U.S. Peace Index makes TIME, USA Today

NextNow Collab met Steve Killelea in 2007 while preparing the Fifth International Symposium for Digital Earth.  Steve couldn’t make it to present at the conference but thanks to our ISDE5 team member Tim Foreman we caught up with him between flights at the San Francisco International Airport where he introduced The Peace Index.  We’ve been waiting all these years and it’s amazing to see the Peace Index of the United States completed and launched earlier this month.  Now, it’s making the news. From their website and other sources: Just two weeks ago, the Institute for Economics and Peace launched the first-ever United…

Happy Earth Day. Now Text TREE.

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…

Cultural Creatives 1.0 – The (R)Evolution

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…

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

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…

Earth Island Journal Article by NextNower Manuel Maqueda

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…

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

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…

Making the Invisible Visible 350-Style

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…

Collective Reality Transmission Experiment Starts Tonight

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

Second Global Coherence Initiative Sensor Site Installed in Saudi Arabia

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…