17 June 2015

Video: Tom Furness (Grandfather of AR and VR) - "Being the Future" at AWE 2015

03 January 2015

A Citizen's Guide to Sustainable Urban City Planning For 2030

Mary Vincent - Shenzhen China
In 2007, I ran for City Council in my city on a Sustainable Economic Development Platform while working a technology job in Silicon Valley, California.

At the time it was a visionary platform but very doable in my opinion. The city wanted to build housing and a business on land that will be covered by water due to rising sea levels in San Francisco by 2050. The city was not looking at the long term strategy incorporating both environment and economic needs. Now, many cities have implemented long-term sustainable economic principles for their cities while involving businesses and citizens in these planning decisions.

A sustainable city has a long-term plan in place for citizens to live, work, learn, and play. Transit Oriented Development is an important concept that I campaigned on. Urban planning, includes sustainable development in water, waste, energy, food production and transportation using fewer resources, creating thriving communities, promoting a healthy lifestyle, inspiring new ideas and driving economic growth. I spoke about these topics at a Google conference in San Francisco, a Technology conference in Silicon Valley, Technology Groups in the UK, and at a Net Impact Conference on Organics and Business. I created Green Star Solution, a consulting firm to help create and enable these innovations and I've shared updates on various digital platforms including my Smart Tech News blog and Twitter http://www.twitter.com/MaryVincent .

I became a Stakeholder Advisory Group Member to the World Resources Institute Greenhouse Gas Protocol, Department of Energy Literacy Education Group Stakeholder, Advisor on Technology and Environment Global Health Research Foundation, and Mentor for the Stanford Engineering for Good and Technology Entrepreneurship classes. Also while living and working near Budapest Hungary, I established an Earth Week in my city and worked with business owners to add environmental solutions into their business operations.

The City of San Francisco has a great Environmental Plan here for reference that can serve as a model for other cities http://www.sf-planning.org/ftp/general_plan/I6_Environmental_Protect ion.htm.
ICLEI also has a great platform and community for sustainable city models.

The Masdar Engage Blogging Contest is an innovative concept to help folks share their ideas and I hope to travel to Abu Dhabi to participate in the conference.

09 November 2014

Must Read: Rewilding Our Hearts by Marc Bekoff

Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, has written a new inspirational and constructive book called Rewilding our Hearts, Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence.

"We live in a wounded world that is in dire need of healing," as he makes an impassioned call to reverse unprecendented global losses of biodiversity and habitat by changing ourselves. Rewilding means "to make wild again" and it is frequently used in wildlife conservation to refer to re-creating wildlife habitat and creating corridors between preserved land for wildlife to travel through, thus allowing declining populations to rebound. Bekoff applies the Rewilding concept to human psychology and attitudes. We need to rewild both ourselves and other nature, Bekoff claims. He details the growing, global compassionate conservation movement and gives action oriented advice to individuals, city planners, governments, and business leaders.
I highly recommend you read this book and share with friends, business colleagues, political leaders, and on digital media. Let's all work to help rewild our hearts and make sure all of our decisions incorporate all species.
Purchase on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Rewilding-Our-Hearts-Compassion-Coexistence/dp/1577319540

07 November 2014

REGISTER: November 8 - 9 Chesapeake Climate Data Hackathon

Chesapeake Conservancy, Intel, Old Dominion University, Esri Host Weekend “Coding for Good” Event

WHO:    Old Dominion University Students
             Experienced Coders
             Representatives from the Chesapeake Conservancy, Intel and Esri

WHAT:   Climate Data Initiative: Chesapeake Bay Hackathon

WHEN:   November 8-9, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day

WHERE: Old Dominion University’s Virginia Beach Center 1881 University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23453

WHY:   The weekend event will bring together some of the areas brightest minds in the high-tech industry, including students and professionals, to brainstorm and develop data-driven solutions that will help government officials better  understand and track flooding problems caused by climate change and sea level rise in the Hampton Roads region. Coders and students will create apps using many different data sets (forecasts, real time environmental and road closure data, public facing maps, etc.). These new tools will provide planners and managers with the information they need to make informed decisions and the public with the tools they need to understand when and where flooding will affect their daily lives.

REGISTER: http://www.chesapeakeconservancy.org/chesapeake-hackathon