Weblog post: http://www.futuresalon.org/2006/09/future_salon_ch.html
The days are getting shorter, the evenings darker, the babies sleep
longer :-), the wait and the way to long summer break is over. Next
Friday the 6th of October finally a new Future Salon with Bruce Cahan:
Changing Finance: Socially-Responsive Debt, Sustainable Resiliency and
the Means Meter*
A salon title with some big words and Bruce will fill them with life
I feel a bit like I have let you all down my friends, a long hot
summer without Future Salon. Well, the wait is over. An interesting
evening with a solution to one or may be even most of our pressing
problems is just around the corner. What I like in Bruce Cahan is,
that he is not only talking about the solution, but actively working
on implementing it.
You can even get a glimpse of Bruce participating in the Open Mike
Future Salon by watching the tape on the Internet Archive.
Abstract: Al Gore aptly describes the planetary forces of energy,
environment, industrialization, social justice, war and political
malaise as an Inconvenient Truth. How much is Wall Street to blame?
What if the finance and insurance markets allocated capital and
insurance based on energy efficiency, conservationism, social equity
of preparedness and other memes of profound human dignity and insight?
What would that world of "high stakes" finance look like?
Bruce's knowledge of finance, law, technology and government processes
is unique and empowers his liaison for new ideas across many domains.
Short Bio: Bruce's knowledge of finance, law, technology and
government processes is unique and empowers his liaison for new ideas
across many domains.
Bruce Cahan is a finance lawyer, who worked for 10 years in
with the law firm of Weil Gotshal & Manges representing clients as
diverse as General Electric Capital Corp, and the Salvation Army.
After a Con Ed steam pipe burst outside his Gramercy Park apartment
building, Bruce changed focus in 1990, and organized a nonprofit,
Urban Logic, to apply technology, finance and institutional solutions
to the problems of rebuilding fragile cities.
Bruce is a pioneer in the use of geospatial technologies. His work
with OMB, the Federal Geographic Data Committee, EPA, US Geological
Survey, the City and State of New York, OpenGIS Consortium and others
led to major changes in the supply of publicly available spatial
intelligence and analytical tools. In 1991, he was an early advocate
of the need for
New York City
to map itself digitally, and the resulting base map delivered 6 months
before 9/11 helped emergency work crews coordinate safe and effective
response in Lower Manhattan
Bruce has briefed OECD in Paris, the European Community's INSPIRE
Initiative, the White House, Congress, GAO and other groups on his
research. Bruce served at NYC's Command Center, after 9/11, and his
work on safeguarding cities reflects the lessons and mutual aid of
Details: Future Salon has the following structure: 6-7 networking with
light refreshments proudly sponsored by SAP. From 7-9+pm presentation
and discussion. SAP Labs North America, Building D, Room Southern
Cross, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304 [map] As always free
and open to the public. Tell your friends. Improve your commute by
sharing it with a fellow Futurist. Check the Ride Board for
opportunities. Free and open to the public.
Really looking forward to see you all there, Mark.