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Future Salon LA - Reinventing Renewable Energy


May 13, 2012 – 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

450 South Bixel Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017 Map

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Attention! Location change. You MUST RSVP with full name and bring your ID to pass security.

Come join our fun and useful discussions on key trends, innovations, problems, sustainability, and social responsibility. Work with and on new tools, practices, ideas and projects. See the future and seize the present. Grow your network of supportive, future-oriented friends. Mini potluck & meet-and-greet starts at 5:00 PM - please bring snacks and drinks to share!

The presentation will start around 6:00 PM.
After the presentation we'll share interesting articles we've seen in the news in the last few days/weeks. Please gather a few to share.


Ice Salesmen in the Refrigerator Age - Reinventing Renewable Energy Resilience

The way we use our energy is supported by our economic model, which is supported by our education model. With the breakthrough innovations now emerging for the distributed renewable energy space, this talk questions the foundational ideas we think with. Reframing those ideas now to turn our desperation for energy demand into the inspiration for an abundant future. Changing how we use energy changes everything.

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Ray Podder is an award winning designer, creative director, systems thinker and a digital strategist over a 20 year career. Digital architect, and researcher of biomimicry, nanotechnology, cognitive science, and resilient economic systems and distributed energy generation. He is the author of ONE: The New Abundant Energy Revolution & The Power of You, and the founder of FORM, the first dynamic equity based collaboration platform for crowdfunded and crowdsourced community resilience and sustainability.

His new book ONE questions a fundamental construct of our modern world. Ray asks: Is energy really scarce? More specifically, is centralized harvesting and distribution of grid based renewables necessary? What if every place was a living power plant, every vehicle the transfer and storage mechanism and and every one could be empowered to innovate a better life? Networked constructs are now shifting everything from currencies, collaboration, and even crowdfunding capital, so why not distributed and resilient energy systems? Can renewable energy be the next FREE platform for exponential innovation led economies? What if doing so was actually considered attractive to capital rather than disruptive or risky?

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We'll be at the Vortex Dome at the LA Center Studios.

Future Salons are monthly educational, activist, and social events, focused on existing or emerging scientific, technological, entrepreneurial, or social change topics and projects worthy of your help and attention. We also cover critical-thinking, management, and personal change topics, and occasionally longer-term scientific and philosophical topics. Our goal is to make our rapidly changing world more fascinating, manageable, profitable, and positive-sum for all of us. We strive to be both doing-action-project oriented, and thinking-idea-prioritizing oriented. About the Future Salon Network initiated by John Smart: http://www.accelerating.org/futuresalon.html

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