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For Today

Saving Farms and Cities with Pollinator Conservation

Anyone who remembers the hype around Sarah Bergmann’s Pollinator Pathway knows that these critters play an important role in our ecosystem. Wednesday evening, Eric Lee-Mäder will explain how bees, butterflies, and other pollinators are important to both rural and local environments in honor of Pollinator Week

Come and learn about positive benefits of restoring pollinator habitats for the overall health of our ecosystem.

Saving Farms and Cities with Pollinator Conservation, Wed, June 17, 7:30pm, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

For Thursday

Upgrade Seattle Presents: Exploring a City-Owned Internet

Despite the city's declaration that municipal broadband is too risky and costly, the activists  at Upgrade Seattle are still fighting. Christopher Mitchell, director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, local activist and musician Hollis Wong-Wear, and other community members are talking about a city-owned and city-operated utility in Seattle. 

“We guesstimate that Comcast alone collects at least $20 million a month from Seattle customers,” Upgrade Seattle organizer Sabrina Roach said in a recent press release. “We think more of that money should stay in Seattle, and that our Internet service providers should be more accountable to residents....”

Thursday evening’s Town Hall event will offer a chance to participate in breakout session discussions with activists and community members, so register beforehand for a spot in the conversation. 

Exploring a City-Owned Internet, Featuring Christopher Mitchell and Hollis Wong-Wear, Thu, June 18, 7pm, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave, Free with registration 

Advance Notice for June 22

Invest in People (Not Technology) to Change the World

Monday evening's lecture with Kentaro Toyama makes me even more certain the impending robot takeover is coming. A former Microsoft computer scientist and author of Geek Heresy, Toyama thinks education, health care, and democracy are the key components to social change—contrary to high investment in digital initiatives. 

Toyama will be in conversation with Town Hall executive director Wier Harman.  And Humanosphere's Tom Paulson will hang around after the lecture for extended discussion. 

Kentaro Toyama with Wier Harman: Invest in People (Not Technology) to Change the World, Mon, June 22, 7:30pm, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

 

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