Brian Glanz » Civil Society

This Brian Glanz is a social entrepreneur in Seattle, as on Twitter, Flickr, LibraryThing, Seattle Net Tuesday, Slashdot, Defend Science, MSNBC,, et al.

Seattle Net Tuesday

Net Tuesday is a monthly event at the intersection of social change and technology. Events combine organizations in need, interesting speakers, an eclectic group of able and willing technologists, and a few good drinks.
Find Net Tuesday in your city via its parent organization, Net Squared.
Seattle Net Tuesday recently organized an Online Makeover — Nonprofit [...]

Knowledge As Power — Everyday Democracy

Knowledge As Power offers accessible information on legislative action and education for citizen participation in the legislative process. A preview of their services is already available for Washington State, although as an organization they are just a few months old.
These are my notes from one of five sessions at a Seattle Net Tuesday event. Sessions [...]

Pike Place Market, 1969

The following is “A University of Washington Film” from 1969, produced when the threat of losing Seattle’s Pike Place Market to development was at its worst.

I found the film’s soundtrack clever, affecting me enough that I had to wonder why. It opens with accordion music, crowd noise, and market speak. The accordion sets [...]

Defending Science

The organization Defend Science released a collection of “Comments from Signatories of the Defend Science Statement” and I am honored mine was included.
They write: Comments from a cross-section of our signatories provide a glimpse at the the depth of concern to Defend Science, the broad support for this initiative, and the diversity of viewpoints [...]

War More Perceived, War More Real

Ron Richardson of Seattle keeps counts of American war dead and injured in Iraq on a hand-written sign in his yard. As the count of U.S. Iraq war dead reached 4,000 in March 2008, the sign, Ron Richardson, the count, and the war all received more attention. Mike Lewis at the Seattle P-I [...]

The Haas Foundation

The Saul & Dayee G. Haas Foundation improves secondary education for those in need in Washington State. Their work involves 600 secondary schools — that’s 53% of the secondary schools in Washington, including both public and private schools.
While modernizing the efforts of volunteers and staff, the Foundation has created online tools of [...]

Open Congratulations to Al Gore

I received email from Al Gore today in which he announced his gratitude and intentions for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, awarded for his shaping of public opinion on climate change.
My comments on defending science were recently included in a collection of comments by signatories of the Defend Science Statement. Today, I thought right [...]

Stop the Clash

Stop the Clash of Civilizations! pleads in this video about peace between Islam and the West, with questions such as “who speaks for you?” and “are we so different?” There have been over 2.2 million YouTube views since it debuted in March, 2007, and the video is shown in classrooms around the globe.
Avaaz [...]

Pale Blue Dot

Dedicated to Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan.

In 1990, Carl Sagan presented to the world the most distant image yet taken of ourselves, from 4 billion miles. The image was of a pale blue dot, suspended in a sun beam.
The book Pale Blue Dot was published by Carl Sagan and Ann [...]

Running The Sahara

Three men ran 4,000 miles, the equivalent of 2 marathons per day for 111 days, across the Sahara Desert in Africa, to raise awareness of poverty in Africa.

Here is their site from the National Geographic Society.



Upcoming @ Pacific Science Center?

Joey Mornin, @joemornin on Twitter and a research assistant at the Berkman Center, had tweeted “I have seen the future, and it is a Carl Sagan/Stephen Hawking remix …” (11:24 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck). That I had to see, and when I saw it I had to tweet: “This Carl Sagan Stephen Hawking remix … should play on a wall @PacSci :) via @joeymornin” (11:35 AM Oct 2nd from Google Wave (Tweety)).

Pacific Science Center, @PacSci on Twitter, understands social media. As every person, business, or organization using social media ought to be, in a word they are: social. When I mention @PacSci, they watch for it and in this case their response was: “RT @brianglanz: This Carl Sagan Stephen Hawking remix … should play on a wall @PacSci :) via @joeymornin <GLORIOUS!>” (11:43 AM Oct 2nd from Seesmic). They responded quickly, giving credit to Joey Mornin and me, and added their own comment, <GLORIOUS!> — all in 140 characters. <yoda>Impressive!</yoda>

Will the “A Glorious Dawn” remix actually appear at the Pacific Science Center? Whether on a wall, at a kiosk, or on screen before IMAX films I do think this sort of “citizen media” should be displayed alongside “citizen science” in our educational and cultural institutions. This video accentuates and amplifies important parts of the messages Sagan, Hawking, and science at large have to share. In an incomplete circle, science has made possible the technology, has made possible the culture, has made possible great grassroots work like this media; science needs to close the circle and better connect with the community.

Quintin Doroquez, @quintind on Twitter chimed in, too by tweeting “@brianglanz That was brilliant!” (11:57 AM Oct 2nd from Tweetie) and I could not agree more. Thanks and congratulations to the creator of “A Glorious Dawn,” John Boswell, melodysheep on YouTube, whose video has a perfect 5 out of 5 stars after thousands of ratings and more than 600,000 views in its first two weeks.

还原真相:To Restore The Truth


Twenty years ago on June 4, 1989, thousands of pro-democracy protesters — most of them students — were killed by the Chinese government where they gathered peacefully, in Tiananmen Square.

Seattle’s Ken Judd en Montage

Update: you are seeing this message if MySpace took the video down, again; I have it coded to show if the video cannot. The audio is out of copyright due to its age, but regularly trips MySpace automatic filters. I have had it unbanned twice by people, only to be re-banned. Alas! It is a montage from my photos of the works of Seattle’s Ken Judd.

I may remaster the video — publish a higher resolution, remove the birthday reference, add a new opening and closing, etc. Generally, this is a test of displaying video on while it is hosted here by MySpace.

Remember 2009? Google Wave was 'it', good for everything from Pulitzer Prize winning journalism to Open Science Notebooks. 2009 was also the last time I updated this web site, to which you are more than welcome with that in mind.

Also 'it' in 2009, but where you can still find me: Twitter of course. I'm @brianglanz and for more about my work, see @openscience.

You can also circle me in Google+, and since that's a more thorough effort all around by the Big G, we have taken to it -- there you could also +1 and circle our Open Science Federation Page or join our new Open Science Community.