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2008 Midtown Brews Series

Bottle Cap: Midtown Brews: A toast to business and product innovations in technology, the creative industries and renewable energies.

Midtown Brews connects regional thought leaders with global perspectives in open conversations with Meet The Bloggers.


We'll see you January 10th 2008 for the next Midtown Brews! Join us at Webtego to talk about small business development and product innovation in SOLAR ENERGY!! If you have suggestions about topics, speakers, or if you are a business and would like to host a Brews program, email info@i-open.org. Have a wonderful holiday and we will see you for an exciting 2008! Look for more news in your Inbox soon!




It was my honor to participate. Your collective work is increasingly important to education, advocacy and systemic change. Your members have already done a remarkable job of sharing Habitat’s mission, and our commitment to environmental stewardship, with the community at large and we are looking forward to future articles and posts. Keep up the good work! - Jeffrey Bowen, Executive Director, Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity


Bring your favorite six pack of brew and join us for a conversation about innovations in technology, energy conservation, urban development, re-cycling, and social awareness!

Date: The first Thursday of every month

Time: 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.

Donation: $5.00 to help defray the costs of munchies

Register: [http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/261871/]

Place: Webtego, a Midtown technology company

2530 Superior Avenue, Suite 600, Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Phone: 216-348-870

E-mail: info@webtego.com

Parking: is available behind the building. Use the elevator on the West side of the loading dock in the back of the building. Map Link



Save the Date! May 1, 2008 to meet and talk with Ben Cipiti (http://www.theenergyconstruct.com), author of recently published, "The Energy Construct: Achieving a Clean, Domestic, and Economical Energy Future".

Ben is from Bainbridge, Ohio and holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio University and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently works at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with research interests in energy economics, fusion energy, nuclear waste reduction, and nuclear material safeguards. Press release.


--->> Check out why conversations like Midtown Brews are important.--->>


  • Listen and add your comment to last month's podcast:Habitat for Humanity with Jeffrey Bowen on Brewed Fresh Daily here.
  • Read the Crain's Cleveland Business article, "Snub of Apple soured him, ex-tech czar says", by JAY MILLER, CHUCK SODER here.


Find yourself and your colleagues on the Midtown Brews Map! See how information is exchanged and spot new opportunities to connect to other Midtown Brews participants you may not have known before. Build your connections! View the latest Midtown Brews Map here.


Recent Midtown Brews Programs:

November 1, 2007: We will join the crowd at CSU this week for the pre-Las Vegas conversation and send off of NEO's favorite blogger - George Nemeth - and local Internet media journalist Thomas Mulready! Go to the event upcoming.org post here: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/306120/

LISTEN.   October 4, 2007:Jeffrey Bowen, Executive Director, Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity (GCHFH), will talk about ReStore, GCHFH's program to REuse, REcycle and REsell functional building materials and tools with proceeds to benefit Habitat's mission to eliminate poverty housing throughout our community. Learn more:Building Global Partners 2007

Gulf Coast Rebuilding Habitat for Humanity Fact Sheet



LISTEN.   September 6, 2007: Michael DeAloia, Senior Executive for Technology Development, Department of Economic Development, City of Cleveland,Edict of Development: The Wins, The Losses, The Joy, The Tears. A discussion of one young professional's tour through the economic development landscape in Cleveland. A quick synopsis of where we are as a community and where we should have been. An honest and insightful conversation of the trials and tribulations of tech development - the successes and the hurdles. Bring your questions and get honest, provocative answers.Read an interview earlier this year with Michael on Cool Cleveland here.


LISTEN. Thursday, July 5, 2007: Sarah Morrison, founder/director, MORRISONDANCE, an innovative dance company and participant in Cleveland's 2007 Ingenuity Festival of Arts and Technology, presenting dance collaborations with technology leader, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Sarah enjoys a unique vantage point on the arts in Northeast Ohio, leading a dance company that has evolved over time, allowing a range of collaborations, working with some of the most fascinating artists in the area in order to create innovative performances involving technology, nature, and unusual spaces. Cyclist, Kevin Cronin also joined us in July to talk about ClevelandBikes Bicycle Village at Ingenuity Festival.


LISTEN. Thursday, June 7, 2007: David Beach, EcoCity Cleveland, Designing Cities in Balance with Nature. David is a presenter at the July 7 - 12, SOLAR 2007 the national solar conference, hosted in Cleveland, Ohio. Be sure to attend!


LISTEN. Thursday, May 3, 2007: Holly Harlan and the E4S Team, Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (E4S) is a diverse network of over 3,800 leaders who are putting the principles of sustainability into action. Holly Harlan started building the E4S Network in 2000 with entrepreneurs - attracting the entrepreneurial thinkers, the change agents from business, government, academia and non-profit sectors of the Northeast Ohio community.


LISTEN. Thursday, April 5, 2007: Joseph L. Shaffer, PE Deputy Project Manager for Construction of the Euclid Corridor Transportation Project and others from GCRTA will join the Midtown Brews Roundtable to discuss some specifics of the Euclid Corridor Project and the important part that Public Transit plays in shrinking our carbon footprint. Besides talking about shrinking carbon footprints, and how shrinking those footprints offer a wide range of economic development opportunities in Northeast Ohio the conversation will also consider what opportunities the Euclid Corridor Project brings to us.


LISTEN. Thursday, March 1, 2007: Cathy Panzica, Beta Strategy Group. News here and here.


LISTEN. Thursday, February 1, 2007: Hunter Morrison, Center for Urban and Regional Studies, Youngstown State University, shared his moving story of Northeast Ohio thought leadership and insights for next steps addressing our global imperative to design new paradigms for sustainable regions. Links to learn by: America 2050: The Next Hundred Million The Stern Report: The Economics of Climate Change and Travel Matters: Regional Emissions Maps.


LISTEN.  Presentation 5-10-07.Thursday, January 11, 2007:Our Global Imperative, conversation lead by Jeff Friedman, partner in Webtego, an Ohio based technology company. Jeff is one of a thousand Inconvenient Truth National Leaders telling the story about planet sustainability challenges and solutions. You can learn more about The Climate Project here.


LISTEN. Thursday, December 7, 2006: Lawrence Krauss, Ambrose Swasey Prof. of Physics and Astronomy, Director Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics. You can listen to the open conversation at Meet The Bloggers here. You can read about Lawrence's work here, here and here.


LISTEN.Thursday, October 11, 2006: Meet The Bloggers: Getting to Critical Mass in Cleveland




  • Send your suggestions for topics and conversation leaders in 2008 to BetseyMerkelATgmailDOTcom or GloriaDOTFerrisATgmailDOTcom


  • Explore the Midtown Brews Social Network Map here.



  • You can view and listen to speakers from the Midtown Brews 2006 schedule here.

Information about the Midtown Brews partners who work to make these valuable open conversations a reality:


Join us on the first Thursday of every month to connect face to face with Northeast Ohio global leaders in the technology and creative industries. Speakers and participants join citizen journalists, Meet The Bloggers. in a Roundtable conversation. We'll discuss gateway innovations across diverse disciplines and uncover next opportunities for innovation, entrepreneurship and business development. Join us for a lively dialogue with George Nemeth, Gloria & Tim Ferris, core team of Northeast Ohio's, Meet The Bloggers. Meet this cutting edge network of the Northeast Ohio Blogging community and learn how they are building a national reputation for supporting freedom of speech, citizen dialogue and strengthening transparent political process - keystones of Democracy.


Hosted by: Webtego 

Bottle Cap: Midtown Brews: A toast to technology graphic created by Nead Brand Partners




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