Sunday, July 03, 2011

Energy (and Other) Events -July 3, 2011

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Japan Aftermath


Monday, July 04, 2011
300 of the world's best design theses on view at SA+P: Archiprix
Time: 9:00a–8:00p
Location: MIT 7-431, On the 4th floor above Lobby 7, at 77 Massachussets Avenue
A major exhibit on view throughout the summer at the School of Architecture + Planning is presenting 300 of the world's best thesis projects in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture.

Sponsored by Archiprix International, the biennial exhibit is the largest such presentation in the world -- more than 1,400 universities were invited to nominate their best graduating students -- and offers a rare opportunity for assessing current trends in design education around the world and architecture in general.

Hosted by SA+P's Platform for Permanent Modernity, a research program in the Department of Architecture, the exhibit opened May 30 as part of a two-week international event that also features intensive six-day workshops for about 100 of the students represented in the show, conducted at MIT by prominent designers from leading architecture schools in the United States.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
This event occurs daily through August 31, 2011, except May 30, 2011 and June 6, 2011.
Sponsor(s): School of Architecture and Planning, Arts at MIT
For more information, contact:
Alexander D'Hooghe
617 308 7386


We're looking forward to the third MOVING PLANET/BOSTON meeting this coming Tuesday, July 5, from 7:00 - 9:00p
at the Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA (Harvard Square T Stop).

We have made some significant progress on messaging (What's our ask? Come find out!).

We will use the meeting time to meet in committees. This is a perfect time to join!

Existing committees are:
- Outreach
- Main event planning
- Moving people from their communities to Boston
- Visuals/art/music/fun
- Communications (including messaging, web, pr, media)

We still need a fundraising committee!

Looking forward to see you on Tuesday!

Vanessa, Marla, and Craig
Better Future Project

Director of Community Outreach
Better Future Project


Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Come and take a look behind the curtains of the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab at our Summer Summit GSS 2011 on July 6th
Time: 9:00a–6:00p
Location: MIT E51-325
Free entry (wow); Please register ASAP till 7/5 via email:

While others are going on vacation, the research and game development at the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab ramps up! Right now students from Singapore and the US are working with our researchers and development team on novel game concepts, and visiting researchers are wracking their brains on different gaming related topics across a variety of fields. For the first time, we will draw back the curtains in the middle of the summer to provide insights into our current game development and research activities. We invite all interested and curious parties to join us for a day full of games and research.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies
For more information, contact:
Dr. Konstantin Mitgutsch
(617) 253-3599


WebAlive Global Auditorium for TEDxADVENTUREHUB
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (ET)
Cambridge Innovation Center
One Broadway
Cambridge MA

Event Details
Where have Virtual Worlds Come From and Where are they Going, meeting at Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC)
How will we use the virtual online space revolutionize communication and collaboration?

Learn the future of virtual worlds from one of the rising stars in this space. Understand the history of this technology and where it is trending. Find out why and how people like Bob Metcalfe have used this type of platform. This is building off a strategic/exciting partnership here between TEDxBoston and Avaya for our Adventure community. We will be meeting in person at the Cambridge Innovation Center. Please bring your computer as we run demo’s on this technology. We are also looking for people who have experience & interest in virtual worlds to help determine TEDxAdventure virtual world strategy.

Register at


Freedom for Disabled People Through Innovation
Thursday, July 07, 2011 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
1220 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02465

Event Details
Continuum's senior designers Jake Childs and Jung Tak and Leveraged Freedom Chair co-inventor Mario Bollini tell the story of how a technology that's changing lives in the most remote regions of the world also has the potential to affect lives here at home. Learn how Amos Winter was inspired to reinvent the wheelchair and later created the Mobility Lab at MIT. What elements of our day to day lives do we take for granted, and what it's like to live with a disability when unpaved roads and long distances challenge mobility? See how living in these conditions, experimentation with prototypes, and the design process lead to an innovation that is enabling people to travel further, faster and at a tenth of the cost of their previous option. This adventure provides a unique glimpse into the world and minds responsible for the products and aesthetics improving our lives every day.

Register at

Arab Spring Libyan Winter

As millions of people across the Middle East and North Africa fight for freedom against tyrannical regimes, US warplanes bomb Libya with the stated aim of protecting civilians. But what are the real aims of the government's intervention? How do they relate to its wars and other policies in the Middle East? And what can those of us inspired by the democratic uprisings do to help?

At 7 pm on Thursday, July 7, Boston UNAC is bringing speaker, educator and Counterpunch contributor Vijay Prashad to speak to these questions. Dr. Prashad is professor and director of international studies at Trinity College, the author most recently of The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World (winner of the Muzaffar Ahmed Book Prize for 2009), and the forthcoming co-edited collection Dispatches from Pakistan. He is soon to publish (in early 2012) The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South. A $5 donation is encouraged but all are welcome.

July 7th . 7:00 pm . Encuentro 5
33 Harrison Ave. . 5th Floor . Boston
United National Antiwar Committee / Boston
(781) 285-8622
United National Antiwar Committee of Boston (UNAC-Boston)


Artisan's Asylum Free Craft Fridays (July)
Friday, July 08, 2011 at 6:00 PM - Friday, July 22, 2011 at 11:00 PM (ET)
Artisan's Asylum
13 Joy Street
Somerville, MA 02143

Event Details
Artisan's Asylum is happy to announce that we are opening our craft spaces twice per month to the community to provide free access to our equipment and our space. Please join us on the 2nd and 4th Fridays in July from 6pm to 11pm. Bring food and drinks as you desire and join us for a night of projects and crafts.

All participants will be required to sign a code of conduct and a waiver before using any tools in the space. Members will have to pass a basic written safety test and demonstrate competent use of each tool they would like to use on an on-going basis.

Admission & Registration: Registration is not required, but if you would like to let us know that you are coming, it would help us plan accordingly.
Miscellaneous: If you'd like to bring food or drink to leave in the social area, we'd appreciate it!
Register at

Editorial Comment: Lots of different practical craft and trade opportunities at Artisan's Asylum (, including 3D printing. See Artisan's Asylum entry in Resource section below.


We're excited for next weekend's Climate Organizer Workshop that will be held at the Boston Community Church in Copley Square! This will be a fantastic opportunity to connect with other activists, learn new and hone existing organizing skills, and get energized to make this coming year a turning point in moving us beyond fossil fuels!

The workshop will be co-facilitated by co-founder, Jeremy Osborne, and Better Future Project staff.

Please RSVP TODAY for the workshop! If you can't attend, please feel free to recommend someone you think would be interested in participating.
Space is limited to 40.

The schedule is as follows:

Dates & Times:
Friday, July 8th (evening) 7 to 10pm (snack and drinks provided)
Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10 -- 9am to 4pm (breakfast & lunch will be served Sat. & Sun., and we'll get together for dinner Saturday night)
Location: Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116

If you are coming from out of town and need a place to sleep, let us know and we'll connect you to someone locally with whom you can stay.

Content will cover:

Know the Problem - climate science and impacts - 1 hr
Know the Solutions - climate politics and solutions - 1 hr
Why organize? - 1 hr
Tell your story - 1.5 hr
Build a movement - 1.5 hr
Strategize and Powermap - 1.5 hr
Build a campaign - 1.5 hr
Plan an action - 1.5 hr
People power - 1.5 hr
Spread the word - in the media - 1 hr
Put it all together - 1 hr

Pick and choose sessions:
Get creative
Engage your officials
Spread the word - online


Egypt: Between Revolution and Co-optation

Join Middle East expert Adam Hanieh for a UNAC educational conference call on Sunday July 10th at 4pm EDT. He will speak and answers questions about the prospects and challenges for the ongoing Egyptian Revolution and Arab Spring. In particular he will discuss how the U.S. and its allies are attempting to hijack the revolution through a $20 billion aid package. The U.S. hopes to buy off popular forces and get them to accept further neoliberalization of their economy.

Hanieh is a lecturer in Developmental Studies at the School for Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He analyzed the U.S. strategy of coopting the revolution in a widely distributed article, 'Egypt's 'Orderly Transition'? International Aid and the Rush to Structural Adjustment.' He is the author of the forthcoming book, Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States.

Conference Call Date, Time, Number and Code
Sunday July 10, 4pm EDT
Conference Dial-in Number: (605) 477-2100
Participant Access Code: 705493#




[July 11] Cultivating New voices, Approaches, and Audiences
for national - and international - reporting in an era of global interconnectedness and shrinking news budgets
Monday, July 11, 5:00 pm
Harvard Law School, Location TBA
Free and Open to the Public; RSVP required (see below)

The Berkman Center will host a conversation about the challenges of reporting international stories to US and Global audiences. In an age of shrinking news budgets, American newspapers and broadcasters are producing less original reporting of international stories. And while gripping events like the Arab Spring capture the attention of the public, many important international stories fail to garner widespread attention. The challenges for international reporting are both ones of supply (who reports the news from around the world?) and demand (who pays attention?).

This conversation was inspired by Berkman Fellow Persephone Miel, whose work focused on how compelling narrative and context for international stories could make unfamiliar international news more accessible to American and global audiences. Her efforts to support and promote talented local, non-US journalists whose work has the potential for global impact, but who need to overcome significant obstacles to succeed, are continued through a fellowship established in her honor by thePulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, in partnership with Internews.

Journalists Fatima Tlisova (Voice of America) and Pulitzer Prize winner Dele Olojede will join Ethan Zuckerman (Berkman Center/Global Voices), Colin Maclay (Berkman Center), Ivan Sigal (Global Voices) and the Miel family for a discussion and reflection on these questions, and on Persephone's work and the journalistic values she championed.

Fatima Tlisova is an investigative journalist, researcher and expert on the North Caucasus region of Russia. She has written extensively on Circassian nationalism, the role of Islam in regional affairs, human rights abuses during the military operations in the North Caucasus, torture, disappearances and corruption. She was Editor in Chief of the Regnum News Agency, worked as a special correspondent of Novaya Gazeta, and reported for RFE/RL and for the Associated Press.

Dele Olojede is the publisher of NEXT, NextOnSunday and, which provide news and informed opinion primarily for a Nigerian audience to further the common good. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a former foreign editor at New York Newsday, he is chairman of the Global Network Initiative International Advisory Council and a member of the governing board of the Aspen Institute's Africa Leadership Initiative.

Ethan Zuckerman served a fellow of the Berkman Center from 2003 through 2009. Since 2009, he's been a senior researcher at the center, working on projects that focus on the impact of technology and media on the developing world and on quantitative analysis of media. With Hal Roberts, he is working on comparative studies of tools for censorship circumvention, techniques for blocking-resistant publishing for human rights sites and on the Media Cloud framework for quantitative study of digital media.

Colin M. Maclay is the Managing Director of the Berkman Center, where he is privileged to work in diverse capacities with its faculty, staff, fellows and extended community to realize its ambitious goals. His broad aim is to effectively and appropriately integrate information and communication technologies (ICTs) with social and economic development, focusing on the changes Internet technologies foster in society, policy and institutions.

Ivan Sigal is the Executive Director of Global Voices (, a non-profit online global citizens’ media initiative. Previously, as a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Ivan Sigal focused on how increased media and information access and participation using new technologies affect conflict-prone areas. He spent over ten years working in media development in the former Soviet Union and Asia, supporting and training journalists and working on media co-productions, and also working as a photographer. During that time Sigal worked for Internews Network, as Regional Director for Asia, Central Asia, and Afghanistan.

URL: **RSVP by July 8, 2011 at 12PM** You will receive an email confirmation with details and the exact location of the event the week before the event takes place. Please note that although we may not be able to accommodate everyone that RSVPs, we will post video of the talk online in the weeks following.


Harvard Business Review In Person
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (ET)
Cambridge, MA

Harvard Business Review In Person: Spotlight on Collaboration

Join Harvard Business Review for a live event around the July/August issue Spotlight on Collaboration. HBR’s focused spotlight provides an in-depth look at issues that today’s managers are facing when fostering collaboration within their companies. Whether you’re leading teams; trying to spark creativity and innovation; or hoping to breakdown cultural barriers– HBR brings you the latest thinking on this important topic.

You will hear from HBR’s Editor-in-Chief, Adi Ignatius, as he leads a discussion with local business leaders on why collaboration has become a critical component to building successful teams not only inside companies, but also with partners and vendors around the globe.

HBR In Person will allow you the opportunity to network with Boston-area professionals and idea enthusiasts; mingle with HBR editors; and hear from local business leaders on how to effectively collaborate. HBR would also like to hear from you on the challenges you face in your daily work life.

The first 20 people to arrive will receive a special HBR gift bag. All attendees will receive a copy of the July/August issue of HBR and complimentary drink ticket.

Where: Microsoft NERD Center
One Memorial Drive Cambridge, MA 02142
When: Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 5:30-7:30 pm
Hashtag: #HBRlive

About Harvard Business Review
Harvard Business Review is the leading destination for smart management thinking. Through its flagship magazine, books, and digital content and tools published on, Harvard Business Review aims to provide professionals around the world with rigorous insights and best practices to help lead themselves and their organizations more effectively and to make a positive impact.

Visit Harvard Business Review at


Join us on July 12 at 7pm EDT to find out how Transition Initiatives – locally based efforts to prepare our communities for a world impacted by peak oil and climate change - overlaps with Resilience Circles and Common Security Clubs

with Carolyne Statyon, Executive Director of Transition US, and Chuck Collins of Resilience Circles and Common Security Clubs and Conrad Willemon and Ralph Schmoldt who are working with both Transition initiatives and Resilience Circles in their communities of Newburyport, MA and Portland, OR.

Please join this conversation - register here:

Both Transition initiatives and Resilience Circles are community-minded approaches. This contrasts to many of the “solutions” to economic and environmental challenges we read about, which are either at the itty bitty individual level, or the super-huge global policy level.

These can both be disempowering. Sure, we can change our light bulbs to fluorescents, but at some level we all wonder how much impact my few bulbs really have. Even harder, how can I possibly get world governments on board with a fair energy descent plan?

But like that third bowl of porridge Goldilocks found, the community level solution feels just right.

Transition and Resilience Circles are right at that level, albeit at different sizes. Your Resilience Circle is your small “affinity” support group of about 10 – 20 people. They’re the folks who you can turn to for support, motivation, and mutual aid. Meanwhile, Transition initiatives aim to transform the larger communities we are a part of. These are complementary and crucial components of social change.

To hear more and share your own thoughts, register for our webinar with Transition US:

And - next time you read a book or article whose only proposed solutions are eliminating corn subsidies and/or changing those bulbs, write to that author and tell them they’re missing the Goldilocks level: the community-level solution.



Yes We CAN, have a nuclear free, safe and green future.

Join us at:
Festival for a Nuclear Free Future
Copley Square, Boston
July 16th Saturday, 2:00pm-5:00pm.

There will be:
Puppets, Rutsubo Taiko Drummers. Japanese Dancers, Short talks,
The Public Interest Band (Classical Rock Band), hip-hop and more.

Dont miss this fun, family-friendly, and educational events !

Learn more at:


A Conversation with Rob Hopkins (and hosted by Richard Heinberg)
Date: Monday, July 18, 2011 - 8:00am - 9:15am
Note: All Transition US virtual events are Pacific Time (PT)

Join us for a conversation with Rob Hopkins. Rob needs no introduction really but if you are new to the concept of "Transition" then this is a great opportunity to learn from the source.
Rob Hopkins is the originator of the Transition concept and co-founder of the Transition Network. He spent many years teaching permaculture and cob building, mostly when living in Ireland. Now based in Totnes, he is a member of Transition Town Totnes, works part time for Transition Network, publishes, is author of the ‘Transition Handbook’ and generally spends far too much time thinking about Transition stuff. He is also a Trustee of the Soil Association.

Rob is a family man with 4 sons, Rowan, Finn, Cian and Arlo, and is deeply in love with the raised beds he just finished building.

We are excited to announce that Richard Heinberg will be hosting this call.

Phone: (707) 763-1100




Free Solar Panels for Houses of Worship

From a recent Mass Interfaith Power & Light ( email
"We've recently been talking with DCS Energy ( who has an unbeatable offer: if your site qualifies, they design and install the panels at no cost, don't charge you for any electricity, and donate the system to your house of worship after five years. Your only costs will be for a building permit, possibly a structural engineer to verify that your roof can support their weight, and any preparatory work such as roof work or tree removal. If solar panels are so expensive how can anyone give them away for free? First, there is a federal grant program that is only available until November that pays for 30% of the cost of the system. Then there is an accelerated depreciation option that gives certain kinds of investors another tax advantage. Finally, the state awards a special allowance called a "Solar Renewal Energy Credit" (SRECs) to owners of solar electricity systems which are sold at auctions to utilities who buy them to meet their requirements under the Massachusetts' renewable portfolio standard. DCS is betting that the price of these SRECs will remain high. Jim Nail, president of MA IP&L, has talked to DCS Energy and is currently having them prepare a proposal for his church, St. Dunstan's Episcopal in Dover. Jim says, "The references I've talked to have been quite positive about the program and the company has been very responsive. "If you think your site might qualify, contact Peter Carli,, with the address of your house of worship and your contact information. He'll take a preliminary look at your site and advise you if it meets their criteria."


Young World Inventors ( has started a Kickstarter campaign ( to fund insider web stories of African and American innovators in collaboration, whom Diane Hendrix will be following with her camera from June 23 to August 2 in Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. They are building a community and raising funds for production and editing.

One of the people she will be following is Bernard Kiwia, a Tanzanian inventor who teamed up with MIT grad Jodie Wu to start Global Cycle Solutions in Arusha, near the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. They are starting with ten insider stories of innovators (high and low tech) in East Africa on a new interactive site, with collaborators who'll help distribute stories, such as AITI, who who led us to some fascinating projects (see our intro to AITI on YouTube).

Editorial Comment: I too have met Bernard Kiwia and am deeply impressed by the variety of projects and collaborations happening between Africa and the USA. Bernard's bicycle cell phone charger is only one of the many innovative ideas coming out of young African and American imaginations and expertise these days.


What you need to know: The Staples Youth Social Entrepreneur (YSE) Competition is a global competition created by Staples Foundation and Ashoka to recognize exceptional young people using innovation and technology to advance social change and improve their community and the world.

Who’s eligible?: Young people (age 12-24), living anywhere in the world, are eligible to apply.

Dates and details: Apply online between June 22 and September 19, 2011.

For more information:
Laura Sampath
MIT International Development Initiative
77 Mass Ave, 10-110
Cambridge MA 02139

Sign up for the 2011 Yunus Challenge Facebook page:


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 at 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."


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:
twitter: MedfordFarmMkt
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




Cambridge Residents!
Trade in your old inefficient air conditioners:
Cambridge Energy Alliance (CEA), in partnership with the City of Cambridge and local retailers, is offering residents through July, the chance to swap old air conditioning units for new energy Star-rated window models. Participants will receive $125 voucher for purchasing Energy Star -rated air conditioners which use about 10% less energy. For more information call: (617) 491-0488.


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 (, contains many other findings.


The presentations from the recent Affordable Comfort National Home Performance Conference are available online at

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.


Free Monthly Energy Analysis

CarbonSalon is a free service that every month can automatically track your energy use and compare it to your past energy use (while controlling for how cold the weather is). You get a short friendly email that lets you know how you’re doing in your work to save energy.


Boston Food System

"The Boston Food System [listserv] provides a forum to post announcements of events, employment opportunities, internships, programs, lectures, and other activities as well as related articles or other publications of a non-commercial nature covering the area's food system - food, nutrition, farming, education, etc. - that take place or focus on or around Greater Boston (broadly delineated)."

The Boston area is one of the most active nationwide in terms of food system activities - projects, services, and events connected to food, farming, nutrition - and often connected to education, public health, environment, arts, social services and other arenas. Hundreds of organizations and enterprises cover our area, but what is going on week-to-week is not always well publicized.

Hence, the new Boston Food System listserv, as the place to let everyone know about these activities. Specifically:
Use of the BFS list will begin soon, once we get a decent base of subscribers. Clarification of what is appropriate to announce and other posting guidelines will be provided as well.

It's easy to subscribe right now at


Artisan Asylum

Sprout & Co: Community Driven Investigations

Greater Boston Solidarity Economy Mapping Project
a project by Wellesley College students that invites participation, contact

------------------------'s Guide to Boston


Links to events at 60 colleges and universities at Hubevents

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Fred Hapgood's Selected Lectures on Science and Engineering in the
Boston Area

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