LINGOs is all about community and collaboration to ensure that individuals and organizations within the development, humanitarian and sustainability sectors have the right learning in the right place at the right time. We’re actively engaging our community in a series of formal and informal listening events, and as you can see on a recent post on the LINGOs Blog, members have requested more frequent opportunities for smaller groups to have more focused dialogue and more opportunities to build local relationships. Our members in cities with a core group of members have found the local community building to be a great resource in accelerating innovation and community building to provide learning and development opportunities for their staff and stakeholders. The purpose of the meeting is to strengthen the Boston area international development/ humanitarian relief focused learning and development community and to connect LINGOs member and potential member colleagues working on internal organizational learning and development and programmatic capacity building. Provisional Agenda 3:00 – 3:15 Introductions 3:15 – 4:00 Sharing of learning strategies and challenges and how the LINGOs community can help 4:00 – 4:45 Group Exercise: What can we do together to meet those priorities, Marian Abernathy, LINGOs 4:45 – 5:00 Wrap
When: Jun 15, 2015 3 PM in Medford, Massachusetts (Mon, 15 Jun 2015 15 )
Future of Urmia Lake: An exploration of a cross-disciplinary approach Urmia Lake is the largest inland lake in Iran and one of the largest saline lakes in the world. The lake basin registered as an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve because it is one of the most influential and valuable aquatic ecosystems in the country. The lake basin, as a socio-ecological region, faced extreme water shortages in the recent years due to water overuse and climate change. The lake’s surface water levels are below the critical level and groundwater level in parts of the basin have decreased by up to 16 meters. The lake requires a minimum inflow of 3.1 billion cubic meters per year to compensate for evaporation; reduced lake levels increases the occurrence of salty dust that causes respiratory health problems for people and agricultural challenges when its settles on nearby cropland. Currently, local and national organizations including multiple government and non-governmental groups are working to maintain the lake’s condition. However, there is no consensus among the stakeholders with regard to the water allocation mechanism. The main issue is that cutting water from one section for the benefit of others is so difficult. An effective way to address these types of complex water allocation problems is to reframe them as joint decision-making problems. From identifying and defining the problem to innovating and implementing mutual gains options for resolutions, these tasks can generate politically legitimate policies and projects based on science with active participation of all involved parties. The Water Diplomacy Framework (WDF) is emerging as an alternative to traditional technology- or values-focused approach to water management (Islam and Susskind 2013). The WDF diagnoses water problems, identifies intervention points, and proposes sustainable resolutions that are sensitive to diverse viewpoints and uncertainty as well as changing and competing demands. To explore these issues, Tufts University Water Diplomacy Program is organizing a workshop with the help of MIT to focus on the Urmia Lake case study. The event will be attended by several experts from Iran, and will attempt to answer these questions: - What is the “bottleneck” in water allocation in Urmia Lake Basin? - How can the water be reallocated from agricultural for the benefit of the environment? - How to compensate the farmers regarding for their water rights? - What are job creation opportunities for the farmers in this region? At the end of the event a technical report will be compiled and presented to those working on Urmia Lake restoration. Schedule July 2, 2015, Day 1: Tufts University, Medford, MA 8:30 Registration 9:00 - 13:00 Topic One: Challenges of Urmia Lake 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch 14:00 - 16:00 Topic Two: Solutions July 3, 2015, Day 2: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 8:30 Registration 9:00 - 13:00 Topic Three: Socio-economic Impacts and Challenges of Urmia Lake Restoration Plans
When: Jul 2, 2015 8 AM in Medford, Massachusetts (Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08 )
At our Early Summer cooking class with the Medford Farmers Market, you'll learn the sweet and savory sides of rhubarb and how to prepare a Solstice Smorgasbord with pea and fava purée, strawberries, garlic scapes and more! (The registration fee goes directly to the Medford Farmers Market helping to fund their Produce in a SNAP! program.) This is a seasonal cooking series with the Farmers Market and Whole Foods Market Medford. Classes are taught by Rosie Gill, a Medford resident and cooking teacher devoted to helping more people cook at home.
When: Jun 3, 2015 6 PM in Medford, Massachusetts (Wed, 03 Jun 2015 18 )
You are invited to THE CANNONBALL INVITATIONAL This 2-day leadership development, college counseling and baseball training opportunity, is geared towards aspiring college players. High school coaches and parents are welcome to attend leadership, college counseling and coaching workshops. The Cannonball Foundation Faculty and the Cannonball Network of coaches and educators from college throughout the country will all workshops. Each day will run from 9:30AM to 3:30PM
When: Jun 19, 2015 9 AM in Medford, Massachusetts (Fri, 19 Jun 2015 09 )
Richard Dawkins will appear on stage in conversation with Daniel Dennett to discuss science, religion, atheism and much more! This will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.
Tickets are $35 for general admission. VIP tickets available for a reception with Richard Dawkins at Chevalier Theatre. $250.00 + service charges. Funds will go to support the work of the Richard Dawkins Foundation.
When: Jun 11, 2015 7 PM to Jun 11, 2015 10 PMin Medford, Massachusetts Cost: 35 - 250 USD (Thu, 11 Jun 2015 19 )
The King and Queen of the Great American Songbook, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, sing together again with a little help from two of today's brightest American Songbook stars in Ella & Frank: The Concert. Though frequent collaborators and dear friends, Sinatra and Fitzgerald never managed to record a studio album together. Now American Idol finalist Siobhan Magnus and the incomparable Mark Mahar, backed by Boston Swing, recreate their special vocal chemistry for a new generation. With a full band behind them, Magnus and Mahar perform an evening of classics the way they were meant to be performed, with skill, verve and true American style.
When: Jun 6, 2015 8 PM to Jun 6, 2015 10 PMin Medford, Massachusetts Cost: 26 - 36 USD (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 20 )
Lear how to master different accents in this unique acting workshop. We'll learn to speak in a Southern drawl and a British accent as well as the Irish and Scottish brogue and even broken English from a French, Spanish and Italian point of view. This 5 week/ 15 hour workshop could even help you get rid of that Bawstin accent! It's taught by Bob Gautreau, the Man of a Thousand Voices. Don't Miss it!
When: Apr 27, 2015 7 PM to May 25, 2015 10 PMin Medford, Massachusetts (Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19 )
Want to learn how to do Improv Comedy and create comedy ON THE SPOT? This 5 week, 10 hour workshop will teach you how to THINK comedy and create contacts conflicts and conclusions with hysterical results! Taught by Bob Gautreau and assisted by Joe Amato, it's a fun time for one and all!
When: Apr 26, 2015 3 PM to May 24, 2015 5 PMin Medford, Massachusetts (Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15 )
Want to learn the ins and outs of being a clown? This 5 week workshop will show you how to do mime, paint, do some pratfalls and even some juggling! Every Sunday from 1-3PM from April 26 to May 24 at 781 Marshall St. Medford, MA 02155. It is sponsored by Bob Gautreau of Gautreau Arts Studios and is assisted ably by Joe Amato. It's 10 hours of class for only $150! Don't miss it!
When: Apr 26, 2015 1 PM to May 24, 2015 3 PMin Medford, Massachusetts (Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13 )
A Celebration of Medford Youth Soccer FALL 2014/SPRING 2015 SEASON WHAT: A night of recognition and celebration of the Medford Youth Soccer community. Featuring "Spirit of Medford Soccer" awards given in the Girls and Boys U10, U12, U14 and U16 divisions. The night will also include raffle prizes, special recognitions and guest presenters. WHEN & WHERE: Friday, June 19 at the American Legion Hall, 321 Winthrop Street @ 6:30pm. WHY: With over 700 Medford Youth Soccer players ranging in age from 2-16 we need ongoing financial support to maintain a strong level of learning, resources and fun. The funds raised will support coaches and player training, improved equipment, field maintenance, cost control and financial assistance. WHO: We are encouraging mini-kicker, intra-city and travel soccer supporters to participate through raffles and/or attendance. The event itself is most appropriate for ages 8 and up. Cost: $15 per adult, $10 per child (16 and under), includes catered dinner. Cash bar. Raffle tickets will be available to purchase before and at the event. Be on the lookout for ticket sellers at Medford's soccer fields over the coming weeks. Questions? Contact Paul Hollings @ email@example.com
When: Jun 19, 2015 6 PM in Medford, Massachusetts (Fri, 19 Jun 2015 18 )
Families can join Walter Kittredge of the Harvard Herbaria for a short easy walk around Bellevue Pond. We look at a variety of trees, discuss their natural history, and learn how to recognize them. Meet at the Bellevue Pond parking lot on South Border Road, Medford. Rain cancels.
When: May 24, 2015 10 AM in Medford, Massachusetts Cost: Free (Sun, 24 May 2015 10 )
This is a one-afternoon, no preparation required "taste of Model United Nations" conference designed specifically for fourth, fifth and sixth grade students by the ARMUN High School and Middle School Clubs. Students will learn specific skills such as public speaking, debate, and negotiation skills, as well as substantive material such as a great deal about the country they represent and the world issue that is our topic for debate. They will also be challenged to use their creative thinkng and problem solving skills to try to find workable solutions to the problem presented by the issue. New this year, at this our fourth MiniMUN, the last 90 or so minutes of the conference, just before Closing Ceremonies, will be spent doing a hands-on project to make a tangible difference in people's lives in relation to the topic we have spent the afternoon debating. Although a registration fee is requested to cover our expenses, sliding scale or fee waiver is available upon request utilizing an honor-system. Rather than registering via Eventbrite and paying on-line, in which case we do not get the funds til 10 days AFTER the conference, we would prefer you email your information to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will email you instructions for paying by check. Thank you.
When: Nov 8, 2015 12 PM to Nov 8, 2015 6 PMin Medford, Massachusetts (Sun, 08 Nov 2015 12 )
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