Monday, September 21, 2009

Next Agenda Clean Energy Challenge

On Thursday, Sept 17 at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio in San Francisco, 200 incredibly innovative and brilliant people came together to launch an effort to find a solution or set of solutions that might get the US electric grid onto carbon free energy by 2020.  The proposal was to start a facilitated process that can provide clear direction to a workable solution during the next 6 months!

So what happened? First, some amazing people showed up.  Next, they engaged in a day long process that included talks and lots of breakouts with facilitation at every step of the way to be sure that good ideas, many of them would come out!  And they did.  Next Agenda shot the entire day, all aspects all angles all 200!  Video will show up at the Next Agenda website soon.

The event developed two very important areas of inquiry- technical and social.  On the technical side, there is so much going on it is almost like an avalanche of great ideas.  Two things are clear...not one answer is right and every answer is right.  So, we need a combination of use abatement, new efficiency in development and transportation and new technology for carbon capture and energy production.

On the social side, we need a movement that rivals the anti-war movement in the 1960's or the labor movement of the 1930's.  But this is much harder because by the time we see this "enemy", it will be too late.  So, Next Agenda proposes to use the web like Barack Obama did to get elected and use TV like American Idol does.  Starting when?  As soon as the video from the Presidio is ready to go.

Don't wait. Join Next Agenda now! 

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