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Future Salon Changing Finance: Socially-Responsive Debt, Sustainable Resiliency

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  • markfinnern
    Hi Futurists, Weblog post: http://www.futuresalon.org/2006/09/future_salon_ch.html The days are getting shorter, the evenings darker, the babies sleep longer
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2006
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      Hi Futurists,

      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
      next Friday.

      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

      New York
      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
      those days.

      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.
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