I just saw Lynn Shelton’s pleasant dramedy Humpday (2009). In it, the main character Ben (Mark Duplass) is a transportation planner in Seattle, Washington.
The film doesn’t explain the significance of revealing Ben’s occupation of a planner, but I think it may have to do with Ben’s wanting to do something spontaneous and outrageous (a contrast to the boring and orderly profession).
Kind of late notice, but if you have a few spare hours tomorrow night (5 December 2012), California Watch and The California Film Foundation are sponsoring a FREE screening of Sascha Rice’s documentary The Future State: California State Of Mind and panel discussion afterwards from 5:30-9:00 PM PST at the California Museum (1020 O St, Sacramento, California).
California has long embodied the American Dream: a place where creativity, innovation, and possibility prevailed. But today, public schools have gone from first to worst, universities are overcrowded and financially failing, roads are congested and crumbling. Water and environmental resources are shrinking as demand increases and pollution spreads. The political process seems to be stalled in a state of paralysis and the massive budget crisis has created real gridlock.
The event is FREE, but please register. The screening begins at 7:00 PM following an early evening reception.
If you have some free time over four weeks in early May 2013, consider signing up for Jennifer Evans-Cowley and Tom Sanchez’s online Coursera course: TechniCity.
Above is the embedded introduction video. And below is the course description:
We are part of the ‘TechniCity’. The increasing availability of networks, sensors and mobile technologies allows for new approaches to address the challenges that our cities face. The way we understand cities is undergoing sweeping transformation, right along with the analytical tools we use to design our cities and the communication tools we use to engage people. Absorbing, studying and understanding the role of technology from a critical viewpoint allows us to generate creative ideas for improving our cities.
This course begins by examining how our cities are changing. We then jump into how technology is used to engage with the public to support decision-making. Students will be examining tools for analyzing the city. Then we move into exploring the infrastructure that makes the real-time, technologically-enhanced city possible. And rounding out the course is an exploration of entrepreneurial urbanism, looking at how creativity can spawn technological innovation. You’ll hear from technological innovators and thought leaders about all of these topics.
I’ve already signed up, and I’m very excited to see what’s in store for next May.