Sunday, June 26, 2016

Energy (and Other) Events - June 26, 2016

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Full event information follows the Index and notices of my latest writings.

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Monday, June 27
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12pm  The UKs EU Referendum and the Future of Europe
2pm  Climate Resilient Boston
6pm  Boston Quantified Self Show&Tell #BQS20 (NERD)
6pm  Bootstrapping Unicorns, New Technologies & Funding

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Tuesday, June 28
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Reduce and Recover: Save Food for People
5:30pm  Women in Cleanweb Presented by GA + Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
6pm  Curatorial Tour: "Villa Design Group: The Tragedy Machine”
6pm  Boston Green Drinks - June Happy Hour
6:15pm  Sustainable Mobility in Boston and Beyond
6:30pm  The Push for Renewable Energy

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Wednesday, June 29
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8:30am  Social Innovator Second Look
8:30am  Community Microgrids: Opportunities and the Role of Municipalities
1pm  Solar Monitoring, Information Systems and Asset Management
6pm  Fundraiser for Pulse Victims
7pm  Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space

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Thursday, June 30
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7:45am  Innovation Forum: “Can Massachusetts be the Leader in Energy Innovation?”
12pm  What to the Slave is the 4th of July? A Joint Reading of the Words of Frederick Douglass
5:30pm  Innovation is More than a Good Idea: a roadmap for implementing ideas
6pm  Envision Cambridge Panel:  Changes & Opportunities Facing Cambridge
6:30pm  Young, Malleable & DISRUPTIVE feat. Gary K. Wolf, Creator of Roger Rabbit
6:30pm  Making the Business Case for A New England Food Vision
6:30pm  UNITE: The Problem with Play 
6:45pm  Innovation: Tips on How to Implement Ideas
7pm  The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right


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Monday, June 27
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The UKs EU Referendum and the Future of Europe
Monday, June 27
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
BU, Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road (1st floor), Boston

Speaker(s): Graham Wilson, Peter Moloney
Britain will hold a referendum on June 23 on whether the country will leave the European Union. Join us for a discussion of the election results with Graham Wilson, Professor of Political Science at Boston University, and Peter Moloney, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Boston College.

Wilsons areas of specialization include American Politics, Comparative Politics, Business and Government, and Interest Groups. Moloney studies the evolution of modern international governance, focusing on the European Union and its forerunner, the European Economic Community (EEC). He is developing a manuscript on the controversy of the 1975 British referendum on EEC membership and its impact on the future direction of the Community.

The public is cordially invited to this event. Lunch is provided.

Contact organization: Center for the Study of Europe
Phone : 617-358-0919
Contact name: Elizabeth Amrien
Contact email: edamrien@bu.edu

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Climate Resilient Boston
Monday, June 27
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
Atlantic Wharf, Fort Point Room, 290 Congress Street, Boston

Join Boston Harbor Now for presentations on the Climate Ready Boston and 100 Resilient Cities initiatives, followed by a focused, participatory session with the organizers of the Boston Living with Water Competition. Come with your best ideas on how we address sea level rise and extreme weather while improving social equity and other community goals. 

Co-Sponsored by Boston Harbor Now, the BSA Foundation, the Urban Land Institute and the City of Boston’s Chief Resilience Officer in partnership with Climate Ready Boston, Enterprise Community Partners, and the Boston Society of Landscape Architects.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You may contact Rebecca Herst, Climate Project Manager.

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Boston Quantified Self Show&Tell #BQS20 (NERD)
Monday, June 27
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Microsoft NERD New England Research & Development Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Sign in at the front desk and then take the elevators to the 11th floor.
Cost: $7.00 /per person

After a brief hiatus, your favorite quantified self meetups are back! Please come join us on Monday, June 27th for another fun night of self-tracking presentations, sharing ideas, and showing tools. If you are self-tracking in any way -- health stats, biofeedback, life-logging, mood monitoring, biometrics, athletics, etc. -- come and share your methods, results and insights. 

We're happy to hosted by our friends at Microsoft. Be sure to RSVP early to grab your spot! Come to meet new people, check out new hands-on gadgets and tools, enjoy healthy food, and learn from personal stories. 

QS Boston is dedicated to hosting events that are safe and comfortable for everyone. All QS Boston events will follow the QS Boston Code of Conduct. Questions/feedback can be sent to Maggie (maggie.delano@gmail.com).

6:15 - 6:45 pm IGNITE SHOW&TELLS 
If you'd like to talk about your personal self-tracking story, please let us know in your RSVP or contact Maggie at maggie.delano@gmail.com, so you can discuss your topic. In your talk, you should answer the three prime questions: What did you do? How did you do it? What did you learn?

If you've never been to a meetup before, you can get a sense of what the talks are like from watching videos of previous QS talks.

Don't know what Ignite means? Click here for more info and here for tips on how to deliver a fantastic quick-fire presentation.

6:45 - 7:15 pm KEYNOTE TALK
Listen to Professor Rosalind Picard share her experience in the field of wearables and human-computer interaction. Prof. Picard is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, co-director of the Media Lab's Advancing Wellbeing Initiative, and faculty chair of MIT's Mind+Hand+Heart Initiative. She has co-founded Empatica, Inc. creating wearable sensors and analytics to improve health, and Affectiva, Inc. delivering technology to help measure and communicate emotion.

7:15 - 9:00pm DEMO HOUR & SOCIAL TIME
Enjoy some snacks while chatting with speakers and fellow meetup attendees.

Are you a toolmaker? Come demo your self-tracking gadget, app, project or idea that you're working on and share with others in our "science fair for adults." If you are making something useful for self-trackers – software, hardware, web services, or data standards – please demo it in this workshop portion of the Show&Tell. Want to participate in Demo Hour? Please let us know when you RSVP or contact Kenny at ken.e.westerman@gmail.com for a spot. 

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Bootstrapping Unicorns, New Technologies & Funding
Monday, June 27
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Wayfair, 4 Copley Place Floor 7, Boston

Objective:  Find high caliber unfunded entrepreneurs who will join SLP and be a valuable part of our network

Agenda
Networking- 6:00- 6:30 p.m.
My Story: Building a Unicorn: Steve Conine, Wayfair talks about building a unicorn, bootstrapping for 10 years and more - Q&A Format- 6:30-7:00 p.m.
About SLP and talk by Entrepreneurs- 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Short Talks & Showcases
The role of data in Ecommerce & Retail: Rama Ramakrishnan 
Demonstration of AR & VR in E-commerce: Mike Festa
What’s hot / what’s getting funded:
How I got funded: An entrepreneur shares his/her pitch deck and story of getting a first round of funding
How to grow an Ecommerce company: Role of Tech, Advertising, Marketing & PR
Networking and close: 8:00 - 8:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, June 28
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Reduce and Recover: Save Food for People
June 28-29
Cost:  $15 - $125

Join the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and RecyclingWorks Massachusetts for an action-oriented conference.

This two-day event will convene entrepreneurs, practitioners, policymakers, and enthusiasts to further a public dialogue on reaching EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national food waste reduction goal of 50% by 2030.

The conference will focus on the top two tiers of EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy, which prioritizes actions people can take to reduce and recover wasted food: “source reduction” and “feed hungry people.” Speakers will highlight innovative solutions from New England and across the nation to reduce wasted food and recover edible food for people.

Conference topics will include:

Food Recovery Entrepreneurs and Innovation
Donation Opportunities by Sector: Farm, Retail, and Institutions
Consumer Awareness and Education
Federal, State and Local Regulations and Policies
Strategies to Measure Waste


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Women in Cleanweb Presented by GA + Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Tuesday, June 28
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
General Assembly Boston, 51 Melcher Street, Boston

MassCEC + GA are pairing up for the Second Annual Women in Cleanweb event, an evening panel discussion focused on bridging the developer and cleantech communities and highlighting challenges and opportunities for women in the cleanweb industry.
This is a free event open to all women and men interested in the nexus of tech and cleantech.
Join us for after work libations and snacks and meet movers and shakers in the community!
Cleanweb is a category of cleantech that intersects with and leverages the capability of big data, the internet, social media and mobile technologies to address energy, natural resources and the environment. Cleanweb goes beyond the typical images associated with clean technology and power generation -- PV panels or wind turbines -- to include the broad range and huge potential of all types of digital media and information technology.

About Our Partners
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in the Commonwealth—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts.

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Curatorial Tour: "Villa Design Group: The Tragedy Machine"
Tuesday, June 28
6:00p–6:45p
MIT, Building E15, MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge

Join the List's Assistant Curator Alise Upitis for a guided tour of the exhibition "Villa Design Group: The Tragedy Machine". Look closer and learn more about the artist collective's site-specific installation at the List, and hear about their activation of the galleries as a performance space. 

The tour will meet in the List's Hayden Gallery. This event is free and open to all, but registration is required. Visit the link below to sign up.

Open to: the general public
Cost: Free 
Sponsor(s): List Visual Arts Center
For more information, contact:  Mark Linga
617-253-4680

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Boston Green Drinks - June Happy Hour
Tuesday, June 28
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Scholars, 25 School Street, Boston

Join the conversation with sustainability professionals and hobbyists.  Enjoy a drink and build your connection with our green community!
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.

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Sustainable Mobility in Boston and Beyond
Tuesday, June 28
6:15 PM
BU, CAS 201, 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Speaker: Jim Aloisi, Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation from 2008-09.  


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The Push for Renewable Energy
Tuesday, June 28
6:30 PM
Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington Street, Belmont

Philip Warburg, author, lawyer and former director of the Conservation Law Foundation, New England's oldest and largest environmental watchdog group. Philip Warburg is the author of two respected books on renewable energy, Harvest the Wind: America's Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence, and Climate Stability (Beacon Press 2012, 2013), and Harness the Sun: America's Quest for a Solar-Powered Future (Beacon Press, 2015). His articles have appeared in numerous policy journals and newspapers including Audubon, The Boston Globe, The Daily Beast, HuffPost Green, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, Orion, and The Washington Post.

In this discussion, Mr Warburg explains the important role of the public in making the shift to renewable energy, and describes his own experience in this regard. He also provides background on the various conflicts that accompany the energy change, and offers viable solutions to such problems.

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Wednesday, June 29
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Social Innovator Second Look
Wednesday, June 29
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)
Brown Rudnick, One Financial Center, Boston 

Did you miss the May Showcase? The Social Innovation Forum's 2016 Innovators will pitch again in June.
Join us for our "Second Look" breakfast event on June 29!
The event is a great opportunity for those who missed the Showcase to meet our Innovators and hear their presentations. The morning will begin with breakfast and networking, followed by our Innovator pitches.
2016 Social Innovators
African Community Education
Budget Buddies
Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association
Dorchester Community Food Co-op
Hale
Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health (MassCOSH)
SMART Team

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Community Microgrids: Opportunities and the Role of Municipalities
Wednesday June 29
8:30 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
The Atlantic Wharf, Fort Point Room, 290 Congress Street, Boston

Community microgrids bring many benefits to their users, the opportunity for local clean energy generation, and added energy resiliency and reliability. But does your municipality have the expertise to establish - and finance - them for municipal needs? Or have a plan in place to support other community microgrids in your city or town?

Join the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) for a half-day microgrids workshop for municipalities, Community Microgrids: Opportunities and the Role of Municipalities.

The event, designed for municipal stakeholders and energy committee members, will provide an introduction and overview of microgrid technology and its potential in communities across Massachusetts. Attendees will also learn about the regulatory context, ownership models, siting, and financing options for municipalities. The interactive workshop will feature microgrid experts and local governments that have extensive experience in this field and will present feasible options for municipalities interested in exploring microgrid applications and opportunities.

MassCEC will also share details of its planned Microgrid Grant Program and provide guidance on how municipalities can leverage this resource to scope a project and launch a project feasibility study.

We hope to see your participation in this exciting workshop and look forward to engaging in a dialogue aimed at bringing the innovative and forward-looking technology of microgrids to municipalities.

Contact:  MAPC (Metropolitan Area Planning Council)
617-933-0713 

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Solar Monitoring, Information Systems and Asset Management
Wednesday, June 29
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT) 
Foley Hoag & Eliot, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston 
Cost:  $25 – $40

Please join us and invite your customers to join us in exploring PV system monitoring services and long term PV system asset management. Explore services helping to make owning and operating PV systems easier and make PV systems more productive.
**Additional details to follow**

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Fundraiser for Pulse Victims 
Wednesday, June 29
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM 
The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover Street, Boston
Cost: $5

Hello! Welcome to my fundraiser! Im helping the Pulse victims by doing what I do best - throwing a party! Weird, right? But if you spend your dinner money at this fundraiser, those dollars will go straight to the Pulse Tragedy Community Fund. https://www.gofundme.com/orlandounited The Center Orlando is working with lots of local organizations to provide desperately needed services where they are needed. Their website will show you the many ways theyre helping the victims and their families (http://www.thecenterorlando.org/#!pulse-tragedy-response/vd12y). But what about the party, you ask? This will be a fun and laid back evening, to ease you into your holiday weekend. Your ticket will get you food, sweet tea and lemonade. Another buck or two will get you wine or beer, and a few more get you a raffle ticket for food related prizes. All of these bucks will go to The Center Orlando, to help them help the people who need it. Now, youll notice the ticket sales here go to me first - this is an unfortunate effect of planning something quickly. SO! If youre uncomfortable with me getting the funds first, please just donate $5 or more to The Centers Go Fund Me, then bring a digital or paper copy of your receipt to the event. Ill also set up a tablet with the Go Fund Me available, so you can donate onsite if you prefer. Ok! Still paying attention? Great! Heres what I have planned (so far):-Massachusetts Farm Winery wines at our cash bar-Chocolate from Taza-Snacks from Bon Me-Treats from Qs Nuts-Hors d'oeuvre made with Boston Honey Company honey-Local, sustainable seafood from Red's Best-A mysterious cooking demo -A raffle with food related prizes-good music and a cozy atmosphere And if you can't make it, please consider donating to The Centers Go Fund Me anyway. The price of a dinner in Boston might make a huge difference to someone in Orlando. Location Information: The KITCHEN is part of the Boston Public Market. It's located above the Orange Line at Haymarket, also convenient to the Green Line and many buses. Its a ground floor room which is easily wheelchair accessible (from the T station, even!). You can come in the KITCHEN door at the corner of Congress and Sudbury, or any Market entrance and find your way to the party. AND the Market will be open until 8, meaning you can meander in and out, shopping for great local produce, meats and desserts.

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Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space
Wednesday, June 29
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning author and theoretical astrophysicist JANNA LEVIN for a discussion of her latest book, Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space—the authoritative story of the headline-making discovery of gravitational waves.
About Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space

Black holes are dark. That is their essence. When black holes collide, they will do so unilluminated. Yet the black hole collision is an event more powerful than any since the origin of the universe. The profusion of energy will emanate as waves in the shape of spacetime: gravitational waves. No telescope will ever record the event; instead, the only evidence would be the sound of spacetime ringing. In 1916, Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, his top priority after he proposed his theory of curved spacetime. One century later, we are recording the first sounds from space, the soundtrack to accompany astronomy’s silent movie. 

In Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space, Janna Levin recounts the fascinating story of the obsessions, the aspirations, and the trials of the scientists who embarked on an arduous, fifty-year endeavor to capture these elusive waves. An experimental ambition that began as an amusing thought experiment, a mad idea, became the object of fixation for the original architects—Rai Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Ron Drever. Striving to make the ambition a reality, the original three gradually accumulated an international team of hundreds. As this book was written, two massive instruments of remarkably delicate sensitivity were brought to advanced capability. As the book draws to a close, five decades after the experimental ambition began, the team races to intercept a wisp of a sound with two colossal machines, hoping to succeed in time for the centenary of Einstein’s most radical idea. Janna Levin’s absorbing account of the surprises, disappointments, achievements, and risks in this unfolding story offers a portrait of modern science that is unlike anything we’ve seen before.

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Thursday, June 30
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Innovation Forum: “Can Massachusetts be the Leader in Energy Innovation?”
Thursday, June 30
7:45 AM - 9:15 AM
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston
Cost:  $40

Energy is currently a hot topic in Massachusetts – the Legislature is considering various proposals that would encourage more clean energy in the Commonwealth. The focus on clean energy is timely because the Commonwealth will need to reach the Green House Gas emission reduction goals set forth in the Global Warming Solutions Act, and because New England will need to replace about 10,000 megawatts of power that is coming offline over the next five or six years. This panel will highlight companies in Massachusetts that are helping to make the Commonwealth a leader in energy innovation. 

Moderator:  Maria Zuber, Vice President for Research and E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics, MIT
Panelists:  Charlie Fox, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs and Business Development, Bloom Energy Corporation
Manvi Goel, Director of the Strategic Partnerships Initiative, Greentown Labs
Tibor Toth, Managing Director of Investments, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

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What to the Slave is the 4th of July? A Joint Reading of the Words of Frederick Douglass
WHEN  Thu., June 30, 2016, 12 – 1 p.m.
WHERE  Boston Common
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Poetry/Prose, Theater
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Co-sponsored by:  Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School – Community Change, Inc. – Boston NAACP – Jewish Voice for Peace- Boston – The Bostonian Society – Epicenter Community – Mass Humanities – William Monroe Trotter Institute – Royall House and Slave Quarters – Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights – Massachusetts Association of Human Rights Commissions – YWCA Cambridge – Museum of African American History, Boston and Nantucket – Medford Human Rights Commission – Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry – Boston African American National Historic Site – New Democracy Coalition – Dream Boston – Boston Pan American Forum – Cambridge YWCA – Central Square Theater
COST  Free and open to the public
DETAILS  Please join us for this annual communal reading of the fiery July 5, 1852, speech in which Frederick Douglass took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Editorial Comment:  Last I heard, Donald Rumsfeld is the present owner of the Maryland plantation where Frederick Douglass fought back against the “slave breaker” who tried to break him.

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Innovation is More than a Good Idea: a roadmap for implementing ideas
Thursday, June 30
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Camvbridge Innovation Center, Venture Café (Havana), 5th Floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge

Innovation is More than a Good Idea! Bringing ideas to life is the real challenge for any startup. In this workshop, Sarah Boisvert, founder of Fab Lab Hub, will provide a roadmap for moving ideas from dreams to products based upon her extensive experience designing, building, marketing and selling hardware products, including lasers. The workshop will include input from MIT Sloan Research Fellow Michael Schrage, author of The Innovator’s Hypothesis: How Cheap Experiments are Worth More Than Good Ideas.


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Envision Cambridge Panel:  Changes & Opportunities Facing Cambridge
Thursday, June 30
6:00-8:00 pm
Cambridge Main Library Lecture Hall

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Young, Malleable & DISRUPTIVE feat. Gary K. Wolf, Creator of Roger Rabbit
Thursday, June 30
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT) 
Hatch Fenway - “The Coop," Landmark Center, East Elevators, 8th Floor 401 Park Drive, Boston
Cost:  $0 – $5

The phrase "live action" also occurs within an animation context to refer to non-animated characters: in a live-action/animated film such as Space Jam, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, or Mary Poppins in which humans and cartoons co-exist. Who Framed Roger Rabbit is one of the beloved live-action films that overcame a million obstacles. As an entreprenur, Gary can relate to your struggles and will be a valuable resource. 
Get a signed copy of his book with a paid ticket! 

Please join us at Hatch Fenway to launch the third installment of “Young, Malleable and Disruptive”. This installment will feature a night of collaboration intertwined in discussion with Gary K. Wolf, award-winning author, screenwriter, science fiction and fantasy writer, lecturer and entertainment consultant.
Gary created the concept of Toontown and brought to life Toontown’s beloved inhabitants Roger Rabbit, Roger’s va-va-voom mate Jessica Rabbit, Baby Herman, Benny the Cab, and hard boiled private eye Eddie Valiant.
Gary’s first Toontown novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? became a visual reality in Disney/Spielberg’s blockbuster film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.  The film won four Academy Awards and grossed one billion dollars.  Walt Disney Pictures has purchased film rights to his second Toontown novel Who P-p-p-plugged Roger Rabbit?  He just published a third Toontown novel, Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?
You can find out more about Gary at his website www.garywolf.com.

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Making the Business Case for A New England Food Vision
Thursday, June 30
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
SBN Boardroom, 99 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge

Food Solutions New England Presents:
Making the Business Case for A New England Food Vision: Creating Conditions that Support Diverse Food-related Enterprises
Profitable food-related businesses are integral to the New England Food Vision. The Vision describes a future in which at least 50% of the food consumed in our region is grown, raised, caught, and harvested in the region by 2060 ("50 by 60"); sustainable farming and fishing provide healthy food for all; and racial equity and food justice promote dignity and quality of life in thriving communities across New England. A resilient and expanding network of diverse enterprises, operating at different scales across the food system, will be key to achieving this Vision.

Members of the Food Solutions New England network's Core Team will lead an interactive discussion with local business leaders. We will learn from businesses who are already contributing to the “50 by 60” Vision as well as those who are considering how they can get involved. We will explore critical questions including: What do businesses need to be successful in the emerging New England food system? What kinds of state, local, and federal policies would make success for existing and new enterprises most likely and attract more entrepreneurs and resources?  How can the Food Solutions New England network join forces with the Sustainable Business Network and other business and economic development networks to develop shared goals and strategies for collaboration?

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UNITE: The Problem with Play 
Thursday, June 30
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 
BSA Space, 290 Congress St, Boston

Design Museum Boston's quarterly UNITE panel discussion event for summer of 2016 will be focused around the barriers of play. Our panel of experts will delve into how play is related to design, psychology, parenting, architecture, and development, and the ways in which we can design a more playful future. Panelists Include: Peter Gray Professor of Psychology, Boston College Lillian Hsu Director of Public Art, CambridgeArts Michael Laris Director of Product Development and Strategy, Playworld Moderator:Cheri RuaneVP of Landscape Architecture SPURR, President of Boston Society of Landscape Architects Taking place at the Extraordinary Playscapes exhibition at theBSA Spaceand sponsored by theBoston Society of Landscape Architects, Summers UNITE will provide a playful look into the impact that design can have on childhood development. Join us for an evening of networking, light refreshments, and plenty of great design conversation!

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Innovation: Tips on How to Implement Ideas
Thursday, June 30
6:45 PM – 7:45 PM
Cambridge Innovative Center, Venture Café (Havana), 5th Floor, 1 Broadway, Cambridge

A panel of innovators who have had successful products or services will share tips on what it takes to implement an idea. Panelists include Michael Burtov who recently raised over $1 million on Kickstarter for the GeoOrbital electric bike wheel, Chis Haid who with fellow MIT engineering students is now building and selling an automated 3D Printer, and Alexandra Lee, director of the Kendall Square Association, who has led a number of community-wide projects, including the year-long Golden Gate 75th Anniversary Celebration. Moderator Sarah Boisvert, is a serial entrepreneur whose first startup built and sold lasers, including the laser for LASIK eye surgery, and laser-based machine tools. Sarah will help the panel delve into the nitty-gritty involved in implementing ideas, which is where real innovation occurs.


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The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right
Thursday, June 30
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes Professor of Law at Columbia Law School MICHAEL J. GRAETZ and Pulitzer Prize–winner LINDA GREENHOUSE for a discussion of their book The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right.
About The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right

A fresh and revelatory look at the Warren Burger Supreme Court finds that it was not a “moderate” or transitional court, as often portrayed, but a conservative one that still defines the constitutional landscape we live in today.

When Richard Nixon campaigned for the presidency in 1968 he promised to change the Supreme Court. With four appointments to the court, including Warren E. Burger as the chief justice, he did just that. In 1969, the Burger Court succeeded the famously liberal Warren Court, which had significantly expanded civil liberties and was despised by conservatives across the country.

The Burger Court is often described as a “transitional” court between the liberal Warren Court and the Rehnquist and Roberts Courts, a court where little of importance happened. But as Michael J. Graetz and Linda Greenhouse show, the Burger Court veered well to the right in such areas as criminal law, race, and corporate power. Even while declaring a right to abortion in Roe v. Wade, it drew the line at government funding for poor women. The authors excavate the roots of the most significant Burger Court decisions and show how their legacy affects us today.

The most comprehensive evaluation of the Burger Supreme Court ever written for a general audience,The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right draws on the personal papers of the justices as well as other archives to reveal how the Court shaped its major decisions. It will surprise even legal scholars and historians with its insights into a period that has received too little attention from either.


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Wednesday, July 6
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Why Microbes Matter
Wednesday, July 6
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Auditorium, 415 Main Street, Cambridge

Microbes influence nearly every aspect of our lives. Though they have gotten a bad rap for causing disease, our bugs can protect us from disease, feed us, and they might even affect the way we think!  We are also learning how human activity, including the use of antibiotics, has influenced our microbes with profound implications for human health.  I will discuss some of the modern ways that we investigate microbes and what these investigations are telling us about why our microbes — and what we do to them! —matter.

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Autism spectrum disorders: genetics of an evolving diagnosis
Wednesday, July 6
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
Broad Institute: Auditorium, 415 Main Street, Cambridge

Elise Robinson
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are diagnosed far more frequently today than they were 20 years ago, and people with a diagnosis of ASD differ enormously in their behavior and abilities. Dr. Robinson will introduce recent findings from ASD genetics studies and discuss changes in the ASD diagnostic landscape.

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Thursday, July 7
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Boston TechBreakfast: YooGloo Inc, HeadsUP!, and More!
Thursday, July 7
8:00 AM
Microsoft NERD, Horace Mann Room, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Interact with your peers in a monthly morning breakfast meetup. At this monthly breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share learn from their peers through show and tell / show-case style presentations.
And yes, this is free! Thank our sponsors when you see them :)

Agenda for Boston TechBreakfast:
8:00 - 8:15 - Get yer Food & Coffee and chit-chat 
8:15 - 8:20 - Introductions, Sponsors, Announcements 
8:20 - ~9:30 - Showcases and Shout-Outs! 
YooGloo Inc: YooGloo - Joe Pulcinella
HeadsUP!: - Arnab Raychaudhuri
~9:30 - end - Final "Shout Outs" & Last Words

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EnergyBar!
Thursday, July 7
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street, Somerville

EnergyBar is Greentown Labs' monthly networking event devoted to helping people in clean technology meet and discuss innovations in energy technology. Entrepreneurs, investors, students, and ‘friends of cleantech,’ are invited to attend, meet colleagues, and expand our growing regional clean technology community. 
Our attendees typically span a variety of disciplines within energy, efficiency, and renewables. In general, if you're looking for a job in cleantech or energy, trying to expand your network, or perhaps thinking about starting your own energy-related company this is the event for you. Expect to have conversations about issues facing advanced and renewable energy technologies and ways to solve our most pressing energy problems. 

Light appetizers and drinks will be served starting at 5:30 pm. Suggested dress is shop floor casual. Parking is incredibly limited at Greentown Labs and we encourage attendees to consider taking advantage of public transportation. 
Hope to see you there! 

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Freight Farms HQ Farm Tour & Open House
Friday, July 1
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)
Freight Farms HQ, 840 Summer Street, Boston

Have you been curious about what it would be like to be a freight farmer? The first Friday of every month we host an educational event for prospective customers and interested community members. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet the Freight Farms team and participate in these interactive sessions:  Leafy Green Machine (LGM) Tour, presentation on the LGM and what it means to become a small business farmer, and group discussion on finding potential buyers as well as marketing your project!
Space is limited so be sure to register to secure a spot!

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Ped101 - Learn how to advocate for change in your own community 
Monday, July 11
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 
WalkBoston, 45 School Street, Old City Hall, Boston

In 2016, WalkBoston is rolling out free, beginner pedestrian advocacy trainings weve titled "Ped 101, and we'd love you to come! Our goal is to help build the constituency of people that are comfortable to speak up for walking in their own community. Sessions are a small group, guided conversation and take place in our conference room - so please make sure to sign up in advance. Please feel free to bring a lunch for the mid-day sessions; well have beer or wine for the after work happy hour sessions.This session is helpful if you're interested in learning about: walkability, urbanism & the associated lingo(what's a "tight turning radius"?), making neighborhoods safer for people walking & running, how you can advocate for change in your own community. 

Dates/times:  Wednesday, July 20th, 5:30-6:30pmTuesday, August 16th, 12-1pmMonday, August 22nd, 5:30-6:30pm FAQs I'm interested, but not able to make any of these sessions! Will you schedule more?We're happy to try and schedule additional times, or tackle any questions you may have. Contact Brendan below. I'm interested, but not able to make it to downtown Boston!If you would like to host a session (i.e. you have a group, neighbors or co-workers that would be interested), we can bring the discussion and presentation to you! Contact Brendan below. How do I get to the WalkBoston office? WalkBoston is located in Old City Hall, at 45 School Street, Boston, MA 02108. We're in the basement of the building, and the easiest way to get here is to come in from the Court Square entrance (the rear of the building - our door is immediately on the left as you enter). We're a short walk from the MBTA Orange/Blue line (State Street) or Red/Green line (Park Street). Where can I contact the organizer with any questions? Any questions, get in touch with Brendan Kearney, our Communications Manager.

Email:  bkearney@walkboston.org office phone: (617) 367-9255 or tweet to us @walkboston

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CITYSPLASH 2016
Tuesday, July 12
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)
Fiedler Dock, Fiedler Field, Esplanade, Boston
SWIM THE CHARLES with the Charles River Conservancy!

Join us for our fourth consecutive year of swimming in the Charles! This year's CitySplash event will be on Tuesday, July 12 from 2-6pm. The rain date for this event is Tuesday, July 26.

We'll be swimming at the Fiedler Dock, at Fiedler Field, near the Hatch Shell on the Boston Esplanade. See a map of the location with event information and transportation options. All swimmers must be age 10 and up. A bag-check and bike lock-up area will be available to store personal items.

Please no flips off of the dock, no inflatable flotation devices, and your dog is welcome to come - but he will have to stay on dry land!

Registration is required and donations are warmly welcomed! 

For more information, visit thecharles.org/swimmable-charles, or contact Kelsey Pramik: kpramik@thecharles.org | 617-300-8164

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Tech, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll 2016
Tuesday July 12
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT 
BU, Metcalf Hall, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Annual networking event that celebrates the intersection of technology, medical and business communities.

Contact:  Susan Mulrean, TDRR Event Coordinator
Boston University
617-353-6300

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Mass Innovation Nights #88 
Tuesday, July 12
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM 
LogMeIn, 320 Summer Street, Boston

We are back again atLogMeInfor our next event, MIN #88! But wait, prepare to be even more impressed than before, this is LogMeIn's brand NEW, SUPER SLEEK location in Boston's Fort Point. It is the same street (just the other side of the street).10 innovative products are ready to showcase on TUESDAY (yes, TUESDAY)July 12th!  Check out our website:http://bit.ly/MiN88

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On the weekend of July 16 & 17th at Microsoft NERD in Cambridge we will be having a weekend event centered around Application Programming Interfaces.  If you have a work or home project that leverages API's, and are interested in presenting, then please let me know.  Talks can be any length.  If that weekend does not work, please note that there will be evening lectures over the next few months on API's.

For those who are new to API’s, these are being leveraged across many industries, and as such this event will have workshops to help participants learn how to access API’s; as well as on creating “data products” whether blogs, web applications, or the like. The event will have a special track devoted to “Civic Tech” and “Citizen Data Science”. The Programmable Web site provides good coverage of API’s, and beyond that there are many sites focused on specific applications.

API Categories
Social Media Top Ten API’s (article and review)
Machine Learning APIs (article and review)
Music API’s from Music Machinery
Federal Government

Many thanks to Microsoft NERD for hosting us!!!  Please let me know if you have any questions, and/or are interested in giving a talk!
John Verostek:  johnverostek@yahoo.com

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The Summer of 2016 there will be a special issue of the journal Socialism and Democracy (http://sdonline.org/) on Energy Transition, with an emphasis on renewable energy, including wind, solar, and biomass.

We are looking for reviewers of one or more articles. We are also seeking people who could send us reviews of relevant books, for this issue.

Weimin Tchen

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Solarize Somerville is a go! 
Hello neighbors--
On this cold winter day, I'm delighted to share the sunny news that Somerville MA has been chosen by the MassCEC (Clean Energy Center) to be a Solarize Mass community! You can see the announcement here:
State energy officials today announced the selection of the first five communities to participate in Solarize Mass for 2016.  The new municipalities participating in the community-based solar energy group-buying program that lowers overall costs of installing solar electric systems include Somerville and Natick, as well as Shelburne, Colrain and Conway, which have joined as a trio of partner communities....

You can learn more about the MassCEC and the SolarizeMass program at: www.solarizemass.com .
As the announcement has just been made, we don't have a lot of additional information at this time. But this selection means that we can now work with the city and the state to help residents of Somerville to decide if solar is a suitable option for them and their homes or businesses. We'll be developing and sharing educational materials, we'll have events to help people learn more and get questions answered, and we will help people to understand the processes associated with generating local, artisanal electrons.

Officially I'm the "Solar Coach" for Somerville. I am a point of contact to help people with basic solar PV issues and incentives. I'm working with folks from the city who will manage the overall project. This is a joint effort by the Office of Sustainability and Environment, with director Oliver Sellers-Garcia, and the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development with Russell Koty.

As a Coach, I am a volunteer organizer and am not authorized to speak as a spokesperson on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or MassCEC. My job is to help people to understand the program once it's in place, and to answer questions that my neighbors may have as they consider the options. Things outside of my wheelhouse will be directed to the folks who can answer them.

You can contact me here with questions, or soon we'll have some information resources with more details. If you might want to volunteer to be on the outreach team. let me know.

Mary Mangan
Solar Coach Volunteer
[vendors should not contact me, I'm not supposed to have contact with them prior to the proposal process]

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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.

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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).

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Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents

Solar map of Cambridge, MA

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Hey Cambridge residents!

Did you know the City of Cambridge is trying to win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize? It was created to develop a cleaner and more efficient energy future. Energy efficiency and conservation are the best ways to save energy and minimize environmental impact. In that effort, Cambridge is hoping all residents will get a no-cost energy assessment in order to make their homes more efficient and comfortable. Let us know you're interested here: http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/sign-up-for-an-assessment

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

Again, let us know you're interested here: http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/sign-up-for-an-assessment and someone will be in contact with you shortly to give you personally tailored contact information on how you can get your no-cost home energy assessment. Renters are also eligible!

Any action to save energy in the home will help Cambridge win this competition while protecting the environment. For additional ideas on how to save energy, please see the Cambridge Energy Alliance website at http://cambridgeenergyalliance.org/resources/interactivehome

Please share with your Cambridge friends and family and ask them to get a free energy assessment!

Want to be more involved? Become a neighborhood Block Captain! Block Captains help their community members sign up for and complete no-cost home energy assessments through the MassSave program. Our team will give you the tools and guidance needed to recruit neighbors to get an assessment and improve the efficiency of their homes. Participation is welcome at whatever level you are able to commit to.
If you are interested in becoming a Block Captain, please fill out the form at http://tinyurl.com/blockcaptainsurvey and someone from the Cambridge Energy Alliance will be in contact with you shortly. If you know someone who might be interested, please let them know about this opportunity!

Questions? Contact jnahigian@cambridgema.gov

Cambridge Energy Alliance
@cambenergy 

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Sunny Cambridge has just launched! Sunny Cambridge is the city-wide initiative that makes it easy for all types of residents to get solar power for their homes. Cambridge has lined up local solar installers through the EnergySage Solar Marketplace, which helps you request, receive, and compare solar quotes 100% online with support available every step of the way.

The City of Cambridge is working on many levels to reduce energy use and GHG emissions to make the city more sustainable. As a semifinalist in the nationwide competition for the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize, Cambridge Energy Alliance is encouraging residents to take actions to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Get involved by signing up for a no-cost home energy assessment at the Cambridge Energy Alliance home page (www.cambridgeenergyalliance.org/winit)
and going solar at http://www.sunnycambridge.org 

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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@sbnboston.org

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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

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The Boston Network for International Development (BNID) maintains a website (BNID.org) that serves as a clearing-house for information on organizations, events, and jobs related to international development in the Boston area. BNID has played an important auxiliary role in fostering international development activities in the Boston area, as witnessed by the expanding content of the site and a significant growth in the number of users.
The website contains:
A calendar of Boston area events and volunteer opportunities related to International Development - http://www.bnid.org/events
A jobs board that includes both internships and full time positions related to International Development that is updated daily - http://www.bnid.org/jobs
A directory and descriptions of more than 250 Boston-area organizations - http://www.bnid.org/organizations
Also, please sign up for our weekly newsletter (we promise only one email per week) to get the most up-to-date information on new job and internship opportunities -www.bnid.org/sign-up
The website is completely free for students and our goal is to help connect students who are interested in international development with many of the worthwhile organizations in the area.
Please feel free to email our organization at info@bnid.org if you have any questions!

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BASEN / Boston Solidarity Network Economy:  http://ba-sen.tumblr.com
Bostonsmart.com's Guide to Boston:  http://www.bostonsmarts.com/BostonGuide/

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Links to events at over 50 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
MIT Events:  http://events.mit.edu
Sustainability at Harvard:  http://green.harvard.edu/events
Microsoft NERD Center:  http://microsoftcambridge.com/Events/
Startup and Entrepreneurial Events:  http://www.greenhornconnect.com/events/
Cambridge Civic Journal:  http://www.rwinters.com
Cambridge Happenings:   http://cambridgehappenings.org

Cambridge Community Calendar:  https://www.cctvcambridge.org/calendar