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Common Bound: New Economy Workshop | Call for Abstracts!


Boston College’s Juliet Schor is organizing a new economy- centric workshop on June 6th. Abstracts are due by May 15th. If your research investigates alternative ownership structures, sustainable food systems, clean energy, urban sustainability, or the solidarity economy (and just about all else under the new economy sun), consider presenting. Send submissions to:

CFP CommonBound Research Workshop

Displacement & Gentrification in Greater Boston Panel

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The panel will bring together activists, scholars and planners working on the front lines of the struggle to maintain and strengthen communities affected by gentrification and displacement in the greater Boston area. The panel is hosted by MIT’s Displacement Research & Action Network (DRAN), an international collaboration drawing attention to the global impact of development-induced displacement. As part of DRAN’s efforts to build new theory and evidence in a variety of world regions, this panel seeks to deepen the conversation on gentrification and evictions in American cities.

The event will be held Tuesday, April 15th from 5-7pm in 9-450A&B.

Questions? Email

Bringing Back the Ancient Ritual of Communal Lunch to MIT


Is a slow, shared lunch a radical act? In many corners of MIT, where 18 hour lab sessions are the norm, taking a lunch break is a sign of weakness…So, on March 21, a day before a spring “break” that many MIT students would spend hunched over computers in the library, members of NE @ MIT decided to have an open, slow, and very homemade lunch in Lobby 7, the grand entryway to this excellent, and overworked, institution.

The idea came from just wanting to share and connect. Part of what makes our economy whole is that people take the time [against all odds] to feed themselves and nurture connections.In our Slow lunch, borrowing ideas from the Slow Food movement, we wanted to try to do just that.

We decided to lunch in Lobby 7, where most of our community is looking up at the impressive dome, through to the next corridors where labs and projects await, and/or down at their phones. At slow lunch, we looked across… at each other to share a meal. Each person brought something to feed themselves and a little bit of extra to share. Sitting on a table-cloth, we dined on plates brought from home, where people brought salmon, pasta, broccoli salad, teff, beats, and bananas for desert: Yum! We also drank tea and invited passersby to join in the fun.

As we gathered mugs, table cloth, glasses, and silverware to head down to the lobby, we encountered several people perched on benches or the marble floor eating hastily out of sytro-foam packs, hunched over their meals alone. Lunching slowly in this lobby, in this time, as we think about how best to connect with one another, is truly a gift to share. We hope to continue to have slow lunches, perhaps adding games, music, or other things to make our lunches even more delicious. Slow lunch is open to all — bring a plate or dish, some food to share, or just yourself. and your friends.

— Allegra Fonda-Bonardi

Occupy Lunch?


The NE @ MIT Spring Series is Here: April 9th – May 7th


This five-week series builds on our student research presentations, invited speaker series, and student led workshops. It rolls all three programs into one “learning series.” Running from April 9- May 7 from 12:30 – 2 pm, with this series, we seek to strengthen our interdisciplinary student network; facilitate the sharing of research findings and skills throughout and beyond DUSP; provide a forum for student researchers to receive input and critique from a diverse audience; connect to the numerous relevant organizations in the Boston area and beyond; and, more generally, provide an open space for the exploration of new economic ideas.

We hope to see many of you there, over lunch.

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Visualizing Our Future Economy

NEMIT Word Cloud

What do we think of when we hear “new economy?” At our February kickoff meeting we spent a portion of the time generating short answers to this question. Specifically, we asked ourselves: What does our ideal future economy look like? We then took our thirty or so responses (e.g. “even geography of opportunity”; “inclusive of the ‘multitude'”), and plugged them into this word cloud generator, yielding the following results.

Any way you look at it, it represents our conversation and priorities pretty well:

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Fossil Free MIT Climate Change Speaker Series


Fossil Free MIT has an impressive lineup of scientists and policy-makers speaking this semester.

For our inaugural event, we are delighted to welcome MIT Professor of Atmospheric Science, Kerry Emanuel. Emanuel is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on the climate science of tropical cyclones. He was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2006 and is the author of Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes and of What We Know About Climate Change.

Emanuel will be speaking on February 26th, 6 pm – 7:30 in 4-237.

World famous former NASA scientist James Hansen will be speaking on April 15th.

Check out their website for more updates.


Feb 11-12th: Presencing Institute’s Global Forum | Web Streaming


The Presensing Institute’s Global Forum is closed, but it will be live streamed!

On 11-12th February 2014, the plenary sessions of the Global Forum will be live streamed free of charge. For more information regarding which sessions will be broadcast, please see the schedule below.

To watch the live stream, CLICK HERE: Please bookmark this page.

Forum Intention

The 2014 Global Forum will showcase living examples and initiatives that generate profound change in social systems by shifting the awareness of people within these systems from what we call ego-system awareness, to eco-system awareness.

We see this event as an important step toward convening a global movement that aims at shifting the economic discourse. The living examples showcased at the forum will offer insight into how we might shift from a focus merely on GDP to a focus on well-being, from scarcity to abundance, from exclusion to inclusion, from competition to co-creation, from reducing negative to generating positive impact, from transactional to transformative relationships, and from exploitation to shared ecosystem prosperity.

For more information, including a list of speakers and schedule of events, please click here.

Three Ways to Participate Virtually

We will offer three different ways to participate virtually in the 2014 Global Forum.

  1. Watch live
  2. Watch live + join the conversation on our dedicated 2014 Global Forum Online Community Group
  3. Watch live + join the conversation + organize a small group of friends or colleagues and use our Global Forum Toolkit to host your own sessions at home in parallel with the live events in Cambridge, MA

Watch Live

Simply click the link and watch the video stream. During the event, submit your questions and insights via email ( or join the conversation on twitter using the hashtag #ego2eco

Watch Live + Join the Conversation

Create a profile (free) or log in. Join the group, where you can post comments, chat with other online participants from around the globe, and share links, documents, photos and video – all leading up to, during, and after the Global Forum.

During the event, we encourage you to submit your questions and insights via email ( or join the conversation on twitter using the hashtag #ego2eco

Watch Live + Join the Conversation + Organize a Parallel Forum

Create a profile (free) or log in. Join the group, where you will find a free copy of the Global Forum Toolkit, designed specifically for this year’s event. In the Toolkit you will a variety of methods and suggestions that will help you run a parallel event with a small group of friends, wherever you are in the world.

We also encourage you to join the online conversation where you can post comments, chat with other online participants from around the globe, and share links, documents, photos and video – all leading up to, during, and after the Global Forum.

During the event, we encourage you to submit your questions and insights via email ( or join the conversation on twitter using the hashtag #ego2eco

Live Stream Schedule
(Full in-person program available here)

Tuesday 11 February

08:30 Opening
          Arawana Hayashi, Stan Strickland, Dayna Cunningham, Otto Scharmer, Marian Goodman
08:45 The Three Divides
Otto Scharmer
09:15 Invitation to Deeper Listening
Arthur Zajonc
09:30 Innovating Across the Three Divides
          Michelle Long, Phil Thompson, Dayna Cunningham
10:30 Break
11:00 Stories from the Field
   Otto Scharmer, Kang Yoto, Cylvia Hayes
12:00 Dialogue & Reflective Remarks
Peter Senge, Arthur Zajonc
13:00 End of Live Stream

Wednesday 12 February

08:20 Warming the Space: Sound & Music
Stan Strickland
08:30 Labs: Check-in Reflection
09:00 Sparks of the Future

          Peter Senge, Lew Daly, Juliet Schor, Eileen Fisher, Sofia Campos
10:30 Break
11:00 Invitation to Presencing Practice
Otto Scharmer, Marian Goodman
11:30 Clusters of Connection
12:15 Invitation to Prototyping
Ela Ben-Ur
12:25 End of Live Stream

Note: All times displayed are in EST (Eastern Standard Time).


Firewalls and Network Permissions
Some organizations require network permission. Check with your organization and ensure that you get the necessary approvals if you plan to connect via a company network.

Technical Requirements
Please ensure that your equipment meets the following requirements:

  • Access to high-speed Internet or (minimum) 56K dial-up
  • Email account
  • PDF reader (free software)

Flash and Windows Media Technical Support
For troubleshooting any issues related to viewing the live lectures, telephone help-desk support will be available to all participants (Windows and Mac users). The help desk will be open during all testing periods. In addition, support will be available starting one hour prior and during the first day of the Forum, February 11 (7:30 AM – 6:00 PM EST).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What if I miss the Forum?
You have the option to watch the live session or the taped broadcast. We usually post the broadcast within 24 hours after a session and keep it available for 6 months online.

How do I send in my questions during the session?
You will receive an email address for where you can send your questions. You can also post questions to our 2014 Global Forum Online Community Group, or post to twitter using the hashtag #ego2eco.

What if I run into technical problems?
We offer technical support during the testing day and on the first day of the forum.