[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Aug 14 12:52:51 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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Hands on the Freedom Plow:  Personal Accounts by the Women in SNCC


Monday, August 15, 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


Pitch Fest 2011: Minute to Pitch It
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (ET)
Boston, MA

Be ahead of the game. Be wow'd by 1-minute pitches from the teams  
working to change the world at MassChallenge.
Oh, and have a couple of beers and snacks, on us.

When: Tuesday, August 16 2011 @ 6-9pm
Where: MassChallenge, Inc. Accelerator Space
ONE Marina Park Drive, 14th Flr
55 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210

Register at http://minutetopitchit.eventbrite.com/


Harvard/Cambridge Walk for Peace
WHEN  Wed., Aug. 17, 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.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011 1:00 pm

Eastern Daylight Time (Indiana, GMT-04:00)
Cut the Crap:  how to Develop Greener, Lower-Cost Products Webinar

register at


Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Worlds Beyond: The Search for Life in the Universe
Time: 1:00p–6:00p
Location: MIT, 32-100
Is there life beyond Earth? This is a question that has fascinated  
humankind for millennia. The science of astrobiology seeks to answer  
this question by exploring the possibilities of life elsewhere in the  
universe. This temporary exhibit, created by local teenagers and young  
adults, combines results from scientific investigations and current  
events in astrobiology with the enthusiasm and creativity of its  
designers. In the process, the exhibit leads visitors on an  
interactive experience to learn how we can search for life beyond our  
own planet, expanding our concept of what it means to be human.

Web site: http://epo.mit.edu/exhibit
Open to: the general public
This event occurs daily through August 19, 2011.
Sponsor(s): Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, MKI  
in NE80, MIT NASA Astrobiology Team
For more information, contact:
Irene Porro
iporro at mit.edu


Android Tablet Wars: An Overview
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
MIT Building E-51, Room 335
Presenters:  Brian DeLacey - bdelacey gmail com,Jerry Feldman,  
Associate Director, Boston Linux & Unix - gaf blu org, Richard Pieri -  
richard.pieri gmail com, Tom Sohmers - trsohmers mit edu, Kurt  
Keville, Systems Administrator, MIT Clinical Research Center -  
kkeville alum mit edu, Matt Wendorf - mwendorf surrex com


We explore the various Android tablet devices that just hit the market


Jerry Feldman will showcase the Barnes & Noble Color Nook, hacked to  
run unlocked Android OS. Matt Wendorf will cover the Motorola Xoom.  
Brian DeLacey will demonstrate the Vizio tablet, from apps to changing  
TV channels and solar recharging. Tom Sohmers will present the HP  
Touchpad. Kurt Keville will showcase a stealth tablet. Richard Pieri  
will talk about Android as an appliance operating system, and tablets  
as one possible platform.The presenters will touch on the following  
areas for several Android Tablets:
Android Version / Platform Customizations
Hardware Specs (RAM, SSD, Processor / Speed, Sensors, Battery Life,  
Screen size etc.)
Price / Purchase experience
Usage Scenarios and Application Demonstration
Surprises and Wish Lists
We will also have a "Tablet Show-and-Tell" discussion for any  
attendees who would like to show off their Android tablets.


How Much Is Enough: Our Values in Question
A play exploring our relationship to money from The Foundry Theater  
and ArtsEmerson.
Written by Kirk Lynn with artistic direction from Melanie Joseph.
How Much Is Enough cannot be rehearsed without a live audience!  
Community groups and organizations all over Boston are needed to start  
the conversation.
"Okay. Now raise your hand if you feel like:? The way I make my money  
is a reflection of my values.
All right. Now raise your hand if you feel like: The way I spend my  
money is a reflection of my values. Okay. Now, if you're willing to  
answer a few questions, please keep your hands raised as everyone  
opens their eyes."
Be a part of the Foundry's first ever audience performance company and  
help deepen our inquiry and find the structure of this unusual  
interactive theatrical event.

How Much is Enough: The Rehearsals (Free!)
August 18, September 11 (start times vary, runtime approx. 2 hrs)
Paramount Center
559 Washington Street
Sign up here:? http://bit.ly/VALUESrehearsals.?

If you would like to attend a performance, please visit  
artsemerson.org for details or call the Box Office at 617.824.8400.


The Future of Government - Civic Innovation Delivering Transformative  
Thursday, August 18, 2011 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM (ET)
Boston, MA

Workshop and Discussion

Featured Speakers:
Nigel Jacob, Co-Chair, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics
Chris Osgood, Co-Chair, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics

ONE Marina Park Drive at FAN PIER
55 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210

Register at http://futureofgovernment.eventbrite.com/


Thursday, August 18th
MassChallenge Headquarters


Boston GreenFest 2011
Boston City Hall Plaza
Thursday, Aug 18   5 pm - 9:30 pm  (Performers/Food)
Friday, Aug 19       noon - 9:30 pm  (Exhibitors/Food/Vendors/ 
Saturday, Aug 20    11 am - 8 pm  (Exhibitors/Food/Vendors/Performers)
The EcoParty Continues Every Night at the Hard Rock Café Presented by  


- Native American Drum Ceremony
- Green Fireworks and Light Show
- Transportation Tomorrow Today!
- Over 200 Exhibitors
- 200 Live Performances
- GreenSouleStage
- Great Escape with Alexanderia!
- EcoSalsa Fashion Show
- Jambalaya and Samba Dancers
- YMAA Kung Fu Demonstration
- NESA Gymnastic Presentation
- Tap Off with Boston Tap Company
- Green Entrepreneur Small Biz Forum
- EcoCafé, EcoGallery, EcoBazaar
- GreenFilmFest
- EcoFashion Pop-Up Shop
- One Gallon ChallengeTM
- EcoTimeTunnel
- BPS EcoPhoto Contest
- EcoPoetry with Seitu
- Boston GreenFest Quilt
- Fun for Kids!

Editorial Comment:  Your editor will be doing a Solar IS Civil Defense  
demo on Friday and Saturday.


Don't miss Boston's annual bike tour showcasing the work of many to  
strengthen Boston's local food system.

The 2011 Tour de Farms is Saturday, Aug 20, leaving from Franklin Park  
and visiting Allandale Farm, Newton Community Farm, The Neighborhood  
Farm, Brookwood Community Farm and the Roslindale Farmers Market.

For more information and to register, see: http://www.zerve.com/AdvenTours/TdF


Boston Social Impact Potluck #III
Saturday, August 20, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM (ET)
36 Sciarappa Street, Roofdeck
Cambridge, MA 02141

Come mingle with other social entrepreneurs. Bring your friends who  
would be interested as well or want to hang out with other cool people  
trying to save the world [or at least make a lasting impact]!

It's a potluck but you don't have to bring a feast. So bring something  
light eatery or baked goods... or beer.... or wine - what ever your  
heart desires.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the two co- 

Adrian Wong
awong209 at gmail.com
mobile 626-607-6029
Justin Kang
justinjkang at gmail.com

Please take our survey to make our potlucks more fun and your social  
impact experience now and for the future better: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TZK7GXZ

Register at http://bostonsocialpotlucks.eventbrite.com/




MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series
Ricardo Valerdi, Associate Professor, University of Arizona

Date: August 22, 2011

Time: Noon - 1 p.m.

Open to all

Register at https://mitweb.webex.com/mitweb/j.php?ED=145050207&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

About the Presentation
Competence in systems thinking is implicitly assumed among the  
population of engineers and managers — in fact, most technical people  
claim to be systems thinkers. But this competence is not as prevalent  
as these assertions might lead one to assume. Controlled experiments  
show that systems thinking performance, even among highly educated  
people, is poor. This presentation provides a set of systems thinking  
competencies and demonstrates how these are not as common as  
advertised. We also discuss how these competencies can be measured.
The main thesis is that systems thinking is not a natural act because  
(1) evolution has favored mechanisms tuned to dealing with immediate  
surface features of problems and (2) the Western education system  
tends to emphasize reductionist approaches. We discuss the  
implications of the current state and provide recommendations for  
closing the gap between the demand and supply of systems thinking  
through the use of systems thinking flight simulators. Finally, key  
takeaways are provided for the application of systems thinking across  
a variety of scenarios.

About the Speaker
Now an associate professor at the University of Arizona, Ricardo  
Valerdi was formerly a research associate in the Lean Advancement  
Initiative in the Engineering Systems Division at MIT.
Dr. Valerdi is a two-time recipient of the Best Thesis Advisor Award  
in the MIT Technology & Policy Program, the Best Article of the Year  
Award in theSystems Engineering Journal, and Best Paper Awards at the  
INCOSE Symposium, Conference on Systems Engineering Research and  
International Society of Parametric Analysts.

His research focuses on systems engineering metrics, cost estimation,  
test & evaluation, human systems integration, enterprise  
transformation, and performance measurement. His research has been  
funded by Army Test & Evaluation, Navy Acquisition Research Program,  
Air Force Office of the Surgeon General, Air Force Acquisition Chief  
Process Office, BAE Systems, and the IBM Center for the Business of  

Dr. Valerdi is the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Enterprise  
Transformation, served on the Board of Directors of the International  
Council on Systems Engineering, and is a senior member of the IEEE. He  
received his BS/BA in electrical engineering from the University of  
San Diego in 1999, and his MS and PhD degrees in systems architecting  
and engineering from the University of Southern California in 2002 and  

About the Series
The MIT System Design and Management Program Systems Thinking Webinar  
Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students,  
and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate  
information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering,  
management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.

Topic: Why Systems Thinking is Not a Natural Act
Date: Monday, August 22, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

To register for this meeting
1. Go to https://mitweb.webex.com/mitweb/j.php?ED=145050207&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D
2. Register for the meeting.

Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation  
email with instructions for joining the meeting.

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link:

For assistance
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2. On the left navigation bar, click "Support".

You can contact me at:
sgd+sdmwebex at mit.edu


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The Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, The Boston Parks and Recreation  
Department, The City of Boston Women’s Commission, and The  
Massachusetts Women’s Suffrage Celebration Committee
Invite you to attend

Women’s Equality Day

The 91st Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, The Release of Boston  
Women’s Heritage Trail's HerStory Map, & The Paget Family - Founders  
of the Public Garden Swan Boats, a Newly Dedicated Historic Boston  

Friday, August 26, 2011
11:00 a.m. - Noon
Swan Boats Pavilion, Boston Public Garden

Info at:  http://www.mass.gov/ago/womensequality



Date: 8/26/2011 - 8/30/2011
Location: Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive,  
Cambridge, MA 02142
Time: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Audience: Students and faculty from the Boston area and around the  
country working on ventures for the developing world
Description: Please note that this is a week-long workshop: August  
26-30, 2011

VentureLab Sustainable Vision is a 5-day intensive workshop for  
students and faculty working on projects and ventures for the  
developing world. Students from Boston University, Northeastern, MIT  
(including Legatum fellows) Harvard and Tufts will meet and work with  
students from other programs around the country, to develop strong,  
sustainable business models that create products or services for the  
benefit of people living in poverty.




Event Details
Date: 9/7/2011
Location: Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive,  
Cambridge, MA 02142
Time: 8:00am - 9:30am
Audience: Root Cause's 2011-2012 Social Innovation Forum semifinalists
Twitter: @RootCause

Description: The Semifinalist Information Session is an optional, but  
recommended session for all 2011-2012 semifinalists as we want to make  
sure that organizations understand both the process going forward and  
the expectations for those chosen as Social Innovators. We will focus  
on what we’re looking for in the second-round application and how  
those applications are evaluated. We will also bring in a 2011 Social  
Innovator to speak for a few minutes about his/her personal experience  
with the Social Innovation Forum.

Register at http://microsoftcambridge.com/Events/RootCausesSocialInnovationForumSeptember2011/tabid/821/Default.aspx


Wednesday, September 21st, 2011, 7:00 p.m.  Sustainability and  
Portland's 5 Ecodistricts: A Discussion with Garry Sotnik

Join us for a a round table discussion with sustainability economist,  
Garry Sotnik,visiting from the hub of environmental innovation,  
Portland, Oregon. Presenting his paper on Portland's five  
ecodistricts, an initiative launched in 2009 in Portland, OR, to  
catalyze the city’s transition process towards sustainable  
development, Garry will also share his analysis on adaptability: What  
does it mean to adapt? What is required for adaptation? And what can  
be done to assist human systems (e.g. households, communities,  
regions, etc.) in adapting? He will then open the floor for an open  
discussion on the role of community organizing within the  
environmental movement, the ideas of connectedness and resiliency in  
the face of climate change, what could movements in Boston learn from  
the large-scale and well-subsidized efforts in Portland, similarly,  
what can the Ecodistrict Initiative learn from grassroots and multi- 
focus social change organizing?

encuentro 5
33 Harrison Avenue
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Close to Chinatown, Downtown Crossing, and Boylston T stops


Join us for the Greater Boston Slow Money Entrepreneur Showcase!
Thursday, September 22
6pm – 9pm
Non-Profit Center
89 South Street, Boston
South Street Conference Center

We will be bringing together investors, sustainable food entrepreneurs  
and leaders working together to rebuild our local food system. Learn  
about investment opportunities and how you can participate in  
rebuilding local economies based on the principles of soil fertility,  
sense of place, care of the commons and economic, cultural and  
biological diversity.

For investors: The Entrepreneur Showcase will provide access to  
sustainable food and farming businesses at different stages of  
development from start-up to expansion of existing businesses. The  
businesses and initiatives are also seeking different levels of  
financing — from small loans to major capital, as well as donations.   
Greater Boston Slow Money encourages investors of all resource levels  
to attend including institutional, individual, accredited, and  
unaccredited investors. This showcase event is not an offer to sell  
securities or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities.

For Entrepreneurs: The Showcase is a tightly produced event. Each  
entrepreneur will have five minutes and 6 slides to tell their  
stories, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A from the audience.  Presenters  
will also benefit from the networking opportunity specifically  
designed to encourage and elevate investor dialog. Throughout the  
event, your collateral will be available for attendees, and you will  
be mentioned in all promotional materials for the event.

The Entrepreneur Showcase offers all the advantages of a traditional  
venture fair and many more. Because of the shared vision that brings  
us all together, it is an unparalleled opportunity for you to build  
relationships with investors and entrepreneurs from all over the  
region. We are confident that, if chosen to participate, you will have  
opportunities to make important connections that add value to your  

Given the relatively short time horizon, please submit your  
application no later than Wednesday, August 31, 2011. Demand for  
participation in the Showcase is high; spots will fill up.

To apply: send an email to gbslowmoney at gmail.com and we will send you  
the application.   It is free to apply, but costs $25 to present and  
take advantage of this exciting opportunity.




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




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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