[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Oct 7 15:11:54 PDT 2012

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A message from Crossroads GPS

The Cambridge MA Solar Tool

Monday, October 8

Symposium (2012) presented by
The HONK! Festival and Harvard Graduate School of Education Arts in Education Program
Monday, October 8, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Gutman Library (lower level), Appian Way, Cambridge

Plenary Session
10:00 am – 12 noon – “Inclusion and Quality: Contradictory or Complimentary?”
In this plenary session, a number of practitioners from various community arts (spoken word, dance, theater, quilting, puppetry, etc., as well as music) will speak briefly about how they deal with the principles of inclusion and quality in the process of teaching and learning in their respective fields. Questions to address include:
How do we define Inclusion? Quality?
What is valuable about each of these principles?
Is there a tension between the two?
What determines who participates and who doesn’t?
We will then break down into small groups to discuss how we might apply the lessons learned to achieving inclusion and quality in the process of teaching and learning music.
We will conclude with a demonstration by the Young Fellaz, a New Orleans brass band, who will discuss inclusion and quality in New Orleans culture, and lead the total group through their process of learning a song. Bring your instruments.
12 – 12:45 pm – LUNCH BREAK
Afternoon Sessions
12:45 – 2:00 pm – “HONK! in Today’s Classroom” – Cale Piepenburg, Megan Sartori, and Mike Gutierrez
Music is an important part of a child’s education, but it can be difficult to get children excited about making music.  Children may be afraid of the response from their peers, may be afraid they will fail, or may have a low opinion of traditional forms of school music.  We have had success in public school music instruction with traditional instrumentation, by using techniques and principles derived from our experience in ensembles such as EE, including:
Making music should be fun; not an occasion for terror.
Performers of every level of ability ought to be included.
Permitting and encouraging improvisation engages students.
Music is a means of expression, not deadening ritual.
Even in a group there is room for individuality.
12:45 – 2:00 pm – “What makes a HONK! band HONK?” – Mr Petey
How do you know if you’re a HONK! band? Please bring your stories and questions about how HONK! bands form, expand, and evolve to a roundtable with Honkateers from around the world. How does your group make decisions about finding and keeping members? What have you learned from your experiences in the streets? What to do about our good friend Money? Can trombones and accordions really get along? This will be a great opportunity to connect and contribute to the emergence of the movement which we call HONK!”
12:45 – 2:00 pm – The Nuts and Bolts of HONK! Organizing – Trudi Cohen
Versions of HONK! are happening in Boston, Providence, Brooklyn, Austin and Seattle, and other locations are contemplating similar festivals too.  What challenges do we share?  What common principles guide us?  Can/should we support each other through some form of HONK network?  A chance for us to ask each other about how to manage traffic, how to deal with commercial interests, where to buy kazoos. Join HONK! organizers from around the country to answer these important questions.

Contact http://honkfest.org/symp2012/


Science and Cooking
Monday, October 8
7 p.m.
Haarvard, Science Center Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Raül Balam Ruscalleda, Moments

More information at http://www.seas.harvard.edu/cooking

Tuesday, October 9

Meeting of the Open Internet Advisory Committee
Tuesday, October 9
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West A Room, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
This event will be webcast live at  http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2012/10/oiac

via the FCC
By this Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) announces the date, time, and agenda of the next meeting of the Open Internet Advisory Committee (“Committee”).   

The next meeting of the Committee will take place on October 9, 2012, from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. in Milstein West A at the Wasserstein Hall/Caspersen Student Center, Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138.

At its October 9, 2012 meeting, the Committee will consider issues relating to the subject areas of its four working groups—Mobile Broadband, Economic Impacts of Open Internet Frameworks, Specialized Services, and Transparency—as well as other open Internet related issues.  A limited amount of time will be available on the agenda for comments from the public.  Alternatively, members of the public may send written comments to Daniel Kirschner, Designated Federal Officer of the Committee, or Deborah Broderson, Deputy Designated Federal Officer, at the addresses provided below.  

The meeting is open to the public and the site is fully accessible to people using wheelchairs or other mobility aids.  Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request.  The request should include a detailed description of the accommodation needed and contact information.  Please provide as much advance notice as possible; last minute requests will be accepted, but may not be possible to fill.  To request an accommodation, send an email tofcc504 at fcc.gov or call the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).

The meeting of the Committee will also be broadcast live with open captioning over the Internet at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2012/10/oiac.

For further information about the Committee, contact:  Daniel Kirschner, Designated Federal Officer, Office of General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission, Room 8-C830, 445 12th Street, S.W. Washington, DC 20554; phone: 202-418-1735; email: daniel.kirschner at fcc.gov; or Deborah Broderson, Deputy Designated Federal Officer, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, Room 5-C736, 445 12th Street, S.W. Washington, DC 20554; phone: 202-418-0652; email: deborah.broderson at fcc.gov.  


"The Effects of Social Media on Politics, Brands and Traditional Media." 
Tuesday, October 9
12 p.m. 
Haarvard, Taubman 275, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge

Speaker Series with Rory O'Connor, author, filmmaker and journalist. Author of Friends, Followers and the Future: How Social Media are Changing Politics, Threatening Big Brands, and Killing Traditional Media.


NYTimes' Jodi Kantor on Michelle Obama's political transformation
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT)
Taylor Seminar Room, Walter Lippmann House, One Francis Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at http://kantorlipinski-es2.eventbrite.com
Nieman Foundation for Journalism/Harvard Writers at Work Lecture Series
Please join us for a lunch talk with: 
Jodi Kantor, New York Times correspondent and author of  The Obamas	
in conversation with 
Ann Marie Lipinski 
Curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism 
With an introduction by Whitney Johnson, author of Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When you Dare to Dream 


Collaborative! Open! Reusable! Executable! …Science! Unlocking the sources of scientific research by authoring papers on the web
Tuesday, October 9, 12:30 pm
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East Room A, 2nd Floor, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person via http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2012/10/pepe#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast and archived on our site shortly after.

Alberto Pepe, Berkman Center Fellow
Most tools that scientists use for the preparation of scholarly manuscripts, such as Microsoft Word and LaTeX, function offline and do not account for the born-digital nature of research objects. Moreover, most authoring tools in use today are not designed for collaboration, and, as scientific collaborations grow in size, research transparency and the attribution of scholarly credit are at stake. In this roundtable discussion, I will argue that the tools that scientists use to write scholarly papers constitute a first major barrier to Open Science, as they lock content, figures, data, tables in a "coffin", preventing reuse and sharing. At the end of the presentation, I will introduce and demo Authorea, an authoring platform for research papers which adopts the web as its canvas. Authorea manuscripts are living, modular, collaborative web documents with a robust source and versioning control backend. Authorea is a spin-off initiative of Harvard University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

About Alberto
Alberto Pepe is a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University and co-founder of Authorea, a science startup. At Harvard, he is the in-house information scientist at the Center for Astrophysics, a fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and an affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. Pepe is interested in the study of socio–technical systems: networks of people, artifacts, data and ideas. He recently obtained a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of California, Los Angeles with a dissertation on scientific collaboration networks. Prior to starting his Ph.D., Pepe worked in the Information Technology Department of CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland and in the Scientific Visualization Department of CINECA, the Italian Scientific Consortium, based at the University of Bologna. Pepe holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science and a B.Sc. in Astrophysics, both from University College London, U.K. He was born and raised in the wine-making town of Manduria, in Puglia, Southern Italy.

Rational Inattention and Organizational Focus
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
MIT, Building E62-650

Speaker: Wouter Dessein (Columbia)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Seminar in Organizational Economics
For more information, contact:  Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu 


Where Japan Is Headed
WHEN  Tue., Oct. 9, 2012, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Tsai Auditorium (S010), Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Sponsored by the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; co-sponsored by the WCFIA Fellows Program and the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
SPEAKER(S)  Ichiro Fujisaki, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Japan to the U.S.
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	xtian at wcfia.harvard.edu
LINK	http://www.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan/schedule/schedule.htm


A Conversation about the Future of the Book
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 
15:00 to 17:00
Harvard Graduate School of Design, 42 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

With Adam Michaels and Rob Giampietro (Project Projects, NYC), and Jeffrey Schnapp (metaLAB, Harvard). The conversation will conclude with a presentation of The Electric Information Age Book and The Electric Information Age Album. 
Contact info at metalab.harvard.edu.


Learning from Nature: Bacterial light harvesting antennas and perspectives for new organic materials for solar cells
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
MIT, Building 66-110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Alan Aspuru-Guzik, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

MITEI Seminar Series 
A year-long series of seminars given by leaders in the energy field hosted by the MIT Energy Initiative and sponsored by IHS-CERA.

Green-sulfur bacteria is a remarkable organism that can carry out photosynthesis in low-light conditions such as those present in the bottom of the ocean or moonlight. In this talk, geared for a general scientific audience, I will describe my group's efforts to understand how this organism harvests sunlight so efficiently. I will proceed to describe the possible implications of these light-harvesting mechanisms for enhancing energy transport in organic materials. I will end by briefly discussing our screening efforts for materials for organic solar cells using computer time from distributed donors around the world.

Web site: http://mitei.mit.edu/node/1976/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative

For more information, contact:  Jameson Twomey
jtwomey at mit.edu 


Harvard Public Interest Law Conference:  Law for Social Change and the Environment
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Harvard University, Cambridge	
RSVP at http://harvardpublicinterestlawconference-es2.eventbrite.com/
The third annual Public Interest Law Conference at Harvard University will take place on October 9th, 2012. This conference seeks to engage undergraduate and graduate students from Harvard and other universities, as well as citizens of the general New England community.
This year's theme is Law for Social Change and the Environment. The conference will be an evening event on Harvard’s campus, featuring a variety of interactive discussions, panels, and presentations designed to provide information about public interest careers, resources available to undergraduates, and possible career trajectories, all while bringing to light some of the major issues within the environmental, social change, and other public interest law fields today.
Dinner and dessert will be served during the conference. We look forward to seeing you there. Please make sure to RSVP today to secure your spot.
4:30 pm Doors open
4:45 am Welcoming Address by Conference Collaborators
5:00 pm Keynote Speaker Address – James Gustave Speth
6:00 pm Panel
7:00 pm Dinner is served
7:45 pm Q&A and Dessert with Current Law Students 
8:45 pm Closing Remarks
James Gustave Speth Biography
James Gustave Speth is one of America’s foremost environmental activists. He has helped shape environmentalism through his active roles in several environmental institutions, as an advisor to U.S. and world leaders and in academic circles.

In 1970, Speth co-founded the National Resources Defense Council, an environmental lobbyist group. As chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality, Speth helped develop President Jimmy Carter’s environmental policies. In 1982, he founded the World Resources Institute, an environmental think tank. He served as an advisor on natural resources, energy and the environment to President Bill Clinton’s transition team. From 1993 to 1999, Speth administered the United Nations Development Programme, which works to reduce poverty, build infrastructure and establish democracy in the world’s least developed countries. In addition to these positions, Speth has also been a member of several task forces, committees, advising boards and other organizations aimed at protecting our natural resources.

A distinguished graduate from Yale Law School and a Rhodes Scholar, Speth taught environmental and constitutional law at Georgetown law school and served as the dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies until his retirement in 2009. In 2010, he joined the faculty of Vermont Law School.

Speth’s activism has earned him several awards and honors, including the Resources Defense Award from the Natural Wildlife Federation, the Barbara Swain Award of Honor from the Natural Resources Council of America, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Environmental Law Institute. In addition to “The Bridge at the Edge of the World”, Speth has also authored “Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment and Global Environmental Governance” with Peter M. Haas. Speth also edited “Worlds Apart: Globalization and the Environment.”

“America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy”
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 
Askwith Lecture Hall, Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge

James Gustave Speth, Professor, Vermont Law School; Former dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies   

Author of: Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment (Yale, 2004)
The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability (Yale, 2008)
America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy (Yale, 2012)

Prof. Speth founded the World Resources Institute, and cofounded the Natural Resources Defense Council. He is one of America’s leading pioneering environmental scholars and activists.


How we became oily people. The politics of petro policy
Oct 9, 2012
4:30 - 6 pm
MIT, Building E19-623

Lisa Margonelli covers energy and the environment, and her work has been featured in a range of national newspapers, magazines, and other publications. Margonelli is author of the award-winning 2007 book "Oil On the Brain: Petroleum's Long Strange Trip to Your Tank."

Website:  http://newamerica.net/user/115


GSD Public Lecture Program. "After March 11th"
WHEN  Tue., Oct. 9, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE  Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA
SPEAKER(S)  Kengo Kuma
CONTACT INFO	events at gsd.harvard.edu
NOTE  The catastrophic tsunami of March 11, 2011 flattened the Tohoku coastline in seconds. The nuclear radiation that followed further revealed the insufficiency of "big and strong" architecture and materials like concrete and steel. In the age of advanced technology and "strong" buildings, the modernization process has collapsed on itself, and we must start again from scratch. Kengo Kuma from Kengo Kuma and Associates, Tokyo, will discuss how architecture can respond to this epochal challenge.
LINK	www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/events/kengo-kuma-after-march-11th.html


350MA/Greater Boston Meeting
Tuesday, October 9th  
potluck and networking from 6 to 7pm and a meeting from 7 to 9pm
First Church Cambridge, 11 Garden Street (Harvard Square T stop) 

Lots of has happened since the last meeting and we need everyone's hands on deck as we approach the November 6 election and the November 17th 350 New England Climate Convergence!
On the agenda:
1. Intros
2. Quick Update on current efforts 
3. Team Play
4. Breakout groups
a.  Campaign for a Livable Climate: rolling out the campaign (Debate coverage; Outreach; Awareness Raising; Making memes)
b.  Challenging fossil fuel infrastructure: Natural Gas Spectra meeting; proposed Salem Gas Power Plant; Brayton Point Coal Plant; Tar Sands Free NE;
5. Report Backs & Next Steps
6. Solutions work group 
7.  Planning for the Campaign for a Livable Climate Vigil
8. Announcements

Looking forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday night!

Contact Vanessa Rule
vanessa at betterfutureproject.org


Accelerated Climate Change: Can Nature Adapt?
Tuesday October 09, 2012 
6:30 PM
Belmont Media Center 9 Lexington Street, Belmont 

 Richard Primack, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Boston University                                                                                    the Primack Lab (w/info about the textbook project)

A leading authority on conservation issues, especially flora and fauna adaptations to rapid climate  change,  Professor Primack brings a truly global perspective to Nature’s rapid response mechanisms.   He discusses changes in the Massachusetts habitat that Henry David Thoreau made famous, and describes the limitations of plants and animals to adapt to this era of intense current climate stress.

Dr. Primack also talks about his famous textbook project, for which he has received much praise: not just the translation of his books –required reading in the field of conservation– but the inclusion of species and climate information relevant to particular nations in which the texts are used.
Contact http://www.scienceforthepublic.org/?page_id=5631

The Last Hunger Season, featuring Roger Thurow & One Acre Fund
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Northeastern, Curry Student Center Ballroom, 346 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Light Refreshments & Food from Haley House Bakery & Cafe will be served beginning at 6PM
RSVP at http://hungerseason-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=177

Join the Social Enterprise Institute as we welcome Roger Thurow of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Allison Bream of One Acre Fund (OAF) to discuss Thurow's new book, "The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change" which features OAF's groundbreaking work in transforming the lives of small holder farmers in East Africa. 
Thurow is a senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Thurow joined the Council in January 2010 after three decades of reporting as a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). His coverage of global affairs spanned the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela & the end of apartheid, along with 10 Olympic Games. 

In 2003, Thurow and his WSJ colleague Scott Kilman were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for their series of stories on famine in Africa. Kilman and Thurow are authors of the book, "Enough: Why the World's Poor Starve in an Age of Plenty". In 2009, they were awarded Action Against Hunger's Humanitarian Award. Thurow also writes for the Huffington Post*. 
Following Thurow's discussion of his new book, "The Last Hunger Season", we will be joined by Allison Bream, One Acre Fund's Talent & Communications Associate to discuss career opportunities for young activists interested in international development and food security. 

Since 2006, OAF has assisted over 100,000 farmers and their families in East Africa increase household farm yields. OAF hopes to reach 1.5m farmers by 2020. Bream will discuss how young activists can join the talent pipeline at One Acre Fund to help them reach their goal. 

For more information about Roger Thurow's new book, please visit: http://www.thelasthungerseason.com/ 
For more information about One Acre Fund, please visit: www.oneacrefund.org 

Wednesday, October 10

Rooftop Farming within the city
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
3:00 PM To 6:00 PM
35 Northampton St, Boston
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/BigEnoughtoDeliver/events/85401842/

An opportunity to farm within the city!

We will be working with Northampton Square Rooftop Gardens, which grows a variety of nutritionally rich produce to donate to a city food pantry. We may be involved with fall seeding/transplanting/adding cover crop or whatever task needs to accomplished on that date. Please bring water and a snack.

Dress: Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
Please check out the new website for our popular nonprofit. www.BostonVolunteer.org


America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 10, 2012, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE  Askwith Lecture Hall, Graduate School of Education, 13 Appian Way
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement
SPEAKER(S)  James Gustave Speth, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	Lydia_Sheehan at harvard.edu; 617-495-4072
LINK	hilr.dce.harvard.edu


Predicting the 2012 Election with Nate Silver (Author of NYT blog FiveThirtyEight)
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 10, 2012, 4 p.m.
WHERE  Kirkland House Junior Common Room, 95 Dunster Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Conversations with Kirkland and the Institute of Politics
SPEAKER(S)  Nate Silver
NOTE  Nate Silver's new book The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—But Some Don't will be for sale. A book signing will follow the event.


Seminar in Environmental Economics and Policy. "Embracing our Differences: Heterogeneous Externalities and their Implication for Welfare"
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 10, 2012, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Kennedy School, Littauer-382, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences, Sustainability
SPEAKER(S)  Christopher Knittel
LINK	http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k89370


Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament 50 Years Since the Cuban Missle Crisis
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
MIT, Building E51-395, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Daryl Kimball, Executive Director, Arms Control Association

Despite the end of the Cold War over two decades ago, nuclear weapons continue to be at the center of debates that dominate international relations today. Yet, the search for a world without nuclear weapons remains as elusive as ever. 

Thousands of strategic nuclear weapons remain in the arsenals of the US and Russia and hundreds of tactical nuclear weapons are still deployed in Europe without any rationale. The presence of nuclear weapons real or perceived threaten peace in other parts of the world. 

To look at the past, present, and future of nuclear arms control, STS is sponsoring a mini seminar-series this fall.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/sts/news/index.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): HASTS
For more information, contact:  Randyn Miller
randyn at mit.edu 


THE RACE FOR WHAT’S LEFT:  The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
UMass Boston Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Room 3545, 100 William T Morrissey Blvd, Boston
RSVP at http://joinercenter-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=200

Event Details
The world is facing an unprecedented crisis of resource depletion—a crisis that goes beyond “peak oil” to encompass shortages of coal and uranium, copper and lithium, water and arable land. With all of the planet’s easily accessible resource deposits rapidly approaching exhaustion, the desperate hunt for supplies has become a frenzy of extreme exploration, as governments and corporations rush to stake their claim in areas previously considered too dangerous and remote. The Race for What’s Left takes us from the Arctic to war zones to deep ocean floors, from a Russian submarine planting the country’s flag on the North Pole seabed to the large-scale buying up of African farmland by Saudi Arabia, China, and other food-importing nations.

As Klare explains, this invasion of the final frontiers carries grave consequences. With resource extraction growing more complex, the environmental risks are becoming increasingly severe; the Deepwater Horizon disaster is only a preview of the dangers to come. At the same time, the intense search for dwindling supplies is igniting new border disputes, raising the likelihood of military confrontation. Inevitably, if the scouring of the globe continues on its present path, many key resources that modern industry relies upon will disappear completely. The only way out, Klare argues, is to alter our consumption patterns altogether—a crucial task that will be the greatest challenge of the coming century.

Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, a joint appointment at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Professor Klare has written widely on world security affairs, the arms trade, and global resource politics. His most recent books include Resource Wars (2001), Blood and Oil (2005), and Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet (2008). Dr. Klare has also written for many publications, including Current History, Foreign Affairs, The Nation, Newsweek, and Scientific American. He also serves as defense correspondent of The Nation and is a contributing editor of Current History. In addition to his academic and writing pursuits, Dr. Klare is active in disarmament, environmental, and human rights advocacy work. He serves on the board of the Arms Control Association and the National Priorities Project.


Communication in a Post Truth Age of Politics
WHEN  Wed., Oct. 10, 2012, 4:30 p.m.
WHERE  Wiener Auditorium, Ground Floor, Taubman Building, HKS, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Information Technology, Lecture, Social Sciences
SPEAKER(S) Christopher Robichaud, Harvard Kennedy School and Jason Stanley, Rutgers University
CONTACT INFO	Bruce_jackan at hks.harvard.edu, 671-495-7548
NOTE  Some on the right claim that the mainstream media is ideologically biased. This bias justifies ideological reporting on outlets such as Fox News to "counterbalance" perceived liberal bias. What emerges from this "balanced," if not fair, approach is a public sphere in which no claim is taken by viewers as intended to express truth only bias one way or another. When audiences don't expect truth, they may not hold candidates responsible for falsehoods. In the current presidential campaigns, numerous false assertions have been made with little political cost. In most philosophical and common sense understandings of communication, listeners trust speakers to be intending to speak the truth. This talk will consider how communication in the public sphere functions when truthfulness and trust have broken down.
LINK	http://www.ash.harvard.edu/Home/News-Events/Events/Communication-in-a-Post-Truth-Age-of-Politics


Green Exchange - Focus on Solar
October 10 
5:30 -9 pm
Harvard Extension School, Grossman Common Room, 51 Brattle Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://octobergreenexchange.eventbrite.com

Elizabeth Youngblood, Solarize MA
Mark Rostafin, Smart Energy Capital
Andrew Stern, NE Windpower

Solar (energy etc) is the theme for the First Green Exchange for the Fall 2012 semester. Come learn about Solar and its impacts on our energy needs, climate, and how it is transforming the green tech industry. You will also get to meet the presenters and learn about internship opportunities.


"Open v. Closed: Media, Government and Social Organization in the Information Age." 
Wednesday, October 10
6 p.m. 
Harvard, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79JFK Street, Cambridge

Richard S. Salant Lecture on Freedom of the Press delivered by Anne‑Marie Slaughter, Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University


Urban Films: Land of Opportunity
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
MIT, Building 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Urban Planning Film Series 
A mostly-weekly series showing documentary and feature films on topics related to cities, urbanism, design, community development, ecology, and other planning issues. Free.

LAND OF OPPORTUNITY (2010): Juxtaposing the perspectives of protagonists from different walks of life, this project reveals how the story of post-Katrina New Orleans is also the story of urban America. Special guest: Karl Seidman, MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning. Directed by Luisa Dantas.

Web site: http://www.urbanfilm.org
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning
For more information, contact:  Ezra Glenn
eglenn at mit.edu 


Game Culture vs. History:  Exploring the impact of digital culture on traditional art disciplines
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1278692-oAmUCrZg6j

Please join us for an evening of Art and Science with Chris Solarski, who will talk about his recently published book Drawing Basics and Video Game Art: Classic to Cutting Edge Art Techniques for Video Game Design (Watson-Guptill 2012), and Terrence Masson, Executive Professor of Creative Industries at Northeastern University.

This interdisciplinary event is designed for students, academia and professionals from the video game industry, performing arts, fine arts, urban planning and architecture, digital animation and computer science.

Mr. Solarski is an artist game designer and author. Primarily a practical reference for artists and designers working in the video games industry, the book takes a look at traditional art techniques that developers can use to create more meaningful and varied emotional experiences in games. The book is equally accessible for those interested to learn about gaming’s future and potential as an artistic medium.

Professor Masson will respond to Mr. Solarski's talk and speak about his 22 years of experience in Computer Animation and his book, CG101: A Computer Graphics Industry Reference.
Chris Solarski is interested in classical art and design theory and how video game interaction has changed the way in which we interpret and engage with images. My particular focus is on iconography and primary shapes, and their ability to convey complex emotions.

He developed a special interest in combining the disciplines of classical art and video games through previous work as a character and environment artist at Sony Computer Entertainment's London Studio, after which he undertook two years of self-guided study in traditional drawing and painting, which included life drawing lessons at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in Poland.

Chris also works as art director at Gbanga, and has begun development of his own indie game with the working title, The Conductor, which aims to explore new forms of game design and player interaction. 

Terrence Masson has had 18 years of production experience. Since 1994, Professor Masson has been running his own consulting company “Digital Fauxtography” as a Creative Producer and VFX Supervisor. He has worked on about 20 feature films, many commercials, directed several shorts and was recently inducted into the Producers Guild of America. 

Additionally, Professor Masson has been a member of the Visual Effects Society since its inception and active in SIGGRAPH since 1988, most recently as the 2006 Computer Animation Festival Chair. He was recently appointed Conference Chair for SIGGRAPH 2010. Professor Masson is also the author ofCG101: A Computer Graphics Industry Reference, a plain language guide to the history and how-to of CG.
Terrence Masson presenting his keynote address at ISEA2011.


What's the Economy For, Anyway?
Wednesday, October 10 
First Parish (Unitarian Universalist), 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Activist, author, and film-maker John de Graaflooks  beyond the current downturn to explore the assumptions underlying our  economy. In an election cycle that is
focused on our economic future,  his new book, What's the Economy For, Anyway?,  offers a  fresh perspective on quality of life, health, security, work-life  balance,
leisure, social justice, and sustainability.  How can we measure economic success?  Nationally?   Individually?  What is the role of growth in a 21st-century economy?  What role can governments play in creating economic success?  What is  the individual's role?

Cambridge Forum


Cyberscholars Working Group
Wednesday, October 10, 7:00 pm
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Fl, Cambridge 
RSVP Required via http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/cyberscholars/2012/10/harvard#RSVP

"India's Mobile Phone Revolution: A Legislative History, 1994-present"
Colin Agur, Columbia University and Yale Information Society Project
ca2393 at columbia.edu

In less than two decades, India's telephone mobile phone market has grown from less than 2 million to more than 700 million phones. This transformation could not have happened without a new government that challenged old assumptions about the telephone as a luxury good reserved for the rich, and new policies that emphasized mass telecommunications and mobile connectivity. This talk explores the key pieces of legislation passed by the Indian government from the mid-to-late 1990s onward, describes the challenges and scandals that ensued, and concludes with thoughts about telecom's new role in Indian governance.

Colin Agur is a PhD candidate at Columbia University and a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School. His dissertation examines mobile telecommunications policy in India. 

Website: http://www.law.yale.edu/intellectuallife/13677.htm

"Set the fox to watch the geese: voluntary, bottom-up IP regimes in piratical file-sharing communities"
Bodó Balázs, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Fellow @ Harvard University, Berkman Center for Internet and Society
bodo at mokk.bme.hu

A complex system of rules and governance mechanisms control the lives of piratical P2P file-sharing darknets and ensure the survival and the quality of the shared P2P resource pool. Surprisingly, some pirate communities seem to have some kind of an Intellectual Property protection regime as well. To begin with, I show three different examples of voluntary intellectual property (IP) enforcement in piratical file-sharing communities. I demonstrate that though the emergence of such norms may sound counter-intuitive, they are in fact logical consequences in the development of the underground file-sharing scene. I then move to discuss whether or not the long-term consolidation of such norms is harmonious with the default ethical vision of copyright. Here I show that current practices in the IP field are scattered in both the legal and the ethical dimensions, and stable (social, business) practices consolidate not according to their legality but according to whether they comply with the default ethical vision. Finally I suggest that voluntary IP regimes can be effective enforcement mechanisms that rights-holders should begin experiment with.

Bodó Balázs in an economist, assistant professor, researcher at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He is a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He is the project lead for Creative Commons Hungary and a member of the National Copyright Expert Group. His academic interests include copyright and economics, piracy, media regulation, peer-to-peer communities, underground libraries, digital archives, informal media economies. His most recent book is on the role of P2P piracy in the Hungarian cultural ecosystem.

Websites: http://www.warsystems.hu/, http://mokk.bme.hu/


Intercollegiate Energy Social
Wedensday, October 10
John Harvard's Restaurant, 33 Dunster Street, Cambridge

Are you a student and passionate about energy? Come to an intercollegiate energy social for some energy community building, debate, and discussion! 
Contact Name: Katie Walsh kpswalsh at gmail.com 

Thursday, October 11

Humanitarian Logistics: Experiences from the Field
Thursday, October 11, 2012
100 Main Street, MIT Building E62, Room 550, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Ian Heigh, Director, Everywhere Humanitarian Response and Logistics Services

Q&A brownbag lunch, drinks and cookies provided
Bio:  Ian Heigh has been involved in delivering international humanitarian assistance for over 15 major disasters since the mid 1990s, working as a logistician and response manager, largely with the International Red Cross (IFRC) and the United Nations. This has been interspersed with a career in commercial logistics.

Ian led a team to re-engineer the IFRC’s global supply chain, leading to the European Supply Chain Award for Excellence. He received the best thesis award while completing his MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Cranfield University. Ian ‘s work as Logistics Coordinator for the IFRC in Haiti was profiled in the documentary Inside Disaster Haiti (http://insidedisaster.com/haiti/characters#ian).

MIT Humanitarian Speaker Series


Technology Trends: The Growing Market for Green Homes (Brown Bag Lecture)
WHEN  Thu., Oct. 11, 2012, 1:05 – 2:05 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Graduate School of Design, Portico 121, 42-48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies
SPEAKER(S)  Mike Luzier, President & CEO, National Association of Home Builders Research Center
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	617.495.7908
LINK	http://www.jchs.harvard.edu/event/housing-cities-michael-luzier-nahb-research-center


“Large Scale Eddy Covariance Measurements of CO2 Fluxes: Constraints on Net Ecosystem Exchange.”
Thursday, October 11, 2012 
Haller Hall, 102 Geological Museum Building, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Paul Wennberg, R. Stanton Avery Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Science and Engineering; Geology & Planetary Sciences | Environmental Science & Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Abstract: We use new observations of the total column mass of carbon dioxide in the vicinity of the mid latitude jet to estimate the N-S flux of carbon dioxide. These measurements are used to evaluate current understanding of the flux of CO2 on seasonal timescales into and out of the boreal region.  We show that such fluxes are larger than expected and describe the implications of understanding the net flux of CO2 into terrestrial ecosystems.

Reception to follow in the Interactive Space, 4th floor of the Geological Museum

Sponsored by The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and the Harvard University Center for the Environment

Contact Name:  Jennifer Lake
jlake at fas.harvard.edu


The Artificial Leaf
Thursday, October 11
4:30 - 6 pm
MIT, Building E19-623, 400 Main Street, Cambridge

Daniel Nocera, The Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy and Professor of Chemistry, MIT


Sound Synthesis and Perception: Composing from the Inside Out
Thursday, October 11, 2012
5:00-6:30 PM | Lecture 
7:30 PM | Concert
MIT, Building E14-674, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: John Chowning
The inventor of FM synthesis, John Chowning will perform his new piece, Voices (2011) for solo soprano and interactive computer using MaxMSP. He will also present three iconic early pieces,Turenas (1972), Stria (1977) and Phone (1981), each of which makes use of sound localization, algorithmic composition, and FM synthesis algorithms in unique ways. Joining him will be his wife, the soprano Maureen Chowning. 

Web site: http://arts.mit.edu/cast/artist/chowning/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): The Media Lab Colloquium Series, Center for Art, Science & Technology
For more information, contact:  Anya Ventura
anyav at mit.edu 


Legatum Lecture ~ The 2,400 Square Feet Syndrome: Developing Entrepreneurial Solutions for the Other 86%
Thursday, October 11, 2012
MIT, Building  E62-223, Sloan School, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Vijay Mahajan

In recent years we have witnessed explosive changes in developing countries. Entrepreneurs, investors, and students with an interest in global business opportunities are examining and implementing innovative products, sourcing, delivery methods and marketing techniques. By turning obstacles into opportunities, the entrepreneurs working in low-income countries are making startling strides in business development. Taken together, the innovative approaches have become rules of engagement for developing entrepreneurial solutions.Using examples and research reported in his books, The 86 % Solution (2006), Africa Rising (2009) and The Arab World Unbound (2012), Professor Mahajan will discuss the changes unleashing both profits and productivity in developing countries.

Web site: http://legatum.mit.edu/content/1263
Open to: the general public
Cost: 0
Sponsor(s): Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship
For more information, contact:  Agnes Hunsicker
legatum at mit.edu 


MIT China Development Initiative Ideas Generator
Thursday, October 11, 2012

Discussion of ideas related to development, service, or leadership in China
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): China Development Initiative, UA Finance Board
For more information, contact:  CDI
mit-cdi at mit.edu 


Greentown Labs' EnergyBar: Debatable Cleantech
Thursday, October 11, 2012
6:00 PM to 10:30 PM (EDT)
Greentown Labs, 337 Summer Street, Ground Floor, Boston
RSVP at http://energybar-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=275
Event Details
Join us on Thursday, October 11th at Greentown Labs for our bi-monthly EnergyBar event series. In addition to celebrating a successful summer, this EnergyBar will be happening on the evening of the Vice Presidential debates. So if food, drink, and great cleantech networking isn't enough, stick around. At 9pm EDT we'll put the debate up on our big projection screen.

Light appetizers and drinks will be served sometime around 6:00pm. EnergyBar will run until 9pm. Then it's onto the debates!

Suggested dress is business casual. Please RSVP to help us plan for food and beverages. Hope to see you all!

About EnergyBar
EnergyBar is a bi-monthly event devoted to helping people in clean technology meet and discuss innovations in renewable and advanced energy technologies. Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and ‘friends of cleantech,’ are invited to attend, meet colleagues, and expand our growing regional clean technology community.

Our attendess typically span a variety of disciplines within energy, efficiency, and renewables. If you're looking for a job in cleantech, trying to expand your network, or perhaps thinking to start your own cleantech company this is the event for you. Expect to have conversations about issues facing advanced and renewable energy technologies and ways to solve our most pressing energy problems.


Teaching How to Fish: Solving Problems versus Nurturing People in Global Development
Thursday, October 11, 2012
MIT, Building w-79, 229 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Kentaro Toyama (Co-Founder, Microsoft Research, India), Manish Bharadwaj (Founder & CEO, Innovators in Health)

Web site: http://thecenter.mit.edu/hhdl-mit-2012/auxiliary-events/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values
For more information, contact:  The Center at MIT
DalaiLamaCenter at mit.edu 


Solarize Massachusetts (Solarize Mass) A Surge of Solar Energy! 
Thursday, October 11th, 2012
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m
First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist; 3 Church Street, Harvard Square
Ryan Katofsky, the Solar Coach for Arlington, will explain how Solarize Mass is working in his community. For nearly 20 years, Ryan has focused on renewable energy matters with Arthur D. Little, Navigant Consulting and in his own independent consulting practice. He is a graduate of Princeton University (Master of Science) and McGill University (Bachelor of Engineering).  
Elizabeth Kennedy, a Program Director at the MassCEC, will give an overall perspective of Solarize Mass. Elizabeth is responsible for launching and managing state solar rebate programs and the Solarize Massachusetts Program, as well as helping customers understand the RPS Solar Carve-Out (SREC) program. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Science from Connecticut College and an MBA from Boston University.  

It's something like a supernova. An accelerating reaction. A solar explosion! (in a good way)
And it's happening now in 17 communities across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

How can a select 5% of our communities accomplish solar adoption at a rate apace with what, normally, it takes all communities of the Commonwealth to achieve?

What kind of program can double the number of solar systems in a community in just a few months?

An energizing mix of government, business and community action, Solarize Mass has generated more than 400 signed solar system contracts, representing 2.6 megawatts of photovoltaic power! They are really moving the needle toward a cleaner energy future. The tremendous response to the compelling economics and discounted pricing offered through Solarize Mass has prompted the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) to extend sign-ups and contracting for an additional month, through October 31st.
Contact http://www.basea.org


Thursday, October 11
7:30 pm
Curry College, Keith Auditorium, Academic & Performance Center, 1071 Blue Hill Avenue, Milton

At the forefront of opposing the wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, Hayden was a leader in ending the Vietnam War a "generation ago and has unmatched experience of 18 years as an elected official and 50 years of" fighting for the public interest.

Among the things Mr. Hayden will be talking about are the economic, environmental, and human costs of war; the proportion of our taxes that go to the military; the threat to our democracy from the military-industrial complex - how the defense industry and other forces quash democracy through use of lobbyists, legislators, and media; and, how we can move toward an  economy and society that benefits human welfare.

Tom Hayden is a leading voice for ending the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan, for erasing sweatshops, saving the environment and reforming politics through a more participatory democracy. He writes for The Nation and is the Director of The Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City, CA. He was a founding member of Students for a Democratic Society in 1961 and author of the Port Huron statement.  He was beaten as a Freedom Rider in the Deep South and arrested in the protests against the Vietnam War at the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention.  He served 18 years in the California legislature and has been a delegate to six Democratic National Conventions.  He has written many books and has taught at a number of colleges including Harvard University's Institute of Politics.  For more about Tom Hayden visit?http://tomhayden.com/biography/ and Tom Hayden on twitter @TomEHayden. 

For more about Milton for Peace visit http://www.facebook.com/miltonforpeace and www.miltonforpeace.eboard.com. Visit the Curry website for directions and follow the signs to the Levin  
Library parking lot  http://www.curry.edu/about-curry/our-campus/directions-and-campus-map.html  

Presented by Milton for Peace, the event is cosponsored by The American Friends Service Committee; Church of the Holy Spirit, Mattapan;  Curry Committee for Social and Environmental Justice; Dorchester People for Peace; Dorchester/Roxbury Labor Committee; First Parish in Milton, Unitarian Universalist; Mass Peace Action; The Milton Times; My Town Matters; St. Elizabeth Church; Sustainable Milton; and United for Justice with Peace.

A $5 suggested donation will be requested ? free to Curry students. Mr. Hayden will also be signing his books.
United for Justice with Peace is a coalition of peace and justice organizations and community peace groups in the Greater Boston region. The UJP Coalition, formed after September 11th, seeks global peace through social and economic justice.

Help us continue to do this critical work! Make a donation to UJP today.  
info at justicewithpeace.org

Friday, October 12

Cloudy with a Chance of Solutions: The Future of Water
Friday, Oct 12, 2012
9:00 am
Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street. Cambridge

The Radcliffe Institute’s annual science symposium will focus on the important and challenging topic of water. Water is a theme that encompasses issues as varied as environmental contamination, public health, agricultural shortages, and geopolitical disputes. “Cloudy with a Chance of Solutions: The Future of Water” will focus on the ecological and human health hazards of environmental contaminants, the threats to drinking water of fracking, the promise of new technologies for water treatment, the need for national water policy, and the role of urban and other areas in conservation. The majority of the talks will focus on the “hard science” of water-related issues; others will offer the perspectives of experts from the policy, business, or urban-planning worlds to put the scientific discussions in a broader context and to link them thematically.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required by October 5. Register now at http://www.rsvpbook.com/event.php?453224

The symposium will be webcast live, in its entirety, on October 12 at http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2012-future-of-water-symposium. Registration is not required to view the webcast. Videos of the symposium will be available the following week on the above site and on Harvard's YouTube channel. 


Energy Research Poster Session
Friday, October 12, 2012
MIT, Building 32, Stata Center TSMC Lobby, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Join the MIT Energy Club and the MIT Energy Initiative for a poster session focused on undergraduate energy projects. Featuring students from a variety departments and disciplines, the event will give you a window into the world of undergraduate energy research and the opportunity to discuss projects with the students.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Initiative, MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:  Christie Ko


Graphene-based Hybrid Nanomaterials for Sensing and Energy Applications
October 12
3:00 PM 
BU, Room 210, 8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston
Refreshments served at 2:45 PM

Junhong Chen, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 

Abstract: Hybrid nanomaterials represent a new class of materials that could potentially display properties beyond those of constituent nanocomponents.  For instance, hybrid nanomaterials with nanoparticles (NPs) distributing on the surface of graphene/reduced graphene oxide could display not only unique properties of NPs and those of graphene, but also additional novel properties due to electronic interactions between the NP and the graphene. This talk will introduce an electrostatic method to assemble aerosol and colloidal NPs onto graphene, an ultrasonic nebulization method to produce crumpled graphene-NP hybrid balls, and a polymerization method to produce nitrogen-doped graphene-NP hybrids.  Example applications of resulting hybrid nanomaterials will be presented for the detection of chemical and biological species and for energy storage and conversion.

Biography: Dr. Chen is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).  He is also the Director of NSF I/UCRC on Water Equipment & Policy and the founder of NanoAffix Science, LLC.  Dr. Chen received his B.E. degree (in Thermal Engineering) in 1995 from Tongji University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (both in Mechanical Engineering) in 2000 and 2002, respectively, from University of Minnesota.  Prior to joining UWM in 2003, he was a postdoctoral scholar in Chemical Engineering at California Institute of Technology.  He was promoted to Associate Professor and Professor in 2008 and 2011, respectively.  His current research focuses on nanocarbon-based hybrid nanomaterials for sustainable energy and environment.  His research excellence was recognized by the 2008 Graduate School/UWM Foundation Research Award and the 2012 UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science Research Excellence Award.


"Inventing a Truly Sustainable Future"
On October 12
7 pm
Wood Theater and Arts Center at Middlesex School, 1400 Lowell Road, Concord

Gary Hirshberg, the educator, activist, and co-founder of the successful organic yogurt company, Stonyfield Farms.  Author of Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the  World, Gary is an advocate for change in national food and agriculture policies and a passionate speaker on the profitability of green business, sustainability, and organic agriculture. In this talk,  Hirshberg proposes that it won't be possible to have a truly sustainable future if our food makes us sick. The organic and sustainable food movement is about much more than healthy food.  It's about decreased fuel use, reducing our carbon footprint, reducing water use, reducing healthcare costs to society, and creating healthy jobs and a healthy economy. 
Let us know if you will be able to attend: 978-369-9763, ext. 216.

Saturday, October 13

Green Buildings Open House 
Saturday, October 13th 

People interested in learning more about clean energy and energy improvements in a real-life setting, can find host properties in their area or just review project profiles online in the corresponding virtual tour at http://www.energysage.com/projects/nesea-gboh-listing . Property owners interested in serving as host properties can find instructions at 


Solidarity And Green Economy (SAGE) 2nd annual conference "Another World Is Possible"
9am-4pm Saturday, October 13th, 2012
in Worcester, MA
Much more: http://WorcesterSAGEalliance.org

A day of resource sharing, alliance building, and collective visioning to create and organize around equitable, democratic, and sustainable community economies.

The conference brings together activists, organizers, community leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, local government, non-profits, and other individuals and organizations committed to forging more equitable and sustainable ways of organizing our communities.

***Call for workshop proposals!***
Please fill out your workshop ideas/proposals by 5pm September 12th here:  http://www.worcestersagealliance.org/?page_id=112

Matt Feinstein
Co-director, Media and Organizing Coordinator
Worcester Roots Project
w: 508-343-0035
c: 508-335-7783

5 Pleasant St 3rd floor
Worcester, MA 01609

What's a co-director and a staff collective?  Find out more here:


Cooking from Your Garden
Saturday, October 13
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan
To register, call 617-542-7696 or email info at bostonnatural.org
In this workshop you will learn how to cook with garden harvests and swap out popular ingredients for what you have in your backyard. This workshop is part of the 7th Annual Harvest Festival and Perennial Divide.

Presented by Boston Natural Areas Network, Cooking Matters, and Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition


Harvest Your Energy Festival
Sat. Oct 13th
1 to 4 pm
Mystic River Bend Park, Medford

-See the inside of a wind turbine
-Home Energy Seminar given by actual home energy auditors.
-Support local organizations; buy their food and energy/environment-related products
-Enjoy a beautiful fall day along the Mystic River and see the wind turbine up close
-Enjoy the live music!


Somerville Mini-Maker Faire
Saturday, October 13, 2012
3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Union Square, Somerville

Event Details
A family-friendly event for all ages to see, touch and play with new technology being developed in the greater Somerville area. Mess around with electronics, build a geodesic dome, try out a bike powered generator or interactive play space.  A Maker Faire is a diverse showcase of creativity and innovation in technology, craft, science, fashion and art!  Featuring the work of local tech enthusiast, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, students & commercial exhibitors.

More info here:  www.makerfairesomerville.com

Sunday, October 14

CitySprouts Festival
Sunday, October 14, 2012 f
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Kennedy Longfellow School, 158 Spring Street in east Cambridge (10 minute walk from the Kendall Square T on the Red Line)
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1386303471/es2/?rank=427

Come see what kids learn in the school garden at CitySprouts Festival.

CitySprouts works with public schools to extend classroom lessons into the outdoor classroom garden and make sure children have the chance to learn first-hand about healthy food choices and local food systems.

The Festival features cider pressing, pumpkin decorating, games and crafts.  CitySprouts Second Annual Iron Chef Dip-Off sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill will also take place. Cheer on teams of CitySprouts summer interns as they compete to make the tastiest and healthiest dips from the city's school garden vegetable harvest. 

Tacos for sale at a Taco Bar hosted by  Chipotle

All proceeds to benefit CitySprouts programs. CitySprouts is now in Cambridge, Boston and the Northshore.

Monday, October 15

Monday, October 15, 2012
MIT, Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, John Sterman, Rebecca Henderson, Jonathan Foley, and more.
Panel I: Ethics, Economy, and Environment 
Panel II: Peace, Governance, and Diminishing Resources 

Over 7 billion human beings, degraded environment, declining economies, and soaring consumerism???such is today???s world. We are at a crossroads and our future is perplexing. The challenges that we now face, as a world and as human beings, are both critical and complex; they demand a multi-disciplinary approach to solutions. 

The forum will provide practical information from multiple disciplines with the aim of sparking ideas to address complex challenges in industry, academia, government, and the world at large through systems thinking and innovation.

Web site: http://thecenter.mit.edu/hhdl-mit-2012/10-15/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Varies
Tickets: http://thecenter.mit.edu/hhdl-mit-2012/10-15/

Sponsor(s): Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineering Systems Division, Center for Collective Intelligence

For more information, contact: The Center at MIT
DalaiLamaCenter at mit.edu 

Editorial Comment:  This event costs money to register but it is the Dalai Lama and covers some of the essential problems confronting the world now.


A Common Ground Approach to Societal Conflict Resolution
WHEN  Mon., Oct. 15, 2012, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Wasserstein 2004, Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Law, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S)  John Marks, president and founder of Search for Common Ground, and Susan Collin Marks, senior vice president of Search for Common Ground
CONTACT INFO	mhamlen at law.harvard.edu
NOTE  John Marks started his conflict resolution career at Harvard Law School, working under Roger Fisher before PON existed. Susan Collin Marks was one of the early conflict resolution practitioners in her native South Africa and was deeply involved as a facilitator and mediator during the transition from apartheid to democracy.
John founded Search for Common Ground in 1982, and he joined forces with Susan in 1994. Under their leadership, Search has grown into the largest organization in the field with 50 offices in 30 countries, using diverse methods to create a framework for fostering lasting peace. Their basic working principle is: Understand the differences; act on the commonalities.
Please bring your lunch. Drinks and dessert provided.
LINK	www.pon.harvard.edu


"Comprehensive Tax Reform and US Energy Policy"
Monday, October 15
12:15pm - 1:45pm 
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Dale Jorgenson, Samuel W. Morris University Professor, Harvard

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar
Contact Name: Louisa Lund louisa_lund at harvard.edu


What Does Medicare D Share with LIBOR and Procurement Auctons: The Distortionary Effects of the Low Income Subsidy
Monday, October 15, 2012
MIT, Building E62-650, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Francesco Decarolis (BU)

Web site: http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/~fdc/Decarolis_MedPartD.pdf
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): IO Workshop
For more information, contact:  Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu 


Cycling and Walking for Sustainable Cities: Lessons from Europe and North America.
Monday, October 15th 
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Piper Auditorium, Cambridge, 42 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Pucher will inspire you with a comprehensive look at changes happening around the country and the world. What makes cycling and walking so safe and convenient for daily travel in Dutch, Danish, and German cities? And what are US cities doing to catch up? Get highlights from his new book City Cycling and hear his advice on how to promote cycling and walking locally.

For more information contact John Foote at John_Foote at hks.harvard.edu


Multitasking, Learning, and Incentives: A Cautionary Tale
Monday, October 15, 2012
Harvard, Littauer M15, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Roland Fryer (Harvard)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Applied Theory Workshop

For more information, contact:  Theresa Benevento


CDD Forum - The New Urban Interface
Monday, October 15, 2012
MIT, Building 10-485, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Charles Marohn, Executive Director, Strong Towns

Following World War II, the United States embarked on the great social and financial experiment of suburbanization. While it created tremendous growth, opportunity and prosperity for a generation that had just lived through economic depression and war, the way cities and regions were being built -- spread out across the landscape -- would ultimately be extremely expensive to sustain, far greater than the relative wealth the approach would generate. The harsh legacy of this reality is what nearly every U.S city faces today. Charles Marohn joins DUSP Visiting Scholar Aaron Naparstek for a presentation and conversation on how America can get back to building strong towns. 

Web site: http://dusp.mit.edu/cdd/event/cdd-forum-new-urban-interface
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Department of Urban Studies and Planning, City Design and Development

For more information, contact:  Sandra Elliott
sandrame at mit.edu 


Affects and Emotions for a Non-capitalist Cinema
Monday, October 15, 2012
MIT, Building E15-001, ACT Cube, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Jesal Kapadia, ACT Lecturer
What would a cinema that serves its subjects, rather than forces of capital, look like? A cinema of refusal, a cinematic non-form that breaks away from the conditions set by capital. A cinema made entirely of the process itself, that cannot be retained, that disappears and renews itself when recalled, that creates an unforgettable loss, but loss with value on the autonomous side. 

The evening involves performing live annotations and screening of Kapadia's footage shot in Sikkim, India'a dialogue and call-and-response with the activists who went on a yearlong relay hunger strike. What kinds of subject positions would be needed to create this counter-aesthetic practice, one that contains the will to keep social justice alive? 

Jesal Kapadia is an artist, co-arts editor for the journal Rethinking Marxism, and frequent collaborator with 16beaver group in NY. She has recently been appointed Lecturer at ACT.

Web site: http://act.mit.edu/projects-and-events/lectures-series/2012-fall/oct-15-jesal-kapadia-affects-and-emotions-for-a-non-capitalist-cinema/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsor(s): Department of Architecture, MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
For more information, contact:  Laura Anca Chichisan
act at mit.edu 


Science and Cooking
Monday, September 17, 2012
7 p.m.
Harvard, Science Center Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge

José Andrés, Think Food Group, minibar, Jaleo


Could This Happen? A free science/sci-fi event in Davis Square
 Monday, October 15, 2012
7:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Rosebud Bar and Grill, 381 Summer Street, Somerville, MA (map)

Join scientists and sci-fi enthusiasts for informal demonstrations and conversations about artificial intelligence, neural enhancements, human-robot interaction, robot rights, brain-machine interfaces, and more!

This event is free and open to the public.

The event is informal and interactive, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions about the technologies on display, as well as to network, drink, and be merry in the name of alll things science and science fiction.

Presenters include:
Dr. Mattias Scheutz, director of the human-robot interaction laboratory at Tufts
CJ Carr, who will demonstrate a meditation-manipulation neurofeedback system using Ableton Live and an EEG
Russell Hanson, who is doing work with brain-machine interfaces
Pete Dilworth and his dino-bot, Trudi
Kate Darling, MIT Media Lab social scientist focused on robot ethics, anthropomorphism, and robot sex

For more information, visit http://couldthishappen.com/?page_id=337

Tuesday, October 16

Less Guns, More Violence: Evidence from Disarmament in Uganda
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
MIT, Building E62-550, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Laura Ralston (MIT)

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Development Economics Workshop
For more information, contact:  Theresa Benevento
theresa at mit.edu 


Climate & Conflict: Is America Profiting from Climate Change?
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
MIT, Building N51, MIT Museum, 275 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: John Reilly

Part 2: Is America Profiting from Climate Change? 
Here in the Northeast we enjoy warm summers and (relatively) low fuel prices, but what is the REAL impact of climate change on Americans? Join John Reilly, MIT economist and co-director of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, to discuss the short-term, long-lived, local, and global effects of our everyday environmental and economic decisions.

Soap Box: Climate & Conflict 
The MIT Museum invites you to contribute to the debate about climate change as we explore fresh new perspectives on politics, profits, and conflict.

Web site: http://mit.edu/museum/programs/soapbox.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): MIT Museum
For more information, contact:  Josie Patterson
museuminfo at mit.edu 


Boston New Technology Meetup Oct 2012 #bnt22
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Wayfair 177 Huntington Ave Boston
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston_New_Technology/events/84231452/

Free event! October meeting of the Boston New Tech Meetup - 22nd edition!

Come learn about 8 innovative and exciting technology products and network with the Boston/Cambridge startup community!  Each presenter gets 5 minutes for product demonstration and 5 minutes for Q&A.  Please follow @BostonNewTech and use the #BNT22 hashtag in social media posts: details here.

Products & Presenters:
ShoutAbout / @ShoutAboutNews - Engagement tool for media sites helps readers take constructive actions in response to news. (Mat Morgan / @MatMorgan) http://shoutabout.org
Prospective Plus / @ProspectivePlus - Common job application for quickly recruiting better entry level candidates. (Phoebe Farber) http://prospectiveplus.com Tech: Coldfusion
Taxi Right Now / @TaxiRightNow - Taxi Reservation mobile app finds you the closest available taxi ride. (Sam Garzon) http://taxirightnow.com Tech: iOS
ActivePepper / @ActivePepper - Mobile application helps people find sports partners and sports activities nearby. (Yasi Baiani / @Yasaman) http://activepepper.com Tech: iOS, JavaScript, AJAX, JAX-RS, Java, Mongo
Politoscape (George Ko)
Timbre / @TimbreApp - Location based music app connects users with local artists, concerts and performances. (Zachariah Reiner / @ZSR5) http://timbreapp.com Tech: iOS
Mapocosm / Map Explorer - Mobile app with innovative features for exploring and sharing custom maps! (David Asher / @AsherDavid) http://mapocosm.com Tech: Android
AutoBike / @EvolveTheBike - Automatic shifting bicycle maximizes comfort and minimizes complexity. (Sean Simpson / @SeanSimp) http://evolvethebike.com
6:00 - Setup time for presenters
6:30 to 7:30 - Networking with beverages and Pizza provided by Babson College
7:30 to 9:00 - Presentations, Q&A


Climate Catastrophe:  Let's Talk About It
Tuesday, October 16
Cambridgeport Baptist Church, 459 Putnam Avenue, Cambridge (corner of Magazine Street and Putnam Avenue)

Presented by GreenPort Co-Founder Steve Wineman
From melting in the Arctic to a summer of record heat, drought and fires in the US, the indicators of climate catastrophe are mounting.  Meanwhile governments across the planet fail to take needed measures, and global emissions continue to rise.  This forum will confront a critical question: have we reached the point where we should  acknowledge that catastrophe is no longer avoidable?  Based on Steve Wineman's provocative essay “Crossing the Chasm: From Denial to Acceptance of Climate Catastrophe” (available athttp://gis.net/~swineman/files/Crossing%20the%20Chasm.pdf), join us for a discussion of our thoughts and feelings about the unfolding collapse.
GreenPort envisions and encourages a just and sustainable Cambridgeport neighborhood
For more information, contact Steve Wineman at steven.wineman at gmail.com


From Piloting to Sensemaking: What Cognitive Science can Learn from Cognitive Engineering
Wednesday Oct. 17
MIT, Building 33-116, 125 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

John Flach, Department of Psychology, Wright State University

This presentation will review classical work directed at the performance of human-machine systems to consider general implications for cognitive science. A fundamental thesis will be that practical applications provide a strong ‘test’ of the theories and the metaphysical assumptions that shape basic science. It will be argued that application is an essential touchstone for protecting cognitive science from becoming a cargo cult science that spins its wheels studying epiphenomena (e.g., nonsense problems) that provide little insight into human experience.  Fundamental questions will be raised about the nature of scientific explanation (e.g., causality?); about the relations of mind, matter, and what matters; and about the dynamical coupling between perception and action.  


Cooler Smarter
Wednesday, 17 October, 2012
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Belmont Town Hall, Selectmen's Meeting Room, 455 Concord Avenue, Belmont

Jeff Deyette, co-author of the recent book with the same title, Union of Concerned Scientist
Learn practical steps that YOU can take now to substantially reduce your carbon footprint. We'll explore a number of options, many of which are no or low cost, that can have a meaningful impact.

Contact sustainablebelmont at gmail.com 


Thursday, October 18, 2012
Harvard, Mallinckrodt 102, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Join us for screenings of the most inspiring TED talks on a variety of environmental topics. Every 3rd Thursday of the month, 


Hot Copy! Covering the Science of Climate Change
Oct 18, 2012
MIT, Building E19-623, 400 Main Street, Cambridge

Justin Gillis, The New York Times


Food For Free (www.foodforfree.org) invites you to join us at our 
Party Under the Harvest Moon 
Friday, October 19th
6-10 p.m.
Morss Hall, Walker Memorial Building, MIT, 142 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

In addition to a silent auction, the event will include complimentary food and drink from several area restaurants including: 

Andala Coffee House, Area Four, Baraka Cafe, Cambridge Brewing Co., Central Bottle, Chez Henri, Diesel Cafe, Emma's Pizza, Flatbread Pizza, Flour Bakery & Cafe, EVOO, Henrietta's Table, The Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub, Nubar, Ole Mexican Grill, Pacific Street Cafe, Redbones, Rendezvous in Central Square, Royal East Restaurant, Stone Hearth Pizza, Tables of Content, Upstairs on the Square, and more...

There will also be live music from One Thin Dime and the opportunity to meet and chat with Car Talk's Ray Magliozzi and Executive Producer Doug Berman, as well as Here and Now's host Robin Young.

This event is a fundraiser for Food For Free. Food For Free rescues fresh food—food that might otherwise go to waste—and distributes it within the local emergency food system where it can reach those in need.

Through a combination of food rescue, farming, and transportation services, we give food programs year-round access to fresh fruits and vegetables, while our delivery program brings food directly to isolated seniors and people with disabilities.

Our programs address not only short-term hunger, but obesity, diet-related disease, and other long-term health effects of food insecurity and poor nutrition.

In addition, food rescue—also called salvage or gleaning—reduces food waste.

To find out more:
Event: www.foodforfree.org/event
Tickets: http://www.foodforfree.org/ticket-sales
Auction preview: http://www.foodforfree.org/auction-preview
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Food-For-Free/147077179535?ref=ts


Hack the Presidential Debates
Friday, Oct 19 (7-11 pm) Saturday, Oct. 20 (9-5 pm)
MIT Media Lab, E14-525, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA.
Free, but need to RSVP on the Hacks/Hackers Boston site. http://meetupbos.hackshackers.com/

Here’s a hackathon with a twist: A hack on a presidential debate *before* it’s held.

Analyze the debates, using whatever tools, data, or social media you want to use. We will make video/audio and transcripts available. Successful entries could be used by Boston.com or BostonGlobe.com, to analyze the fourth and final debate.

We are hacking before the fourth debate, so we’ll have raw material from the first three. Ideally the hacks can be implemented for the fourth and final debate.

Details: Material from the first three debates will be available before the hack starts. (The first three debates will be held: Oct. 3, Oct. 11, Oct. 16; all are from 9-10:30 p.m.) 
Winners: Winners will be picked by a panel of judges. 
Sponsors: The Boston Globe, the MIT Media Lab, & Hacks/Hackers Boston.
Who’s invited: Anyone who wants to hack
Refreshments: Of course! 
Transportation/parking: Some on-street available; Kendall/MIT stop on the Red Line.


HEET Energy Upgrade Party
Saturday, October 20
9 am - 1:00 pm 
First Parish Church, 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge 
RSVP at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dHhtWkw5MVlnYUVHRElEc2djVzVyS0E6MA

We'll be working inside and out to improve efficiency. 
Projects include: winterizing windows, converting to LED lighting, installing low flow water fixtures, insulating hot water pipes and more…

Message from HEET:
More Churches Going Solar
With the help of HEET and Sunbug Solar, First Parish Church in Arlington will probably be getting 44 kW of solar electric panels installed on its roof.  
If you know of other houses of worship who might be interested in getting solar panels installed and paying for it primarily out of the energy bill savings with no money down, please contact HEET at heet.cambridge at gmail.com


How to Start a Resilience Circle, including How to Have a One-to-One. 
Tuesday, October 23
3pm ET (12pm PT)
Webinar registration at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/904558998


October 24
Food Day


Thurs., Oct. 25
6:30-8 pm
Modern Theatre (part of Suffolk University), 525 Washington St., Boston. Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located near the Downtown Crossing stop on the MBTA Orange and Silver Lines. 

Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents “The Politics of Handsome” with Paula Lyons, Joyce Kulhawik, Lauren Beckham Falcone, and Jan Saragoni; discussion moderated by Margery Eagan.  Admission is free and open to all. For more information, call Ford Hall Forum at 617-557-2007 or visit www.fordhallforum.org.

Mitt Romney, Scott Brown, Senator Rob Portman, and many other self-described conservatives are the "Mad Men" of politics, evoking the age of Don Draper with retro style. In the shadow of our first African-American president, is this trend a return to a simpler age of the Cold War and domestic abundance? What sparked the trend to run these slicked-back, chiseled-jawed politicians? Two wars, the horrible economy, the need for a "Dad" in the driver's seat to see the USA in a Chevrolet? This all-female panel of Boston personalities, Paula Lyons, Joyce Kulhawik, Lauren Beckham Falcone, Jan Saragoni, and moderator Margery Eaganwill explore some voters’ need to hearken back to when kids respected adults and neighbors knew each other. These days, when our government seems to be turning back the clock on women's issues, can style rescue us from weighty substance?

Further background information on participants:
Margery Eagan
Margery Eagan is a veteran columnist with the Boston Herald, a talk radio host, and a frequent guest on CNN, ABC, Fox News, and the Imus in the Morning radio show. Her commentaries include gender/women's issues, Catholicism, and politics. Eagan was hired as a general assignment reporter at the Boston Herald and started her own column in 1984. She served a "refining stint" as a senior writer at Boston Magazine, and returned to her column at the Herald, where she continues currently. She has received two nominations for GLAAD Media Awards in the category of Outstanding Newspaper Columnist. Eagan also currently co-hosts a morning talk radio show with Jim Braude on Boston's WTKK-FM. She is a frequent presence on local Boston area television, notably WGBH's Greater Boston, on which she often appears as a panelist on that program's Friday evening "Beat the Press" edition, summarizing and critiquing media coverage of the prior week's news events.

Lauren Beckham Falcone
Lauren Beckham Falcone is a sidekick on the “Loren & Wally Morning Show” on Boston’s WROR-FM. As the only on-air female member of the show, she reads the news, shares her thoughts on life, and joins in the general fun of the program. She was the winner of the show’s Dancing with the WROR Stars and donated the $500 prize to the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress. Falcone worked at the Boston Herald for almost 18 years most recently as a columnist writing about pop culture, politics, news and other hot topics of the day. An award-winning reporter and columnist for the Herald, she credits her current success as a pop-culture commentator to watching too much TV as a kid and scouring the Internet too much as an adult.

Joyce Kulhawik
Joyce Kulhawik, best known as the Emmy Award-winning Arts and Entertainment Critic for CBS-Boston (WBZ-TV 1981-2008), is currently lending her expertise as an arts advocate and cancer crusader. Kulhawik is the President of the Boston Theatre Critics Association and a Member of the Boston Society of Film Critics. Athree-time cancer survivor, she served as the Honorary Chairperson since 1983 for the American Cancer Society’s largest Spring fundraiser and, as a member of the Society’s Advisory Board, continues to raise millions of dollars for the Society and its First Hope Lodge in Boston. The American Cancer Society honored Kulhawilk with its National Bronze Medal Award for her work. She continues to perform as a Guest Narrator and has performed with the Boston Pops, the New England Philharmonic, Boston Musica Viva, the Boston Civic Symphony, and the Concord Orchestra.

Paula Lyons
Paula Lyons is an executive communications coach and senior communications consultant. As a sought-after speaker, writer, coach and media expert, she provides clients with the advice of a veteran with experienced on both sides of the podium and platform. Prior to joining Bates Communications in 2004, Lyons earned respect and accolades as a top-rated consumer reporter and familiar face on ABC’s Good Morning America, as well as two major market television stations in Boston, WBZ TV (CBS) and WCVB-TV (ABC). She won a number of regional Emmys for her work and for enterprise reporting from the Associated Press. Lyons is a regular panelist on National Public Radio’s weekly comedy quiz show, “Says You.”

Jan Saragoni
Saragoni & Company founder and President Janice M. Saragoni is a Boston native with more than 20 years experience in media relations, marketing and public affairs. Her firm’s experience in diverse business environments provides clients the ability to develop effective communications strategies and build important relationships that allow them to realize their goals. Saragoni has been named to several notable lists, including Boston magazine’s “Fabulous Forty” and its “Fifty Most Powerful People in Boston.” She is a regular on-air contributor to the “Emily Rooney Show” on WGBH-FM, where she co-hosts the “J-Squared” segment with WGBH-TV reporter Jared Bowen. Active in the public arena, Saragoni served as a director of several distinguished organizations including the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, the Massachusetts Lottery Commission, and the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. She is a member of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's Women's Lunch Committee and serves on the Executive Committee of Save Venice, an organization dedicated to preserving that city's artistic heritage.


The New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable Presents: The Future of Distributed Generation in New England
October 26, 2012
9 am to 12:30 pm
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston

Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities Chair Ann Berwick kicks off our first panel, The Evolving Regulatory Landscape for Distributed Generation in New England, with a presentation on the Commonwealth's revised net metering rules (including the system/administrator of net metering assurance), and an introduction tothe DPU's soon-to-be-released Notice of Inquiry on Electric Grid Modernization.  Next,Christie Bradway, Manager for Renewable Power Contracts at Northeast Utilities, discusses Connecticut's new, innovative approach to supporting distributed generation through renewable energy credit (LREC & ZREC) auctions, and will share the results of the first auction.
Rounding out the panel is a joint presentation on the recently-filed consensus package recommendations of the Massachusetts DG Interconnection Working Group for a revamped DG interconnection process by co-presenters Fran Cummings, VP at Peregrine Energy Group (who represented SEIA and SEBANE in the Working Group) and Tim Roughan, Director of Energy & Environmental Policy at National Grid.  Fran and Tim also provide their respective DG and utility perspectives on the evolving DG-related policy landscape in New England.

Today, distributed generation (behind the customer meter) in New England is dominated by solar PV installations, with some CHP, small wind, and other niche technologies. Our second panel, Potential Next Wave DG-Related Resources and Technologies, explores a sampling of resources and technologies that could play an increasing role in the distributed generation field in New England, including fuel cells, anaerobic digesters (now eligible for net metering in MA), and shrouded wind turbines.  This panel also looks at the role that battery and other storage technologies can play in firming up distributed generation. We have assembled a wonderful panel of presenters from entrepreneurial DG-related companies, including:
Phil Giudice, CEO & President, Ambri Inc. (battery storage)
Charles Fox, Dir. East Coast Regulatory Affairs, Bloom Energy (fuel cells)
Wayne Davis, Co-Founder/VP Gov't Affairs, Harvest Power (anaerobic)
John Howe, Director of Public Affairs, FloDesign Wind Turbine Corp
Free and open to the public with no advanced registration
Slides and videos from previous Roundtables are available at http://www.raabassociates.org/main/roundtable.asp


MIT Museum Discussion Series on Climate & Conflict
Oct. 30
N51, MIT Museum, 275 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Heat & Violence 

Nathan Black, French Environmental Fellow a the Harvard Center for the Environment.  

Soap Box: Climate & Conflict 
The MIT Museum invites you to contribute to the debate about climate change as we explore fresh new perspectives on politics, profits, and conflict.

Web site: http://mit.edu/museum/programs/soapbox.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Sponsor(s): MIT Museum
For more information, contact:  Josie Patterson
museuminfo at mit.edu


Thurs., Nov. 1
7-8:30 pm
C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University

Nitin Nohria (Dean, Harvard Business School) and Tom Peters (Business Author);
moderated by Donna Carpenter (CEO, New Word City)

Two of the foremost minds on business, Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School, and Thomas J. Peters, author of “In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies,” discuss teaching ethics to business students. Nohria and Peters share their wisdom on morally committing to your business, the misnomer of “corporate responsibility,” and teachable behavior versus intrinsic personal character. With guidance from moderator Donna Carpenter, CEO of New Word City, their conversation will span from partnering with others who aren’t ethical to serving the stakeholders. Between purpose and pay-offs, where are our principles in business today?


I am pleased to announce that the *Massachusetts Restorative Justice Task Force *will convene a day-long summit *
Building Communities of Care Wherever We Are
Saturday, November 3, 2012
8:30am to 5:00pm
Harvard Law School, Cambridge  
Registration and breakfast will be held from 8:30am to 9:00am and the conference will start promptly at 9:00am.

Building Communities of Care Wherever We Are is a day-long gathering that will equip participants with tools to build restorative justice and transformative practices.  We will use a "care lens" wherever there is an opening including: 
Youth centers
Domestic violence and sexual assault centers
Faith communities

We will explore perspectives, skills, practices and resources to use with different populations and settings. Participants will experience healing dialogue, peacemaking circles and other innovative approaches to create nurturing communities.

Key topics will include the following:  
Examine our own mindsets; 
Justice, integrity and community values; 
Preventive approaches, hope and healing; 
Restorative justice and transformative practices in specific contexts;
Circle practice; and 
Building the world we want to create.

Space is limited so register today!  To reserve your spot, please register at 

Please distribute this announcement to your networks! 

We welcome organizations and networks that would like to sign on as conference supporters.  If your organization would like to sign on as a conference supporter, please contact Barbara Best, Children's Defense Fund at bbest at childrensdefense.org

Supporting organizations and networks will be listed in conference materials.

For questions or additional information, please contact Barbara Best,
Children's Defense Fund, bbest at childrensdefense.org (202.320.2328) or 
Pierre Berastain, Renewal House, pberastain at uuum.org (214.957.0363)


Censoring Children
Wednesday, November 7 
First Parish (Unitarian Universalist), 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

MIT's Noam Chomsky and Barbara Lubin of the Middle East Children's Alliance discuss A Child's View of Gaza,  the book of Palestinian children's artwork slated for exhibition
at the  Oakland Museum of Children's Art. The exhibition was canceled at the  last minute without explanation. Have children become pawns in a larger conflict? How has this come about? What does it say about the  possibilities for peaceful resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian  impasse?

Co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace, Boston;  American Jews for a Just Peace;  and the Middle East Education Group at First Parish in Cambridge.

Cambridge Forum



Where is the best yogurt on the planet made? Somerville, of course!

Join the Somerville Yogurt Making Cooperative and get a weekly quart of the most thick, creamy, rich and tart yogurt in the world. Membership in the coop costs $2.50 per quart. Members share the responsibility for making yogurt in our kitchen located just outside of Davis Sq. in FirstChurch.  No previous yogurt making experience is necessary.

For more information checkout.


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 assessment.

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, see


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/

Cambridge Civic Journal  http://www.rwinters.com












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