[AG-TECH] Re: Using Access Grid for Activism Stuff

Don Morton morton at cs.umt.edu
Thu May 30 12:33:22 CDT 2002


Apparently this workshop I mentioned yesterday will
be held on Friday, 20 June rather than the next day,
as originally posted.  Same time - 21:00-23:00 UTC.

I've received expression of potential interest from one
international site with connections to local Green Party.
I think we were both in agreement that we want to be sure
we cast this as something "non-radical" as, clearly there
are those who might have other first impressions :)  In
general, the intent is to provide some interesting dialogue
on fuel cell technologies as a clean energy alternative,
and to migrate to other "interesting" discussions.

Would anybody at Argonne be interested in this and, in 
particular, seeing if there might be some interest in
involving folks from Chicago Transit Authority (the 
transporation department, not the 1960's/70's rock
group :)) who might add a perspective on the fuel
cell technology being used in the bus system there?

More info later.  Again, just trying to gauge potential
interest right now.



Matthew Hisel wrote:

> Don-- 
> Love the blurb!  But I screwed up, minorly.  The "action workshops" are actually on FRIDAY from 3-5, not Saturday.  This may make it more attractive.  Could you
> send out a correction?  I'm terribly sorry.  I'm cc-ing the technology and forum people on my list to see what they think of this. 
>   Don Morton <morton at cs.umt.edu> wrote: 
>      All,
>      This is a heads up and a "preliminary call for participation."
>      At the end of June, the G8 Summit is being held outside
>      of Calgary, and U. Montana (about six hours south) is
>      holding the Global Justice Action Summit (www.globaljas.org)
>      prior to that, as a forum to promote global justice,
>      economic sustainability, etc.
>      We're going to try to promote something simple and informal
>      for this, mostly in an effort to see if we can make the
>      activist communities around the world aware of the Access
>      Grid technology. So, on Saturday, 21 June, from 2100-2300
>      UTC, we'll likely be hosting a workshop. It will start with
>      a presentation by one of our folks on fuel cell technology,
>      and the hope is to transition from this issue to the issue
>      of using technologies like the AG for social activism.
>      Apparently, the Chicago bus system uses fuel cell technology
>      now, and we had one thought that - if anybody at ANL or other
>      sites in Chitown area were willing - it would be cool to have
>      someone from the Chicago bus system knowledgeable in the use
>      of the fuel cells come on and talk about successes, problems, 
>      etc. Anybody in Chicago area "potentially" interested in 
>      arranging this sort of thing?
>      We'll also be strongly encouraging international participation.
>      After all, the AG will be billed as a tool to facilitate 
>      activist collaboration across the Earth and, what better way
>      than to get participation from across the Earth :)
>      This is just sort of a "feeler" right now, attempting to
>      gauge potential interest in the AG community. If you think
>      your site "might" be interested in participating and, even
>      better, going out and contacting local activist groups to
>      solicit participation, would you please let me know? Obviously,
>      if I get no responses, I'll probably can the whole idea so,
>      please let me know.
>      I'll be in Fairbanks then, so will have to bribe all my ARSC
>      friends with Moose Drool to let me attend from their AGN
>      (remember, it's the afternoon before the Midnight Sun Run,
>      so what better time to get tanked up on beer, eh?? :))
>      Thanks,
>      Don 
>      -- 
>      Don Morton http://MRoCCS.cs.umt.edu/~morton/
>      Department of Computer Science The University of Montana
>      Missoula, MT 59812 | Voice (406) 243-4975 | Fax (406) 243-5139

   Don Morton                   http://MRoCCS.cs.umt.edu/~morton/
   Department of Computer Science       The University of Montana
   Missoula, MT 59812 | Voice (406) 243-4975 | Fax (406) 243-5139

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