En-ROADS: Exploring Climate Change Futures

En-ROADS: Exploring Climate Change Futures

An experiential-learning workshop on climate change impact and institutional policy. With Curt Newton, En-ROADS Climate Ambassador.

Date: Monday, June 1st, 02020 7:00-8:30PM (via Zoom)
Zoom Room opens at 6:30PM for music and slides.
Presentations start @ 7pm
Tickets are available on Eventbrite: Tickets for En-ROADS June 1.


Global pandemics aside, climate change remains the most critical threat to human survival. A shortage of collective will, however, continues to be the biggest obstacle to positive change. What’s required for our society/culture/globe of villages to reach consensus, and what type of change is possible? Climate activist Curt Newton can help us answer some of those questions.

Curt uses Climate Interactive’s En-ROADS simulation model to help organizations approach the challenge from a public policy perspective. We’ll look at a variety of factors including energy, transportation, industry, population growth, land use, and others. None of these are siloed. They are all interconnected. What are the consequences, and uncertainties, when the metrics change on any one, or multiples, of these influencers?

The En-ROADS tool is science-based and literally allows us to move the needle on any of the factors, resulting in endless scenarios. With Curt’s help, we’ll analyze the different simulated outcomes. explore ways to increase climate literacy, and discuss reforms institutions can enact now to mitigate future political and environmental risk.

Other questions up for discussion”

  • Studies have shown that more data and more accurate models are not particularly helpful in inspiring action on climate change. How is En-ROADS different?
  • En-ROADS demonstrates that it will be challenging, yet still possible, to achieve a tolerable level of global temperatures and sea-level rise in the next century — how can this work to inspire engagement and action?
  • What are the most successful ways of motivating people and institutions to make the changes necessary in the short run in order to secure significant long term benefits?

This is an interactive workshop with many opportunities for audience participation. Join the conversation and be part of the solution.

Ticket price is $5. Students w/ID free. Members free – please use your code.
Audience participation is encouraged.
Eventbrite tickets may sell out – we are limiting the size of this event.

About the speaker:

Curt Newton is Director of MIT OpenCourseWare, which freely shares materials from thousands of MIT courses used by millions of learners and educators around the world. Prior to joining OCW in 2004, he worked at AT&T/Lucent Bell Labs as a communications network systems engineer and co-founded a data network equipment startup.

Curt serves on the steering team of 350 MA and is a trained Climate Reality Project Leader. Curt co-produced and co-hosted 3 seasons of the Climate Conversations podcast; helped launch and build the ClimateX online climate change community that became MIT’s climate portal; and was staff representative on the MIT Climate Action Advisory Committee.

Curt’s participation in a 2016 World Climate Simulation game introduced him to Climate Interactive’s work. He learned to facilitate World Climate, with a personal interest in reaching high school communities (being a parent of two young people). He has facilitated En-ROADS games and workshops for high school classes and enrichment programs, graduate-level education students, a global network of education innovators, workplaces, citizens, and the MIT community.

We’re proud and excited to welcome Curt to the Long Now Boston community.

Long Now Boston strives to bring cutting-edge content and thoughtful conversations to our community. Please join the conversation and be part of the solution. Charter Membership with Long Now Boston supports our organization and provides access to our conversations, and special opportunities for members-only events. Learn more at Membership.

Cambridge Innovation Center is an in-kind sponsor of this Long
Now Boston conversation. We are very grateful for their support.

Social and Cultural Innovations from COVID-19

Will the social and cultural innovations resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic shift our trajectory in the 21st century and beyond? Long Now Boston invites you to a live conversation exclusively for charter members to discuss this important topic. What cultural shifts are we already seeing? Which societal changes are likely to take root? Please join us for a thought-provoking community-based discussion.

A Long Now Boston Community Conversation exclusively for Charter Members*

Date: Monday, May 11, 02020 7:30-9:00PM (via Zoom). The meeting is free, but we are limiting attendance to 20 Charter Members* and will be emailing Zoom credentials to registered members the day of the event. Please register early on Eventbrite.

The COVID-19 pandemic is the most disruptive global event in a lifetime. As travel bans, social distancing and lock-downs precipitated by the novel Coronovirus have cascaded around the globe, people have been forced into novel patterns of working, living and socializing. The result has been a profusion of social and cultural innovations, some of which may last well beyond the end of the pandemic.

What is your perspective on the innovations that have changed work practices, social interactions, education, entertainment and culture. What innovations have you personally participated in? What has surprised or delighted you? What technologies have been essential in enabling these innovations? What changes are we seeing that you feel have lasting potential to effect positive social, cultural or institutional change in the long term?

This is an opportunity to share ideas with other Long Now Boston members and to be a part of our growing community. The conversation will be held on Zoom.

The Long Now Boston team strives to bring cutting-edge content and thoughtful conversations to our community. Please join the conversation and be part of the solution.

*Charter Membership with Long Now Boston supports our organization and provides access to our conversations, and special opportunities for members-only events. Learn more: http://bit.ly/LNBmembers.

City Nature Celebration 02020

City Nature Celebration 02020: Observing the Urban Environment

April is Global Citizen Science month. People around the world are participating in various citizen projects, from making sourdough bread to observing the night sky. Please join Long Now Boston in celebrating citizen science, from home, by taking part in the City Nature Celebration 2020 for the Greater Boston Area.

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City Nature Celebration 02020 Frequently Asked Questions

City Nature Celebration 02020: Frequently Asked Questions

Tell me more about City Nature Celebration!

This is a global citizen science event, formerly called ‘City Nature Challenge’, that involves the observation and documentation of biological organisms in the city, stressing the importance of biodiversity in urban environments. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, City Nature Challenge chose to be called ‘City Nature Celebration’ and focus on using nature for relief from a difficult time. CNC encourages  people to go outside and make observations of the wildlife they see in their backyards and neighborhoods, while practicing safe social distancing. Participants upload their observations, as photographic documentation, during the specified time frame (April 24-27) and all observations, if identifiable, are included for the region in which they were taken. Our region is the Greater Boston Area. You learn even more at their website: https://citynaturechallenge.org/

Can I participate and still practice social distancing?

Absolutely! Participating from home in a citizen science project is a welcome respite from the isolation we may be feeling as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Keeping track of things, specifically things in nature, may help mitigate any negative feelings. We can join together as a community to document biodiversity, even as we stay apart.

CNC offers the following statement: “In Boston, we encourage documentation of nature in our homes, backyards, and neighborhoods, individually and with our families; and participation online by helping to identify or annotate observations. Together we’ll be making and sharing observations as a global community, celebrating the healing power of nature, documenting our local nature as best we can. Together, we will work with people in cities around the world to celebrate the biodiversity around us – wherever we might be! The CNC is something in which everyone can still participate, even while following all federal & local regulations to keep our communities safe. You can read more CNC Covid-19 FAQs at https://citynaturechallenge.org.”

What is iNaturalist?

iNaturalist is a joint initiative by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society. This social network community consists over 400,000 scientists and naturalists who can help us learn more about the natural world. This is done through photo documentation and subsequent identification of all types of living, wild species. Built on the concept of mapping, sharing observations, and sharing data of biodiversity around the world, it is one of the most popular nature apps. By recording and sharing your observations, you will create research quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature. You can learn more at https://www.inaturalist.org/.

Download the iNaturalist app from the App Store or Google Play onto your smartphone. You can also use the online version on your desktop.

What is citizen science?

Citizen science is a working effort between scientists and people in a community who are curious and motivated to contribute to a specific scientific endeavor. This public involvement is typically to aid in data collection, but can also be analysis or reporting. Citizen science projects involve one or more people who have shared interests and work toward a common goal.

Do I need a specific level of education to be a citizen scientist?

The short answer is ‘No!’ The great thing about citizen science is that, with the proper training, anyone can participate. Everyone who contributes to a project follows the same procedure. Results gathered through this type of “crowd-sourcing” helps researchers draw conclusions and share the data so that an even broader community has access. These large collaborations allow advancements toward discovery that individual research groups may not be able to achieve on their own.

How can I get more involved in citizen science throughout the year?

There are lots of organizations that provide opportunities to do citizen science, including those that can be done remotely. A great place to start is to visit SciStarter (https://scistarter.org). They offer a variety of projects and you are sure to find one that suits your interests. If you are looking for something local and inclined toward participating in biodiversity studies, a good resource is Earthwise Aware (EwA). Learn about their activities at https://www.earthwiseaware.org.

Long Now Boston Calendar Update

Hello friends!

These are difficult times.

Consistent with the broader efforts to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, Long Now Boston has suspended its public live events until further notice.

With regrets we had to cancel “Craft a Superhero” on April 18 and “Dear Tomorrow” on April 21, our two events planned as part of the Cambridge Science Festival.

We plan to resume live events as soon as possible and are looking at options for hosting online community conversations. In the meantime, we’d love to stay connected. Go to our website where you can sign up for our mailing list, find summaries and videos of our past events on the blog, and learn how to become a Long Now Boston member.

Please also follow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

The need for long term thinking is greater now than ever before, and the current pandemic is a powerful reminder of that.

Stay safe, everyone. We’ll see you again soon.

CANCELLED: DearTomorrow – Taking Action on Climate Change

CANCELLED: DearTomorrow – Taking Action on Climate Change

Long Now Boston is disappointed to confirm cancellation of the ‘Dear Tomorrow’ event, along with the rest of the Cambridge Science Festival, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We plan to reschedule our event for later in the year. Current registrants will be offered the first chance at tickets for a rescheduled ‘Dear Tomorrow’ program. 

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CANCELLED: Long Now Boston at the Science Carnival and Robot Zoo!

CANCELLED: Long Now Boston at the Science Carnival and Robot Zoo!

Long Now Boston is disappointed to confirm cancellation of the ‘Craft a Superhero’ event, along with the rest of the Cambridge Science Festival, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We plan to propose our event again for a future Cambridge Science Festival. Be sure to look for us next time!

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Conscious Capitalism – A Radical Transformation of Business Culture

Conscious Capitalism – A Radical Transformation of Business Culture

NOTE: Presentation starts early — at 6:30pm

On Monday, February 3, 02020, Professor Raj Sisodia will review the history of capitalism and its challenges and explore the concept of “conscious capitalism” focused on higher purpose, long-term thinking and collaborative, enduring and empathic relationships among all stakeholders.

See Event Summary Here: A Conscious Solution to Corporate Short Termism

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