.
Defective Studios will be in the house, presenting their Unity-based  
world-builder, Platformer, working with their Maya plug-in for full  
modeling of terrain, and the ease in which it lets you move back and  
forth between Maya and Unity.
There will be some refreshments and networking during check-in, from 6  
- 6:30.
This is a free event, sponsored by Great Eastern Technology.
Register at http://greateasternunity.eventbrite.com/


Tuesday, June 14

Evening Schedule:
Networking & Socializing over Tea, Coffee, Drinks, Food; Joining  
Dessert! ... And more Networking & Socializing

Play Control

Matt Boch, Harmonix Music

IBM Center for Social Software

1 Rogers Street
Cambridge, MA

Please register at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/800885470/eorg if  
you plan to attend. While not required, it helps us and our hosts  
estimate how much seating and refreshments to provide. All BostonCHI  
meetings are free and open to the public, although we'd appreciate it  
if you joined. Annual membership is only $15 / year and helps support  
our great speaker series.


Over the past few years of console gaming we've witnessed a rise in  
unique input/output devices. Generic controllers have given way to an  
incredible diversity: motion wands, voice based interfaces, camera- 
based controllers, touch screens, plastic instruments and even real  
guitars. What are the various affordances of these new peripherals and  
how have designers utilized them to create revolutionary gameplay  
experiences? What parallels can be drawn to similar historic moments  
in gaming? This presentation will explore the history of console game  
controllers, from Atari joysticks to Kinect for Xbox360, and, through  
case studies of specific games, offer key insights into how peripheral  
design has shaped gameplay over the past four decades.


Matt Boch is currently Senior Designer at Harmonix Music Systems,  
guiding the direction of some of Harmonix's premier titles. Matt began  
at Harmonix four years ago, with a Visual and Environmental Studies  
degree from Harvard University. From 2007-2010, he worked as a  
hardware designer, developing the look and feel of Rock Band's iconic  
set of instruments. Matt transitioned to the game design world when  
Harmonix began work on Dance Central, where he was able to utilize his  
love for both music and dance. In his spare time, Matt is the lead  
singer for the Main Drag, a VJ and video artist, and makes video game  
remixes through his music project, AniGif.


Dorkbot Boston will have it’s monthly meeting next week on  
Tuesday,June 14th.

The special guest speaker will be good friend Alex Reben.  He’ll  
discuss the robot he built that explores the experience of individual  
human beings as they interact with artificial intelligence.

7:30 p.m. at Sprout in Somerville. Directions: http://thesprouts.org/studios

Bring snacks and refreshments! See you there!


Attend the Energy Efficiency Forum Online at the Virtual Energy Forum

Johnson Controls and the United States Energy Associations are proud  
to sponsor the 22nd Annual Energy Efficiency Forum, taking place on  
June 15th - 16th at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

We are also happy to announce that the Virtual Energy Forum will  
webcast the Energy Efficiency Forum live on Thursday, June 16th.

Register at http://www.virtualenergyforum2008.com/en_CA/br/johnsoncontrols/refcode=Newsletter

This year’s Energy Efficiency Forum theme is
The Smart Path to Energy Security and Economic Growth.
Initial confirmed speakers include:
	• The Honorable Ray Mabus, U.S. Secretary of the Navy
	• The Honorable Jeff Bingaman, U.S. Senator (NM)
	• Charles Holliday, Jr., Chairman, Bank of America
	• The Honorable Charles F. Bass, U.S. Representative (NH)
	• The Honorable Gary Doer, Canadian Ambassador to the United States
	• Jonathan Lash, President, World Resources Institute
	• Terry Yosie, President & CEO, World Environment Center
Panel Topics:
	• EPA National Building Competition Winners
	• The Near-term Prospects for Vehicle Electrification – Hype,
Reality, or Both?
Launching of the Energy Efficiency Indicator

At this year’s Forum, global results from a major survey on energy  
efficiency will be released. The Energy Efficiency Indicator includes  
4,000 respondents across Europe, North America, China and India.

New to the Virtual Energy Forum?
Register for the free webcast here:  http://www.virtualenergyforum2008.com/en_CA/br/johnsoncontrols/refcode=Newsletter

Harvard/Cambridge Walk for Peace
WHEN  Wed., June 15, 2011, 12 – 12:20 p.m.
WHERE  John Harvard Statue
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Ethics, Social Sciences, Special Events,  
Support/Social, Working at Harvard
NOTE  Nearly 10 years of war. Thousands of American lives, hundreds of  
thousands of Iraqi and Afghani lives, trillions of dollars. Come  
remember, mourn, and protest.


PRESENTED BY: Boston University’s Gastronomy Program
DATE: Wednesday, June 15, 2011
TIME: 5:30pm
LOCATION: Room 313, College of Arts & Sciences,
725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Admission is free! Visit the Urban Agriculture course blog (www.gastronomesgarden.wordpress.com 
) for more information about our Urban Ag class
or contact Dr. Rachel Black at rblack at bu.edu

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

Forum for Communities Impacted by Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station
Wednesday, June 15, 7:30-10pm
Duxbury Senior Center, 10 Mayflower Street, Duxbury
Hosted by the Town of Duxbury Nuclear Advisory Committee and Duxbury  
Emergency Management Agency in response to concerns arising from the  
ongoing disaster at Pilgrim's sister reactors in Fukushima Japan

If you know little about nuclear power or the potential threats we  
face as a broader Boston community, it is even more of a reason for  
you to attend!


Bicycle-Powered, a sprout spaghetti dinner will be happening on

June 15 at 730PM at sprout’s studios, 339r summer st. somerville ma  

This dinner will look at bicycles as a cultural phenomenon, a method  
of transportation, an engineering amazement.  Come see a bicycle  
fashion show, hear about The Practical Bicycle, the carfree movement,  
people who learn to ride bicycles as adults, and how bikes affect  
urban design.

you can also check us out at. . .
+ sprout discuss :: http://groups.google.com/group/sprout-discuss
+ twitter :: http://twitter.com/sprouts
+ facebook :: https://www.facebook.com/somesprouts
+ in person :: 339r summer st. somerville ma 02144


Lemelson-MIT Program fifth annual EurekaFest to celebrate the  
inventive spirit!

EurekaFest is a multi-day celebration designed to empower a legacy of  
inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models,  
and encourage creativity and problem solving.

Thursday, June 16
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Presentations by 2011 Lemelson-MIT Collegiate Student Prize Winners  
and InvenTeams
Kirsch Auditorium (Bldg. 32-123)
MIT Stata Center

Attend presentations and demonstrations by the winners of the $30,000  
Lemelson-MIT Collegiate Student Prizes at MIT, Rensselaer Polytechnic  
Institute, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the  
California Institute of Technology, as well as several high school  

For more information about the event, please contactEurekaFest at mit.edu.


Harvard China Project Special Seminar
June 16, 2011 - 3:30pm
"The Win-Win of Climate Protection and China's Energy Security." WU  
Gang, Visiting Scholar, Harvard China Project; Associate Professor,  
Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, Institute of  
Policy and Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Contact Name: Chris Nielsen
nielsen2 at fas.harvard.edu
Pierce Hall 100F, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA
Sponsored by the China Project, Harvard School of Engineering and  
Applied Sciences.


What Happened At Fukushima - Why It Can Happen Here
Thursday, June 16, 2011, 6pm-8pm
Boston Public Library, Boston Room
700 Boylston St., Copley Square, Boston
Please join us at this important public forum. A nuclear accident  
anywhere is a nuclear accident everywhere. Co-sponsored by the Sierra  
Club. Speakers include David Lochbaum, Director of Nuclear Safety,  
Union of Concerned Scientists; Arnie Gundersen, Chief Engineer  
Fairewinds Associates; and Richard Clapp, Professor Emeritus of
Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health.


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  



Lemelson-MIT Program fifth annual EurekaFest to celebrate the  
inventive spirit!

EurekaFest is a multi-day celebration designed to empower a legacy of  
inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models,  
and encourage creativity and problem solving.

Thursday, June 16

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
InvenTeams Showcase
Stata Student Street (Bldg. 32, 1st floor)
MIT Stata Center

The 2011 InvenTeams will exhibit their invention prototypes.

7:30 pm – 8:15 pm
Presentation by the 2011 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for  
Sustainability Winner
Kirsch Auditorium (Bldg. 32-123)
MIT Stata Center

For more information about the event, please contactEurekaFest at mit.edu.


Showing Thursday, June 16, in Cambridge:

The War You Don't See

By John Pilger, world renowned filmmaker & journalist, whose previous  
films include /The War on Democracy/, /Stealing a Nation/, and / 
Breaking the Silence/ -- among many others.

/*The War You Don't See*/, Pilger's latest film asks 'What is the role  
of the media in rapacious wars like Iraq and Afghanistan, and how are  
the crimes of war reported and justified when they're /our/ crimes?'

Modern 'democracies' don't leave marks. Elites do not want the public  
to know what they're doing. The public is a threat that needs to be  

The lives of countless men, women and children depend on the truth.  
This film is about your right to know.

Turn on the lights.
6:30 pm, doors open for refreshments, extra
*NOTE: early bird short film at 6:40pm*

*7pm, film starts promptly*

243 Broadway, Cambridge - corner of Broadway and Windsor, entrance on  

*rule19.org/videos <http://rule19.org/videos/>*

/"Never has so much official energy been expended in ensuring  
journalists collude with the makers of rapacious wars that they say  
are now 'perpetual'. They plan a state of permanent conflict wholly  
dependent on keeping at bay an enemy whose name they dare not speak:  
the public/." ~John Pilger

/"We had a secret weapon/," he boasted. "/We had the media, especially  
TV. You got to have the media./" Venezuelan general who, with CIA  
backing, led a coup against the democratic government of Venezuela in  

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

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

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


Computer Society and GBC/ACM
7:00 PM, Thursday, 16 June
Rethinking user research for the social web
Dana Chisnell

While the Web has evolved from flat documents to being fluidly  
ambient, we’re using the same user research and usability testing  
methods and techniques we were using in 1994. We know that conducting  
usability tests can tell us where people get frustrated. What will  
testing reveal about frustrations with interactions people have with  
other people online? When interaction is protean, how do you derive a  
task scenario? What are the success criteria? When you have large- 
scale social, individual workarounds turn into functionality and  
social norms. Etiquette evolves organically. What’s that test look  
like? In this session, Dana will boil these questions down to 5 major  
issues UXers working in the social Web are grappling with and share  
experiences from SxD pioneering researchers.

Dana Chisnell has helped thousands of people learn how to make better  
design decisions by giving them the skills they need to gain knowledge  
about users. She has observed hundreds of study participants for  
dozens of clients to learn about design issues in software, hardware,  
web sites, online services, games, and ballots, helping these  
organizations perform usability tests and user research to inform  
design decisions for products and services. These days, her pet topics  
are election design, usable security, and researching social  
interactions mediated by technology. She’s the co-author, with Jeff  
Rubin, of Handbook of Usability Testing Second Edition (Wiley, 2008).
Meeting is being held at The IBM Innovation Center < http://www-304.ibm.com/isv/spc/waltham.htm 
 > is located at 404 Wyman Street, Waltham. There is free parking in  
the garage at the north end of the building. To reach the meeting  
room, walk out the front of the garage and around to your right to the  
front door of the building. Directions to the room will be available  
when you sign in at the front desk.

We will be taking Dana to dinner at the Green Papaya after the talk at  
about 9pm.
Up-to-date information about this and other talks is available online  
at http://ewh.ieee.org/r1/boston/computer/. You can sign up to receive  
updated status information about this talk and informational emails  
about future talks athttp://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/ieee-cs,  
our self-administered mailing list.
For more information contact Peter Mager (p.mager at computer.org)

Food Literacy Project Film Series: Tupperware!
WHEN  Fri., June 17, 2011, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Dana Palmer House, Room 102, 16 Quincy Street
CONTACT INFO  dara_olmsted at harvard.edu
NOTE  Bring your lunch. Drinks and snacks provided.
LINK  http://www.dining.harvard.edu/flp/calendar.html


Friday, June 17, 2011

Discussion with Mr. Etienne Tshisekedi, Congo presidential candidate

Speaker: Etienne Tshisekedi

Time: 3:00p–5:00p

Location: 4-370

One of Congo's presidential candidates, Mr. Etienne Tshisekedi, who  
was also the former Prime Minister of Congo, is coming to speak.

On February 15, 1982 he co-founded the Union for Democracy and Social  
Progress (UDPS), which he continues to lead. The party remains popular  
with its main goal being a non-violent change to democratic rule.

At a UPDS congress in April 2009, delegates unanimously affirmed that  
the party would participate in the 2011 election and that Tshisekedi  
would be its presidential candidate.

The next presidential election is tentatively set for November 28,  
2011, so make sure to keep up to date on the presidential platforms as  
much as possible.
Dinner will be provided.
Web site: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=213435395343977
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Amnesty International, UA Funding Board

For more information, contact:
Cory Hernandez
mitai-exec at mit.edu

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Green Movement and Nonviolent Struggle for Democratic Iran

Time: 4:00p–5:30p

Location: 66-110

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Adeshir Amirarjomand
Mousavi Representative, Green Movement

Dr. John Tirman, Executive Director and Principal Research Scientist,
MIT Center for International Studies

Special Guest:
Dr. Farzin Vahdat, Founding Member
Nonviolent Initiative for Democracy

About the speaker:
Dr. Ardeshir Amirarjomand was born in 1957 in Tehran. He studied law  
in Melli University of Iran and in 1978 he received his doctoral  
degree (Doctorat d'Etat) in international law and diploma in  
comparative law from the Strasbourg University in France. From 1990,  
Dr. Amirarjomand was a law professor at Shahid Beheshti University and  
lectured in PublicLaw,International Law and Human Rights. Dr.  
Amirarjomand hasinitiated new department and courses of law in Shahid  
Beheshti University including Human Rights, environmental law and  
Bioethics law. Dr. Amirarjomand has been a member of Several  
Scientific and legal Institutes and has focused on promoting citizen  
rights and humanrights in Iran. Dr. Amirarjomand has been UNESCO chair  
holder for Human Rights, Democracy and Peace for ten years and also  
the Founder and director of the Center for Human Rights, Peace and  
Democracy in Iran. From to 2005 to 2009 Dr. Amirarjomand partnered  
with of the United Nations Development Programme to promote human  
rights in Iran. During the reformist government between 1997 to 2004  
Dr. Amirarjomand drafted
Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies, The Nonviolent  
Initiative for Democracy Inc

For more information, contact:
starrforum at mit.edu

Lemelson-MIT Program fifth annual EurekaFest to celebrate the  
inventive spirit!

EurekaFest is a multi-day celebration designed to empower a legacy of  
inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models,  
and encourage creativity and problem solving.

Friday, June 17
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
InvenTeams Showcase
Stata Student Street (Bldg. 32, 1st Floor)
MIT Stata Center

The 2011 InvenTeams will exhibit their invention prototypes.

6:30 pm  – 8:30 pm
Lemelson-MIT Awards Ceremony
Kirsch Auditorium (Bldg. 32-123)
MIT Stata Center

This public ceremony will honor the work of inventors improving our  
world. The 2011 Lemelson-MIT Award Winners will be recognized,  
including a special presentation by the 2011 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT  
Prize Winner.

For more information about the event, please contactEurekaFest at mit.edu.


Lemelson-MIT Program fifth annual EurekaFest to celebrate the  
inventive spirit!

EurekaFest is a multi-day celebration designed to empower a legacy of  
inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models,  
and encourage creativity and problem solving.

Saturday, June 18
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
EurekaFest at the Museum of Science
Supported by Continuum
Main Exhibit Halls
Museum of Science, Boston

Cheer on over 200 high school students in an all-day design challenge  
that explores the invention process. The Museum of Science will offer  
hands-on learning activities for inventors of all ages. Families are  
encouraged to join the fun!

For more information about the event, please contactEurekaFest at mit.edu.




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  


Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET)
June 25 Barnraising

1000 watt light bulbs!?!
Join us Saturday, June 25th from 12:30 to 5 pm at St. Bartholomew's  
Church, 239 Harvard St.

There will be lots of great skills to learn including caulking,  
replacing bulbs, lowering water bills with faucet aerators and toilet  
banks, correctly program a thermostat and more.

It is also a great opportunity to see something you may never have  
witnessed before: 1,000 watt light bulbs. That's not a decimal error,  
these bulbs use 1,000 watts.

Find out how adding insulation helped this church reduce its heating  
bill by $8,000 per year.

RSVP by signing up here: http://bit.ly/je1BCw

We cordially invite you and your family to our annual Strawberry Fete!

A fundraiser to benefit Boston Area Gleaners at historic Gore Place in  
Waltham, MA

Thursday, June 20, 201, 6-9 pm Rain or Shine

Where:  Gore Place, Carriage House

52 Gore Street

Waltham, MA 02453

Please join us for a relaxed summer evening of faun at the Gore Place  
Carriage House for Local Treats

Local Strawberries

Shortcake and Refreshments

Cheese Tasting

Shelburne Farms (VT) Cheddat

And short film "Sun to Cheese"

with the producer, Catie Camp

Historic Gore Garden Tour

with Estate Manager Scott Clarke

Live music

Old Time Country with the Whitford Franzosa Trio

Art Show

Sculpture and Paintings by local artist Dave Tree

Open Space

Enjoy the evening, throw a frisbee, wall the grounds

Please register at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=o5o4pudab&oeidk=a07e3zfpc824605a661&oseq=a001g9ln9kkn

Please consider making a donation at http://www.communityroom.net/  
even if you are unable to attend.
Tickets are $25 per adult, $10 students, under 13 free

This fundraiser will effectively kick-off the 2011 gleaning season and  
your contribution will help us get the extras to those who need it most.

You may reply directly to this e-mail for questions, and additional  
contact info is below.
Laurie "Duck" Caldwell
Oakes Plimpton
Boston Area Gleaners
duck at bostonareagleaners.org

Editorial Comment:  Oakes Plimpton has been a developing local  
agriculture systems for over thirty years.  Boston Area Gleaners is  
only one recent project among many.


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)




Free Solar Panels for Houses of Worship

 From a recent Mass Interfaith Power & Light (http://mipandl.org/) email
"We've recently been talking with DCS Energy (http:// 
www.dcsenergy.com/) who has an unbeatable offer: if your site  
qualifies, they design and install the panels at no cost, don't charge  
you for any electricity, and donate the system to your house of  
worship after five years. Your only costs will be for a building  
permit, possibly a structural engineer to verify that your roof can  
support their weight, and any preparatory work such as roof work or  
tree removal. If solar panels are so expensive how can anyone give  
them away for free? First, there is a federal grant program that is  
only available until November that pays for 30% of the cost of the  
system. Then there is an accelerated depreciation option that gives  
certain kinds of investors another tax advantage. Finally, the state  
awards a special allowance called a "Solar Renewal Energy  
Credit" (SRECs) to owners of solar electricity systems which are sold  
at auctions to utilities who buy them to meet their requirements under  
the Massachusetts' renewable portfolio standard. DCS is betting that  
the price of these SRECs will remain high.  Jim Nail, president of MA  
IP&L, has talked to DCS Energy and is currently having them prepare a  
proposal for his church, St. Dunstan's Episcopal in Dover.  Jim says,  
"The references I've talked to have been quite positive about the  
program and the company has been very responsive.  "If you think your  
site might qualify, contact Peter Carli, pete at dcsenergy.com, with the  
address of your house of worship and your contact information. He'll  
take a preliminary look at your site and advise you if it meets their  


 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/










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

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


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