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….and I’m off to Austin for SXSW Eco! (+ other updates)

2012 October 2

I’m off to Austin tomorrow afternoon (my first time!) and will be attending SXSW Eco on Wednesday through Friday, courtesy of Greenstart and their awesome energy haiku contest. I’m excited to party at Patagonia’s opening bash, hear Jigar Shah’s keynote, participate in the hackathon all day Thursday into Friday, catch up with old friends from BNEF, and make lots of new friends as we discuss energy, sustainability, hacking, data, and eco-raps (hopefully). Annie Leonard’s keynote should also be interesting. I’m a big fan of the Story of Stuff, although I detested the Story of Cap and Trade. I’ll be tweeting it up a lot at the conference, and blogging about it either here or at BERC. Look me up if you’re at SXSW Eco, @sustainablejohn.

Tomorrow night, I’ll be tuning in via webinar for an awesome panel in SF on China’s 12th five year plan and the role climate change foundations play in that (strangely I helped organize the panel, but booked this Austin trip a couple months ago).

Next Wednesday, I’m off to Beijing for one week for meetings with funders and partners in China, and then back to the Bay in time for the BERC Symposium and Expo, where I’ll be presenting new research called International Microgrid Assessment: Governance, INcentives, and Experience (IMAGINE) in the poster session and live blogging all of Friday’s activities. I’m also stoked to see Chinglish at the Berkeley Rep before it leaves town. I’ve heard it’s hilarious. It’s going to a whirlwind couple of weeks!

In jian bing news, yesterday I held my first private Jian Bing Johnny’s part for BERC China Focus club. As you can see the customers were really satisfied and we had a great time in the Berkeley sunshine! Everyone mark your calendars for Art Murmur on Friday November 2. That’s also my birthday, so it’s gonna be Jian Bing Johnny’s birthday bash!

Lastly, let’s hear it for the A’s who clinched a playoff berth and have an awesome shot at the AL West division. Happy to say I’ve made it to three games this year, and I’m loving my new hometown team.

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