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Upcoming Events

The insanely busy month begins...

Tuesday, February 5 (i.e., tomorrow):
UC Berkeley's School of Information, Information and Service Design lecture series
"Futurism and its Discontents"
ISD Lecture
Speaker(s): Jamais Cascio
Tuesday, February 5, 2008, 5:00pm-6:00pm
202 South Hall


In a rapidly-changing, uncertain environment, the ability to think constructively about various future possibilities is more important than ever. "Foresight Specialists", "Scenario Planners", "Trend Spotters" and good old "Futurists" provide a specialized service that few businesses, non-profits, and governments have organically -- and fewer still recognize that they need. I'll talk about why today's futurism has more to do with imagining the possible than thinking the unthinkable, why futurist ethics matters more than futurist economics, and whether futurism might just be the best job out there for the easily-distracted generalist.

Saturday, February 9:
Writers with Drinks
San Francisco's longest running monthly reading series jumbles genres again, featuring:

  • Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of I'm Looking Through You and She's Not There
  • Lolly Winston, author of Happiness Sold Separately and Good Grief
  • Jim Shepard, National Book Award finalist for Like You'd Understand, Anyway
  • Jaime Cortez, writer/artist of Sexile
  • Tung-Hui Hu, poet and author of Mine and The Book Of Motion
  • Jamais Cascio, who blogs at OpenTheFuture.com

    Where: The Make Out Room, 3225 22nd. St. btw. Mission & Valencia
    When: Saturday, Feb. 9, from 7:30 to 9:30, get there early if you want a seat! [I'm told that I will be going on first, so definitely don't be late!]
    How much: $3 to $5, all proceeds benefit CSC and the campaign to save rent control

    Writers with Drinks is organized and moderated by Charlie Anders, the editor-in-chief at io9.

    Monday, February 11:
    Alliance to Save Energy's Green Campus Energy Efficiency Summit 2008
    The Alliance to Save Energy's 2008 Green Campus Energy Efficiency Summit is being held in San Diego, CA on February 10th and 11th. The Summit will begin with a reception on Sunday evening, February 10th, at 6:00 PM at the Town and Country Hotel, followed by a full day of speakers, presentations, and planning sessions on Monday, February 11th, from 8:15 AM through 4:30 PM at San Diego State University.

    The Green Campus Program builds effective partnerships between students, staff, administrators, and faculty around the common goal of improving campus energy efficiency.

    Thursday, February 20:
    Horizontal -- Horizon Scanning: Technology and Learning
    Tower Bridge, London

    Thursday, February 28:
    Bay Area Future Salon (details not yet posted)

    ...and that's just February.

  • Comments

    Oh, some good events! I don't know if you've already put this on your calendar, but in April there's the Ecocities World Summit, which looks like a pretty cool confluence of environmental foresight and infrastructure planning.

    Jamais, is it possible that you post PPT or transcript of your lecture in Berkeley?
    It will be very helpful!

    > Thursday, February 28:
    Bay Area Future Salon (details not yet posted)

    Now they are: http://www.futuresalon.org/2008/02/green-tomorrows.html

    See you all there, Mark.


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