[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Jun 3 12:43:46 PDT 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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Solar Scorecard:  Lifecycle Costs of Solar Electricity Production


NB:  This edition covers the next two weeks because there are fewer  
events happening as the schools head into hiatus and because your  
editor is off to a conference that will keep me occupied next Sunday.

Monday, June 4

International Conference on Technology and Innovation for Global  
Development: Schumpeter and Polymer Research
Monday, June 4, 2012
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Harvard, Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

The aim of the “International Conference on Technology and Innovation  
for Global Development” (3–5 June, 2012) is to explore how emerging  
technologies are shaping global economies and human wellbeing. It  
takes stock of the relevance of the work of Austrian economist Joseph  
Schumpeter for developing countries and applies it to advances in  
polymer research—an emerging field with profound implications for  
global development in diverse fields such as industry, agriculture,  
health, water, shelter and environmental management.

The conference coincides with the centenary of the publication of  
Schumpeter’s seminal work, The Theory of Economic Development (1911).  
The conference will be held in conjunction with the annual Innovation  
for Economic Development executive program. The conference will bring  
together participants from academia, industry, government and civil  
society to explore advances in polymer research and its application to  
global development. It will also examine efforts to design new  
institutional arrangements aimed at harnessing the power of polymer  
technology for improving human wellbeing and enhancing global  

This event is co-sponsored by the Center of Excellency PoliMaT -  
Polymer Materials and Technologies, Slovenia.

DAY ONE (location: Starr Auditorium, 2nd floor Belfer building, unless  
noted otherwise)
8:00-9:00 Registration & continental breakfast (Taubman Rotunda)
9:00-9:15 Pre-recorded remarks by President of Slovenia, Dr. Danilo  
9:15-9:30 Remarks by Dr. Venkatesh Narayanamurti
9:45-11:15 Panel discussion #1: Innovation in Health
11:15-12:45 Panel discussion #2: Innovation Systems and Institutions
12:45-1:45 Lunch
1:45-3:15 Panel discussion #3: Innovation in Action
3:15-4:45 Panel discussion #4: Innovation Policy
4:45-5:45 F.M. Scherer
5:45-6:45 Book Talk by Donnie Maclurcan

The aim of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project (STG) is  
to undertake research, conduct training, provide policy advice, and  
disseminate information on interactions between technological  
innovation and globalization, with particular emphasis on implications  
for developing countries. For more information, please visit http://www.belfercenter.org/global

Tuesday, June 5

International Conference on Technology and Innovation for Global  
Development: Schumpeter and Polymer Research
Tuesday, June r, 2012
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Harvard, Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

The aim of the “International Conference on Technology and Innovation  
for Global Development” (3–5 June, 2012) is to explore how emerging  
technologies are shaping global economies and human wellbeing. It  
takes stock of the relevance of the work of Austrian economist Joseph  
Schumpeter for developing countries and applies it to advances in  
polymer research—an emerging field with profound implications for  
global development in diverse fields such as industry, agriculture,  
health, water, shelter and environmental management.

The conference coincides with the centenary of the publication of  
Schumpeter’s seminal work, The Theory of Economic Development (1911).  
The conference will be held in conjunction with the annual Innovation  
for Economic Development executive program. The conference will bring  
together participants from academia, industry, government and civil  
society to explore advances in polymer research and its application to  
global development. It will also examine efforts to design new  
institutional arrangements aimed at harnessing the power of polymer  
technology for improving human wellbeing and enhancing global  

This event is co-sponsored by the Center of Excellency PoliMaT -  
Polymer Materials and Technologies, Slovenia.

DAY TWO (location: Starr Auditorium, 2nd floor Belfer building, unless  
noted otherwise)
8:00-9:00 Day two registration and continental breakfast (Taubman  
9:00-10:30 Sujata Bhatia
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:45 Gerd Meier zu Köcker
11:45-12:00 Break
12:00-1:00 Alec Hansen
1:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:00 Colin McCormick
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:15 Tim Tangredi
4:30 Closing

The aim of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project (STG) is  
to undertake research, conduct training, provide policy advice, and  
disseminate information on interactions between technological  
innovation and globalization, with particular emphasis on implications  
for developing countries. For more information, please visit http://www.belfercenter.org/global


Book Talk, Andrew Blum, Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon Street, Boston
This event is open to the public.

Through technology we are all connected now, the pundits tell us. But  
connected to what, exactly? InTubes, journalist Andrew Blum takes  
readers on a narrative tour behind the scenes of our everyday lives to  
see the heart of the Internet itself.

When former Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska famously described the  
Internet as “a series of tubes,” he seemed hopelessly, foolishly  
trapped in an old way of knowing the world. But he wasn’t wrong.  
After all, as Blum writes, the Internet exists: for all the talk of  
the “placelessness” of our digital age, the Internet is as fixed in  
real, physical places as any railroad or telephone ever was. It fills  
enormous buildings, converges in some places and avoids others, and it  
flows through tubes underground, up in the air, and under the oceans  
all over the world. You can map it, you can smell it, and you can even  
visit it.

 From the room in Los Angeles where the Internet flickered to life to  
the busiest streets in Manhattan as new fiber optic cable is laid  
down; from the coast of Portugal as a 10,000 mile undersea cable just  
two thumbs’ wide is laid down to connect Europe and West Africa to  
the wilds of the Pacific Northwest where Google, Microsoft and  
Facebook have built monumental data centers—Blum visits them all to  
chronicle the dramatic story of the Internet’s development, explain  
how it all works, and capture the spirit of the (virtual) place.

Andrew Blum is a correspondent at Wired magazine and a contributing  
editor at Metropolis. His work has also appeared in the New Yorker,  
The New York Times, Business Week, Slate, and Popular Science. He  
lives in New York City.


Watch me play: Live streaming, computer games, and the future of  
Tuesday, June 5, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2012/06/taylor#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast 
  and archived on our site shortly after.

T. L. Taylor
Computer gaming has long been a social activity, complete with forms  
of spectatorship. With the growth of live-streaming the boundaries of  
audience are shifting. Professional e-sports players and amateurs  
alike are broadcasting their play online and in turn growing  
communities. But interesting issues lurk around notions of audience  
(and revenue), IP and licensing, and the governance and management of  
these spaces. This talk will present some preliminary inquiries into  
this emerging intersection of "social media," gaming, and broadcasting.

About TL
T.L. Taylor is Associate Professor in the Center for Computer Games  
Research and a founding member of the Center for Network Culture at  
the IT University of Copenhagen. She has been working in the field of  
internet and multi-user studies for over fifteen years and has  
published on topics such as play and experience in online worlds,  
values in design, intellectual property, co-creative practices,  
avatars and digital embodiment, gender and gaming, and e-sports.
Her new book about professional computer gaming, Raising the Stakes:E- 
Sports and the Professionalization of Computer Gaming (MIT Press,  
2012) has just been published. She is also the author of Play Between  
Worlds: Exploring Online Game Culture (MIT Press, 2006) which used her  
multi-year ethnography of EverQuest to explore issues related to  
massively multiplayer spaces. Her co-authored handbook on ethnography  
and virtual worlds (Princeton University Press) will be out summer 2012.


A Live Interactive Webcast: "Social Determinants of Health  
Disparities: Moving the Nation to Care about Social Justice”
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Family Service of Greater Boston, 31 Heath Street, 2nd Floor, Jamaica  
RSVP at http://roxjpcoalition-webcast-es1.eventbrite.com/?srnk=104

18th National Health Equity Research Webcast
(formerly the Annual Summer Public Health Research Videoconference on  
Minority Health)
Camara P. Jones, MD, PhD, MPH
Social Determinants of Health and Equity, Division of Epidemiologic  
and Analytic Methods for Population Health (p), Centers for Disease  
Control and Prevention
Ronny A. Bell, PhD, MS
Professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine; Co-Director, Maya Angelou  
Center for Health Equity

Aida L. Giachello, PhD
Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University  
Feinberg School of Medicine

Cedric M. Bright, MD, FACP, Moderator
Director, Office of Special Programs; Assistant Dean for Admissions,  
UNC School of Medicine
112th President, National Medical Association

Hosted by the Roxbury/Jamaica Plain Substance Use Coalition, a  
community-driven group inspiring and mobilizing individuals, families  
and communities to decrease the impact of substance use in our  
Joining Voices
Supporting Community Strengths
Advocating for Change


Resilience Circle Webinar: Small Group Organizing 101

Want to start a Resilience Circle or small group for your community?  
Join this conversation for tips, tools, and inspiration!

Tuesday, June 5
3pm EDT / 12pm PDT
Register at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/821608694


"The Last Venus Transit of the 21st Century."
Tuesday, June 5
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge

A rooftop viewing.  Won't happen again until 2117.


Lightning Project Talks
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Many of us are working on or have ideas for digital humanities  
projects. Let's meet together and share our projects and get feedback  
and support from the group. It can also be a good way to discover  
collaborators. There will also be wine and cheese accompanied  
unstructured conversation/networking at the end.


Wednesday, June 6

Master teacher from Ecauador
7.30 P.M.

Refreshments will be served

Don Alberto is a teacher and healer of the Andean Quechua peoples.  He  
speaks of the need for head and heart to unite, and to bring  
technology and wisdom together in healing our earth. He brings simple,  
ancient practices that open the doors of perception to our connection  
with all life, through gratitude and enjoyment.

NOTE: there are other opportunities to meet Don Alberto:

For more intormation:
Events in Eastern Mass.--to make reservations etc.: Dori Smith,  dsmith at newview.org 
Don Alberto’s work:   www.ushai.com

Thursday, June 7

Doctoral Dissertation Defense:  Stratosphere-Troposphere Interaction  
during the Stratospheric Sudden Warming Events
Thursday, June 07, 2012
MIT, Building 54-915, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Speaker: Daniela Domeisen

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)

For more information, contact:  Carol Sprague



Digital Transformations of Research
June 7, 2012
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFhIN1RnR09KeF9vdURCUnB4eG1NSnc6MA 

Ralph Schroeder  and Eric Meyer  of the Oxford Internet Institute will  
talk about digital transformations of research.
Abstract: There is a fundamental change taking place in the world of  
research: digital tools and data shared via electronic networks are  
having far-reaching effects. From 'big science' physics experiments  
like the Large Hadron Collider which is using distributed high- 
performance computing to analyze massive amounts of data to humanities  
scholars who digitize large volumes of text to uncover changing  
patterns of language use, networked digital research is having  
profound effects on the practices of researchers. From the Grid, to  
the Cloud, to Big Data, research practices are ever more tightly  
coupled to computing. These changes can be understood on a number of  
levels, including organizational changes, changes in knowledge  
production, and in the communication of research. We propose a model  
for understanding the connections among these. And although these  
changes take place in different ways in different disciplines, we  
argue that, like ripples in a pond, the changes add up to a broader  
transformation of the landscape of research.


"Scientific Computing and Visualization."
Thursday, June 7
BU:  Instructional Building (L Building) (Room L112), 72 East Concord  
Street, Boston

Erik Brisson.


Fukushima 2011 - Documentary Film
Thursday, June 7, 2012
6:00 PM
Eastman Laboratories, 182 Memorial Dr. Bldg 6-120, Cambridge,

"Fukushima 2011"
...the film delivers the reality of the residents exposed to  
radiation, living in desperate circumstances. Director Hidetaka  
Inazuka will be attending!!
Where:MIT / MIT6-120 http: //whereis.mit.edu/
Open:6pm Screen : 6:30pm 85min.
Tewassa Report :8pm
Ticket : Suggested Donation
Online Registration:http://xoops.jrex.us/modules/eguide/event.php? 
The film was directed by Hidetake Inazuka, who is known for his  
documentary, “Twice Bombed: The Legacy of Yamaguchi Tsutomu.” This  
documentary shows the distress of those who endured the earthquake,  
tsunami, and nuclear disaster caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Focusing on Minamisoma city and Iitate village after the nuclear  
accident, the film delivers the reality of the residents exposed to  
radiation, living in desperate circumstances.
The film features mothers caring for their children, men working on  
farms, and the vice principal of a kindergarten; all regular people.
This disaster attacked these people and created unparalleled damage.
Please watch and learn about the current situation in these places.



A Public Address by Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Tawakkol Karman
WHEN  Thu., June 7, 2012, 6 p.m.
WHERE  JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK St. , Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Institute of Politics, Center for Public  
Leadership, Women and Public Policy Program, Middle East Initiative,  
HLS Program on Negotiation
SPEAKER(S)  Tawakkol Karman, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011
NOTE  Karman received the prize for her work as a journalist and  
political activist in Yemen. Her address is the keynote for a CPL  
research conference, "Culture, Identity, and Change in the Middle  
East: Insights for Conflict and Negotiation."
LINK  http://forum.iop.harvard.edu/content/public-address-tawakkol-karman


DEVELOPMENT INNOVENTURES Salon! - SOKET: "Intrapreneurship as  
innovation engine for Developing World: Linking Electric Vehicles to  
Solar Irrigation"
Thurs, Jun 7th
  CIC <room assignment sent out with confirmation>, One Broadway,  
Registration: http://innoventures.net/?page_id=458
(NOTE: capacity will be limited to 30; accepted registrants will  
receive email confirmation of their participation)

A new corporate intrapreneurship model to stimulate innovation for  
poor communities in the developing world. Learn about their pilot  
project in partnership with Nissan to repurpose electric vehicle  
batteries to serve as storage for solar powered irrigation systems.

soket's founder, Naoto Kanehira would like to engage the group around  
a few questions:

Expansion strategy: Would soket's "intrapreneurship incubator"  
approach, stemming originally from Japanese corporate environment,  
also work in the US? Similarities and differences? How might soket tap  
into the local innovation resources in Boston/Cambridge?

Talent Sourcing: How to recruit professionals to get involved as  
intrapreneurs or part-time resources?
soket (www.soket.me), the name of which derives from "society" and  
"market",  is a not-for-profit consultancy and incubator specialized  
in market driven pro-poor innovations. It organizes "intrapreneurs" -  
professionals who innovate from within established organizations to  
mobilize corporate resources (talent, knowledge, technology,  
financial) - to generate, accelerate and formalize high-leverage  
ideas. soket's operations are based in Tokyo, Geneva, Delhi, Dhaka and  
Dakar, covering energy, water, agriculture, healthcare, ICT and  
finance. Current projects include: building a market for used lithium  
ion batteries from electric vehicles to be repurposed for flexible and  
mobile solar-powered irrigation (automaker); and establishing an  
investment fund and technical assistance facility to bridge the  
resources and intellectual property between developed and developing  

Naoto Kanehira (MIT MBA, HKS MPA '08) is a development professional  
and social entrepreneur. He is the Founder and President of soket and  
Economist with the Corporate Reform and Strategy Group of The World  
Bank. Prior to his current positions, Naoto worked for McKinsey  
consulting clients on growth and innovation strategies in telecom,  
electronics and automotive industries; the UNDP in former Yugoslav  
countries to launch base-of-the-pyramid (BOP) investment programs; and  
ICO/EUSR (International Civilian Office/European Union Special  
Representatives) in Kosovo on ethnic reconciliation embedded in  
private sector development. His passion is in connecting across  
geographical, institutional or disciplinary boundaries to promote  
breakthrough approaches to the pressing challenges of the world.

DEVELOPMENT INNOVENTURES SALON is a new forum bringing together  
Boston's Innovation-for-Development community. We brainstorm with  
emerging impact entrepreneurs attempting novel market- or technology- 
based solutions to intractable problems in the developing world. Salon  
participants problem-solve around key challenges these innovators face  
in launching and scaling their enterprises. The SALON aims to convene  
a multidisciplinary group of entrepreneurs, visionaries, business  
professionals, development professionals, investors, practitioners,  
technologists, academics, students, and polymaths.

Sign up for our mailing list: www.innoventures.net
Email us questions, comments, suggestions, ideas:  venturejam at gmail.com


"Growing Change," a documentary on the just food system of Venezuela
Thursday, June 7th
7:00-8:30 PM
Lucy Parsons Center, 358A Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Join the Consulate of Venezuela in Boston and the Bolivarian Circle  
"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." for a special screening of Growing  
Change, a documentary by Simon Cunich, about community-led revolution  
for a just food system in Venezuela.

Come learn how Venezuela is building a new food system from the ground  
up through powerful and inspiring footage and commentary straight from  
the heart of Venezuela's food revolution. Featuring Venezuelan  
farmers, fishers, and community leaders plus leading figures in the  
global food movement.

The film will be followed by first-hand reports from William Camacaro,  
a Venezuelan-born radio host and a long time social justice activist  
in New York City, who organizes food sovereignty delegations to  

About the film: Growing Change is an inspiring new documentary that  
looks at one of the most exciting experiments in the world to grow a  
fair and sustainable food system. In Venezuela, from fishing villages  
to cacao plantations to urban gardens, a growing social movement is  
showing what?s possible when communities, not corporations, start to  
take control of food.

Check out the trailer: http://www.simoncunich.com.au/

For more information on food sovereignty in Venezuela:
phone: (617) 522-6098
lucyparsons at tao.ca
Light refreshments will be served

Saturday, June 9

Saturday, June 9, 2012
Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

All community activists and residents, environmental justice  
advocates, lawyers, policymakers and others interested in public  
health and the environment in low income communities and communities  
of color are invited to attend.

Individuals may register for the event online by visiting the online  
registration page: http://newenglandejsummit.eventbrite.com/.  There  
is no cost to attend the event. Food, childcare, and great company are  
included. The deadline to register is May 18, 2012. Travel  
scholarships are available for individuals and groups that need  
assistance to attend.

For the first time in New England, residents of low income communities  
and communities of color, together with community organizers,  
attorneys, public health and environmental professionals and  
government officials will assemble for a one- day summit on  
environmental justice.  At the Summit attendees will share ideas,  
learn from one another and plan future work to address environmental  
and public health issues that especially affect low income communities  
and communities of color. NEEJF is a collaboration of Alternatives for  
Community and Environment, Connecticut Coalition for   Environmental  
Justice and Rhode Island Legal Services.

For more information, please contact Steve Fischbach: neejforum at gmail.com 
  or 401-274-2652 ext.182


Cambridgeport Baptist Church Barnraising (energy upgrade work party)
Saturday, June 9
9 am - 1:30 pm
Corner of Magazine and Putnam, Central Square, Cambridge

Cambridgeport Baptist wants to lower its energy bills and impact on  
the planet. It serves not only as a church, but as a food pantry,  
meeting space and community support.

Skilled team leaders will teach you how to do the work, so you learn  
the hands-on skills to do the work in your own home.

It's a great way to meet neighbors and help the church and the  
neighborhood as a whole. Food will be served and a general good time  
had by all.

Sign up at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHJSS09TOWV4dk5YaGRDdzl1aHBJZEE6MQ&utm_source=HEET+eNewsletter+May+31%2C+2012&utm_campaign=HEET+eNewsletter&utm_medium=email

More information at heet.cambridge at gmail.com or http://heetma.com/


Greenup Medford
Saturday, June 9
Noon until 4 pm
At Whole Foods

Join Whole Foods Market in Medford for a fun and festive time for all  
ages. We'll have local artists selling handmade art designed with  
recycled materials and local green organizations here to show how you  
can make a difference. There will be a raffle and lots of great samples!

Monday, June 11

Guided tour of Deer Island Treatment Plant and its renewable energy  
and energy efficiency innovations

Monday, June 11

9:30 AM- 12:00 PM

Tour starts at 10:00 AM and lasts approximately 1.5 hours.  Space is  

E-mail emily.rochon at greenpeace.org if you’re interested in joining  
the tour. This event is free.


The Transformation of the Datacenter: How to solve the exascale  
problem with this one weird trick discovered by a housewife in  
Monday, June 11, 2012
Webinar. Register at web site below.

Speaker: Kurt Keville, SDM '09 & Research Specialist, MIT Institute  
for Soldier Nanotechnologies
MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar
This webinar will offer a comprehensive overview on the primary issues  
facing the modern datacenter in the drive to become higher performing  
and less costly, and methods to address those issues. This  
presentation will examine the immediate and long-term goals of the  
primary stakeholders in the supercomputing community, including  
government, academia, and industry, all three of which have an  
increasing footprint in the High-Performance Computing (HPC) business.

Subsequent to a discussion of the variables available to supercomputer  
and datacenter system designers will be an overview of the state-of- 
the-art, and how industry, primarily through the work of Facebook and  
Google, has transformed the datacenter archetype.

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar 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.

Web site:http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_061112/webinar-keville-datacenter.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): SDM activities - sponsored by GSC


The Intention Economy:  When Customers Take Charge
Monday, June 11, 2012
6:00 PM
Berkman Center For Internet & Society, 23 Everett St # 2, Cambridge
Free and open to the public
RSVP required at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2012/05/searls

A Talk with Doc Searls

Whether your interest is in preserving Internet freedom and  
opportunity, changing the economic power structure, new challenges for  
cyberlaw, or just turning the tables on privacy-violating business  
models and practices, there will be plenty to hear and discuss at Doc  
Searls' talk, "The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge" —  
also the title of his new book from Harvard Business Review Press. The  
book reports on progress by dozens of companies and development  
projects fostered by ProjectVRM, which Doc launched at the Berkman  
Center in 2006.

Doc will share progress toward a near future where individuals can —
Control the flow and use of personal data
Build their own loyalty programs
Dictate their own terms of service
Tell whole markets what they want, how they want it, where and when  
they should be able to get it, and how much they are willing to pay
— without yielding their own privacy, and outside of any one system's  

About Doc: Doc Searls served as a Berkman Fellow from 2006 to 2010,  
during which he launched and led ProjectVRM, which encourages the  
development of new tools by which individuals create and control their  
relationships with companies and other organizations. (VRM stands for  
Vendor Relationship Management, a term coined as a counterpart to CRM,  
for Customer Relationship Management.)

Doc co-wrote (with fellow Berkmanian David Weinberger and two others)  
the 2000 bestseller The Cluetrain Manifesto, and has been an editor  
with Linux Journal since 1996, covering free and open source software.  
For that work he received a Google-O'Reilly Award for Best  
Communicator in 2005. In The World is Flat, author and New York Times  
columnist Tom Friedman, calls Doc "one of the most respected  
technology writers in America."

Tuesday, June 12

The Extreme Vulnerability of Network of Networks
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
2 p.m.
BU, 8 Saint Mary’s St., Room 339, Boston
Refreshments will be served outside Room 339 at 1:45 p.m.

Shlomo Havlin
Bar-Ilan University

Network research and percolation theory have been focused on the  
properties of a single isolated network that does not interact or  
depend on other networks. In reality, many real-networks interact with  
other networks. Shlomo Havlin will present a framework for studying  
percolation of interacting networks. In interdependent networks,
when nodes in one network fail, they cause dependent nodes in other  
networks to fail also. This may happen recursively and can lead to a  
cascade of failures. In fact, a failure of a very small fraction of  
nodes in one network may lead to the complete and sudden fragmentation  
of a system of many interdependent networks. Havlin will
present exact analytical solutions for the critical threshold and  
giant component of a network of n interdependent networks. For n=1, he  
and his research team obtain the classical known result for a single  
isolated network of second order percolation transition. For n>1  
cascading failures occur and the transition becomes a first order.
Their results for a network of n interdependent networks suggest that  
the classical percolation theory extensively studied in physics and  
mathematics in the past 50 years is only a limiting case of n=1 of a  
more general case of network of networks. As Havlin will show, this  
general theory has many novel features that are not present in  
classical percolation theory. For example, while a failure of a  
fraction of nodes in a single network can lead only to small damage to  
the system, in interacting networks, it can lead to a sudden  
(discontinuous) collapse due to cascading failures. He will show that  
reducing the coupling between the networks leads to a change from a  
discontinuous percolation transition to a smooth transition at a  
critical coupling. He will also show that interdependent networks  
embedded in space are even more vulnerable compared to random networks.

For more information: www.bu.edu/ece/calendar


Energy Solutions Open House at Next Step Living.
Tuesday, June 12

5:00-8:00 PM

  RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3620204128?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_eventv2&utm_term=eventname_text


Thursday, June 14


Citizens clean energy lobby day at the State House.

Thursday, June 14

9:30 AM-1:00 PM

No experience lobbying your elected officials is required!

For more information, please e-mail lord.ma at husky.neu.edu


New England Games SIG Event: Can Games Save Education
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Microsoft NERD Center, 11th Floor One Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker: Robert Johnson, President, Becker College Dave McCool, CEO,  
Muzzy Lane Mike Connell, CEO, Native Brain Moderator: John Dyer,  
Latitude News
Education is at a cross roads. Students have access to unprecedented  
resources and interact with content and other students around the  
globe faster than they can turn to page 236 in their text books.

Games dominate interactive time with young learners and have proven  
their ability to engage, entertain, teach and impact. Can games really  
impact education as we know it today? Our panel takes a focused look  
at the state of education and the reality of changing education in a  
21st century way.

Web site: http://www.mitforumcambridge.org/events/new-england-games-sig-event-can-games-save-education/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge
For more information, contact:  Amy Goggins
entforumcambridge at mit.edu


The Discipline of Entrepreneurial Thinking: How Revolutionary  
Strategies can be Created
WHEN  Thu., June 14, 2012, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
WHERE  RCC conference room, 26 Trowbridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Real Colegio Complutense
SPEAKER(S)  Enrique Cortés Alonso, IE Business School & UCM
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO  rcc_info at harvard.edu
LINK  http://realcolegiocomplutense.harvard.edu

Friday, June 15
The New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable Presents:  The  
Impact of Natural Gas on the Future of Electricity Markets and Clean  
Energy Strategies in New England
June 15, 2012
9 am to 12:30 pm
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston

Panel I: How Will Natural Gas Impact New England's Electricity Markets  
and Reliability?
Over the past two decades, New England's electricity generation has  
increasingly come to rely on natural gas. With the development of the  
Marcellus Shale in nearby New York and Pennsylvania, natural gas could  
be both plentiful and relatively inexpensive for years to come. Our  
first panel at the June 15th Roundtable will explore the potential  
impacts of natural gas on New England's electricity markets and  
reliability, exploring a wide range of questions and issues including:
What are "realistic" natural gas supply and price expectations?
What infrastructure is needed to deliver more gas to New England, and  
can we count on it?
What will be the likely impacts of more gas on electricity  generation  
mix and electricity prices?
Should we be concerned about electric reliability from increasing  
reliance on natural gas-fired generation especially on cold days (FERC  
seems to be), and what should we do about it?

To help enlighten us on theses issues, we have assembled a tremendous  
panel of experts who carefully follow the gas and electricity markets  
from different vantage points. Susan Tierney, Managing Principal at  
Analysis Group, will share both her expertise on electricity markets,  
as well as her recent experience serving on U.S. Secretary of Energy's  
Advisory Board (including its Shale Gas Subcommittee). Richard Paglia,  
Vice President of Spectra Energy, will discuss Spectra's plans to  
build additional pipeline capacity in several different directions  
from Marcellus, and will also discuss a study that Spectra recently  
commissioned on New England's gas markets. Richard Levitan, President  
& Principal, at Levitan & Associates, Inc. will share his expectations  
for both the gas and electricity markets in New England, based on his  
extensive study of both markets and their interactive effects.  
Rounding out the panel isPeter Brandien, Vice-President for Systems  
Operation at ISO-New England, who will share the results of a recent  
study ISO commissioned on natural gas and the electricity markets, as  
well as the ISO's perspective on managing an increasingly gas-based  
electricity system.

Panel II: Revisiting Clean Energy Strategies in New England (in an era  
of potential cheap and plentiful natural gas?)
Following on the heels of the first panel, our second panel will  
reflect on whether or not (and, if so, how) New England should revisit  
and revise its clean energy strategies in light of the potential for  
plentiful and relatively inexpensive natural gas for the foreseeable  
future. Despite substantial reductions over the last decade in the  
cost of renewable energy resources, most notably in wind and solar,  
and given projections for further price reductions, (and in the face  
of diminished renewable energy tax credit support and low natural gas  
prices) most RPS-eligible renewables are still more expensive than  
conventional electricity sources. Some states are exploring opening up  
RPS eligibility to existing hydro and even energy efficiency  
resources, seeking less expensive ways to meet clean energy goals.  
Others argue that the long-term benefits of continuing to aggressively  
pursue our clean energy goals and targets with our existing strategies  
far outweigh any short-term price premiums. Meanwhile, Cape Wind may  
begin construction soon and Hydro-Quebec is ready to finance  
transmission to deliver substantial additional hydro resources into  
New England.

To discuss these issues, we have put together a full-spectrum panel  
including a regulator, a utility executive, and representatives from  
the Clean Energy Council, CLF, and AIM.
Commissioner David Cash, Massachusetts Dept. of Public Utilities
James Robb, Senior VP Enterprise Planning, Northeast Utilities
Peter Rothstein, President, New England Clean Energy Council
Robert Rio, Sr. Vice President & Counsel, Associated Industries of MA
Jonathan Peress, VP & Director, Clean Energy & Climate Change, CLF

Free and open to the public with no advanced registration


Title: Development of New Materials Powered by Organic Synthesis
Friday, June 15, 2012
MIT, Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Speaker: Shigeru Yamago, Kyoto University

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): Chemistry Department

For more information, contact:  Chemistry Department

Saturday, June 16

Design for Coders: SND + H/H visual workshop
Saturday, June 16, 2012
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
MIT Media Lab, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge
We'll be in E14-240, one of the large conference rooms on the 2nd floor
RSVP at http://meetupbos.hackshackers.com/events/67125132/?fromms=1&a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=67125132&__domain=meetupbos.hackshackers.com&_af=event

Interface design is every bit as rewarding as programming: Inch by  
inch, you're crafting a story that people will use and, hopefully,  
love. Executing a well-designed interface is both exhilarating and  
satisfying, offering the reader a clear path, immersing them in a  
story. Learning to create effective, beautiful layouts is a learned  
skill, akin to learning a new programming language or framework.

What we'll do:
This workshop is geared toward our beloved journo-hackers who keep  
getting asked to create sophisticated, usable visual, designs as well  
as all of the interaction and software powering the experience. We  
will talk about UI patterns, how to use typography and color create a  
visual identity.
Workshop attendees will leave with some great getting-started resources.

Why the weird time?:
A Saturday, in June, at 1 p.m.? Really?! This time and location has  
been chosen to coordinate with the OpenNews Hack event, a 24-hour hack  
day as a lead-in to the 2012 MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference. While  
the conference is invite-only, the hack day is open to talented  
developers who want to spend their weekend working with others to  
build amazing things. Following the conference theme of the "the Story  
and the Algorithm," this hack day will be focused on new ways that  
data lets us tell compelling stories.

The design workshop attendees should come prepared with a project idea  
for discussion, sketching and brainstorming, even if they are not  
participating in the aforementioned event.

Monday, June 18

Can Social Games Solve America’s Biggest Health Challenge?
Monday, June 18, 2012
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM (ET)
IBM Center for Social Business,1 Rogers Street, Cambridge
Register at http://shapeup-social-games.eventbrite.com/?ref=enivte&invite=MjA0ODE4OS9nbW9rZUB3b3JsZC5zdGQuY29tLzA%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=invitenew&utm_term=attend

Event Details
The IBM Center for Social Business welcomes Dr. Rajiv Kumar, literally  
a game changer in tackling healthcare issues. His company, ShapeUp,  
designs social games for companies to bring employees together so they  
can help each other be healthy. The theory is that peer support and  
accountability are the keys to wellness success.
Refreshments at 3:30. Talk starts at 3:45.

About the talk
Facing rapidly rising health care costs driven by unhealthy behaviors  
and a national obesity epidemic, self-insured employers have told  
their employees to “shape up.” But regular physical activity and  
healthy eating are easier said than done. Many years and millions of  
dollars have been wasted on employee wellness programs that get  
astonishingly low participation.

Social gaming is changing that. ShapeUp has developed an online  
behavior change solution for employee populations that uses social  
gaming, in the form of team-based competitions, to activate, motivate,  
and guide participants toward reaching their healthy goals. This  
approach generates extraordinary company-wide engagement rates and has  
been shown to produce clinically significant health outcomes.

This talk will describe how ShapeUp has used social games over the  
past 5 years to reach 2 million lives across 93 countries at companies  
like HP, Aetna, Raytheon, and Sprint. It will also explore how the  
latest advances in mobile apps, personal fitness devices, and real- 
time rewards are creating new ways to enhance the wellness experience.

Rajiv Kumar on how ShapeUp came to be
"During medical school, I realized that many of the worst health  
problems we face as a nation--diabetes, heart disease, cancer,  
hypertension, osteoarthritis, depression--are related to our  
collective unhealthy lifestyle. I also learned through my clinical  
encounters that the patients who succeeded in adopting and sustaining  
healthy behaviors were those who leveraged their trusted social  
network for support, motivation, and accountability.

By launching a community non-profit organization (Shape Up Rhode  
Island) and a for-profit company (ShapeUp), I've dedicated my life to  
helping people reverse and prevent obesity-related illnesses through  
group behavior change models.

Our goal is to build the largest online social application that  
connects people around the world to improve their health."


Social Innovation in the Public Sector
Monday, June 18, 2012
6:00 PM
MIT, Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
More information at https://boston.tie.org/

Public awareness of the significant value of social innovation is  
growing rapidly in the United States. Governments at the local, state  
and federal level have promoted policies to encourage social  
innovation, public/private partnerships and entrepreneurship in a wide  
variety of ways.  What is happening in the Commonwealth of  
Massachusetts to cultivate and strengthen social innovation?  Come  
network and interact with our panel of government-oriented social  
enterprise champions who represent the fields of finance, community  
development and technology.

Panelists include:
Steve Goldberg, General Counsel, SocialFinance, Inc.
Following 30 years in government, law, and business, Steve Goldberg  
began consulting on growth, management, and scalability for numerous  
nonprofits.  Steve is the author of Billions of Drops in Millions of  
Buckets: Why Philanthropy Doesn’t Advance Social Progress (Wiley,  
2009), a former lead consultant for “Charity Navigator 2.0,” and  
one of 50 expert reviewers selected nationally for the first Social  
Innovation Fund.   Steve currently leads Social Finance’s government  
relations and partnership efforts.

Nigel Jacob, City of Boston, Co-Founder, Urban Mechanics
With an extensive background in collaborative, citizen-facing  
technology projects, Nigel Jacob co-founded the Office of New Urban  
Mechanics -  a civic innovation incubator within Boston’s City Hall.   
Nigel also serves as Mayor Menino's advisor on emerging technologies.  
In both of these roles, Nigel works to develop new models of  
innovation for cities in the 21st century.  Prior to joining the City  
of Boston in 2006, Nigel worked for and launched a series of  
technology start-ups in the Boston area.  Nigel is also a fellow at  
the Center for the Advancement Public Action at Bennington College.

Chris Osgood, City of Boston, Co-Founder, Urban Mechanics
Chris Osgood co-founded the Office of New Urban Mechanics, bringing to  
the office nearly ten years of experience in city government. Much of  
his work during that time has focused on designing operations and  
policy that help cities engage and respond to constituents.  Before  
joining the City, Chris earned his MBA from Harvard after serving for  
5 years in the NYC Parks & Recreation Department as its Chief of Staff  
and Senior Advisor.
Chris and Nigel have received a number of awards for their ground  
breaking work in Boston, including being named Public Officials of the  
year in 2011 by Governing Magazine and the Tribeca Disruptive  
Innovation award for 2012.

Todd Fry, Executive Director for the Merrimack Valley Sandbox,  
Deshpande Foundation
Todd Fry joined the Deshpande Foundation as Executive Director for the  
Merrimack Valley Sandbox. Todd comes to the Foundation after a  
distinguished career at the Boston Center for Community Justice, as a  
teacher at Milton Academy, and social entrepreneur for 20 years in  
Greater Boston.  His career spans work with youth and adults in prep  
school and in prison, in business and in Boston City Hall. Todd chairs  
the USA Advisory Board for the Rwanda Youth Healing Center, a  
grassroots NGO in Rwanda that helps young people with emotional  
healing from the genocide and leadership development. Todd grew up in  
Ohio, holds a bachelors degree in Communication Education from  
Northwestern University, and lives in Roxbury today.

Wednesday, June 20

"Global Pitchfest 2012."
Wednesday, June 20

6 - 11:55p.

Masschallenge, One Marina Park Drive, 14th floor, Boston

The Global “PitchFest” is the traditional closing event for the  
Venture Leaders program. It will take place on the June 20 at  
theMassChallenge facilities, one of the epicenters of the Boston start- 
up scene.  The rules of the PitchFest could not be simpler: 20 Swiss  
entrepreneurs competing with the new generation of MassChallenge  
entrepreneurs. Who will have the best pitching abilities?

You will be the judge!
In 1 minute and 1 slide, the Swiss and Local entrepreneurs  
representing a wide range of industries will convince you to vote for  
their venture. By using our Text-Message-based polling system, you  
will choose the 5 best pitches of the night. Our jury will pick a  
final winner who will receive a special prize from our generous  
sponsor: Mondaine, the Swiss Watch Maker.

Call for Startups!
Be part of the 2012 Global Pitchfest- pitch you own start-up!
Have you recently launched a start-up in Boston and want to train your  
pitch, while getting more visibility for your business?  Join our  
lineup of presenters by contacting Marian Toader at marian at swissnexboston.org
Please note that - due to logistics constrains - we will accept a  
limited amount of candidates. First come, first served!




Boiler Rebate
If your boiler is from 1983 or earlier, Mass Save will give a $1,750  
to $4,000 rebate to switch it out for a new efficient boiler that uses  
the same fuel (i.e. if you have oil, you have to continue to use oil)  
so long as it is installed by July 31, 2012.

Call Mass Save (866 527-7283) to sign up for a home energy assessment  
or sign-up online at  www.nextsteplivinginc.com/HEET  and HEET will  
receive a $10 contribution from Next Step Living for every completed  

This is a great way to reduce climate change emissions for the next 20  
or so years the boiler lasts, while saving money.


CEA Solar Hot Water Grants
Cambridge, through the Cambridge Energy Alliance initiative, is  
offering a limited number of grants to residents and businesses for  
solar hot water systems.  The grants will cover 50% of the remaining  
out of pocket costs of the system after other incentives, up to $2,000.

Applications will be accepted up to November 19, 2012 and are  
available on a first come, first serve basis until funding runs out.   
The Cambridge grant will complement other incentives including the  
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center solar thermal grants.  For more  
information, seehttp://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/resources/additional-resources/solar-hot-water-grant-program


Cambridge Residents: Free Home Thermal Images

Have you ever wanted to learn where your home is leaking heat by  
having an energy auditor come to your home with a thermal camera?   
With that info you then know where to fix your home so it's more  
comfortable and less expensive to heat.  However, at $200 or so, the  
cost of such a thermal scan is a big chunk of change.

HEET Cambridge has now partnered with Sagewell, Inc. to offer  
Cambridge residents free thermal scans.

Sagewell collects the thermal images by driving through Cambridge in a  
hybrid vehicle equipped with thermal cameras.  They will scan every  
building in Cambridge (as long as it's not blocked by trees or  
buildings or on a private way).  Building owners can view thermal  
images of their property and an analysis online. The information is  
password protected so that only the building owner can see the results.

Homeowners, condo-owners and landlords can access the thermal images  
and an accompanying analysis free of charge. Commercial building  
owners and owners of more than one building will be able to view their  
images and analysis for a small fee.

The scans will be analyzed in the order they are requested.

Go to Sagewell.com.  Type in your address at the bottom where it says  
"Find your home or building" and press return.  Then click on "Here"  
to request the report.

That's it.  When the scans are done in a few weeks, your building will  
be one of the first to be analyzed. The accompanying report will help  
you understand why your living room has always been cold and what to  
do about it.

With knowledge, comes power (or in this case saved power and money,  
not to mention comfort).


Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents


HEET has partnered with NSTAR and Mass Save participating contractor  
Next Step Living to deliver no-cost Home Energy Assessments to  
Cambridge residents.

During the assessment, the energy specialist will:

Install efficient light bulbs (saving up to 7% of your electricity bill)
Install programmable thermostats (saving up to 10% of your heating bill)
Install water efficiency devices (saving up to 10% of your water bill)
Check the combustion safety of your heating and hot water equipment
Evaluate your home’s energy use to create an energy-efficiency roadmap
If you get electricity from NSTAR, National Grid or Western Mass  
Electric, you already pay for these assessments through a surcharge on  
your energy bills.  You might as well use the service.

Please sign up at http://nextsteplivinginc.com/heet/?outreach=HEET or  
call Next Step Living at 866-867-8729.  A Next Step Living  
Representative will call to schedule your assessment.

HEET will help answer any questions and ensure you get all the  
services and rebates possible.

(The information collected will only be used to help you get a Home  
Energy Assessment.  We won’t keep the data or sell it.)

(If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to call  
HEET’s Jason Taylor at 617 441 0614.)




Sustainable Business Network Local Green Guide

SBN is excited to announce the soft launch of its new Local Green  
Guide, Massachusetts' premier Green Business Directory!

To view the directory please visit: http://www.localgreenguide.org
To find out how how your business can be listed on the website or for  
sponsorship opportunities please contact Adritha at adritha at sbnboston.org


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.


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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