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SHYP – Recycling with eBAY Made Easier!

*Do you have junk?   *Do you have Collectibles and wish you didn’t? 

eBay selling is now easier IF you live in San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles or New York.  SHYP does all the legwork, they will pickup, packup and send. NOW you have no excuses to declutter.

Enjoy this article on SHYP from Harry McCracken  Shyp’s eBay Integration Fixes A Major Hassle Of Making Money Off Your Unwanted Stuff

When I Google SHYPE, Google suggests SKYPE and will not give me results…. so you may still want a bit more information, go here ABOUT SHYP  which has been named #46 of Innovate Companies for 2016.

Twitter: @shyp
Instagram: @shyp
Facebook: Facebook.com/shyp
G+: +ShypApp

Kickstarter: New Solar Technology to Build an Underground Park

New Solar Technology to Build an Underground Park

New Solar Technology to Build an Underground Park

By The Lowline

What if the sun could shine underground? The people behind the Lowline asked themselves this question when they first imagined a park in an abandoned Lower East Side trolley station. Now they’re taking the next steps to reclaim this unused space by developing their solar technology, with the aim of creating a totally new kind of public space right under the feet of New Yorkers.

Oregon Wind Farm

Locally owned wind farm provides clean energy to rural Oregon

A clean source of energy for the community and a family business: Those are the results after Randy Joseph of Lime, Ore., pursued New Markets Tax Credits to fund a utility-scale wind farm in his rural community.

Wells Fargo provided a $2.3 million New Markets Tax Credit investment to help make Randy’s vision a reality. Working with a smaller local bank, Albina, Randy Joseph was able to make his “clean energy” dream come true.  In addition to providing power for 800 homes, Randy’s sons work on the maintenance of the the wind mills. A win-win for everyone, clean energy and small business.

See the wind farm in action in the video.

Thanks Kathleen Llewellyn for sharing this great article.

Think New! Think UnCharted!

Explore What’s Next 
with Nobel prizewinner Randy Schekman, Pulitzer Prize composer John Adams, marriage equality pioneers
Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, social psychologist
Claude Steele, author Adam Mansbach and
dozens of other dangerous thinkers

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UNCHARTED: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas 

Two Days of Thrilling Discussion, Debate, and Dining
October 24 & 25, 2014
“Early Bird” Tickets Now On Sale

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Innovators from the worlds of technology, science, culture, food, arts, politics:
two days of conversations and workshops designed to engage and inspire
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Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas is the Bay Area’s first “ideas festival,” a dynamic two-day public program featuring some of the world’s great thinkers taking on some of the world’s great challenges. The bold exchange of ideas from an extraordinary and varied line-up of speakers, experienced as a series of conversations and interactive workshops, is presented in a festival-style program, combined with exceptional dining and drinking opportunities and exciting Berkeley locations, all delivered at a substantially lower cost than other “idea” conferences. Uncharted, presented by Berkeleyside, happens on October 24 and 25.   **  Tickets are now on sale, with an “early bird” reduced price available for a limited time. **
At Uncharted, new ideas are viewed through the diverse lens of over 40 prominent thinkers representing technology, science, culture, politics, education, economics, the environment, food and all aspects of our lives. There are no “talk-to-you” lectures: at Uncharted stimulating conversations and creative exploration dominate, and participants are encouraged to participate. This interaction goes even further in “Uncharted Lab” sessions when collaborative brainstorming as a group is the format. And attendees are challenged to consider bold provocative new concepts by speakers during “Mind Bomb” presentations.
“Uncharted provides people who are passionately engaged with ideas with an opportunity to engage with some of today’s most provocative, pioneering thinkers,” said Lance Knobel, curator of Uncharted. “The Bay Area has become the world’s leading crucible for important new ideas in so many areas, and Uncharted is the only ideas festival in the region.”
Northern California’s Bay Area is renowned as a hub for creativity and innovation, making it a natural place for an annual gathering of exceptional thinkers who push boundaries and ask questions.

Uncharted, which launched last year and is produced by Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s independent news site launched in 2009, grew from Berkeley’s well-known tradition of challenging the status quo while looking toward the future with optimism. Uncharted evolved out of the belief that the most intriguing ideas – and solutions to today’s big challenges – emerge from the collision of different visions and perspectives. The 2014 Festival represents the blossoming of this concept.

“Participating in the inaugural Uncharted last year proved to be a thrilling introduction to Berkeley for a recent transplant from the East Coast,” said Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor, University of California Berkeley. “On full display was this incredible ethos of innovation, curiosity and abhorrence for the status quo—the foundational elements of what makes this town and its university so unique. A perusal of this year’s line-up makes it evident that Uncharted is picking up right where it left off; great news for anyone interested in unconventional wisdom.”

The Uncharted Festival takes off in downtown Berkeley’s Arts District on Friday, Oct. 24, and lands that evening at a bash in UC’s exclusive University Club, high atop Memorial Stadium. Sessions resume on Saturday, culminating in the closing session on Sunday afternoon.                  Tickets are now on sale, with an “early bird” special price of $290 available for a limited time. The price includes both days of programming plus Friday evening’s gala. One-day passes are available for $205, also including the gala. To purchase tickets, see the complete list of speakers, and find out more information, please visit www.berkeleyideas.com.                                                        

Charting Uncharted: Fact Sheet

Who is headlining at Uncharted?

  • A few of the speakers include: Nobel laureate in Medicine and Physiology Randy Schekman, composer John Adams, food poverty campaigner Saru Jayaraman, aging expert Laura Carstensen, Go the F*** to Sleep author Adam Mansbach, and marriage equality pioneers Kris Perry and Sandy Stier.
  • See the full speaker list.

What happens at Uncharted?

  • The speaker line-up at Uncharted is carefully curated and diverse, featuring innovators talking about their pioneering work in variety of fields – the environment, food, science and technology, social policy, activism, politics and the arts. Sessions are one-on-one or one-on-two conversations with ample opportunity for audience Q & A.
  • The Uncharted Lab is a series of engaging, interactive workshops and exercises where attendees grapple with questions and search for solutions, orchestrated by Jump Associates, a strategy and innovation firm.
  •  “Mind Bombs,” similar to TED presentations, are short, sharp injections of provocative ideas.
  • At the Friday evening gala, the halfway point in the Festival’s schedule, events will relax even further taking on a party atmosphere as festival-goers mingle with each other and with speakers at a special gala at the VIP University Club, perched on the highest level of Memorial Stadium. There will be tasty locally sourced food and delicious wine and beer.

What’s on the program at Uncharted?
Here’s a sampling of conversation topics:

  • Science and the open society
  • Robotics in the cloud
  • The colorization of America
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • The lure of social democracy
  • Can art bridge social and political divides?
  • The future of medicine
  • The singularity is further than it appears
  • Will data swallow all our freedom?

What is the vision for Uncharted?

Uncharted aims to be one of the world’s leading ideas festivals along with TED, the Aspen Ideas Festival, London’s FutureFest, and Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

Uncharted is produced by Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s independent news website. One of Berkeleyside’s founders, Lance Knobel, has a wealth of experience organizing some of the world’s major business and political meetings. He was Director of the Program for the renowned World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, and has been responsible for the programs of The New York Forum, the APEC CEO Summit, and The New York Times’ DealBook Conference.
Sponsors for Uncharted include AutodeskClouderaDeYoeWealth Management,Berkeley Repertory Theatre, GreenerPrinterUniversity of California BerkeleyBerkeley Startup ClusterDowntown Berkeley Association, and KQED.

Visit the Uncharted website  (www.berkeleyideas.com) for  more information and to purchase tickets.
Watch Video from Uncharted 2013 and hear more about the festival.
Follow Uncharted on Facebook; and on Twitter  (@UnchartedIdeas) to keep in touch and for program updates.

Lower Polk Art Night, a Monthly free event

This Lower Polk Art Walk monthly event is different every time, but it’s always interesting and fun.  
Find out more – click the link for the map.
Here’s a map, you can sign up for their newsletter too and that will alert you to special events.
Great art, great friends, new exhibits to explore, perfect night. Often there is music playing, movable events, food and drink (sometimes $ low cost)…. another words it is a local art party.
Do I need to say anything more? Meet your friends at the Starbucks (right near the Nikko hotel) if you are going as a group and then head to some of the interesting galleries on and near Polk street. The exhibits are imaginative and wide ranging and you will never expect the different people and art you will meet.
There are plenty of great restaurants and bars in the area so you can stop and have food and drink whenever you wish. Some galleries have snacks or food for sale. Some places have gone “all out” and have specially made treats and drinks.  You’ll meet the artists and groupies, you’ll get to ask about materials, creative ch alleges and new ideas. The walk has art of all kinds, green art, recycled art, fine art, antiques, floral arrangements, visiting artists, poetry slams and movies. Be prepared for variety.
NOTE: park carefully, there are many posted signs and although most meters stop at 6pm there are others that go til later!

AND MORE Art Walks and Museum Nights: Go have an Art Attack!

SAN JOSE, South First Street -First Fridays  First Fridays is a great stroll, fun for all. It includes bars, businesses, poetry slams, yoga studios and more. It is always changing, so check for details on the link above. LINK: ART WALK MAP   All the stops along the art walk are fun, but don’t miss the Museum of Quilts and Textiles, they usually have an “Art Event” or make and take event, which is great fun! For more fun in San Jose, check this link on cultural events/places.
San Jose Museum of Art:  This museum is one of my favorite in the SF Bay Area. The exhibits (usually 2) are fantastic and usually related in some way. The museum is the “just right” size….. I can walk through it, and enjoy each exhibit. They have night events, and even comedy or other shows for  $5. It is a perfect place to visit, kids enjoy it and there always seems to be a bit of fun or whimsy that appeals to all ages. This museum is free to the employees of the museum sponsors.
*Can you get in free at other times? Call the Membership line and ask! Usually you’ll need to bring a pay stub or business card with your company name imprinted. For Wells Fargo team members I know it is free, however, it is always best to check on hours, special events and evening hours.
Stanford University Art Walk (you can schedule one) or check the MAP and make your own walk.  You can reach Stanford University by CAL TRAIN from 4th and Townsend in SF or various train stations from SF to the Palo Alto station.  The walk is pleasant and can be a great start for a “scavenger hunt” type of adventure with a group. Make sure to visit the CANTOR Art Museum on the campus, it is always free, has some evening hours and many events and new exhibits.

Maker Faire gets some White House Love!

Now the Maker Movement is gaining significantly more traction as it has been embraced by the executive branch of the federal government with the announcement that the White House will host a Maker Faire later in 2014. This Faire is intended to highlight the role that Making can play in (1) inspiring more young people to excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; and (2) fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in the manufacturing sector.

Check out the  Maker magazine or visit the Maker Faire blog post.

Jeremy writes about the Maker Movement.

It’s always fun to go to the Faire — there are several, check for the San Mateo County Maker Faire – so much innovation and it’s different each year. A little like Burning Man meets Star Trek.  Now …..how can you even think of not going?

Maker Faire 2013

Google’s Intersection Event

I wanted to take a moment and let you know that The Intersection Event – a unique day-long event on innovation and its effect on the major social issues of our time – recently announced that they will host their second annual event at Google’s Mountain View headquarters, on Saturday, January 19, 2013.

After much anticipation, they have also unveiled their first wave of speaker announcements, revealing a powerful lineup of innovators from a wide range of industries. The event will also be the location for the first annual Gratitude Awards, which will award a total of $30,000 to three education-focused social enterprise organizations.

During this unparalleled day-long experience, the most respected innovators in the world converge with leading social change agents to tackle some of the greatest issues of our time. Speakers spend the day prior to the event together as a group, considering topics that will be shared with the audience the following day. The goal of The Intersection Event is to create intersections of attendees from a wide range of backgrounds who can collaborate to uncover innovations with an impact on social change that are beneficial to themselves, their companies and the global community. Each year, the event is held inside a different venue that embodies innovation and a commitment to helping propel social change.

The inaugural Gratitude Awards will honor non-profits or social entrepreneurs with high potential to move the needle on global social issues through ground-breaking innovations on education. Five finalists will be invited to attend The Intersection Event complimentary and three winners will be named on stage at the close of the event. One Winner will receive $15,000; a Runner-Up will receive $10,000; and an “Audience Pick” will receive $5,000 in funding. Interested parties can enter at www.intersectionevent.com/the-gratitude-awards.

The impressive lineup of speakers announced this week include:

· Evan Williams, Co-Founder of Twitter and CEO of The Obvious Corporation

· Reid Hoffman, Executive Chairman of LinkedIn and Partner, Greylock Capital

· Nathan Myhrvold, Former CTO of Microsoft and Founder of Intellectual Ventures

· Bill Draper, Managing Partner, Draper Richards

· Bill Drayton, Founder, Chair and CEO of Ashoka

· Helene D. Gayle, President and CEO of CARE USA

· Eric Nadelstern, Former Deputy Chancellor of NY City Public School System

· Steve Jurvetson, Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson

· Jason Yotopoulos, Executive Vice President Global Research and Business Incubation at SAP

· Frans Johansson, Author, The Medici Effect and The Click Moment

· Guru Singh, Teacher, Minister, 3rd Generation Yogi

More speakers will be announced in the coming months at www.TheIntersectionEvent.com.

In addition to its subject matter, speakers, attendees and venue, The Intersection Event is made even more unique in the way it directly supports entrepreneurial endeavors. Proceeds from The Intersection Event are donated to its non-profit 501(c)3 host, The Gratitude Fund , a non-profit social venture fund seeking to empower gifted social entrepreneurs who are embracing innovative products, business models and leadership practices in order to address and defeat social challenges. A selection of social ventures will be “crowd-funded” through The Intersection Event series.

Prospective attendees apply for one of the 300 coveted seats at the 2013 event. Applications are open now at www.TheIntersectionEvent.com.