Sunday, June 27, 2010

Energy (and Other) Events - June 27, 2010


Creating an Enduring Commons

Lewis Hyde, Berkman Fellow

Tuesday, June 29, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person (
This event will be webcast live ( at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after.

Lewis Hyde's talk will be drawn from a book he has just finished, Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership. One thesis of the book is that the founding generation in the United States hoped to establish a cultural commons of art and ideas, a lively public domain of created works that all of us use because nobody controls it. What has become apparent in recent years is that the founders did not leave us with any good way to protect this commons. The public domain has turned out to be highly vulnerable to private capture. How might this vulnerability be reduced? How might an unguarded public domain be converted into a rule-governed and thus durable cultural commons?

About Lewis
Lewis Hyde is a poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic with a particular interest in the public life of the imagination. His 1983 book, The Gift, illuminates and defends the non-commercial portion of artistic practice. Trickster Makes This World(1998) uses a group of ancient myths to argue for the kind of disruptive intelligence all cultures need if they are to remain lively, flexible, and open to change. Hyde is currently at work on a book about our “cultural commons,” that vast store of ideas, inventions, and works of art that we have inherited from the past and continue to produce.

A MacArthur Fellow and former director of undergraduate creative writing at Harvard University, Hyde teaches during the fall semesters at Kenyon College, where he is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing. During the rest of the year he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.



Tech Tuesday

MA Technology Leadership Council

Event Details

• Date: 6/29/10
• Location: Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142
• Time: 6-8pm
• Audience: Tech
• Description: If you're looking for talent, clients or to just spread the word about what you are doing, join us for this Tech Tuesday. You'll have an opportunity for a fast-pitch shout-out to the audience of fellow geeks, tech savvy professionals, DIY-ers, and other industry luminaries at this high energy informal gathering.

New in 2010 - Office Hours
In addition, we are continuing our 2010 Entrepreneurial Series with Office Hours. The short sessions with well known industry connectors will provide premier access for Entrepreneurs in search of advice on how to move their idea and or company forward. Office hours are reserved time slots and you must apply in advance to reserve your spot.

Gubernatorial Forum on the Environment, June 29, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street, Boston

Transition House Greening Kickoff – Presentation of plans to green the emergency shelter for families experiencing domestic violence and fundraising event; called The Green Door Campaign. June 29, Athenaeum Building, 1st floor, 215 First St., Cambridge. Music, cocktails, food, silent auction. See for more info.

Links to events at over 30 colleges and universities at Hubevents (
Thanks to Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the Boston Area (

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