| The Sweet Taste Of Victory
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26 Nov / The Sweet Taste Of Victory





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Sweet Victory for Clean, Public Energy in Boulder

Residents of Boulder, Colorado recently scored another huge victory in their pursuit of clean, publicly-owned energy. On November fifth, Measure 310, which was funded by energy giant Xcel and would have effectively halted progress on the project, was resoundingly struck down by voters.

New Era Colorado, an organization focused on engaging young people in the democratic process, was a driving force behind the No on 310 campaign. Through its wildly successful crowdfunding campaign, New Era not only caught the attention of people around the world, but raised almost five times its initial goal of $40,000, bringing in $193,000 in donations when all was said and done.

“Young people need a seat at the table in solving the big problems that face our generation,” says New Era’s executive director Steve Fenberg. “The best way to make that happen is by young people being engaged and participating in huge numbers. We’ll be registering voters, engaging them on the issues, and ensuring they have a loud and clear voice in the electoral process that shapes the future of our state.” He adds, “We’ll also make sure the community is aware of and ready to fight back when/if Xcel puts up additional roadblocks to keep us from realizing our goal of creating a model for a clean energy future.”

Big props to New Era and Boulder voters for demonstrating the power of people to create a better, cleaner future.






Open Source Beehives

Last year, a third of honeybee colonies in the United States quite literally vanished. Commercial honey operations, previously abuzz with many thousands of bees, fell suddenly silent, leaving scientists and beekeepers alike scratching their heads. The reasons remain mostly a mystery, but the trend has a name: Colony Collapse Disorder; a disturbing development drying up beehives throughout the industrialized world.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot more to the problem than simply running out of honey. Bees are one of the most abundant pollinators in the natural world and are especially important for 1/3 of popular food crops that humans consume. They are the unsung, unpaid facilitators of human agricultural practices, and have been for as long as we have sewn seeds. Their disappearance would spell disaster for our food supply with some estimating our species lasting only four years on this planet without them.

So, what can be done? This is a question organizations Open Tech Forever and Fab Lab Barcelona have been wrestling with. Their answer is a collaborative effort called Open Source Beehives. From the partnership, two beehive designs have blossomed that can be freely downloaded, ‘printed’, and filled with innovative sensors to log and track bee colony health. The team is currently looking for collaborators to help expand their efforts.




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West Coast Premiere Of Neurons To Nirvana

Don’t miss the controversial new film by ELEVATE and Mangusta Productions! We can’t wait to share this experience with our local friends and family.  Both screenings will start promptly to leave time for live Q&A with psychedelic luminaries:

Charles Grob, MD – (UCLA) Seminal MDMA, ayahuasca and psilocybin researcher.
Torsten Passie, MD, PhD – 20 years of research into hallucinogenic drugs and psychotherapy.
Alicia Danforth, PhD – Researcher MDMA and autism.
Roy Haber – Psychedelic Law Expert

Moderated by: CoDirector Mikki Willis and Producer Sol Tryon

Friday, December. 6th

7:30 PM @ The Source Spiritual Center
305 Rose Avenue. Venice, CA 90291

Click HERE for tickets to the 7:30pm screening.  Click HERE for tickets to the 9:30pm screening

Get your tickets now to reserve your seat and expand your consciousness!.




visions we love



In a profession largely comprised of males, Elevate is proud to showcase talented female director Claire Carré’s new feature film.

Embers is set in the future, nine years after the world has been infected with a neurological disease. Similar in effect to Korsakoff’s Syndrome, this disease creates a double amnesia in which past memories beyond early childhood cannot be recalled and new memories cannot be preserved. The infected are forced to live in an endless present. This is a film about what remains after the end. Five interwoven stories ask, without memory, how would we learn? love? communicate? What would we chose to do if there were no moral repercussions for any actions?

Trapped by their circumstances, our characters must find meaning in their lives not in progress through years but in the experience of moments. By looking at a vision of the world without memory, embers proves just how essential memory is to being human, and that our humanity is something that is impossible to forget.

Please consider contributing to the campaign HERE 




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Six years ago Rick Gunn, 49, left his job as a photo journalist to cycle across the world. He eventually met up with Iranian-born cyclist Mohammad Tajeran, who was also cycling the world, and together they crossed Malaysia as a team. Ultimately Gunn and Tajeran were both transformed by scenes of war, poverty, and disease along the way. They each began dedicating their journey to the greater good.

“I expanded my definition of what it means to care, to give, and to love,” wrote Gunn, explaining that he volunteered in an AIDS Hospice in Thailand, helped with mine victim rehabilitation in Laos, and simply planted trees in Borneo.

Six years after their ride across Malaysia, the two are planning to reunite next month to ride their bikes across Iran in a symbolic gesture of peace. Their project, Wheels of Peace, will begin with each of them visiting schools in his respective country and sharing his experiences of finding friendship with someone who might otherwise be considered an enemy.

They will ask the children to draw pictures after the presentations and write letters to exchange with students in the other country. Select drawings from students in both will be enlarged and displayed in certain cities across Iran. Gunn said he and Tajeran had just planned to ride together, but decided later to involve children in their communities. “They’re going to be the future leaders of the countries,” Gunn said. “Also, their beliefs and their views are much less filtered. They speak purely.”




elevate recommends


Connected – A Film For Change

CONNECTED is a film about positive change and incorporates every part of our lives, from the buildings we live in to the food we eat to the way we act. Following the journey of a UK-based family who left their home and travelled across Europe, the film documents their efforts to ask people what kind of future they want to see. This self-funded project takes a look at how issues such as climate change, government, economy, and poverty are all interlinked, and what we, as individuals, can do to alleviate these problems.




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6th Annual Digital Family Reunion ’13 and 1st Annual socalTECH 50

The SoCal tech scene is on fire. Google, YouTube and others have opened major offices in LA. Incubators abound, and start-ups are emerging once again from garages, coffee shops and co-working spaces across the region. Even in December, it’s going to be hot hot hot!

Who Will Be There? With 40+ community partners and sponsors reaching out to their core constituencies, it will be a mash-up of who’s who in social business and tech. This cross-disciplinary affair ensures a room full of people you just have to meet, including those being honored at the socalTECH 50.

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Skirball Cultural Center – Los Angeles, CA
To purchase tickets click HERE

Elevate community discount code: enter DFR50 for $20 off!