[act-ma] Energy (and Other) Events

George Mokray gmoke at world.std.com
Sun Nov 18 10:22:05 PST 2012

Energy (and Other) Events is a weekly mailing list published most Sundays covering events around the Cambridge, MA and greater Boston area that catch the editor's eye.

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  
Practicing gratitude can produce profound changes in our lives.  
It can be a daily discipline.


Monday, November 19

"The Science behind Climate Change"
Monday, November 19, 2012
MIT, Building 66-148, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Daniel Rothenberg
MIT Energy Club Discussion Series 
The Discussion Series is an energy discussion series led by graduate student experts in various energy areas. Suggested preparation readings for upcoming discussions are available on our website.

In this discussion event, the speaker will first give a brief summary about the basics of climate change as discussed in Climate Change 101. Afterwards, there will be a round table discussion among the audience about topics in climate change.

Open to: the general public
Cost: None
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:  Jonathan Mailoa; Michelle Park
jpmailoa at mit.edu; mpark15 at mit.edu 


“The effects of climate change on the phenology of plants and insects in MassachuseDs: Reviewing new methods of research”
Monday, November 19, 2012 
BU, BRB 113, 5 Cummington Mall, Boston

Caroline A. Polgar, PhD Candidate – Primack Lab Boston University

Lunch will follow in BRB 117
Please contact CECB with questions or comments: 617.353.6982 - cecb at bu.edu


The Predictability of Stratospheric Warming Events: More from the Troposphere or the Stratosphere?
November 19, 2012
MIT, Building 54-915, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge (the tallest building on campus)

Lantao Sun (Cornell)
Abstract: The roles of the stratosphere and the troposphere in determining the predictability of stratospheric final warming and sudden warming events are evaluated in an idealized atmospheric model. For each stratospheric warming event simulated in the model, a number of forecast experiments are performed from 10 or 20 days prior to the warming onset with perturbations in the troposphere and in the stratosphere separately. It is found that the stratosphere affects predictions of warming onset primarily by providing the initial state of the zonal winds, while the tropospheric initial conditions have a large impact through the generation and propagation of planetary waves. These results correspond to the roles played by the initial zonal flow and the evolution of eddy forcings in a zonally symmetric model. The initial stratospheric zonal flow has some influence on stratospheric wave driving, but in most cases this does not significantly affect the timing of the warming, except when the initial condition is close to the onset date. These results highlight the role of the troposphere in determining stratospheric planetary wave driving and support the importance of tropospheric precursors to the stratospheric warming events.

Speaker's website: http://vivo.cornell.edu/display/ls544


"The Impact of Tax Credits and Grants on Wind Power Investment"
Monday, November 19, 2012 
12:15pm - 1:45pm
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar with Joseph Aldy, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Lunch will be provided.

Contact Name:  Louisa Lund
louisa_lund at harvard.edu


"The 'Stealth Tax' and the Biofuels Mandate: Exploring the Political Challenges of the Gasoline Tax"
Monday, November 19, 2012 
12:15pm - 1:45pm
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

with Hanna Breetz, ETIP Associate/MIT Ph.D. Candidate
ETIP/Consortium Energy Policy Seminar


The Timescale of Climate Change
Monday, November 19, 2012 
12:15pm - 2:00pm
Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Dan Schrag (Harvard, HUCE)
STS Circle Lecture

Sandwich lunches are provided. Please RSVP to sts at hks.harvard.edu by Thursday noon the week before.
sts at hks.harvard.edu


Investing in Sustainable Cities: Frameworks for Private Investment in Marginalized Communities Across the Globe
WHEN  Mon., Nov. 19, 2012, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE  Belfer, Weil Town Hall, Lobby Level, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations
SPEAKER(S)  Eric Belsky, Managing Director, Joint Center for Housing Studies; Lecturer in Urban Planning, HGSD; David Wood, director, Initiative for Responsible Investment; adjunct lecturer in Public Policy, HKS
NOTE  Frontline with Faculty Series
LINK	http://hausercenter.harvard.edu/1473/fall-2012-frontline-with-faculty-series/


“No Great Wall – The Global Diffusion of Clean Energy Technologies”
November 19
Tufts, Cabot 702, The Fletcher School

Kelly Sims Gallagher, Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy and
Director of CIERP’s Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program, The Fletcher School


Watching the Arctic Melt:  Adventures in Polar Oceanography
Monday, November 19, 2012
1pm to 6pm (reception included)
Whitehead Institute, McGovern Auditorium, Nine Cambridge Center, Kendall Square, Cambridge
Register by emailing name & affiliation with “Arctic” as subject to kurtster at mit.edu

Arctic sea ice coverage hit a record low this past summer, with enormous implications for research, shipping, fishing, mining, oil production, geopolitics and global climate. Indeed this latest milestone in a decades-long trend of Arctic melting is a striking manifestation of accelerating climate change.

Researchers from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution discuss what’s happening at the top of the world, how we know about it, and why it matters.

Information at http://oceans.mit.edu/wp-content/uploads/ArcticFlyer.pdf


Enrico Fermi Day:  "Fermi As We Knew Him"
November 19, 2012
3:30 pm       
MIT, Building 34-101, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Refreshments: 3:15 PM outside the room
James Cronin, University of Chicago (Nobel in Physics 1980)
Recollections by distinguished former Chicago graduate students who interacted closely or worked directly with Fermi.
Presentations by:  Jerome I. Friedman, MIT (Nobel in Physics 1990)
and addenda by Irwin A. Pless, MIT (Emeritus)

Every ten years at MIT, on the anniversary of the Chicago Pile Experiment, we have celebrated the wide-ranging accomplishments and contributions to science by Enrico Fermi. This year (the 70th anniversary of the experiment) the Fermi Day event will replace the regular colloquium of the Laboratory for Nuclear Science and will feature interesting recollections by former graduate students at the University of Chicago who had the opportunity to interact closely or work directly with Fermi. In addition to serious discussions of Fermi’s ideas, the speakers “experiences with Fermi as classroom students” will be recounted referring in particular to “the remarkable class that J. Cronin, J Friedman, I. Pless and L. Rosenson (MIT) were in and which began its studies in the Fall of 1951”. Also, spicy and little-known anecdotes will be mentioned such as that of Fermi and Rossi facing the hopeless problem of reassembling a washing machine at home in Los Alamos, R. Oppenheimer’s uninspiring assignments for Fermi at Los Alamos, Fermi’s early premonitions of nuclear weapons in the privacy of a kitchen at Ithaca, the number of books that Fermi kept in his last days, etc.

Finally, if time will permit, current dilemmas we have with fission and fusion energy research will be discussed.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/lns/news/nuclear.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Laboratory for Nuclear Science
For more information, contact:  Luc, Elsye 
617 452-2556


"On open oceans' past and present: planktonic foraminifera, mass extinctions, and global change."
Monday, November 19, 2012 
Haller Hall, Geo Museum 102, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Dr. Pincelli Hull, Yale University

Contact Name:  Sabinna Cappo
scappo at fas.harvard.edu

Reception to follow at Hoffman Lab 4th floor


Launching and Scaling a Social Venture
WHEN  Mon., Nov. 19, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Business School, Spangler Auditorium
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Business, Classes/Workshops, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	HBS Social Enterprise Initiative
SPEAKER(S) Gerald Chertavian, founder and CEO, Year Up (MBA '92)
TICKET WEB LINK  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4643565028#
CONTACT INFO	se at hbs.edu
LINK	http://www.hbs.edu/socialenterprise/mba-experience/new-venture-competition-student/index.html


Human Transit: Public Transportation for Personal Freedom 
Monday, November 19, 2012
MIT, Building 10-485, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Jarrett Walker, Transit Planner and Designer

Jarrett Walker has been designing public transit systems for over 20 years. He is a Principal Consultant with MRCagney in Australia and writes the popular blog HumanTransit.org. He believes that transit can be simple if we focus first on the underlying geometry that all transit technologies share. In his new book, "Human Transit," Walker provides planners, policy-makers and citizens with the basic tools, the critical questions and the means to make smarter decisions about designing and implementing transit services. Join MIT Visiting Scholar Aaron Naparstek for a conversation with Jarrett Walker, as he shares his vision of "abundant access," in which public transit might be brought back to its core purpose of expanding every individual's freedom to access the riches of their city. 
Web site: http://dusp.mit.edu/cdd/event/cdd-forum-new-urban-interface-2
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 


Birds of Paradise: Exploring a Wonder of the World Lecture & booksigning with National Geographic Photojournalist
WHEN  Mon., Nov. 19, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford Street entrance, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Art/Design, Education, Lecture, Science, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Harvard Museum of Natural History
SPEAKER(S)  Tim Laman
COST  Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO	Public Relations & Marketing  617.496.0049 
bluemagruder at hmnh.harvard.edu
NOTE  The Birds of Paradise are one of Earth’s most exceptional and yet unknown treasures. After18 expeditions to 51 different field sites across New Guinea, Tim Laman and Ed Scholes have just amassed the first modern collection of all 39 Bird of Paradise species in stunning photographs, videos, and audio. Laman will discuss these images and exciting scientific discoveries, as well as the technologies he used to capture them.
LINK	www.hmnh.harvard.edu


Strike Debt Rolling Jubilee Meeting
6-9:30 P.M. Mon. Nov. 19 
Community Church of Boston (565 Boylston Street, Boston--COPLEY T)

It?s finally time to talk about an exciting new initiative from Strike Debt, called "The Rolling Jubilee" <http://www.rollingjubilee.org/>.  The Rolling Jubilee is a bailout of the people by the people - we buy defaulted debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, we abolish it.  We're writing to ask the national Occupy network for help to spread the word about it's launch.  Using social media, we hope to harness the collective voice of Occupies against the predatory debt industry, in the same way that the StopKony campaign marshaled southern churches against an African warlord.  

Here's are the details.

Our launch will be on November 15th, with a "telethon" called THE PEOPLE'S BAILOUT<http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jeff-mangum-plans-occupy-wall-street-fundraiser-20121024>.
There will be roughly three hours of music, comedy, education, magic.  Confirmed guests include: comedian Janeane Garofalo, Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, actor/director John Cameron Mitchell, Hari Kondabolu, David Rees, Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth, Guy Picciotto of Fugazi, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, and more.  The telethon will be at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City and will be streamed live at www.rollingjubilee.org.  Tickets will go on sale on November 2nd at 10am.

Our goal is to raise $50,000, which will allow us to abolish more than $1,000,000 dollars worth of medical debt. 100% of the funds go to buying debt. If we raise more, we?ll buy more debt. Donations can be made online at rollingjubilee.org <http://www.rollingjubilee.org/>.

We're hoping you can help us spread the word about our launch via social media.  We can't afford billboards or TV ads (especially during election season!) but we can harness our global people power network to spread the word about the Rolling Jubilee.  Let?s get the message out far and wide.
Here?s how:

The most important thing right now is to help us build the network for our big push days.  There are a few simple things you can do, that will take just a few minutes:
1. Forward this message to your friends and family.
2. Like our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/RollingJubilee?fref=ts and share the event
3. Follow @StrikeDebt on Twitter.
4. Post and tweet using the hashtags #PeoplesBailout and #RollingJubilee, referring to our website (www.rollingjubilee.org) and twitter handle (@StrikeDebt).
Some sample posts can be found here: http://bit.ly/RJSampleTweets.
Feel free to copy-and-paste those, or make your own!
5. Donate your Twitter or Facebook account for one daily re-post or re-tweet:
http://donateyouraccount.com/StrikeDebt.  This is a safe and easy way to
help us keep spreading the message.

We're going to try two big coordinated social media pushes to promote #PeoplesBailout: one when our donation site opens, and the other on the day of the telethon itself.  In order to maximize the impact of a sudden spike in social media buzz, we won?t announce the details of the campaign content until the day before the push.  WE NEED YOU TO MAKE THIS WORK.  To get the
latest on our campaigns, sign up for our announcement list<http://www.rollingjubilee.org/>, or follow @StrikeDebt on Twitter. Or just reply to this email and let me know you can help out with the big push, and I?ll put you on my private list.

Invite your friends over to watch the telethon on the HQ stream. Direct everyone to send donations via the website: http://rollingjubilee.org.  If you?d like tips about how to do this effectively, email rollingjubilee at gmail.com for more information, or get on our weekly InterOccupy conference call<http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/G4GWX72KCWJ8OP0>,
Thursdays at 8:30pm.

Please forward this request to all of your friends and family you think would be interested.

We're happy to answer any questions you have about the Rolling Jubilee.
Just email rollingjubilee at gmail.com.

Three out of four Americans are in debt, many of whom are in default or nearing it.  One in seven are already being pursued by debt collectors<http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2012/02/matt-stoller-towards-a-creditor-state-%E2%80%93-one-in-seven-americans-pursued-by-debt-collectors.html>.  People shouldn?t have to be forever haunted by debt that they accrued for an education, because they needed medical care, or because they had to put food on the table during hard times.  No politician is going to fix this. Millions of people will be excited to hear that something is finally being done.  

Thanks for your help!
Strike Debt / Rolling Jubilee

PS - To head off one common question, we cannot buy specific individual's debt - instead, we help liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal.  As a trial run, we spent $466 and successfully bought and abolished $14,000 of medical debt.

Here are some articles about Strike Debt and The People?s Bailout:


At the Corner of Hollywood and Web:  A conversation + a screening of a new indie movie
Monday, November 19th
6:00 pm
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Room 1015, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP at https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/2012/11/hollywoodandweb#RSVP
This event will be archived on our site shortly after.

What happens when a movie maker looks to the Web to work around the traditional entertainment system in which he is one of the leading figures? Rob Burnett is the executive producer of "The Late Show with David Letterman" and CEO of the production company, Worldwide Pants Incorporated ("The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and "Everybody Loves Raymond)." He and his writing partner Jon Beckerman were also the creators of the much admired "Ed" and "Knights of Prosperity." But, they decided the traditional Hollywood route was wrong for their new indie movie. "We wanted to let it find its right audience," says Burnett. So, they turned to the Web.

Join us for a conversation with Rob Burnett about what they've learned as entertainment industry insiders trying to use the Web  to let "We Made This Movie" find its audience. The conversation will be held with the Berkman Center's Elaine McMillion,David Weinberger, Jonathan Zittrain, and other special guests.

Afterwards, there will be a screening of "We Made This Movie," where five high school seniors set out to make a silly comedy movie, but accidentally end up making a dramatic and moving movie about their actual lives.  

All information on the We Made This Movie project can be found here: http://www.wemadethismovie.com.

About the Participants
Elaine McMillion is an independent documentary storyteller based in Boston, Massachusetts. Her work focuses on contemporary social and cultural issues and strives to share stories from people and places that are often underrepresented or misrepresented by mainstream media. McMillion has directed and produced two award-winning feature-length documentary films and is currently in post-production of Hollow: An Interactive Documentary. Hollow, a cross-platform project supported by Tribeca Film Institute’s New Media fund, aims to communicate the personal narratives of post-industrial, rural America to inspire awareness and social change.

David Weinberger writes about the effect of technology on ideas.

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

Jonathan Zittrain is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.  His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, human computing, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education.


Science and Cooking
Monday, November 19, 2012
7 p.m.
Harvard, Science Center Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Nathan Myhrvold, former Microsoft CTO; co-founder and CEO of Intellectual Ventures; and author of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking


The Militant Image: A Cine-Geography
Monday, November 19, 2012
MIT, Building E15-001, ACT Cube, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Ros Gray, Lecturer, Critical Studies, Goldsmiths University of London
Within the context of cinematographic traditions and different liberation movements on the African continent, Ros Gray's research focuses on revolutionary cinema and its global networks; the screen as a site of radical gathering; anti-colonial and post-colonial theory; and contemporary film and video art. Gray co-edited a special issue of Third Text entitled "The Militant Image: A Cine-Geography" and published articles in numerous scholarly and artistic publications. She is currently working on the book The Vanguard of the World: Cinemas of the African Revolution. In addition to her teaching position at Goldsmith College, Gray is also a research tutor in the Curating Contemporary Art program at the Royal College of Art, UK.

Web site: http://act.mit.edu/projects-and-events/lectures-series/2012-fall/nov-19-ros-gray-the-militant-image-a-cine-geography/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsor(s): MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, Department of Architecture
For more information, contact:  Laura Anca Chichisan
act at mit.edu 

Tuesday, November 20

Scientifically Verifiable Broadband Policy
Tuesday, November 20
12:30 pm
Location TBA
RSVP at https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2012/11/mlab
This event will be webcast live at 12:30pm ET at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast and archived on our site shortly after

Meredith Whittaker, Google Research; Thomas Gideon, Open Technology Institute
Measurement Lab (M-Lab) is a collaborative effort founded by Vint Cerf and a large body of network researchers, dedicated to creating an Internet-scale ecosystem for truly open network measurement. In the policy space, this means the facts can speak for themselves, and the rhetoric can adapt. To make this happen, Measurement Lab allows researchers the ability to run open source broadband measurement tools on well-managed, near global infrastructure. All data collected by these tools is made publicly available. This public repository of M-Lab data comprises by far the biggest such resource on the planet (and other planets, I assume), with over 600 terabytes of raw, real-world, globally comparable network measurement data (!!). This data is being used by researchers as the basis for peer-reviewed papers furthering network science. It's also being used by governments and national regulators. Canada recently joined Greece, the US, and the European Union in choosing M-Lab and M-Lab's open data as the backbone of their upcoming broadband study. M-Lab's creates a model in which scientists, policy-makers, and consumers have access to good information drawn from the same pool of open, scientifically-sound broadband performance data. This means that conclusions made based on these data are verifiable, and that debate can focus on data, not hearsay. Very cool, right? So come learn about M-Lab's tools, M-Lab's data, how M-Lab is creating a paradigm for collaborative science as the foundation for good, data-based policy.

About Meredith
Meredith Whittaker is a Program Manager for Google Research. She leads initiatives related to Internet measurement, including managing Google's involvement in the M-Lab project,measurementlab.net. In this capacity she has worked closely with the academic community, policy-makers, consumer advocates, and national regulators across the globe to advise on scientifically verifiable broadband measurement and policy. She is also a frequent conference speaker, covering the intersection of Internet science and policy. Meredith has a background in literature and psychoanalytic theory. She joined Google in 2006 after completing her degree at UC Berkeley.

About Thomas
Thomas Gideon is the technical director for the Open Technology Institute at New America Foundation. As technical director, he is responsible for managing and supporting technological and data driven policy interventions, including the Commotion mesh wireless networking project, which focuses on connecting communities that are under served and at risk, and Measurement Lab, a network measurement research platform that has produced the largest cache of open broadband performance data on the planet. He also provides technical expertise to collaborate on issues around privacy, security, copyright, digital media and DRM.


“New and efficient catalysts for low temperature fuel cells”
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 
Naito 030, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge

with Professor Ifan Stephens, Technical University of Denmark


Semiconductor Industry Technology Transitions: Challenges and Opportunities
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Refreshments at 3:30 p.m.
MIT, Building 34-101, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Raj Jammy, Sematech

MTL Seminar Series 
The MTL Seminar Series held on the MIT Campus during the academic year on Tuesdays at 4:00pm. Speakers for the series are selected on the basis of their knowledge and competence in the areas of microelectronics research, manufacturing, or policy. The series is open to the public and is free to attend.

Web site: http://mtlweb.mit.edu/seminars/fall2012.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): Microsystems Technology Laboratories
For more information, contact:  Valerie Dinardo
valeried at mit.edu 


Tue 11/20  
Flatbread Pizza, Davis Square, 45 Day Street, Somerville
RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/508531479165697/
Please join theMOVE (getoutma.org) out on Tuesday 11/20 for an incredible night of ridiculously-delicious (and locally/responsibly-sourced) pizza and candlepin bowling.  

It's getting cold out (brrrrr) -- gather your friends around a warm brick oven pizza before you head out for the holiday.  The highest-scoring bowler of the night will go home with a gift card! And proceeds from all pizza sales will go to benefit our important work connecting Metro Boston's urban youth with the sources of our food.  Eat well, and help out a good cause too!

More information at http://getoutma.org


The Role of the Internet in the Creation of a Just and Sustainable Economy
Tuesday, November 20
6:30-8:30 pm
First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge

Bob Massie, President of New Economics Institute
Lawrence Lessig, Director of Edmond J Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University

Registration at Mason Street entrance.   RSVP at http://www.neweconomicsinstitute.org
Reception after the talk.


Boston New Technology Meetup Nov 2012 #bnt23
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
6:30 PM To 9:00 PM
Microsoft New England Research and Development Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Come to the Horace Mann room on the 1st floor
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/Boston_New_Technology/events/88083632/
Come learn about 6 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 #BNT23 hashtag in social media posts: details here.

Products & Presenters:

1. i4class - Revolutionize our classroom by bringing the power of the digital age to our teachers, students and parents. (Ron  Ayotte) http://i4class.com
2. Akselos - Software provides computer-aided engineering simulations much faster than established methods. (David Knezevic) http://www.akselos.com
3. Sweat For A Cause / @SweatForACause - Uses fitness to promote and benefit charitable causes. (Ronak Mehta) http://sweatforacause.com
4. ProfitBricks Cloud Computing / @ProfitBricksUSA - New global cloud infrastructure as a service (IAAS) provider. (Bob Rizika / @RRizika) Tech: SwitchNAP, InfiniBand, Juniper, Supermicro, AMD, Segate, Java, Python, Linux, Windows. https://www.profitbricks.com
5. Nestwork / @_nestwork - Web app manages insurance and home improvement projects in one place. (Grant Elgin) Tech: Microsoft ASP.NET, C#, SQL Server. http://nestwork.com
6. Chrysalis Guitar - Full-size, full-scale modular electric-acoustic guitar that travels in a violin-sized case. (Tim White / @tpwhiteco) http://www.chrysalisguitar.com

6:00 - Setup time for presenters
6:30 to 7:30 - Networking & Dinner: Pizza provided by Rackspace and beverages provided by Microsoft New England
7:30 - Presentations, Q&A
9:00 - (Optional) Gather at the nearby Mead Hall for drinks and more networking


The Making of ReConstitution 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
6:45 PM
Bocoup Loft, 355 Congress Street, Boston
RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/bostondatavis/events/91249222/

Obama was listless up there". "Ryan’s grasp of the facts is tenuous,"& "Biden was clearly unhinged." — some quotes from talking-head political pundits in reference to the recent televised Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates. A lot of the ‘analysis’ coming out of the 24 hour news cycle is often little more than self-reinforcing hyperbole and subjective name-calling. But what if there was a way to cut through the candidates’ and news agencies partisan smoke screens and see what was really going on inside the minds of our would-be leaders? Was Obama really daydreaming during the 1st debate? Does Romney actually believe anything that comes out of his own mouth?

Sosolimited's answer was ReConstitution, a web platform that uploads, processes, and distributes closed captioning data from the 2012 Presidential Debates in real time. Using some real ‘science’, a line or two of JavaScript, and a heavy dose of CSPAN-2, they’ve built a forensic app that cuts right to the chase and allows viewers to see deep into the psyches of the men competing to be Mr. USA.

Sosolimited will provide a behind the scenes look at this recent project, created in collaboration with the Creators Project, researchers at the University of Texas Austin, Bocoup, and Tim Branyen.

About:  Sosolimited is an art and technology studio founded in 2003 by Justin Manor, John Rothenberg, and Eric Gunther. The three met at MIT where they collectively studied physics, computer science, architecture, arts and music. They are joined by Lauren McCarthy and Sam Kronick. Today their practice operates at the boundary of art, design, experience and information.

Sosolimited creates interactive installations, applications, and live performances. These projects incorporate elements of dynamic typography, video manipulation, computer vision, sensor technologies and sound design.

Sosolimited performed ReConstitution, an award-winning live remix of the US Presidential Debates. Past clients include IBM, HBO, LG, Cirque du Soleil, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, L'Oreal, Honda, and the Nobel Peace Center. The studio has performed and exhibited artwork at Ars Electronica, Transmediale, Walker Art Center, Shanghai Biennial, ICA Boston, and the Cartier Foundation.

Friday, November 23

Friday After Thanksgiving: Chain Reaction
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
MIT Rockwell Cage Gym, 120 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Spectators: $15 for adults or $12.50 in advance,
$5 for children ages 5-17, students, seniors and MIT ID-holders. 
Free for children under 5.
Spectator fee includes free same-day admission to the MIT Museum, open until 6:00 p.m.

What is the Friday After Thanksgiving? A grand event that could only happen at MIT! Participants link their mini chain reactions together forming one mega chain reaction – set off at the end as the event's thrilling culmination.
1,500 people from all over watch and participate in this fun-for-all-ages "extreme" event.

Making a chain reaction allows people to explore their own creativity, and see how their unique contraptions relate to a larger whole. No matter how different the chain reactions, inevitably, with a little string and duct tape, they all work together beautifully.

How does it work?
The MIT Museum's F.A.T. Chain Reaction event allows people to join the fun as spectators or as participants. Participants can register to bring their own contraptions. Artist and inventor Arthur Ganson, renowned chain reaction creator, is on hand to help with connections and play master of ceremonies for the action.

Can anybody do it?
Of course! Participants range from Girl Scout troops to artists and engineers, from MIT clubs to high schools and family teams. Teams have come from as far away as Michigan and California!

Monday, November 26

"Moving Forward on Climate Policy: What Do We Need to Know?"
Monday, November 26, 2012 
12:15pm - 1:45pm
Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, HKS, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
with Gilbert Metcalf, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy at U.S. Department of the Treasury; Professor of Economics, Tufts University (on leave)
Lunch will be provided.

Contact Name:  Louisa Lund
louisa_lund at harvard.edu


Neba Solo: Music for Peace in Mali
WHEN  Mon., Nov. 26, 2012, 4 p.m.
WHERE  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION	Humanities, Lecture, Music
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR	Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S)  Ingrid Monson, 2012–2013 Suzanne Young Murray Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University; performance by Neba Solo, balloonist
COST  Free
CONTACT INFO	617.495.8212
NOTE  Radcliffe Institute fellow Ingrid Monson will deliver a lecture about Neba Solo, Mali's superb balafonist, and the social and cultural history of Mali. Monson is writing a book about Neba Solo titled “Kenedougou Visions.” After her lecture at 6 PM, Neba Solo will present a concert of his virtuosic xylophone music and his socially conscious lyrics. Playing with his brother, Siaka Traoré, Neba Solo will debut his most recent composition, which calls for peace in Mali. In his lyrics, one can trace the history of the political and social problems that led to the collapse of the Malian government in March 2012.
LINK	http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2012-ingrid-monson-fellow-presentation


Current and Future Global Opportunities in Concentrated Solar Power
Monday, November 26, 2012
MIT, Building 32-155, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Bruce Anderson, CEO of Wilson Solarpower
A short history and current status of concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies will be covered, including the various technology approaches, their relative pros and cons, the extent and nature of the market, and future opportunities. 

Bruce Anderson is co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Wilson Solarpower in Boston, Massachusetts. Wilson is commercializing a modular, coal-competitive concentrated solar power (CSP) system based on two MIT-invented clean energy technologies: an ultra-efficient industrial heat exchanger and an ultra-efficient microturbine. Bruce started his clean energy career 40 years ago when he completed his Masters thesis at MIT on solar energy in 1973.

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club
For more information, contact:  MIT Energy Club
energyclub at mit.edu 


Socializing Knowledge: The Choose and Pick in Public Management of Science in Africa
Monday, November 26, 2012
MIT, Building E51-095, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge
Wine and Cheese reception from 3:30-4, followed by a lecture/discussion on topics of Science, Technology, and Society.

Speaker: D. A. Masolo, University of Louisville
STS Fall 2012 Colloquia

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


Chicago Forward: Toward a User-Friendly City 
Monday, November 26, 2012
MIT, Building 10-485, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Speaker: Gabe Klein, Transportation Commissioner, City of Chicago
What happens when a tech-minded entrepreneur is unexpectedly chosen to lead a big city government bureaucracy? Gabe Klein was an unconventional pick to head the District of Columbia's Department of Transportation when he was hired back in 2008, by then-mayor Adrian Fenty. He'd been a Zipcar executive. He helped found a local boutique food-truck company. He grew up in a Virginia ashram called Yogaville. But he had never worked in government. Over the next 23 months Klein implemented a program of transformative innovation, rapidly rolling out bike-sharing, new bike lanes, streetcar plans and next-generation parking infrastructure. Now Klein is a year-and-a-half into his second unexpected job in government, as the head of Chicago's Department of Transportation under Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Join MIT Visiting Scholar Aaron Naparstek in conversation with one of America's most visionary and inspiring new urban leaders. 

Web site: http://dusp.mit.edu/cdd/event/cdd-forum-new-urban-interface-3
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): City Design and Development, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
For more information, contact:  Sandra Elliott
sandrame at mit.edu


"Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to the Science of Soft Matter." 
Monday, November 26
7 pm  
David Chang, momofuku; Carles Tejedor, Via Veneto.   Harvard Science Center C.

Creative Geographies: Video Beyond the Global Village
Monday, November 26, 2012
MIT, Building E15-001, ACT Cube

Speaker: Krista Lynes, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies Department, Concordia University in Montreal, Canada
In his critical analysis of postmodern culture, Fredric Jameson asserted that the particular temporality of video, its "total flow," bound apparatus and subject in a new kind of materialism governed by measurement, a machinic time closer to the chronometer than the cinema. This produced a "kaleidoscopic" image of distinct streams whose historicism was revealed by the very organization of videographic space and time. Professor Lynes's talk will extend Jameson's insights to questions of representation and cultural production under the current crises and failures of market structures in the 21st century, and the (speculative, generative) co-incidences between protest movements around the globe, focusing specifically on artworks that juxtapose chronometric and cinematic time. 

Krista Lynes' writing has been included in the journals Signs and Third Text, as well as the anthology Space (Re)Solutions: Intervention and Research in Visual Culture (2011). Her book, Prismatic Media, Transnational Circuits: Feminism in a Globalized Present, is forthcoming in Palgrave Macmillan's "Global Cinema" series in 2013.
Web site: http://act.mit.edu/projects-and-events/lectures-series/2012-fall/nov-26-krista-lynes-creative-geographies-video-beyond-the-global-village/

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 


The Island President - a documentary film 
 Monday, November 26
7:00 pm
Harvard Law School, Langdell North, Room 225

The Program on Negotiation, the Environmental Law Program at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Law Documentary Studio are pleased to present:  The Island President

This award winning and critically acclaimed documentary features President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives and his struggle to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on his country. See the trailer online.

A discussion of the film will be led by Hardy Merriman, Senior Adviser, International Center on Non-Violent Conflict

For more information, contact Polly Hamlen (mhamlen at law.harvard.edu)
About the film: Jon Shenk’s The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable.

The Island President captures Nasheed’s first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film provides a rare glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly. Nasheed is unusually candid about revealing his negotiation strategies—leveraging the Maldives’ underdog position as a tiny country, harnessing the power of media, and overcoming deadlocks through an appeal to unity with other developing nations.

After the completion of the film, President Nasheed resigned the presidency under the threat of violence in a coup d’etat perpetrated by security forces loyal to the former dictator. He is currently under island arrest.

About the Speaker:  Hardy Merriman is a senior advisor at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC). He writes and presents about nonviolent conflict both for academic audiences as well as for activists, organizers, other practitioners. He has contributed to works such asWaging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential (2005) by Gene Sharp, Civilian Jihad: Nonviolent Struggle, Democratization, and Governance in the Middle East (2010) by Maria Stephan (ed.), and co-authored A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle (2007), a training curriculum for activists.


STOP THE DRONES: Report Back from the October CodePink Anti-Drone Peace Delegation to Pakistan
Mon. Nov 26 
7:30 pm
MIT, Building 32 - 141, Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

On October 7 (the anniversary of the US attack on Afghanistan), a delegation of 31 US antiwar activists marched with tens of thousands of Pakistanis sickened by the civilian death toll and growth of rightwing reaction brought on by the US drone war in Waziristan. Hear first-hand reports and view slides from delegation members who just met with the families of drone victims, with intellectuals, political activists, and others in Islamabad, Lahore, and the tribal areas.  We will also hear from Pakistanis on the impact of the US ?War on Terror? and drone attacks on Pakistan.

Learn about the growing use of drones for military attacks and for domestic surveillance.  Discuss what we can do to stop the use and proliferation of these deadly weapons.
Joe Lombardo, Co-Coordinator, United National Antiwar Coalition; member of the Troy Area Labor Council (New York); tour member
Paki Wieland,  Arrested Hancock AFB drone resister; Engages in peacekeeper & nonviolence training and education; tour member
Lois Mastrangelo, United for Justice with Peace; CodePink of Greater Boston; tour member
Osman Khan, Radical economist pursuing his doctorate; just returned from six months in Pakistan researching the impact of drone attacks and war on the tribal peoples of western Pakistan
Waqas Mirza, Recent Political Science graduate University of Massachusetts Amherst; Writes and speaks about impact of ?War on Terror? on Pakistan

Endorsed by United National Antiwar Coalition, United for Justice with Peace, Code Pink Greater Boston, Alliance for a Democratic and Secular South Asia, Muslim Peace Coalition, Veterans For Peace, Women?s International League for Peace and Freedom, Massachusetts Global Action, South Asian Forum at MIT

Suggested donation $5.00.  Proceeds to support anti-drone protests


Nerd Nite 
Monday, November 26, 2012.
8 pm
Middlesex Lounge, 315 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square, Cambridge

Talk 1 – “Technology and Dystopia: Do you dream of angry android sheep?” | Deb Nicholson

Talk 2 – “Bicycle History and Culture in Maine and New England 1880-1900″ | Sam Shupe

For more information on November’s presentations and speakers:  http://boston.nerdnite.com/2012/11/15/nerd-nite-112612/

Tuesday, November 27 

J. J. Abrams: Media Lab Conversations Series
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
MIT, Building E14-3rd Floor, Atrium, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: J. J. Abrams
Media Lab Conversations Series
This talk will be webcast. 
All talks at the Media Lab, unless otherwise noted, are open to the public. 
Join us on Twitter: #MLTalks 

J.J. Abrams is the founder and president of Bad Robot Productions, which he runs with his producing partner Bryan Burk. Formed in 2001, Bad Robot is partnered with Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. Studios and has produced films and television series such as "Cloverfield," "Star Trek," "Morning Glory," "Super 8," "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," ABC's "Alias" and "Lost," Fox's "Fringe," and CBS's "Person of Interest."

Web site: http://www.media.mit.edu/events/2012/11/27/media-lab-conversations-series-jj-abrams
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Media Lab
For more information, contact:  Jess Sousa
events at media.mit.edu 


“How to Make Smarter and More Sustainable Choices at Every Level In Your Company”
Tuesday, November 27 
1:30 EST 
Free webconference
RSVP at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/509303431?utm_campaign=testing&utm_source=hubspot_email_marketing&utm_medium=email&utm_content=5087344&_hse=gmoke%40world.std.com&_hsmi=5087344&_hsh=359769a3c6de4aa1e39b818490e5c7

Chris Erickson, CEO of Climate Earth, and Jim Lochran of EarthShift
How to quickly implement comprehensive management of the supply chain to systematically prioritize products for redesign
How to utilize a new set of design tools to take the mystery out of sustainable design

Many companies are focused on measuring their supply chain and enterprise footprints. Others are focusing on bringing sustainable design into their product development group.
In this webinar, you will learn how the technologies involved in these processes are converging to create a cohesive approach to sustainability that helps companies make smarter choices, generate larger impact reductions faster, reduce costs, build their brand, and track results.

Contact James Lochran <james at earthshift.com>


Beyond Asset Ownership: Employment, Asset-less Firms, and Subsidiaries in a Property-Rights Theory of the Firm
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
MIT, Buildling E62-650, 100 Main Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Leshui He (Conn/MIT)

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


Special Seminar: Climate and Cultural Change in Western Eurasia. Progress and Challenges from Millennia-Length Tree-Ring Records
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 
4:15pm - 5:30pm
Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Edward R. Cook, Tree-Ring Laboratory, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Climate variability and change is increasingly recognized as contributing to past cultural change and collapse. But its impact can be controversial, even in  Western Eurasia, where historical and archeological records of past cultural change are abundant for the last 2000 years.

Much uncertainty stems from our still rudimentary understanding of climate change over Western Eurasia from the time of the Roman Empire to the Renaissance. But millennia-long tree-ring chronologies over Western Eurasia are now closing the knowledge gap , with similar relevant advances occurring in Central and East Asia as well.   Can we use these exactly dated and annual archives of environmental change to reconstruct a past climate context for times of cultural change and collapse in Western Eurasia? What are some examples?  What are the caveats to avoid overestimating the role of climate in cultural change?

Dr. Cook co-founded the Tree-Ring Laboratory in 1975, which is dedicated to expanding tree-ring research around the world to improve our understanding of environmental history. He has contributed to numerous research projects and papers tracking the cultural impact of climate change on the Roman Empire, on the fate of Angkor in the Khmer Empire,  on the megadroughts in the long history of the American Southwest, and much more.

Reception to follow in the CGIS South Concourse.
Dr. Cook’s talk is sponsored by the Science of the Human Past and the Harvard University Center for the Environment.


Boston Green Drinks - November Happy Hour
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
kingston station, 25 kingston street, Boston
RSVP at http://bgdnov12-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=382

Join the conversation with sustainability professionals and hobbyists.  Enjoy a Drink at Kingston station and build your connection with our green community!
Keep sending feedback to Lyn at bostongreendrinks.com for ideas about speakers or content for the future and mark your calendar for drinks on the last Tuesday of every month.  Also, if you RSVP and can't make it, e-mail us to let us know.

Boston Green Drinks builds a community of sustainably-minded Bostonians, provides a forum for exchange of sustainability career resources, and serves as a central point of information about emerging green issues.  We support the exchange of ideas and resources about sustainable energy, environment, food, health, education.


StreetTalk: How Cambridge made mode-shift a reality;
Wednesday, November 28
Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, 301 Binney St, Cambridge
Open to the public, $5-$15 suggested donation   
Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4795793347#   
The statistics look like a mistake. In July, the Globe highlighted a successful mode-shift policy in Kendall Square. Kendall Square has managed to add 4.6 million square feet of new spaces (a 40% increase since 2000) while reducing car trips by as much as 14% in the last decade.

What is the City of Cambridge doing that made it possible to bring new development without bringing new drivers? Stephanie Groll, Parking and Transportation Demand Management Officer, and Geoff Hewer-Candee, Graphic Designer for the City of Cambridge, will share insight about two programs that change travel behavior - one aimed at commuters and the other aimed at residents. Highlighting Kendall Square, learn how Cambridge has made it a priority to reduce car use among its workers, and what the city's innovative CitySmart program has done for residents' non-work trips to put Cambridge on the social marketing map.
Hosted by LivableStreets Alliance with WalkBoston.   
Sponsored by Ironwood Pharmaceuticals 
For more information:  kara at livablestreets.info / 617.621.1746/ www.livablestreets.info 

Poised for Action: Moving Forward With a Massachusetts Agenda
Thursday, November 29, 2012
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston
RSVP at https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Donation2?df_id=2840&2840.donation=form1&JServSessionIdr004=6pokxolij2.app341a

A Luncheon Presentation from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) 
We may face gridlock in Washington, but we have vital environmental policies in Massachusetts waiting for action. Addressing issues such as transportation, safer alternatives for toxic chemicals, wind-siting reform, and zoning changes could be good for the environment as well as the economy. At the regional level, efforts to update RGGI could have a major impact. 

Please join us for a panel discussion of pending environmental issues that could stimulate jobs and economic growth in the Commonwealth.
André Leroux 
Executive Director, Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance
Sue Reid
Vice President and Director of CLF Massachusetts
Elizabeth Saunders
Massachusetts State Director
of Clean Water Action
Peter Shattuck
Director of Market Initiatives at Environment Northeast (ENE)

E2 Members: No Charge
Non-Members and guests: $25
All registered attendees will be sent confirmation and directions 
the week prior to the event.  Contact Ying Li at yli at nrdc.org if you have questions.


Macrowikinomics: Rethinking Education for the Age of Networked Intelligence by Don Tapscott
Thursday, November 29, 2012 
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
MIT, Building 66, Room 110, 25 Ames Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://mitocw-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=1

Don Tapscott is one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, media, and the economic and social impact of technology and advises business and government leaders around the world.
In 2011 Don was named one of the world’s most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50. He has authored or co-authored 14 widely read books including the 1992 best seller Paradigm Shift. His 1995 hit The Digital Economy changed thinking around the world about the transformational nature of the Internet and two years later he defined the Net Generation and the “digital divide” in Growing Up Digital. His 2000 work, Digital Capital, introduced seminal ideas like “the business web” and was described by BusinessWeek as “pure enlightenment.” Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything was the best selling management book in 2007 and translated into over 25 languages.
The Economist called his newest work Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet a “Schumpeter-ian story of creative destruction” and the Huffington Post said the book is “nothing less than a game plan to fix a broken world.” Over 30 years he has introduced many ground-breaking concepts that are part of contemporary understanding. His work continues as a the Chairman of Moxie Insight, a member of World Economic Forum, Adjunct Professor of Management for the Rotman School of Management at the University of Torontoand Martin Prosperity Institute Fellow.

The event is free but seating is limited.


Legatum Lecture: Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy: Markets, Speculation and the State.
Nov 29, 2012 
MIT, Sloan School of Management, E62-233, 100 Main St, Cambridge  

William H. Janeway, Co-founder, INET, Director, Magnet Systems, Nuance Communications, & O'Reilly Media 

In this talk William Janeway will discuss his new book, Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy: Markets, Speculation and the State. The Innovation Economy begins with discovery and culminates in speculation. Over some 250 years, economic growth has been driven by successive processes of trial and error: upstream exercises in research and invention, and downstream experiments in exploiting the new economic space opened by innovation. Drawing on his professional experiences, William H. Janeway provides an accessible pathway for readers to appreciate the dynamics of the Innovation Economy. He combines personal reflections, from a career spanning forty years in venture capital, with the development of an original theory of the role of asset bubbles in financing technological innovation and of the role of the state in playing an enabling role in the innovation process. Today, with the state frozen as an economic actor and access to the public equity markets only open to a minority, the Innovation Economy is stalled; learning the lessons from this book will contribute to its renewal.

Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 

"Future of Transportation in MA" public meeting
Thursday, November 29
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Mass. Transportation Building, conference rooms 1,2,3, 10 Park Plaza, Boston 

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is holding a series of statewide public meetings, engaging with residents, community leaders and business owners to discuss the future of transportation in the Commonwealth.  
"Every person in the Commonwealth has a stake in our transportation system," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. "Whether someone drives, walks, takes public transit or rides their bike, there is rarely a day that goes by that they don't interact with the system.  
These statewide discussions are intended to allow you to share your ideas, thoughts and proposals for improving and paying for our transportation network for many years to come. Representatives from each division of MassDOT - RMV, Highway, Aeronautics and MBTA/Rail and Transit - will be available to answer questions and provide information.


We're Not Broke
Thursday, November 29
doors open 6:40; film starts promptly 7pm
Rule 19, 243 Broadway, Cambridge - corner of Broadway and Windsor, entrance on Windsor

An exposé into the secret world of corporate tax dodging

*WE?RE NOT BROKE* is an exposé into the secret world of corporate tax dodging. By booking profits offshore that should really be accounted for in America, multinational corporations like Exxon, Google and Bank of America are cheating our country out of an estimated $100 billion a year. All the while, America is in the grip of a tremendous recession, the likes of which have not been seen since the Great Depression.  Lawmakers? common cry of ?We?re Broke!? echoes in Washington, D.C. and across the mainstream media as our elected officials slash budgets, lay off schoolteachers, police, and firefighters?crumbling the country?s social fabric and leaving many people scrambling to survive.

While corporate tax avoidance has been accelerating for the past decade, and astronomical amounts of money have been lost to the U.S. Treasury, it has gone mostly unnoticed by the media and the general public. That changed in early 2011, when a small group of Americans, inspired by protests in the United Kingdom, formed a fledgling grassroots movement called US Uncut. Their goal seemed simple: Call out corporate tax dodgers and make them pay their fair share.

*WE?RE NOT BROKE* interweaves the stories of seven US Uncut activists from across the nation: Carl Gibson, a 24-year-old college graduate from Jackson, Mississippi who can?t find gainful employment; Joanne Gifford, a California mom and unemployed high school teacher; Jim Coleman, the owner of a Chicago heating and air conditioning company who is watching his profession vanish with the sinking economy; Musician Chris Priest, 24, who laments the days when his postman grandfather could singlehandedly support a family of eight; Kira Elliot, 29, a personal trainer and Mary Kay rep. who sees her middle class clients disappear as they tighten their belts; Bobbie Arrington, a 35-year-old social worker and graduate student who?s dealing with cuts to the hospital where she sees clients; and Ryan Clayton, a charismatic 30-year-old media analyst from Washington, D.C. who, once he learned that he paid more taxes than multibillion-dollar corporations, began planning what he was sure was a coming revolution.

*WE?RE NOT BROKE* follows the US Uncut activists to the streets as they use creative activism to protest Bank of America, Apple and FedEx. All the while, U.S. corporations continue making record profits, and then pocket billions of dollars that should rightfully go back to the American public. The tactics, their CEOs argue, are legal. But the laws are passed using shady practices that move in concert with big campaign contributions and millions in lobbying expenses. President Obama, while having campaigned on the promise of closing offshore tax loopholes, has done nothing of the kind. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle continue to coddle corporations while slashing public services that affect everyone else.

Over the summer of 2011, Microsoft and Apple led a massive lobbying effort they called /The Win America Campaign/ to get congress to give them a ?tax holiday? on over a trillion dollars in profits they claimed to have earned overseas. At the same time, sparks from the US Uncut movement that began in the winter of 2011 helped flame growing feelings of injustice among America?s middle class. And in late September 2011, many US Uncut members joined Occupy Wall Street, a new movement that echoed their calls for an economically just America, and a government 
un-tethered from corporate greed.


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

*NOTE:  A special, extra screening **for the xmas holidays; the distributor/producers have made DVDs available for sale. The PERFECT XMAS gift!*



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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