Susan Labandibar to Speak on “Women Making a Difference in Entrepreneurship”

Mark your calendars now!  On February 28, Tech Networks CEO Susan Labandibar will speak on a Suffolk University panel on Women Making a Difference in Entrepreneurship.  This program is being offered by the Institute for Executive Education at the Sawyer Business School.  It is part of a lifelong learning program offered each year to introduce outstanding Boston leaders from a variety of industries to Suffolk’s academic and business communities.  There will be four panelists, including Susan, and a moderator.

The panel will be held on Tuesday, February 28, from 11:45 to 2:00, in the Suffolk Law School Function Room at 120 Tremont Street, in downtown Boston.  The cost is $50 ($25 for Suffolk alumni, faculty and students) and includes lunch.  Visit to register today!


Join Our Free Office 365 Webinar, Feb. 6, 2012

Communication and productivity are key to a successful office. What better way to work better together with you than to present to you Office 365, Microsoft’s newest online services innovation. Microsoft calls it “the easiest way to work together.”

Microsoft’s Office 365 delivers your familiar Office collaboration and productivity suite as a subscription service through the cloud. The software provides secure access anywhere to professional email, shared calendars, video conferencing, instant messaging, and document sharing.

The cloud service enables you to deliver the correct tools to the necessary users with a high level of security while lowering costs. The best part is that regardless of the size of your business, Microsoft offers plans to fit your exact needs, cutting out costly extras that don’t fit your office’s work style.

The program’s goals include:

  • Lower overall costs
  • Enhance productivity
  • Streamline communications
  • Simplify management
  • Achieve business-class security and reliability

To show you more, Tech Networks is hosting a free informative webinar on Office 365. The webinar will take place on February 6, 2012, at 4:00pm. Contact us to sign up, or visit the link below. Learn everything you need right from your desk to determine if Microsoft Office 365 is a fit for your business.

Global Day of Climate Change Sends a Powerful Message

October 24th was the global day of climate action organized by Hundreds of thousands of people attended thousands of events. All around the world, people stood up to deliver a message to government leaders: “Our climate is no longer safe!” The photos came from everywhere. Starting on the evening of the 23rd, with a photo of New Zealanders at sunrise, the staff was literally flooded with 16,000 images — each of which contained the magic number: 350.

The number 350 refers to the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere that scientists say is safe. It’s measured in parts per million, or PPM. Today, at 390 PPM, that number is already past safe limits. This is why we urgently need strong action from our leaders when they meet in Copenhagen on December 6th to negotiate the successor to the Kyoto treaty.

In Boston, hundreds gathered at Columbus Park, on the waterfront, to participate in the Boston Under Water Festival. Why “Under Water?” Because Boston will experience Katrina-like flooding during severe storms as a result of climate change. We displayed maps from the Union of Concerned Scientists that show the Back Bay, East Boston, and a large swath of Downtown Boston under water after severe storms in the higher emissions scenarios.

But the Climate Festival was not all doom and gloom. Activities included relay races, kids games, climate theater, music, flood photos, people dressed as billionaires launching a fake “counter protest,” and a lifesaving station where we filled Senator Kerry’s answering machine with calls asking him to take strong action against climate change.

The centerpiece of the event was building a “flood barrier” before Boston Harbor using sandbags and empty tomato sauce cans. After the flood barrier was built, the crowd assembled for a photo to be sent to Many people were wearing life vests and holding paddles as they stood in front of a huge banner that read: “Boston’s SOS 350 Climate Treaty Now.”

With a few clicks of the Greenpeace photographer’s shutter, we took our place in history with the thousands of others who are trying to protect our planet. As they say on one of my favorite podcasts, Beyond Zero Radio: “We aren’t trying to cause trouble. We’re trying to prevent trouble.. for us and for generations to come.”

Boston Under Water Climate Festival

I am one of the organizers of this event, which will be the biggest of all the Boston-area events planned for the October 24th Global Day of Climate Action. Your support and help in getting the word out, and coming to the event, would be much appreciated. Together, we can make our leaders understand that immediate action is needed to greenhouse gas emissions to safe levels.
Boston Under Water Climate Festival
October 24, 2009, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Christopher Columbus Park, Long Wharf, Boston

Join us at the Boston Under Water Climate Festival and help make the the International Day of Climate Action a historic day. On October 24th people all over the globe will come together to demand that world leaders meeting in December in Copenhagen create a plan to to decrease concentrations of atmospheric CO2 to below 350PPM.
We will gather on the waterfront at Christopher Columbus Park (Aquarium T stop) to draw attention to the Katrina-like floods that Boston may face as a result of climate change.

Fun Activities:

  • Building a sandbag flood barrier
  • A massive group photo in front of the sandbag wall with a banner calling on world leaders to get us back to 350 and to pass a fair, ambitious and binding climate treaty this year
  • Flooding Station: learn about what sea level rise and higher storm surges will mean for Boston
  • Fred Small sings “Three Five 0″
  • Canoe relay racing!!
  • Participatory Climate Theater!!
  • Plus blue face-painting, bike-flag making, and much, much more!

Dress in blue. Wear underwater gear, leave as a group from your community, and bring as many people as you can!

Do not miss this opportunity; joining fellow human beings to be there, be counted, and to stand up for the future of the planet.

Part of a global day of events sponsored by


Down at L Street with the Brownies

Does anyone know where you can get a New Year’s Day high that beats watching the L Street Brownies take their annual ocean dip? I suppose you could argue that the elation of actually participating in this frigid fracas might surpass the vicarious thrill of the spectator. Alas, chilblain sufferer that I am, it is not my fate to join the mad force of fired-up bathers who quickly dived into the ocean and who just as quickly jumped out.

The cheering, the bravado, and the hoopla as the Brownies willfully expose themselves to the elements are tremendously uplifting.  Even more inspiring was the crippled young man who hitched a ride on his friend’s back for the plunge into the briny shallows. The man stood in the water for a few seconds buoyed by the cold water. Then it was back to the beach again, on the back of his friend.

Talk about a feel good moment.