Thanksgiving is a big year this year because we just made a momentous milestone. I have the privilege of fighting alongside many of you during the production of the Energy Future Project. From making renewable energy more affordable to fighting in the climate movement, many of you have devoted your life to making the decision a much easier decision to make for the rest of us.
After two years of hard work, I am proud to announce the free screening of Time to Choose on the eve of the global conference, COP21.
Time to Choose, a feature-length documentary from Oscar-winning director Charles Ferguson, will stream for free for 48 hours starting Monday, November 30, on The Huffington Post website (http://www.huffingtonpost.com) a first-ever event and a chance for you and the people you care about to share one of the most compelling films about our planet ever made. This is a two-day-only opportunity that is being offered as a public service on the eve of COP21.
This comes at a pivotal moment, as international leaders begin their climate negotiations in Paris. The film encourages us all to take action on climate — whether by joining campaigns to improve our agriculture, energy or transportation; supporting policies and elected officials who are working to protect the planet and expand access to clean energy; or making personal choices to reduce our own emissions.
Best seen on a BIG SCREEN, darkened room and good sound.
Now the movie is done, let’s get the conversation moving, starting from you and me.
My time in the solar industry taught me how we can be empowered through the distributed renewable energy. As we have seen with the increased access of knowledge through internet; dramatically increased economic productivity and sustainability promised by 3D printing at scale; distributed renewable energy powers homes that would never even have access to electricity grid. As we transform from a few owning scarce capital to the mass access to resources, abundance is created through networks of collaboration. The Collaborative Commons is neigh. The idea that every moment is the opportunity we have to change the course of our future is no longer inspirational, but a reality. As our future becomes more decentralized and democratized, we no longer have to wait for the government to make a difference for the world. We have seen that for digital camera, personal computers, mobile phone, and now solar panels. The effect of Moore’s Law does not merely influence technology advancement and market projection. It is changing how we impact each other and the society.
Being on the production team of this film has taken me to very exhilarating places for the past two years. This journey only showed me how bright the future is, because of how much more power each one of us have every day to make a difference. From this, I found that there is a need for fostering more cohesiveness in personal choices many of us make for climate solutions. I’ve been working on designing a comprehensive web platform that shows individuals how their small actions can have big effects on climate solutions at Murikey.
Working on inspiring action also lead me into an inspiring way of addressing change — the maker movement.
Calling the Maker in You
The maker movement is an encompassing term that embraces a can-do philosophy for every aspect of life. Rather than rely on outside forces to guide our understanding of what’s possible, the maker movement shows that anything is possible. Neither social status nor abundant resources nor special training are required to act upon an idea. Ordinary people are making extraordinary contributions to the world everyday. As individuals begin to look to themselves rather than to others for innovations and resolutions, this personal confidence can be directed toward addressing the climate crisis at the level of the individual.
I have been working with a very talented small team as a pilot project to see how we could accelerate the global industry transformation from the ground up through fostering effective relationship building between the right people together in China and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Earlier this month, we brought a group of forward thinking entrepreneurs, investors, and managers of incubators from China to the Bay Area to help them understand the importance of community in fostering creative talents. The central government is now focusing on the ability makers and entrepreneurs can shape the future (as they have done many times in Chinese history). This is our monumental opportunity to leverage the support from the government to help steer the transformation to the right path effectively. Once the train leaves, it will not be back again.
Now that the group has returned home and is digesting the learning from the trip, they see the trip being the beginning of building a mutually beneficial relationship with talents and community members globally during the time of transformation in China. We are very grateful for the partnership with Noisebridge, Highway1, Tandem Capital, Singularity University, Autodesk, co.lab, and the ImpactHUB Oakland to name a few.
Together, we can regenerate the future and build the world up.
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