Sunday, July 12, 2015

Energy (and Other) Events - July 12, 2015

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Monday, July 13

9am  CAMP HONK (July 13-17 & 20-24)
2:45pm  US Dept. of Homeland Security - Private Sector Roundtable Discussion
3pm  Towards Predictive Biology with Extreme Computing
5:30pm  2015 & Beyond: Predictions from Digital Learning Providers
6pm  MegaGame Open Forum at MIT
7pm  Science by the Pint:  Bacterial Sex, Contraception, and the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance

Tuesday, July 14

8am  Boston Tech Breakfast: Kwambio, BeConnections, Janeiro Digital, Mobilengi
12pm  Network Equality
6pm  The Science of Happier Spending
6pm  Pitchfest 2015
6:30pm  Food and the City: Meet Fenway Farms
7:30pm  PlutoPalooza! - A Family-Friendly Event!

Wednesday, July 15

7:30am  July Boston Sustainability Breakfast
8am  Boston Urban Ag Visioning Steering Committee & Public Meeting
5pm  Urban Beach Bash hosted by Tech Generation
6pm  Understanding and controlling malaria through evolution
6pm  Microrobots for Biomedical Applications with Dr. Simone Schürle
7pm  Josh Trought: The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm

Thursday, July 16

6pm  The Boston Olympic Bid, Communities of Color, and the Future of Our City
6:30pm  Origami: Art and Science
6:40pm  Kill the Messenger
7pm  A Beautiful Question:  Finding Nature's Deep Design

Friday, July 17

7pm  Anxious:  Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety
7pm  Engadget Live in Boston
8:30pm  Superfical Future

Sunday, July 19

9am  MIT Swapfest

Monday, July 20

6pm  Boston 2024 Panel: Transportation and Mobility and the future of Boston Planning
7pm  The Science of Ice Cream

Tuesday, July 21

11am  Divestment Lobby Day
6pm  Boston New Technology July 2015 Product Showcase #BNT55
6pm  Innovation and Design Building Ideas: Robotics
6:30pm  Summer Music Tech Demo Night
7pm   Startup Institute Boston Summer 2015 Open Doors Celebration - #SIOpenDoors


My rough notes on some of the events I go to and notes on books I’ve read are at:

1920 Plutocracy

Report of the MIT Climate Change Conversation


Monday, July 13

July 13-17 & 20-24,
The Kennedy School near Porter Square, Somerville
Cost:  $80 - $160 (negotiable?)

Somerville Public Schools and the School of HONK are offering a two week morning day camp for anyone who wants to learn the basics and enjoy the delights of playing in a brass street band, like the bands that come to Somerville's annual HONK! Festival.

Our approach is all about having fun playing lively dance music from American and other street band traditions - from Lavoe & Colón's "La Murga De Panama" to Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" -- with tunes and arrangements for players at all levels.

Open to anyone, playing brass, woodwinds or percussion, preferably with at least one year’s experience on a chosen instrument. Families are encouraged to apply. Cost for the two weeks is $160 ($80/ wk); family discounts and some scholarships may be available for students who need them.

For more information and to register online, visit

Have questions or want to volunteer as a musician mentor? Drop us a line at


US Dept. of Homeland Security - Private Sector Roundtable Discussion
Monday, July 13
2:45 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, 5th Floor - Havana Room, Cambridge

If you would like to help inform federal policies, come to CIC on Monday, July 13 to meet with top officials from the US Department of Homeland Security Private Sector Office!
The Private Sector Office provides the Secretary and Department leaders with advice on issues relevant to the private sector, including academia, non-profits, NGOs, and businesses.
Specifically, the Private Sector Office:
Engages individual businesses, trade associations and other non-governmental organizations to foster dialogue with the Department.
Advises the Secretary on prospective policies and regulations and in many cases on their economic impact.
Promotes public-private partnerships and best practices to improve the nation's homeland security.
Promotes Department policies to the private sector.

Top leaders including Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector Jose Raul Perales, are visiting CIC to offer the chance for the Boston and Cambridge business communities to provide their concerns and support, which they will relay to the Department’s leadership.

This trip is part of a cross-country initiative to engage with centers of innovation on behalf of the Department's operational components, most significantly in support of its cyber-security mission. Though innovative technology is necessary to protect the nation in various capacities, non-traditional performers and established companies are encouraged to attend this event as well.

Come to CIC to provide your insight and suggestions on:
DHS' strategy for engaging with innovators
DHS' Visionary Goals (the big problems the department is looking to solve)
Pathways to partnership with the government

Light refreshments will be served.


Towards Predictive Biology with Extreme Computing
Monday, July 13
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 521, Wyss Institute, 3 Blackfan Circle, 5th floor, Boston

Speaker:  Fred Streitz, Ph.D., Director, HPC Innovation Center at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lawrence Livermore has a long history of fielding some of the world’s largest computers, fueled by our nearly insatiable need for both capacity and capability computing. Each new generation of computing brings with it the ability to perform simulations that were impossible with earlier computers. Streitz will discuss the development of a real-time, high-resolution model of the electrophysiology of a beating human heart on the Sequoia supercomputer at LLNL, and growing efforts to extend such models towards true predictive biology. This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-­-AC52-­-07NA27344.
Contact information:


2015 & Beyond: Predictions from Digital Learning Providers
Monday, July 13
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
British Consulate-General Boston‎, 1 Broadway, Cambridge
Cost:  $16.82

The past year has seen new openings of platforms from the majors, an increase in adoption of Google technologies, a renewed presence for Microsoft, increased conversation on student data privacy and security. There have also been a number of significant edtech exits. Learn what the future market looks like, from the tools and content providers perspective.
The panelists will discuss:
What proportion of their sales are digital now and going forward?
What are the primary barriers to adoption by schools and universities?
What can be done to increase adoption?
What areas are likely to see the highest growth?
What key trends are influencing their view of the future?
How should entrepreneurs focus?
What are their key strategies for growth?
How should entrepreneurs engage with these key strategic players?

Confirmed Panelist:*
George Moore, Chief Technology Officer, Cengage Learning
*More panelists to be announced shortly. Please stay tuned.

Special Guest
The Rt Hon. Lord Maude of Horsham, Minister of State for Trade and Investment for the United Kingdom
Lord Maude was appointed Minister of State for Trade and Investment on 11 May 2015. He was the Conservative MP for Horsham, West Sussex, from 1997 to 2015. He has held several government posts, including Financial Secretary to the Treasury from 1990 to 1992 and Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office from 1989 to 1990. He was Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2005 to 2007. Among other roles, he was Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office from 2007 to 2010 and Shadow Foreign Secretary from 2000 to 2001. After a career at the criminal bar between 1977 and 1985, he served as a councillor for the City of Westminster for 6 years. His other jobs outside politics have included being a non-executive director of ASDA Group, director at Salomon Brothers and managing director of Morgan Stanley. Lord Maude was previously Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General from May 2010 to May 2015 where he led innovative reforms to transform digital government in the UK, including the transition to the GOV.UK website.


MegaGame Open Forum at MIT
Monday, July 13
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
MIT, Building 34-301, 50 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Calling all Gamers and Game Designers! The word on everyone's lips is MegaGame. We're hosting an open discussion forum at MIT (special thanks to Rik Eberhardt and the MIT Game Lab) to talk about MegaGames.

Whether you've seen the Shut Up and Sit Down videos, played a MegaGame yourself, or are just interested in the idea of 60+ people playing the same game, we want to hear your thoughts! It's safe to assume that every game designer who has looked at a MegaGame has proceeded to stroke their chin and murmur, "I could do that better."

We want to bring Game Designers and MegaGame Enthusiasts together to give everyone a chance to share their ideas and talk about what does and doesn't work in a MegaGame. We'll spend some time discussing the mechanics and logistics of MegaGames, different themes and concepts possible in MegaGames, and maybe take a few moments to play and test parts of each other's games (time permitting).

Who are we? MegaGames United is a volunteer group who has put on one successful MegaGame here in Boston. We're working on a free, open-source MegaGame inspired by Watch the Skies, that, once completed, will be free for anyone to use. We also have connections and resources in Boston to help groups get venues, volunteers, and players for their MegaGames. Our goal is to see as many MegaGames happen as possible, we're here to provide the resources you need.


Science by the Pint:  Bacterial Sex, Contraception, and the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance
Monday, July 13
The Burren, Davis Square, 247 Elm Street, Somerville

Dr Alan Grossman

More information at

Tuesday, July 14

Boston Tech Breakfast: Kwambio, BeConnections, Janeiro Digital, Mobilengi
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
8:00 AM
Microsoft NERD - Horace Mann Room, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Interact with your peers in a monthly morning breakfast meetup. At this monthly breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share learn from their peers through show and tell / show-case style presentations.
And yes, this is free! Thank our sponsors when you see them :)

Agenda for Boston TechBreakfast:
8:00 - 8:15 - Get yer Bagels & Coffee and chit-chat
8:15 - 8:20 - Introductions, Sponsors, Announcements
8:20 - ~9:30 - Showcases and Shout-Outs!

Kwambio: Kwambio & UNIQUE One - Vlad Usov
BeConnections - Carlota Pico
Janeiro Digital: Axis Radius - Jonathan Bingham
Mobilengine: - Adam Dalnoki
~9:30 - end - Final "Shout Outs" & Last Words


Network Equality
Tuesday, July 14
12:00 pm
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Second Floor, Cambridge
RSVP required for those attending in person at
This event will be webcast live on at 12:00 pm

Olivier Sylvain, Associate Professor, Fordham School of Law
One of the few clear priorities of the federal Communications Act is to ensure that all Americans have reasonably comparable access to the Internet without respect to whom or where they are. Yet, in spite of this, the main focus of policymakers and legal scholars in Internet policy today has been on promoting innovation, a concept that Congress barely invokes in the statute. The flagship regulatory intervention for this approach is “network neutrality,” a rule that forbids Internet providers from blocking or interfering with users’ connections.  This Article critiques this prevailing approach.  While it has virtue, the singular focus on innovation could starkly exacerbate existing racial, ethnic, and class disparities because the quality of users’ Internet connections refract through those persistent demographic variables.  The Article thus calls for a fundamental return to the distributional equality principle at the heart of communications law.

About Olivier
Olivier Sylvain's academic interests include the public lawmaking processes generally and communications law and policy in particular. He has written a variety of law review articles, policy papers, newspaper columns, and blog posts on current controversies in broadband policy, Internet governance, privacy, and copyright. His most recent research projects are Network Equality, 67 Hastings L. J. __ (forthcoming in 2016), on the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet rulemaking, Disruption and Deference, 74 Maryland L. Rev. 715 (2015), on the Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in ABC v. Aereo on the public performance right and online video distribution, and Failing Expectations: Fourth Amendment Doctrine in the Era of Total Surveillance, 49 Wake Forest L. Rev. 485 (2014), on the third-party doctrine. He has also been an invited panelist and speaker at several recent conferences and symposia on Internet governance.

At Fordham, Olivier teaches Legislation and Regulation, Administrative Law, and Internet-related courses. He is also a Research Associate at the Donald McGannon Communication Research Center. Before entering academia, Olivier was a Karpatkin Fellow in the National Legal Office of the American Civil Liberties Union in New York City and a litigation associate at Jenner & Block, LLC, in Washington, D.C.


Tuesday July 14
4:00PM to 8:00PM EDT
BU, Metcalf Ballroom, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Boston University's Office of Technology Development is hosting the 6th annual Tech, Drugs and Rock n' Roll networking event. Meet like-minded people, explore new ventures and celebrate the intersection of the medical, technology and business communities at this year's Tech, Drugs and Rock n' Roll. Register today!

We have exciting things in store for you:

Innovator of the Year The award will be presented by the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research of Boston University Gloria Waters.
Exhibits and digital posters Representatives from the Boston University research community will display the latest advancements and technologies in their field.
Funder Alley Investors will set up shop at the event for you to ask questions, get information, or simply interact with industry professionals.
MAPP: Mobile App Contest Participants will submit their ideas for the development of problem-solving mobile applications and audience voting will determine the winners. You can learn more about the contest here.
Kinglsey Flood Keeping up with the tradition of a local band performance, this year we are proud to welcome the rising folk-rock band, Kingsley Flood.
...And More! Lively conversations, great music, appetizing food and a special appearance by our favorite mascot Rhett the Terrier.

If you have any questions, please email us at


The Science of Happier Spending
Tuesday, July 14
6:00 PM
Mad*Pow Boston, 179 Lincoln Street (5th Floor), Boston

Does money buy happiness? Harvard Business School Professor Michael Norton shows that it sometimes can - when you follow five core principles of smarter spending. Michael is the co-author, with Elizabeth Dunn, of Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending, and he's joining us on Tuesday July 14th for a special talk about his research and book.

Their book provides five research-based principles designed to help people use their money in happier ways - whether they have a little or a lot of it. The book is full of recent research and examples that range from how individuals gain happiness by choosing "experiences over stuff" to how companies seek to create happier employees and 'happier products' for their customers.

Here's the schedule:
6:00 - 6:30 Free food & drink while networking
6:30 - 7:30 Talk and discussion
See you all there!

About Michael:
Michael I. Norton is a Professor at the Harvard Business School. He is the co-author – with Elizabeth Dunn – of the book, Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending. In 2012, he was selected for Wired Magazine’s Smart List as one of “50 People Who Will Change the World” and his TEDx talk, How  to Buy Happiness, has been viewed more than 2.8 million times.


Pitchfest 2015
Tuesday, July 14
6:00 to 8:30 (EDT)
The Atrium of The Davenport Building, 25 First Street, Cambridge

Blaze into summer and participate in this great networking opporutnity for early stage scientific software start-ups #DSpitchfest.

Pitchfest is an evening of fun where five early stage start-ups will each have five minutes to pitch their concept to an audience of peers and Boston based VC’s, with the winner bagging $1,500 in cash.


If you are a designer, developer, entrepreneur, thinker, doer, dreamer or all of the above, then this free networking event is great for you! Come and support the start-ups who will be pitching and be part of the audience to vote for the winner - there will be beer, wine and snacks!

5 pitchers
VC judges
An audience full of eager voters
1 winner who will receive $1,500 in cash
1 “audience choice” winner who will receive four choice tickets to a Fenway Park RedSox game later this summer
All runners up will receive great swag bags
And all applicants will be automatically entered into the running for the next round of the Digital Science $25,000 Catalyst Grant
Brian Gilman
Alex Hodgson, Software Entrepreneur
Mari Anne Snow, CEO and Founder, Sophaya

If you’re an early stage start-up focused on software for digitizing any stage of the scientific research process, then apply to be selected as one of five pitchers. Find out more and apply here

Apply by midnight ET on Tuesday June 30th. The event then takes place on Tuesday July 14th from 6-8:30 pm.


Food and the City: Meet Fenway Farms
Tuesday, July 14
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street, Somerville

Let's talk about growing food in the city!

We're convinced that the most positive impact we can have in improving the way the world eats is by inspiring individuals to grow their own food. What better way to be inspired than learning from veteran urban farmers running awesome projects that connect our communities to their food?

Join us at Greentown Labs in Somerville for drinks, snacks and discussion around Boston's great urban ag projects.

6:30PM - 7:00PM Hang out and enjoy refreshments!
7:00 - 7:15PM Intro by Jamie Byron
7:15 - 7:30PM Speaker to be announced soon!
7:30 - 8:00PM Jessie Banhazl from Green City Growers
8:00 - 8:30PM Drinks, discussion

Jessie at Green City Growers (creators of Fenway Farms)
Jessie has managed Green City Growers since inception in 2008 to profitability while establishing GCG as the leader in urban agriculture in the Northeast. Jessie was named “…arguably the queen of Boston’s urban ag visionaries” by Stuff Magazine, among the Top 40 Under 40 by Boston Business Journal, Top 30 Under 30 by Zagat, and a Root Cause 2013 Social Innovator. In 2015, Green City Growers and the Boston Red Sox launched a 5,000 square foot rooftop farm on top of Fenway Park that provides fresh, organic fruit and vegetables to Red Sox fans.

With an introduction by Jamie Byron at Grove Labs!
Grove Labs is a Somerville startup empowering everyone to grow their own food one aquaponic system at a time. Our first product, the Grove Ecosystem, is a residential aquaponic system designed to fit seamlessly into your kitchen. It's connected to a mobile app that guides you along the way and connects you to other users in the community. We aim to make aquaponic indoor growing a more approachable, viable and efficient way to produce your own fresh, organic food at home.

Announcing a third speaker soon - stay tuned!

A note about our venue, Greentown Labs:
We enable entrepreneurs to solve big energy problems. We face a growing global population and the resources required to meet expanding demand is today's most pressing challenge. New ways of producing and consuming energy are necessary to address this problem while minimizing further damage to our environment. We believe entrepreneurs are capable of innovating and inventing solutions to address this challenge with access to the right tools, resources, network and support -- that's where we come in.


PlutoPalooza! - A Family-Friendly Event!
Tuesday, July 14
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge

John Sheff, NASA Solar System Ambassador
Watch it Live:
7:30-8:30 pm: CfA YouTube
8:30-9:15 pm: NASA Ustream
For 9-1/2 years, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has been coasting towards a fateful encounter with Pluto and its moons. On July 14, it will arrive! After a journey of nearly a decade, its Close Encounter phase will last just 48 hours. During the busiest hours of the flyby - including the moment of closest approach - the spacecraft will be too busy to communicate with Earth as it soaks up all the data it can during its mad dash through the Pluto system. Once it resumes transmitting, it will still take an additional four hours for its signals, traveling at the speed of light, to reach Earth! But a lot could go wrong. At the speed it's moving, it wouldn't take much of a high-speed impact with any undiscovered moon, possible ring, or other unseen debris to disable or destroy the spacecraft just as it's making its closest approach to the planet. Will New Horizons survive long enough to "Phone Home" and send us its treasure trove of images and measurements? We'll know the minute that NASA does! We'll be presenting a Live NASA TV broadcast from the Mission Operations Center, including interviews, videos, and status updates, right up until the receipt of the spacecraft's "I survived" chirp (expected at 9:09 pm)! Afterwards, if it's clear, we'll have telescopes on the roof aimed at Pluto's location in the sky (plus other targets of opportunity). Pluto is too faint to be visible even in our telescopes, but it's possible a few photons reflected by the planet may hit our retinas! It should all be great fun, as we'll have a raffle, photo opsin front of an artistic Pluto landscape, 3-D-printed models of New Horizons, and who knows what else! This will probably be the last time in our lives that we will be seeing a "New World" up close for the very first time. Don't miss your chance!
For more information, including accessibility, or to sign up for the events mailing list, call the Public Affairs Office, (617) 495-7461 or email Please request sign-language interpretation at least 2 weeks before the event. Current sky information is available.

Entrance is at the west of the CfA complex, near Madison Street and large parking lot. The CfA is easily reached by public transportation. From the Harvard MBTA Station (Red Line), take any bus or trackless trolley going west on Concord Avenue (Arlmont Village and Belmont Center buses, Huron Avenue trolleys) and get off at "Observatory Hill."

Wednesday, July 15

July Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Wednesday, July 15
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM (EDT)
Pret A Manger, 185 Franklin Street, Boston

Join us for the July Boston Sustainability breakfast, an informal breakfast meetup of sustainability professionals together for networking, discussion and moral support.  It’s important to remind ourselves that we are not the only ones out there in the business world trying to do good!
So come, get a cup of coffee or a bagel, support a sustainable business and get fired up before work so we can continue trying to change the world. Feel free to drop by any time any time between 7:30 and 830 a.m.


Boston Urban Ag Visioning Steering Committee & Public Meeting
Wednesday, July 15
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)
Fenway Park - Wheels Up Clubhouse, 72 Brookline Avenue, Boston

The next meeting of the Boston Urban Ag Visioning Steering Committee & Public Meeting will be held at Fenway Park in the Wheels Up Clubhouse on July 15, 2015. Part of the agenda of this meeting will include a tour of Fenway Farms managed by Green City Growers. This event is free to all and all are encouraged to attend. RSVP is requested by 7/14/2015.

Progress and activities in the Urban Ag Visioning process since January 2015 include the following:
Objectives and stakeholder expectations of the visioning process
Current urban ag activity in the city
Metrics and goals for measuring progress
Best practices here and elsewhere to consider for implementation or scaling
Alignment with other local, regional, state, and national urban ag initiatives
Design charrette to highlight opportunities and challenges of urban ag project development
In the remaining meetings, we will refine the emerging vision, define metrics and goals, and outline a path forward for strategic, collaborative, and sustainable development of urban ag in Boston.


Urban Beach Bash hosted by Tech Generation
Wednesday, July 15
5:00 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
Christopher Columbus Park, Atlantic Avenue and Commercial Street, Boston
Cost: $5 - $20

Join Boston's coolest community of tech startups and interns while we kick back at Urban Beach with summer food, lawn games and music.  Have a hot dog, some fried dough and maybe even some shaved ice while you chat with new friends and compete in mini-golf.
Celebrate summer and meet your new hire, co-founder or investor!


Understanding and controlling malaria through evolution
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Wednesday, July 15
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Cambridge

Dan Neafsey
Malaria is a disease of seemingly gratuitous complexity, caused by Plasmodium parasites which must complete intricate phases of their life cycle in two very different hosts: vertebrates and mosquitoes. Understanding the adaptations that facilitate and maintain the relationships between the members of this co-evolutionary triangle can give us insight into the fascinating biology of malaria, and also provide keys to controlling or eventually eliminating this disease. Daniel Neafsey, associate director of the Broad’s Genomic Center for Infectious Disease, will describe how recent developments in genome sequencing are giving us new perspectives on malaria, a disease that has been called the strongest known force of evolutionary selection in the recent history of the human genome.


Microrobots for Biomedical Applications with Dr. Simone Schürle
Wednesday, July 15
6:00 PM
Cambridge Innovation Center, 5th Floor, Havana Room, One Broadway, Cambridge

Please join us for networking and a discussion with Dr. Simone Schürle on July 15th. She will discuss: "Microrobots for Biomedical Applications: Insights into current trends in the emerging field of biomicrorobotics"

Microrobots are miniature robots at the microscale with exciting applications in biomedicine.  In addition to discussing how such tiny devices can be built and powered, we will also talk about how these devices can be used in real-world applications.

Dr. Schürle’s  is currently at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT where she is applying microrobotic control strategies in cancer diagnosis and therapy. She is also co-founder of MagnebotiX, a young spin-off company from ETH focusing on magnetic manipulation systems for crystallography applications.

Refreshments provided by Helbling (6pm-8pm).

6:00-6:30 Refreshments (Swiss Bakers) and Networking
6:30-7:30 Dr. Simone Schürle
7:30-8:00 Networking
Then join us for the afterparty at Firebrand Saints!


Josh Trought: The Community-Scale Permaculture Farm
Wednesday, July 15
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Old West Church, 131 Cambridge Street, Boston

Boston Food Forest Permaculture Speakers Series continues with Josh from D Acres farm!

Come hear Josh share practical examples of alternative building, renewable energy, holistic forestry, no-till gardening, hospitality management, community outreach, and more

For almost twenty years, D Acres of New Hampshire has challenged and expanded the common definition of a farm. As an educational center that researches, applies, and teaches skills of sustainable living and small-scale organic farming, D Acres serves more than just a single function to its community. By turns it is a hostel for travelers to northern New England, a training center for everything from metal- and woodworking to cob building and seasonal cooking, a gathering place for music, poetry, joke-telling, and potluck meals, and much more.

Josh Trought helped to found D Acres of New Hampshire in 1997, and today serves as its director. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in environmental conservation, and has worked for organizations as diverse as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Costa Rica’s Tapantí National Park. Currently he is a member of the Artistic Roots co-op in Plymouth, New Hampshire, and serves as treasurer of the Pemi-Baker Solid Waste District. His proudest accomplishments are as a participant at the Bread and Puppet Theater; at La Caravana Arcoiris por la Paz, a mobile ecovillage that traveled across Central and South America; and at D Acres, where he has specialized in forestry, construction, gardening, and administration. The primary motivation behind his life’s work is the healthy perpetuation of our species within its various, diverse ecologies.

Thursday, July 16

The Boston Olympic Bid, Communities of Color, and the Future of Our City
Thursday, July 16
Freedom House, 5 Crawford Street, Dorchester
Seating is limited to 100, so please RSVP to by Monday, July 13th

Boston NAACP, in collaboration with URBAN Boston (Urban Research-Based Action Network), will host its first public conversation on, and extending
beyond, Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics.


Food will be served

Share your perspective about what you think has been missing from the public conversation about a potential Boston Olympics.

Hear about an opportunity to engage in community-based research about the Boston bid in partnership with researchers, community groups, and

Learn about how community groups in other cities have organized to influence the Olympic bid process.

Please Join Us!

Hosted by Boston NAACP and URBAN Boston (Urban Research-Based Action Network)


Origami: Art and Science
Thursday, July 16
Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington Street, Belmont

Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan.   Applied Math Lab.  


Kill the Messenger
Thursday, July 16
doors open 6:40; film starts promptly 7pm
243 Broadway, Cambridge - corner of Broadway and Windsor, entrance on Windsor

Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb.
Kill the Messenger takes place in the mid 1990s, when Gary Webb uncovered the CIA's past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the U.S. that was aggressively sold in ghettos across the country to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras rebel army. Despite enormous pressure not to, Webb chose to pursue the story and went public with his evidence, publishing his series 'Dark Alliance' in the San Jose Mercury News in 1996.

As a result Gary experienced a vicious smear campaign fueled by the CIA. At that point Webb found himself defending his integrity, his family, and his life.


A Beautiful Question:  Finding Nature's Deep Design
Thursday, July 16
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes 2004 Nobel Prize winner FRANK WILCZEK for a discussion of his book A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design.
Does the universe embody beautiful ideas?

Artists as well as scientists throughout human history have pondered this “beautiful question.” With Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek as your guide, embark on a voyage of related discoveries, from Plato and Pythagoras up to the present. Wilczek’s groundbreaking work in quantum physics was inspired by his intuition to look for a deeper order of beauty in nature. In fact, every major advance in his career came from this intuition: to assume that the universe embodies beautiful forms, forms whose hallmarks are symmetry—harmony, balance, proportion—and economy. There are other meanings of “beauty,” but this is the deep logic of the universe—and it is no accident that it is also at the heart of what we find aesthetically pleasing and inspiring.

Wilczek is hardly alone among great scientists in charting his course using beauty as his compass. As he reveals in A Beautiful Question, this has been the heart of scientific pursuit from Pythagoras, the ancient Greek who was the first to argue that “all things are number,” to Galileo, Newton, Maxwell, Einstein, and into the deep waters of twentieth century physics. Though the ancients weren’t right about everything, their ardent belief in the music of the spheres has proved true down to the quantum level. Indeed, Wilczek explores just how intertwined our ideas about beauty and art are with our scientific understanding of the cosmos.

Wilczek brings us right to the edge of knowledge today, where the core insights of even the craziest quantum ideas apply principles we all understand. The equations for atoms and light are almost literally the same equations that govern musical instruments and sound; the subatomic particles that are responsible for most of our mass are determined by simple geometric symmetries. The universe itself, suggests Wilczek, seems to want to embody beautiful and elegant forms. Perhaps this force is the pure elegance of numbers, perhaps the work of a higher being, or somewhere between. Either way, we don’t depart from the infinite and infinitesimal after all; we’re profoundly connected to them, and we connect them. When we find that our sense of beauty is realized in the physical world, we are discovering something about the world, but also something about ourselves.

Gorgeously illustrated, A Beautiful Question is a mind-shifting book that braids the age-old quest for beauty and the age-old quest for truth into a thrilling synthesis. It is a dazzling and important work from one of our best thinkers, whose humor and infectious sense of wonder animate every page. Yes: The world is a work of art, and its deepest truths are ones we already feel, as if they were somehow written in our souls.

Friday, July 17

Anxious:  Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety
Friday, July 17
7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Harvard Book Store welcomes JOSEPH LEDOUX, a professor of psychology at New York University, for a discussion of his book Anxious: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety.
Collectively, anxiety disorders are our most prevalent psychiatric problem, affecting about forty million adults in the United States. In Anxious, Joseph LeDoux, whose NYU lab has been at the forefront of research efforts to understand and treat fear and anxiety, explains the range of these disorders, their origins, and discoveries that can restore sufferers to normalcy.

LeDoux’s groundbreaking premise is that we’ve been thinking about fear and anxiety in the wrong way. These are not innate states waiting to be unleashed from the brain, but experiences that we assemble cognitively. Treatment of these problems must address both their conscious manifestations and underlying non-conscious processes. While knowledge about how the brain works will help us discover new drugs, LeDoux argues that the greatest breakthroughs may come from using brain research to help reshape psychotherapy.

A major work on our most pressing mental health issue, Anxious explains the science behind fear and anxiety disorders.


Engadget Live in Boston
Friday, July 17
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Royale, 279 Tremont Street, Boston

Unlike all the tradeshows and press-only events that don’t let consumers attend, Engadget Live is designed specifically to bring gadget lovers and tech brands together.
As always, we’ll have a bunch of great companies with us at the event ready to show you their newest products and hear what you think.
There’ll be tons of great swag and chances to win some awesome gear.

If you're a member of the media and you're interested in attending the press preview hour from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, email and we’ll send you the details.
If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, send an email to
You can see the current list of the companies participating at but check back because we’re still adding more.
Also, be sure to follow @engadgetevents for updates! The official hashtag for this event is #EngadgetLive. We’d love to have everyone join the conversation before, during and after the show.
See you there!


Superfical Future
Friday, July 17, 2015 at 8:30 PM - Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 1:00 AM (EDT)
Cuisine en Locale, 156 Highland Avenue, Somerville
Cost: $16.37

The premiere dystopian experience is coming to Boston! Prepare yourself to enter a world post WWIII, year 2032, where political puppeteering, mass media distortion and subsequent cultural segregation has caused an uprising to form. This is our Superficial Future. Become a part of the revolution as you embark onto a journey with the Architects, fighting for your freedom against the corporate tyrant, The Director. Your senses will be overwhelmed with a fully transformed venue incorporating state of the art lighting, sound, and projections. As the revolution builds, you will be taken through a barrage of musical voyages for you to dance and rock out with award winning DJ Chris Ewen (Boston - Manray, Xmortis, Heroes) and DJ Ian Fford (NYC - Albion / Batcave, Webster Hall) with bands including Psyche Corporation and The U Project. To stimulate you even further, the best of Boston's performers including Ben Reynolds, Complete Destruction, and Inaya Nour, Myss Ripley, and more.
This participatory adventure at the capitol city, will have you interacting with installation art work, drinking and dining on exquisite cuisine, and dancing with the locals of the underground. Let your imagination guide you and come dressed in cyberpunk, steampunk, post-apocalyptic, industrial, elegant, burner, alternative, or creative attire that embodies the future of tomorrow. No matter your equation, persuasion, gender, sexual orientation, and or lifestyle, we encourage all to join the revolution. For one night, you and your fellow members in the audience will choose what happens to The Architects, witness the spectacles of a cyberpunk city, and leave the capital city in shock and awe.
Get tickets at the door or on Eventbrite:

Interactive Theatrical Dystopian Experience
One Night Friday, July 17th, 2015 Theater / Performance / Art / Music / Dance Doors open at 8:30... show from : 9PM - 1AM 18+ Event Theme / Creative Attire Encouraged (Cyberpunk, Noire, Neo-Tokyo, Steampunk, Industrial, Post-Apocalyptic, Fallout Survivor, Robotic Bounty Hunter, Burner, Elegant, Alternative) Venue: Cuisine En Local 156 Highland Ave Somerville, MA. 021423 DJ's Chris Ewen - Boston (Manray, Xmortis, Heroes) Ian Fford - NYC (Ablion / Batcave, Webster Hall) Special Guest - Owen Tate - NYC Bands Psyche Corporation - NYC - Darkwave, Cyberpunk, Ethreal The U Project - CT - Industrial, Alternative Rock, Electronic Performers: Ben Reynolds - Boston - Prop Manipulation Complete Destruction - Boston - Cyber Drag Inaya Nour - Boston - Tribal Belly Dance Myss Ripley - Boston - Rock Violin Starring / Hosting: Owen Tate - NYC - as The Director Julia Jerome - Boston - as The Architect Artists: Liz Lamanche - Boston - Interactive Light Paintings Julia Jerome - Boston - LED Flower Sculpture For updates, tickets, and behind the scenes, head to:

Sunday, July 19

MIT Swapfest
Sunday, July 19
MIT, Building N4, Albany Street Garage and Lots, Cambridge
Cost:  $6 Buyers admission from 9AM to 2PM;  $4 with MIT/ Harvard Student ID

MIT's monthly Hi Tech, Computer, Electronics and Ham Radio Fleamarket.
Buy Sell or Swap all things nerdly.
Held the third Sunday of each month April thru October.
Rain or Shine covered space is available for all sellers.
In the Albany St Garage and adjacent lot.
On Albany St between Mass Ave and Main St, Cambridge.

Sellers call 617 253 3776 for more information.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Cost: $6
This event occurs on the 3rd Sunday of every month through October 18, 2015.
Sponsor(s): MIT Radio Society, MIT UHF Repeater Assn. , MIT Electronics Research Society
For more information, contact:  Mitchell Berger

Monday, July 20

Boston 2024 Panel: Transportation and Mobility and the future of Boston Planning
Monday, July 20
MIT, Building E14-3rd, 3rd Floor Atrium, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Panel of MIT faculty and 2024 Olympic Committee members
MIT public panel discussion around the topics of transportation and mobility and the future of Boston. School of Architecture and Planning faculty and members of the 2024 Olympic committee will share thoughts about the opportunities for the city in relationship to transportation, mobility and infrastructure prompted by the Olympic bid.

Open to: the general public
Cost: 0
Sponsor(s): School of Architecture and Planning
For more information, contact:  Lisa Hersh


The Science of Ice Cream
Monday, July 20
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Avenue, Allston

Explore and celebrate the intersection of cooking and science – through ice cream! Join former White House Chef Bill Yosses and Harvard PhD candidate Vayu Maini Rekdal as they demonstrate the delicious science of “dondurma,” an unusual ice cream from Turkish cuisine thatis elastic and stretchy and can be eaten with a knife and fork. Come for a night of fun, learning, and a surprisingly springy ice cream.

Tuesday, July 21

Divestment Lobby Day
Tuesday, July 21
11am – 5pm
84 State St # 250, Boston

350Mass and DivestOurPensionsNow will be having actions at PRIM (80 State Street, Boston) from 11-1 on the days of the PRIM Board and Investment Committee meetings (March 24, April 7, May 19, June 4 and July 2) and hope to have a big turnout on each of those days. We will be standing out with banner, signs and leaflets in front of the building. Come wearing orange. We may have different themes, messages and added constituencies on different dates. We would like to include a postcard delivery to Michael Trotsky, CEO of PRIM, during each action. We'll be lobbying at the State House on the same days from 2-5PM. Please make an appointment with your legislators for a meeting during one of those times. If you'd like to be involved in the planning, email Darcy DuMont,

More information at


Boston New Technology July 2015 Product Showcase #BNT55
Tuesday, July 21
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hult International Business School, 1 Education Street, Cambridge

Due to building renovations, you will need to go around back and enter through the back door of the building. Follow signs in the hallway for Hult Entrance and sign-in at the registration desk in the lobby.

Free event! Come learn about 7 innovative and exciting technology products and network with the Boston/Cambridge startup community!  Each presenter gets 5 minutes for product demonstration and 5 minutes for Q&A.


Innovation and Design Building Ideas: Robotics
Tuesday, July 21
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
MassChallenge, 21 Drydock Avenue, 6th Floor, Boston

IDB Ideas is a new speaker series that focuses on the intersection of design, technology, and innovation in a variety of fields, co-hosted by the Innovation and Design Building and MassChallenge. Its first iteration centered on what it means to be a maker in the digital age. Building on this theme, the second iteration will focus on robotics.
With technology in this industry advancing at a rapid pace, especially in Massachusetts, the IDB is excited to provide a platform for robotics leaders to share their perspective. Engage in thoughtful conversation with:
Scott Kirsner, Innovation Columnist at the Boston Globe
Daniel Theobald, Co-founder & CTO at Vecna and Co-founder of MassRobotics
Holly Yanco, Director of the UMass Lowell Robotics Lab
Katie Stebbins, Assistant Secretary for Technology and Innovation at the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development 

A reception will take place immediately following the conversation. RSVP to reserve a free ticket and find more details at


Summer Music Tech Demo Night
Tuesday, July 21
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Cambridge Innovation Center - Venture Cafe, One Broadway, 5th Floor, Cambridge

Let's jam! Summer Demo Night is *ON*.

Expo/Demo Night. You. Your friends. Cool music tech projects.
And Pizza! Special thanks to SONOS for being our pizza sponsor.

6:30 - 7:30: Mini-expo. Grab some 'za and see what folks are working on.
7:30 - 7:45: Welcome & announcements
7:45 - 8:30: 4-5 *short* presentations
9:00: Wrap it up!
1. RSVP at

Sign up to present at

Projects at any stage are welcome. We want to hear what you're working on.

3. Spread the word. 
Know anyone doing cool music stuff? Send 'em the link to this event:

Share it on your social networks too!
4. Get PUMPED!

We look forward to seeing you there.


Startup Institute Boston Summer 2015 Open Doors Celebration - #SIOpenDoors
Tuesday, July 21
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Central Bistro, 101 Arch Street #200, Boston

We're building a community of awesome people here in Boston. Together we are making huge contributions to the tech ecosystem and building great companies. Our seasonal Open Doors Celebration is an opportunity for us to come together to celebrate this growing community.

What's this all about?
Well, this is sure to be a killer networking opportunity with students, alumni, partners, instructors, and friends of SI all on our invite list. It's about celebrating community, making new connections, and enjoying time together.

Know someone interested in getting to know Boston's startup community?
Bring them along. No pressure, just the opportunity to check out what we're all about and meet members of the network.

Our Open Doors Party is being held at Central Bistro in Downtown Crossing.

Tell your friends, connect with others, and say hello with #SIOpenDoors on Twitter. 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 22

"Illuminating the Mental Memoriam."
Wednesday, July 22
MIT, Builidng 46-3002,  43 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Steve Ramirez.   A thesis defense.   TED Talk:
"Our studies’ conclusions are threefold: (1) we provide proof of principle evidence demonstrating that learning-related neural changes can be isolated at the level of single cells, and that these cells can then be tagged for subsequent manipulation; (2) a defined subset of hippocampus cells are sufficient to elicit the neuronal and behavioral expression of memory recall, as well as sufficient to modify existing positive and negative memories; (3) and finally, artificially activated memories can be leveraged to acutely and chronically suppress psychiatric disease-related states. We propose that hippocampus cells that show activity-dependent changes during learning construct a cellular basis for contextual memory engrams and that directly activating these endogenous neuronal processes may be an effective means to correct maladaptive behaviors."


What would you say you do here? Understanding our genes, with big help from small RNAs
WHEN  Wed., July 22, 2015, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  The Broad Institute, 415 Main Street, Auditorium, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  John Doench
COST  Free and open to the public


Creative Somerville Series: It Ain't Just Fluff: Co-Creating Great Places
Wednesday, July 22
7 p.m.
Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville
Tickets are free, but space is limited, so get yours today.

It Ain’t Just Fluff: Co-Creating Great Places
A conversation with Mimi Graney and MaryCat Chaikin, founders of Relish Management

Come early for a delicious bowl of local food from Canteen & Co. Menu details to come!

Mimi Graney & MaryCat Chaikin are cofounders of Relish, a project management and consulting firm for place-making, food-based and creative economy initiatives. Relish partners with municipalities, developers and community organizations to plan, create and manage neighborhood activation projects including markets, collaborative work spaces and public art. From launching iconic local experiences such as the Fluff Festival to finding temporary uses for properties awaiting redevelopment, to running local farmers markets which generate over $2.5 M in economic impact, the team has its hands in many of the exciting projects around town and beyond that support local food systems and creative industries.

The Creative Somerville Series is a series of “fireside chats” with locals in design, tech, food, social impact and other fields–celebrating the creative and entrepreneurial energy that makes Somerville great. The Creative Somerville Series is not your typical power point and Q&A. Our free fireside chats are about getting to hear someone’s story, learning about how they think and create, and getting to share creative energy and ideas in an intimate setting. The free events are co-curated by Landscape Designer Mia Scharphie and Somerville Beat Founder Elyse Andrews and held at Aeronaut Brewing Company. They are co-sponsored bySomerville Local First and have been featured in BostInno.


Panel of Hustle
Thursday, July 23
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EDT)
Harvard Innovation Lab, 125 Western Avenue, Boston

They say that every startup needs a hacker and a hustler. A hacker to build the product and a hustler to make the business succeed against all odds. But how do the best hustlers do it?
Join us for this panel of entrepreneurs known for their hustle and learn from the best as they compete for the title of best hustler:
Anna Palmer, Co-Founder/CEO of Fashion Project
Noah Heller, Founder/CEO of Vhoto
Andrey Ostrovsky, Co-Founder/CEO of Care at Hand
Rose Wang, Co-Founder of Six Foods


Through the Virtual Reality Looking Glass: Venture Café in Session
Thursday, July 23
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Venture Cafe – Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, 5th floor,  Cambridge

This Thursday the Café is teaming up with the Virtual Reality Meetup and showcasing many new interactive technologies! Please stop by and step through to other realities!

A weekly program offered by The Venture Café Foundation. Venture Café opens its doors to the entrepreneurial, innovation, and creative communities around Greater Boston every Thursday.

Mix and mingle with fellow entrepreneurs, find serendipitous connections, get advice and feedback during office hours, and attend entrepreneurship- and innovation-focused events.

Café-goers are expected to participate in a manner consistent with the Café’s Credo.

To support The Venture Café Foundation’s mission and to act as a community hub, Venture Café reserves the right to dis-invite any individual that its management feels, in their sole judgment, detracts from achieving its mission.

Follow @VentureCafe on Twitter for the latest updates.

Sunday, July 26

The 2nd Annual Cambridge Jazz Festival
Sunday, July 26
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)
University Park Common at MIT, 64 Sidney Street, Cambridge

Cambridge Jazz Festival returns for its 2nd year at University Park Commons at MIT.

Enjoy a summer afternoon of listening to FREE, Grammy-Award-Winning JAZZ in the green sculpture gardens of University Park at MIT.

There will be jazzy FOOD & DRINKS…a BEER GARDEN…and ARTS & CRAFTS for all to enjoy…

…and a stellar lineup of PERFORMERS including Cambridge native Nnenna Freelon in a tribute to Billie Holiday with the Ron Savage Trio, piano legend JoAnne Brackeen, percussionist Eguie Castrillo and his Latin Jazz Connection, the innovative Laszlo Gardony Sextet, and the smooth jazz sounds of The Tóth Brothers.


"INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective" (Documentary)
Sunday, July 26
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
1 Fayette Park, Cambridge
FREE Ticket - Suggested donation, $10

Are you curious to learn about permaculture design principles and how they can help us bring our lifestyles into greater harmony with the natural environment? Join Biodiversity for a Livable Climate on Sunday, July 26th from 6:00-9:00 P.M. for a potluck and special screening of the documentary "INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective"!

6:00-7:00 P.M. Potluck and meet-and-greet. Feel free to bring snacks for sharing and mingle with other members of the group.
7:00-8:30 P.M. Watch "INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective (approx. run time 92 minutes)
8:30-9:00 P.M. Post-film discussion and socializing.
Don't forget to RSVP on Meetup at

You can watch the documentary trailer at

We hope to see you there!
Biodiversity for a Livable Climate

Wednesday, July 29

Opioid Crisis: The Neuroscience and Treatment of Addiction
WHEN  Wed., July 29, 2015, 12 – 1 p.m.
GAZETTE CLASSIFICATION Education, Ethics, Health Sciences, Law, Lecture, Science, Social Sciences, Special Events
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR HMS Office of Communications and External Relations
SPEAKER(S) Elena Chartoff, assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry, HMS; director, Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior Laboratory, Division of Neuroscience, McLean Hospital
Hilary Connery, assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry, HMS; clinical director, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, McLean Hospital
COST  Free and open to the Harvard community
CONTACT INFO 617.432.3038
DETAILS  Live stream will be added to website prior to event.


July IAP: Confidential Research Information Management: Security and Privacy Key Concepts
Wednesday, July 29
MIT, Building E25-401, 45 Carleton Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Micah Altman
Researchers in the social, behavioral and health sciences perform research involving non-classified but confidential information. This course, provides core concepts in data privacy and information security and strategies for managing confidential information.

Registration Required.

Web site:
Open to: the general public
Sponsor(s): MIT Libraries
For more information, contact:  Chen, Andrew


Finding gene mutations that protect against heart attack and developing medicines that mimic them
WHEN  Wed., July 29, 2015, 6 – 7 p.m.
WHERE  The Broad Institute, 415 Main Street, Cambridge
ORGANIZATION/SPONSOR The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
SPEAKER(S)  Sekar Kathiresan
COST  Free and open to the public


2015 Startup Showcase: An exhibition of the 2015 MassChallenge Finalists & celebration of innovation in Boston
Wednesday, July 29
Plaza Ballroom (Third Floor), Seaport Hotel | 1 Seaport Lane, Boston

MassChallenge welcomes all startups, sponsors, partners, investors, entrepreneurs, community members and startup enthusiasts to the very first opportunity to browse the enormous value being created by the 2015 MassChallenge finalists!

The MassChallenge Startup Showcase features the 128 highest-impact startup companies participating in the MassChallenge accelerator. It is the first major opportunity for the startup community to meet the 2015 MassChallenge finalist startups and experience their new developments in an open-floor exposition.

Phone:  1.888.782.7820

Thursday, July 30

Boston Futures: 2024 and Beyond:  Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Thursday, July 30
Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, 14th Floor, Cambridge

Boston Futures is a community discussion series about the future of Boston and how Boston’s Olympic and Paralympic bid might help us achieve a shared vision for that future.  Free and open to the public, these conversations will explore how hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024 could help catalyze progress on key initiatives and ideas that will define Boston in the year 2030, the city’s 400th anniversary, and beyond.  Intended to engage designers, planners, innovators, and more, this series provides attendees the opportunity to ask questions, gain additional insight from experts who have faced similar challenges, and consider the possibilities for Boston's future.

Planned topics for discussion include mobility, housing, open space, sustainability, health, and innovation.

The inaugural discussion “Pathways to Legacy” in May 2015 featured architects and urban planners who played key roles in planning for past Olympic and Paralympic Games and other urban transformation projects. The conversation touched on best practices and lessons learned for creating lasting benefits and how Boston might apply these learnings from other cities to its future development.  You can view highlights from the discussion on the Boston Futures Facebook page.

For more information, please email, follow us on Twitter @BOSFutures, and like our Facebook page – Boston Futures. To rsvp for particular events, see each listing.

Boston Futures is a program of the BSA and the BSA Foundation in partnership with Boston 2024, Boston Society of Landscape Architects, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, MIT School of Architecture and Planning, Northeastern University School of Architecture, ULI Boston, and The Venture Café.

new grant program offered by NEFA available to artists within Rt. 495:

The New England Foundation for the Arts announces a series of grant workshops to be held across the city of Boston. The workshops will focus on NEFA’s newest initiative, Creative City, a three-year pilot that will make grants to Boston area artists to create works that integrate public participation.

Artists who reside within route 495 in Massachusetts and community organizations in the city of Boston are invited to bring project ideas and questions about applying to Creative City. These workshops are designed to help artists prepare applications, and participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the program background and the grant guidelines in advance. The summer 2015 workshops are:

July 13, 3:00PM-4:00PM at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Boston
July 14, 2:00PM-3:30PM at Mattapan Public Library, 1350 Blue Hill Ave, Mattapan
July 15, 10:30AM-12:00PM at East Boston Public Library, 365 Bremen St., East Boston
July 16, 5:30-7:00PM at Curtis Hall, 20 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA
July 17, 9:30AM-11AM, at NEFA, 145 Tremont St., 7th Floor, Boston

Creative City will support individual artists, artist collectives, and artistic collaborations in all disciplines and with roots in diverse cultures, forms, and aesthetics. Grants will range from $2,500-$10,000. An additional stipend of up to $2,500 will be available for community partners to help support presentation costs. Creative City is made possible with funding from the Barr Foundation.

Application deadlines for the first year are August 3, 2015, and February 1, 2016. For more information about funding priorities, eligibility, criteria, and to access the online application, visit

Contact: Summer Confuorto, Program Coordinator | Public Art and Creative City
617.951.0010 x533 |

See more at:


Intern with Biodiversity for a Livable Climate!
Biodiversity for a Livable Climate (BLC) is a nonprofit based in the Cambridge, MA area. Our mission is to mobilize the biosphere to restore ecosystems and reverse global warming.
Education, public information campaigns, organizing, scientific investigation, collaboration with like-minded organizations, research and policy development are all elements of our strategy.

Background: Soils are the largest terrestrial carbon sink on the planet. Restoring the complex ecology of soils is the only way to safely and quickly remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the ground, where it’s desperately needed to regenerate the health of billions of acres of degraded lands. Restoring carbon to soils and regenerating ecosystems are how we can restore a healthy hydrologic cycle and cool local and planetary climates safely, naturally, and in time to ensure a livable climate now and in the future.

Our Work: immediate plans include
Organizing the First International Biodiversity, Soil Carbon and Climate Week, October 31-November 9, 2014, and a kick-off conference in the Boston area, “Mobilizing the Biosphere to Reverse Global Warming: A Biodiversity, Water, Soil Carbon and Climate Conference – and Call to Action” to expand the mainstream climate conversation to include the power of biology, and to help initiate intensive worldwide efforts to return atmospheric carbon to the soils.
Coordination of a global fund to directly assist local farmers and herders in learning and applying carbon farming approaches that not only benefit the climate, but improve the health and productivity of the land and the people who depend on it.
Collaboration with individuals and organizations on addressing eco-restoration and the regeneration of water and carbon cycles; such projects may include application of practices such as Holistic Management for restoration of billions of acres of degraded grasslands, reforestation of exploited forest areas, and restoring ocean food chains.

Please contact Helen D. Silver, for further information.


Climate Stories Project

What's your Climate Story?
Climate Stories Project is a forum that gives a voice to the emotional and personal impacts that climate change is having on our lives. Often, we only discuss climate change from the impersonal perspective of science or the contentious realm of politics. Today, more and more of us are feeling the effects of climate change on an personal level. Climate Stories Project allows people from around the world to share their stories and to engage with climate change in a personal, direct way.


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.


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


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


The Boston Network for International Development (BNID) maintains a website ( that serves as a clearing-house for information on organizations, events, and jobs related to international development in the Boston area. BNID has played an important auxiliary role in fostering international development activities in the Boston area, as witnessed by the expanding content of the site and a significant growth in the number of users.

The website contains:

A calendar of Boston area events and volunteer opportunities related to International Development
A jobs board that includes both internships and full time positions related to International Development that is updated daily -
A directory and descriptions of more than 250 Boston-area organizations -

Also, please sign up for our weekly newsletter (we promise only one email per week) to get the most up-to-date information on new job and internship opportunities

The website is completely free for students and our goal is to help connect students who are interested in international development with many of the worthwhile organizations in the area.

Please feel free to email our organization at if you have any questions!



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:

MIT Events:

MIT Energy Club:

Harvard Events:

Harvard Environment:

Sustainability at Harvard:

Mass Climate Action:



Microsoft NERD Center:

Startup and Entrepreneurial Events:

Cambridge Civic Journal:

Cambridge Happenings:

Cambridge Community Calendar:

Arts and Cultural Events List:

Boston Events Insider:


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