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CHAPTERS: Introduction by Patricia Connelly: 0:11 Theddi Chappell: 7:15 PANEL I: POLICY AND CODES Introduction by Moderator Rohit Aggarwala: 20:03 Nico Kienzi: 27:59 David Miller: 37:15 Zabier Garmendia: 43:39 Open Discussion - Setting Policy Direction with Varying Government Types - What Works Better?: 54:30 Questions from the Audience: 1:14:15 Keynote Dialogue by Clay Nesler: 1:31:22 PANEL II: MARKET FORCES AND FINANCE Introduction by Moderator Vishaan Chakrabarti: 1:50:46 Ronald Herbst: 1:57:24 Kenneth Hubbard: 2:05:20 Susan Leeds: 2:08:27 Open Discussion - Residential vs. Commercial: 2:16:46 Open Discussion - Pros and Cons of Scaled Approach vs. Ground-Up Approach: 2:21:50 Open Discussion - Scale and the Worldwide Approach: 2:33:46 Questions from the Audience: 2:52:09 Closing Keynote Dialogue with Clay Nesler, Theddi Chappell and Jeff Brodsky: 3:10:59 Closing Remarks: 3:36:46 ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Held at the start of Climate Week NYC on September 19, 2011, the conference will discuss how measures like New York City’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan stack up against similar efforts in other major global cities, as well as help answer: • How standards, incentives, and public programs work best together to drive property owners to invest in energy efficiency. • What really drives innovation—is it more than just higher energy costs? We’ll take a look via two compelling panels: The Role of Policy and Codes and Market Forces and Finance. Speakers include Rohit Aggarwala, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group; former Toronto Mayor David Miller; Michael Geissler, Berlin Energy Agency; Related’s Vishaan Chakrabarti; and Susan Leeds of the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation.+ More details
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A roundtable discussion with students and activists either directly involved with Occupy Wall St. or who are closely following the #Occupy movement. Description: The recent #Occupy protests are driven by discontent with the present state of affairs: glaring economic inequality, dead-end Democratic Party politics, and, for some, the suspicion that capitalism could never produce an equitable society. These concerns are coupled with aspirations for social transformation at an international level. For many, the protests at Wall St. and elsewhere provide an avenue to raise questions the Left has long fallen silent on: What would it mean to challenge capitalism on a global scale? How could we begin to overcome social conditions that adversely affect every part of life? And, how could a new international radical movement address these concerns in practice? Although participants at Occupy Wall St. have managed thus far to organize resources for their own daily needs, legal services, health services, sleeping arrangements, food supplies, defense against police brutality, and a consistent media presence, these pragmatic concerns have taken precedent over long-term goals of the movement. Where can participants of this protest engage in formulating, debating, and questioning the ends of this movement? How can it affect the greater society beyond the occupied spaces? We in the Platypus Affiliated Society ask participants and interested observers of the #Occupy movement to consider the possibility that political disagreement could lead to clarification, further development and direction. Only when we are able create an active culture of thinking and debating on the Left without it proving prematurely divisive can we begin to imagine a Leftist politics adequate to the historical possibilities of our moment. We may not know what these possibilities for transformation are. This is why we think it is imperative to create avenues of engagement that will support these efforts. Towards this goal, Platypus will be hosting a series of roundtable discussions with organizers and participants of the #Occupy movement. These will start at campuses in New York and Chicago but will be moving to other North American cities, and to London, Germany, and Greece in the months to come. We welcome any and all who would like to be a part of this project of self-education and potential rebuilding of the Left to join us in advancing this critical moment. The Platypus Affiliated Society October 2011 ------------------------ Roundtable Participants Phil Arnone is a grad student in NYU's Draper Interdisciplinary Program. He has been active in the anti-war and alter-globalization movements since high school; was an organizer with Students for a Democratic Society and a member of United Students Against Sweatshops while completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Mary Washington, where he was a student organizer for the campus living wage campaign which successfully won a living wage for all University workers in 2006. After college he worked as a boycott organizer for UNITE HERE, the hotel and food service workers union. He has been active in the Occupy Wall St. movement, and is working on linking up existing workers' and immigrants' rights organizations to OWS and connecting the OWS protests to the ongoing struggles throughout the city. Jackrabbit began his political awakening as an anarchist in Philadelphia in the late 80s where he was a squatter and volunteered at the Wooden Shoe infoshop for many years. After hitchhiking across the US and Europe he finally ended up in San Francisco where after many years he would eventually obtain a Bachelor's in International Relations at San Francisco State University. Currently he works at a marketing agency in midtown Manhattan. Jackrabbit is a member of the Politics and Electoral Reform working group at OWS and is also involved with the inter-occupation communication initiative being developed at OWS. Chris Maisano is a public librarian in Brooklyn, rank-and-file activist in DC37 Local 1482, and chair of the NYC local of Democratic Socialists of America and in solidarity with Teamsters art handlers' union at Sotheby's. He is a contributing writer for Jacobin. Maisano is part of the OWS Demands Working Group. Lisa Montanarelli has been active in antiwar protests, community health activism, LGBT rights, and a variety of other causes since the late 1980s. She worked for California Prevention Education Project (Cal-PEP), providing HIV street outreach to people of color, sex workers and homeless youth. After earning her Ph.D. in comparative literature at U.C. Berkeley and teaching college level, she became more deeply involved in community health education—teaching for San Francisco Sex Information, and—as a hepatitis C patient for over 20 years—facilitating workshops for patients and healthcare providers. She co-authored The First Year Hepatitis C: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed and three other non-fiction books. Lisa is a member of the OWS Education and Empowerment and Think Tank Working Groups and helps the Coaching Working Group by interviewing occupiers and blogging at www.visionaries.co. She is also active in the Stop Stop-and-Frisk movement, and through the Interdependence Project. Montanarelli facilitates meditation sessions for OWS at Liberty Plaza. Jordan Morrel has been at Occupy Wall Street for four weeks. At OWS he has served as a facilitator for the General Assembly, and has focused on Sanitation, Mediation, and having conversations with people about such typically taboo subjects as the connections between capitalism and democracy in the United States today, and the radical idea of building society based on respect, not fear, of each other. Jordan grew up in San Francisco, where he was a mental health and substance use counselor, worked at a non-profit volunteer-run collective "Bike Kitchen," and participated in Food Not Bombs, Reclaim the Streets parties, Critical Mass, and other silly activities. He plans to stay in NYC indefinitely. Laura Schleifer created the word 'artivist' to describe her life's purpose as an artist-activist. A NYCbased writer, theater artist, and NYU Tisch grad, her work has spanned the Middle East, where she performed for Palestinian and Iraqi children on a theater/circus tour, to an NGO in Nicaragua, where she taught English through the use of theater, to off-Broadway, where she's performed her sociallyconscious songs and monologues at theaters throughout New York with the Theaters Against War network, and worked with homeless and at-risk youth as an Artist Mentor. She also served as Outreach/Panelist coordinator at this year's Left Forum conference, and and organized and chaired a panel on whether the USA should owe amnesty to undocumented immigrants fleeing from U.S. imperialism. Her original feature screenplay, The Feral Child, was a Sundance Screenwriters Lab finalist, and her short play, Toyz in tha Hood, lead to a NYC arts grant for the First City Theater Co. She also writes for several publications, including Looking Glass Magazine and The Leftist Review. Laura is currently developing a homeless 'survival guide' website at www.wheninneed.org. Schleifer is part of the OWS Alternative Economies Working Group. ***Unless otherwise stated by the participants, their comments today do not necessarily reflect the overall opinion of their respective Working Groups.+ More details
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What is the #Occupy Movement? A series of roundtable discussions hosted by The Platypus Affiliated Society. This is the second part of the discussion series held in New York City. Speakers: Hannah Appel (OWS Think Tank Working Group), Erik Van Deventer (NYU), Nathan Schneider (Waging Nonviolence), Brian Dominick (Z Media Institute) Held on December 9, 2011 at New York University. The recent #Occupy protests are driven by discontent with the present state of affairs: glaring economic inequality, dead-end Democratic Party politics, and, for some, the suspicion that capitalism could never produce an equitable society. These concerns are coupled with aspirations for social transformation at an international level. For many, the protests at Wall St. and elsewhere provide an avenue to raise questions the Left has long fallen silent on: What would it mean to challenge capitalism on a global scale? How could we begin to overcome social conditions that adversely affect every part of life? And, how could a new international radical movement address these concerns in practice? We in the Platypus Affiliated Society ask participants and interested observers of the #Occupy movement to consider the possibility that political disagreement could lead to clarification, further development and direction. Only when we are able create an active culture of thinking and debating on the Left without it proving prematurely divisive can we begin to imagine a Leftist politics adequate to the historical possibilities of our moment. We may not know what these possibilities for transformation are. This is why we think it is imperative to create avenues of engagement that will support these efforts. Towards this goal, Platypus will be hosting a series of roundtable discussions with organizers and participants of the #Occupy movement. These will start at campuses in New York, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia but will be moving to other North American cities, and overseas to London, Germany, Greece, India and South Korea in the months to come. We welcome any and all who would like to be a part of this project of self-education and potential rebuilding of the Left to join us in advancing this critical moment. The Platypus Affiliated Society December 2011 Questions Discussants were asked to consider the following questions: 1. In light of the recent series of coordinated and spectacular evictions that took place on November 15th, as well as the international Day of Action that followed two days later, is it fair to say that the #Occupy movement has entered into “phase 2”? If so, what is the nature of this new phase of the movement’s development? How has the occupation been forced to adapt to a changing set of conditions on the ground and what sorts of fresh difficulties do these new conditions pose for the occupiers? A moment of crisis can often be a moment of opportunity—what direction do you feel the movement should take in order to remain viable and relevant? 2. There are striking similarities between the Occupy movement and the 1999 anti-WTO protests in Seattle. Both began in the last year of a Democratic presidency, were spearheaded by anarchists, were motivated by discontents with neo-liberalism, and were supported by organized labor. What, if anything, makes this movement different? How is it a departure from Seattle? What are the lessons to be learned from the defeat of the anti-globalization movement? 3. Some have characterized the #Occupy movement as sounding the tocsin for “class war” (e.g., of the 99% vs. the 1%). Others recognize the fact of dramatic inequality, and want the #Occupy movement to spearhead a set of economic reforms. Others see #Occupy as transforming something revolutionary beyond the “economic”. These perspectives point to radically different directions for this movement. Would you characterize this movement as “anti-capitalist”? (Should it be?) If so, what is the nature of these “anti-capitalist” politics? In what way does the #Occupy movement affirm or reject the political ideas of anti-capitalist movements before it? 4. Some have become wary about the role of labor organizations in the #Occupy movement. Concerns point to the possibility of eventual “co-optation” into Democratic Party politics. Others worry that the “horizontal,” leaderless structure cultivated by the occupiers might be undermined by the decidedly top-down, hierarchical organization of labor unions. Certain of these collaborations, for example between the labor activists and occupiers in Oakland, have been seen as highly fruitful. Still, the broader call for a general strike that some organizers have hoped for has so far not been met. What role should organized labor play in the #Occupy movement? 5. One division that emerged early on among the occupants concerned the need to call for demands. Some took issue with the content of the demands, arguing that if these are to be truly “representative of the 99%” they cannot assume a radical stance that would alienate a large section of the population. Others worry that demands focused on electoral reform or policy would steer the movement in a conservative direction. Some call into the question the call for demands in the first place, as these would limit — even undermine — the open-ended potential for transformation present in the #Occupy movement and could only close revolutionary possibilities. What, if any, demands do you think this movement should be calling for? And, more importantly, what kind of social transformation would you like to see this movement give rise to? 6. What would it mean for the #Occupy movement to succeed? Can it? Roundtable Participants Brian Dominick has nearly 20 years' experience as an activist, organizer, and journalist. In his writing and lecturing, he has largely focused on questions of strategy and tactics for far-reaching social change. Forming and consulting alternative institutions has been a specialty of Brian's, from affinity groups to worker coops to 501(c)(3)s to international activism networks. He is a former co-founder of NewStandard News and instructor at the Z Media Institute. Erik Van Deventer is a doctoral student at NYU in the Department of Sociology, presently working on the political economy of finance. He has been active at OWS and in the demands working group. Hannah Appel earned her Ph.D. in the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. With research interests in the daily life of capitalism and the private sector in Africa, in particular, Hannah's work draws on critical development studies, economic anthropology, and political economy. Her current project - Futures - is based on fourteen months of ethnographic fieldwork in the transnational oil and gas industry in Equatorial Guinea. Nathan Schneider is an editor for Waging Nonviolence. He writes about religion, reason, and violence for publications including The Nation, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The American Prospect, and others. He is also an editor at Killing the Buddha. ***Unless otherwise stated by the participants, their comments today do not necessarily reflect the overall opinion of their respective Working Groups.+ More details
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MailChimp presents Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra: The "Theatre Is Evil" record release show, recorded live in New York City at Webster Hall on September 11th, 2012. If you’re coming to a show this year, this is a good way to get extra excited for it…the band plays a bunch of the new songs, old favorites, and and has a few surprises up their sleeves. In short, this shit's off the hook. "Theatre Is Evil" and evil is EVERYWHERE - get the new album on vinyl, CD, or (pay-what-you-want) digital download at http://bit.ly/AFPshop and check out tour dates through 2013 at http://bit.ly/AFPshows+ More details
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Led by Pastor Pete Scazzero & Dr Soong-Chan Rah, this seminar was for the purpose of creating a context for safe dialogue in which we deepened our understanding of the complexity & depth of bridging racial & cultural barriers within our communities. We also hoped to provide practical, do-able steps for each person to take to make reconciliation a reality through teaching, panel & small group discussion. You can read more about this on some of our pastors' blogs: Pete Scazzero: emotionallyhealthy.org/blog/?p=587 Drew Hyun: drewhyun.wordpress.com/2010/02/28/preliminary-thoughts-on-reconciliation/+ More details
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On 11 Sept 2001, astounding events unfolded in the USA -- including the complete destruction of World Trade Centre Towers 1, 2 and 7. These events changed the world -- changed all our lives. Yet, it was years later that an official investigation was launched. All mainstream media sources generally take a view that those official investigations were adequate - and no one should have cause to seriously question them. However, the pictures show that WTC 1 (like WTC 2) did not "burn up", nor did it "slam down" -- it was turned into dust in mid air -- leaving almost nothing of the building itself. Dr Judy Wood, a former Professor at Clemson University, USA, with degrees in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Engineering Science, will present rarely seen graphic evidence which proves what really happened to those enormous structures. Her detailed scientific study exposes a challenging conclusion which most people have never had a chance to see, hear and evaluate. Dr Wood is the only person to submit elements of her forensic study in a US Federal court case in 2007, news of which was censored. http://www.wheredidthetowersgo.com http://www.drjudywood.com/ http://www.checktheevidence.com/ http://www.globalbem.com/ Recorded at Global BEM, Holland - 9-10 Nov, 2012+ More details
In 2008, the citizens of Zurich approved a referendum that set the goal of reducing energy consumption by each person from the current 6,500 watts to 2,000 watts by 2150. Smarter Living—The 2,000-Watt Society illustrates the impact of this significant goal by presenting the diverse range of design solutions underway. The exhibition is intended to give architects, developers and contractors the courage and desire to accept the 2,000-watt vision as a challenge for the design community. The18 case studies demonstrate different approaches to sustainable architecture – some with complex technical solutions and some with clever references to traditional construction methods. Whether small projects or large developments, retrofitted housing stock or new construction, these designs create a sustainable future for the city. In Switzerland, “Green” is no longer an option, it’s the Law! The program brings together Swiss and New York architects and officials to examine the approach to implementing green design in Switzerland and New York, as well as Europe and the United States. Introductions: Margaret Castillio, AIA, President AIANY; Umberto Dindo, FAIA Speakers: Richard Dattner, FAIA, Founder and Lead Designer, Richard Dattner & Partners Architects Daniel Kurz, Building Department, The City of Zurich Mathias Heinz, Partner, pool Architekten, Zurich Laurie Kerr, AIA, Senior Policy Advisor on Buildings and Energy, Mayor’s Office, City of New York Moderator: Stephan Tanner, AIA, Principal, Intep LLC, Minneapolis, MN Smarter Living is brought to the United States by the U.S.-wide program ThinkSwiss – Brainstorm the Future in collaboration with Cleantech Switzerland and the City of Zurich. The presentation of Smarter Living -The 2,000-Watt Society at the Center for Architecture was made possible by Umberto Dindo, Secretary, AIA New York Chapter and Think Swiss, an official program of the Swiss Confederation that promotes exchanges and shares know-how between the USA and Switzerland.+ More details
To view Part 1 click here: https://vimeo.com/67403824 The far-reaching conversation between architects, public officials, and civic activists will focus on design and policy initiatives that have shaped New York City's role as a global metropolis during the last decade, along with the ideas that will influence the next mayoral administration. This program is linked to the Center for Architecture’s Future of the City exhibition, which highlights the connection between design and public policy. Recommendations of the interdisciplinary Post-Sandy Initiative will also animate part of the discussion. 2:30 PM Post-Sandy Panel - Housing Work Group: Mark Ginsberg, FAIA - Transportation & Urban Work Group: James Wright, AIA - Critical & Commercial Buildings: Raymond Skorupa, AIA - Waterfront: Denisha Williams, ASLA Moderator: Ernie Hutton, FAICP, Assoc. AIA 3:30 PM Next Steps Illya Azaroff, AIA 3:45 PM Closing Remarks Lance Jay Brown, FAIA Organized by: AIA NY Chapter+ More details
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