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The Good, the Bad and the Truly Ugly…

December 31, 2010 by

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Everyone, or nearly everyone, will spend a few moments reflecting on the close of the first decade of the 21st Century before beginning the next decade with a an awe inspiring hangover. We, here in the land of green opportunity, are no different. Let us review the events of the past decade in all their […]

Sara Ruto and the cell phone…

December 28, 2010 by

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Here’s an opportunity (or three) for Silicon Valley – small, self contained solar generation. As the rain fell in San José on Christmas Eve I learned about Sara Ruto, an entrepreneurial woman living in a remote Kenyan village. Ms. Ruto would walk two miles on dirt paths and take a 3 hour motorcycle taxi ride […]

Texas, Meet California

November 4, 2010 by

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It’s barely 36 hours after the polls closed in California’s November election, and less than 72 hours after the San Francisco Giants put the finishing touches on the World Series. What do these two disparate events have in common? Texas and California’s right to self determination. The Texas Rangers, whose previous owner, former President Bush, made […]

Cheater Bikes in the Netherlands

October 19, 2010 by

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A few months ago, I blogged about electric vehicles.  I wrote that they promise to help move us in a more sustainable direction but that ultimately, biking is where it’s at.  Little did I know that just a few months later I would be riding an electric bike around Rotterdam as a part of a […]

Chillaxin’ with Michele…

September 24, 2010 by

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Who knew that taking over parking spaces with trees, grass, plants and people could be so much fun!? Last Friday was PARK(ing) Day, an international, grassroots event for artists, advocates and citizens to temporarily transform on-street parking spaces into urban parks. This annual event got its start in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco art […]

Plugging In

August 23, 2010 by

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by Shiloh Ballard Tuesday night I pulled into my garage, got out of “my” car and plugged it in to the wall.  This sounds like a seemingly mundane action but I found it to be more special than I had anticipated.  I felt a new kind of freedom, and had I exclaimed anything, it would […]

It worked in Ghana…

August 23, 2010 by

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by Michele Beasley The metallic scraping sound beneath my car was the signal to finally get my brakes fixed.  My mechanic asked if I needed a ride home and if I wanted my car back that day.  I said No to both- a forced ‘carlessness’ was welcome. I took Caltrain up to San Francisco for […]