[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Jan 22 20:09:04 PST 2012

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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Reinventing Fire  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/01/22/1057420/-Reinventing-Fire


Brookline Climate Action Week
Activities from January 24 to January 29


New England Clean Energy Transmission Summit

Monday, January 23, 2012
9:00am - 4:30pm

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Connolly Center, Fourth Floor, 600  
Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA

  RSVP at sthomas at energyfuturecoalition.org

Congressman Ed Markey
U.S. House of Representatives

Representative Edward J. Markey, a national leader on energy and the  
environment, is the Ranking Democratic Member of the House Natural  
Resources Committee and Senior Member of the Energy and Commerce  
Committee. He has served on the Committee since his election to the  
House of Representatives in 1976. In addition to being a steward of  
our public lands, national parks, and oceans, Rep.Markey has fought to  
create new jobs in American clean energy. He also consistently served  
as consumer champion against rising gas prices and foreign oil.

Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Commissioner Cheryl A. LaFleur has more than 20 years experience as a  
leader in the electric and natural gas industry. She retired in 2007  
as executive vice president and acting CEO of National Grid USA,  
responsible for the delivery of electricity to 3.4 million customers  
in the Northeast. Her previous positions at National Grid USA and its  
predecessor New England Electric System included chief operating  
officer, president of the New England distribution companies and  
general counsel.

New England Clean Energy Transmission Summit on Monday, January 23rd  
from 9 am to 4:30 pm at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston --a series  
of keynote addresses and panel discussions intended to forge clean  
energy solutions drawing on the full range of options, from renewable  
energy to transmission infrastructure to demand side solutions like  
energy efficiency.

The event will feature Congressman Ed Markey, FERC Commissioner Cheryl  
LaFleur, and a video address from environmental advocate Bill  
McKibben. Attendance at this event is free, and breakfast, lunch, and  
a reception are included.


Day 1: Leadership in the 21st Century
Monday, January 23, 2012


MIT, Building E51-149, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Understanding what makes a person an effective Leader - "The Art of  

Speaker: Partha S. Ghosh

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/psgleadership
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming
For more information, contact:
UAAP Staff
uaap-www at mit.edu


Cold Fusion 101: Introduction to Excess Power in Fleischmann-Pons  
Mon-Fri, Jan 23-27, 30-31,
11am-12:30pm, 4-145 Mon -Thurs,
MIT, Building 4-149, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Peter Hagelstein

Excess power production in the Fleischmann-Pons experiment; lack of  
confirmation in early negative experiments; theoretical problems and  
Huizenga's three miracles; physical chemistry of PdD; electrochemistry  
of PdD; loading requirements on excess power production; the nuclear  
ash problem and He-4 observations; approaches to theory; screening in  
PdD; PdD as an energetic particle detector; constraints on the alpha  
energy from experiment; overview of theoretical approaches; coherent  
energy exchange between mismatched quantum systems; coherent x-rays in  
the Karabut experiment and interpretation; excess power in the NiH  
system; Piantelli experiment; prospects for a new small scale clean  
nuclear energy technology.

On 1/30 and 1/31 M. Swartz will discuss results he has obtained from a  
variety of cold fusion experiments he has done over the years. He has  
observed excess power in PdD and in NiH experiments; typical energy  
gains in the range of 2-3 are seen, with a few experiments giving  
higher energy gain; he has carried out a demonstration of his  
experiment previously at MIT; and energy produced from cold fusion  
reactions has been used to drive a Stirling engine.
Contact: Peter Hagelstein, plh at mit.edu
Sponsor: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


Government and Policy Panel
Monday, January 23, 2012
MIT, Building 68-181, 31 Ames Street, Cambridge
Gerard Ostheimer, Foreign Agriculture Service International Affairs  
Specialist, US Department of Agriculture
Jacqueline Ashmore, Director of Projects and Planning, Union of  
Concerned Scientists

Major decisions are made in Washington, D.C. that affect our research  
budgets, health care, and foods and drugs. As scientists we can get  
involved in the federal policymaking process and provide valuable  
scientific expertise and analysis to some of the biggest questions of  
our day. Find out what steps to take and what programs are available  
for Ph.D.s that want to participate in policy decisions.

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Biology


Topics in Bioengineering
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Harvard, Geological Museum, Room 102, Haller Hall, 24 Oxford Street,  

Speaker:  George Church
Founding Core Faculty Member and Platform Leader for Biomaterials  
Evolution, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at  
Harvard University
Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health  
Sciences and Technology at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of  
Technology (MIT)

Contact information:george.ye at gmail.com


Hackademia: Leveraging the Conflict Between Expertise and Innovation  
to Create Disruptive Technologies
Tuesday, January 24, 12:30 pm
Harvard, Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2012/01/kolko#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our  
site shortly after at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast

Beth Kolko, University of Washington

This talk describes two projects that tackle the same issue: how and  
why do nonexperts contribute to innovation? The conflict between  
expertise and innovation sits uneasily in academia, where the  
enterprise hinges on doling out official credentials. But a lack of  
expertise can in fact drive people to create the kind of disruptive  
technologies that really are game-changers. In this presentation I'll  
present findings from a book-in-progress based on interviews with  
hackers and makers  tentatively titled "Why Rulebreakers Will Rule the  
World." That book connects the hacking and making/DIY communities at  
the point of disruptive technologies, demonstrating how the lack of  
institutional affiliation and formal credentials within each community  
opens up the space for creative problem-solving approaches. The  
presentation will also discuss the results of a two-year experiment  
I've been running within the university entitled "Hackademia" which is  
an attempt to infect academic pursuits with a hacker ethos and  
challenge non-experts to see themselves as potentially significant  
contributors to innovative technologies. Hackademia is a semi-formal  
learning group that introduces mostly nontechnical students to basic  
technical skills and presents them with an open-ended challenge. There  
have been six iterations of the group so far, and each quarter new  
students join as we use a participant-observation model to explore how  
nontechnical adults gain technical skills. Hackademia is driven by a  
desire to create functional rather than accredited engineers, to  
position engineering literacy as a skill that's as important to an  
informed citizenry as science literacy, and to help individuals see  
themselves as creators rather than consumers.

About Beth
Dr. Beth Kolko is an Associate Professor in the Department of  
Technical Communication at the University of Washington.  She was  
previously a professor of English at the University of Wyoming and the  
University of Texas at Arlington with a specialty in rhetoric.

She has been active in the technology and communication areas for  
nearly two decades. Her work in the early 1990s focused on rhetorical  
theory and cultural studies with an emphasis on writing as a social  
act. Studying writers in informal educational settings, both offline  
and online, sparked her interest in the Internet (which was then text- 
based) as a writing environment. As the development of new Internet  
technologies resulted in changes to the kind content online, her  
research shifted from considering texts to multimedia. Her work on  
virtual communities at that point began to include visual  
representations of users in online environments and issues related to  
community fragmentation online. That work was tied to her long-term  
interests in how identity and diversity impact people’s use of  
technology. Her chapter “Erasing @race: Going White in the  
(Inter)Face” in her co-edited volume Race and Cyberspace framed the  
argument about diversity and technology in terms of interface design  
and assumptions about users. She is also the editor of Virtual Publics  
(Columbia UP, 2003), co-author of Writing in an Electronic World  
(Longman, 2001), and the author of numerous journal articles and book  

Her current research further develops the idea of diversity and  
technology by focusing on information and communications technologies  
in developing countries in order to counteract what could be called a  
failure of imagination in terms of how devices, software, and services  
are designed. The possible benefit of ICTs across domains has been  
documented, but much of the technology currently available does not  
consider the infrastructure and regulatory challenges of most usage  
environments, or the multi-lingual, low-literacy, and other elements  
of users’ context. To that end, her current research project is  
focused on Design for Digital Inclusion (DDI), which applies theory- 
based analyses of culture and technology in order to examine how  
technology is used in diverse settings. One goal of this project is to  
demonstrate how technologists, social scientists, and humanities  
scholars can collaborate on technology-related development and  
implementation projects.


Climate Policy and Outcomes from Durban
Tue Jan 24
MIT, Building E51-151, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Paul Natsuo Kishimoto, Arthur Gueneau

Concerned about climate change, but unsure how our policy options  
stack up? Come learn enough to hold your own at a cocktail party on  
current climate policy topics! From the basic economics to the pros  
and cons and political feasibility of different policy options, this  
course will be a tour de force of current issues in climate change  
economics and policy.

In particular, we'll help you decipher the outcomes from Durban in  
November 2011, and compare the stances of the major players as the  
world works towards a 2015 agreement to replace the Kyoto protocol.

Web: http://globalchange.mit.edu/news/event-item.php?id=471
Contact: Megan Lickley, E19-411, mlickley at mit.edu
Sponsor: Joint Program/Science and Policy of Global Change
Cosponsor: Center for Global Change Science


Too Big to Know
Tuesday, January 24

Harvard Law School
RSVP required for those attending in person:  http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2012/01/weinberger
Co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library and the Office of the  
Senior Associate Provost at Harvard University

David Weinberger, Berkman Center and Harvard Law School Library Lab

We used to know how to know. Get some experts, maybe a methodology,  
add some criteria and credentials, publish the results, and you get  
knowledge we can all rely on. But as knowledge is absorbed by our new  
digital medium, it's becoming clear that the fundamentals of knowledge  
are not properties of knowledge but of its old paper medium. Indeed,  
the basic strategies of knowledge that emerged in the West addressed a  
basic problem: skulls don't scale. But the Net does. Now networked  
knowledge is taking on the properties of its new medium: never being  
settled, including disagreement within itself, and becoming not a set  
of stopping points but a web of temptations. Networked knowledge, for  
all its strengths, has its own set of problems. But, in knowledge's  
new nature there is perhaps a hint about why the Net has such  
surprising transformative power.

About David
David Weinberger writes about the effect of technology on ideas.

He is the author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined and Everything Is  
Miscellaneous, and is the co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto. His  
book, Too Big to Know, is about the Internet's effect on how and what  
we know.

Dr. Weinberger is a senior researcher at the Berkman Center. He is  
also co-director of the Harvard Law School Library Lab, and is a  
Franklin Fellow at the United States Department of State. He has a  
doctorate in philosophy.


"Fuel Your Mind" -- A Primer on Transportation Fuels, Current and Future
Wed Jan 25,
MIT, Building 32-124, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

William H. Green (MIT Dept. of Chem. Eng.), BP Global Fuels Technology

How is crude oil converted into gasoline and other transportation  
fuels? Is the gasoline available in Boston the same as what is  
available in Chicago? What are biofuels and what is driving the demand  
for these fuels of the future? Which fuel properties matter for  

Please join us in this short course offered by engineers from BP and  
Prof. Green to answer these questions, and to gain a better  
understanding of transportation fuels, and fuel processing technology.

Experiences so far with E85 (and CNG) illustrate some of the realities  
which make it very challenging to introduce alternative fuels which  
are not compatible with existing engines and infrastructure.

Topics to be addressed include:

1. Fuel Performance Criteria
2. Refining
3. Gasoline and Diesel
4. Biofuels, Ethanol & E85

Contact: William Green, 66-350, x3-4580, whgreen at mit.edu
Sponsor: Chemical Engineering

Reversing Global Warming and Desertification with Livestock?

Counter Intuitive Thinking: A Futurists Inquiry

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Tufts, The Fletcher School, Cabot 702, 170 Packard Avenue, Medford

with Seth Itzkan President, Planet-TECH Associates

Global warming and desertification are universally understood to be  
exacerbated through poor land and livestock management, but can a new  
practice called Holistic Management use cattle to restore depleted  
grasslands and sequester carbon? This presentation will investigate  
the counter intuitive idea that livestock can improve soil health and  
enhance climate stability, but only when managed in a way that mimics  
the ungulate herd behavior that grasslands evolved with. This simple  
change to livestock management, it is argued by its practitioners,  
could be one of the most important tools we have to address global  

Seth Itzkan is a Tufts graduate (E'83) and President of Planet-TECH  
Associates, a consultancy that looks at trends and innovations.  
Recently, at the invitation of the Savory Institute, he spent six  
weeks with the Africa Center for Holistic Management in Zimbabwe.  
There he saw firsthand the practice of Holistic Planned Grazing, using  
increased numbers of livestock to reverse desertification, improving  
both grass cover and water cycle. This is part of a growing trend  
where land managers move cattle in a fashion that simulates wild herds  
in the presence of predation - tightly packed and mobile with no  
overgrazing. Seth will share photos, videos, stories and discuss the  
history and penetration of this practice. He will also consider its  
potential impact on land management policies and how we regard  
ecosystem services, including the role of herbivores in the matrix of  
climate stabilization. Seth is a member of the World Future Studies  
Federation (WFSF) and former Co-President of the Boston Chapter of  
World Future Society. He has consulted on trends and innovations for  
The Boston Foundation, The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, and  
The US Census Bureau.

Open to the public. Convened by Professor William Moomaw, Director of  
the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy and  
Professor of International Environmental Policy at Fletcher.


Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy: "What Are the Welfare  
Costs of Shoreline Loss? Housing Market Evidence from a Discontinuity  
Matching Design"
WHEN  Wed., Jan. 25, 2012, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE Harvard Kennedy School, Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Sustainability
SPEAKER(S)  Matthew Ranson



Wed 1/25

7:00 pm

Occuoy Boston RADIO http://www.occupyboston.org/radio/ or http://obr.fm

with Wayne Clark and Marlene Archer of Occupy Newton

Wayne Clark has been involved with cooperative businesses over many  
years, and will talk about what a cooperative is and is not, and how  
by organizing production in cooperatives we can build for a non- 
capitalist future.
Marlene Archer works with a non-profit that acquires old computers,  
including relatively recent ones being replaced by corporations and  
rich institutions, and recycles them to make low cost computers  
available to individuals and smaller non-profits.  She will talk about  
computer recycling, and other ways of accessing computing power on a  
limited budget.

Occupy Boston Radio is currently available by internet only.  You can  
reach us at http://www.occupyboston.org/radio/ or http://obr.fm, or by  
going to
http://occupyboston.org and choosing "Radio" from the upper right of  
the red menu bar at the top of the page.  Once on the page, click the  
"play" arrow on the radio player control app to begin listening.    
Listener participation is possible via call-in or IRC chat - see phone  
number and link on the radio page.

FSU-RADIO is an educational series by Occupy Boston's Free School  
University. Our goal is to form an autonomous zone and share skills  
needed to maintain that, to entertain educate and enliven Occupiers  
and the general public. Our purpose is to provide support and space  
for skill sharing and sharing basic info regarding Occupy Boston and  
to encourage self-organization, teaching, and learning opportunities.

Our Wednesday program consists of TALK radio featuring educational  
content such as lectures, panel discussions and interviews.

Host: David Knuttunen (guest hosts from time to time)
Time: WED 7-8pm

To propose a guest for the program, email fsu at occupyboston.org, or call
David Knuttunen 617-558-5853.

NB:  Marlene is a co-worker at the public access computing site,  
Virtually Wired, back in the day and part of the Boston Computer  
Society Environmental Computing Group.


"Horses and Thunder" - Meeting Energy Needs Through Deepwater Oil  
Exploration and Production

Thursday, January 26, 2012


MIT, Building 3-370, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Patrick Cooke and Dr. Adam Ballard (BP) and Prof. Ahmed F.  
Ghoniem, Mechanical Engineering

This short course will discuss these and other important energy  
questions, focusing on gaining better understanding of exploring and  
producing oil and gas in deep water basins.

Open to: MIT community and general public

Sponsor(s): CEPR/RGD Laboratory

For more information, contact:
Lorraine M. Rabb
lrabb at mit.edu


+ Garden Lab

January 26th

6:30 PM
Brandt Gallery, South Building, Mass Art, Huntington Avenue, Boston

Come and see an evolving group exhibition at the Mass Art Brandt  
Gallery. The show includes a series of public workshops.  One part of  
the exhibit will develop two garden-based pieces throughout the  
duration of the exhibition that visualize the future social and  
botanical ecologies that could emerge as a result of climate change.  
For more information visit the Garden Lab web site at http://sf.massart.edu/gardenlab/


Data Day:  A free one-day conference
Friday, January 27th, 2012
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

Curry Student Center, Northeastern University, 346 Huntington Avenue,  

Register at http://dataday2012.eventbrite.com/

About Data Day
More data are available today than ever before. In addition, new tools  
are making it easier to explore trends, craft powerful stories, and  
spur change. Learn how to access information, meet colleagues from  
across sectors, and get inspired to apply data to your work, all for  
free at Data Day 2012!

The goal of Data Day is to help organizations and municipalities  
expand their capacity to use technology and data in innovative ways to  
advance their community and organizational goals. This biennial  
conference is co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council,  
the Boston Indicators Project at The Boston Foundation,  
andNortheastern University.


A new theory for designing socio-computational systems

When:  Jan 27, 2012
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Where: Harvard, Maxwell Dworkin, MDG125, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Mihaela van der Schaar , Professor of Electrical Engineering, UCLA

This talk proposes a new generation of ideas and technologies for  
designing the interactions between self-interested, learning agents in  
socio-computational systems. When systems or networks are composed of  
compliant machines (wireless nodes, sensors, routers, mobile phones  
etc.), network utility maximization (NUM) and other well-known control  
and optimization methods can be used to achieve efficient designs.  
When the communities are composed of intelligent and self-interested  
agents (as in peer-to-peer networks, social networks, crowdsourcing  
etc.), such methods are not effective and efficiency is much more  
difficult to achieve because the interests of the individual agents  
may be in conflict with that of the system designer. This talk  
introduces a new theoretical framework for efficiently designing socio- 
computational systems using a novel class of incentives (rewards and  

Speaker Biography:
Mihaela van der Schaar is Chancellor's Professor of Electrical  
Engineering at University of California, Los Angeles. Her research  
interests include engineering economics and game theory, dynamic multi- 
user networks and system designs, online learning, multimedia  
networking, communication, processing, and systems, and multimedia  
stream mining. She is an IEEE Fellow, a Distinguished Lecturer of the  
Communications Society for 2011-2012, the Editor in Chief of IEEE  
Transactions on Multimedia and a member of the Editorial Board of the  
IEEE Journal on Selected Topics in Signal Processing. She received an  
NSF CAREER Award (2004), the Best Paper Award from IEEE Transactions  
on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (2005), the Okawa  
Foundation Award (2006), the IBM Faculty Award (2005, 2007, 2008), the  
Most Cited Paper Award from EURASIP: Image Communications Journal  
(2006), the Gamenets Conference Best Paper Award (2011) and the 2011  
IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Darlington Award Best Paper Award.  
She received three ISO awards for her contributions to the MPEG video  
compression and streaming international standardization activities,  
and holds 33 granted US patents. For more information about her  
research visit: http://medianetlab.ee.ucla.edu/

Let’s Talk About Food Presents An Old Fashioned Teach-In on the 2012  
Farm Bill
Sunday, January 29, 2012
2-6 pm with keynote panel at 3:00 p.m.
Cahners Theater, BOSTON MUSEUM OF SCIENCE, 1 Science Park, Boston

National experts on the 2012 Farm Bill Weigh In on Legislature and how  
it will affect farms
Panel speakers include:
Marion Nestle, PhD, Professor of Nutrition and Public Health at New  
York University, author of Food Politics and What to Eat
Representative Chellie Pingree (Maine), Member of the House Committee  
on Agriculture.
Moderator: Let’s Talk About Food Founder Louisa Kasdon.

What do we New Englanders need to know about the Farm Bill? Plenty.  
Spend the afternoon at the Museum of Science and learn why the Farm  
Bill should really be called the Food Bill. Most of us know that the  
Farm Bill is coming up for re-authorization in 2012, but we truly  
don’t understand why and how much (and is some cases, how little) it  
matters to each of us. Join an expert group of panelists to help break  
down what the Farm Bill means to the food and farming industry.  The  
event will take place throughout the Museum of Science and will  
include keynotes, a working session, panel discussions, as well as a  
meet-up room for the community to learn what local organizations are  

FREE but please register at: http://www.mos.org/events_activities/events&d=5346


Envision Boston's Urban Agriculture

Monday, January 30, 2012
6-8:30 p.m.
Suffolk University, Downtown Boston, 73 Tremont Street, 9th Floor*
* Maximum capacity: 150 persons. Must bring some form of I.D. (Drivers  
license, credit card) to clear building security; OR, send your full  
name by January 27 to:  john.read.BRA at cityofboston.gov

Brainstorm the future of agriculture in Boston! Learn about Urban  
Agriculture, taste food samples, and find out how zoning can support  
farming! Featuring Keynote Speaker Will Allen, Founder and CEO of  
Growing Power Inc., former pro athlete, and 2008 McArthur Foundation  
“Genius Grant” recipient for his work on urban farming and sustainable  
food production. Check out the Urban Agriculture Kickoff & Visioning  
Flyer here

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), and  
the Mayor’s Office of Food Initiatives are launching a new project to  
update the Boston Zoning Code to support Urban Agriculture (UA) city  
wide. UA is small scale farming that makes healthy, fresh food more  
accessible and empowers Bostonians by creating economic opportunity.  
Examples of urban farming include rooftop greenhouse agriculture,  
aquaponics (fish farming), community farms, farm stands, composting,  
and other fresh food-producing endeavors.


Crowdsortium Boston II
January 30, 2012
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD), 1  
Memorial Drive, Cambridge
RSVP at http://crowdsortiummeetup2-esearch.eventbrite.com/?srnk=18

Last year, uTest and Crowdly (formerly Appswell) kicked off the first  
Crowdsortium Boston meetup. Harvard professor Karim Lakhani and CEOs  
of the top crowdsourcing companies came together to introduce the  
current state and coming evolution of the crowdsourcing model.

Due to its great success, this year we’re exploding into 2012 with  
another event! Thanks to Crowdly, uTest, and our sponsor Article One  
Parners, Crowdsortium Boston II will be on Monday, January 30 from  
6:30-8:30pm again at the Microsoft NERD, Cambridge!

After a brief introduction from Professor at Northeastern Jeff Howe,  
who coined the term crowdsourcing, a panel of chief community  
executives from leading crowdsourcing companies will discuss Community  
Management: Evolving From Mobs To Crowds To Communities and dive  
deeper into the keys to successfully employing a crowdsourcing model.

Anyone can build a loosely affiliated, unstructured crowd – a mob. The  
secret to community management is to advance beyond the ‘mob’ to  
create an engaged, interactive community of diverse and skilled  
professionals. Panel topics include:
Challenges and opportunities of managing a massive global workforce
Scaling a crowdsourcing business sharply, quickly and profitably
How to get what you want, while giving them what they want
Recruitment and engagement; reputation and compensation systems.

After the panel, we’ll wrap up the meetup with the opportunity to do  
some networking along with complimentary pizza and beer!

Jeff Howe, Father of Crowdsourcing and Professor at Northeastern  

Confirmed Panelists:
Matt Johnston, CMO at uTest
Gabe Miano, VP of Product at OnForce

About The Crowdsortium
With more than 80 crowdsourcing companies and 200 venture capitalists,  
researchers and professionals, the Crowdsortium is a group of industry  
practitioners that have self-organized to advance crowdsourcing models  
through best practices, education, data collection and public dialog.  
The Crowdsortium aims to provide each of its constituents with the  
knowledge to get the most out of participating in crowdsourcing. Find  
out more about how to become a member at http://www.crowdsortium.org/membership/ 


Nerd Night
Monday January 30, 2012
8pm at Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge
Featuring Nerd-appropriate tunes by Claude Money

Talk 1. “Frontier Nerd: Going it Alone in Western Montana”
by Mattie Booth

Talk 2. “CA$H FOR YOUR WARHOL: The Evolution of a Prank”
by Geoff Hargadon

For more information about the speakers and the talks





Service Smorgasbord: Eats and Opportunities
Tuesday, January 31
noon – 1:30pm
MIT, Building W20-491
RSVP to http://bit.ly/ti9Bhx


Design to Scale – Developing Technologies for Global Impact
Thursday, February 2
3:30 – 5:00pm
MIT, Building 56-114
RSVP to http://bit.ly/vth7Id


Implementing Bold State Energy-Related Environmental Regulations,  
Policies, & Programs in Massachusetts and Connecticut;
and The Future of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

Friday, February 17, 2012
9 am to 12:30 pm
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston, MA 02210

  ***Free and open to the public with no advanced registration***

Join us as we kick off the Roundtable's 17th year with a blockbuster  
Roundtable focusing on bold state and regional energy-related  
environmental regulations, policies, and programs.

Our first panel features recent important state-level developments in  
Massachusetts and Connecticut.Massachusetts Department of  
Environmental ProtectionCommissioner Ken Kimmel will describe the  
various new activities that DEP and the state are undertaking to  
insure the successful implementation of Massachusetts' landmark  
legislation, including the Global Warming Solutions Act and the Green  
Communities Act.

Connecticut's recently-appointed Deputy Commissioner of Energy  
Jonathan Schrag will then discuss the plethora of activities  
Connecticut is undertaking (following the recent consolidation of its  
energy and environmental agencies under a new Department of Energy and  
Environmental Protection), all of which aim to reduce energy prices,  
while enhancing the pursuit of energy efficiency and clean energy  

Our second panel focuses on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative  
(RGGI), the first carbon cap and trade system in the United States, as  
it completes its third year of operation and begins a three-year  
review process that could result in changes to RGGI's design and  
implementation. Yet with New Jersey's recent withdrawal from RGGI and  
New Hampshire's near-withdrawal, is RGGI's future secure?

The panel begins with Maine PUC Commissioner David Littell (who is  
also Chairman of RGGI,Inc.)
Commissioner Littell will take stock of RGGI's first phase, laying out  
the questions that the states will be trying to answer in their review  
process and describing the review process itself.

Analysis Group Senior Vice President Paul Hibbardwill then present the  
findings of an in-depth study undertaken by Analysis Group, with  
funding support from several foundations, on the economic costs and  
benefits of RGGI's first phase - both regionally and state-by-state.  
Rounding out the panel and sharing their insights on RGGI's first  
three years, the Analysis Group study, and their hopes and fears  
regarding RGGI's future, will be Environment Northeast's Director for  
Energy/Climate Policy Derek Murrow, and NRG Energy's Senior VP for  
Sustainability Policy & Strategy Steve Corneli.

12/9/11 Restructuring Roundtable Meeting video at http://www.raabassociates.org/main/roundtable.asp?sel=110




*J e s t e r*
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P a r a n o i d Z e n
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Hi All,

I am sending this out to a bunch of lists I'm on, so apologies for  
cross posting effects.

Our new forums are up and running, and they are free for all!  We are  
aiming for this to become a place where Boston area collaborations,  
discussions and skill shares in audio, video, lighting, programming,  
hacking, and other various forms of 'making' happen.

Find them here:  http://cemmi.org/index.php/forum/index

Since its early, I imagine they will go through some serious  
evolutions in terms of organization but we hope you will stop by and  
check them out.  The forums even work on most mobile platforms :)

You can sign in using your Gmail, Google app, or Facebook credentials  
so there is no need to create a new account (we'll be adding a button  
to make that more obvious soon).

If you have any suggestions or changes, let us know, and if you are up  
for helping moderate, please reach out!

Many thanks, and I hope to see you there!


Young World Inventors Success!

Young World Inventors (http://yinventors.wordpress.com/) finished  
their Kickstarter campaign (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1036325713/youngworldinventorscom 
) to fund insider web stories of African and American innovators in  
collaboration successfully.

New contributions, however, will be accepted.




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

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://www.BostonScienceLectures.com

Boston Area Computer User Groups  http://www.bugc.org/

Arts and Cultural Events List  http://aacel.blogspot.com/










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