Lucid Dreaming

Lucid Dreaming

Karen Konkoly [ Sleep Engineering ] This could be a dream. Do you remember how you got here? The best way to test reality is to read something twice. When you’re awake the words will always stay the same, but when you’re dreaming the words will always be different. Dreams can seem vague because when you’re awake all you have is a memory

Preferring Organic

Preferring Organic

Ali Partovi [ Food Security ] I’ve invested a lot of my own money into organic and sustainable farming, and to converting American farmland to organic, and I’m here to dispel some misperceptions about organic food. There is this prevailing notion that organic farming is more expensive and less sufficient, right? And that we need industrial agriculture and factory farms to feed the

The Entrepreneurial State

The Entrepreneurial State

Mariana Mazzucato [ WEB 3.0 ] Have you ever asked yourselves why it is that companies, the really cool companies, the innovative ones, the creative, new economy-type companies — Apple, Google, Facebook — are coming out of one particular country, the United States of America? Usually when I say this, someone says, “Spotify! That’s Europe.” But, yeah. It has not had the impact

Leveling Up

Leveling Up

Paul Sellew [ WEB 3.0 ] I’ve been involved with agriculture just about my whole life — this is a picture of me on my family’s farm with my brother and sister in a few of my cousins — and, just like any good farmer, I know that in compost amended soil, rich in organic matter, you can grow just about anything Over

Recycling Leaves

Recycling Leaves

Mike McGrath [ WEB 3.0 ] Was it Chekhov who said that if you bring a leaf blower on stage in the first act you have to use it by the third act? The timing for this event is so appropriate. We’re here in the fall, and I’m going to talk to you about composting. A lot of people schedule composting talks in

The Distributed Economy

The Distributed Economy

Stacy Mitchell [ WEB 3.0 ] I want to begin today by telling you something about the Boston Tea Party that you might not know. At its core it was an act of corporate sabotage. Those ships were owned by the British East India Company, the most powerful corporation of its day. The company was tightly connected to the British government. So much

Boyan Slat

Boyan Slat

Boyan Slat [ Ocean Cleanup ] Once there was a Stone Age, a Bronze Age and now we are in the middle of the Plastic Age. Because every year we produce about 300,000,000 tons of plastic and fraction of that enters rivers, water ways and eventually the oceans. If you want to eat a biscuit nowadays we have to buy a biscuit within