Today, I took some time to review the bylaws and articles of organization for the Conscious Capitalism Boston chapter, whose I board sit on. I also tended to some administrative work for the Climate Reality Project Boston chapter, whose founding committee I sit on. And I met with a board member from Indivisible Somerville, an … Continue reading Governance updates
Today, I attended calls for the Climate Reality Project Boston chapter and Conscious Capitalism Boston chapter (two calls for them actually). The former was to continue planning for some events in early June. The latter were to debrief what happened at the Conscious Capitalism national conference earlier this month.
The MBTA is not just about the subway; its bus network is arguably a more important part of the system, reaching more people and providing rapid transit for neighborhoods that have no access to trains. Yet, as the MBTA writes: Nearly 450,000 people in 50 communities rely on MBTA bus service every weekday. Recent research … Continue reading Better Bus Project
I represent Indivisible Somerville in the Climate Coalition of Somerville, and I've signed up the Climate Coalition of Somerville as a chapter of the Mass Climate Action Network (MCAN), a coalition of grassroots organizations working to fight climate change around the state. Got it? Today, I went to an MCAN fundraiser and got to mingle … Continue reading Mass Climate Action Network
Today, I invested in Somerville mini-bonds, as I wrote about a few days ago after I went to an information session. The bonds, offered through Neighborly, are yielding 2.125% with a five-year maturity, and the City continues to carry an investment-grade rating. Feels good to invest in my city.
Boston's literary heritage runs deep, as Grub Street points out: Boston has been a city of writers, readers, thinkers and innovators since our earliest days. In the 19th century, as the saying went, you couldn’t throw a stone without hitting a writer. We’re a city that built one of the country’s first public libraries, where Maria Stewart, … Continue reading Boston Narrative Arts Center
#BanTheStraw has become a national movement, after conservationists rescued a sea turtle with a plastic straw up its nose. And I stand with it. An estimated 500 million plastic straws used in the US each day, not to mention 35 billion plastic water bottles thrown away each year in the US. Plastic doesn't degrade, it … Continue reading #PlasticPact
Last year, I signed up to be informed about the City of Somerville's approved issuance of municipal bond for retail investors through the Neighborly platform. See my post about it here. Fifteen months later, the issue is finally ready to go. Today, I went to an information session co-hosted by the City and by Neighborly. … Continue reading Somerville mini-bonds
Today, I went back to the Climate Coalition of Somerville's monthly meeting. We had a lot of updates to work through, which unfortunately didn't leave much time for some weighty discussions that we needed to have. But it was to get an update, in particular, about Tufts University's negotiations with the City of Somerville over … Continue reading Climate Coalition of Somerville (May 2018)
Today, I joined Shared Nation an interesting variation on a crowdsourcing theme. Here's the general idea: "Every month Shared Nation citizens pool their money. Great causes and organizations vie for the money in that 'pot.' One organization wins about 80% of the group's shared money while every organization gets some small amount just for taking … Continue reading Shared Nation