Sunday, June 03, 2012

Energy (and Other) Events - June 3, 2012

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Solar Scorecard:  Lifecycle Costs of Solar Electricity Production


NB:  This edition covers the next two weeks because there are fewer events happening as the schools head into hiatus and because your editor is off to a conference that will keep me occupied next Sunday.

Monday, June 4

International Conference on Technology and Innovation for Global Development: Schumpeter and Polymer Research
Monday, June 4, 2012 
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Harvard, Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

The aim of the “International Conference on Technology and Innovation for Global Development” (3–5 June, 2012) is to explore how emerging technologies are shaping global economies and human wellbeing. It takes stock of the relevance of the work of Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter for developing countries and applies it to advances in polymer research—an emerging field with profound implications for global development in diverse fields such as industry, agriculture, health, water, shelter and environmental management.
The conference coincides with the centenary of the publication of Schumpeter’s seminal work, The Theory of Economic Development (1911). The conference will be held in conjunction with the annual Innovation for Economic Development executive program. The conference will bring together participants from academia, industry, government and civil society to explore advances in polymer research and its application to global development. It will also examine efforts to design new institutional arrangements aimed at harnessing the power of polymer technology for improving human wellbeing and enhancing global competitiveness.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center of Excellency PoliMaT - Polymer Materials and Technologies, Slovenia.
DAY ONE (location: Starr Auditorium, 2nd floor Belfer building, unless noted otherwise)
8:00-9:00 Registration & continental breakfast (Taubman Rotunda)
9:00-9:15 Pre-recorded remarks by President of Slovenia, Dr. Danilo Türk
9:15-9:30 Remarks by Dr. Venkatesh Narayanamurti
9:45-11:15 Panel discussion #1: Innovation in Health
11:15-12:45 Panel discussion #2: Innovation Systems and Institutions
12:45-1:45 Lunch
1:45-3:15 Panel discussion #3: Innovation in Action
3:15-4:45 Panel discussion #4: Innovation Policy
4:45-5:45 F.M. Scherer
5:45-6:45 Book Talk by Donnie Maclurcan 

The aim of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project (STG) is to undertake research, conduct training, provide policy advice, and disseminate information on interactions between technological innovation and globalization, with particular emphasis on implications for developing countries. For more information, please visit

Tuesday, June 5

International Conference on Technology and Innovation for Global Development: Schumpeter and Polymer Research
Tuesday, June r, 2012 
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Harvard, Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge

The aim of the “International Conference on Technology and Innovation for Global Development” (3–5 June, 2012) is to explore how emerging technologies are shaping global economies and human wellbeing. It takes stock of the relevance of the work of Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter for developing countries and applies it to advances in polymer research—an emerging field with profound implications for global development in diverse fields such as industry, agriculture, health, water, shelter and environmental management.
The conference coincides with the centenary of the publication of Schumpeter’s seminal work, The Theory of Economic Development (1911). The conference will be held in conjunction with the annual Innovation for Economic Development executive program. The conference will bring together participants from academia, industry, government and civil society to explore advances in polymer research and its application to global development. It will also examine efforts to design new institutional arrangements aimed at harnessing the power of polymer technology for improving human wellbeing and enhancing global competitiveness.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center of Excellency PoliMaT - Polymer Materials and Technologies, Slovenia.
DAY TWO (location: Starr Auditorium, 2nd floor Belfer building, unless noted otherwise)
8:00-9:00 Day two registration and continental breakfast (Taubman Rotunda)
9:00-10:30 Sujata Bhatia
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:45 Gerd Meier zu Köcker
11:45-12:00 Break
12:00-1:00 Alec Hansen
1:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:00 Colin McCormick
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:15 Tim Tangredi
4:30 Closing

The aim of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project (STG) is to undertake research, conduct training, provide policy advice, and disseminate information on interactions between technological innovation and globalization, with particular emphasis on implications for developing countries. For more information, please visit


Book Talk, Andrew Blum, Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon Street, Boston
This event is open to the public.

Through technology we are all connected now, the pundits tell us. But connected to what, exactly? InTubes, journalist Andrew Blum takes readers on a narrative tour behind the scenes of our everyday lives to see the heart of the Internet itself.

When former Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska famously described the Internet as “a series of tubes,” he seemed hopelessly, foolishly trapped in an old way of knowing the world. But he wasn’t wrong. After all, as Blum writes, the Internet exists: for all the talk of the “placelessness” of our digital age, the Internet is as fixed in real, physical places as any railroad or telephone ever was. It fills enormous buildings, converges in some places and avoids others, and it flows through tubes underground, up in the air, and under the oceans all over the world. You can map it, you can smell it, and you can even visit it.

From the room in Los Angeles where the Internet flickered to life to the busiest streets in Manhattan as new fiber optic cable is laid down; from the coast of Portugal as a 10,000 mile undersea cable just two thumbs’ wide is laid down to connect Europe and West Africa to the wilds of the Pacific Northwest where Google, Microsoft and Facebook have built monumental data centers—Blum visits them all to chronicle the dramatic story of the Internet’s development, explain how it all works, and capture the spirit of the (virtual) place.

Andrew Blum is a correspondent at Wired magazine and a contributing editor at Metropolis. His work has also appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times, Business Week, Slate, and Popular Science. He lives in New York City.


Watch me play: Live streaming, computer games, and the future of spectatorship
Tuesday, June 5, 12:30 pm
Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor
RSVP required for those attending in person at
This event will be webcast live at 12:30 pm ET at and archived on our site shortly after.

T. L. Taylor
Computer gaming has long been a social activity, complete with forms of spectatorship. With the growth of live-streaming the boundaries of audience are shifting. Professional e-sports players and amateurs alike are broadcasting their play online and in turn growing communities. But interesting issues lurk around notions of audience (and revenue), IP and licensing, and the governance and management of these spaces. This talk will present some preliminary inquiries into this emerging intersection of "social media," gaming, and broadcasting.
About TL
T.L. Taylor is Associate Professor in the Center for Computer Games Research and a founding member of the Center for Network Culture at the IT University of Copenhagen. She has been working in the field of internet and multi-user studies for over fifteen years and has published on topics such as play and experience in online worlds, values in design, intellectual property, co-creative practices, avatars and digital embodiment, gender and gaming, and e-sports.
Her new book about professional computer gaming, Raising the Stakes:E-Sports and the Professionalization of Computer Gaming (MIT Press, 2012) has just been published. She is also the author of Play Between Worlds: Exploring Online Game Culture (MIT Press, 2006) which used her multi-year ethnography of EverQuest to explore issues related to massively multiplayer spaces. Her co-authored handbook on ethnography and virtual worlds (Princeton University Press) will be out summer 2012.
A Live Interactive Webcast: "Social Determinants of Health Disparities: Moving the Nation to Care about Social Justice”
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Family Service of Greater Boston, 31 Heath Street, 2nd Floor, Jamaica Plain
18th National Health Equity Research Webcast
(formerly the Annual Summer Public Health Research Videoconference on Minority Health)
Camara P. Jones, MD, PhD, MPH
Social Determinants of Health and Equity, Division of Epidemiologic and Analytic Methods for Population Health (p), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ronny A. Bell, PhD, MS
Professor, Wake Forest School of Medicine; Co-Director, Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity
Aida L. Giachello, PhD
Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Cedric M. Bright, MD, FACP, Moderator
Director, Office of Special Programs; Assistant Dean for Admissions, UNC School of Medicine
112th President, National Medical Association
Hosted by the Roxbury/Jamaica Plain Substance Use Coalition, a community-driven group inspiring and mobilizing individuals, families and communities to decrease the impact of substance use in our neighborhoods
Joining Voices
Supporting Community Strengths
Advocating for Change


Resilience Circle Webinar: Small Group Organizing 101

Want to start a Resilience Circle or small group for your community? Join this conversation for tips, tools, and inspiration!

Tuesday, June 5
3pm EDT / 12pm PDT
Register at


"The Last Venus Transit of the 21st Century."
Tuesday, June 5
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge

A rooftop viewing.  Won't happen again until 2117.


Lightning Project Talks
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge

Many of us are working on or have ideas for digital humanities projects. Let's meet together and share our projects and get feedback and support from the group. It can also be a good way to discover collaborators. There will also be wine and cheese accompanied unstructured conversation/networking at the end.

Wednesday, June 6

ANCIENT ANDEAN WISDOM FOR OUR TIMES - A talk by Don Alberto Taxo, Master teacher from Ecauador
7.30 P.M.

Refreshments will be served

Don Alberto is a teacher and healer of the Andean Quechua peoples.  He speaks of the need for head and heart to unite, and to bring technology and wisdom together in healing our earth. He brings simple, ancient practices that open the doors of perception to our connection with all life, through gratitude and enjoyment.

NOTE: there are other opportunities to meet Don Alberto:

For more intormation:
Events in Eastern Mass.--to make reservations etc.: Dori Smith,   978-835-5568
Don Alberto’s work:

Thursday, June 7

Doctoral Dissertation Defense:  Stratosphere-Troposphere Interaction during the Stratospheric Sudden Warming Events
Thursday, June 07, 2012
MIT, Building 54-915, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Speaker: Daniela Domeisen
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:  Carol Sprague

Digital Transformations of Research
June 7, 2012 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge

Ralph Schroeder  and Eric Meyer  of the Oxford Internet Institute will talk about digital transformations of research.
Abstract: There is a fundamental change taking place in the world of research: digital tools and data shared via electronic networks are having far-reaching effects. From 'big science' physics experiments like the Large Hadron Collider which is using distributed high-performance computing to analyze massive amounts of data to humanities scholars who digitize large volumes of text to uncover changing patterns of language use, networked digital research is having profound effects on the practices of researchers. From the Grid, to the Cloud, to Big Data, research practices are ever more tightly coupled to computing. These changes can be understood on a number of levels, including organizational changes, changes in knowledge production, and in the communication of research. We propose a model for understanding the connections among these. And although these changes take place in different ways in different disciplines, we argue that, like ripples in a pond, the changes add up to a broader transformation of the landscape of research.  

"Scientific Computing and Visualization." 
Thursday, June 7
BU:  Instructional Building (L Building) (Room L112), 72 East Concord Street, Boston

Erik Brisson.


Fukushima 2011 - Documentary Film
Thursday, June 7, 2012
6:00 PM
Eastman Laboratories, 182 Memorial Dr. Bldg 6-120, Cambridge,

"Fukushima 2011"
...the film delivers the reality of the residents exposed to radiation, living in desperate circumstances. Director Hidetaka Inazuka will be attending!!
Where:MIT / MIT6-120 http: //
Open:6pm Screen : 6:30pm 85min.
Tewassa Report :8pm
Ticket : Suggested Donation
Online Registration:
The film was directed by Hidetake Inazuka, who is known for his documentary, “Twice Bombed: The Legacy of Yamaguchi Tsutomu.” This documentary shows the distress of those who endured the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Focusing on Minamisoma city and Iitate village after the nuclear accident, the film delivers the reality of the residents exposed to radiation, living in desperate circumstances.
The film features mothers caring for their children, men working on farms, and the vice principal of a kindergarten; all regular people.
This disaster attacked these people and created unparalleled damage.
Please watch and learn about the current situation in these places.


A Public Address by Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Tawakkol Karman
WHEN  Thu., June 7, 2012, 6 p.m.
WHERE  JFK Jr. Forum, 79 JFK St. , Cambridge, MA 02138
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Institute of Politics, Center for Public Leadership, Women and Public Policy Program, Middle East Initiative, HLS Program on Negotiation
SPEAKER(S)  Tawakkol Karman, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011
NOTE  Karman received the prize for her work as a journalist and political activist in Yemen. Her address is the keynote for a CPL research conference, "Culture, Identity, and Change in the Middle East: Insights for Conflict and Negotiation."


DEVELOPMENT INNOVENTURES Salon! - SOKET: "Intrapreneurship as innovation engine for Developing World: Linking Electric Vehicles to Solar Irrigation"
Thurs, Jun 7th
 CIC , One Broadway, Cambridge
(NOTE: capacity will be limited to 30; accepted registrants will receive email confirmation of their participation)

A new corporate intrapreneurship model to stimulate innovation for poor communities in the developing world. Learn about their pilot project in partnership with Nissan to repurpose electric vehicle batteries to serve as storage for solar powered irrigation systems.
soket's founder, Naoto Kanehira would like to engage the group around a few questions:

Expansion strategy: Would soket's "intrapreneurship incubator" approach, stemming originally from Japanese corporate environment, also work in the US? Similarities and differences? How might soket tap into the local innovation resources in Boston/Cambridge?

Talent Sourcing: How to recruit professionals to get involved as intrapreneurs or part-time resources?
soket (, the name of which derives from "society" and "market",  is a not-for-profit consultancy and incubator specialized in market driven pro-poor innovations. It organizes "intrapreneurs" - professionals who innovate from within established organizations to mobilize corporate resources (talent, knowledge, technology, financial) - to generate, accelerate and formalize high-leverage ideas. soket's operations are based in Tokyo, Geneva, Delhi, Dhaka and Dakar, covering energy, water, agriculture, healthcare, ICT and finance. Current projects include: building a market for used lithium ion batteries from electric vehicles to be repurposed for flexible and mobile solar-powered irrigation (automaker); and establishing an investment fund and technical assistance facility to bridge the resources and intellectual property between developed and developing countries.
Naoto Kanehira (MIT MBA, HKS MPA '08) is a development professional and social entrepreneur. He is the Founder and President of soket and Economist with the Corporate Reform and Strategy Group of The World Bank. Prior to his current positions, Naoto worked for McKinsey consulting clients on growth and innovation strategies in telecom, electronics and automotive industries; the UNDP in former Yugoslav countries to launch base-of-the-pyramid (BOP) investment programs; and ICO/EUSR (International Civilian Office/European Union Special Representatives) in Kosovo on ethnic reconciliation embedded in private sector development. His passion is in connecting across geographical, institutional or disciplinary boundaries to promote breakthrough approaches to the pressing challenges of the world.
DEVELOPMENT INNOVENTURES SALON is a new forum bringing together Boston's Innovation-for-Development community. We brainstorm with emerging impact entrepreneurs attempting novel market- or technology-based solutions to intractable problems in the developing world. Salon participants problem-solve around key challenges these innovators face in launching and scaling their enterprises. The SALON aims to convene a multidisciplinary group of entrepreneurs, visionaries, business professionals, development professionals, investors, practitioners, technologists, academics, students, and polymaths.
Sign up for our mailing list:
Email us questions, comments, suggestions, ideas:


"Growing Change," a documentary on the just food system of Venezuela
Thursday, June 7th
7:00-8:30 PM
Lucy Parsons Center, 358A Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

Join the Consulate of Venezuela in Boston and the Bolivarian Circle "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." for a special screening of Growing Change, a documentary by Simon Cunich, about community-led revolution for a just food system in Venezuela.

Come learn how Venezuela is building a new food system from the ground up through powerful and inspiring footage and commentary straight from the heart of Venezuela's food revolution. Featuring Venezuelan farmers, fishers, and community leaders plus leading figures in the global food movement.

The film will be followed by first-hand reports from William Camacaro, a Venezuelan-born radio host and a long time social justice activist in New York City, who organizes food sovereignty delegations to Venezuela.

About the film: Growing Change is an inspiring new documentary that looks at one of the most exciting experiments in the world to grow a fair and sustainable food system. In Venezuela, from fishing villages to cacao plantations to urban gardens, a growing social movement is showing what?s possible when communities, not corporations, start to take control of food.

Check out the trailer:

For more information on food sovereignty in Venezuela:
phone: (617) 522-6098
Light refreshments will be served

Saturday, June 9

Saturday, June 9, 2012
Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

All community activists and residents, environmental justice advocates, lawyers, policymakers and others interested in public health and the environment in low income communities and communities of color are invited to attend.

Individuals may register for the event online by visiting the online registration page:  There is no cost to attend the event. Food, childcare, and great company are included. The deadline to register is May 18, 2012. Travel scholarships are available for individuals and groups that need assistance to attend.

For the first time in New England, residents of low income communities and communities of color, together with community organizers, attorneys, public health and environmental professionals and government officials will assemble for a one- day summit on environmental justice.  At the Summit attendees will share ideas, learn from one another and plan future work to address environmental and public health issues that especially affect low income communities and communities of color. NEEJF is a collaboration of Alternatives for Community and Environment, Connecticut Coalition for   Environmental Justice and Rhode Island Legal Services.

For more information, please contact Steve Fischbach: or 401-274-2652 ext.182


Cambridgeport Baptist Church Barnraising (energy upgrade work party)
Saturday, June 9
9 am - 1:30 pm
Corner of Magazine and Putnam, Central Square, Cambridge

Cambridgeport Baptist wants to lower its energy bills and impact on the planet. It serves not only as a church, but as a food pantry, meeting space and community support.

Skilled team leaders will teach you how to do the work, so you learn the hands-on skills to do the work in your own home.

It's a great way to meet neighbors and help the church and the neighborhood as a whole. Food will be served and a general good time had by all.

Sign up at

More information at or 

Greenup Medford
Saturday, June 9
Noon until 4 pm
At Whole Foods

Join Whole Foods Market in Medford for a fun and festive time for all ages. We'll have local artists selling handmade art designed with recycled materials and local green organizations here to show how you can make a difference. There will be a raffle and lots of great samples!

Monday, June 11
Guided tour of Deer Island Treatment Plant and its renewable energy and energy efficiency innovations
Monday, June 11
9:30 AM- 12:00 PM
Tour starts at 10:00 AM and lasts approximately 1.5 hours.  Space is limited.  
E-mail if you’re interested in joining the tour. This event is free.


The Transformation of the Datacenter: How to solve the exascale problem with this one weird trick discovered by a housewife in Cambridge.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Webinar. Register at web site below.

Speaker: Kurt Keville, SDM '09 & Research Specialist, MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies
MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar
This webinar will offer a comprehensive overview on the primary issues facing the modern datacenter in the drive to become higher performing and less costly, and methods to address those issues. This presentation will examine the immediate and long-term goals of the primary stakeholders in the supercomputing community, including government, academia, and industry, all three of which have an increasing footprint in the High-Performance Computing (HPC) business.

Subsequent to a discussion of the variables available to supercomputer and datacenter system designers will be an overview of the state-of-the-art, and how industry, primarily through the work of Facebook and Google, has transformed the datacenter archetype.

MIT SDM 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.
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): SDM activities - sponsored by GSC


The Intention Economy:  When Customers Take Charge
Monday, June 11, 2012
6:00 PM
Berkman Center For Internet & Society, 23 Everett St # 2, Cambridge
Free and open to the public
RSVP required at

A Talk with Doc Searls
Whether your interest is in preserving Internet freedom and opportunity, changing the economic power structure, new challenges for cyberlaw, or just turning the tables on privacy-violating business models and practices, there will be plenty to hear and discuss at Doc Searls' talk, "The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge" — also the title of his new book from Harvard Business Review Press. The book reports on progress by dozens of companies and development projects fostered by ProjectVRM, which Doc launched at the Berkman Center in 2006.

Doc will share progress toward a near future where individuals can —
Control the flow and use of personal data
Build their own loyalty programs
Dictate their own terms of service
Tell whole markets what they want, how they want it, where and when they should be able to get it, and how much they are willing to pay
— without yielding their own privacy, and outside of any one system's silo.

About Doc: Doc Searls served as a Berkman Fellow from 2006 to 2010, during which he launched and led ProjectVRM, which encourages the development of new tools by which individuals create and control their relationships with companies and other organizations. (VRM stands for Vendor Relationship Management, a term coined as a counterpart to CRM, for Customer Relationship Management.)

Doc co-wrote (with fellow Berkmanian David Weinberger and two others) the 2000 bestseller The Cluetrain Manifesto, and has been an editor with Linux Journal since 1996, covering free and open source software. For that work he received a Google-O'Reilly Award for Best Communicator in 2005. In The World is Flat, author and New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, calls Doc "one of the most respected technology writers in America."

Tuesday, June 12

The Extreme Vulnerability of Network of Networks 
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 
2 p.m. 
BU, 8 Saint Mary’s St., Room 339, Boston
Refreshments will be served outside Room 339 at 1:45 p.m.

Shlomo Havlin 
Bar-Ilan University 

Network research and percolation theory have been focused on the properties of a single isolated network that does not interact or depend on other networks. In reality, many real-networks interact with other networks. Shlomo Havlin will present a framework for studying percolation of interacting networks. In interdependent networks, 
when nodes in one network fail, they cause dependent nodes in other networks to fail also. This may happen recursively and can lead to a cascade of failures. In fact, a failure of a very small fraction of nodes in one network may lead to the complete and sudden fragmentation of a system of many interdependent networks. Havlin will 
present exact analytical solutions for the critical threshold and giant component of a network of n interdependent networks. For n=1, he and his research team obtain the classical known result for a single isolated network of second order percolation transition. For n>1 cascading failures occur and the transition becomes a first order. 
Their results for a network of n interdependent networks suggest that the classical percolation theory extensively studied in physics and mathematics in the past 50 years is only a limiting case of n=1 of a more general case of network of networks. As Havlin will show, this general theory has many novel features that are not present in classical percolation theory. For example, while a failure of a fraction of nodes in a single network can lead only to small damage to the system, in interacting networks, it can lead to a sudden (discontinuous) collapse due to cascading failures. He will show that reducing the coupling between the networks leads to a change from a discontinuous percolation transition to a smooth transition at a critical coupling. He will also show that interdependent networks embedded in space are even more vulnerable compared to random networks. 

For more information: 


Energy Solutions Open House at Next Step Living.
Tuesday, June 12
5:00-8:00 PM 
 RSVP at
Thursday, June 14
Citizens clean energy lobby day at the State House. 
Thursday, June 14
9:30 AM-1:00 PM
No experience lobbying your elected officials is required!  
For more information, please e-mail

New England Games SIG Event: Can Games Save Education
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Microsoft NERD Center, 11th Floor One Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Speaker: Robert Johnson, President, Becker College Dave McCool, CEO, Muzzy Lane Mike Connell, CEO, Native Brain Moderator: John Dyer, Latitude News
Education is at a cross roads. Students have access to unprecedented resources and interact with content and other students around the globe faster than they can turn to page 236 in their text books.

Games dominate interactive time with young learners and have proven their ability to engage, entertain, teach and impact. Can games really impact education as we know it today? Our panel takes a focused look at the state of education and the reality of changing education in a 21st century way.
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Sponsor(s): MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge
For more information, contact:  Amy Goggins
The Discipline of Entrepreneurial Thinking: How Revolutionary Strategies can be Created
WHEN  Thu., June 14, 2012, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
WHERE  RCC conference room, 26 Trowbridge Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Real Colegio Complutense
SPEAKER(S)  Enrique Cortés Alonso, IE Business School & UCM
COST  Free and open to the public

Friday, June 15
The New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable Presents:  The Impact of Natural Gas on the Future of Electricity Markets and Clean Energy Strategies in New England
June 15, 2012
9 am to 12:30 pm
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston

Panel I: How Will Natural Gas Impact New England's Electricity Markets and Reliability?
Over the past two decades, New England's electricity generation has increasingly come to rely on natural gas. With the development of the Marcellus Shale in nearby New York and Pennsylvania, natural gas could be both plentiful and relatively inexpensive for years to come. Our first panel at the June 15th Roundtable will explore the potential impacts of natural gas on New England's electricity markets and reliability, exploring a wide range of questions and issues including:
What are "realistic" natural gas supply and price expectations?
What infrastructure is needed to deliver more gas to New England, and can we count on it?
What will be the likely impacts of more gas on electricity  generation mix and electricity prices?
Should we be concerned about electric reliability from increasing reliance on natural gas-fired generation especially on cold days (FERC seems to be), and what should we do about it?

To help enlighten us on theses issues, we have assembled a tremendous panel of experts who carefully follow the gas and electricity markets from different vantage points. Susan Tierney, Managing Principal at Analysis Group, will share both her expertise on electricity markets, as well as her recent experience serving on U.S. Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board (including its Shale Gas Subcommittee). Richard Paglia, Vice President of Spectra Energy, will discuss Spectra's plans to build additional pipeline capacity in several different directions from Marcellus, and will also discuss a study that Spectra recently commissioned on New England's gas markets. Richard Levitan, President & Principal, at Levitan & Associates, Inc. will share his expectations for both the gas and electricity markets in New England, based on his extensive study of both markets and their interactive effects. Rounding out the panel isPeter Brandien, Vice-President for Systems Operation at ISO-New England, who will share the results of a recent study ISO commissioned on natural gas and the electricity markets, as well as the ISO's perspective on managing an increasingly gas-based electricity system.

Panel II: Revisiting Clean Energy Strategies in New England (in an era of potential cheap and plentiful natural gas?)
Following on the heels of the first panel, our second panel will reflect on whether or not (and, if so, how) New England should revisit and revise its clean energy strategies in light of the potential for plentiful and relatively inexpensive natural gas for the foreseeable future. Despite substantial reductions over the last decade in the cost of renewable energy resources, most notably in wind and solar, and given projections for further price reductions, (and in the face of diminished renewable energy tax credit support and low natural gas prices) most RPS-eligible renewables are still more expensive than conventional electricity sources. Some states are exploring opening up RPS eligibility to existing hydro and even energy efficiency resources, seeking less expensive ways to meet clean energy goals. Others argue that the long-term benefits of continuing to aggressively pursue our clean energy goals and targets with our existing strategies far outweigh any short-term price premiums. Meanwhile, Cape Wind may begin construction soon and Hydro-Quebec is ready to finance transmission to deliver substantial additional hydro resources into New England.

To discuss these issues, we have put together a full-spectrum panel including a regulator, a utility executive, and representatives from the Clean Energy Council, CLF, and AIM.
Commissioner David Cash, Massachusetts Dept. of Public Utilities
James Robb, Senior VP Enterprise Planning, Northeast Utilities
Peter Rothstein, President, New England Clean Energy Council
Robert Rio, Sr. Vice President & Counsel, Associated Industries of MA
Jonathan Peress, VP & Director, Clean Energy & Climate Change, CLF

Free and open to the public with no advanced registration


Title: Development of New Materials Powered by Organic Synthesis
Friday, June 15, 2012
MIT, Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Speaker: Shigeru Yamago, Kyoto University

Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Chemistry Department
For more information, contact:  Chemistry Department
Saturday, June 16

Design for Coders: SND + H/H visual workshop
Saturday, June 16, 2012
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
MIT Media Lab, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge
We'll be in E14-240, one of the large conference rooms on the 2nd floor

Interface design is every bit as rewarding as programming: Inch by inch, you're crafting a story that people will use and, hopefully, love. Executing a well-designed interface is both exhilarating and satisfying, offering the reader a clear path, immersing them in a story. Learning to create effective, beautiful layouts is a learned skill, akin to learning a new programming language or framework.

What we'll do:
This workshop is geared toward our beloved journo-hackers who keep getting asked to create sophisticated, usable visual, designs as well as all of the interaction and software powering the experience. We will talk about UI patterns, how to use typography and color create a visual identity.
Workshop attendees will leave with some great getting-started resources.

Why the weird time?:
A Saturday, in June, at 1 p.m.? Really?! This time and location has been chosen to coordinate with the OpenNews Hack event, a 24-hour hack day as a lead-in to the 2012 MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference. While the conference is invite-only, the hack day is open to talented developers who want to spend their weekend working with others to build amazing things. Following the conference theme of the "the Story and the Algorithm," this hack day will be focused on new ways that data lets us tell compelling stories.

The design workshop attendees should come prepared with a project idea for discussion, sketching and brainstorming, even if they are not participating in the aforementioned event.

Monday, June 18

Can Social Games Solve America’s Biggest Health Challenge?
Monday, June 18, 2012
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM (ET)
IBM Center for Social Business,1 Rogers Street, Cambridge
Register at

Event Details
The IBM Center for Social Business welcomes Dr. Rajiv Kumar, literally a game changer in tackling healthcare issues. His company, ShapeUp, designs social games for companies to bring employees together so they can help each other be healthy. The theory is that peer support and accountability are the keys to wellness success.
Refreshments at 3:30. Talk starts at 3:45.

About the talk
Facing rapidly rising health care costs driven by unhealthy behaviors and a national obesity epidemic, self-insured employers have told their employees to “shape up.” But regular physical activity and healthy eating are easier said than done. Many years and millions of dollars have been wasted on employee wellness programs that get astonishingly low participation.

Social gaming is changing that. ShapeUp has developed an online behavior change solution for employee populations that uses social gaming, in the form of team-based competitions, to activate, motivate, and guide participants toward reaching their healthy goals. This approach generates extraordinary company-wide engagement rates and has been shown to produce clinically significant health outcomes.

This talk will describe how ShapeUp has used social games over the past 5 years to reach 2 million lives across 93 countries at companies like HP, Aetna, Raytheon, and Sprint. It will also explore how the latest advances in mobile apps, personal fitness devices, and real-time rewards are creating new ways to enhance the wellness experience.

Rajiv Kumar on how ShapeUp came to be
"During medical school, I realized that many of the worst health problems we face as a nation--diabetes, heart disease, cancer, hypertension, osteoarthritis, depression--are related to our collective unhealthy lifestyle. I also learned through my clinical encounters that the patients who succeeded in adopting and sustaining healthy behaviors were those who leveraged their trusted social network for support, motivation, and accountability.

By launching a community non-profit organization (Shape Up Rhode Island) and a for-profit company (ShapeUp), I've dedicated my life to helping people reverse and prevent obesity-related illnesses through group behavior change models.

Our goal is to build the largest online social application that connects people around the world to improve their health."


Social Innovation in the Public Sector
Monday, June 18, 2012
6:00 PM
MIT, Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
More information at

Public awareness of the significant value of social innovation is growing rapidly in the United States. Governments at the local, state and federal level have promoted policies to encourage social innovation, public/private partnerships and entrepreneurship in a wide variety of ways.  What is happening in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to cultivate and strengthen social innovation?  Come network and interact with our panel of government-oriented social enterprise champions who represent the fields of finance, community development and technology.

Panelists include:
Steve Goldberg, General Counsel, SocialFinance, Inc.
Following 30 years in government, law, and business, Steve Goldberg began consulting on growth, management, and scalability for numerous nonprofits.  Steve is the author of Billions of Drops in Millions of Buckets: Why Philanthropy Doesn’t Advance Social Progress (Wiley, 2009), a former lead consultant for “Charity Navigator 2.0,” and one of 50 expert reviewers selected nationally for the first Social Innovation Fund.   Steve currently leads Social Finance’s government relations and partnership efforts.
Nigel Jacob, City of Boston, Co-Founder, Urban Mechanics
With an extensive background in collaborative, citizen-facing technology projects, Nigel Jacob co-founded the Office of New Urban Mechanics -  a civic innovation incubator within Boston’s City Hall.  Nigel also serves as Mayor Menino's advisor on emerging technologies. In both of these roles, Nigel works to develop new models of innovation for cities in the 21st century.  Prior to joining the City of Boston in 2006, Nigel worked for and launched a series of technology start-ups in the Boston area.  Nigel is also a fellow at the Center for the Advancement Public Action at Bennington College.
Chris Osgood, City of Boston, Co-Founder, Urban Mechanics
Chris Osgood co-founded the Office of New Urban Mechanics, bringing to the office nearly ten years of experience in city government. Much of his work during that time has focused on designing operations and policy that help cities engage and respond to constituents.  Before joining the City, Chris earned his MBA from Harvard after serving for 5 years in the NYC Parks & Recreation Department as its Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor.
Chris and Nigel have received a number of awards for their ground breaking work in Boston, including being named Public Officials of the year in 2011 by Governing Magazine and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation award for 2012.
Todd Fry, Executive Director for the Merrimack Valley Sandbox, Deshpande Foundation
Todd Fry joined the Deshpande Foundation as Executive Director for the Merrimack Valley Sandbox. Todd comes to the Foundation after a distinguished career at the Boston Center for Community Justice, as a teacher at Milton Academy, and social entrepreneur for 20 years in Greater Boston.  His career spans work with youth and adults in prep school and in prison, in business and in Boston City Hall. Todd chairs the USA Advisory Board for the Rwanda Youth Healing Center, a grassroots NGO in Rwanda that helps young people with emotional healing from the genocide and leadership development. Todd grew up in Ohio, holds a bachelors degree in Communication Education from Northwestern University, and lives in Roxbury today.

Wednesday, June 20

"Global Pitchfest 2012."
Wednesday, June 20
6 - 11:55p.      
Masschallenge, One Marina Park Drive, 14th floor, Boston
The Global “PitchFest” is the traditional closing event for the Venture Leaders program. It will take place on the June 20 at theMassChallenge facilities, one of the epicenters of the Boston start-up scene.  The rules of the PitchFest could not be simpler: 20 Swiss entrepreneurs competing with the new generation of MassChallenge entrepreneurs. Who will have the best pitching abilities?
You will be the judge!
In 1 minute and 1 slide, the Swiss and Local entrepreneurs representing a wide range of industries will convince you to vote for their venture. By using our Text-Message-based polling system, you will choose the 5 best pitches of the night. Our jury will pick a final winner who will receive a special prize from our generous sponsor: Mondaine, the Swiss Watch Maker.
Call for Startups!
Be part of the 2012 Global Pitchfest- pitch you own start-up!
Have you recently launched a start-up in Boston and want to train your pitch, while getting more visibility for your business?  Join our lineup of presenters by contacting Marian Toader at
Please note that - due to logistics constrains - we will accept a limited amount of candidates. First come, first served!




Boiler Rebate
If your boiler is from 1983 or earlier, Mass Save will give a $1,750 to $4,000 rebate to switch it out for a new efficient boiler that uses the same fuel (i.e. if you have oil, you have to continue to use oil) so long as it is installed by July 31, 2012.  
Call Mass Save (866 527-7283) to sign up for a home energy assessment or sign-up online at  and HEET will receive a $10 contribution from Next Step Living for every completed assessment.
This is a great way to reduce climate change emissions for the next 20 or so years the boiler lasts, while saving money. 


CEA Solar Hot Water Grants
Cambridge, through the Cambridge Energy Alliance initiative, is offering a limited number of grants to residents and businesses for solar hot water systems.  The grants will cover 50% of the remaining out of pocket costs of the system after other incentives, up to $2,000.

Applications will be accepted up to November 19, 2012 and are available on a first come, first serve basis until funding runs out.  The Cambridge grant will complement other incentives including the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center solar thermal grants.  For more information, see


Cambridge Residents: Free Home Thermal Images

Have you ever wanted to learn where your home is leaking heat by having an energy auditor come to your home with a thermal camera?  With that info you then know where to fix your home so it's more comfortable and less expensive to heat.  However, at $200 or so, the cost of such a thermal scan is a big chunk of change.

HEET Cambridge has now partnered with Sagewell, Inc. to offer Cambridge residents free thermal scans.

Sagewell collects the thermal images by driving through Cambridge in a hybrid vehicle equipped with thermal cameras.  They will scan every building in Cambridge (as long as it's not blocked by trees or buildings or on a private way).  Building owners can view thermal images of their property and an analysis online. The information is password protected so that only the building owner can see the results.

Homeowners, condo-owners and landlords can access the thermal images and an accompanying analysis free of charge. Commercial building owners and owners of more than one building will be able to view their images and analysis for a small fee.

The scans will be analyzed in the order they are requested.

Go to  Type in your address at the bottom where it says "Find your home or building" and press return.  Then click on "Here" to request the report.

That's it.  When the scans are done in a few weeks, your building will be one of the first to be analyzed. The accompanying report will help you understand why your living room has always been cold and what to do about it.

With knowledge, comes power (or in this case saved power and money, not to mention comfort).


Free solar electricity analysis for MA residents


HEET has partnered with NSTAR and Mass Save participating contractor Next Step Living to deliver no-cost Home Energy Assessments to Cambridge residents.

During the assessment, the energy specialist will:

Install efficient light bulbs (saving up to 7% of your electricity bill)
Install programmable thermostats (saving up to 10% of your heating bill)
Install water efficiency devices (saving up to 10% of your water bill)
Check the combustion safety of your heating and hot water equipment
Evaluate your home’s energy use to create an energy-efficiency roadmap
If you get electricity from NSTAR, National Grid or Western Mass Electric, you already pay for these assessments through a surcharge on your energy bills.  You might as well use the service.

Please sign up at or call Next Step Living at 866-867-8729.  A Next Step Living Representative will call to schedule your assessment.

HEET will help answer any questions and ensure you get all the services and rebates possible.

(The information collected will only be used to help you get a Home Energy Assessment.  We won’t keep the data or sell it.)

(If you have any questions or problems, please feel free to call HEET’s Jason Taylor at 617 441 0614.)




Sustainable Business Network Local Green Guide

SBN is excited to announce the soft launch of its new Local Green Guide, Massachusetts' premier Green Business Directory!

To view the directory please visit:
To find out how how your business can be listed on the website or for sponsorship opportunities please contact Adritha at


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.


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

Thanks to

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

Boston Area Computer User Groups

Arts and Cultural Events List

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