Artifice and Agency

Friday, April 17, 2009

Rising Tide is amazing! Some links....

I just returned from day one of The Rising Tide Conference, organized by CCA and Stanford. It was mind blowing. I am just going to list a few links that I think were especially great.
*The conference itself: ttp://risingtideconference.org/
*Today's keynote speaker was David Buckland. For 7 years, he has been taking voyages into the deep arctic with boatloads of scientists and artists. The result? A cultural response to climate change. This is AMAZING! http://www.capefarewell.com/
* There was a section on geopolitics, which ended up focusing on youth organizing, and why the future must be thought of in educational terms right now. Most interesting was The Environmental Service Learning Initiative, which is being implemented in some Bay area high schools.
* The topic of mobility was the most interesting.
*From the Crucible in West Oakland was Kristy Alfieri talking about their bike recycling classes for kids. Tots welding beautiful mutant bikes out of trash! Check out hyphy bike at http://www.thecrucible.org/classes/youth_classes.html
*Nancy Hernandez from HOMEY (homies organizing the mission to empower youth) talked about Green My Ride! They got a bunch of old school cars and are teaching folks how to turn them into biodiesel low riders! Yeah! http://www.homeysf.org/indexold.html
*My favorite was xtracycle, a 2 wheeled, pedal powered, load bearing, car replacer! http://www.xtracycle.com/
Even more awesome is their not for profit, World Bike. It is open source, load bearing, bike building in places like Kenya, supported by the UNDP. Check out the photos, you will get it! http://www.worldbike.org/projects
I hope to send more updates after tomorrow!

3 Comments:

  • i wish you would have told us earlier! i totally would have gone!

    By Blogger ejdiamond, at 5:08 PM  

  • I gave it a shout out on March 9th on the blog. Saturday, at Stanford, was even more astounding.....like our whole seminar crushed into a series of very pertinent examples. Total brain overload....photovoltaic architecture and the validation of hedonism and mimes as traffic controllers...

    By Blogger nina elder, at 12:24 AM  

  • Hope you'll talk about some of this Wednesday. Please do! Especially "our whole seminar crushed into a series of very pertinent examples." Yum.

    By Blogger Dale Carrico, at 2:43 PM  

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