[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Jul 17 17:46:22 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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Can We Build a People's Internet? (Part Two)   http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/07/14/993888/-Can-We-Build-a-Peoples-InternetPart-Two?


A Conversation with Rob Hopkins (and hosted by Richard Heinberg)
Date:  Monday, July 18, 2011 - 8:00am - 9:15am
Note: All Transition US virtual events are Pacific Time (PT) [11:00 -  
12:15 pm Eastern Time]

Join us for a conversation with Rob Hopkins. Rob needs no introduction  
really but if you are new to the concept of "Transition" then this is  
a great opportunity to learn from the source.
Rob Hopkins is the originator of the Transition concept and co-founder  
of the Transition Network. He spent many years teaching permaculture  
and cob building, mostly when living in Ireland. Now based in Totnes,  
he is a member of Transition Town Totnes, works part time for  
Transition Network, publishes www.transitionculture.org, is author of  
the ‘Transition Handbook’ and generally spends far too much time  
thinking about Transition stuff. He is also a Trustee of the Soil  

Rob is a family man with 4 sons, Rowan, Finn, Cian and Arlo, and is  
deeply in love with the raised beds he just finished building.

We are excited to announce that Richard Heinberg will be hosting this  

Phone:  (707) 763-1100
email:  carl at transitionus.org
register:  http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/KECC4Y6CWC0T2KF


Monday, July 18, 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, July 18, 2011
Talk: LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman "How to Benefit 100 Million People"
Speaker: Reid Hoffman
Time: 11:00a–12:30p
Location: MIT E14-674, On Twitter: #MediaLabTalk
Reid Hoffman is a partner at Greylock, and co-founder and exec.  
chairman at LinkedIn. His areas of focus include consumer Internet,  
enterprise 2.0, mobile, social gaming, online marketplaces, payments,  
and social networks. An accomplished entrepreneur, executive, and  
angel investor, he has played an integral part in building many  
leading consumer technology businesses. Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn,  
the world's largest professional networking service, in 2003; it now  
has more than 100 million members in 200 countries around the world,  
and a diversified revenue model that includes subscriptions,  
advertising, and software licensing. Hoffman led LinkedIn through its  
first four years and to profitability as CEO. Prior to LinkedIn,  
Hoffman served as executive VP at PayPal, where he was a founding  
board member. He is a board observer at Airbnb, Gowalla, and Swipely,  
an advisor to Groupon, and a director at Zynga, Mozilla, Six Apart,  
Shopkick, and Kiva.org. He is an angel investor in many influential  
Internet companies, including Digg, Facebook, Flickr, Last.fm, Ning,  
Six Apart, and Zynga. Hoffman earned a master's degree in philosophy  
from Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, and a bachelor's degree with  
distinction in symbolic systems from Stanford.

Web site: http://www.media.mit.edu/events/2011/07/18/talk-linkedins-reid-hoffman-how-benefit-100-million-people

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Media Lab
For more information, contact:
Nicole Freedman
nicolef at media.mit.edu


The Hacker's Aegis - Protecting Hackers From Lawyers
Derek Bambauer of Brooklyn Law School & Oliver Day
Tuesday, July 19, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar (ashar at cyber.law.harvard.edu 
This event will be webcast live (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast 
) at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after.

Research on software security vulnerabilities is a valuable example of  
peer production. However, hackers are often threatened with  
intellectual property lawsuits by companies who want to keep flaws  
secret. Oliver Day and Derek Bambauer propose a liability shield for  
security research to improve cybersecurity in a world dependent on  
cloud computing and mobile platforms. Come debate whether hackers are  
whistleblowers, and how legal immunity affects security when  
cyberweapons like Stuxnet are increasingly available.

About Derek
Derek Bambauer teaches Internet law and intellectual property and  
publishes articles on intellectual property, information control, and  
health law. He has also written technical articles on data recovery  
and fault tolerance, and on deployment of software upgrades. He has  
presented on issues including spam and Internet filtering in both  
technical and policy settings, model laws for spam regulation, and  
China’s online controls. He is also one of the authors of Info/Law, a  
popular blog that addresses Internet law, intellectual property, and  
information law.

A former principal systems engineer at Lotus Development Corp. (part  
of IBM), Professor Bambauer spent two years as a Research Fellow at  
the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. At  
Berkman, he was a member of the OpenNet Initiative, an academic  
consortium that tests and studies Internet censorship in countries  
such as China, Iran and Vietnam.

About Oliver
Oliver Day is a senior security researcher for Internet titan Akamai  
where he is focused on web based malware such as Drive By Downloads.  
He is intent on integrating biostatistical and epidemiological models  
into modern network security practice and policy making. He was  
formerly a security researcher at Stopbadware.org where he helped  
build the infrastructure to monitor reports of infections across the  
Internet and distill them into actionable reports. Previous to  
Stopbadware Oliver was a principal security consultant with @stake  
(then acquired by Symantec) and an engineer with eEye Digital  
Security. Oliver graudated from the Harvard School of Extension with  
concentrations in legal studies and Chinese studies. His thesis and  
subsequent academic work have been focused on finding suitable  
mathematical models to predict the spread of web based malware. He  
also likes to interact with the cyberlaw community and is a strong  
advocate for the disclosure process and shielding for security  


Beekeeping in Cambridgeport
Tuesday, July 19, 6:30 pm
115 Pearl Street
and 7:00 pm, 9 Perry Street

A tour and talk with two bee keepers on location.  Learn about the  
bees and how beekepers funciton in a very tight urban location.   
Sponsored by Greenport.
For more information, contact Steve Wineman atswineman at gis.net.


Bottle Bill Update (H890/S1650 ) Hearing
Wed. July 20, 2011, 10am,
State House, Gardiner Auditorium, Boston

Sierra Club writes "The Bottle Bill is the State's most successful  
recycling and litter prevention program. Since the Bottle Bill's  
inception in 1983, over 35 billion containers have been redeemed,  
contributing to a healthier environment, cleaner and safer  
communities, and a stronger economy. But to keep up with the times and  
consumer tastes, the bottle bill must be updated.  An Updated Bottle  
Bill would expand our container deposit system to include "new age"  
drinks such as non-carbonated beverages, water, iced tea, juice, and  
sports drinks. It would decrease litter and increase recycling. It  
would nearly double the number of containers that would be recycled.  
Nearly 200 cities and towns - in every corner of the state - have  
passed resolutions in support of the Bottle Bill update."

To Show Your Support: Gather at the Beacon Street side Wed. July 20,  
2011, 9am.
Contact phil at sierraclubmass.org for more information.

Find your Senator or Representative at http://www.malegislature.gov/People/Search


Eurie Stamps and DJ Henry were killed: NOT GUILTY!

Cambridge Community Center
5 Callender Street, Cambridge
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
5:30 to 9pm

Panel discussion:
Moderated by Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree
David Milton- Civil rights attorney
Hector E. Pineiro- National Police Accountability Project
Jessica Hedges-Civil Rights Attorney
Lawyer Johnson-African American convicted of murder, found not guilty
Marlon Stamps- Son of Eurie Stamps
Natashia Tidwell- Assistant Professor of Law-New EnglandSchoolof Law

Food Served by Coast Cafe
PLEASE RSVP: John Clifford 617-349-4264 or Richard Harding 617-354-0404
jclifford at cambridgema.gov  Schools02139 at yahoo.com

This event is sponsored by Men of Color Task Force, City Councillor  
Ken Reeves, Cambridge NAACP, Cambridge Elks Massasoit Lodge #129


Arduino Hacking 101: Importing the Universe
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Location  MIT Building E-51, Room 335

Presenter Federico Lucifredi

So, you have learned the essentials of the Arduino platform, its  
software package, and completed a few tutorials - learned some basic  
electronics in the process, including blinking the inevitable LED. Now  
what?This session aims to give you the tools to import the real world  
into the programming scope of your trusty $30 microcontroller, by  
covering the technology fundamentals and Arduino integration  
essentials of a wide variety of sensors and actuators.

Federico Lucifredi is the maintainer of the man suite, the primary  
documentation-delivery tool under Linux, a graduate of Boston College  
and Harvard University, and a software engineer-turned-manager at the  
Novell corporation. Previously, Federico has been a CTO and a network  
software architect at '.com' and embedded Linux startups, and he has  
spent two years teaching in Boston University's graduate and  
undergraduate programs, while simultaneously consulting for MIT. He is  
a frequent speaker at user group and conference events, notably the  
OSCON, LinuxWorld and IMPlanet conferences, where he was a panelist  
representing the Jabber community. Federico is a recognized expert in  
computing performance issues, and consults pro-bono with Standard and  
Poor's clients interested in Free/Open Source Software technical and  
strategic issues. He participated in the GPL v3 drafting process in  
the large-corporation panel.


The Arab Spring and its Energy Implications
WHEN  Thu., July 21, 2011, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Faculty Dining Room, Littauer Building, First Floor, Harvard  
Kennedy School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Middle East Initiative, the Center for Middle  
Eastern Studies Outreach Center, and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal  
Islamic Studies Program
SPEAKER(S)  Meghan O'Sullivan, Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice  
of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
COST  Free
LINK  http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/5540/arab_spring_and_its_energy_implications.html


National Good Food Network Webinar
Clearing the Roadblocks:  Market Based Strategies for Getting Good  
Food to All Communities
Thursday, July 21
3:30 - 4:45pm ET
Free! Register now at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/474433131

It's an age-old conundrum:
How do you supply all communities with Good Food - healthy, fair,  
affordable and green - while simultaneously ensuring that your food  
business will itself be sustainable?

The Wallace Center, as administrator of the Healthy Urban Food  
Enterprise Development (HUFED) Center, has a broad, national  
perspective on the most innovative market based food access work in  
the country.

In this webinar, we will explore three of the most promising  
strategies and their business models for clearing away common barriers  
to increasing access to fresh, healthy, regionally sourced food. Learn  
howmobile markets, food hubs and processing / cold chain facilities  
each have a crucial role in easing bottlenecks to widespread Good Food.

Taking each model in turn, we will describe the model from a national  
perspective, including the essential features, and some of the variety  
in implementation we have seen. Then a HUFED grantee will dive deep  
into the details of their project to illustrate one way that theory  
translates into practice.

Reserve your spot at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/474433131

Editorial Comment:  Good article on future of sustainable food and  
farming systems.  Links to articles on regional as well as local food  
systems as well


Showing Thursday, July 21, in Cambridge: [please download & distribute  
flyer <http://rule19.org/download-film/film-110721-burzynski.pdf>]

Burzynski, the Movie
Cancer Is Serious Business

*Burzynski, the Movie* is the remarkable story of Stanislaw Burzynski,  
MD, PhD who won the largest, and possibly the most convoluted and  
intriguing legal battle against the Food & Drug Administration in  
American history.

This documentary takes the audience through the treacherous, yet  
victorious, 14-year journey both Dr. Burzynski and his patients have  
had to endure in order to obtain FDA-approved clinical trials of  
Antineoplastons, which Burzynski developed to treat a wide range of  
cancers - with remarkable and continuing success.

"/topically fertile ... tickles the mind ... a stoic victim of patent  
fraud, government harassment and scientific sabotage/" ~NYT

"/a dramatic expose of the FDA and its incestuous relationship with  
Big Pharma as it seeks to first discredit, and then to co-opt  
Burzynski's discovery/" ~Variety

"/It constitutes nothing less than the one of the worst abuses of the  
criminal justice system I have ever witnessed./" ~Richard Burr,  
congressman [R-NC], on the government's pursuit of Burzynski

"/People think the FDA is protecting them. It isn't. The FDA protects  
the big drug companies and are subsequently rewarded;  using the  
government's police powers they attack those who threaten the big drug  
companies./" Dr Herbert Ley, former FDA Commissioner

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

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

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

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

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

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


We're Having a "Potty!"
Raise a plunger to the potties that don’t need one -- composting  

On July 22nd EcoLogic is throwing a Potty Party on Facebook
to celebrate the ultra-effective and environmentally friendly  
composting latrines that we are currently building in Panama.

In the Gulf of San Miguel, Panama, EcoLogic is working with  
communities and our regional partner organization to construct  
composting latrines for families in rural areas without access to  
plumbing. The latrines help reduce illness, protect water sources, and  
conserve fishing grounds that are vital to the communities' livelihood.

Save the Date!

On Friday, July 22nd, learn more about the latrine project, take  
online quizzes, get live updates from field staff about our work and  
be prepared to "potty" like there's no tomorrow.

Contact http://www.ecologic.org/en/ctdpanama


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Clean Economy Network - Breakfast of Champions with Nolan Browne
Friday, July 22, 2011 from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (ET)
Boston, MA

Please join Clean Economy Network of Boston
at our

July 22, 2011
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

At the offices of Cooley LLP
Boston, MA 02116-3736
500 Boylston Street

Our speaker will be
Nolan Browne
Managing Director - Fraunhofer CSE

Tickets are limited, so register today at http://cenbreakfast2.eventbrite.com/

Event Summary:
CEN is pleased to invite you to our Breakfast of Champions.  At these  
meetings, we will provide a forum for a limited number of attendees to  
have some breakfast, do some networking, and hear from a star in the  
local cleantech community who has an established career in the field.   
We will hear about successes and failures along their way, and have an  
opportunity for some Q&A as well.

8: 00 -8:30 - Breakfast and Networking
8:30 - 9:30 - Featured Speaker Nolan Browne and Q&A
9:30 - 10:00 - Wrap-up and Networking

Speaker Bio:
Browne co-founded the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems  
in February 2008 with the vision of creating a world-leading R&D lab  
in PV modules, building energy efficiency and certain smart grid  
applications.  Previously, he worked for Massachusetts-based Evergreen  
Solar, where he was responsible for developing research relationships  
to facilitate Evergreen's advanced PV module efforts and support their  
capacity expansion.  Prior to this, Nol served as a senior associate  
at Cambridge Energy Research Associates, where he started-up CERA's  
Clean Energy Study.

While at MIT, Browne co-founded the MIT Energy Conference and was  
involved with a number of energy startups, including GreenFuel  
Technologies. Nolan, a Kauffman Fellow Finalist, is active in the  
entrepreneurial and venture capital communities, where he has founded  
two successful for-profit companies to date. He holds an MA and BA in  
International Economics from Johns Hopkins University School of  
Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and an MBA from the  
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About Clean Economy Network:  The Clean Economy Network is the  
national non-partisan advocacy organization for individuals who  
support the development of a clean economy. It develops public  
positions on, and actively engages with policymakers and elected  
officials to lobby for, specific legislative proposals critical to the  
development and growth of a new clean economy.  CEN is the largest  
national networking, educational, and advocacy organization shaping a  
new economy based on clean technology and innovation.  Our members are  
professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, and researchers who connect  
to each other, learn information relevant to business and professional  
growth, and influence public policies that impact the clean economy.   
To learn more, please visit http://cleaneconomynetwork.org.

About Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE): Based in  
Cambridge, MA, the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems  
(CSE) is a non-profit applied research and development laboratory  
dedicated to the commercialization of clean energy technologies. CSE  
engages in collaborative research and development with private  
companies, government entities, and academic institutions, performing  
research that broadly benefits firms, industries, and society. These  
partnerships take a wide variety of forms, including confidential co- 
development programs, third-party technology validation, and joint  
applications for grant programs.

Founded in 2008 and supported by the Massachusetts state government,  
the CSE is part of an international research network spearheaded by  
Germany's Fraunhofer Society, Europe's largest contract R&D  
organization. In Germany, the Fraunhofer CSE is closely partnered with  
the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg  
and the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP) in Stuttgart. http://cse.fraunhofer.org


Barre MA - July 22-24th

After the first one was a huge sucesss, theMOVE (http://getoutma.org/)  
is proudly putting on our second farm-volunteer camping weekend, at  
Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre MA!

This weekend is designed for folks to get a rich experience taking  
part in the life of a working farm -- to get to to roots of how our  
food gets to us.  It's an amazing invitation into the home and onto  
the farm of NOFA/Mass Executive Director, Julie Rawson!  We'll enjoy  
delicious farm-fresh meals, some of which will be hand-picked by our  
group, and also we'll have time to hang out and soak in the beautiful  

The trip will run from Friday evening (7/22) to Sunday afternoon  
(7/24).  The trip fee is $80 ($70 for theMOVE members), which includes  
near-everything for the weekend (transportation, food, and  
accommodations).  We also have half-scholarships available if needed.   
18-person limit, so please sign up soon!

Get more information @ http://getoutma.org/volunteer!


Making a Green Solidarity Economy
A Community Conference to Build a More Just and Sustainable Future in  
Worcester and Beyond
Worcester Youth Center, 326 Chandler St.
Saturday, July 23, 10am-6pm

The Worcester Green Jobs Coalition and the Making a Green Solidarity  
Economy Planning Committee invites Organizers, Activists, Academics,  
Media, and Community Members to participate in workshops, discussions,  
music and fun.

The conference will bring together individuals and organizations in  
Central Massachusetts who are working towards progressive social,  
environmental, and economic goals. The day's events are structured to  
help share resources and skills, discuss best practices, strengthen  
inter-organizational relationships, and identify actions we can take  
together to make a green solidarity economy for the betterment of our  
communities. Morning workshops and discussions will build towards an  
afternoon dedicated to more participatory envisioning and planning  
that will identify specific actions groups can take to support each  
other and generate new initiatives that can transform our economy. The  
evening session will feature local musicians and food in a casual  
atmosphere to encourage further discussion and relationship-building.
The ecological and economic crises present both challenges and  
opportunities. Increasing social dislocation, insecurity, entrenched  
unemployment, and growing inequalities demand that we rethink the  
foundations of our economy and recreate our communities. In Worcester,  
we have the opportunity to build a new economy based on ethical  
choices rather than market logics, an economy organized through a  
caring community rather than by predatory profit-seeking, and an  
economy that marshals our political and social resources instead of  
handing them over through corporate welfare and broken political  
systems.  Now is the time to Make a Green Solidarity Economy that  
privileges people over profits and sustainability over environmental  

Contact:   Lazri DiSalvo
Phone: (860) 309-5690; Email: Lazri.disalvo at gmail.com


July 10th marked the beginning of this season's Sunday Parkland Games,  
and a good time was had by all!  If you joined us in past summers  
you'll no doubt recall a multitude of activities and enough games to  
keep kids of all ages entertained throughout the afternoon.  If you  
haven't attended yet, we invite you to bring your friends and family  
members for bocce, badminton, horse shoes, hula hoops, and much, much  
more! And following the Games, don't forget to stay for a free outdoor  
yoga class, taught by certified instructors.

Sundays, July 10th-September 25th
Allston's Herter Park

Games & Activities: 2-5pm
Yoga: 5-6pm

All active parkland activities are FREE and open to the public!

For additional information, please contact Charles River Conservancy's  
Director of Outdoor Wellness, Dr. Alexios Monopolis, at anm at thecharles.org 
.  For more information, visit  www.thecharles.org.  Weekly updates  
and weather cancellations will be posted on our Facebook page.




The Open Technology Initiative: How Geeks, Wonks, & Field Operatives  
are Fighting to Transform Inside-the-Beltway Policy-Making
Tuesday, July 26, 12:30pm ET,

Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St., Cambridge, MA.

RSVP ashar at cyber.law.harvard.edu

This event will be webcast live at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast

Since its founding in 2009, the New America Foundation's Open  
Technology Initiative (OTI) has been a catalyst for innovative  
technology and telecom interventions. OTI's formulates policy and  
regulatory reforms to support open architectures and open source  
innovations and facilitates the development and implementation of open  
technologies and communications networks. OTI is committed to  
maximizing the potentials of open technologies, particularly for poor,  
rural, and other underserved constituencies. Through its work, OTI  
promotes affordable, universal, and ubiquitous communications  
networks. This talk will focus on three projects that have captured  
substantial attention over the past year: 1. OTI is working in  
Philadelphia and Detroit to build community wireless networks in areas  
underserved by broadband providers. 2. OTI coordinates  
MeasurementLab.net (M-Lab), an open, distributed, global platform for  
Internet measurement tools. 3. Commotion Mesh Wireless Project  
(a.k.a., "Internet-in-a-Suitcase") -- as recent events in Tunisia,  
Egypt, and Libya have illustrated (and Myanmar demonstrated several  
years prior), democratic activists around the globe need a secure and  
reliable platform to ensure their communications cannot be controlled  
or cut off by authoritarian regimes. Sascha Meinrath is the Director  
of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative and  
Research Director of the Foundation's Wireless Future Program. Sascha  
has been described as a "community Internet pioneer" and an  
"entrepreneurial visionary" and is a well-known expert on community  
wireless networks (CWNs), municipal broadband, and telecommunications  
policy. In 2009 he was named one of Ars Technica's Tech Policy "People  
to Watch". RSVP Required (ashar at cyber.law.harvard.edu). More  
information at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2011/07/meinrath 


Monday June 27, 2011 — 8pm at Middlesex Lounge
315 Mass Ave, Cambridge

In Central Square


Featuring Nerd-appropriate tunes by Claude Money

Talk 1. “Wake, REM, Light, Deep, and WTF: A Savage Journey to the  
Heart of Sleep & Dreams”
by Steve Fabregas

Talk 2. “The Neurobiology of Zombies”
by Jeremy Kay

For more information about the speakers and the talks:  http://boston.nerdnite.com/2011/06/23/nerdnite-june-27-sleepin-with-the-zombies/


The Ethical Society of Boston will be presenting a program, Sunday,  
July 31 from 10AM to 12PM.


The discussion will take place at the Spiegel Auditorium, 56 Brattle  
St., Harvard Sq.  Cambridge.

The discussion will be led by the Ethical Society Program Director  
Andrea Perrault


The Ethical Society of Boston will have a discussion on Sunday, August  
7 from 10AM to 12PM.


The discussion will take place at Spiegel Auditorium, 56 Brattle St.,  
Harvard Sq., Cambridge.

The discussion will be led an Ethical Society member - Gaston de los  




AC Swap – The Cambridge Energy Alliance’s window air conditioner swap  
program is in progress.  Residents can obtain a voucher for $125 if  
they swap an inefficient window AC unit for an Energy Star rated  
model  This is a limited time offer.  Go to the CEA website for  
participation details:  http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/resources/a-c-swap


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  


Young World Inventors (http://yinventors.wordpress.com/) has started a  
Kickstarter campaign (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1036325713/youngworldinventorscom 
) to fund insider web stories of African and American innovators in  
collaboration, whom Diane Hendrix will be following with her camera  
from June 23 to August 2 in Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. They are  
building a community and raising funds for production and editing.

One of the people she will be following is Bernard Kiwia, a Tanzanian  
inventor who teamed up with MIT grad Jodie Wu to start Global Cycle  
Solutions in Arusha, near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  They are  
starting with ten insider stories of innovators (high and low tech) in  
East Africa on a new interactive site, with collaborators who'll help  
distribute stories, such as AITI, who who led us to some fascinating  
projects (see our intro to AITI on YouTube).

Editorial Comment:  I too have met Bernard Kiwia and am deeply  
impressed by the variety of projects and collaborations happening  
between Africa and the USA.  Bernard's bicycle cell phone charger is  
only one of the many innovative ideas coming out of young African and  
American imaginations and expertise these days.


What you need to know: The Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur (YSE)  
Competition is a global competition created by Staples Foundation and  
Ashoka to recognize exceptional young people using innovation and  
technology to advance social change and improve their community and  
the world.

Who’s eligible?: Young people (age 12-24), living anywhere in the  
world, are eligible to apply.

Dates and details: Apply online between June 22 and September 19, 2011.

For more information:  http://ashokayouthcompetition.org/
Laura Sampath
MIT International Development Initiative
77 Mass Ave, 10-110
Cambridge MA 02139

Sign up for the 2011 Yunus Challenge Facebook page: yunus2011 at groups.facebook.com


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




Cambridge Residents!
Trade in your old inefficient air conditioners:
Cambridge Energy Alliance (CEA), in partnership with the City of  
Cambridge and local retailers, is offering residents through July, the  
chance to swap old air conditioning units for new energy Star-rated  
window models. Participants will receive $125 voucher for purchasing  
Energy Star -rated air conditioners which use about 10% less energy.  
For more information call: (617) 491-0488.


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.


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


Bostonsmart.com's Guide to Boston  http://www.bostonsmarts.com/BostonGuide/


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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