Beta Burgh Proposals. Three applications submitted

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Three proposals went to answer the call from the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s BetaBurgh RFP.

One of the plans, called, Rauterkus.com, aims to begin the process of conducting a feasibility study in 2016 for the building of one or more floating swim pools on one or more barges. It might be possible to get the project to a crowd-source stage (i.e., Kickstarter or Indiegogo).

Two other plans are in the works too:

    • Swim.CLOH.org is for open water swimming.
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Goals: Three proposals!

 

  • 4RS.org is for building two in-river lagoons for holding water games, both SKWIM and Water Polo with floating goals and simple lane line dividers for the game areas.

 

All three will have the BGC (Bloomfield-Garfield.org) as the financial 501(c)(3) for the grant period.

Links:

Surf around this directory to see the text, budgets and art for the proposals: http://swim.cloh.org/betaburgh/

  1. Open water swimming, Swim.CLOH.org  http://swim.cloh.org/betaburgh/Swim_CLOH_org_text.html
  2. River lagoons, 4RS.org  http://swim.cloh.org/betaburgh/4RS_org_text.html
  3. Floating pools feasibility, Rauterkus.com http://swim.cloh.org/betaburgh/Rauterkus_com_text.html
Coach in classroom before 50-meter course in lake
Dick Bower, a famous swim coach who had coached at Greater Pittsburgh Swim Club and Bethal Park, talks to the guys before a swim in the 50-meter course build in the water. The 4RS.org proposal calls that a lagoon.

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The Badeschiff in is one of the most extraordinary beach bars in Berlin and is a symbol of the modern, creative city. The large pool floats on the Spree in front of Arena Berlin and guests enjoy the panoramic views of the city centre. A wooden footbridge with hammocks connects the barge containing the pool to the river bank where guests can play beach volleyball or enjoy the sun on fine sand. The bar offers a variety of summer cocktails and barbecue for a long, relaxing stay. Swimming in the Badeschiff pool The Badeschiff is ideally suited for a refreshing dip in cool waters on a warm summer's day. The combination of outdoor pool and beach bar draws many sun-seekers to relax on the banks of the River Spree. The sky-blue swimming pool with fresh water is a converted 30 metre barge with a water depth of 2.05 metres under the watchful eye of a lifeguard. For children, there is an additional area where they build sandcastles and play in the splash pool.
The Badeschiff in is one of the most extraordinary beach bars in Berlin and is a symbol of the modern, creative city. The large pool floats on the Spree in front of Arena Berlin and guests enjoy the panoramic views of the city centre. A wooden footbridge with hammocks connects the barge containing the pool to the river bank where guests can play beach volleyball or enjoy the sun on fine sand. The bar offers a variety of summer cocktails and barbecue for a long, relaxing stay.
Swimming in the Badeschiff pool
The Badeschiff is ideally suited for a refreshing dip in cool waters on a warm summer’s day. The combination of outdoor pool and beach bar draws many sun-seekers to relax on the banks of the River Spree.
The sky-blue swimming pool with fresh water is a converted 30 metre barge with a water depth of 2.05 metres under the watchful eye of a lifeguard. For children, there is an additional area where they build sandcastles and play in the splash pool.

Heavy or Not?

This Old Film Might Have Predicted The Future…This old film called “My dinner with andre” (1981) predicted the current state of the world way before its time…

Posted by The Mind Unleashed on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Rock the House Medic

My cousin, Rock Rauterkus, has a business, and recently he helped me with a few things around our old, South Side home and office. Give him a call. He left his card:

Rock Rauterkus, Handyman Services & Much More. No Job too small. Licensed and insured.

  • 1304 Steuben Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.
  • 412-969-1491
  • hiretherock -at- gmail

National Public Radio’s The Moth featured Catherine’s story

You need to listen to Catherine’s story delivered in Pittsburgh at the South Side Rex Theater a while ago. It played on the podcast and the national radio show.

http://themoth.org/posts/stories/a-toast

Future stories from her are expected. Some have already been recorded at other local events. In 2015 she was the “Grand Champion” at the annual event in Pittsburgh were all the prior story winners get to tell a story. This year’s Grand Slam is in a few months and she’ll be there again.

Catherine Palmer telling a story at Pittsburgh's The Moth.
Catherine Palmer telling a story at Pittsburgh’s The Moth.

What inspires? A list of projects with impact from a Teach Mozilla crew.

Great list of organizations and projects that are doing wonderful work in tech today.

In the future, I think CLOH.org can get into these conversations with our efforts for Creating Literate Olympians Here.

*http://mzl.la/inspiration <http://mzl.la/inspiration>*
These are projects and organizations that inspire us right now, as
generated by you in Tuesday’s Mozilla Learning community call
<http://mzl.la/call>.

The links are a great way to step back and think big about the impact we
want to have with our own leadership and advocacy work.

We also got some great feedback on our draft Impact statements and
milestones, which the working groups will refine and update in time for the
next call on Sep 8.

More on that soon — but in the mean time… have a look. And please add to
the list.

–Matt

*Mozilla Learning calls:* http://mzl.la/call
*Notes from the last one: *https://etherpad.mozilla.org/aug25
*Video recording: *
https://air.mozilla.org/mozilla-learning-community-call-aug-25/

Who inspires you?

– *Free Code Camp <http://www.freecodecamp.com/> *— learn to code by
helping non-profit organizations *(Amira)*
– *18F* <https://18f.gsa.gov/> — kicking ass when it comes to bringing
open source to government *(Kaitlin)*
– *The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies
<http://www.ineesite.org/en/>* — cool network and community of practice
for 15,000 people teaching in refugee camps and other emergency settings
around the world *(Surman)*
– *The Engine Room* <https://www.theengineroom.org/>— small and scrappy,
but doing amazing work with teaching open tools for social change
*(Michelle)*
– *GDS <https://gds.blog.gov.uk/>* — because they somehow manage to work
like MoFo, even though they are part of Government *(Adam)*
– *Keyboardio <http://www.keyboard.io>* — open source mechanical
keyboard with a wonderful backlight, shipped with a screwdriver so that you
can tinker around and reprogram. * (Shreyas
<https://twitter.com/dun3buggi3>)*

– *Born Accessible
<http://benetech.org/our-programs/literacy/born-accessible/>* — thinking
about web content as “born accessible.”*(Emma)*
– *WikiSpeed <http://wikispeed.org/>* — a non-profit that’s building
open source, energy-efficient cars in 17 countries,  with no org chart or
management structure *(@OpenMatt)*
– *NESTA* <http://www.nesta.org.uk/> — engaged in some interesting
thought leadership that relates well to our work *(Sam)*

– *Ocean Cleanup
<http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/great-pacific-garbage-patch-researchers-devastated-by-sight-1.3201111>
*— addressing “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” with business /
philanthropy / sponsorship / science / data / youth vision all coming
together to stem it *(Rebecca)*
– *Conservation International*
<http://www.conservation.org/Pages/default.aspx>— I’m digging their
current campaign: “Nature doesn’t need people, people need nature”
*(Paul)*
– *Mercy for Animals <http://www.mercyforanimals.org/>* — they take a
big, often controversial topic and make it approachable — and they have a
massive, engaged volunteer force *(Lindsey)*
– *Truth and Reconciliation Commission Canada
<http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/index.php?p=3> **(Simona)*
– *Generation Squeeze <http://www.gensqueeze.ca/>* — taking on the
impossible task of advocating for worklife balance, childcare and
affordable housing on a living wage *(ErikaD)*

– *NYT documentary of bieber + skrillex + diplo
<http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/08/25/arts/music/justin-bieber-diplo-skrillex-make-a-hit-song.html>*
–  Love the focus on storytelling and combo of graphics / animation.
*(Cassie)*
– *model view culture* <https://modelviewculture.com/>— cranky and
continuous analytic deconstructions of intersections between technology,
inclusion, diversity with anger and no apologies and a paper journal that
arrives on a regular basis. *(@leahatplay)*
– *Colors <http://www.colorsmagazine.com/>* magazine — open contribution
*(Jordan)*
– *the Unilever rapper campaign
<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/01/world/asia/indian-rapper-calls-out-unilever-to-a-nicki-minaj-beat.html>*
— because it was a long-stale pollution problem that was revitalized with
creativity *(Andrea)*

– *Hollaback*
<https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CB4QFjAAahUKEwj97YzFz8nHAhXJGD4KHUxWBKo&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ihollaback.org%2F&ei=hTLfVb2XFcmx-AHMrJHQCg&usg=AFQjCNGyaNNkC16a20E-FG2Ixrp8XhZ4Tg>—
uses online tools to work with young people and confront street harassment
*(Sara)*
– *Craigslist <http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites>* — because their
success is based on the assumption that most people are good. *(David)*
– *Dark Mountain
<http://dark-mountain.net/about/the-dark-mountain-project/>* — thinking
through how WebLit does / does not survive in the anthropocene. *(Chad)*
– *NPR* <http://www.npr.org/> – They strike a successful balance between
mass appeal and education. *(Simon)*

takeaways?

The above examples are…

1. *Crisp*. Our group was able to communicate the story for each of
these projects — in their own words, off the top of their head, in a single
sentence. That means the mission is telegraphic, simple and sticky.
2. *Viral*. Each of these organizations has succeeded in creating an
influential, mini-evangelist to spread their story *for* them: you!
3. *Edgy*.  Many of these examples have a bit of punk rock or social
justice grit. They’re not wearing a bow tie.
4. *Diverse.* There’s a broad range of stuff here, not just the usual
tech / ed tech suspects. This is a party you’d want to be at.
5. *Real*. There’s no jargon or planning language in any of the
descriptions people provided — the language is authentic and human, because
no one’s trying too hard. It’s just natural and unscripted.

*Can we get to this same level of natural, edgy crispness for MoFo and our
core strategies?* Would others put *us* on a list like this? Food for
thought.

To Long Legged Women

NPR sent an email. A photo is desired. This is the photo that I suggest be sent to go along with the story.

Erik, Grant and I are looking western, as the photo was taken while we were in Wyoming.

Stay tuned.