The heat has been rising, and now the world is waking up to realities
of climate change, long predicted but until now too easy to ignore.
The religious zeal on both sides of the debate has left many rooted
to the spot. Luckily there are a lot of bright sparks out there, a
thousand points of light, wanting to multiply, link up and create a
More and more people are engaging in the environment and climate
change, in creative and often unexpected ways. People are taking
positive steps on ground level, showing how in addition to cutting
air miles, there are imaginative ways in which you can make a
Eric Paulos from Intel Research, plans to provide mobile phones with
new "super-senses" so that you and I can join together to monitor
environmental change. Stef van Dongen unveils a masterplan to take
eco-clubbing to the world, including an electricity-generating
dancefloor, whereby the more people dance, the more energy they
produce. An email has been circulating about the carbon footprint of
avatars in the Second Life virtual world. Shaun Fensom, Chair of
Manchester Digital and founder of Poptel, will unpick such half
truths and question "how green is the internet". With Steve Connor,
co-founder of Creative Concern.
The Environment 2.0 conference talks launches a new international
initiative seeking to explore the sustainability of future arts and
culture. Futuresonic is working with Manchester Tyndall Centre and
Creative Concern to minimise the environmental impact of the
Futuresonic festival and also to explore broader issues connecting
Futuresonic's interest in social technologies with the renewed
urgency surrounding climate change.
10.30pm-12.30pm, Saturday 12 May
Followed by a Network Meeting for Environment 2.0.
There is today a grass roots open source movement that is sweeping
across Brazil like wild fire and captivating the world's imagination.
You are invited to a series of talks, informal presentations, films
and a workshop coinciding with the initiation of a local Ponto de
Cultura (Cultural Hotspot) in Manchester, based on the Brazilian model.
Featuring Claudio Prado (Brazil), the leading figure in the Brazilian
movement. He is now in a unique position, working in a very new
frontier between government and media activists running the Digital
Culture Department of the Ministry of Culture of Brazil. He is the
man responsible for Brazil's involvement in international discussions
around digital and open source culture, and all its consequences in
IP regulations, cultural production and identity, creative economy
and so on. He is also responsible for putting all these concepts into
practice, through the Pontos de Cultura project - 600 grassroots
cultural centers spread all around the country that receive a digital
multimedia production infrastructure and take part in a series of
meetings and workshops regarding free and open source software for
multimedia production, open licensing, gift economy and similar
Claudio will be joined by other international open source activists
Bronac Ferran (Bricolabs), Cristiano Scabello (Estudio Livre/Brazil),
James Wallbank (Access Space/UK), Matthew Edmondson (Open IT Up/UK),
Dave Carter (Head of Manchester Digital Development Agency), Vicky
Sinclair (Ponto de Cultura - Manchester), Pedro Zaz (Brazcast.tv),
Phil Mayer (Fluxo.org), Francesca Bria (Ponto de Cultura- Rome),
Dario Biagetti (Cultura Digitale Italia- Italy), Aoife Giles
(Photographer from Pontos de Cultura Brazil), MediaShed, UHC.