Event: Vicente Fox on Democracy, Good Government and Development [KSG]

Democracy, Good Government and Development: Mexico, an Experience In Latin America
Date: Monday March 31, 2008
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK St, Arco Forum, Cambridge
A Public Address by: VICENTE FOX, President of Mexico (2000-2006)

Go to www.iop.harvard.edu between March 14 and March 19 to enter the lottery. Winners will be notified on March 20. Ticket pick up will take place on March 28th from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and March 31 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m


Video: Euvin Naidoo: Africa as an investment [TED]

In the talk that opened TEDGlobal 2007 (“Africa: The Next Chapter”), South African investment banker Euvin Naidoo sets the scene, framing the conversation that would unfold over the four-day event. “What’s the worst thing you’ve heard about Africa?” he asks. After fielding call-outs of “famine,” “war,” “corruption,” he urges the audience to move past these preconceptions — and offers a compelling picture of a continent on the cusp of enormous change.

In his talk, Naidoo mentions the next 11 ‘BRIC’ countries. A bit more info:

In December 2005, after its 2003 paper on the emerging “BRIC” economies (Brazil, Russia, India, China), Goldman Sachs investment bank named its “Next Eleven” list of countries, using macroeconomic stability, political maturity, openness of trade and investment policies and quality of education as criteria.

1. Bangladesh
2. Egypt
3. Indonesia
4. Iran
5. South Korea
6. Mexico
7. Nigeria
8. Pakistan
9. Philippines
10. Turkey
11. Vietnam


Global Economics Paper No: 134 – How Solid are the BRICs? [Goldman Sachs]

Intern Profile #2: Corrina Grace (AIDG Guatemala)

Corrina Grace

Corrina Grace

Where Are you Based?
Xela (Quetzaltenango), Guatemala

What is your intern project?
Intern Program and Volunteer Coordinator – My role is to ensure that the program down here runs smoothly, and that the work we are doing on the ground is fulfilling AIDG’s goals and missions. I recruit new interns to meet project and training needs as they arise, help ensure projects are run on time and budget, and manage the daily operations of the program. I also work on the overall strategy and direction for the Intern Program, looking at the next steps, reviewing projects and making sure that we are constantly evolving and growing to meet the new challenges faced every day.

Describe what your normal day as an AIDG intern in like.
I will be surprised if anyone can describe a “normal” day with AIDG in Guatemala – the only thing constant is change, and perhaps the challenges working in a developing country – lacking electricity, internet, water or sometimes all three! Generally, I am working on reviewing intern needs, analysing potential projects and installations, helping in project planning and management, and dealing with the wide array of challenges that an NGO must deal with working in an country like Guatemala.

What are the main challenges you face?
For me there are three main challenges that I face every day: finding the right balance between appropriate and sustainable, which can sometimes be mutually exclusive, searching for the right model to get this infrastructure and technology to those in need, and finding the best way to provide leadership, yet encourage independence within XelaTeco.

What has been the most rewarding moment for you?
Not so much a “moment”, but definitely the most rewarding project I have been involved in is Proyecto Futuros Verdes – the Environmental Education Centre for children in Xela. While not yet completed, this project is incredibly inspiring to me as we will be providing the tools to empower the youth of today – the leaders of tomorrow – to build their own sustainable future, creating a generational change in how people see their environment.

Who have you met who has inspired you the most and why?
I am inspired every day by the people that I work with – it is so amazing for me to see such an incredibly talented group of people with such different backgrounds and experiences that have all come together with the same focus: to make a difference…everyday watching this I realise that it isn’t necessary to be inspirational leaders such as Mandela or Gandhi, we just have to be ourselves and believe in what we are doing.

Why did you choose AIDG? What inspired you about the organization?
I believe that AIDG’s model really has the potential to transform both development and the impact of foreign aid in the developing world for the good. AIDG’s model takes sustainability further then just the environment, into the way we work and interact with communities and people. There are still many questions that remain to be answered, and everyday is a challenge (which is what I love) – but if it was easy, then someone else would have already done it!


Duration: 54 sec

Video: Prof. Amy Smith on recent D-lab trip to Peru

Duration: 4min 18sec

Amy Smith was kind of enough to let me test out our new Flip Video camera that we got thanks to YouTube’s Non-profit program. Here is an impromptu interview that she gave me about the D-Lab’s most recent trip to Peru.

See also Amy’s talk at Ted:

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Event: Tufts Energy Conference 2008

Tufts Energy Conference 2008
Transforming the Energy Market: Our New Generation

Date: Saturday, March 29, 2008
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Tufts University, Braker 001, Medford, MA [Map]
A few of the speakers:
Tim Healy (Founder and CEO of EnerNOC)
Steve Connors (Director of the Analysis Group for Regional Energy Alternatives at the MIT Lab for Energy and the Environment)
Nick D’Arbeloff (Co-Executive Director of the New England Clean Energy Council)
Mitch Tyson (CEO of Advanced Electron Beams)
Bill Davis (Founder and CEO of Ze-Gen)
Peter Hebert (Partner at Lux Capital)

Co-sponsored by ESI and YET, Tufts’ 3rd annual Energy Conference focuses on the challenges facing the private energy sector in this time of transition.

Panels throughout the day with representatives from the industry will feature discussion on the process of bringing new technologies to market, securing funding and venture capital for new endeavors, and adapting energy policy frameworks.

There will also be a networking lunch featuring many companies from the energy sector.

Admission is free!

Register at: http://ase.tufts.edu/esi/tuftsenergyconference08.htm

9:00 – 9:30 Welcome and Introduction
9:30 – 10:00 Opening Keynote
10:00 – 11:30 Panel 1: From the Lab to Your Home: Bringing Energy Technologies to the Market
11:30 – 11:45 Networking Break
11:45 – 1:15 Panel 2: Successful Maneuvering Within Policy Frameworks
1:15 – 2:45 Energy Networking Lunch
2:45 – 3:30 Keynote Address
3:30 – 5:00 Panel 3: Funding an Alternative Energy Startup

For more information: 6176273314 tuftsesi {at] gmail [dot] com

Sponsors: Energy Security Initiative (ESI) and Young Entrepreneurs at Tufts (YET)

Thanks, Alex W.

Event: Environmental Film Festival [DC]

DC Environmental Film Festival 16th Annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
Date: March 11-22, 2008
Location: Multiple venues in Washington, DC


As the challenges facing our planet continue to grow, the Environmental Film Festival opens for its 16th year in Washington, D.C. to play a role in addressing them through the artistry of film. Illuminating some of earth’s most critical environmental issues—the availability of clean, fresh water, our energy future, the accelerating pace of climate change and the environmental impact of war—the Festival presents a broad spectrum of films that seek to inspire change in our world. Please join us as we screen 115 films from 30 countries for 12 days in March. Twenty-seven filmmakers will be on hand to discuss their films along with 86 environmental experts and special guests.