Things Have Changed?!

We aren’t sure what has happened, but the transmission Dorthea we found from Dorthea today is very different from her previous ones. Here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4K3aIfA4iA

To help her out, we should probably explore two big questions:

  1. What events of the past 24 hours might have happened that are having big negative effects on Dorthea in 2036?
  2. What might your groups be doing differently to help achieve your goal of creating an Ignite talk that will help to change that future?

On the first question, Inna Kouper sent the following thoughts for us to post here. Could the fact that this is starting to take effect today be affecting Dorthea in 2036?

The following news a couple of days ago made me (Inna) think about our
relationship to others and the environment again:
http://www1.eere.energy.gov/biomass/news_detail.html?news_id=16950 As
part of the Obama Administration’s comprehensive plan to address
rising gas prices, DOE and USDA announced that $47 million will be
given to support the production of biofuels and bioenergy. This will
help reduce U.S. oil imports, support rural America, create clean
energy jobs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
I won’t say for sure that this will have the negative impact, but I’d
really like to know whether we can be so sure about the positive
impact. For example, biofuel research and production requires huge
areas of land devoted to that. Basically, we’ll need lots of corn and
other crops. How will this affect everything else in the environment?
TIME magazine seems to think that the impact might be negative
(http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1725975,00.html).
How can we as citizens make our informed decisions about this issue?

On the second question, i (Christian) would point out that the TTB teams are starting to use some innovative ways to work toward our shared goal of improving the future. One team, for example, has created a Twitter list for their team, so that all of their communications show up in one place. Other teams have been using photos on Foursquare as a way of communicating. Despite this progress, though, we clearly need to start focusing our efforts. You may need to start some group critical thinking with your group about the one or two things that might get Dorthea out of whatever situation she is in. There may be many causes, of course, but the sooner your groups can find one cause to address and lay a plan for acting on it, the better off Dorthea will probably be. Remember that the purpose of your Ignite talks on Thursday will be to argue for this plan of action.

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About christian briggs

Co-founder of SociaLens and PhD student. Former New Englander and Hoosier wanna-be.
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