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100-Year Starship Study Blasts Off 1/11/11

Posted by NextNow Collaboratory on January 20, 2011

NextNower Claudia Welss attended the inaugural meeting of the DARPA/NASA 100-Year Starship Study held January 11th and 12th at Cavallo Point in Sausalito, CA.  She joined a fascinating mixture of space-savvy individuals grappling with the technological and socio-political Whys, Whats and Hows of an ambitious yet achievable goal:  developing the business case for an enduring organization designed to incentivize breakthrough technologies over generations, enabling long-distance manned spaceflight within 100 years.  Follow early developments at http://100yearstarshipstudy.com/

DARPA/NASA SEEK TO INSPIRE MULTIGENERATIONAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

October 28, 2010 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Throughout history technical challenges have inspired generations to achieve scientific breakthroughs of lasting impact. Several decades ago, for instance, the race to the moon sparked a global excitement surrounding space exploration that persists to this day. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the NASA Ames Research Center have teamed together to take the first step in the next era of space exploration—a journey between the stars.

100 Year StarshipThe 100-Year Starship study will examine the business model needed to develop and mature a technology portfolio enabling long-distance manned space flight a century from now. This goal will require sustained investments of intellectual and financial capital from a variety of sources. The year-long study aims to develop a construct that will incentivize and facilitate private co-investment to ensure continuity of the lengthy technological time horizon needed.

“The 100-Year Starship study is about more than building a spacecraft or any one specific technology,” said Paul Eremenko, DARPA coordinator for the study. “We endeavor to excite several generations to commit to the research and development of breakthrough technologies and cross-cutting innovations across a myriad of disciplines such as physics, mathematics, biology, economics, and psychological, social, political and cultural sciences, as well as the full range of engineering disciplines to advance the goal of long-distance space travel, but also to benefit mankind.”

DARPA also anticipates that the advancements achieved by such technologies will have substantial relevance to Department of Defense (DoD) mission areas including propulsion, energy storage, biology/life support, computing, structures, navigation, and others. Beyond the DoD and NASA, these investments will reinvigorate private entrepreneurs, the engineering and scientific community, and the world’s youth in a bold quest for the stars.

The 100-Year Starship study looks to develop the business case for an enduring organization designed to incentivize breakthrough technologies enabling future spaceflight.

Media with inquiries, contact DARPA Public Affairs, DARPAPublicAffairsOffice@darpa.mil


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Happy Holidays from N e x t N o w Collab

Posted by NextNow Collaboratory on December 27, 2010

Every year we choose our favorite holiday greeting to share.  This one comes from AlianzaClimate in Panama, a new NGO alliance building bridges to link business, government and the UN in climate leadership.

Happy Holidays

 

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Earth Island Journal Article by NextNower Manuel Maqueda

Posted by NextNow Collaboratory on December 16, 2010

Manuel Maqueda (founder of NextNow Collab’s Trash Island project) reminds us in this report that single-use plastic is used for applications that last days, hours, minutes or even seconds but pollutes our environment for hundreds of years.

Earth Island Reports

Plastic Pollution Coalition

The Bioplastic Labyrinth

Plastic is a material that Earth cannot digest. Every bit of plastic ever produced still exists and will be here with us for hundreds of years. Once in the environment, plastic breaks down into smaller and smaller particles that attract toxic chemicals, are ingested by wildlife on land and in the ocean, and contaminate our food chain.

Our oceans and waterways are full of these small particles, which currents accumulate in convergence zones called gyres, located in the center of the word’s oceans. The most notable of these is called “the Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” but while the idea of a giant patch of garbage in the ocean is unsettling, the reality is more so: a planetary soup of small bits of plastic that circulate throughout the water column and which we have no hope of cleaning up.

However, plastics are not destroying our environment and compromising our health by themselves. It is our use of them that has catastrophic consequences. A material that lasts hundreds of years in the environment should never be used for applications that last seconds, minutes, hours, or even days. In addition, a material that has complex, non-transparent formulations involving toxic additives should not be in contact with our food and drink.

photo of a dead, partly decayed seabird on a dark sand beach, body cavity filled with bits of plastic trash

Chris Jordan. Sea birds and fish have a hard time distinguishing plastic from food. When they eat the stuff, they cannot digest it, and eventually die with bellies so full of plastic that no food or water can pass through them.

Plastic pollution is not a problem created by improper disposal. It is a problem created by irresponsible design, paired with unsustainable throwaway habits. Add in the lack of producer responsibility, and the omission of the precautionary principle when it comes to product toxicity, and you have a perfect environmental and human health storm.

As the magnitude and the human health implications of our plastic pollution problem are better understood, there is more and more buzz about plastics that are bio-based, biodegradable, or compostable. Many eco-minded people see in them an easy solution to our plastic pollution problems. The reality, however, is not that simple.

With new types of plastics should also come a concern over how we use plastics, bio-based or otherwise. Biodegradable plastics may or may not be the next best step, depending on the properties of these new materials – but also depending on the particular object or application we are seeking to replace.

For many disposable plastics, solutions already exist, such as reusables (lasting bags, bottles, cutlery, cups, etc.) or alternative materials (such as metal, glass or paper.)

Currently, manufacturers are not responsible for the end-life of their products. Once an item leaves their factories, it’s no longer the company’s problem. Therefore, we don’t have a system by which adopters of these new bioplastics would be responsible for recovering, composting, recycling, or doing whatever needs to be done with them after use. Regarding toxicity, the same broken and ineffective regulatory system is in charge of approving bioplastics for food use, and there is no reason to assume that these won’t raise just as many health concerns as conventional plastics have. Yet again, it will be an uphill battle to ban those that turn out to be dangerous.

Terminology-wise, we need to be extremely careful with the word “bioplastic.” It’s a neurolinguistic booby trap. Bioplastics, just like regular plastics, are synthetic polymers; it’s just that plants are being used instead of oil to obtain the carbon and hydrogen needed for polymerization. Bioplastic may or may not be biodegradable, may or may not be toxic, just like any other plastic. A plastic such as high-density polyethylene HDPE can be 100 percent bio-based (for instance 100 percent organic hemp), and yet still be non-biodegradable. The public, however, is led to think that any bio-based plastic is biodegradable, which is not at all the case. Dasani and Coke’s “Plant Bottle” is a notorious example of this type of greenwashing.

Some bioplastics, however, are indeed biodegradable and compostable. The problem is that there is no agreement on what this really means, and under what circumstances. One has to read the fine print for each manufacturer and for each type of product, and often rely on the industry’s self-awarded certifications. Biodegradability usually requires industrial composting facilities, which are few and far between – and make us wonder who is actually responsible for taking these plastics to those facilities after disposal. Also, composting is a much longer cycle than recycling, and the vast majority of bioplastics are not cradle-to-cradle recyclable. Some, in fact, contaminate the downcycling of conventional plastics.

There’s also the question of ecological footprint. In order to make bioplastics we need land, water, energy, and often pesticides and genetically modified crops. Given the enormity of our plastic consumption, one wonders what impacts we would see on food prices and resources if we transitioned to bio-based packaging.

In comparison, using paper, glass, or metal is simple: We know the ingredients, we know that these materials truly are recyclable, and we have the infrastructure and resources to produce and recycle them today. Reusable items, meanwhile, are simply better for the environment.

Nobody wants to demonize biodegradable plastics. However, we should ask tough questions before accepting anything new with a green label on it. Otherwise our eagerness to solve a problem might make us easy victims of greenwashing or lead us in a direction that could trigger or aggravate other environmental and health problems. Even worse, we might be hampering or delaying the adoption of effective, sustainable solutions, namely changes of habits, and deep changes in the ways products are designed, manufactured, packaged and discarded.

— Manuel Maqueda

Take Action

At Plastic Pollution Coalition we are junking our disposable habits and composting the throwaway society that has destroyed our planet and compromised our health. Our organization calls for the elimination of useless, senseless single-use and throwaway plastic junk, starting with bags, bottles, plastic cutlery, straws, excessive packaging, and a great deal of other things we can give up or replace with alternatives now. See www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org for more information.

Support the Bag Ban! (AB1998)

California’s AB 1998 would ban plastic bags and encourage reusable bag use at grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores. Plastic bags are a primary component of urban litter. And urban litter is the primary component of marine pollution. You may not know it, but you’re probably already paying for that because plastic pollution costs California families hundreds of dollars annually in hidden cleanup costs. Retailers distribute approximately 19 billion plastic carryout bags annually. Imagine the real damage that much plastic can do to the environment. For more information and to support the bag ban, visit http://www.cawrecycles.org.

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Share This Parody With A Purpose: (No) Plastic State of Mind

Posted by NextNow Collaboratory on November 20, 2010

NextNow Collaboratory is at the center of mobilizing a citizen movement against single-use plastic by shifting awareness.  NextNower Manuel Maqueda is co-founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition and project manager of Trash Island, a NextNow Collab project.  Recently, as an Advisor to PPC, Claudia Welss contacted the recently launched WorldShift Movement to to add the “Fourth R”–Refuse–to their “Shift One Thing Campaign“:

(Actually, “Refuse” should be the FIRST R–Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.)

“REFUSE single-use, disposable plastics such as drinking straws, bottled water at conferences, plastic to-go containers, etc. which will send a message to the purchasers of these items, and will eventually stem the tide of plastics being produced.  The same is true of other dangerous products.  Reducing helps, but Refusing is a World Shifting act. Read more on the Plastic Pollution Coalition web site.”

Today we were alerted by NextNowers Bill Daul and Miriam Karell of Three Point Vision of a new video created by Green Sangha (Miriam is on their board) and New Message Media called “Plastic State of Mind“.  We love this “Parody With a Purpose”–please pass it on!

(By the way, we know Ashel Eldridge, aka Seasunz, not just as a Spoken Word Poet, but as a Green For All Fellow…He’s worth following.)

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Making the Invisible Visible 350-Style

Posted by NextNow Collaboratory on November 18, 2010

Making the Invisible Visible is foundational to NextNow Collab’s mission.  350.org is coordinating a campaign to do just that.  It’s the same concept embraced by the Digital Earth initiatives–images communicate more viscerally than words (or charts, graphs, and tables) especially when the story is a complex one.  Or, as NextNower Bonnie DeVarco (co-author with Eileen Clegg of the forthcoming “Shape of Thought”) puts it,

“Words capture ideas.  Images free them.”

If any of our NN artists are in any of the cities mentioned below (or can get there) and collaborate on one of these projects please let us know.

From 350.0rg: Dear friends, You probably know that we at 350.org are taking the next two weeks to focus on “350 EARTH” — a global art project visible from space.

And you might have asked yourself: “why art? why space? why now?”

Here’s a quick story that can help answer that question:

42 years ago, astronaut William Anders raised his camera to the window of the Apollo 8 spacecraft and took one of the most iconic pictures of all time. “Earth Rise,” as the photograph became known, was the first image that showed humans a wide-angle view of the fragile planet on which we live. The image was breathtaking.

It was a picture that woke up the world. Two years later, on April 22, 1970, tens of millions of people participated in the first Earth Day. Many of the posters, banners, and flags carried that day featured the “Earth Rise” image.

Today, we’re in desperate need of an updated mix of art, activism, and political change.Scientists have produced all the charts, facts and figures we need to recognize the threat of climate change and understand its urgency. Economists have shown how to transition our countries towards low-carbon economies. Nonprofit organizations have rallied, lobbied, and pleaded for progress.

And yet, by all measures, we’re still not making the progress we need. While it’s growing day by day, our movement has a lot of work left to do. That’s why it’s time to bring in the artists.

So, this November 20-27 — the week before the UN climate meetings in Cancun — we’re organizing the first ever planetary art show: 350 EARTH. In more than a dozen locations around the planet, artists are partnering with citizens to create massive art installations around the theme of climate change, from its impacts (like a sea-level rise design in New York City) to its solutions (like a solar-powered design in South Africa). The latest addition to 350 EARTH comes from Thom Yorke, the lead singer of Radiohead, who has designed a gorgeous image of the legendary King Canute trying to stop a rising tide.

You can see a short list of featured locations at the bottom of this email, and if you know anyone living in these cities, please let them know about 350 EARTH.

Each image will be photographed from space, courtesy of DigitalGlobe’s generous donation of their satellite time to document the story. Since we can’t get photos from a space ship, a satellite is the next best thing.

350.org founder Bill McKibben explains:

It’s kind of fun to imagine some other intelligence peering down through their telescopes at our blue-white orb, trying to make sense of these giant images suddenly spreading across snowfield and desert and lagoon. What they’d see is the planet’s immune system coming alive–conscious, alert human beings doing their best to help safeguard the future.

Looking back on the “Earth Rise” image, Apollo 8 Commander Frank Borman said that it was “the most beautiful, heart-catching sight of my life, one that sent a torrent of nostalgia, of sheer homesickness, surging through me. It was the only thing in space that had any color to it. Everything else was simply black or white. But not the Earth.”

We’ve mostly let climate change be debated in the black-and-white world of text and policy.  350 EARTH is different.  For a week, we’ll work in color: with art, spirit, and passion.

I hope you’ll join us,

Jamie Henn - 350.org (@Agent350 on Twitter)

P.S. Moving into 2011, 350.org is gearing up for lots of strategic campaigns and mass mobilizations–much more on that soon, after 350 EARTH.

P.P.S. Here’s that list of cities that need more participants–if you know anyone who lives in them, please let them know about 350 EARTH and pass along the info below.

Australia (Broken Hill – Friday, November 26, 9pm & 11pm)

Canada (Vancouver – Sunday, 21 November, 9:30-11:30am)

Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo – 21 de noviembre, 8:30 AM)

Egypt (Cairo – Friday, 26 November)

England (Brighton – Exact Location TBA)

Iceland (Reykjavik – November 27)

Mexico (Mexico City/DF – Lunes, 22 de noviembre,  09:15 AM)

Spain (Platja de los Eucaliptus, Delta del Ebro – Sábado, 20 de noviembre, 11:00 AM)

South Africa (Cape Town, 10am, Saturday, 27 November)

USA (Los Angeles – SUNDAY, Nov. 21. Arrive at 9:30 AM / Santa Fe – Saturday, November 20th, 2010)

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Collective Reality Transmission Experiment Starts Tonight

Posted by NextNow Collaboratory on November 12, 2010

First Synchronized Event 11:11 EST tonight, 11/11/10

In the categories of “interesting (if unscientifically conducted) experiment” and “nothing to lose”, and in the interests of our mission, Making the Invisible Visible, consider joining me.

The New Reality Group is merely a group of friends who are physicists and mathematicians that believe our very own consciousness defines our reality. But it’s not important who we are – just think of us as the people trying to organize a group effort for change and we’re happy to have your participation. Change your thoughts, change your world!

New Reality Transmission Facebook Page

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Second Global Coherence Initiative Sensor Site Installed in Saudi Arabia

Posted by NextNow Collaboratory on October 16, 2010

Global Coherence Initiative is a NextNowCollab collaboration.  The news about the Saudi Arabia site is a major development for the project, and we’re excited to reprint it here.  For more information, contact Claudia Welss, GCI Steering Committee and Director of Strategic Partnerships: claudia(at)glcoherence.org.

This past week marked an important milestone for the Global Coherence Initiative, having successfully installed a second GCI Monitoring System Site. GCI Director of Research Rollin McCraty just returned from overseeing the construction of the new sensor site, located near Hofuf in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia–on the opposite side of the planet from our first sensor site in Boulder Creek, California, U.S.  The new site was approved by Prince Abdulaziz Ben Jloui and is named in his honor.

The ability to simultaneously monitor signals on the opposite side of the planet will enable GCI to start building a picture of the rhythms and resonances in the magnetic fields produced by the earth and ionosphere on a global scale–the first time this has ever been done.

We at GCI genuinely appreciate the interest of NextNowNetwork/NextNowCollab members this past year, including all those who joined us for the EcoSentience day in Santa Cruz (during which GCI was presented). It has taken a network of many to allow us to design and set up these two planetary field monitoring sites, with the ultimate goal of determining whether collective positive coherent energy can influence the global field environment.  To continue to move forward we’ll need to keep growing our networks of support.

Now that we have two sensor sites, our next step is to create an automated system to analyze the data coming in from the sites.  We also need to deploy additional strategically positioned sensor sites in upstate New York on the east coast of the U.S., the United Kingdom, Asia and Western Africa, as well as in other parts of the world. If you are interested in sponsoring a sensor site, learn more.

Continued progress in achieving our collective mission of helping shift global consciousness is made possible through your caring participation and on-going support.  Thank you!  Claudia Welss, Rollin McCraty and the GCI Steering Committee

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Can’t Pick Up Plastic or Plant Trees for 10-10-10 Global Work Party? You Can Still Make a Contribution

Posted by NextNow Collaboratory on October 10, 2010

Even if you only have 5 minutes today, it’s not to late to join the 7347 events in 188 countries participating in the 350.org initiated 10-10-10 Global Work Party.  I organized a party to pick up plastic (most of which will be water bottles and food containers, tossed from cars) along a watershed route. NextNowCollab partner Green World Campaign is, as usual, planting trees.

(The connection between trees and climate is well known; less when known is the connection between trash (including single-use disposable plastic) and climate.  An Institute for Local Self-Reliance report I found a few years ago when looking to establish a connection is called “Stop Trashing The Climate” and presents evidence that, like planting trees, a zero waste approach is one of the fastest, cheapest and most effective strategies to protect the climate.)

If you don’t have time to pitch in today, consider a contribution that only takes moments, and be part of the 10-10-10 Global Work Party.

Here are two NNC collaborations to consider:

Five years ago, Marc Ian Barasch started the Green World Campaign (GWC) at his kitchen table with the seed of an idea: “green compassion” (www.compassionatelife.com ). Planting more trees, it seemed to him,  was the most tangible and enduring way to help both people and planet.

Today, that kitchen table’s gone global. The GWC plants trees on three continents,  restoring the ecology and economy of some of the world’s poorest places. In each of those places, they seek to apply the most holistic solutions–and the most innovative ones.

They’ve supported agro-forestry projects in Ethiopia to protect the ancient Menegasha Forest. In Mexico, they’ve helped Tlahuica villagers replant their ancestral oyamel forests.  A project in India combines treeplanting with village sanitation.  Reforestation in a Philippines conflict zone includes an income-generating cocoa crop. A new “complementary currency,” the Green World Credit, pays youths in Kenya to plant saplings. They’re collaborating with a leading satellite imaging company to develop new ways to monitor trees. Leading artists are devising interactive media to engage global citizens in the healing of our planet.

Marc’s recent appointment to a U.N. committee for the Year of Forests 2011 gives the GWC a larger forum.

What started as a seed has grown into a nascent global movement.  It’s no exaggeration to say that trees can heal the world: Trees renew biodiversity; restore barren soil and improve crops; provide food and fuel; create moist microclimates and recharge watersheds. And every tree absorbs a ton of CO2 in its lifetime.  10-10-10 has been declared a day of climate change action. And planting trees, says Prof. John Holdren, chief White House science advisor, is “the best means currently known for removing CO2 from the atmosphere.”

Today the world is losing its trees at an unprecedented rate. The GWC is working tirelessly to reverse that trend.  Even a small donation can make a tremendous difference in the lives of villagers subsisting on degraded land, or indigenous people protecting  their forests,  or youth groups eager to plant their future (and ours).  You will help smallholder farmers provide food and shelter; make barren land fertile again;  turn CO2 into O2;  foster community and biodiversity.

This is sacred work: helping people to live in harmony with one another, and in ecological balance with Mother Earth.  If you can’t plant trees today, you can still contribute to the 10-10-10 Global Work Party by clicking on Plant Trees Now.

Stop Trashing the Climate provides compelling evidence that preventing waste and expanding reuse is an effective strategy for combating climate change. The 2008 report documents the link between climate change and unsustainable patterns of consumption and waste.  A useful report, but someone at NNC partner Plastic Pollution Coalition needs to talk to them about the negative realities of recycling, which they promote.  And climate change isn’t all that would benefit from eliminating single-use plastic.  From the PPC website:

Plastic is forever
Plastic is a material that the Earth cannot digest. Every bit of plastic that has ever been created still exists, except the small amount that has been incinerated, and has become toxic air and particulate pollution.

Plastic is poisoning our food chain
In the environment, plastic breaks down into smaller and smaller particles that attract toxic chemicals. These particles are ingested by wildlife on land and in the ocean, and contaminate our food chain.

Plastic affects human health
Harmful chemicals leached by plastics are already present in the bloodstream and tissues of almost every one of us, including newborns.

Single Use plastics and Disposable plastics are the main source of plastic pollution
Consumption of single use and disposable plastics has spiraled out of control.  They are used for seconds, hours, or days, but their remains will last hundreds of years.

Recycling is not a sustainable solution
Unlike glass and metal, recycling plastic is costly and does not stem the production of virgin plastic product. Most of our plastic waste is landfilled, downcycled or exported to other countries.

The oceanic gyres
Patches of plastic pollution cover millions of square miles of ocean in the North Pacific and in the North Atlantic.  Scientists expect to find similar accumulation areas in the remaining oceanic gyres. There is no known way to clean up the plastic pollution in the oceans: the plastic particles are very small and circulate throughout the entire water column.  The amount of plastic pollution in the oceans is expanding at a catastrophic rate.

If you can’t pick up trash today, you can still contribute to the 10-10-10 Global Work Party by making a contribution.


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Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) Events in the Bay Area Start This Week

Posted by NextNow Collaboratory on September 13, 2010


Bonnie DeVarco, NextNowNetwork co-founder, has been very involved with BFI and will be presenting at the Bioneers intensive:

The Buckminster Fuller Institute is proud to take part in a series of upcoming events in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. This series of networking events will feature projects from the Buckminster Fuller Challenge and opportunities to meet BFI staff and team members. Full descriptions for each event are below, further details are forthcoming:

BFI at Long Now Foundation
September 15th, 2010
6 – 8 pm (time subject to change)
Long Now Foundation – San Francisco, CA (map)

Meet members from Bioneers, The Long Now Foundation, and BFI for an evening reception and preview of the upcoming BFI intensive at the Bioneers Conference entitled “Architecting the Future”. The event is free and open to the public, please rsvp here

Zero1 Festival
September 16-19, 2010
Reception: Sept. 17, 5:30 – 8 pm
360 South Market Street, San Jose, CA

Entries to the Buckminster Fuller Challenge and Idea Index 1.0 will be featured in an exhibition in conjunction with the Zero1 Festival. Held in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Biennial seeks to inspiring creativity at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture. With this year’s theme being “Build Your Own World” the featured exhibition is a perfect match. The event is free and open to the public, please rsvp here.

Pre-Bioneers BFI Member reception
October 13th, 2010
6 – 8 pm
Autodesk Gallery – San Francisco, CA (map)

Join fellow members of the Bay Area BFI network for this special event with the BFI board & staff and the faculty of the Architecting the Future intensive at Bioneers (see below). The event is free and open to the public, please rsvp here

Bioneers Intensive: Architecting the Future
October 14th, 2010
9 am – 5 pm
Marin Center – San Rafael, CA

Following the success of our Washington D.C. event (June 2010) of the same name, this day long intensive will focus on the groundbreaking efforts of today’s design pioneers working to solve complex problems by paying attention to the big picture, recognizing synergies, and harnessing the principles of nature to “make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.” This hands-on day will feature keynotes, interactive sessions and presentations by distinguished Challenge entrants, along with Jay BaldwinKirk Bergstrom,David McConvilleBonnie DevarcoJaime Snyder and Elizabeth Thompson.

Full program details are still forthcoming. More information and registration here.

Bioneers Conference Panel Session
October 15th, 2010
4:30 – 6 pm
Marin Center – San Rafael, CA

Join BFI executive director Elizabeth Thompson in a lively presentation of breakthrough solutions. With: Greg Watson, Senior Advisor for Clean Energy Technology for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs; 2010 Challenge Finalists; and others TBA.
More information and registration here.

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Beingness-In-Action: New NextNower Blog Post on IONS “Noetic Now”

Posted by NextNow Collaboratory on September 2, 2010

NextNower and Institute of Noetic Sciences external research faculty member Claudia Welss wrote this post in the new Noetic Now blog.

(It seems lately almost EVERYTHING has either NOW or NEXT in its name, but Claudia named our network NEXTNOW back in 2003.)

Other bloggers include Marilyn Schlitz, Dean Radin, Larry Dossey, and Peter Russell.

“Have you ever heard someone say, “Hey, if we blow ourselves up/melt ourselves down and become extinct, the planet will finally be able to heal itself, so no big loss.” I’ve heard people express that opinion—some out of compassion for an Earth being destroyed by unsustainable human behavior, but others as a justification for lives of inaction, for business as usual, or simply acquiescing to the inevitability of “what is.

“It feels safe to assume that most of us agree that the loss of our species (or some large portion of it) would be a devastating one. Yet at this unprecedented point in our history—when we are complicit not only in the extinction of other species but perhaps in extincting our own—this debate has found its way into our conversations. For those of us recognizing the primacy and vast untapped potential of consciousness, the debate goes even deeper: What would such a setback mean for the evolution of consciousness itself?…”  Read full post.


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