Talk: Dan Washburn on “The Forbidden Game – Golf & the Chinese Dream”, Saturday 8 Nov @ M on the Bund

R.S.V.P. required to M on the Bund
4pm – ¥75 (one drink included)

On Saturday the 8th of November, journalist Dan Washburn will give a talk on the unlikely topic of the Communist Party and golf in China.

Being a bourgeois and counterrevolutionary activity, golf is officially banned in China; in practice, however, party officials play on and profit from the not-so-secret golf courses around the county.

Read a review of Washburn’s book The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream here.

Green Initiatives: Saving Energy through Technology, 16 Oct @ Arup Associates

6:30 pm – R.S.V.P. required to
Free Event

Local environmental network Green Initiatives (formerly Green Drinks) are having their monthly forum on Thursday. The topic this time is Saving Energy through Technology. The people who you meet at Green Initiatives events are a great bunch and the speakers are always really inspiring and knowledgeable; in short, it’s a great excuse to grab a drink and do some networking on a Thursday night! Some more information from the organizer’s website:

…in the day of smart technology, energy-saving solutions can quickly be implemented within any given space.

From smart thermostats to sensors, technologies are being innovated to truly change energy consumption patterns without compromising functionality. Nest Labs Inc. has designed a thermostat that learns the user’s schedule and can even detect heat differences between humans and animals. Developers in Sweden have become the first to create a ‘passive house museum’, using only the body heat of visitors and equipment located inside to effectively heat the facility.

This forum will talk about the various innovations, how these technologies are becoming mainstream, and how home and office owners can cut down on their energy consumption with some technological upgrades, equipments and data.