Sunday, September 02, 2012

Energy (and Other) Events - September 2, 2012

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Tuesday, September 4

Meet the Loeb Fellows: Ephemeral Urbanism
WHEN  Tue., Sep. 4, 2012, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Stubbins, Room 112, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Art/Design, Sustainability, Theater
SPEAKER(S)  LZ Nunn, development director, Greater Lowell Community Foundation, Lowell, MA
Jim Lasko, founder/co-artistic director, Red Moon Theater, Chicago, IL
Helen Marriage, co-founder, Artichoke, London
COST  Free and open to the public


Tuesday, September 04, 2012
MIT, Building 6-120, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
HYSTERIA directed by Tanya Wexler
Synopsis: London, 1880. Mortimer Granville, a dedicated and forward-thinking young doctor, is struggling to establish his career. While Granville preaches sanitation and germ theory, the old guard of doctors clinging to leeches and hacksaws, scoff at his upstart ideas, and show him the door. Granville's fortunes change when he arrives for an interview at the well-appointed private offices of Dr. Dalrymple, London's leading specialist in women's medicine.

In an age of invention, Dr. Granville set out to find a medical cure for what ails women...and accidentally electrified our love lives forever. HYSTERIA is a lighthearted romantic comedy that tells the story of the birth of the electro-mechanical vibrator at the very peak of Victorian prudishness.

Discussion with WGS Prof. A. Walsh to follow.
Free and open to the public.
This film contains mature content. Viewer discretion is advised.
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: FREE
Sponsor(s): Women's and Gender Studies, Student Activities Office, Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies, Violence Prevention and Response (VPR)
For more information, contact: The Friendly WGS Staff
Science and Cooking Lecture Series
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Harvard, Science Center Hall C, 7 p.m.
Dave Arnold, Food Arts
Harold McGee, New York Times
Wednesday, September 5

American Red Cross Workplace Safety Seminar
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142

Description: The American Red Cross, the largest non-profit organization in the world and world leader in emergency response, is offering a Workplace Safety Seminar to business leaders in Massachusetts to assist in identifying gaps in safety protocols and save lives by having procedures in place for any anticipated emergency.
Key speakers and panel guests include:
American Red Cross Preparedness Health and Safety Services, offering the latest resources from the Red Cross to help your company identify gaps in safety procedures to be proactive in emergency preparedness;
OSHA, outlining safety requirements in various workplace environments;
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, presenting the plan that keeps their employees safe and why they feel it is so important to be a model of safety in the community; and
Cardiac Science, demonstrating the ease of operation of a state of the art fully automatic AED.

This event will be a benefit to your business, offering you an opportunity to find out not just what is required of you according to state and federal mandate, but the gaps in your preparedness plans that can help to protect and save the lives of your staff to keep your business running smoothing when an emergency strikes.
Audience: COOs, Property and Office Managers, Safety and Emergency Preparedness Directors and other business managers from Boston and across Massachusetts.
Twitter: #redcross


Co-evolution of Sea Level, Ice Sheets, Drainage Networks, and their Depositional Records in North America Since the Last Glacial Maximum
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
MIT, Building 54-915, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Speaker: Andrew D. Wickert, Department of Geological Sciences and Institute of Artic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado at Boulder
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: $0.00
Tickets: N/A
Sponsor(s): Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS)
For more information, contact:
Jacqui Taylor
350 Massachusetts/Greater Boston 
Wednesday, September 5  
6:30 to 9pm 
Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge 
This meeting is open to anyone who is interested in attending.  In addition, we are here to support people in the rest of the state who are interested in creating 350MA nodes or want to connect their existing groups to the 350MA network.  Please let us know how we can help!

Proposed agenda:
I. Potluck and Intros (6:30 to 7:00)
II. Updates on existing 350MA campaigns and actions (30 minutes)
8/4 Spare Change for Big Oil
Spectra natural gas pipeline expansion action (8/4 die-in and Climate Summer action)
Mount Tom coal plant Climate Summer work
Other campaigns and actions
III. Lessons learned from the summer (15 minutes)
IV.  Planning for fall campaigns and actions (50 minutes)
V.  Recap and review of next steps (10 minutes)

Let me know if I missed anything and please RSVP to
Thursday, September 6
Social Innovation Forum Semifinalist Information Session
Thursday, September 6, 2012 
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)
Microsoft New England Research & Development Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Congratulations on being selected as a semifinalist in Root Cause's 2012-2013 Social Innovation Forum!

Root Cause believes that social innovation is critical to ensure that our public and private resources are leveraged in the most effective ways to address our nation's social problems. Yet, it is often difficult for emerging innovations to receive the recognition and support they need to develop and spread their impact. 

Root Cause's Social Innovation Forum provides a unique opportunity for innovative nonprofit organizations to gain visibility, expand their networks, and build capacity.
The semifinalist information session is optional, but recommended as we will cover both the application process going forward and the requirements of those chosen as Social Innovators. We will focus on what we’re looking for in the second-round application and how those applications are evaluated. We have also invited Jane Hirschi of CitySprouts, a 2008 Social Innovator, to speak for a few minutes about her personal experience with the Social Innovation Forum. 
2012-2013 Social Issue Tracks and Sponsoring PartnersLead Sponsors: The Margaret Stewart Lindsay Foundation and Fiduciary Trust Company 
Expanding Access to Classical Music in Greater Boston
Sponsoring Partner: Free For All Concert Fund
Healthy Aging: Vibrant Lifestyles for Adults Ages 60+
Sponsoring Partner: Tufts Health Plan Foundation
Healthy Lifestyles: Promoting Healthy Behaviors in our Community
Sponsoring Partner: Highland Street Foundation
Women and Girls: Promoting Education, Economic Opportunity, and Self-Sufficiency
Sponsoring Partners: Anna B. Stearns Charitable Foundation and Vesta Vanguards
Youth Violence Prevention through Workforce Development
Sponsoring Partner: State Street Foundation


Impact Investing: Connecting Social Enterprises to Capital
Sponsoring Partner: The Devonshire Foundation

For this track, the Social Innovation Forum will select a cohort of four to six "Impact Entrepreneurs" who will receive a distinct package of consulting, coaching, and in-kind support, as well as access to the Social Innovation Forum’s investor community. One member of the Impact Entrepreneur cohort will be selected to present his or her work at Root Cause’s Social Innovator Showcase on Thursday, May 9, 2013. 
The Impact Investing track launched in mid-July with a unique application and selection process. Prospective applicants for the Impact Investing track should go to for more information.


Meet the Loeb Fellows: City Building
WHEN  Thu., Sep. 6, 2012, 12 – 2 p.m.
WHERE  Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Art/Design, Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Sustainability
Ramiro Almeida, strategic planner, foreign affairs adviser and cultural activist, Quito, Ecuador
Lynn Richards, policy director, EPA Office of Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
Ann Yoachim, environmental and health planner, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
COST  Free


Business Roundtable with Professor Michael Davies of MIT 
Thu, 09/06/2012 
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Venture Cafe - 4th Floor (Kathmandu) @ CIC, One Broadway, Cambridge

Prof. Michael Davies of MIT and his students are interested in interacting with Boston area startups to understand their business problems and potentially work on projects during Fall 2012 semester. Students come from various backgrounds, have over 10 years experience in their fields on average, and have been in management and/or leadership roles in their organizations prior to enrolling at MIT. If you have a pressing business problem and would like a team of experienced MIT students to work on it, come see us!


The Syrian Revolution: What Lies Ahead?
WHEN  Thu., Sep. 6, 2012, 4 – 6 p.m.
WHERE  CGIS, Knafel Building, Room 262, 1737 Cambridge St, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Lecture, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University
SPEAKER(S)  Murhaf Jouejati, professor of Middle East Studies, National Defense University; member of the Syrian National Council
NOTE  This event is open to the public; no registration required.


Francis Steen, "The News as a Social Process for Improving Society"
Thursday, September 06, 2012
MIT, Building E14-633, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge
Speaker: Francis Steen, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at UCLA and Director of the UCLA Library Communication Studies Archive
CMS Colloquium Series
Cognitive Dimensions of Media Series

Television news provides a window into the cognitive processes commonly deployed to frame, explain, and reason about events. What Hart & Honore (1959/1985) show for courtrooms also holds for newsrooms: they rely on commonsense notions of causation to reconstruct events, assemble narratives, and determine responsibility.

The media provide a vehicle for a finer-grained ethical process than is captured by the legal system, often holding people accountable to a higher standard than the law.

To achieve the intended results, however, journalists and others whose voices appear in the media must reconstruct events carefully, identifying possible windows of missed interventions and specific causal forks realistically. Illustrating the social debate in this Comparative Media Studies colloquium, Steen will examine the global media coverage of the July 22, 2011, attack in Norway, demonstrating that the news is not primarily about reporting what happened but about constructing narratives, performing event surgery, and assigning responsibility. Cultural values strongly influence the process of causal reasoning, subtly shaping the future direction of society.
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies, Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory (ICE Lab)
For more information, contact:  Andrew Whitacre
Friday, September 7

LEAP Sustainability Speaker Series: Hotel Carbon Management Initiative
Webinar at

Speaker: Fran Hughes, International Tourism Partnership
LEAP Sustainability Speaker Series
Knowing the carbon footprint of a product, activity, or facility can help industry to understand where emissions hot spots lie and encourage reduction and can lead consumers to making more environmentally responsible choices. In order for carbon footprinting to be accepted, the methods must be transparent, scientifically rigorous, scalable, and repeatable.

Learn how the hotel industry is collaborating to measure and reduce their carbon footprint through the Hotel Carbon Management Initiative.
Open to: the general public
Cost: Free
Tickets: Register online at
Sponsor(s): LEAP: Global Leaders in Environmental Assessment and Performance
For more information, contact:  Suzanne Greene

Meet the Loeb Fellows: Urban Transformations
WHEN  Fri., Sep. 7, 2012, 12 p.m.
WHERE  Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Art/Design, Humanities, Social Sciences, Sustainability
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Loeb Fellowship at Harvard's Graduate School of Design
SPEAKER(S)  Karen Lee Bar-Sinai, architect and co-founder, SAYA/Design for Change, Tel Aviv, Israel
Deanna VanBuren, architectural designer, principal, FOURM, Oakland, CA
Ed Walker, social entrepreneur, founder/CEO, Regeneration Partners+ CityWorks, Roanoke, VA
COST  Free and open to the public

Saturday, September 8

The Green Neighbors Education Committee, Inc. and the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc. present the next in our series of monthly Small Business seminars. Our seminars will have workshops and/or panels on topics of interest to small business people followed by networking sessions where entrepreneurs can meet each other and connect.

Our September 8th, 2012 topic will be on Financing for Small Businesses. It will run from 10:00 AM until 12:30ish PM. It will be held at the Codman Square Library, 690 Washington Street in Dorchester Center (Codman Square).

Please RSVP to or call Owen at (617) 427-6293.


The Fall 2012 Mid-Cambridge PLANT SWAP
Saturday September 8
NOON to 2 pm

Rain date—in case of DOWNPOUR—is Sunday, Sep. 9, 12-2

at Fayette Park (off Fayette St., across from the former Longfellow School and library, near corner with Broadway)

Bring anything that's growing in too much abundance in your garden. Elegant packaging not required, but please write down plant names.   We expect to have perennials, biennial seedlings, seeds, houseplants, catalogs, pots, and lots of "whatever."


Sunday Sep. 9
12:30 to 5.
Free! The brochure, including a map, will soon be available at
It’s an annual (since 2007) celebration of chemical-free yards and gardens, featuring 9 gardens this year.

Monday, September 10

Fixing the National Security State: Commissions and the Politics of Disaster and Reform
Monday, September 10, 2012 
12:15pm - 2:00pm
Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Christopher Kirchhoff (Department of Defense), 
Sandwich lunches are provided. Please RSVP to by Thursday noon the week before.
Contact Name:  Shana Rabinowich


Joint w/ Public Finance and International - Trade, Oil and the Environment
Monday, September 10, 2012
MIT, Building E51-151, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Joseph Shapiro (MIT)
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): IO Workshop
For more information, contact:  Theresa Benevento 
On Growth and Form: Geometry, Physics and Biology 
Sep 10, 2012
4:15p - 5:15p
Harvard, Jefferson 250, 17 A Oxford Street, Cambridge
Tea served in Jefferson 450 @ 3:30 pm

Professor L. Mahadevan, Harvard University

The diversity of form in plants led Darwin to state that it is "enough to drive the sanest man mad" , begging the questions of how to describe this variety and  how to predict it?  Motivated by observations of geometrical forms  in plants and animals ranging from leaves and flowers to vertebrate guts,  I will show how a combination of biological and physical experiments,  mathematical models and simple computations allow us to begin unraveling the physical basis for morphogenesis
Web site: http//
Contact name: Dayle Maynard
Contact e-mail:
Contact phone: 617.495.2872


Energy Club Fall Kickoff
Monday, September 10, 2012
MIT, Building 26-100, 60 Vassar Street, Cambridge
Speaker: Energy Club Execom Members
Interested in Energy? Please join us for the Energy Club's Fall Kickoff to hear about the club's 2012-2013 lineup of actvities ???discussions, lectures, tours, Energy Night, the MIT Energy Conference, and much more.
Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Energy Club, MIT Energy Campus Events
For more information, contact:  MIT Energy Club 
"Look Who's Talking: Non-Profit Newsmakers in the New Media Age"
Monday, September 10, 2012 
5:00pm - 7:00pm
MIT Media Lab, Building E-14, Third-Floor Atrium, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker:  Carroll Bogert
Changes in the media world have been hard on journalists and unsettling for news consumers, but they have also had significant implications for international non-governmental organizations. At Human Rights Watch, the research and advocacy organization based in New York, foreign correspondents have always been an important partner in exposing human rights abuses, and the decline in international news in the mainstream media threatens the basic human rights methodology of “naming and shaming.” But the changing media landscape also constitutes an important opportunity to reach new audiences, interact with the public more directly, and disseminate information quickly and effectively. Carroll Bogert, the Deputy Executive Director for External Relations at Human Rights Watch and a former foreign correspondent for Newsweek magazine, will discuss how Human Rights Watch is filling the gaps in foreign news reporting and becoming a media producer in its own right.
Carroll Bogert is Deputy Executive Director for External Relations at Human Rights Watch. She oversees the organization's external relations and works with the executive director on advocacy and fundraising. Bogert previously served as Human Rights Watch's communications director, publicizing the organization's work and drawing attention to human rights issues in more than 90 countries worldwide. Before joining Human Rights Watch, she spent more than a decade in international news reporting for Newsweek magazine, beginning as a stringer in China, then moving to the Southeast Asia bureau as correspondent, becoming bureau chief in Moscow, and finally working as an editor and international correspondent in the magazine's New York office. Bogert holds an MA in East Asian studies and a BA magna cum laude from Harvard University. She speaks Russian, French, and Mandarin.
All talks at the Media Lab, unless otherwise noted, are open to the public.
Join us on Twitter: #MLTalks

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142

Description: Future Energy is a brand new conference where you can see the most revolutionary energy technology of the future before it hits mainstream. At each Future Energy event, 8 startups present to a panel of energy and cleantech venture capital investors for feedback, advice, and networking. The audience votes on the best presenters who win prizes and media attention to help launch their business.

Applications to pitch can be submitted at
The platinum sponsor for this event is the Shell International Game Changer program.
Audience: Entrepreneurs, Investors, Media, all are welcome
Twitter: @crisdeluca
Register at
Editorial Comment:  Early bird tickets are sold out and general admission is $20.  Not free but still relatively inexpensive access.


Science and Cooking
Monday, September 10, 2012
7 p.m.
Harvard, Science Center Hall C, One Oxford Street, Cambridge

Joan Roca and Jordi Roca, El Celler de Can Roca
Salvador Brugu├ęs, Sous-Vide Cuisine

Tuesday, September 11

"The Cost of Secrecy: What the Post–9/11 Decade Teaches Us About the Media and Government."
Tuesday, September 11
12 p.m.
Harvard, Kalb Seminar Room, Taubman 275, 5 Eliot Street, Cambridge
Speaker Series with Dana Priest, national security reporter, The Washington Post.
Starr Forum: Showdown in the Sonoran Desert (Book Talk with Ananda Rose)
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
MIT, Building E25-111, 45 Carleton St, Cambridge
How can we preserve the integrity of sovereign borders while also respecting the dignity of human beings? How should a border -that imaginary line in the sand- be humanely and effectively maintained? And how should we regard "the stranger" in our midst?

Starr Forum:  Book Talk with Ananda Rose

Showdown in the Sonoran Desert
Religion, Law, and the Immigration Controversy

Ananda Rose holds a doctorate from Harvard University. She is a published poet, journalist, and theologian. Her book, Showdown in the Sonoran Desert, Oxford University Press, was published in June 2012.

Rose traveled to the Sonoran desert, a border region where the remains of some 2,000 migrants have been recovered over the past decade. There she interviewed Minutemen, Border Patrol agents, Catholic nuns, humanitarian aid workers, left-wing protestors, ranchers, and many other ordinary citizens of southern Arizona.

She discovers two starkly opposed ideological perspectives: that of religious activists who embrace a biblically inspired hospitality that stresses love of strangers and a "borderless" compassion; and that of law enforcement, which insists on safety, security, and strict respect for international borders.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies
For more information, contact: 
George Lakoff, "The Brain's Politics: How Campaigns Are Framed and Why"
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
MIT, Building E15-070, Bartos Theater, MIT Media Lab, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge
Speaker: George Lakoff
Cognitive Dimensions of Media Series
Everything we learn, know and understand is physical ??? a matter of brain circuitry. This basic fact has deep implications for how politics is understood, how campaigns are framed, why conservatives and progressives talk past each other, and why progressives have more problems framing messages than conservatives do ??? and what they can do about it.

George Lakoff is Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1972. He previously taught at Harvard (1965-69) and the University of Michigan (1969-1972).

He graduated from MIT in 1962 (in Mathematics and Literature) and received his PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University in 1966.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies, Communications Forum, Comparative Media Studies Program Distinguished Speaker Talk
For more information, contact:  Andrew Whitacre
Open Access Book Launch
Tuesday, September 11, 6:00 pm
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West A Room, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at
This event will be archived on our site shortly after.
Co-sponsored by the Harvard Office of Scholarly Communication and the Harvard Law School Library. 
Special guests include: Stuart Shieber (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences), Robert Darnton (Harvard University Library),June Casey (Harvard Law School Library), David Weinberger(Berkman Center / Harvard Library Innovation Lab) and more.
The internet lets us share perfect copies of our work with a worldwide audience at virtually no cost. We take advantage of this revolutionary opportunity when we make our work “open access”: digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open access is made possible by the internet and copyright-holder consent, and many authors, musicians, filmmakers, and other creators who depend on royalties are understandably unwilling to give their consent. But for 350 years, scholars have written peer-reviewed journal articles for impact, not for money, and are free to consent to open access without losing revenue.

In this concise introduction, Peter Suber tells us what open access is and isn’t, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay for it, how it avoids copyright problems, how it has moved from the periphery to the mainstream, and what its future may hold. Distilling a decade of Suber’s influential writing and thinking about open access, this is the indispensable book on the subject for researchers, librarians, administrators, funders, publishers, and policy makers.
About Peter
Peter Suber's work consists of research, writing, organizing, advocacy, and pro bono consulting for open access to research. He is the Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, Special Advisor to the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center, Senior Researcher at SPARC, Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College, Open Access Project Director at Public Knowledge, and author of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter. He blogs at Google Plus.
Fundraising for Early Stage Social Impact Startups 
Tuesday, September 11 @ 6:30
6:30 PM
MassChallenge HQ, 55 Northern Avenue (One Marina Drive, 14th Floor), Boston

Fundraising for Early Stage Social Impact Startups
Social enterprises, both for profits or nonprofits, face many challenges in raising money to support themselves. This is a terrific panel of startups that will share how they went about raising that early money from grants, competitions, kickstarter and bootstrapping.

Panelists include
Miguel Granier, Invested Development
Miguel is the Founder and Managing Director of Invested Development  which launched in July 2009. Before founding Invested Development, he was the founding Investment Manager for First Light Ventures, a seed-stage social impact investment fund affiliated with Gray Ghost Ventures in Atlanta, Georgia. Miguel began his career in social enterprise as a loan officer for ACCION New York in 2009 and continued that work as an independent consultant specializing in economic development and microfinance. In addition to his work in microfinance and social enterprise, Miguel has worked for the insurance giant Fidelity National Financial in New York and Delter Business Institute in Beijing, China.He holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.
Anu Chitrapu, Vision Aid
Anu is an executive at Bank of America and has won awards at the bank for exceptional performance, named to the high potential women leaders group and nominated to the Diversity & Inclusion council. The same passion shows in her work with Vision Aid, an organization that teaches technology skills to the visually challenged in economically deprived areas. As President of Vision Aid, she has grown the organization to serve multiple regions in India and increased the footprint and number of people served. Her passion for causes related to women and her efforts around women empowerment are evident through the work she does with Ubuntu-at-work, an organization aimed at teaching women skills that help them escape poverty.
Nathan Rothstein, Project Repat
Nathan Rothstein is the President at Project Repat. Repat turns excess t-shirts into more functional and fashionable clothing accessories while creating fair wage employment opportunities in the US. Repat is a member of the HUB Ventures 2012 co-hort, which is a social entrepreneurship accelerator program in San Francisco. He spent four years working in New Orleans, Lousiana launching social enterprises and helping progressive candidates run for political office. Nathan has been featured in The Boston Globe, USA Today, NECN, and The New Orleans Times-Picayune for his work. He has presented workshops on the subject of how young people can make a social impact at Yale, UMass-Amherst, Howard, MIT, Harvard, and Tulane University.
This is a joint TiE Social Entrepreneurs Group/MassChallenge event.
Please register using this link:
Light refreshments will be served.

Hacks and Hackers:  Let's plan meetups for this year!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
7:00 PM
Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester

It's that time again -- time to plan meetups for this coming year's Hacks/Hackers Boston group. (Our third year!)
If you have some fun, interesting ideas that you think will attract media people interested in digital or technologists interested in media, this is your chance to make your voice heard.
Our members like meetups around ideas, cool people in the industry, or neat products/companies.
This is an informal, low-key meetup. Drink coffee, eat some Globe cookies, chat with friends, and bring some ideas.
See you there!


Switch, a screening of the new energy documentary, hosted by BASEA
Wednesday, September 12 
AMC Boston Commons, 175 Tremont Street, Boston

Audiences are calling it "the most important energy film since An Inconvenient Truth" and "the first truly balanced film on energy." The film has played, opened and won environmental film festivals while, in more than 80 preview screenings, being embraced by energy companies - both fossil and renewable - government agencies, NGOs, environmental groups and leading universities. It's part of the Switch Energy Project, a film, web and education effort to build a balanced national understanding of energy and promote efficiency.

See more about the film in the attached flyer, and view the trailer here:

The film's director will be at our screening, to introduce the film and do a Q&A afterward.

Please join us for this great event! You can buy your tickets here:

For our members, we've got a 50% off discount code. Just enter SWITCH101A during checkout.

Please note: The film will play across the US this fall. If you know someone who would like to go to a screening, please forward this email. They can find one in their area on the Switch website.

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you at Switch.


The SO2 Allowance Trading System: The Ironic History of a Grand Experiment in Market-Based Environmental Policy
WHEN  Thu., Sep. 13, 2012, 11:45 a.m.
WHERE  Bell Hall, 5th Floor, Belfer Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION  Business, Environmental Sciences, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR  Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government
SPEAKER(S)  Robert N. Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business & Government and director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program at the Harvard Kennedy School


Tips, Tools and Telling the Story: Evaluating Community Food Initiatives
September 13, 2012 
12-1pm EDT
Webinar:  register at
Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) is hosting a webinar on evaluating community food initiatives. The webinar is geared at program managers, funders and other practitioners who are already engaged in evaluation or have a basic understanding of evaluation and are looking to explore evaluation topics in greater depth. Meredith Davis, CFCC’s Research and Evaluation Manager, will describe the process that CFCC went through to create its own national evaluation strategy, including successes, challenges and lessons learned along the way. Topics to be explored include: creating a theory of change, building an evaluative culture, developing indicators, developmental evaluation (DE), social return on investment analysis (SROI), evaluating in a respectful and dignified manner, designing effective evaluation tools and common pitfalls of evaluation. The last 15 minutes of the webinar will be set aside for group exploration.

Tour of International Markets
Thur, September 13th
Union Square, Somerville

As part of our ArtsUnion project, the Somerville Arts Council gives tours of Union Square international food markets. Join us and learn where to find ingredients like Nepalese timur (a fragrant spice used in pickles), squid ink pasta and Haitian akasan (a cornmeal drink). Beyond discovering the culinary exotica available in Union Square, we’ll learn about the history of these stores and how their clientele represents the cultural community of Somerville. Each tour visits three markets and we’ll point out others along the way. Featured markets include: Casa de Carne, Well Foods Plus Halal Market, La Internacional, Little India, New Bombay Market, Pao de Acucar & Brazilian Buffet and the Reliable Market. Without leaving Union Square, we’ll visit Brazil, Korea, India, Nepal, Guatemala and Haiti! Dates: Thur, September 13th, 6pm-7:30pm Cost: free How to sign up: send an email to


Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents  RADIO SILENCE
Thursday, September 13, 6:30-8 pm
Suffolk University, C. Walsh Theatre, 55 Temple Street, Boston
Charles Laquidara (WBCN) [live via Skype],
Billy Costa (KISS 108),
Julie Kramer (WFNX, Radio BDC) &
Henry Santoro (WFNX, Radio BDC);
moderator John Laurenti (WODS)
(Boston, MA 02114) Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents “Radio Silence” Charles Laquidara [live via Skype], Billy Costa, Julie Kramer, and Henry Santoro; moderated by John Laurenti. Thursday, September 13, 6:30-8 pm. Admission is free and open to all. C. Walsh Theatre at Suffolk University, 55 Temple Street, Boston, MA. Wheelchair accessible and conveniently located near the Park St. MBTA Station. For more information, call the Ford Hall Forum at 617-557-2007 or visit

WBCN was the original, superstar-establishing, DJ-controlled rock station that showed how excellent rock radio could be when you let the DJs curate the offerings. As independent radio station WFNX is sold to Clear Channel this year, Bostonians wonder how rock radio has become a corporation-controlled industry and whether internet and digital radio can avoid the same fate. DJs Charles Laquidara (WBCN), Billy Costa (KISS 108), Julie Kramer (WFNX, Radio BDC), and Henry Santoro(WFNX, Radio BDC) tell moderator John Laurenti, a New England radio mainstay for over 25 years, about the changes they are adapting to in the new world of music business. We’ll hear how WBCN’s rise and fall foretold industry changes, the story behind the end of WFNX, and what the rebirth of independent rock radio might look like.

Further background information on participants:

Billy Costa
Raised in Cambridge, Costa began DJing at a local nightclub before joining the Emerson College radio station. In 1980, Costa approached KISS 108 with the idea of reporting on lifestyle and entertainment news. Having proven the audience appeal for Hollywood information, Costa has been at KISS ever since. Costa hosts the daily Entertainment Updates, provides live broadcasts from major events like the Grammys, and hosts the "KISS Top 30 Countdown." He also hosts TV Diner, a restaurant review program on NECN. Costa secured an Emmy nomination for an Evening Magazine Special on WBZ-TV and won a Children's Television Award for Rap Around.

Julie Kramer
Julie Kramer had been a part of the WFNX team for over a decade. The highlight of the Karma Queen’s morning show was the “Leftover Lunch” with music from the1980s and 1990s. Kramer is now a DJ on’s new Radio BDC blog.

Charles Laquidara
Charles Laquidara began his DJing career in the 1960s as a classical music announcer at KPPC-FM in California. During that time, a columnist for the local newspaper called attention to Laquidara's unusual “freeform” style, including his dramatic pauses and repetition of music he liked. In 1969, he was offered a shift at WBCN, and in 1972, Laquidara took over the morning shift, which he dubbed "The Big Mattress." He was there for almost 25 years and pioneered a new kind of FM broadcasting: a shifting cast of on-air personnel that created a show of music, news, discussion, and humor. >From 1996 to 2000, Laquidara hosted The Charles Laquidara Radio Houron WFNX. He retired to Hawaii and continues the legacy of “The Big Mattress” through blogging. Laquidara is a member of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

John Laurenti
Born in Dorchester, John Laurenti has been part of the New England radio scene for 25 years. In the mid 1980s, John attended radio school and worked as an announcer at an AM station in Framingham. He later moved to the FM dial, spending much of his career on air in Providence and in Boston as the Afternoon Drive Host. Laurenti joined WUMB as the Music Director in June 2008.

Henry Santoro
Award-winning radio presenter Henry Santoro was News Director and Morning Show co-host for WFNX from 1983 to earlier this year. Santoro has reported breaking news stories ranging from the AIDS crisis to the tragedy of 9/11 to the election of America’s first African-American president. Santoro also hosted regular features on everything from cooking (Henry’s Hotplate) to community events (Henry in the Hub). Santoro is now a DJ on’s new Radio BDC blog.
Next BASEA is 
Thursday, September 13
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; Presentation begins at 7:30 p.m
First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist;  3 Church Street, Harvard Square

We will be acknowledging and discussing 'Switch', the energy documentary I recently asked if you had seen. The film's director, Harry Lynch, will join us at the forum to screen the solar-focused segments and discuss with basea attendees.


Sat., Sep. 15
9 to 1
Davis Square, at the intersection of College Avenue and Holland Street, Somerville


Berkman Center Open House
Monday, September 17, 6:30 pm
Location TBA
Free and Open to the Public
Please tell us if you plan to attend via
Come to the Berkman Center for Internet & Society’s Fall 2012 Open House to meet our faculty, fellows, and staff, and to learn about the many ways you can get involved in our dynamic, exciting environment.
As a University-wide research center at Harvard University, our interdisciplinary efforts in the exploration of cyberspace address a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. If you're interested in the Internet’s impact on society and are looking to engage a community of world-class fellows and faculty through events, conversations, research, and more please join us to hear more about our upcoming academic year!
Paid part-time research positions will be available in the fall, and you can visit to see the current available openings.
People from all disciplines, universities, and backgrounds are encouraged to attend the Open House to familiarize yourself with the Berkman Center and explore opportunities to join us in our research.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Harvard Thinks Green 2
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Hear 6 all-star Harvard faculty presenting their big green ideas from business, government, science, energy, health, and planning perspectives.
Confirmed faculty speakers:

Professor Joseph Aldy, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, HKS
Professor James Anderson, Philip S. Weld Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, SEAS
Professor Amy Edmonson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, HBS
Professor Joyce Rosenthal, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, GSD
Professor Daniel Schrag, Director, Harvard University Center for the Environment; Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, FAS


Food Systems Networks That Work: Accelerating Learning and Increasing Commerce NGFN Interactive Webinar
Sept. 20
3:30p EDT
Webinar at

Learn how joining or fostering a food hub or food system network can improve your regional food economy and the strength of each member organization or business. This webinar will feature conveners of food systems networks at the local, state, regional, and even national level. The networks they’ve built have boosted triple bottom lines of member businesses and organizations.  
- Rich Pirog, Senior Associate Director, C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Systems, Michigan State University
- Marty Gerencer, Principal, Morse Marketing Connections
- Corry Bregendahl, Assistant Scientist, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University 
- Karen Lehman, Director, Fresh Taste


New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable

Friday, September 21, 2012
9:00am - 12:30pm
Foley Hoag LLP, 155 Seaport Boulevard, 13th Floor, Boston
Better Aligning Capacity Markets with Policy/Planning Objectives

Perhaps no development in the history of electricity markets in New England and throughout the US has been more controversial than the emergence of capacity markets. With New England contemplating numerous changes to its capacity market design (partially in response to a FERC order, and partially due to the efforts of ISO and other stakeholders to better align capacity markets with planning and policy objectives), now is a perfect time for a dedicated Roundtable on capacity markets.

In our first panel we will explore evolving regional capacity markets in three ISOs: New England, New York, and PJM. To share both the lessons ISOs are learning and the improvements they are contemplating, we are very pleased to have joining us President and CEO of the New York ISO, Stephen Whitley; Vice President of Market Operations and Demand Response at PJM, Stu Bresler; and Vice President of Market Development at ISO New England, Robert Ethier. We have asked Johannes Pfeifenberger, Principal at the Brattle Group, who has worked with many ISOs in the U.S. and beyond, to lead off the panel with an overview of the role of capacity markets and an "apples-to-apples" comparison of the three ISOs' capacity market designs and performances to date.

For our second panel we have invited a cross-section of leading stakeholder group representatives to share their perspectives on how to better align capacity markets in New England to ensure resource adequacy, while also meeting other important regional policy/planning objectives. Our illustrious panel will include:

Chairman Thomas Welch, Maine Public Utilities Commission
Commissioner Elizabeth Miller, VT Deptartment of Public Service
Peter Fuller, Director of Regulatory Affairs, NRG Energy
James Daly, VP Energy Supply, Northeast Utilities

We have also asked Bob Ethier to join this 2nd panel for the Q & A and discussion among the panelists.

Contact Name:  Susan Rivo


Tuesday, September 25, 2012
6:00 PM To 9:00 PM
Microsoft N.E.R.D. Center, One Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Because social media is essentially 'real-time' information, it provides an efficiency mechanism to reduce intelligence time to action if it can be harvested effectively. Fusing social media with traditional intelligence information provides additional context and connections of entities and events, which increases quality, relevance and predictability.
Learn how with IKANOW's open source platform, Infinit.e, your organization can gain valuable intelligence by fusing social media data with traditional enterprise data.
Presentation will be given by one of IKANOW's Intelligence Analysts and food and drinks will be provided by IKANOW.

Register at


Solidarity And Green Economy (SAGE) 2nd annual conference "Another World Is Possible"
9am-4pm Saturday, October 13th, 2012
in Worcester, MA
Much more:

A day of resource sharing, alliance building, and collective visioning to create and organize around equitable, democratic, and sustainable community economies.

The conference brings together activists, organizers, community leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, local government, non-profits, and other individuals and organizations committed to forging more equitable and sustainable ways of organizing our communities.

***Call for workshop proposals!***
Please fill out your workshop ideas/proposals by 5pm September 12th here:

Matt Feinstein
Co-director, Media and Organizing Coordinator
Worcester Roots Project
w: 508-343-0035
c: 508-335-7783

5 Pleasant St 3rd floor
Worcester, MA 01609

What's a co-director and a staff collective?  Find out more here:


Hello Makers and Hacker/Makerspaces!

Artisans Asylum, the City of Somerville, and the Somerville Arts Council are hosting the first Somerville Mini Maker Faire in Somerville's Union Square (near Boston), Saturday October 13th 3-7pm, and we're looking for makers! 

To make this a success we need YOU, the makers of the area, to come and show off all your cool stuff! If you've got anything you think the greater world of both makers and non-makers might enjoy, this is the place to show it off.

Tell you friends, members, spread the word! The more the merrier, even if its just to stop by and see what the greater New England area had drummed up.

Answer the Call Here:

More info here:



Where is the best yogurt on the planet made? Somerville, of course!

Join the Somerville Yogurt Making Cooperative and get a weekly quart of the most thick, creamy, rich and tart yogurt in the world. Membership in the coop costs $2.50 per quart. Members share the responsibility for making yogurt in our kitchen located just outside of Davis Sq. in FirstChurch.  No previous yogurt making experience is necessary.

For more information checkout.


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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