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Finalist in MIT Climate CoLab Contest: I Solve Climate Change

by: gmoke

Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 19:11:27 PM EST

(Some good ideas, as usual. And I especially like what these guys are doing: http://opensourceecology.org - promoted by eli_beckerman)

The Climate CoLab is part of MIT's Center for Collective Intelligence.

In both 2010 and 2011, the primary activities have been a pair of online contests, where teams of community members are invited to propose actions to key aspects of climate change.

The 2011 contest poses the question:

How should the 21st century economy evolve bearing in mind the risks of climate change?

In the initial stages of a contest, teams develop proposals on what should be done. Expert judges assess and select finalists among these proposals.

In the final round, Climate CoLab members are invited to vote. Winners are chosen based on voting and on a second review by the judges. A group of policy makers are briefed on the winning proposals.

On the national level, my proposal made the final cut:
How to Change US Energy in One Growing Season

You can vote for it or other proposals in the contest until November 15 at the URLs above.  Please take a look.

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Governor Walker's Mubarak Moment #2

by: eli_beckerman

Sun Feb 27, 2011 at 20:37:10 PM EST

The other day I called Governor Walker's appearance on a prank phone call -- showing the world the corrupted state of affairs inside the halls of power here in the U.S. -- his "Mubarak Moment."

I think today he's done it again. Walker's Mubarak Moment #2 was today's attempt to close down the Capitol Building, giving protestors a 4pm deadline to leave.

Check out Ben Brandzel's live feed of what's happening in the Capitol Building. I think it's possible that Walker's curfew might have sparked the defining battle, like that over who controlled Tahrir Square.  Whose House?! OUR HOUSE!

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Help me create democratic infrastructure with google maps

by: rossl

Sun Apr 04, 2010 at 11:44:16 AM EDT

Hey everyone,
I had an idea the other day, and I'm going to put it together.  Basically, I'm creating a map of people all over the nation who are willing to donate something - their home, some food, some time, etc - to resistance to war, big business' greed, and other injustices.  Google Maps makes this surprisingly easy, and although I'm not entirely sure how to do it, I'm sure I'll figure it out as I go.

All I need now is names.  If you're interested in being listed so that people can contact you if they need some help in your area, please email me at rossmlevin at gmail dot com.  Or just put the info in the comments, if you want.  What I need is:

Your name
What you're willing to provide
Your contact info (email and phone are preferred, but whatever you want to put is OK)
Your zip code

I don't want to get too specific, because we all know how snoopy the CIA is ;)

Seriously, though, if this comes together I think it could be a useful tool for activists all over the place.  Say you're traveling to Philadelphia to help out the striking nurses at Temple University and you need a place to stay for a few days - you could check the map and see that, hey, rossl lives near Philadelphia.  Then you could call me up and see if it's all right if you crash at my place for a few days while you're helping these nurses.

In short, if this works out, it could potentially make organizing these things easier.  In a best case scenario, that would mean more action is taken.

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Mr Franklin's Folks Go to the Tea Party

by: gmoke

Sat Feb 13, 2010 at 20:11:00 PM EST

(gmoke has a long list of first-rate diaries at DailyKos. We're pleased to see he's carried his non-partisan crusade to our humble abode, and look forward to more. - promoted by michael horan)

I've been publishing different versions of "Mr Franklin's Folks" for nearly a decade.  It's about groups of people going to some of the over 4,600 farmers' markets that happen every week across the USA from Memorial Day to Halloween or Thanksgiving to demonstrate the fact that Solar IS Civil Defense, among other things.  "Mr Franklin's Folks" is the first posting at my solar archive, Solarray, and I took a table to advertise the concept at the first YearlyKos convention in Las Vegas.  

"Mr Franklin's Folks" is a demonstration of practical energy actions that remain practical whatever your politics.  I don't know but it might be time for the Franklin Folk to invite the Tea Party people to a weatherization barnraising.

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