4 Reasons to Go to The Global Summit

A major reason I am going the Nov 8 Global Summit is because central to my life path and work has been the goal of developing a more holistic and integrated approach to human development.

Attached below are some documents that give you more information about the event.

4 Reasons Why I am Going to The Global Summit

Develop a conference process that’s woven into a system of global collaboration that:

  1. Brings relevant groups together for face to face meetings;
  2. Develops a training process to enable multisector approaches to development and then as appropriate supports it;
  3. Facilitates a process of collaboration between those groups.
  4. Highlights cutting edge approaches and technologies esp. with regards to improving economic performance without sacrificing ecological integrity.

For more about the conference go to the website http://www.theglobalsummit.org

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10.08.10 San Francisco Fort Mason Center: Global Summit II

I will be attending The Global Summit at Fort Mason Center in SF on Nov 8th. The first preparatory event was held in Nov 08 at the Presidio in SF. Before the first event in 08, I did some volunteer work for Empowerment Works which included some strategy planning, edit and design for the event. I had the chance to go and speak as a presenter on my organization’s work (oneVillage Foundation) in Africa (Ghana).

Recently, I had the chance to listen to a several part series interview of Melanie by Voice America Business Internet Radio personality David Gibbons. It also included an interview with Barbara Marx-Hubbard who spoke with Melanie about the “Delivery of a whole system approach in addressing humanity’s most critical challenges from the ground up.” on October 14, 2010 (Part 3 of 4 in Series). From Gibbon’s website, I saw that Buckminster Fuller called Barbara Marx Hubbard “the best informed human now alive regarding futurism and the foresights it has produced,” and that she was “regarded as his philosophical heir.” In a nutshell…”The insights she has gained has led to her definitive message of hope that “Our crisis is a birth” of a more universal human and universal humanity.”

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Recalling my Meeting with Pangea Organics Founder Joshua Onysko @ Arcosanti

Drawing of Joshua Onkyo's vision for the Pangea Institute

I recall my meeting with Joshua Scott Onysko @ Arco in 2003 (?). I remember him as someone inspired by the Arco vision and set-up. His dream was to design something similar to Arco in Colorado. He was giving out bunches of progressive, anti-war bumper stickers, several of which were eventually distributed around Arcosanti and at other places by me.

Visiting his personal blog, I was intrigued by his claim that green products are usually 1 percent or less of most company’s portfolios. This makes me wonder what exactly is the criteria and meaningfulness of considering a company’s products as “Green.” Such a process is critical to consider in planning and moving towards real sustainable development.

What does it take to actually be a “Green Company?”:

  1. What exactly is his criteria for making their products “Green?”
  2. What does it mean to be “Green Business/Company?”
  3. What are the goals and timeline towards making the vision of “Green” a reality.

So I considered carefully his claims, his vision (and of course the fact that his vision for the Pangea Institute mixed use development appealed to me given my gravitation to Arcosanti…) and his attempts to back the claims up with some facts on his website.

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Scottsdale Celebrates Paolo Soleri’s Lifework With Museum Exhibit

Paolo Soleri is featured in an upcoming exhibit is called Bridges: Spanning the Ideas of Paolo Soleri It will be shown at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA).

Several of us from the Arcosanti tribe are going to down to the SMOCA “VIP” Soleri Bridge Exhibit launch on Friday the 9th @530.

The Soleri exhibit coincides with the construction of the Scottsdale Pedestrian Bridge & its eventual completion in Dec and bridge dedication on Dec 11,12,13.

A portion (about 3ook) of the 4 million dollar bridge budget supports our work, via a comission for Soleri’s design & also through a bronze wind bell installation.

The bridge celebrates Soleri’s lifework on a practical level, facilitating pedestrian transportation over a irrigation canal that cuts across downtown Scottsdale.

From a recent post about the SMOCA exhibit on the Today@Arcosanti Blog:

Paolo Soleri conceived the ‘Pulse Bridge’ in 1988 for the New York cityscape. He designed it so as to alter its own stress configuration according to the traffic loads it carries and the temperature and wind variations. It does not so much react to such stresses as it dynamically adapts to them. This is achieved by suspending the whole structure on two sets of hinges and altering the weight distribution by way of four ballast spheres, constantly changing in weight because of the water volume they contain that is pouring in or spilling out of each. Temperature differential and wind loads will suggest asymmetrical ballast content.

Bridges have been a major passion for Soleri and he has designed Arcologies that operate as bridges along with attempts to design dams levees and airports as multi-use facilities. One of the things that Soleri has long sought to incorporate into his architecture is the idea of using facilities we see infrastructure as human habitats. Similar to the visionary engineer Bucky Fuller, these ideas are often derided as silly and unrealistic. Yet, if we had designed the New Orleans levees as Soleri envisioned using his Lean Linear City Arcology model, we would now have not only an levee to protect the inner core of the city, but also a linear city model that might actually have been an appropriate and ideal application of such a novel idea.

The Scottsdale Pedestrian Bridge is the first large scale urban project that I know of that has led to the construction of a bridge based on one of Soleri’s bridge designs.

The bridge is a way to honor Soleri, who has contributed so much to a unique and pioneering vision of architecture called Arcology, that many still believe best represents the future of cities and humanity. With ecocity themed projects like Norman Foster’s Masdar City in Abu Dahabi slowly becoming reality, such a vision may not be as far off as we think.

Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya to Perform at Arcosanti on Oct 16

On Oct 16th, at Arcosanti enjoy the wonderful Indian music of Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya. He is one of the best Santoor Players in India and has played with George Harrison.

The day’s events start with:

  • A Tour of Arcosanti@2pm;
  • Indian Music Workshop@3pm;
  • The Concert@5pm;
  • Dinner@6:30pm.

For more info:

  1. Call 928.632.7135 for reservations.
  2. Download JPEG of flyer here.
  3. See Event Page on Facebook for more info and to confirm your attendance.