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THRIVE Movie Premiers 11.11.11

Posted by NextNow Collaboratory on November 8, 2011

Thanks to NextNowers Vic Desotelle and Bill Daul for circulating to our NextNowNetwork community.  The website is interesting.

“My name is Foster Gamble and I’ve spent nearly a lifetime trying to figure out what happened that could account for the staggering agony and deprivation on this planet.  I set out on a journey seeking to answer questions like, is it even possible for humans to thrive?  I found a code, a pattern in nature, that’s been embedded in arts and icons throughout the centuries.  Truth hidden.”

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Happy Earth Day. Now Text TREE.

Posted by NextNow Collaboratory on April 22, 2011

This is what Times Square will look like between 10am-1pm tomorrow for Green World Campaign’s launch of “ReGreen the World” and TEXT TREE initiative. When you make a donation of $5 to plant 5 trees, the “treemometer” will go up turning Times Square into an urban forest. TEXT TREE to 85944. Follow @texttree on twitter and facebook at facebook.com/greenworldcampaign.

From NextNowCollab partner Marc Ian Barasch and Green World Campaign.  Text TREE and show your support for the planet.

On Friday, April 22, from the heart of Times Square, the Green World Campaign will launch a year-long initiative to “ReGreen the World.”  Supported by Earth Day New York, the GWC’s dazzling animated graphics will swirl across jumbo screens day and night, inviting spectators—and people across the country– to Text TREE to 85944 and ReGreen the World. It will be spectacular, with more than 10 jumbo screens involved—including the building-sized NASDAQ and American Eagle—turning Times Square into a virtual forest at regular intervals.

Go to vimeo.com/greenworld/texttree to see the video.

We’ll be using the same technology—text2give–deployed by the Red Cross for disaster relief. Here’s the basic way it works: When the word “tree” is texted to the number 85944 by anyone from anywhere in the U.S., a $5 donation will automatically be charged to their cellphone bill. The Green World Campaign will use this to plant 5 trees on degraded land from Kenya to Mexico, from India to the Philippines. Trees help restore biodiversity, reduce atmospheric CO2, revitalize soil and support economic self-sufficiency in struggling indigenous communities.

A $5 donation can be made right now–and repeated up to 5 times.

And here’s a cool feature: Contributions texted on Earth Day, April 22, between the hours 10 a.m and 1 p.m. EDT, will show up in real-time on a giant Toshiba display in Times Square.

So, we’re asking people to donate starting now, but especially to donate on the 22nd to visibly demonstrate how global citizens can work together to really “move the needle” for people and the planet. Anyone, anywhere in the U.S., at any time, can Text TREE to 85944 and $5 will go on the cell phone bill to plant trees to restore the ecology and economy of the world’s poorest places. And they will be able to go to the GWC to check our collective progress.

It will be like a national positive feedback loop of what we’re achieving together, what global citizens can do to tangibly change the world now and for generations to come (with a technology that has mostly been used until now for temporary relief efforts).  This is going to roll out in many other forms after Earth Day in the public domain.

PHOTO: This is our Green World Campaign-produced screen content for our Times Square “ReGreen the World” text TREE Earth Day initiative. It will be on 10 jumbo screens in Times Square this Friday, April 22, 2011 (including the building-sized NASDAQ and American Eagle screens) as part of Earth Day New York 2011, turning the urban environment into a virtual forest at regular intervals. This work supports the United Nations Year of Forests 2011.

PSA designed and donated by leading ad agency David & Goliath (L.A., Frankfurt, London) and Stockholm-based FilmTecknarna. Production was funded by a grant from the U.K.-based CBD Charitable Trust. Technical coordination of this complex project will be overseen by Tal Yarden, a leading New York video designer and multimedia programmer. An interactive “treemometer” created by leading game designer Greg Roach will display real-time updates of contributors, creating a unique “positive feedback loop” in public space. Project partners include EarthWays Foundation, CauseCast, the One Spirit Learning Alliance, Culture Shock Marketing, the Streaming Museum, Iva Kaufmann & Associates, Greg Roach & Spirit Quest World and Imagination, Inc.

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Cultural Creatives 1.0 – The (R)Evolution

Posted by NextNow Collaboratory on March 30, 2011

This is a rendering of what 80 million points of light on a map of the United States might look like.  Those Points of Light are the Cultural Creatives.

From the website and other sources:

Cultural Creatives 1.0 – THE REVOLUTION is a documentary made by Frygis Fogel, an Hungarian independent filmmaker, on the topic of the Cultural Creatives, people who are taking an interest in improving the quality of life and making it sustainable for future generations. It is NOT a global organization or any kind of political movement, yet there are an increasing number of people showing an enormous change in consciousness, providing examples through their own initiatives, and giving humanity an opportunity to find solutions to the issues of the 21st century. The Cultural Creatives comprise over one third of the adult populations of the US, Europe, Japan, and many major cosmopolitan cities worldwide, all with a similar mindset. In the midst of many world crises, they are anticipating the future as an abundant opportunity.

Featuring many key figures from Europe and the U.S., this is the first documentary film to look with scientific thoroughness at the world of Cultural Creatives. It shows that a great mass of people think differently from the way propagated by the media and promoted by the establishment. By the end of the film it becomes evident that this huge mass, were it to become aware of its power, could change the world. Because Cultural Creatives are unstoppable and their number is continuously rising, the values they champion could soon become core values for human civilization generally.

Cultural Creatives are emerging without anybody organizing their presence, without anyone seeking to create political power from their existence, and without any group having any interest in them. They are emerging simply because in real historical development the growth of human consciousness can not be stopped, no matter how much today’s establishments and intellectual elites try to ignore and even hide their appearance.

So they are all here, among and around us: 80 million Cultural Creatives in the United States and 120 million in Europe, all with a similar mindset – the citizens of a new world. They are the ones who are really preparing the future and its new social structures for us, and are doing so right now. They are the ones who anticipate the future as an astonishing opportunity never before available to mankind throughout the whole course of its history here on earth. Their message: The time is ripe to take the shaping of social life into our own hands.

The principle researcher for the Cultural Creatives is Dr. Paul Ray of the Institute for the Emerging Wisdom Culture at Wisdom University, a partner with NextNow Collaboratory on various State of the World Forum initiatives.

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Community Leaders Convene: Join us at theCoreConference Sept. 23-25 2010

Posted by NextNow Collaboratory on August 22, 2010

NextNowCollaboratory is a Community Partner of theCoreConference

The strong resonance between the goals of the two organizations is obvious in this description from their website:  ‘One of the themes of theCOREconference is “collective intent”.  How can we come together to create something bigger than ourselves that benefits everyone in greater proportion to what we can do for ourselves.  This is inherent in any successful collaboration, and we are manifesting it in every way possible in our creation and execution of the conference.”

theCoreConference has created a discount code for NextNowers.  PLEASE CHECK THE NEXTNOWNetwork HUB NEWSLETTER FOR THE DISCOUNT CODE.

Here’s the invitation:

Explore the future of communities at theCoreConference!

September 23rd-25th, Richmond, CA

We are excited about a new groundbreaking event called theCOREconference, where you can learn how to engage, build, lead and collaborate from key thought leaders and practitioners in community building and collaborative leadership.

» Social and collaboration technologies expo

» Multi-sector speakers and facilitators

» Case studies and best practice demonstrations

» Open space collaboration sessions

» Facilitated networking circles

theCOREconference will convene community leaders and technology developers from multiple sectors to present, discuss and exchange the best practices, technology platforms and tools, strategies of engagement, and help convene a network of many networks to come together at this compelling point in time.

NextNowers already supporting theCoreConference include Bill Daul, John Furey, Jeff Hamaoui, Brad Nye, Claudia Welss and others.

You’ll find NextNow Collaboratory at the conference hosting dialogues on community building and key organizational initiatives.  To join in, just look for a table with our name on it.

Additionally, we are excited to be able to offer you a $100 discount ticket through our network!  Refer to the latest NEXTNOWNetwork Hub newsletter and use the discount code when purchasing your ticket.

Visit the website to find out more about keynote speakers and workshop lineups: http://www.theCOREconference.com.

See you there!

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Global Footprint Network Issues Earth’s Overdraft Notice TODAY

Posted by NextNow Collaboratory on August 21, 2010

Reprinted from NNC collaborator Global Footprint Network:


On August 21, We Exceed Nature’s Budget

It has taken humanity less than nine months to exhaust its ecological budget for the year, according to Global Footprint Network calculations.

Today, humanity reaches Earth Overshoot Day: the day of the year in which human demand on the biosphere exceeds what it can regenerate. As of today, humanity has demanded all the ecological services – from filtering CO2 to producing the raw materials for food – that nature can regenerate this year.  For the rest of the year, we will meet our ecological demand by depleting resource stocks and accumulating greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

“If you spent your entire annual income in nine months, you would probably be extremely concerned,” said Global Footprint Network President Mathis Wackernagel. “The situation is no less dire when it comes to our ecological budget. Climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation, water and food shortages are all clear signs: We can no longer finance our consumption on credit. Nature is foreclosing.”

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Earth Overshoot Day Occurring Earlier Than Ever

Last year, Earth Overshoot Day was observed on September 25, 2009. This year, the day is estimated to come more than a month earlier. This is not due to a sudden surge in human demand, but rather to improvements in the calculation methodology that enable us to more adequately capture the extent of overshoot. For example, our latest data show we have less grazing land than previously estimated. As a result, the ratio of how much we use as compared to how much we have has increased. The graph below shows when Earth Overshoot Day would have occurred in past years based on our most recent accounting of overshoot.

How big is humanity’s total Ecological Footprint? See our Footprint ticker in global acres and global hectares.

Earth Overshoot Day, a concept devised by UK-based new economics foundation, is calculated by comparing our demand (as calculated by the Ecological Footprint) against nature’s supply (as calculated by biocapacity.) This ratio shows that in just 233 days, we demand the amount of biocapacity that the planet will generate in 12 months. The 233rd day of the year is August 21.

“We would expect our estimates of overshoot to be, if anything, conservative.” Wackernagel said. “We know we are far from living within the means of one planet. The good news is, much of the technology we have to begin to address this problem is available and it is open source: things like compact urban design, energy-efficient housing, ecological tax reform, removal of resource subsidies, safe and affordable family planning, bicycles, low-meat diets, and life-cycle costing.”

(Click here to calculate your own Ecological Footprint and learn what you can do to reduce it.)


The 2010 figure is derived from preliminary assessments of 2007 data, and projections based on historical rates of change for biocapacity and Ecological Footprint, as well as the historical link between world GDP and resource demand. (Click here for more information.)

These calculations show pressure on ecological resources continuing to rise, even in the face of a worldwide economic slowdown. This is due in part to continued population growth and in part to the fact that, globally, per capita consumption is continuing to increase even if, in certain countries, it may have declined as a result of the recession.

Living Within Our Means

Global Footprint Network and its international partner network are dedicated to addressing the problem of overshoot by making ecological limits central to decision-making at all levels.

  • Learn how we are working with governments and businesses to incorporate Ecological Footprint accounting into their investment and policy choices.
  • Learn about our international partner network and how they are working to create a “one planet” society.
  • You can work to end overshoot by making changes in your own life, supporting organizations that are working to reduce human demand on the biosphere (including greenhouse gas emissions) and challenging your leaders to take the actions necessary to maintain natural capital and enable us to live within our means.

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    One NextNower’s Creative Response to Four Years. GO.

    Posted by NextNow Collaboratory on March 25, 2010

    We’ve received many wonderful responses to our recent call to join the Four Years. GO campaign–members have joined and spread the word using Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Digg…and reported feeling it’s a wonderful example of an emergent kind of collaboration.  Below is NextNower Susan Collins‘ personal but very collaborative response. (By the way, Servant Leadership is a very relevant concept and worth understanding in more depth; Robert Greenleaf pioneered it in 1970.)

    Greetings from Seattle, WA! I am writing to thank you for the invitation to “4 Years GO!”. I joined immediately upon your suggestion Claudia, and have made a commitment to the project.  I wanted to let you know that my commitment and work as a Business Success Consultant, Astrologer and BLOGTALK radio show host has taken me on a unique adventure that may interest and benefit your members of NextNow and the Collaboratory. My commitment to the “4 Years Go!” movement is to highlight, spread awareness and give a forum for people who are making an impact on the collective consciousness. The way I am able to do that is through a social project I have created on my online radio program at BLOGTALK radio.

    I have been dedicating time and space on my BLOGTALK project to give voice to and stimulate awareness for the good works of our everyday heroes. The stories of people who are making an impact on the collective consciousness are inspiring and motivate people because they are our stories too!

    BLOGTALK is an internet talk show radio station. Subjects of social interest are up for discussion, participation and collaboration, giving the ability of freedom in broadcasting to the individual. Thousands of listeners per day are exposed to self development, education, and inspiration from our servant leaders who demonstrate good work through their activity. I am passionate about bringing awareness of the big picture to our small everyday worlds, thereby engaging the hearts and minds of our communities for collaboration. My mission is to bring awareness of the shifts taking place in our consciousness, in the here and NEXTNOW where reside our social movement and gathering for global change.
    With affection and exuberant optimism,

    Susan Collins
    NextNow Seattle, WA

    Principal and Head Coach Empowerment Enterprises
    Empowering People for Success
    Seattle, WA – Milan, Italy

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    The Emotional Power of Visualization: Bella Gaia

    Posted by NextNow Collaboratory on February 6, 2010

    “The first day or so, we all pointed to our countries.  The third or fourth day, we were pointing to our continents.  By the fifth day, we were aware of only one Earth.” Astronaut Bin Salman Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia, Reflections from Space, The Foundation for Global Community (2008)

    The vision of BELLA GAIA is to bring the power of art, technology, space science, and real scientific data visualizations together, into a context that is both entertaining and educational, fused with a common goal of raising the awareness and appreciation of our home planet. BELLA GAIA can actually visually display how we humans are affecting the planet, and how each element affects the other, allowing the audience to easily understand the delicate interconnected balance of our planet.

    (Thanks to NextNower Manuel Maqueda (Trash Island, Plastic Pollution Coalition) for sharing this beautiful piece.)

    Posted in Digital Earth, Ecological Footprint, Social Tech | 1 Comment »

    Community Remote Sensing and Remote Sensing Capacity Building and the United Nations (Updated)

    Posted by NextNow Collaboratory on January 6, 2010

    Thanks to NextNower Myrna Yoo, Publisher of Imaging Notes, for sharing these articles that are of particular relevance to many of us–the first on global vision for local action, and the second on the peaceful uses of outer space.  Both articles are by Ray A. Williamson, PhD, editor of Imaging Notes and Executive Director of the Secure World Foundation, an organization devoted to the promotion of cooperative approaches to space security.  From the most recent issue:

    For nearly the first three decades of satellite remote sensing, the utility of the data was limited by the expert knowledge of complex software required to make full use of the data’s capabilities. The software and training needed conspired to make this difficult. Even governments and well-heeled companies were slow to incorporate the benefits of this powerful space technology into their operations. However, over the past decade the proliferation of GPS applications and the development of simpler geographic information systems (GIS) tools have broadened the attractiveness of satellite data.
    At the same time, in order to keep pace with the competition presented by the digital format of satellite remote sensing, aircraft sensing has evolved to use large digital cameras and radar devices for specialized high-resolution information products, adding new depth to the marketplace. Satellite and aerial remotely sensed data are now much easier to incorporate into business and government processes than ever before.
    I would argue, however, that the really big breakthrough in market access to data came with the advent of Google’s Google Earth web application in 2005. Nearly instantaneously, Google Earth brought millions with access to the Internet a quick way to see what their neighborhood looked like from space, or to look back on their childhood home. It also allowed business people rapid access to information about potential future business locations. Yet its real power is in the hundreds of applications that individuals, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and businesses have developed using the application. For example, the website http://www.biblemap.org uses Google Earth to display the places mentioned in the Bible. Also included is extensive information about the site and its relationship to the books of the Bible.
    What excites me about the ease of use that Google Earth and Microsoft’s Bing Maps platforms provide is that they supply the stage for involving ordinary citizens in taking better control over their own local environments by using remote sensing to influence policymakers. For example, Appalachian Voices, an envi- ronmental advocacy group in the Eastern United States (www.appvoices.org) has used Google Earth and a plethora of local data gathered by citizens to show the sometimes disastrous effects of mountaintop coal removal on local communities located down slope from the mining operations (Imaging Notes, June 2007).

    The key here is the incorporation of local data into the overall picture that Google Earth provides. Ground level digital photographs (another form of remote sensing) and videos (yet another form of remote sensing), and audio clips can be incorporated into the mix of information to provide a compelling and detailed story that policymakers respond to.
    What now makes it easy to bring local data into the picture to provide additional granularity to aircraft or satellite images are the many new digital applications, such as SmartPhones, netbooks, and other wi-fi and internet applications. Facebook, Twitter, and other citizen news feeds from the recent unrest in Iran following the disputed presidential election provide ample proof of the power of using these new tools to gather information quickly and efficiently. Need to gather photo data quickly on a given area? Twitter your colleagues to pick up their GPS-capable digital cameras, or better yet their camera cell phones and send you the pictures, with the GPS information built in.
    More sophisticated uses could include temperature and pressure measurements, encoded with location and time coordi- nates, obtained from individual mobile phones, and sent to a central location to contribute to the creation of high- resolution weather models of an area. This would be the logical extension of applications like the well-known WeatherBug Internet that relies on weather observations at small weather stations at schools around the United States to provide local weather information.
    In another application, students at the International Space University this summer at the NASA Ames Research Center in California developed a SmartPhone application designed to enable the quick and efficient collection of data about urban buildings (number of floors, age, type of construction). The data, which can be collected by a few teams of university students in a relatively short time, would be added to the aerial and satellite data available for Belize.  They are intended to be used to populate a World Bank-developed database designed to assist the country of Belize in reducing its risk from natural disasters.
    The possible applications of such a mash-up of distributed observations and remotely sensed data from aircraft or satellites are limited only by the human imagination. The importance of such capabilities for enhancing human security cannot be understated. They contribute in two important ways: first, they enable the rapid collection of local information that can provide greater depth to the interpretation and understanding of local and regional environmental and geographical conditions; and second, they enable local people to engage directly with their communities and thereby take greater charge of their own destiny. In recognition of the growing importance of community remote sensing through citizen science and social networking to communities around the world, the 2010 annual IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2010), to be held July 26-30 in Honolulu, Hawaii, has adopted the conference theme of “Remote Sensing: Global Vision for Local Action” (www.igarss2010.org). Indeed the conference will begin with a plenary session entirely devoted to the topic of community remote sensing. IGARSS plenary organizers are soliciting the participation of organizations that are pursuing projects embodying the plenary theme. They will be looking for projects that demonstrate their promise to create either new knowledge or new technologies associated with community remote sensing.
    In light of the promise of community remote sensing to improve the delivery of the benefits of space technologies to ordinary people, Secure World Foundation plans to sponsor the IGARSS plenary session.

    From the previous issue:

    In June 2009, I spent nearly two weeks at the meeting of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), which meets in Vienna, Austria annually. In that meeting and the associated Scientific and Technical (S&T) Subcommittee and Legal Subcommittee meetings held earlier in February and March, respectively, delegates from 69 States met to share information, work out cooperative programs, and study legal problems that arise in the exploration and use of outer space.
    In 1967, COPUOS, which was set up by the U.N. General Assembly 50 years ago, worked out the international treaty that provides the legal underpinnings of all space activity, the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, otherwise known as the Outer Space Treaty (OST). This is the treaty that makes remote sensing of Earth’s environment and human activity on the planet truly useful.
    The first two articles of the treaty contain the following key statements:
    o Article I:  outerspace, including the moon and other celestial bodies, shall be free for exploration and use by all states without discrimination of any kind, on a basis of equality and in accordance with international law, and there shall be free access to all areas of celestial bodies.
    o Article II:  outerspace, including the moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means.
    Although States still cannot agree on precisely where air space ends and outer space begins, all are nevertheless bound by the treaty, which entered into force at the time of its inception in 1967, and no State can successfully claim jurisdiction over parts of orbits that pass over its territory. This provision helped keep the peace during the depths of the Cold War by allowing U.S. and Soviet satellites to pass unhindered over each other’s territories, providing verification of the number and placement of ballistic missiles in each country. This same provision, of course, makes possible the operation of the many different types of Earth observing satellites that countries and private companies operate today.
    This year, during both the S&T Subcommittee meeting in February and the plenary meeting in June, I was struck especially by the frequent mention of Earth observations and the benefits they provide. According to statements offered at these meetings, many member States make enormous use of Earth observations data to support different aspects of human and environmental security needs. Others, however, spend more time focused on the need to build capacity for employing the data effectively.
    What might surprise many readers is the fact that the United Nations itself employs the data gathered by different countries to support public needs, from tracking the spread of vector-borne disease to responding to natural disasters. According to the United Nations, about 24 U.N. entities make routine use of space applications, mostly employing information derived from Earth observations data. Investigating these uses in detail takes one into a dizzying array of acronyms, all beginning with the letters U.N.

    U.N. High Commission for Refgees (UNHCR)

    The United Nations’ broad use of Earth observations follows from the broad scope of the United Nations’ mandate, which covers most human and environmental needs, with a special emphasis on the needs of citizens within developing States. For example, this year the offices of the UNHCR began a pilot project on the use of aerial and satellite imagery for studying human migration, which is most often seen in internal displacements such as has taken place recently in Pakistan as serious fighting began between the Pakistan Army and the Taliban insurgents in the Swat Valley of Pakistan.
    The UNHCR study will compare current and past satellite images, mapping changes in land use and determining patterns of natural resource extraction. The organization will also map refugee camps in order to facilitate delivery of humanitarian aid to the inhabitants. Mass population dislocations can exact a considerable toll on the environment. Such studies can be enormously useful in helping UNHCR to develop appropriate methodologies for finding appropriate sites for refugee camps, in addition to aiding the delivery of food, water, and services to refugees.
    Refugees in urban settings pose a particular challenge to aid agencies because of the density of habitation.  UNHCR has used satellite imagery to help map refugee populations in the sprawling cities of Cairo, Damascus and Nairobi.

    U.N. Building in Vienna, Austria. Photo credit: Agnieszka Lukaszczyk.

    U.N. Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT)

    Another element of the United Nations is the U.N. Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT). Since its inception, UNOSAT has developed more than 900 operational maps and associated analyses to assist human security and humanitarian assistance. UNITAR provides applications training related to peacekeeping and preventive diplomacy and also supports training for local authorities in disaster prevention and vulnerability reduction.

    U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)

    In addition to these efforts, the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) makes extensive use of NOAA’s National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite (NPOES) imagery to warn farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa of impending drought or rainy seasons.

    Major Need of Capacity Building

    In making effective use of Earth observations data, developing countries face the severe difficulties of a lack of training in the effective use of satellite data and of appropriate computer hardware to operate the necessary analytical software—in other words, they need training in capacity building. Hence, in the past two decades, the United Nations has created or assisted in the development of a number of U.N.-affiliated organizations to provide training. For example, the U.N. Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), which also serves as the secretariat for COPUOS, holds a series of training seminars and conferences each year in developing countries.
    Finally, the United Nations was instrumental in setting up training centers for space science and applications in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. These affiliated training centers offer a variety of courses in order to strengthen the space capabilities of their regions. Africa hosts two regional education centers, the African Regional Center for Space Science and Technology Education, one in French in Rabat, Morocco, and one in English in Lagos, Nigeria. Between them, these two centers serve respectively the Francophone north and the largely English-speaking south of Africa.
    The single Asian Center for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific is located in the campus of the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun. In Latin America, the Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Latin America and the Caribbean boasts two locations: one in Puebla, Mexico, on the campus of the National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, and another in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, in the facilities of the National Institute for Space Research. All of these centers provide, among other courses, significant training opportunities in the processing and interpretation of Earth observations data, centered on the regions they serve.
    The organizations that I have highlighted provide only a partial view of the extensive use of satellite Earth observations data and information that the United Nations as a whole applies to its work on behalf of the developing world.

    Nevertheless, this list illustrates just how embedded these capabilities are in the U.N. system. It also illustrates just how far we have come since NASA launched its first electro-optical satellite, Landsat-1 (originally called Earth Resources Technology Satellite, or ERTS) in 1972. Although at the time some U.N. officials could see the promise of the technology for development and for managing Earth’s resources, I suspect that few imagined that Earth observations technologies would evolve into these U.N. workhorses. Nevertheless, there is still a deep need to build the capacity for making effective use of the data, and the United Nations has taken that need to heart.
    For further information please consult the many reports that can be found at: http://www.oosa.unvienna.org/oosa/en/ COPUOS/copuos.html.<<

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    NextNow and Building the Second Renaissance

    Posted by NextNow Collaboratory on September 27, 2009

    Picture 12NextNow Collaboratory is part of the Renaissance2 Great Shift Gathering which will take place in Perpignan, France from 22nd to 26th October, including a launch of the WorldShift Alliance.

    Our partner, Renaissance2, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to catalyzing global social innovation, is inviting NextNowNetwork members to join the Great Shift Gathering by offering a 30% discount on tickets to the event. The discount code will arrive in an email to NextNow members.  Please use this discount when registering to receive 30% off the fee.

    The Gathering is designed around two main events.  Event 1 is on Designing a Resilient Civilization and focuses on new models forming the basis of Capitalism 2.0 and projects that can accelerate their adoption.  Event 2 emphasizes the importance of the role of Conscious Evolution, of shifting ourselves, our organizations and our families and communities to the next level of conscious co-creative capacity and the ability to act collectively intelligent, in harmony with nature’s intelligence.

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    R2 website http://www.renaissance2.eu/events/index.php and the t

    Registration http://greatshiftgathering.eventbrite.com .

    We hope to see you in Perpignan on October 22nd !

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    State of the World Forum Launches in Brazil: 2020 By 2050

    Posted by NextNow Collaboratory on August 4, 2009

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    NextNow Collaboratory is an organizational partner of State of the World Forum, launching the global 2020 Climate Leadership Campaign today in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  This Forum marks the first time people will be coming together from around the world at this scale to strategize plans of action to reduce carbon emissions globally by 80% by 2020 (instead of 2050, widely accepted by governments but acknowledged by scientists as “too late”) not just through a change in behavior (which can be difficult to sustain) but by re-aligning our relationship to ourselves and to our values, to each other, to Earth and to Life itself.  It also marks the first time a major media company launches a national public education campaign on global warming intended to mobilize a nation to take action– from stopping clear-cutting of the Amazon to creating sustainable lifestyles.

    Over 200 scientists, political leaders, business executives, academics, civil society activists and artists from 20 nations and across Brazil are in attendanceBut this initiative is about everyone becoming a climate leader, because that’s what it will take. We’re all part of this movement to build a future in alignment with our most deeply-held values, with the natural systems of Earth and all Life.  Increase your awareness by visiting the State of the World Forum 2020 Climate Leadership Media and Resources page, and join us for the next Forum in Washington D.C. February 28 – March 3, 2010.

    Below is the press release for this historic meeting in Belo Horizonte:

    August 4, 2009

    Globo TV launches unprecedented national public education ads on global warming to support the 2020 Climate Leadership Campaign

    The Globo Organization, the largest media company in Brazil and the fourth largest in the world, will premiere its national public education ads to support the 2020 Climate Leadership Campaign at the State of the World Forum in Belo Horizonte, Brazil August 4 – 7, 2009. The aim is to educate the public about the escalating dangers of global warming and to encourage “climate leadership” in reducing carbon emissions and developing sustainable lifestyles.

    This action is unprecedented and marks the first time anywhere in the world when a major media company has taken up the issue of global warming and begun a sustained public educational effort in support of a national mobilization on global warming. “We are delighted at this demonstration of climate leadership,” said Jim Garrison, President of the State of the World Forum. “ We believe it will serve as a model for other major companies to join Globo and begin to educate their constituencies about the escalating crisis of global warming.”

    Albert Alcouloumbre, Director of Planning and Social Programs at Globo, said, “We consider our support for the 2020 Climate Leadership Campaign to be part of our responsibility to our viewers. Globo has a long history of social responsibility going back to the founder Roberto Marinho, and we are proud of this tradition.”

    Ricardo Young, President of the Ethos Institute, said, “Brazil is ready for a national 2020 mobilization on this critical issue.”

    The Globo ads support the launch of a global 2020 Climate Leadership Campaign and a Brazil 2020 Climate Leadership Campaign in Belo Horizonte August 4 – 7, when scientists, government leaders, business executives and civil society activists from around the world and Brazil will meet to begin planning 2020 campaigns.

    Says Garrison: “The urgency of global warming mandates that each and every one of us become climate leaders. For the first time in our lives, indeed for the first time in history, all of us must take responsibility for our climate, whether at the individual, community, company, institution, state, or national level. We are all responsible for global warming. We must all share in the leadership required to solve it, for nothing less than the fate of human civilization is at stake. The crisis is that stark, the choice is that clear, the leadership required is that urgent.”

    At the heart of the Climate Leadership Campaign and the purpose of the Belo Horizonte conference is resolving the contradiction between what our governments are negotiating and what our scientists are asserting about the accelerating pace of global warming. Our governments are negotiating as if the world has another forty years to solve global warming. The Copenhagen negotiations call for an 80% reduction of CO2 by 2050.  But the more our scientists know, the more urgent the crisis becomes and the more urgently we must act. The current world situation with regard to climate change is worse than the worst cast scenario of the IPCC in its 2007 Report.

    It is for these reasons that when he accepted the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the IPCC, Dr. Rajendra Pachauri said “If there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late. What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment.” Thousands of scientists around the world agree. Lester Brown, who will keynote the Belo Horizonte Forum, states “The situation is so urgent it has come down to mobilizing to save civilization.”

    Says Garrison:  “Climate leadership must be based on what is scientifically urgent, not on what is politically expedient. Thus our strategic intention and call is a very simple one: ‘2050 by 2020.’ What our governments are negotiating for 2050 must be accomplished by 2020 and we must all be prepared to demonstrate the climate leadership required to accomplish this.”

    For further information: Leandro Grandi at FSB Communications at leandro.grandi@fsb.com.br or Jim Garrison at jgarrison@worldforum.org

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