One of my senator's, Ed Markey, has his share of climate bona fides. He was the author, when he was in Congress, of the Waxman-Markey bill, otherwise known as the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. Among other things, that bill proposed a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions -- putting a price … Continue reading Senator Ed Markey at MIT
I've been participating in developing Somerville's climate action plan, called Somerville Climate Forward, over the past year and a half. It's finally launching today. Today, I volunteered to man a table at the Somerville Climate Forward launch event, talking specifically about the climate action plan process and about building-specific climate solutions. Oh, and the campaign's … Continue reading Somerville Climate Forward launch
The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been adopted as Giving Tuesday. The idea is to encourage philanthropy for survivors of the consumption bacchanal of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Today, I joined in Giving Tuesday not through more philanthropy, but by making calls for the Brattle Film Foundation to encourage donors to continue their support. Many … Continue reading Giving Tuesday? Getting Tuesday
The Monday after Thanksgiving weekend is always a tough day to get back into the groove. Today, I went over some marketing plans with the Conscious Capitalism marketing committee (ahem, marketing person) and later had a call with the programming committee to keep our momentum for the new year.
As with many franchise organizations, 7-Eleven has a topsy turvy relationship with its franchisees, the owners of its actual stores. In recent years, as BusinessWeek documented, that relationship has led many franchisees to organize and push back together against 7-Eleven's recent mandates, which they claim are hurting their businesses. And 7-Eleven is fighting back with … Continue reading 7-Eleven’s immigration raids
The Club of Rome is a rotating group of accomplished leaders that first came to prominence in 1972 with its publication of The Limits to Growth. They continue to sound the alarm on climate change. Today, I joined in on the global live webcast called the Climate Emergency Plan (aka #WeDontHaveTime). It was disappointing, to be honest, … Continue reading Club of Rome’s Climate Emergency Plan
The Institute for Social Engagement is a non-profit spin-off of Indivisible Somerville. It's signature initiative is Vote Remote, which allows voters, particularly college students, to register to vote and request a mail-in ballot from their home towns. Vote Remote also active supports and encourages those young voters to fulfill their civic engagement. Today, I made … Continue reading Institute for Social Engagement
The Somerville Museum has a community curation model, in which community members submit their ideas and curate their own exhibits. An upcoming exhibit, called "Our Stories, Our Stuff, Our Somerville," aims to "celebrate the people of Somerville and their life experiences as expressed through their prized possessions and personal stories." Today, I submitted an idea … Continue reading Our Stories, Our Stuff, Our Somerville
The mid-term elections this month led to a flip of the US Congress from Republican to Democratic controlled. Democrats also picked up seven governorships, flipped six state legislative chambers and picked up more than 300 state legislative seats, leading to a net gain of six state legislative trifectas (that's when one party has control of governor, house … Continue reading Indivisible on offense
Today, I made my annual contribution to the MIT Annual Fund. My gift isn't even a rounding error for the $16 billion endowment. But I'm appreciative of what MIT is doing in the world so it's worth it.