Sunday, May 29, 2011

Energy (and Other) Events - May 29, 2011

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

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My notes from three recent presentations on the Arab Spring are at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/05/13/975618/-Notes-on-the-Arab-Spring

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Monday, May 30, 2011
Archiprix International
Time: 9:00a–8:00p
This event occurs daily through June 7, 2011.
Location: 7-431, and in the corridors surrounding the Lobby 7 dome on the fourth floor

A global design competition for the world's best thesis projects in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture, including an exhibit of all 300 entries and a series of design workshops for 100 of the represented students.

Web site: http://www.archiprix.org/2011/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): School of Architecture and Planning
For more information, contact:
Alexander D'Hooghe
617 308 7386
adhooghe@mit.edu

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Monday May 30, 2011 — 8pm at Middlesex Lounge
315 Mass Ave, Cambridge In Central Square
Boston Nerd Night: Psychopaths and Slot Machines
$5

Featuring Nerd-appropriate tunes by Claude Money

Talk 1. “Free Money: The Art and Science of Beatable Slot Machines”

by Zach Alexander

Talk 2. “Stalking the Sasquatch; Or, Are There Psychopaths Among Us?”
by John Fennel

http://boston.nerdnite.com/2011/05/23/nerdnite-may-30-psychopaths-and-slot-machines/ for more information about the speakers and the talks.

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Communicating Trustworthiness - Drivers of Online Trust
Miriam Meckel, University of St. Gallen
Tuesday, May 31, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar (ashar@cyber.law.harvard.edu)
This event will be webcast (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast) live at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site shortly after.

User trust has been identified as a key success factor of online business: A user's willingness to provide personal data is a prerequisite for online transactions. Research has shown that this willingness is based on the perceived trustworthiness of the transaction partner. While antecedents of online trust have been studied extensively from a marketing and information systems perspective very little is known about the role of corporate communication in online trust management. Our studies in this field based on qualitative and quantitative analysis (indepth interviews and standardized sampling) examine trust in online businesses distinguished by industries and business models. We identify 9 core drivers of online trust from a corporate communication's as well as the user's perspective and differentiate the contribution of the corporate communication function to these drivers. Communicating trustworthiness is more than luck of the draw. It is based on an approach of strategic communication based on premises that will become increasingly important in digital life.

About Miriam
Miriam Meckel, PhD., holds a professorship for Corporate Communication at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and is the Managing Director of the Institute for Media and Communication Management (since 2005). She is also an adviser for Public Affairs and Business Communication.

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Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Interdisciplinary Workshop on Information and Decision in Social Networks
Speaker: Daron Acemoglu (MIT), Nicholas Christakis (Harvard), Martin Nowak (Harvard), Sandy Pentland (MIT)
Time: 8:30a–6:00p
Location: E14-674
Recent technological and mathematical developments have opened the possibility to considerably improve our understanding of how information flows and decisions are made in large social networks. In this workshop, we bring together researchers from different communities working on information propagation and decision making in social networks to investigate both rigorous models that highlight capabilities and limitations of such networks as well as empirical and simulations studies of how people exchange information, influence each other, make decisions and develop social interactions.

This workshop is being organized by the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems. Pre-registration is required.

Web site: http://wids.lids.mit.edu/
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): LIDS Events Calendar
For more information, contact:
Jennifer Donovan
617-253-2142
jdonovan@mit.edu

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Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Innovation Series Event: Offshore Wind in New England: Lessons Learned, The Way Forward
Speaker: Ian Bowles, former Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
Time: 5:30p–9:00p
Location: 32-123
The north-east US is one of the world?s premier opportunities for offshore wind energy ? a 1000 mile coastline with a wide continental shelf on one side and major population centers on the other. Offshore wind technology continues to advance, but Cape Wind?s experience in developing the first major offshore site in the US has shown us that the challenges to further development are political and social, as well as economic.

What are the prospects and the challenges? Where do we go from here?

Web site: http://www.mitforumcambridge.org/events/june-innovation-series-event-on-the-the-future-of-offshore-wind-in-the-north-east/
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free to students with a valid ID
Tickets: http://www.mitforumcambridge.org/events/june-innovation-series-event-on-the-the-future-of-offshore-wind-in-the-north-east/
Sponsor(s): MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge
For more information, contact:
Amy Goggins
617-253-3937
entforumcambridge@mit.edu

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Eli Pariser explains
The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
7:00 PM
Location
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store is very pleased to welcome former executive director and current board president of MoveOn.org ELI PARISER as he discusses his new book, The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from Us.

In December 2009, Google began customizing its search results for each user. Instead of giving you the most broadly popular result, Google now tries to predict what you are most likely to click on. According to Eli Pariser, Google's change in policy is symptomatic of the most significant shift to take place on the Web in recent years—the rise of personalization. In this investigation of the new hidden Web, Pariser uncovers how this growing trend threatens to control how we consume and share information as a society.

Though the phenomenon has gone largely undetected until now, personalized filters are sweeping the Web, creating individual universes of information for each of us. Facebook—the primary news source for an increasing number of Americans—prioritizes the links it believes will appeal to you so that if you are a liberal, you can expect to see only progressive links. Even an old-media bastion like The Washington Post devotes the top of its home page to a news feed with the links your Facebook friends are sharing. Behind the scenes a burgeoning industry of data companies is tracking your personal information to sell to advertisers, from your political leanings to the color you painted your living room to the hiking boots you just browsed on Zappos.

In a personalized world, we will increasingly be typed and fed only news that is pleasant, familiar, and confirms our beliefs—and because these filters are invisible, we won't know what is being hidden from us. Our past interests will determine what we are exposed to in the future, leaving less room for the unexpected encounters that spark creativity, innovation, and the democratic exchange of ideas.
General Info
(617) 661-1515
info@harvard.com

Media Inquiries
(617) 661-1424 x1
rbcass@harvard.com

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In a special Green Innovators in Business Network "Growing GIBN" webinar on June 2 at 12pm ET, Farron Levy, founder and president of True Impact, will join us to talk about his efforts to define measures and develop tools to track the "Triple Bottom Line."
Farron will talk about how True Impact approaches the problem of motivating and measuring beyond-compliance activities and demonstrate an online tool they have developed. Together, we'll discuss experiences with these issues and how these types of tools are helpful for sharingbest practices and develop benchmarks.

Date: June 2, 2011
Time: 12pm ET
Register for the webinar online at: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=d3gf09raxycc

Dial-in at (760) 569-9000, code: 160031#

True Impact (http://www.trueimpact.com) provides web-based tools and consulting services to help organizations quantify the social, financial, and environmental return on investment (ROI) of their corporate citizenship activities. True Impact's "triple bottom line" evaluations have been adopted by Allstate, Deloitte, GE, Home Depot, PNC Bank, and Verizon among others.

About Farron Levy
Farron Levy, founder and president of True Impact, was previously a consultant with social auditing firm SmithOBrien and economic consultancy Industrial Economics, Inc; and has served as an advisor to City Year, New Profit, and CitySoft. He is on the faculty of Boston College's Center for Corporate Citizenship, where he teaches coursework on ROI evaluation. Farron earned an MPP from Harvard University, and a BS with university honors from Carnegie Mellon University.

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PechaKucha Boston 6/2 at 6:00pm
FREE ADMISSION!

An event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for "chit chat", it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds.

OBERON is located at 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge MA, 02138

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Coming to Boston....
Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time
Join us at the Stuart Street Playhouse!
See the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy at the Stuart Street Playhouse in Boston! Green Fire shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement.

The film also illustrates Leopold's continuing influence, exploring current projects that connect people and land at the local level. Meet urban children in Chicago learning about local foods and ecological restoration. Meet ranchers in Arizona and New Mexico who maintain healthy landscapes by working on their own properties, and with their neighbors, in cooperative community conservation efforts. Meet wildlife biologists who are bringing threatened and endangered species, from cranes to Mexican wolves, back to the landscapes where they once thrived. Viewers will learn how Leopold's vision of a community that cares about both people and land ties all of these modern conservation stories together, and offers inspiration and insight for the future.

DATE: Thursday, June 2, 2011
TIME: Doors open at 6:00pm; remarks and film begin at 6:30pm
LOCATION: Stuart Street Playhouse
ADDRESS: 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
TICKETS: Available through Brown Paper Tickets, $8 advance/$10 door
MORE INFORMATION: http://www.greenfiremovie.com

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6/2/2011
Discussion/Signing - John Quackenbush
The Human Genome: Book of Essential Knowledge (Curiosity Guides). The DNA sequence that comprises the human genome--the genetic blueprint found in each of our cells--is undoubtedly the greatest code ever to be broken. Completed at the dawn of a new millennium, the feat electrified both the scientific community and the general public with its tantalizing promise of new and better treatments for countless diseases, including Alzheimer's, cancer, diabetes, and Parkinson's. Yet what is arguably the most important discovery of our time has also opened a Pandora's box of questions about who we are as humans and how the unique information stored in our genomes can and might be used, making it all the more important for everyone to understand the new science of genomics.
Time: 07:00 PM-08:00 PM
Location: Level 3
Recurrence: One Time Event
Place: Harvard Coop, Harvard Square

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Friday, June 03, 2011
Sustainable Design at MIT: Active Owner Engagement Leads to High Performance Buildings
Time: 3:15p–5:00p
Location: 10-250
Join this special Tech Reunions panel for an invigorating update about new campus green buildings and the sustainable design strategies being put into place. The panel will explore the critical role an active, engaged building owner (in this case MIT) can have in shaping the performance of the completed building and its energy efficiency.

Panelists include:
Representing the lead designer's perspective:
Lynne Brooks, AIA, LEED, Principal, Bruner/Cott Architects and Planners

Representing the engineering designer's perspective: Edward D. Allen, P.E., LEED AP, Vice President, van Zelm Engineers
and the owner's perspective:
Walt Henry, P.E. , Director, Systems Engineering Group, MIT Department of Facilities

Moderated by Steve Lanou MCP '98, MIT's Deputy Director, Environmental Sustainability.
Alumni, students and MIT Community members not attending reunions are welcome to attend, but seating is limited. Please email alumnienergy@mit.edu if you'd like to register to attend.

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free

Tickets: email alumnienergy@mit.edu

Sponsor(s): MIT Alumni Association

For more information, contact:
Christine Tempesta
617-253-8222
alumnienergy@mit.edu

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32nd ANNUAL CAMBRIDGE RIVER FESTIVAL
Saturday, June 4, 2011, 12:00 Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Rain or Shine!

Join us for this one-day celebration of the arts, attracting 200,000 annually. This FREE event along the banks of the Charles River features jazz, folk, Latin and world music performances, dance, art demonstrations, family art-making activities and over 100 specialty food purveyors and craftspeople!

Riverbend Park, Memorial Drive

http://www2.cambridgema.gov/CAC/Community/2011_Cambridge_River_Fest.cfm

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The FuturICT Flagship - A talk with Prof. Dirk Helbing
what Discussion, Workshop
when 2011-06-06 from 18:00 to 20:30
where swissnex Boston, 420 Broadway, 02138 Cambridge, MA
contact name Sabine Ledermann
contact email sabine@swissnexboston.org

Discover an European Platform to mitigate techno-socio-economic crises!
Today, we know more about the universe than about our society. It's time to use the power of information to explore social and economic life on Earth and discover options for a sustainable future. Together, we can manage the challenges of the 21st century, combining the best of all knowledge. Please join us for a unique and fascinating lecture about the future with modern information technology with Prof. Helbing*.

The ultimate goal of the FuturICT flagship project is to understand and manage complex, global, socially interactive systems, with a focus on sustainability and resilience. Revealing the hidden laws and processes underlying societies probably constitutes the most pressing scientific grand challenge of our century and is equally important for the development of novel robust, trustworthy and adaptive information and communication technologies (ICT), based on socially inspired approaches.
Integrating ICT, Complexity Science and the Social Sciences will create a paradigm shift, facilitating a symbiotic co-evolution of ICT and society. Data from our complex globe-spanning ICT system will be leveraged to develop models of techno-socio-economic systems. In turn, insights from these models will inform the development of a new generation of socially adaptive, self-organized ICT systems.

FuturICT as a whole will act as a Knowledge Accelerator, turning massive data into knowledge and technological progress. In this way, FuturICT will create the scientific methods and ICT platforms needed to address planetary-scale challenges and opportunities in the 21st century. Specifically, FuturICT will build a sophisticated simulation, visualization and participation platform, called the Living Earth Platform. This platform will power Crisis Observatories, to detect and mitigate crises, and Participatory Platforms, to support the decision-making of policy-makers, managers, and citizens.
Swiss style reception to follow.
Please R.S.V.P., seats are limited!

*Dirk Helbing was born on January 19, 1965. He studied Physics and Mathematics, but was always interested in other fields of science as well. In the year 2000, he became Professor and Managing Director of the Institute for Transport & Economics at Dresden University of Technology, and in 2007 he was appointed Professor of Sociology, in particular of Modeling and Simulation, at ETH Z├╝rich. Since 2008, he is elected member of the German Academy of Sciences "Leopoldina".
More than 200 publications in different scientific fields, 300 talks and more than 300 reports in the public media reflect his wide field of interest, reaching from traffic science over crowds and disaster management to biologically inspired logistics. He also had projects with Xerox PARC, Volkswagen, SCA Packaging, Siemens, PTV, further companies, and various foundations.

Helbings's team developed a traffic assistance system and patented the principle of a self-organized traffic light control, which implements massively parallel, decentralized control concepts for the optimization of traffic flows. The resulting increase of performance and the higher flexibility are based on latest developments in the understanding of complex systems. Companies and societies are other examples of such complex systems. This is also the reason why Dirk Helbing is interested in sociology.
Apart from developing information portals to accelerate scientific innovation, he is particularly interested in techno-social systems, which will determine the future of Web2.0. Furthermore, he is the chairman of the newly established ETH Competence Center "Coping with Crises in Complex Socio-Economic Systems", which will develop computer models of crisis scenarios and finally provide decision support for politics and economy.

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*Skillshare: Time Banking in the Time Trade Circle****
Monday, June 6
6-8:30PM*
The NonProfit Center by South Station
Looking for an alternative economy? Need a ride to the airport, help with your garden or a massage? This workshop will talk about time banking - exchanging services based on time - and tell you all about the Time Trade Circle (TTC), a local time bank with 800+ members all over the greater metro-Boston and Eastern-Mass area. The workshop will explain how to join if you are interested, and forms will be available. I'll explain how time banking is different from bartering, how our local Time Trade Circle time bank works, what kinds of services people trade, and how members participate through their online account.
www.TimeTradeCircle.org
*Learn more and RSVP:** *http://www.sojust.org/events/17664391/* *(bring your own dinner)

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ew England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP) Conference/Workshop Volunteer Opportunities

June 07, 2011 8:00a–8:00p

The conference/workshop will focus on presenting balanced information relevant to issues of importance to individuals and communities affected by wind energy proposals throughout New England, including environmental and economic benefits as well as siting concerns. Our goal is to ensure that participants know where to go to obtain the latest research, identify areas where more research is needed, and identify strategies for continuing the NEWEEP effort.

This one-day conference/workshop will start with presentations and discussion panels. In addition, facilitated breakout sessions will allow participants to collectively brainstorm issues associated with wind development, siting, and permitting, and to identify areas where more credible research is needed and how to oversee and fund it.

NEWEEP's premise is that wind energy has benefits and that responsibly-sited wind power has a role to play in New England, but, not every place is the right place for wind generation. NEWEEP's mission is to seek and make available the best information possible to support good decisions.

Category: lectures/conferences

Location: Best Western Royal Plaza, Marlborough, MA

Sponsored by: MIT Energy Campus Events

Admission: Open to the public

For more information: Contact Kathryn Craddock

kcraddock@seadvantage.com

http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/newengland/neweep/index.asp

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June 10, 2011
New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable:
Better Integrating Policy, Planning, and Electricity Markets in New England

Raab Associates presents:
The 123rd NE Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
Date: Friday, June 10, 2011
Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Foley Hoag LLP
155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

June 10, 2011
New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
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Better Integrating Policy, Planning,
and Electricity Markets in New England

New England has spent nearly two decades restructuring its electric utility industry, and developing more competitive market structures, ostensibly to bring enhanced benefits to customers. During the same time period, federal, state, and even local governments have developed a multitude of energy policies to encourage the development of particular resources, such as energy efficiency, demand response, and renewable energy (think RPS, energy efficiency and renewable energy system benefit charges, demand response initiatives), while discouraging other resources (think RGGI, various environmental regulations, etc.). Other types of policies and planning frameworks impact the choice between building more wires or more resources. Some states are even putting out RFPs to develop very specific types of resources. This Roundtable will explore the tensions between the desire for both workable markets and a variety of public policy objectives, and will consider how we can move forward to forge a more workable system here in New England.

Our first panel takes a step back from the specific struggles within New England to explore how these issues are playing out on the ground nationally, providing some bold ideas for New Englanders to consider. Former FERC Commissioner Nora Brownell will kick off the panel by discussing how markets can successfully accommodate a wide range of policy/planning objectives. Rich Sedano, Principal at the Regulatory Assistance Project, will share work RAP is currently undertaking to redefine the way markets and policy/planning should be integrated in pursuit of "Responsive Resources." Finally, Mauricio del Valle, Vice President, Global Power and Utility Group, Morgan Stanley, will provide some reality-testing from Wall Street about what's actually needed from markets and policy to get energy projects funded and built.

Our second panel focuses specifically on the current situation in New England, and offers some thoughts on what we should do over the next five to ten years to better integrate electricity markets and policy/planning. Leading off the panel will be Gordon van Welie, President/CEO of ISO New England, which is responsible for keeping the lights on and operating the markets in the face of increasing complexity. Massachusetts DPU Chair Ann Berwick will provide a state regulatory perspective, followed by Daniel Weekley, Vice President of Government Affairs at Dominion Resources, who will provide a generator perspective (and reflect on Dominion's just-announced decision to close Salem Harbor). Rounding out the panel will be Mary Healey, Consumer Counsel for the State of Connecticut and immediate past president of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates.

The Restructuring Roundtables are free and open to the public. Advanced registration is not required.

The Restructuring Roundtable has been meeting bimonthly since 1995, to discuss current topics related to revolutionary changes in the electric power industry in Massachusetts and throughout New England. It is supported by over 25 generous sponsors.

Jonathan Raab, Ph.D, moderator of the Roundtable, is president of Raab Associates, Ltd, a Boston-based mediation and facilitation firm specializing in energy and environmental issues. He also teaches the sustainable energy policy class at MIT.

Raab Associates, 118 South St. 3A, Boston, MA 02111
tel. 617-350-5544 fax 617-350-6655
http://www.RaabAssociates.org

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Greater Boston Connected and Consequential Conference: June 10, 11 and 12
June 10 & 11 Egan Center, Northeastern University
June 12 Design Studio for Social Intervention?

A place for artists and other creative thinkers and practitioners to gather and explore the intersection of art and other fields, including Health, Nature, Consumption and Justice. Through case studies and moderated discussions, conference participants will?learn how artists and their collaborators are using their creativity and finely honed skills to intervene in the major issues of our time to produce positive social outcomes.? The proceedings will focus on the best ways to develop successful?"integrated or hybrid?practices", including the role of collaboration, research, technology and sustainability.

The conference is free, but please pre-register online at
http://www.artistsincontext.org/index.php/connected-a-consequential/greater-boston/greater-boston-conference.html

Friday, June 10 at Northeastern University, Egan Center,120 Forsyth Street,
Boston, MA 02115
6:30-8:30 p.m. Stories from the Field, with artists and community practitioners Gail Burton, New Freedwoman Project; Michael Dowling, Medicine Wheel Productions; Mariama White-Hammond, Project Hip Hop; Andi Sutton, National Bitter Melon Council; John Osorio-Buck; moderated by Kenneth Bailey, Design
Studio for Social Intervention

Saturday, June 11 at Northeastern University, Egan Center,120 Forsyth Street, Boston, MA 02115
8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Introductory Remarks and Video, Marie Cieri and Louisa McCall, Artists in Context

9:15 a.m. Jeremy Nobel, Art and Healing
Jeremy Nobel is an Adjuncy Lecturer on Health Policy and Management Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health and President and Founder, Foundation for Art and Healing

9:30-10:30 a.m. Case Study: SUGAR and Story Circles with artist Robbie McCauley
Moderated by Jeremy Nobel, the discussion of story circles and their impact on diabetics, attitude, care-taking and healing will include Sharon Jackson, Mattapan Community Health Center, and Kathryn, a story circle participant. The case study will also examine how community interest and desire for this type of engagement are determined.

10:35-11:35 a.m. Case Study: Ideas Team with Artistic Director of Artlink, Edinburgh, Alison Stirling, and artists Kelly Dobson, Steve Hollingsworth and Wendy Jacob
How can people with profound developmental disabilities inform an artistic process? How do you bring people together to further inform and realize these ideas? In February, a group of artists, engineers, arts administrators and case workers met in Edinburgh to discuss the creation of a center part ideas laboratory, part university and part day center where individuals from across a range of abilities and disciplines could collaborate on creative projects that challenge normative ways of communication and being in the world. The aim of the center is to use the most cutting edge ideas for the most disadvantaged people.

11:45-12:30 p.m. Open Time networking and resource tables

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch, Judy Meredith, Institute for Public Policy
Negotiating Change with Power

1:30-2:30 p.m. Case Study: Crossing the Rubicon: On Contamination, Tragedy and the Possibility of New Cultures with Dan Borelli, artist; Gavin Kroeber, producer; moderated by Marie Cieri, Artists in Context Environmental contamination may be perpetrated by specific individuals and corporations, but the cultural conditions that permit such disregard are
collectively produced.? Starting from the environmental and social histories of Ashland, MA and the Nyanza EPA Superfund site that it is home to, this talk explores the possibility of an artwork that can trace a society?s failure to address its own excesses, honor the victims and heroes of this history, and finally lay the ground for a fundamentally more complex relationship within our community.

2:35-3:35 p.m. Case Study: The Story Behind with Mario E. Quiroz-Servellon, artist; Franklin Soults, Communications Director, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee and Advocacy Coalition; moderator TBD

3:45-5:00 p.m. Wrap Up Community Discussion

5:00-6:00 p.m. Open Time networking and resource tables

Sunday, June 12 at the Design Studio for Social Intervention, 1946 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02118 (entrance on Thorndike Street)
10:30-1:00 p.m. Conference reflections, discussion and networking

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Come Celebrate Magazine Beach
Saturday, June 11
9 am to 3 pm

9am to 12 pm Cleanup: Meet at Riverside Boat Club (across from Starbucks)
12 pm to 2 pm Picnic/Potluck/Barbecue with music by Best Ever Chicken (behind DCR swimming pool)
1 pm to 3 pm Learn to Row at Riverside Boat Club
RSVP for clean up at lcw@thecharles.org
For further information, including rain date updates (rain date is Sunday, June 12), go to http://www charlesriverconservancy.org, http://www.riversideboatclub.com, or contact Cathie Zusy at cathzusy@gmail.com or 617-868-0489

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Global Pitchfest" - International Start-up Competition
Thursday, June 16, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)
Boston, MA

Switzerland’s most outstanding young innovators journey to Boston every year for an entrepreneurial “boot camp” called venture leaders, and you are invited to this year’s finale.
Coordinated by venturelab and swissnex Boston, this year’s 20 selected startups range from medtech to iPhone apps. They will undergo ten days of training culminating in the Global Pitchfest 2011 at MassChallenge on June 16.

Over drinks and high-powered networking, come out to see the venture leaders show off the skills they learned in Boston. They will pitch their ideas to the top start-ups and investors from the Boston area, while competing against 20 local counterparts for airline tickets courtesy Swiss International Airlines. You choose the winners with your votes!

Come and join us for this exiting "Global Pitchfest" and have a chance to select the winner of the night.

Organizers:
Visit the following link for additional information on the entrepreneurs visiting from Switzerland:http://www.swissnexboston.org/activities/ventureleaders
For local startup teams: We are looking for 20 entrepreneurs who would like to take advantage of this opportunity to get visibility for their companies. If you are interested in joining the lineup of presenters, please contact Thomas Boillat (thomas@swissnexboston.org).

MassChallenge: MassChallenge is running the largest-ever global startup competition and accelerator to catalyze the launch and success of high-growth, high-impact new businesses. Around 100 of the highest-potential entrants will receive intensive mentorship and other free resources, including office space and targeted introductions to customers and funding sources. The very best startups will be identified by expert judges to receive cash awards toward launching their businesses.

swissnex Boston: They act as a physical and virtual environment fostering closer ties between Switzerland, New England and Eastern Canada in academia, industry and society. It places particular emphasis on the next generation of creative thinkers and leaders, through a network that promotes the exchange of knowledge and generates cooperation in an innovative, inspiring, and rewarding atmosphere.

ventureleaders: This year will be the 11th edition of Venture Leaders, an entrepreneurial "bootcamp" that will bring to the Boston area 20 entrepreneurs from Switzerland to visit local high tech companies, attend courses with Babson College professors, interact with experts and most importantly network with local entrepreneurs, investors and other members of the high-tech community. The program is a collaboration between CTI (Swiss innovation agency), venturelab (Swiss entrepreneurship training platform) and swissnex Boston, Consulate of Switzerland

http://pitchfest2011.eventbrite.com/

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Taking Risks: The Journey from Blackjack to Big Blue - a talk with Yuchun Lee
Monday, June 20, 2011 from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (ET)

IBM Center for Social Software
1 Rogers Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

http://yuchun-lee.eventbrite.com/?ref=enivte?amp;utm_source=eb_email&utm_media=email&utm_compaign=invitenew&utm_term=readmore

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TECHNOLOGY AND MICRO FINANCE
• Date: 6/23/2011
• Location: Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142
• Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
• Audience: general public
• Description: This event hosted by the MFC (Micro Finance Club) of Boston will focus on the influence technology has recently had on micro finance organizations including Grameen, KIVA, WOKAI, and ACCION. Technology has played an important role in shaping micro finance in developing countries in a variety of ways. Technology has allowed farmers in rural areas better access to information about agriculture and through technology pregnant women have been able to receive medical updates without leaving their villages. This informative presentation will aim to bring together people in the community to discuss the future of technology and ways in which individuals can help locally, whether that be donating old cellphones or volunteering their time.

http://microsoftcambridge.com/Events/TechnologyandMicroFinance/tabid/754/Default.aspx

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*Recess for Justice - Saturday, June 25 - 11am-1pm*
Southwest Corridor across from Stony Brook T station in JP
Bring your favorite outdoor game or check out the assortment of fun we'll have on hand: Frisbees, kickball & chalk (for 4-square!), jump rope, basketball, softball (bring a glove) and whatever other randomness we can think of. If it's hot we can run through the fountain sprinkler to cool off. Around 1pm, we'll likely get out of the heat by going to Ula Cafe for lunch. So look no further if you want to cross-promote your events and campaigns while perfecting your Frisbee forehand, you're seeking like-minded progressives to hang out with in Boston, or are new to the area and looking for groups to get involved in.
*RSVP:* http://www.sojust.org/events/17521346/ *Newcomers always welcomed!*

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Climate Change Adaptation Workshop

Consensus Building Institute
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions
The Trustees of Reservations' Putnam Conservation Institute

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Local Communities Adapting to Climate Change: Managing Risk in Decision Making
Monday, June 20, 2011
9am-4:30pm
Leominster, MA

This one-day course will introduce municipal and community leaders, and planning professionals to the tools they need to better assess and manage the risks associated with climate change. Our approach helps community leaders to consider how they can alter everyday decision making to better prepare for the risks that may lie ahead. This course is tailored specifically for the needs of suburban and rural communities. The key concepts introduced will be "scenario planning" and collaborative approaches to decision-making.

Presenters/Facilitators:

Patrick Field
is Managing Director of North American Programs at the Consensus Building Institute and Associate Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program. Patrick has helped thousands of stakeholders reach agreement on natural resource, land use, water, and air issues across the United States and Canada.

Steve Aldrich
is the founder and President of Bio Economic Research Associates LLC, an independent research and consulting firm specializing in complex issue analysis at the intersection of our emerging knowledge of biology and the economy. Steve studied evolutionary biology and has more than 25 years of experience working in various industries, including energy planning.

Workshop Fee: $45*

For More Information or to Register:
Pre-register online
www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/central-ma/adapting-climate-change-jun20.html
Or contact
Miriam Scagnetti
978.840.4446 x1935
mscagnetti@ttor.org

* Members of The Trustees of Reservations or the MA Association of Conservation Commissions may register for this workshop for $30 - New members welcome!

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Fundraiser for Water for Niger, Africa
When: Sunday, June 25 from 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: 239 Arlington Street, Acton MA 01720
What: African drummers will perform and afterwards a dance party.
Why: To raise funds to help build wells for villages that have been put at risk by the many droughts in the region.
Donation: We are asking people to make reservations with a $25 donation.

Make checks payable to Bokai Inc, 239 Arlington Street, Acton. MA 01720

Bokai Inc: Established by a former Peace Corps volnteer with a direct relationship with town officials in Guidan Roumji. It is a 501 C-3 charitable organization. The towns of Action and Guidan Roumji have become Sister Cities. High School students have exchanged letters. Money has been sent for business micro-loans, farming and tree planting. All money will go towards the well building project.

For more details, contact Michael Klinger #978 263-7925, mklinger@anzuglobal.com

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NO NUKES PARTY

JUNE 25, 1-8PM
WENDELL, MA, TOWN HALL, Common
POTLUCK***CELEBRATE***RE-CONNECT*** SINGING
(And discuss non-violent action plans 3-5:30pm)

Sponsored by: Wendell Conservation Commission?? ???????????????????????????????

Co-sponsors: Clamshell Legacy and Antinuclear Mobilization (info@clamshellalliance.org), ???????

Citizens Awareness Network (nukebusters.org),?? Safe & Green (safeandgreencampaign.org)

Green Mtn. Post Films (gmpfilms.com); W. MA AFSC (westernmassafsc.org);

Traprock Center for Peace and Justice (traprock.info); Solar Rollers

???? More information, contact info@clamshellalliance.org

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Every year, the International Co-operative Alliance, based in Geneva, and the United Nations co-sponsor the International Day for Co-operatives on the first Saturday in July, which is July 2nd in 2011.

This year, Harvest Cooperatives has agreed to sponsor a Co-op Faire, featuring Boston-area cooperatives and their supporters. We will come together in the parking lot adjacent to Harvest from 10 AM to 2 PM and set up tables / canopies / booths with banners and signs, to pass out flyers to the public, talk with interested potential members, share an afternoon with coop-minded people, and celebrate the joy of building the co-op movement. Add a bit of food for the gatherers to share, maybe some acoustical music, possibly a skit or other performance and a demonstration project or two and we will have a marvelous time supporting co-ops and connecting with co-ops around the world.

History shows that the periods of greatest co-op growth are when the economy is coming out of a recession. As people get back on their feet, they work to organize different ways of building economic organizations that will not replicate the previous business disasters. That time is now. As we come out of the "Great Recession", we are already seeing a boom in co-op organizing and now is the time to point the way to a better future -- co-operatively.

If your co-op or supporting organization would be interested in reserving a table space for the Faire, please contact Wayne Clark at rwayneclark@irg.org or 603-512-8015 (cell) or 617-467-4113 (home). You can complete the registration form and prepare to participate.

Hopefully, the 2011 International Day for Co-operatives, Mass Bay Co-op Faire will begin an annual event where co-ops in our area can promote the benefits of co-operatives and develop our organizations and their members.

Come share the wisdom in the nearly 200 years of the co-op movement.

I hope to see you there, R. Wayne Archer-Clark (rwayneclark@igc.org)

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From John Bolduc, Environmental Planner, Community Development Department, Cambridge, MA:

"Finally, I wanted to let folks on the list know, if you are interested, that I will be going, on a personal basis, on a study tour of cities in Germany and Holland taking a look at climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives. The tour is organized by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. We will visit Freiburg, Dresden, Bonn, and Rotterdam. We will also participate in the ICLEI Climate Resilient Cities Conference in Bonn. I am leaving today for 2 weeks and I plan to blog along the way as a way to share information. If you are interested, please visit the Energy 2.0 blog hosted by the Cambridge Energy Alliance. You can visit the site athttp://energytwodotzero.org/. You can also subscribe to the blog to be informed of updates. I plan to post 4 or 5 times with photos. So join me for the trip."

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The Medford Farmers Market is looking for organizations, individuals, chefs, nutritionists, educators, musicians, physical activity specialists, gardeners, and other fun people who would like to do educational activities on market days.

We are looking for activities that are interactive and enjoyed by all ages. Demos, how-tos and games are encouraged. Should be somehow related to sustainable living, health, nutrition, farming, gardening, physical activity, sustainability, learning and development, music, art, creativity. Most importantly it should be entertaining for people at the market.

We are looking to fill 1, 2, 3 or 4 hour time slots. The Medford Farmers Market is a great place for you to gain experience and exposure - there are over 20 vendors signed up for the season including local wine, meat, vegetables, honey, bread, art.....Your activity/demo/gig will be well publicized via social media, as well as local newspapers and newsletters sent to hundreds of people.

The market goes from June 16- Oct 13 at the Whole Foods Market Parking Lot, 2151 Mystic Valley Parkway (Rt 16), Medford, MA 02155. Plenty of parking and restrooms are available.

Please contact me if you are interested. Please feel free to forward this e-mail to people who you think may be interested. Thanks so much, have a great weekend!

For more info, please see the following:
website: www.medfordfarmersmarket.org
e-mail: medfordfarmersmarket@gmail.com
twitter: MedfordFarmMkt
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Medford-Farmers-Market/135452753138491
Address: Whole Foods Market Parking Lot, 2151 Mystic Valley Parkway (Rt 16)

Editorial Comment: I have taken some of my solar displays to farmers' markets from time to time and have advocated doing so as a way to change US energy attitudes, policies, and realities as the people who go to farmers' markets are a core constituency for renewable energy. More at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/5/27/870257/-How-to-Change-US-Energy-in-One-Growing-Season

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Massachusetts Attitudes About Climate Change – An opinion survey of Massachusetts residents conducted by MassINC and sponsored by the Barr Foundation found that 77% of respondents believe that global warming has “probably been happening” and 59% of all respondents see see it as being at least partially caused by human pollution. Only 42% of the state’s residents say global warming will have very serious consequences for Massachusetts if left unaddressed. The 18 to 29 age group is more likely to believe global warming is appearing and caused by humans compared to the 60+ age group. African-American (56%) and Latino residents (69%) are more likely than white residents (40%) to believe global warming will be a very serious problem if left unaddressed. The MassINC report, titled The 80 Percent Challenge: What Massachusetts must do to meet targets and make headway on climate change (http://www.massinc.org/Research/The-80-percent-challenge.aspx), contains many other findings. MassINC will hold a forum about the report on May 19, 5:00 to 6:30 pm at the City Year Headquarters, 287 Columbus Avenue, Boston. To register, click here. [MetroWest Daily News, 4/14/11]

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The presentations from the recent Affordable Comfort National Home Performance Conference are available online at
http://2011.acinational.org/downloadable_resources

Lots of good information from what some call the best energy conference in the USA on Deep Energy Retrofits to Community Energy Challenges with details on insulation, heat flow, energy metering, ducting, hot water, and many, many other topics. If you are a practical energy wonk, this should make your eyes light up.

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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.

https://www.carbonsalon.com/

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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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Artisan Asylum http://artisansasylum.com/

Sprout & Co: Community Driven Investigations http://thesprouts.org/studios

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@wellesley.edu

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Links to events at 60 colleges and universities at Hubevents http://hubevents.blogspot.com

Thanks to

Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the
Boston Area http://fhapgood.fastmail.fm/site02.html

Boston Area Computer User Groups http://www.bugc.org/

http://www.mitenergyclub.org/calendar/mit_events_template

http://sustainability.mit.edu/

http://www.environment.harvard.edu/events/calendar/

http://green.harvard.edu/events

http://microsoftcambridge.com/Events/tabid/57/Default.aspx

http://pechakuchaboston.org/blog/

http://boston.nerdnite.com/

http://www.meetup.com/

http://www.eventbrite.com/

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Energy (and Other) Events - May 22, 2011

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

Hubevents http://hubevents.blogspot.com is the web version.

If you wish to subscribe or unsubscribe to Energy (and Other) Events email gmoke@world.std.com

My notes from three recent presentations on the Arab Spring are at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/05/13/975618/-Notes-on-the-Arab-Spring

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Mayor Menino's Inauguration of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at City Hall Plaza & Announcement of “EVboston” Initiative
Monday, May 23, 2011 at 11:00 AM (ET)
City Hall Plaza
One City Hall Sq
Boston, MA 02201

Please join Mayor Thomas M. Menino at City Hall for the Inauguration of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at & an Announcement of "EVboston" Initiative!

Three parking spaces on Cambridge Street in front of City Hall Plaza have been outfitted with charging stations and have been set aside for the exclusive use of electric car owners who need to recharge the battery of their vehicle. Parking at these metered spaces will be limited to four hours at Boston’s standard meter rate of $1.25 per hour. The project is a year-long pilot to monitor the use and durability of the charging units.

The project is a year-long pilot to monitor the use and durability of the charging units. The three units were purchased from Coulomb Technologies. The pilot will inform future implementation plans for stations around the city. NStar has also installed a separate smart grid pilot meter in the stations control box to inform the utility on usage and load capacity. The additional NStar meter has remote access to the power to the three charging stations and will be monitored closely for future use in smart grid planning.

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Monday, May 23, 2011
The Changing Nature of Research and Innovation in the 21st Century
Speaker: Irving Wladawsky-Berger, PhD Chairman Emeritus, IBM Academy of Technology, Visiting Lecturer of Engineering Systems
Time: 12:00p–1:00p
Location: Virtual -- http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_052311/webinar-wladawsky-berger.html
The MIT System Design and Management (SDM) Program Systems Thinking Webinar Series
The MIT System Design and Management Program Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.

Over the past century, science and technology have been successfully applied to innovation in the industrial sector of the economy, leading to very high productivity and quality, and to the development of highly sophisticated and complex objects like airplanes, skyscrapers and microprocessors. The 21st century defines a new set of challenges, especially in the complexity of the systems we are now developing in all kinds of industries, including energy, health care, financial services and urban systems.

It is critical to once more leverage technology, science and innovation to address these challenges and make major improvements in the productivity and quality of these highly complex systems, including services, organizations and the very way the world works. Continuing advances in digital technologies promise to be as pivotal to the 21st century as steam power was to the industrial revolution, leading to an information and services driven economy which is changing the focus, design objectives and the methods by which the world innovates to meet global challenges.

The presentation will explore the key differences between "classic" industrial sector innovation and innovation in this emerging information and services economy, as well as the growing technical capabilities and business opportunities for organizations that embrace these new modes of innovation.

Web site: http://sdm.mit.edu/news/news_articles/webinar_052311/webinar-wladawsky-berger.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Tickets: See url above
Sponsor(s): Engineering Systems Division, MIT System Design and Management Program
For more information, contact:
Lois Slavin
617-253-0812
lslavin@mit.edu

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States within States: The Social Contracts of Armed Groups
WHEN Mon., May 23, 2011, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369, Harvard Kennedy School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR International Security Program
SPEAKER(S) Jennifer Keister, research fellow, International Security Program
CONTACT INFO susan_lynch@harvard.edu
LINK http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/5536/states_within_states.html

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Environmental Health Colloquium
May 23, 2011 - 12:30pm
Contact Name: Alissa Wilcox
AWILCOX@hsph.harvard.edu
Building 1, Room 1302 Harvard School of Public Health Boston, MA
“Human health impacts of anthropogenic changes to Earth’s natural systems: Why destroying Nature may be bad for us." Dr. Samuel Myers, Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

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Sustainability in the Square

May 23, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Cambridge Brewing Company, One Kendall Square

Cambridge Energy Alliance along with Sustainable Business Network and Cambridge Local First are hosting a business workshop during Cambridge Go Green Month focusing on energy efficiency and sustainability. I've attached our flier and a description is below.
Please join us for an informative workshop on how you can make your small business more environmentally friendly while saving valuable natural resources and money!

This workshop will feature a presentation by Phil “Brewdaddy” Bannatyne, owner of Cambridge Brewing Company, who will highlight the steps that his business took to “go green” and share insights into the challenges and benefits of doing so. You will also have the opportunity to meet and hear from various organizations in the Cambridge area about the many programs and incentives that are available to you to make your own journey of
sustainability and energy efficiency easy, rewarding and fun!

Come and enjoy this informative and relaxed night of conversation, food, and free beer and leave with a clear understanding of how and why to green your small business.

Please RSVP to: Info@CambridgeEnergyAlliance.org
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Monday, May 23, 2011
Egypt: Towards a Vibrant Civil Society (A Panel featuring Wael Ghonim)
Time: 6:00p–7:30p
Location: MIT 34-101
Join us for an engaging conversation on the role that the civil society can play in transforming Egypt post-revolution with speakers:

Wael Ghonim:
Wael is an activist, former Google Middle East Marketing Executive, and creator of the facebook page that helped spark the Egyptian revolution. Wael was a central figure in the pro-democracy movement in Egypt and was a subject of secret incarceration by Egyptian police during the revolution. He is among the TIME magazine's list of 100 most influential people of 2011 and is the 2011 recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award (in the name of the people of Egypt).

Mona Mowafi: Dr. Mowafi is a postdoctoral research fellow in Social Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Moderator: Aly El Tayeb: PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering and an MBA at MIT.

The panel will discuss:
* The role of civil society and grass roots organizing in Egypt Post-revolution
* The role of the Egyptian diaspora in Egypt post-revolution
* Using IT as a tool for development and social change

Open to: the general public

Sponsor(s): MIT Egyptian Association, GSC Funding Board

For more information, contact:
Tamer Elkholy
clubegypt-board@mit.edu

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Lunch Line: A Documentary on the National School Lunch Program


You are invited to a free screening of the film in Boston on Monday, May 23 at 7:30 pm
AMC Loews Boston Common 19
175 Tremont Street, Boston MA

Admission is free plus a post-film discussion with experts and activists in childhood nutrition and healthy eating.

RSVP to lunchline@crowdstarter.com
http://www.lunchlinefilm.com
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berkman luncheon series >
may 24, 2011
12:30pm
Netflix for Voting

Seth Flaxman & Paul Schreiber
Tuesday, May 24, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person to Amar Ashar (ashar@cyber.law.harvard.edu)
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET and archived on our site (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/webcast) shortly after.

TurboVote is a service that makes voting by mail and voter registration as simple as renting a DVD with Netflix. Come hear how TurboVote built in two months for spare change what the government couldn't do for any price. The founders (one a former Berktern!) and developer will discuss the project's legal, technical and philosophical issues and how TurboVote will bring democracy into the 21st century.

About Seth
Seth Flaxman is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Democracy Works, the nonprofit behind TurboVote. While recruiting and managing the team that brought TurboVote to life, Seth received a Master's in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He previously worked as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, program administrator at the Institute for International Education and berktern at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. While receiving a B.A. in economics from Columbia University, Seth founded the Activist Council, a group that annually organizes hundreds of students for campaign trips and demonstrations, and served as student body president, leading the council in successfully lobbying Columbia to reform its financial aid policies.

About Paul

Paul Schreiber spent a decade as a software engineer, including eight years on Apple’s Mac OS X team. In 2008, he volunteered for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. In addition to knocking on doors and making phone calls, Schreiber co-developed Vote For Change, registering over 500,000 voters and helping a million people find their voting location. He can often be found at your local hockey rink, on his bicycle or behind the lens of his Nikon D70s. Before building TurboVote, he cofounded a nonprofit student news organization, a music classifieds web site and a health care video storytelling project.

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Harvard/Cambridge Walk for Peace
WHEN Wed., May 25, 2011, 12 – 12:20 p.m.
WHERE John Harvard Statue
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Ethics, Social Sciences, Special Events, Support/Social, Working@Harvard
NOTE Nearly 10 years of war. Thousands of American lives, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghani lives, trillions of dollars. Come remember, mourn, and protest.

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May 25th at 12:00PM EDT
Lessons from the Smart Grid Cyber Security No FUD Zone

Andy Bochman
Energy Security Lead
IBM Software Group/Rational

About the Event






Attend this free online event to learn what utilities, regulators, and vendors are doing to ensure the successful roll out of a safe and secure Smart Grid.

Presentation Abstract
The mainstream media gives us daily reminders of the risks anticipated from the emerging Smart Grid: Smart Meter related health concerns, new privacy issues, perceived exposure to higher monthly electric bills, and new threats to critical infrastructure from solar flares, EMP, and Stuxnet. This presentation will give attendees the other side of the story. We'll cover what utilities, regulators, and vendors including IBM are doing to ensure the successful roll out of a safe and secure Smart Grid, essential for enabling the Smarter Planet and our collective energy future.

Contact: newsletters@virtualenergyforum.com

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We Shall Not Be Moved: Building Relationships
a community discussion with artist Kelly Creedon, City Life Executive Director Curdina Hill, Organizing Director Steve Meacham and members of the Bank Tenant Association

Wednesday, May 25th
7:00 p.m.
Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth Street, Jamaica Plain, MA (downstairs)

We Shall Not Be Moved is an ongoing multimedia documentary project by Kelly Creedon, in partnership with City Life/Vida Urbana and the Bank Tenant Association. The project tells the story of a growing grassroots movement that is using the power of bringing people together to help keep families in their homes after foreclosure. Since 2008, City Life/Vida Urbana has focused on preventing the eviction of both former owners and renters resulting from a rise in foreclosures. The Bank Tenant Association was created to stop evictions through a combination of legal defense, collective action, and political protest.

This discussion will be moderated by Susie Husted and will focus on the relationships that were built during the documentary project's development and exhibition.

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2011 GoGreen Awards

Thursday, May 26, 8:30 to 10:00 am, Swissnex Boston/Consulate of Switzerland, 420 Broadway

The City of Cambridge will present the 2011 GoGreen Awards to businesses and organizations who are advancing sustainability in the city. Join us for a breakfast event hosted by Swissnex Boston. Please RSVP to Rosalie Anders at randers@cambridgema.gov or 617-349-4604.

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Energy Bar at the Venture Cafe: Who is Cleantech?
Thursday, May 26, 2011 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Venture Cafe @ CIC
One Broadway, 4th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139

Event Details
Join Greenlight Distrikt and the Venture Cafe for an event generating ideas and action in Clean Technology! As the inaugural event of a new bimonthly gathering, Energy Bar is asking: Who is Cleantech? If you are a student, entrepreneur or investor with a passion for cleantech, join us for a gathering of people innovating across this growing industry. This event is about connecting people interested in becoming active players in the diverse range of cleantech companies emerging from Cambridge and Boston.
We will be hosting a mix of technology experts, entrepreneurs on the forefront of new developments in cleantech and "friends of cleantech" who are interrested in learning how they can get involved! This event is being organized by Greenlight Distrikt and is being hosted by the Venture Cafe, located in the Cambridge Innovation Center. Beer, wine and light refreshments will be served.

This event will occur on a bimonthly basis - make sure to mark your calendars for our next event on July 28th, 2011!

Organized By:
Green Light Distrikt (GLD) is a community of young, passionate professionals and entrepreneurs that are building friendships, sharing insights, and helping each other to change the world with clean technologies. We started in Boston, but now we’re spreading to every major US and international cleantech hub starting with NYC, DC, and Boulder.

RSVP at http://energybar.eventbrite.com/

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Guest Street Session: Exploring Media's Role in the "Arab Spring"
Thursday, May 26, 7pm program, 8pm dessert reception, WGBH Studios, One Guest Street, Brighton

Join us as WGBH's award-winning Frontline and The World team up with a panel of experts to explore how changes in the media and communications environment — social media, the Internet, satellite television — have affected the "Arab Spring," a term used to define the pro-democratic uprisings across the Arab world.

The World's Aaron Schachter moderates the discussion of how online cultural connections buoyed successful revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt with Frontline’s Charlie Sennott, Al Jazeera's Gregg Carlstrom, Berkman Center at Harvard University’s John Palfrey, and the American Islamic Congress’s Nasser Weddady. Admission is free to News Club members, but RSVP is required: http://support.wgbh.org/site/Calendar?id=106102&view=Detail

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RISING COST OF FOOD AND FUEL: ARE WE READY?
Thursday 26 May 2011 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm
(Note Location: First Church in Jamaica Plain UU, 6 Eliot St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130)

RSVP and Invite your friends of Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=100816590010225

$6.50 a gallon for gas? How will that impact you? How will it impact our community? What can we do about it? Whole Foods pricing isn’t the only thing making healthy food expensive these days. Globally analysts are concerned that food prices will continue to rise for years to come. What can we do to prepare?

There are many factors driving the increase in the cost of food and fuel, and most of them are expected to continue and worsen in the coming decades. Working together there is a lot we can do to strengthen community resilience in the face of potential economic and ecological shocks to the system — it is time to share our ideas for action.

Come join the conversation with your neighbors. Let’s get to know each other and how these deepening challenges impact all of us, and let’s brainstorm actions we can take today to be more resilient tomorrow.

A community conversation hosted by JP New Economy Transition: http://jptransition.org/state-of-our-neighborhood-a-community-conversation/

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May 27 - 30
"The Future of Biological Prototyping" - a diybio hackathon
http://futurelabcamp.com/

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Coming to Boston....
Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time
Join us at the Stuart Street Playhouse!
See the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy at the Stuart Street Playhouse in Boston! Green Fire shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement.

The film also illustrates Leopold's continuing influence, exploring current projects that connect people and land at the local level. Meet urban children in Chicago learning about local foods and ecological restoration. Meet ranchers in Arizona and New Mexico who maintain healthy landscapes by working on their own properties, and with their neighbors, in cooperative community conservation efforts. Meet wildlife biologists who are bringing threatened and endangered species, from cranes to Mexican wolves, back to the landscapes where they once thrived. Viewers will learn how Leopold's vision of a community that cares about both people and land ties all of these modern conservation stories together, and offers inspiration and insight for the future.

Learn more...

DATE: Thursday, June 2, 2011
TIME: Doors open at 6:00pm; remarks and film begin at 6:30pm
LOCATION: Stuart Street Playhouse
ADDRESS: 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
TICKETS: Available through Brown Paper Tickets, $8 advance/$10 door
MORE INFORMATION: http://www.greenfiremovie.com

In a special Green Innovators in Business Network "Growing GIBN" webinar on June 2 at 12pm ET, Farron Levy, founder and president of True Impact, will join us to talk about his efforts to define measures and develop tools to track the "Triple Bottom Line."
Farron will talk about how True Impact approaches the problem of motivating and measuring beyond-compliance activities and demonstrate an online tool they have developed. Together, we'll discuss experiences with these issues and how these types of tools are helpful for sharingbest practices and develop benchmarks.

Date: June 2, 2011

Time: 12pm ET

Register for the webinar online at:

http://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEx.aspx?PIID=EF59D78787

Dial-in at (760) 569-9000, code: 160031#

About True Impact
True Impact (www.trueimpact.com) provides web-based tools and consulting services to help organizations quantify the social, financial, and environmental return on investment (ROI) of their corporate citizenship activities. True Impact's "triple bottom line" evaluations have been adopted by Allstate, Deloitte, GE, Home Depot, PNC Bank, and Verizon among others.

About Farron Levy
Farron Levy, founder and president of True Impact, was previously a consultant with social auditing firm SmithOBrien and economic consultancy Industrial Economics, Inc; and has served as an advisor to City Year, New Profit, and CitySoft. He is on the faculty of Boston College's Center for Corporate Citizenship, where he teaches coursework on ROI evaluation. Farron earned an MPP from Harvard University, and a BS with university honors from Carnegie Mellon University.

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*Skillshare: Time Banking in the Time Trade Circle****
Monday, June 6
6-8:30PM*
The NonProfit Center by South Station
Looking for an alternative economy? Need a ride to the airport, help with your garden or a massage? This workshop will talk about time banking - exchanging services based on time - and tell you all about the Time Trade Circle (TTC), a local time bank with 800+ members all over the greater metro-Boston and Eastern-Mass area. The workshop will explain how to join if you are interested, and forms will be available. I'll explain how time banking is different from bartering, how our local Time Trade Circle time bank works, what kinds of services people trade, and how members participate through their online account.
www.TimeTradeCircle.org
*Learn more and RSVP:** *http://www.sojust.org/events/17664391/* *(bring your own dinner)

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June 10, 2011
New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable:
Better Integrating Policy, Planning, and Electricity Markets in New England

Raab Associates presents:
The 123rd NE Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
Date: Friday, June 10, 2011
Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Foley Hoag LLP
155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

June 10, 2011
New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable
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Better Integrating Policy, Planning,
and Electricity Markets in New England

New England has spent nearly two decades restructuring its electric utility industry, and developing more competitive market structures, ostensibly to bring enhanced benefits to customers. During the same time period, federal, state, and even local governments have developed a multitude of energy policies to encourage the development of particular resources, such as energy efficiency, demand response, and renewable energy (think RPS, energy efficiency and renewable energy system benefit charges, demand response initiatives), while discouraging other resources (think RGGI, various environmental regulations, etc.). Other types of policies and planning frameworks impact the choice between building more wires or more resources. Some states are even putting out RFPs to develop very specific types of resources. This Roundtable will explore the tensions between the desire for both workable markets and a variety of public policy objectives, and will consider how we can move forward to forge a more workable system here in New England.

Our first panel takes a step back from the specific struggles within New England to explore how these issues are playing out on the ground nationally, providing some bold ideas for New Englanders to consider. Former FERC Commissioner Nora Brownell will kick off the panel by discussing how markets can successfully accommodate a wide range of policy/planning objectives. Rich Sedano, Principal at the Regulatory Assistance Project, will share work RAP is currently undertaking to redefine the way markets and policy/planning should be integrated in pursuit of "Responsive Resources." Finally, Mauricio del Valle, Vice President, Global Power and Utility Group, Morgan Stanley, will provide some reality-testing from Wall Street about what's actually needed from markets and policy to get energy projects funded and built.

Our second panel focuses specifically on the current situation in New England, and offers some thoughts on what we should do over the next five to ten years to better integrate electricity markets and policy/planning. Leading off the panel will be Gordon van Welie, President/CEO of ISO New England, which is responsible for keeping the lights on and operating the markets in the face of increasing complexity. Massachusetts DPU Chair Ann Berwick will provide a state regulatory perspective, followed by Daniel Weekley, Vice President of Government Affairs at Dominion Resources, who will provide a generator perspective (and reflect on Dominion's just-announced decision to close Salem Harbor). Rounding out the panel will be Mary Healey, Consumer Counsel for the State of Connecticut and immediate past president of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates.

The Restructuring Roundtables are free and open to the public. Advanced registration is not required.

The Restructuring Roundtable has been meeting bimonthly since 1995, to discuss current topics related to revolutionary changes in the electric power industry in Massachusetts and throughout New England. It is supported by over 25 generous sponsors.

Jonathan Raab, Ph.D, moderator of the Roundtable, is president of Raab Associates, Ltd, a Boston-based mediation and facilitation firm specializing in energy and environmental issues. He also teaches the sustainable energy policy class at MIT.

Raab Associates, 118 South St. 3A, Boston, MA 02111
tel. 617-350-5544 fax 617-350-6655
http://www.RaabAssociates.org

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Greater Boston Connected and Consequential Conference: June 10, 11 and 12
June 10 & 11 Egan Center, Northeastern University
June 12 Design Studio for Social Intervention?

A place for artists and other creative thinkers and practitioners to gather and explore the intersection of art and other fields, including Health, Nature, Consumption and Justice. Through case studies and moderated discussions, conference participants will?learn how artists and their collaborators are using their creativity and finely honed skills to intervene in the major issues of our time to produce positive social outcomes.? The proceedings will focus on the best ways to develop successful?"integrated or hybrid?practices", including the role of collaboration, research, technology and sustainability.

The conference is free, but please pre-register online at
http://www.artistsincontext.org/index.php/connected-a-consequential/greater-boston/greater-boston-conference.html

Friday, June 10 at Northeastern University, Egan Center,120 Forsyth Street,
Boston, MA 02115
6:30-8:30 p.m. Stories from the Field, with artists and community practitioners Gail Burton, New Freedwoman Project; Michael Dowling, Medicine Wheel Productions; Mariama White-Hammond, Project Hip Hop; Andi Sutton, National Bitter Melon Council; John Osorio-Buck; moderated by Kenneth Bailey, Design
Studio for Social Intervention

Saturday, June 11 at Northeastern University, Egan Center,120 Forsyth Street, Boston, MA 02115
8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Introductory Remarks and Video, Marie Cieri and Louisa McCall, Artists in Context

9:15 a.m. Jeremy Nobel, Art and Healing
Jeremy Nobel is an Adjuncy Lecturer on Health Policy and Management Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health and President and Founder, Foundation for Art and Healing

9:30-10:30 a.m. Case Study: SUGAR and Story Circles with artist Robbie McCauley
Moderated by Jeremy Nobel, the discussion of story circles and their impact on diabetics, attitude, care-taking and healing will include Sharon Jackson, Mattapan Community Health Center, and Kathryn, a story circle participant. The case study will also examine how community interest and desire for this type of engagement are determined.

10:35-11:35 a.m. Case Study: Ideas Team with Artistic Director of Artlink, Edinburgh, Alison Stirling, and artists Kelly Dobson, Steve Hollingsworth and Wendy Jacob
How can people with profound developmental disabilities inform an artistic process? How do you bring people together to further inform and realize these ideas? In February, a group of artists, engineers, arts administrators and case workers met in Edinburgh to discuss the creation of a center part ideas laboratory, part university and part day center where individuals from across a range of abilities and disciplines could collaborate on creative projects that challenge normative ways of communication and being in the world. The aim of the center is to use the most cutting edge ideas for the most disadvantaged people.

11:45-12:30 p.m. Open Time networking and resource tables

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch, Judy Meredith, Institute for Public Policy
Negotiating Change with Power

1:30-2:30 p.m. Case Study: Crossing the Rubicon: On Contamination, Tragedy and the Possibility of New Cultures with Dan Borelli, artist; Gavin Kroeber, producer; moderated by Marie Cieri, Artists in Context Environmental contamination may be perpetrated by specific individuals and corporations, but the cultural conditions that permit such disregard are
collectively produced.? Starting from the environmental and social histories of Ashland, MA and the Nyanza EPA Superfund site that it is home to, this talk explores the possibility of an artwork that can trace a society?s failure to address its own excesses, honor the victims and heroes of this history, and finally lay the ground for a fundamentally more complex relationship within our community.

2:35-3:35 p.m. Case Study: The Story Behind with Mario E. Quiroz-Servellon, artist; Franklin Soults, Communications Director, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee and Advocacy Coalition; moderator TBD

3:45-5:00 p.m. Wrap Up Community Discussion

5:00-6:00 p.m. Open Time networking and resource tables

Sunday, June 12 at the Design Studio for Social Intervention, 1946 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02118 (entrance on Thorndike Street)
10:30-1:00 p.m. Conference reflections, discussion and networking

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Taking Risks: The Journey from Blackjack to Big Blue - a talk with Yuchun Lee
Monday, June 20, 2011 from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (ET)

IBM Center for Social Software
1 Rogers Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

http://yuchun-lee.eventbrite.com/?ref=enivte?amp;utm_source=eb_email&utm_media=email&utm_compaign=invitenew&utm_term=readmore

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*Recess for Justice - Saturday, June 25 - 11am-1pm*
Southwest Corridor across from Stony Brook T station in JP
Bring your favorite outdoor game or check out the assortment of fun we'll have on hand: Frisbees, kickball & chalk (for 4-square!), jump rope, basketball, softball (bring a glove) and whatever other randomness we can think of. If it's hot we can run through the fountain sprinkler to cool off. Around 1pm, we'll likely get out of the heat by going to Ula Cafe for lunch. So look no further if you want to cross-promote your events and campaigns while perfecting your Frisbee forehand, you're seeking like-minded progressives to hang out with in Boston, or are new to the area and looking for groups to get involved in.
*RSVP:* http://www.sojust.org/events/17521346/ *Newcomers always welcomed!*

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Climate Change Adaptation Workshop

Consensus Building Institute
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions
The Trustees of Reservations' Putnam Conservation Institute

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Local Communities Adapting to Climate Change: Managing Risk in Decision Making
Monday, June 20, 2011
9am-4:30pm
Leominster, MA

This one-day course will introduce municipal and community leaders, and planning professionals to the tools they need to better assess and manage the risks associated with climate change. Our approach helps community leaders to consider how they can alter everyday decision making to better prepare for the risks that may lie ahead. This course is tailored specifically for the needs of suburban and rural communities. The key concepts introduced will be "scenario planning" and collaborative approaches to decision-making.

Presenters/Facilitators:

Patrick Field
is Managing Director of North American Programs at the Consensus Building Institute and Associate Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program. Patrick has helped thousands of stakeholders reach agreement on natural resource, land use, water, and air issues across the United States and Canada.

Steve Aldrich
is the founder and President of Bio Economic Research Associates LLC, an independent research and consulting firm specializing in complex issue analysis at the intersection of our emerging knowledge of biology and the economy. Steve studied evolutionary biology and has more than 25 years of experience working in various industries, including energy planning.

Workshop Fee: $45*

For More Information or to Register:
Pre-register online
www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/central-ma/adapting-climate-change-jun20.html
Or contact
Miriam Scagnetti
978.840.4446 x1935
mscagnetti@ttor.org

* Members of The Trustees of Reservations or the MA Association of Conservation Commissions may register for this workshop for $30 - New members welcome!


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The presentations from the recent Affordable Comfort National Home Performance Conference are available online at
http://2011.acinational.org/downloadable_resources

Lots of good information from what some call the best energy conference in the USA on Deep Energy Retrofits to Community Energy Challenges with details on insulation, heat flow, energy metering, ducting, hot water, and many, many other topics. If you are a practical energy wonk, this should make your eyes light up.

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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.

https://www.carbonsalon.com/

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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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Artisan Asylum http://artisansasylum.com/

Sprout & Co: Community Driven Investigations http://thesprouts.org/studios

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@wellesley.edu

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Links to events at 60 colleges and universities at Hubevents http://hubevents.blogspot.com

Thanks to

Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the
Boston Area http://fhapgood.fastmail.fm/site02.html

Boston Area Computer User Groups http://www.bugc.org/

http://www.mitenergyclub.org/calendar/mit_events_template

http://sustainability.mit.edu/

http://www.environment.harvard.edu/events/calendar/

http://green.harvard.edu/events

http://microsoftcambridge.com/Events/tabid/57/Default.aspx

http://pechakuchaboston.org/blog/

http://boston.nerdnite.com/

http://www.meetup.com/

http://www.eventbrite.com/

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Energy (and Other) Events - May 15, 2011

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

Hubevents http://hubevents.blogspot.com is the web version.

If you wish to subscribe or unsubscribe to Energy (and Other) Events email gmoke@world.std.com

My notes from three recent presentations on the Arab Spring are at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/05/13/975618/-Notes-on-the-Arab-Spring

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Saturday, May 14, 2011
mit7 unstable platforms: the promise and peril of transition
Speaker: TBA
Time: 8:00a–8:00p
Location: E51
Media in Transition conference series

For this seventh Media in Transition conference we want to focus directly on our core topic-- the experience of transition. Our first conference in 1999 considered this subject, of course. But that was before Facebook, iPhones, BitTorrent, IPTV and many other changes.

How are we coping with the instability of platforms? How are the classroom, the newsroom, the corporate office exploiting digital systems and responding to the imperative for constant upgrades. Our libraries and archives? Our public entertainments? Are new technologies changing the experience of reading? The experience of watching movies or television programs? How stable, how durable are current or emerging systems? How relevant are earlier periods of media change to our current experience of ongoing instability and transformation?

We'll convene May 13-15 to explore these and related questions.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/comm-forum/mit7/index.html

Open to: the general public

Cost: free

Tickets: register on website

Sponsor(s): CMS, Communications Forum, The Technology and Culture Forum at MIT, Literature Section, Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies

For more information, contact:
Brad Seawell
617-253-3521
seawell@mit.edu

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

MiT7 Public Forum: Archives and Cultural Memory

Speaker: Frank Marchese, Pace Digital Gallery; Julia Noordegraaf, University of Amsterdam; Jason Rhody, Office of Digital Humanities, NEH; Nick Monfort, MIT (moderator)

Time: 11:00a–12:30p

Location: E51, Wong Auditorium

For this seventh Media in Transition conference, we focus directly on our core topic ? the experience of transition.

Has the digital age confirmed and exponentially increased the cultural instability and creative destruction that are often said to define advanced capitalism? Does living in a digital age mean we may live and die in what the novelist Thomas Pynchon has called ?a ceaseless spectacle of transition?? The nearly limitless range of design options and communication choices available now and in the future is both exhilarating and challenging, inciting innovation and creativity but also false starts, incompatible systems, planned obsolescence. How are we coping with the instability of platforms?

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/comm-forum/mit7/index.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Tickets: limited seating; preference given to registrants
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies, Communications Forum, The Technology and Culture Forum at MIT, Literature Section, Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies
For more information, contact:
Brad Seawell
617-253-3521
seawell@mit.edu
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“Healing In Haiti: The Agape Global Health Team” by Roy Crystal, Class of 1971
Saturday, May 14, 4PM - 5:30PM (we can all go out to dinner afterwards!)
Dudley House, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA

Roy Crystal, Antioch College 1971, a photographer and environmental planner, will present his series of photographs entitled “Healing in Haiti: the Agape Global Health Team”. The photographs were taken in July and August 2010 and document Roy’s trip to Haiti with the Agape Global Health Team, which set up temporary medical clinics on the island of La Gonave, an island about the size of Martha’s Vineyard, and in Leogane, near the earthquake epicenter. Roy’s work included photographically documenting the medical work of the team; taking portraits of and interviewing Haitians who attended the clinic; and working with a local community development organization to develop a plan for sustainable economic development and environmental protection of La Gonave. Through his striking photographs of La Gonave, Port au Prince, and Leogane, accompanied by his observations and the actual words of patients and community members, he will make real for us the daily challenges now faced by the Haitian people. The team is now working to develop a permanent medical clinic on La Gonave to address the medical and needs of this island with limited medical facilities whose population swelled from 100,000 to 150,000 in a few months after the earthquake. Roy will also discuss his recommendations for sustainable development based on the ecological opportunities and constraints of the Haitian ecosystem, and how interested Antiochians can help with the ongoing recovery effort.

Roy Crystal works for the regional office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Boston, where he specializes in providing assistance to businesses on environmental compliance and pollution prevention. He has a B.A. from Antioch College in Art and a Master of Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He has completed numerous photographic projects, and widely exhibited his landscape and documentary photographs. For over 30 years he has nurtured his passion for both photography and the environment.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011
mit7 unstable platforms: the promise and peril of transition
Speaker: TBA
Time: 8:00a–2:00p
Location: E51
Media in Transition conference series

For this seventh Media in Transition conference we want to focus directly on our core topic-- the experience of transition. Our first conference in 1999 considered this subject, of course. But that was before Facebook, iPhones, BitTorrent, IPTV and many other changes.

How are we coping with the instability of platforms? How are the classroom, the newsroom, the corporate office exploiting digital systems and responding to the imperative for constant upgrades. Our libraries and archives? Our public entertainments? Are new technologies changing the experience of reading? The experience of watching movies or television programs? How stable, how durable are current or emerging systems? How relevant are earlier periods of media change to our current experience of ongoing instability and transformation?

We'll convene May 13-15 to explore these and related questions.

Web site: http://web.mit.edu/comm-forum/mit7/index.html
Open to: the general public
Cost: free
Tickets: register on website
Sponsor(s): Communications Forum, CMS, The Technology and Culture Forum at MIT, Literature Section, Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies
For more information, contact:
Brad Seawell
617-253-3521
seawell@mit.edu

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Richard Heinberg: The End of Growth - Peak Oil and the Economy of the Future
at the JP Forum May 15 at 3pm; FREE
6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain

In conjunction with the JP Forum and JP New Economy Transition we are honored to host Richard Heinberg, of the Post Carbon Institute. Heinberg is one of the foremost thinkers and writers on Peak Oil and the post-carbon future.

This important talk is part of the JP New Economy Transition series. On May 19 and May 26 there will be community events--open to all--at which we will discuss and plan for the post-carbon future! We'll keep you informed--or go to JP New Economy Transition for details.

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Exhaust the Limits: The Life and Times of a Global Peacemaker
WHEN Mon., May 16, 2011, 12 p.m.
WHERE Hauser Hall, Room 102
Harvard Law School Campus
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Ethics, Humanities, Law, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
SPEAKER(S) Charles F. “Chic” Dambach, president & CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding
COST Free
NOTE Chic Dambach will discuss his new memoir, "Exhaust the Limits: The Life and Times of a Global Peacemaker," which recounts his remarkable life story. Inspired by the leaders, causes, and music of the 1960s, Chic set out to dedicate his life to peace-building. He later became president of the National Peace Corps Association, Operation Respect, and several other national organizations. "Exhaust the Limits" is a compelling story of Chic’s lifelong dedication to the work of peace-making, and an inspiring read for activists young and old. For more information on the book, visit www.exhaustthelimits.org.
Sandwiches, drinks, and dessert will be served.
LINK http://www.pon.harvard.edu/daily/exhaust-the-limits-the-life-and-times-of-a-global-peacemaker/

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Western Media Partnerships with China: Opportunities and Obstacles — An Inside Perspective

WHEN Tue., May 17, 2011, 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
WHERE CGIS South, Room S153, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies: Visiting Scholar Presentation
SPEAKER(S) Mable Chan, journalist and visiting scholar at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
COST Free and open to the public
CONTACT INFO lkluz@fas.harvard.edu
NOTE In the past decade since China joined the World Trade Organization, the Chinese government has gradually opened up its media market for foreign investment, co-production, and partnerships. Many global multimedia conglomerates have swarmed in to stage a presence, but few have yet claimed success. In the midst of a fast changing environment that sends mixed messages of business cooperation and government crackdown, foreign entertainment and information media companies continue to explore new grounds for business. Drawing from her work experience with western and Chinese TV networks, research and interviews with journalists, media professionals, and scholars in China and the United States, Mable Chan will discuss recent developments and implications for western media partnerships with China.
LINK http://fairbank.fas.harvard.edu/event/mable-chan

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Monday, May 16, 20112:00pm – 3:00pm
Wyss Institute, Room 521, 3 Blackfan Circle, Boston, MA 02115

CanDo: Computer-aided engineering for DNA Origami
Speaker: Mark Bathe, Department of Biological Engineering, MIT
Host: Peng Yin, Core Faculty, Wyss Institute, Assistant Professor, Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School
Scaffolded DNA origami technology uniquely enables the programmed self-assembly of complex nanometer-scale objects of precise shape, mechanical properties, and chemical composition. The development of efficient computational tools to predict the three-dimensional solution shape and mechanical properties of DNA origami structures from designed sequences is of interest to enhance the rational design process of these structures for applications in synthetic biology and medicine. In this talk Mark Bathe will present one such computational tool called CanDo (Computer-aided engineering for DNA origami, http://cando.dna-origami.org) that predicts the solution shape and mechanical properties of scaffolded DNA origami designs based on input caDNAno (http://cadnano.org) design files (Figure 1)[1, 2]. The utility of this design tool is illustrated by application to a range of non-linear structures that include internal curvature and twist. He will discuss ongoing work in his group aimed at incorporating sequence specificity of nucleotide hybridization free energy into this computational framework, which will enable the automated, unsupervised design of DNA origami structures based on target shape and property specifications.

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Genevieve Bell - Divining a Digital Future

When: Monday, May 16, 2011
3:30pm - 5:00pm; refreshments served
Where: IBM Research, 1 Rogers St, Cambridge MA 02142
Free and open to the public with RSVP at http://genevieve-bell.eventbrite.com
Discounted parking at Galleria Mall, next to IBM. Bring parking ticket for validation.
Join us at the IBM Center for Social Software for a talk with
Genevieve Bell
Intel Fellow, Intel Labs
Director, Interaction & Experience Research

Genevieve Bell joined Intel in 1998 as a researcher in Corporate Technology Group's People and Practices Research team — Intel's first social science oriented research team. She helped drive the company's first non-U.S. field studies to inform business group strategy and products and conducted groundbreaking work in urban Asia in the early 2000s. Bell has been the driving force behind Intel's emerging user-experience focus: over the last decade, she has fundamentally changed how Intel envisions, plans, and develops its platforms.

Bell currently leads an R&D team of social scientists, interaction designers, human factors engineers, and a range of technology researchers to create the next generation of compelling user experiences across a range of internet-connected devices, platforms, and services. She will drive user-centered experience and design across the compute continuum.

Prior to joining Intel, Bell was a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. She has written more than 25 journal articles and book chapters on a range of subjects focused on the intersection of technology and society. Her book, "Divining the Digital Future," co-authored with Prof. Paul Dourish, will be released by MIT Press in spring 2011.

Raised in Australia, Bell received her bachelor's degree in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College in 1990. She received her master's and doctorate degrees in anthropology from Stanford University in 1993 and 1998, respectively.

Register at http://genevieve-bell.eventbrite.com/

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Excitonics Seminar Series: Theory of light-harvesting in photosynthesis: From structure to function
Speaker: Thomas Renger, Freie Universitat Berlin
Time: 3:00p–4:00p
Location: MIT 36- 428, RLE Conference Room
Web site: http://www.rle.mit.edu/excitonics/events.htm
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for Excitonics, Energy Frontier Research Center, US Dept. of Energy
For more information, contact:
Cathy Bourgeois
617-253-0085
cmbourg@mit.edu

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Schmitt Lecture/Biology Colloquium
Time: 4:00p–5:00p
Location: MIT 32-123
"Switching on regeneration"
Clifford Woolf, Harvard Medical School
Web site: http://mit.edu/biology/www/biology/colloquium.html
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Biology
For more information, contact:
Linda Earle
lkn@mit.edu

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May 17, 2011

6:00pm - 8:30pm Smarter Living Expo
Cambridge Public Library 449 Broadway Cambridge, MA
A unique and fascinating discussion among Swiss and US building experts to address the challenges of sustainable buildings.RSVP requested.
http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1075391-9PneY8RRIR
sabine@swissnexboston.org
*Cambridge Climate Change Week is being organized by the Cambridge Climate Emergency Action Group (CCEAG) and was proclaimed by the Cambridge City Council. You can find us on the web at www.cceag.org or find us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ *

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7:00pm - 9:00pm "Witnesses of Climate Change"
The Laboratory at Harvard University, 52 Oxford St, Cambridge MA
Eyewitness accounts of how changing climate and extreme weather events are already impacting people and agriculture, from Kenya and Argentina to the U.S. Midwest.
http://cceag.org/node/13
Contact Name: John Pitkin 617 388 4448
*Cambridge Climate Change Week is being organized by the Cambridge Climate Emergency Action Group (CCEAG) and was proclaimed by the Cambridge City Council. You can find us on the web at www.cceag.org or find us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ *

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Sustainability in Spain: A Global Approach Involving Major Economic, Social and Environmental Issues
WHEN Tue., May 17, 2011, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
WHERE RCC conference room
26 Trowbridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Real Colegio Complutense
SPEAKER(S) Ernest Reig, University of Valencia
COST Free
CONTACT INFO rcc_info@harvard.edu
NOTE in English
LINK http://www.realcolegicomplutense.harvard.edu

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Harvard/Cambridge Walk for Peace
WHEN Wed., May 18, 2011, 12 – 12:20 p.m.
WHERE John Harvard Statue
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Ethics, Social Sciences, Special Events, Support/Social, Working@Harvard
NOTE Nearly 10 years of war. Thousands of American lives, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghani lives, trillions of dollars. Come remember, mourn, and protest.

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May 18, 2011

1:15pm Webcast: Carbon Tax vs. Carbon Trading
Online
Professor Sampford outlines a number of arguments for the superiority of carbon taxes over carbon trading schemes and outlines a proposal for a carbon added tax.
http://carbonwebcast.eventbrite.com/
Contact Name: Portia Gama unuony@unu.edu

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Inorganic Chemistry Seminar Series: Arturo Pizano - Nocera Group - MIT
Speaker: Arturo Pizano
Time: 4:15p–6:00p
Location: MIT 6-120
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Chemistry
For more information, contact:
Macall Zimmerman
617 253-9385
coombs@mit.edu

Editorial Comment: The Nocera Group is working on the artificial leaf, a project that may allow each household to have an autonomous source of electricity and heat powered by sunlight with water as the "fuel".

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Killing in the Name of God or Land? Religious Violence along Civilizational Faultlines
WHEN Thu., May 19, 2011, 12:15 – 2 p.m.
WHERE Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369, Harvard Kennedy School
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR International Security Program
SPEAKER(S) John F. McCauley, research fellow, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program
CONTACT INFO susan_lynch@harvard.edu
LINK http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/events/5530/killing_in_the_name_of_god_or_land_religious_violence_along_civilizational_faultlines.html

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*Thursday, May 19, afternoon*: City Sprouts Open Garden at an elementary school to be announced.
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*Cambridge Climate Change Week is being organized by the Cambridge Climate Emergency Action Group (CCEAG) and was proclaimed by the Cambridge City Council. You can find us on the web at www.cceag.org or find us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ *

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Bio-inspired Adaptive Coloration of Nanomaterials
WHEN Thu., May 19, 2011, 3 – 4 p.m.
WHERE Pierce Hall 209
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Lecture, Science
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology at Harvard
SPEAKER(S) Roger T. Hanlon, senior scientist, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA and professor, ecology & evolutionary biology, Brown University
COST Free. All are welcome to attend.
CONTACT INFO Marina DiDonato-McLaughlin: marina@seas.harvard.edu, 617.495.1508
LINK http://www.seas.harvard.edu/news-events/calendars/kavli-lectures/bio-inspired-adaptive-coloration-of-nanomaterials

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**Thursday, May 19, 5:00 - 7:00pm*: TROMP Traffic Tutorial at *Central Square intersection* by Travel Responsibility Mentoring and Outreach Project. The "tutorial" aims to instruct travelers about the LAWS of the road and how ignoring them endangers others and themselves.
*Cambridge Climate Change Week is being organized by the Cambridge Climate Emergency Action Group (CCEAG) and was proclaimed by the Cambridge City Council. You can find us on the web at www.cceag.org or find us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ *

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*Thursday, May 19, 7:00 - 9:00pm*: HEET Vampire Hunt and Efficiency Ware Party. Conducted by the Home Energy Efficiency Team.
First Church Congregational, 11 Garden St, Cambridge.
map *
*Cambridge Climate Change Week is being organized by the Cambridge Climate Emergency Action Group (CCEAG) and was proclaimed by the Cambridge City Council. You can find us on the web at www.cceag.org or find us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ *

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Data visualizations: Using data to explain the world around us

Thursday, May 19, 2011
7:00 PM
Boston Globe
135 Morrissey Blvd.
Dorchester, MA 02108

Ben Fry, who is principal of Fathom, a design and software consultancy in Boston, is a co-developer of Processing, an open source programming environment for teaching computational design and sketching interactive media software. The software won a Golden Nica from the Prix Ars Electronica in 2005. The project also received the 2005 Interactive Design prize from the Tokyo Type Director's Club. In 2007, Casey Reas and Fry published Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists with MIT Press, and in 2010, they published Getting Started with Processingwith O'Reilly and MAKE. Processing 1.0 was released in November 2008, and is used by tens of thousands of people every week.
He received his doctoral degree from the Aesthetics + Computation Group at the MIT Media Laboratory, where his research focused on combining fields such as computer science, statistics, graphic design, and data visualization as a means for understanding information. After completing his thesis, he spent time developing tools for visualization of genetic data as a postdoc with Eric Lander at the Eli & Edythe L. Broad Insitute of MIT & Harvard. During the 2006-2007 school year, Ben was the Nierenberg Chair of Design for the Carnegie Mellon School of Design. At the end of 2007, he finished writing Visualizing Data for O'Reilly.

Glenn McDonald is the designer and product manager for Needle (www.needlebase.com), ITA Software's graph database and platform for data collection, collation, curation, exploration, analysis and republishing. He is also the court statistician for heavy metal, and a caped data vigilante. He believes that data is important, and that computers can and should be tools for people to make sense out of what they supposedly know. ITA and Needlebase were recently acquired by Google.

Daigo Fujiwara, an infographics designer for the Boston Globe/boston.com, was born and grew up in Japan. He came to Massachusetts as a high school foreign exchanging student and as a baseball fanatic, found himself right at home with Red Sox Nation right at home. He has also worked at the Christian Science Monitor, Inc Magazine and FastCompany Magazine.

Plenty of parking & access from the Red Line. (It's a 5 min walk from the JFK/UMass stop.)

http://meetupbos.hackshackers.com/events/16987682/?a=me1p_lnm&rv=me1p

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Linking Food Production, Nature Conservation, and Sovereignty: Land Use in the Chaco Region of Northern Argentina
WHEN Thu., May 19, 2011, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
WHERE RCC conference room
26 Trowbridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR Real Colegio Complutense
SPEAKER(S) Cristina Herrero
COST Free
CONTACT INFO rcc_info@harvard.edu
NOTE in English
LINK http://www.realcolegicomplutense.harvard.edu

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Friday, May 20, 7:30pm*: Fred Small concert at First Parish in Cambridge UU, 1446 Mass. Ave. Many of his songs have an environmental theme.
map
http://www.firstparishcambridge.org/ *
*Cambridge Climate Change Week is being organized by the Cambridge Climate Emergency Action Group (CCEAG) and was proclaimed by the Cambridge City Council. You can find us on the web at www.cceag.org or find us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ *

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Saturday, May 21, 10:00 - 11:30am*:**Urban Gardening Seminar, sponsored by City of Cambridge Options for urban home gardening: in yards, containers, roofs, wherever! Cambridge Main Library conference room, 449 Broadway.
map *
*Cambridge Climate Change Week is being organized by the Cambridge Climate Emergency Action Group (CCEAG) and was proclaimed by the Cambridge City Council. You can find us on the web at www.cceag.org or find us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ *

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Saturday, May 21, Noon - 3:30pm*: *Climate Week Finale: ActionFest*. Action oriented booths, speakers, commitments project, food. Celebrate our community's efforts and commit to specific actions you will take to fight climate change.
*Cambridge College, 1000 Mass Ave.
*map *
*Cambridge Climate Change Week is being organized by the Cambridge Climate Emergency Action Group (CCEAG) and was proclaimed by the Cambridge City Council. You can find us on the web at www.cceag.org or find us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ *

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GREEN Entrepreneur Small Business Forum

Come to the Codman Square section of Dorchester on Saturday, May 21st, from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

Talk to our panel of experienced GREEN and small business owners!

Meet knowledgeable professionals who can help you move your business ideas from thought to action!

Learn what you need to know about MBE/WBE; Bank Financing and programs with the SBA at our workshops!

Seating is limited, you MUST pre-register

To register and for more information, contact Owen at

(617) 427-6293 – otoney@comcast.net

or Go to the Link Below

www.foundationforagreenfuture.org/upcoming_events

Green Entrepreneur Small Business Forum

presented by Green Neighbors Education Committee and Foundation for a Green Future, Inc

Have you been considering starting a green or small business?

Are you ready to become a Massachusetts Entrepreneur?

Are you currently a small or GREEN business owner?

When: Saturday, May 21 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Where: Codman Square Area, Dorchester, MA

Cost: FREE!

Seating is limited, you MUST pre-register*

Exciting and Knowledgeable Guest Speakers

Q & A Panel with Experienced GREEN Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

Workshops:

TD Bank - Applying for Bank Financing: What You Need to Know

U. S. Small Business Advantage - The SBA Advantage: An overview of SBA's programs and services

How to Become an MBE/WBE and Get State Contracts (Become a State Recognized Minority or Women-Owned Business)

*To register and for more information, contact Own at (617) 427-6293 - otoney@comcast.net or go to http://www.foundationforagreenfuture.org/upcoming_events

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Upcoming

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2011 GoGreen Awards

The City of Cambridge invites you to a breakfast to celebrate business and institutional leaders who have taken action to create a more sustainable future.

SwissNex Boston/ Consulate of Switzerland 420 Broadway Thursday, May 26, 2011 8:30-10:00 AM

Join business and community leaders working on energy, transportation, waste reduction, stormwater management

and other climate protection actions as we recognize this year’s award winners.

Thank you to Swissnex for the generous use of their facility.

If you are driving, please allow extra time due to Harvard commencement that morning.

RSVP to 617-349-4604 or randers@cambridgema.gov.

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May 27 - 30
"The Future of Biological Prototyping" - a diybio hackathon
http://futurelabcamp.com/

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Coming to Boston....
Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time
Join us at the Stuart Street Playhouse!
See the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy at the Stuart Street Playhouse in Boston! Green Fire shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement.

The film also illustrates Leopold's continuing influence, exploring current projects that connect people and land at the local level. Meet urban children in Chicago learning about local foods and ecological restoration. Meet ranchers in Arizona and New Mexico who maintain healthy landscapes by working on their own properties, and with their neighbors, in cooperative community conservation efforts. Meet wildlife biologists who are bringing threatened and endangered species, from cranes to Mexican wolves, back to the landscapes where they once thrived. Viewers will learn how Leopold's vision of a community that cares about both people and land ties all of these modern conservation stories together, and offers inspiration and insight for the future.

Learn more...

DATE: Thursday, June 2, 2011
TIME: Doors open at 6:00pm; remarks and film begin at 6:30pm
LOCATION: Stuart Street Playhouse
ADDRESS: 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
TICKETS: Available through Brown Paper Tickets, $8 advance/$10 door
MORE INFORMATION: http://www.greenfiremovie.com

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The presentations from the recent Affordable Comfort National Home Performance Conference are available online at
http://2011.acinational.org/downloadable_resources

Lots of good information from what some call the best energy conference in the USA on Deep Energy Retrofits to Community Energy Challenges with details on insulation, heat flow, energy metering, ducting, hot water, and many, many other topics. If you are a practical energy wonk, this should make your eyes light up.

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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.

https://www.carbonsalon.com/

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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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Artisan Asylum http://artisansasylum.com/

Sprout & Co: Community Driven Investigations http://thesprouts.org/studios

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@wellesley.edu

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Links to events at 60 colleges and universities at Hubevents http://hubevents.blogspot.com

Thanks to

Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the
Boston Area http://fhapgood.fastmail.fm/site02.html

Boston Area Computer User Groups http://www.bugc.org/

http://www.mitenergyclub.org/calendar/mit_events_template

http://sustainability.mit.edu/

http://www.environment.harvard.edu/events/calendar/

http://green.harvard.edu/events

http://microsoftcambridge.com/Events/tabid/57/Default.aspx

http://pechakuchaboston.org/blog/

http://boston.nerdnite.com/

http://www.meetup.com/

http://www.eventbrite.com/