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Playing Games with the Energy Future of the Navy - online game on
alternative fuels for the US Navy begins on May 21
Monday, May 21
Did Democracy Promotion Cause the Arab Spring?
WHEN Mon., May 21, 2012, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor Littauer Building, Harvard Kennedy
School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR International Security Program
SPEAKER(S) Heidi Lane, research fellow, International Security Program
CONTACT INFO susan_lynch at harvard.edu
Farm Incubators 101: A webinar from the New Entry Sustainable Farming
Project National Technical Assistance Initiative
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/826136479
This webinar will cover: (a) the basic framework of our new National
Farm Incubator Technical Assistance Initiative and how it can help you
achieve the programmatic goals of your farm incubator project; (b) the
reasons for starting a farm incubator and common strategies for
meeting diverse farmer training and support goals; (c) presentations
on how veteran incubator projects (New Entry, as well as our project
partners ALBA, the Intervale Center, the New Farmer Develop Project,
and the Big River Farms Training Program) operate successful and
diverse programs; and (d) ample time for Q&A at the end so you can get
your individual questions about the National TA project and farm
incubators in general answered. We hope you will join us!
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
Space is limited.
"Colony Collapse Disorder."
Follow the Honey, 1132 Mass Avenue, Cambridge
Tuesday, May 22
2012 GoGreen Awards
Tuesday, May 22
8:00 am to 9:30 am
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
The annual presentation of awards to businesses and organizations for
their sustainability initiatives. A light breakfast will be served.
RSVP to 617-349-4604 or randers at cambridgema.gov
Semantic Maps for Mobile Robots - Perception, Representation,
Reasoning and Actions
Tuesday, May 22 2012
10:00AM to 11:00AM Refreshments: 9:45AM
MIT, Building 32-G449 Patil/Kiva, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Speaker: Andrzej Pronobis, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
Robots have finally escaped from industrial workplaces and are making
their way into our homes, offices and public spaces. In order to
realize the dream of robot assistants performing tasks together with
humans, we need to provide them with the capability of understanding
complex, unstructured environments and express their knowledge in
terms of human concepts. In this talk we present our work on endowing
robot systems with the ability to acquire and exploit the semantics
and structure that is present in man made environments. This provides
the means for more efficient task execution and also plays a central
role in enabling intuitive HRI and knowledge transfer between humans
and robots. The latter opens up for making use of the vast amount of
human spatial knowledge encoded in human readable form. More
specifically, in this talk we present our work on a framework for
large-scale, probabilistic semantic mapping, which exploits multiple,
heterogenous sources of semantic information, including place
appearance and geometry, objects, topology of space and human asserted
knowledge. Furthermore, we show how semantic knowledge can be utilized
for solving real-world problems, on the example of large-scale object
search task, leading to improved performance and more intuitive and
Andrzej Pronobis obtained his PhD in Computer Vision and Robotics from
the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden in June 2011.
His research is focused on spatial understanding for mobile robots and
exploiting semantic spatial knowledge for efficient robot behavior.
Dr. Pronobis is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for
Autonomous Systems in Stockholm as well as a head of research at
OculusAI Technologies, a company providing advanced computer vision
and AI solutions for the e commerce market. Dr. Pronobis is an author
of over 30 publications in robotics journals and conferences,
organized several international events including workshops and
contests, and has been involved in several EU research initiatives.
D-Lab Open Hours
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
MIT, Building E34, 2nd floor, 42 Hayward Street
Come chat with D-Lab staff or tour around the lab to learn about our
work. D-Lab focuses on international development, appropriate
technologies and sustainable solutions for low-income communities,
mostly in developing countries. There are currently 16 academic
offerings that make up the suite of D-Lab classes, falling into the
broad categories of Development, Design and Dissemination.
Web site: http://d-lab.mit.edu/
Open to: the general public
For more information, contact: d-lab-innovators at mit.edu
A Public Right to Hear and Press Freedom in an Age of Networked
Tuesday, May 22, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor, Cambridge
RSVP at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2012/05/ananny#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast
and archived there shortly after.
Mike Ananny, Berkman Center Fellow
What does a public right to hear mean in networked environments and
why does it matter? In this talk I’ll describe how a public right to
hear has historically and implicitly underpinned the U.S. press’s
claims to freedom and, more fundamentally, what we want democracy to
be. I’ll trace how this right appears in contemporary news
production, show how three networked press organizations have used
Application Programming Interfaces to both depend upon and distance
themselves from readers, and describe how my research program joins
questions of free speech with media infrastructure design. I will
argue that a contemporary public right to hear partly depends upon how
the press’s technologies and practices mediate among networked actors
who construct and contest what Bowker and Star (1999) call “boundary
infrastructures.” It is by studying these technosocial, journalistic
systems—powerful yet often invisible systems that I call “newsware”—
that we might understand how a public right to hear emerges from
networked, institutionally situated communication cultures like the
Mike Ananny is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research New
England, a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society,
and, starting August 2012, will be an Assistant Professor at the
University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication
and Journalism. He researchers social uses of digital technologies,
concentrating on how technological, institutional and normative forces
both shape and reflect networked journalism and press freedom. He
earned his PhD from Stanford University (Communication), his Masters
from MIT (Media Laboratory) and his Bachelors from the University of
Toronto (Computer Science & Human Biology). He was also a founding
member of the research staff at Media Lab Europe as part of the
Everyday Learning group. He has held fellowships and scholarships
with Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, the Trudeau
Foundation, LEGO Corporation, Interval Research Corporation, and has
worked or consulted with LEGO, Mattel and Nortel Networks, helping to
translate research concepts and prototypes into new product lines and
The Spread of Behavior in Social Networks
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
4:00pm until 5:30pm
BU School of Management, 595 Commonwealth Avenue (#302), Boston
Speaker(s): Damon Centola, PhD
Abstract: In public health and health product adoption, advertising
campaigns frequently rely on "word of mouth" through social networks
in order to promote information diffusion about a new product or
behavior. Recent advances in network theory have shown how specific
topological features of social networks can amplify the diffusion of
both disease and information - suggesting that important advances in
network epidemiology may also be useful for structuring new product
campaigns. However, recent theoretical work also shows that the
dynamics of behavioral diffusion in peer-to-peer networks can respond
very differently to the topological properties of networks. For
behaviors that are particularly costly, difficult, or unfamiliar,
these differences may be more pronounced. My findings show that many
of the campaigns of greatest interest to firms and public health
officials may not benefit from network strategies aimed at the rapid
diffusion of information. I present findings from a series of novel
experiments designed to study the dynamics of behavioral diffusion in
large social networks. The results show a striking effect of network
topology on the diffusion of health behavior, contrary to the
expectations of classical network theory.
Paper: Centola, D. The Spread of Behavior in an Online Social Network
Experiment. Science, 3 September 2010: 329 (5996), 1194-1197.
Professor Centola is a faculty member in the Behavioral and Policy
Sciences research group at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His
research addresses theoretical and empirical problems in the diffusion
of collective behavior. His core sociological interest is how
individual actions aggregate to produce (often unexpected) collective
outcomes. This includes the mobilization of social movements, the self-
organization of ethnic communities and cultural enclaves, the spread
of health behaviors (such as vaccination, dieting, and condom use),
and the coordination of collective beliefs (such as religious
extremism and social sanctioning practices). Before coming to MIT,
Professor Centola was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in
Health Policy Research at Harvard University, and had been a visiting
scholar at the Brookings Institution, the Santa Fe Institute, the
Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, and the
Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies.
Open to General Public
Admission is free
Contact B.U. Health Policy Institute
buhpi at bu.edu
Boston Green Drinks - May Happy Hour
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (ET)
Kingston Station, 25 Kingston Street, Boston
RSVP at http://may12bgd-es2.eventbrite.com/?srnk=222
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.
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.
Wednesday, May 23
Guest Lecturer John Briscoe: "Water in a Changing World"
WHEN Wed., May 23, 2012, 7 – 9 p.m.
WHERE Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02467
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Waterworks Museum
SPEAKER(S) John Briscoe, professor of the practice of environmental
health, HSPH, and Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of
Environmental Engineering, SEAS
CONTACT INFO Lauren Kaufmann: 617.277.0065
NOTE John Briscoe has devoted his career to issues relating to water,
other natural resources, and economic development. Briscoe has
launched the Harvard Water Security Initiative, which focuses on major
challenges facing countries around the world, including the obstacles
in providing people with safe drinking water.
Thursday, May 24
Sustainable Regional Food Systems Research Group Webinar
Thursday, May 24
9:00 a.m. EDT
On Thursday, May 24 at 9:00 a.m. EDT, we will be sharing our work on
community food projects and hubs from over 170 interviews and 20 case
studies in Ontario, Canada. These innovative projects cover a range
of urban and rural examples. Researchers from Guelph, Carleton,
Lakehead, Ryerson, York, Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier universities have
been working with community partners including Just Food Ottawa,
FoodShare, Local Food Plus, the Food Security Research Network, Food
Down the Road, and Meal Exchange to develop a better understanding of
community based food projects and hubs across the province.
To dial-in open your web browser to www.cigionline.org/webcast. We
begin at 9:00 EDT (Toronto/New York time) so it is best if you can log
in 15mins before the event to work out any technical issue you may
have. In case you have any problems, you can contact Natasha Scott, nscott at cigionline.org
or call 1-519-885-2444, ext.7425
9-9:15 Project overview
9:15- 10:30 SSHRC Participatory Action Research projects: FoodShare,
Local Food Plus, Just Food, Northern Regional Online Food Hub, Meal
10:45 - 11:45 Regional case studies
11:45 - noon - wrap up morning
Friday, May 25
The Age of Limits: Conversations on the Collapse of The Global
Friday May 25th thru Monday May 28th, 2012
Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary, 190 Walker Lane Artemas PA
Dedicated to the pioneering work of Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers &
Dennis Meadows and their epochal 1972 report "The Limits to Growth."
Editorial Comment: This is a way outside my geographic limits and is
a conference that costs money but one of the subscribers suggested it
and the subject and speakers are worthy of attention.
Radcliffe Day Panel: “From Front Lines to High Courts: The Law and
WHEN Fri., May 25, 2012, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
WHERE Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Ethics, Law, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
SPEAKER(S) Martha L. Minow, Ed.M. ’76, dean and Jeremiah Smith, Jr.
Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Jennifer Gordon ’87, JD ’92
Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law
Linda Greenhouse ’68
Senior Research Scholar in Law, the Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-
Residence, and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School
Former Supreme Court reporter, the New York Times
Renée M. Landers ’77
Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School
Kathleen M. Sullivan JD ’81
Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Stanley Morrison Professor of Law and Former Dean, Stanford Law School
CONTACT INFO 617.496.0516, events at radcliffe.edu
NOTE On Radcliffe Day, alumnae/i, fellows, and friends of Radcliffe
gather to celebrate past, present, and future. This year’s Radcliffe
Day is dedicated to exploring the law and social change. At the
morning panel, moderated by Harvard Law School Dean Martha L. Minow,
the focus will be on recognizing significant accomplishments,
discussing major court cases, and considering the possibilities and
limits of the law in making social change.
Opening Reception: Art, Culture, Technology, Salvation, Army
Friday, May 25, 2012
The Thrift Store, 328 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139
Exhibition and event series by graduate students in the MIT Program in
Art, Culture and Technology
Yae Jin Shin / Tomashi Jackson / Sofia Rebeca Berinstein / Sei Rhee /
Scott Berzofsky / Narda Alvarado / Micah Silver / Matthew Everett
Lawson / Giacomo Castagnola / Elizabeth Anne Watkins / Carson Salter /
For an up-to-date schedule of events, visit mit.edu/qwe/www
Web site: mit.edu/qwe/www
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsor(s): MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
For more information, contact: Laura Anca Chichisan
act at mit.edu
Tuesday, May 29
Making large volunteer-driven projects sustainable. Lessons learned
Tuesday, May 29, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2012/05/buytaert#RSVP
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast
and archived there shortly after.
Dries Buytaert, original creator and project lead of Drupal
In this talk, Dries shares his experiences on how he grew the Drupal
community from just one person to over 800,000 members over the past
10 years. Today, the Drupal community is one of the largest and most
active Open Source projects in the world, powering 1 out of 50
websites in the world. The concept of major projects growing out of a
volunteer, community-based model is not new to the world. Volunteer
networks and communities exist in many shapes and sizes. Throughout
history there are examples of pure volunteer organizations that were
instrumental in the founding and formation of many projects. For
example, the first trade routes were ancient trackways which citizens
later developed on their own into roads suited for wheeled vehicles in
order to improve commerce. Transportation was improved for all
citizens, driven by the commercial interest of some. Today, we
certainly appreciate that our governments maintain the roads. However,
we still see road signs stating that a particular section of a highway
is kept clean and trim by volunteers -- at least in some countries.
When new ground needs to be broken, it's often volunteer communities
that do it. But a full-time, paid infrastructure can be necessary for
the preservation and protection of what communities begin. In this
presentation, Dries wants to brainstorm about how large communities
evolve and how to sustain them over time.
Some questions to think about ahead of the presentation:
Do you know examples of large organizations that have grown out of
Why do some communities keep growing while other communities come to a
Is the commercialization of a volunteer-driven community part of a
community's natural life-cycle?
Is it inevitable that over time the operation and/or leadership of
volunteer communities are transferred to paid personnel?
Dries Buytaert is the original creator and project lead for the Drupal
open source web publishing and collaboration platform. Buytaert serves
as president of the Drupal Association, a non-profit organization
formed to help Drupal flourish. He is also co-founder and chief
technology officer of Acquia, a venture-backed software company that
offers products and services for Drupal. Dries is also a co-founder of
Mollom, a web service that helps you identify content quality and,
more importantly, helps you stop website spam. A native of Belgium,
Buytaert holds a PhD in computer science and engineering from Ghent
University and a Licentiate Computer Science (MsC) from the University
of Antwerp. In 2008, Buytaert was elected Young Entrepreneurs of Tech
by BusinessWeek as well as MIT TR 35 Young Innovator.
Cape Wind Public Hearing
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston
Help Cape Wind pass their last hurdle by attending a public hearing on
the matter. They need support to point out that wind turbines will
keep energy bills less volatile than fossil fuels:
Please arrive EARLY as speakers will called in the order in which they
signed up. If you can come, please RSVP torsvpcapewind at gmail.com
Data Therapy: Creative Ways to tell your Story with Data
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
MIT Media Lab, E14-525, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge
Got data? Tired of using the same old bar charts to tell your story?
You need some Data Therapy!
Join MIT Media Lab researcher Rahul Bhargava for a workshop on making
creative and compelling presentations of data.
We will cover: a process for picking appropriate data presentation
techniques; real-world examples of various creative techniques; online
tools to help you while designing your presentation; "group therapy"
time to brainstorm about your specific needs.
RSVP at http://meetupbos.hackshackers.com/events/63236472/?a=ea1_grp&eventId=63236472&action=detail&rv=ea1&rv=ea1
Altitude, Air Pollution, and Energy Technologies among Nomads on the
Thursday, May 31
Pierce Hall 100F, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
A Harvard China Project seminar with Catlin Powers, Doctoral
Candidate, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of
Public Health; Executive Vice President and COO, One Earth Designs.
Contact Name: Chris Nielsen nielsen2 at fas.harvard.edu
Co-op Power Boston Metro East Energy Efficiency Crew Launch Party
Saturday, June 2
on the Lawn at Second Church in Dorchester, corner of Washington St &
Talbot Ave, Codman Square, Dorchester
A celebration with music, food, tour of “green” home, and prizes. The
Crew provides insulation, weatherization, air sealing to homes in the
Greater Boston area. Co-op Power is a consumer-owned co-operative that
uses its capital and market power to build good green jobs and
community-based green businesses for the benefit of the community at-
RSVP and questions toolive at cooppower.coop or 617-282-8881.
Resilience Circle Webinar: Small Group Organizing 101
Want to start a Resilience Circle or small group for your community?
Join this conversation for tips, tools, and inspiration!
Tuesday, June 5
3pm EDT / 12pm PDT
Register at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/821608694
ANCIENT ANDEAN WISDOM FOR OUR TIMES
A talk by Don Alberto Taxo
Master teacher from Ecauador
CAMBRIDGE COHOUSING, 175 RICHDALE AVE., CAMBRIDGE
WEDNESDAY 6 JUNE 2012, 7.30 P.M.
Refreshments will be served
Don Alberto is a teacher and healer of the Andean Quechua peoples. He
speaks of the need for head and heart to unite, and to bring
technology and wisdom together in healing our earth. He brings simple,
ancient practices that open the doors of perception to our connection
with all life, through gratitude and enjoyment.
NOTE: there are other opportunities to meet Don Alberto:
EVENING TALK, FRIDAY JUNE 8, 7.30 P.M., NEW VIEW COHOUSING, ACTON MASS.
PRIVATE HEALING CLEANSINGS, BY APPOINTMENT
For more intormation:
Events in Eastern Mass.--to make reservations etc.: Dori Smith, dsmith at newview.org
Don Alberto’s work: www.ushai.com
NEW ENGLAND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE FORUM (NEEJF) ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.
All community activists and residents, environmental justice
advocates, lawyers, policymakers and others interested in public
health and the environment in low income communities and communities
of color are invited to attend.
Individuals may register for the event online by visiting the online
registration page: http://newenglandejsummit.eventbrite.com/. There
is no cost to attend the event. Food, childcare, and great company are
included. The deadline to register is May 18, 2012. Travel
scholarships are available for individuals and groups that need
assistance to attend.
For the first time in New England, residents of low income communities
and communities of color, together with community organizers,
attorneys, public health and environmental professionals and
government officials will assemble for a one- day summit on
environmental justice. At the Summit attendees will share ideas,
learn from one another and plan future work to address environmental
and public health issues that especially affect low income communities
and communities of color. NEEJF is a collaboration of Alternatives for
Community and Environment, Connecticut Coalition for Environmental
Justice and Rhode Island Legal Services.
For more information, please contact Steve Fischbach: neejforum at gmail.com
or 401-274-2652 ext.182
Saturday, June 9
Noon until 4 pm
At Whole Foods
Join Whole Foods Market in Medford for a fun and festive time for all
ages. We'll have local artists selling handmade art designed with
recycled materials and local green organizations here to show how you
can make a difference. There will be a raffle and lots of great samples!
The New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable Presents: The
Impact of Natural Gas on the Future of Electricity Markets and Clean
Energy Strategies in New England
June 15, 2012
9 am to 12:30 pm
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston
Panel I: How Will Natural Gas Impact New England's Electricity Markets
Over the past two decades, New England's electricity generation has
increasingly come to rely on natural gas. With the development of the
Marcellus Shale in nearby New York and Pennsylvania, natural gas could
be both plentiful and relatively inexpensive for years to come. Our
first panel at the June 15th Roundtable will explore the potential
impacts of natural gas on New England's electricity markets and
reliability, exploring a wide range of questions and issues including:
What are "realistic" natural gas supply and price expectations?
What infrastructure is needed to deliver more gas to New England, and
can we count on it?
What will be the likely impacts of more gas on electricity generation
mix and electricity prices?
Should we be concerned about electric reliability from increasing
reliance on natural gas-fired generation especially on cold days (FERC
seems to be), and what should we do about it?
To help enlighten us on theses issues, we have assembled a tremendous
panel of experts who carefully follow the gas and electricity markets
from different vantage points. Susan Tierney, Managing Principal at
Analysis Group, will share both her expertise on electricity markets,
as well as her recent experience serving on U.S. Secretary of Energy's
Advisory Board (including its Shale Gas Subcommittee). Richard Paglia,
Vice President of Spectra Energy, will discuss Spectra's plans to
build additional pipeline capacity in several different directions
from Marcellus, and will also discuss a study that Spectra recently
commissioned on New England's gas markets. Richard Levitan, President
& Principal, at Levitan & Associates, Inc. will share his expectations
for both the gas and electricity markets in New England, based on his
extensive study of both markets and their interactive effects.
Rounding out the panel isPeter Brandien, Vice-President for Systems
Operation at ISO-New England, who will share the results of a recent
study ISO commissioned on natural gas and the electricity markets, as
well as the ISO's perspective on managing an increasingly gas-based
Panel II: Revisiting Clean Energy Strategies in New England (in an era
of potential cheap and plentiful natural gas?)
Following on the heels of the first panel, our second panel will
reflect on whether or not (and, if so, how) New England should revisit
and revise its clean energy strategies in light of the potential for
plentiful and relatively inexpensive natural gas for the foreseeable
future. Despite substantial reductions over the last decade in the
cost of renewable energy resources, most notably in wind and solar,
and given projections for further price reductions, (and in the face
of diminished renewable energy tax credit support and low natural gas
prices) most RPS-eligible renewables are still more expensive than
conventional electricity sources. Some states are exploring opening up
RPS eligibility to existing hydro and even energy efficiency
resources, seeking less expensive ways to meet clean energy goals.
Others argue that the long-term benefits of continuing to aggressively
pursue our clean energy goals and targets with our existing strategies
far outweigh any short-term price premiums. Meanwhile, Cape Wind may
begin construction soon and Hydro-Quebec is ready to finance
transmission to deliver substantial additional hydro resources into
To discuss these issues, we have put together a full-spectrum panel
including a regulator, a utility executive, and representatives from
the Clean Energy Council, CLF, and AIM.
Commissioner David Cash, Massachusetts Dept. of Public Utilities
James Robb, Senior VP Enterprise Planning, Northeast Utilities
Peter Rothstein, President, New England Clean Energy Council
Robert Rio, Sr. Vice President & Counsel, Associated Industries of MA
Jonathan Peress, VP & Director, Clean Energy & Climate Change, CLF
Free and open to the public with no advanced registration
Can Social Games Solve America’s Biggest Health Challenge?
Monday, June 18, 2012
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM (ET)
IBM Center for Social Business,1 Rogers Street, Cambridge
Register at http://shapeup-social-games.eventbrite.com/?ref=enivte&invite=MjA0ODE4OS9nbW9rZUB3b3JsZC5zdGQuY29tLzA%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=invitenew&utm_term=attend
The IBM Center for Social Business welcomes Dr. Rajiv Kumar, literally
a game changer in tackling healthcare issues. His company, ShapeUp,
designs social games for companies to bring employees together so they
can help each other be healthy. The theory is that peer support and
accountability are the keys to wellness success.
Refreshments at 3:30. Talk starts at 3:45.
About the talk
Facing rapidly rising health care costs driven by unhealthy behaviors
and a national obesity epidemic, self-insured employers have told
their employees to “shape up.” But regular physical activity and
healthy eating are easier said than done. Many years and millions of
dollars have been wasted on employee wellness programs that get
astonishingly low participation.
Social gaming is changing that. ShapeUp has developed an online
behavior change solution for employee populations that uses social
gaming, in the form of team-based competitions, to activate, motivate,
and guide participants toward reaching their healthy goals. This
approach generates extraordinary company-wide engagement rates and has
been shown to produce clinically significant health outcomes.
This talk will describe how ShapeUp has used social games over the
past 5 years to reach 2 million lives across 93 countries at companies
like HP, Aetna, Raytheon, and Sprint. It will also explore how the
latest advances in mobile apps, personal fitness devices, and real-
time rewards are creating new ways to enhance the wellness experience.
Rajiv Kumar on how ShapeUp came to be
"During medical school, I realized that many of the worst health
problems we face as a nation--diabetes, heart disease, cancer,
hypertension, osteoarthritis, depression--are related to our
collective unhealthy lifestyle. I also learned through my clinical
encounters that the patients who succeeded in adopting and sustaining
healthy behaviors were those who leveraged their trusted social
network for support, motivation, and accountability.
By launching a community non-profit organization (Shape Up Rhode
Island) and a for-profit company (ShapeUp), I've dedicated my life to
helping people reverse and prevent obesity-related illnesses through
group behavior change models.
Our goal is to build the largest online social application that
connects people around the world to improve their health."
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
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
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
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
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/
More information about the Act-MA