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World Team is Casting

by Suzanne Maxx 

wt-casting-3Our World Team project has started casting!  The journey is getting exciting and we have so many interesting candidates that we decided to have an election and a race for candidacy— where you will be able to vote for your favorite person who you want to see on World Team.

What is World Team?

World Team is a social and environmental experiment to see if we can “be the change we want to see” in the world.

World Team is a real time streaming journey, a multi-media project, plus a broadcast series that is interactive with global participation.

This is more than a reality-based television series that actually showcases people demonstrating transformation of the world. The team will takes on global environmental and social issues of consequence.

306290_353043494741860_1571098981_nWhat we are creating is a global conversation through a multi-media platform that connects people, projects and the world. What we’re selling is a consciousness about change. We do that by showcasing socially and environmentally responsible projects that demonstrate how people can work together and play to transform the world.

Be part of a global multimedia project that goes into action on both social and environmental challenges. Join the team doing real projects in a community with renewable energy. 

 Ask yourself the following questions:

Do you care about the future of our planet?

Have you ever been frustrated by no action to address environmental concerns and want to do more, because you feel you have no tangible or measurable effect beyond signing a petition, donating money or making conscious choices in your own behavior or purchases?

imagine-wtMuch of TV today is reality based, with a focus on making-over people, homes, restaurants, well, almost everything. What makes this programming entertaining are the individuals who choose to participate.  Individuals often have self-serving reasons for participating: money, fame, a lucrative contract— we are looking for people who can, and are able to give of their T.ime, E.nergy. A.ction and help us raise M.oney.  This is all part of our emergent media platform.  The rewards for being a team member come in T.E.A.M.

What are we looking for?

Twelve Extraordinary Individuals 

wt-people2,People from around the world who each come from a different culture and region of the world, to create a microcosm of the human race. Team members have diverse backgrounds, talents, and skills. They share a love of sports, and each brings an expertise that is essential for the team to succeed in its mission.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.      -Margaret Mead

Team members come from North America, South/Central America, Southern Africa, Northern Africa, Middle East, Northern Europe, Europe, Mediterranean, Eastern Block, North Asia, South Asia, Australia/ Oceania.

Candidate’s Qualifying Criteria

Requirements: Must be willing to travel 90 days at a time away from home, and have a passport.  We ask only people that are single or have grown children apply.  If there are pets in your household we ask that you are not the sole person responsible for them, if you are candidate.

Language: Fluent English, and one other language minimum.  The ideal candidate has at least two other languages.  Candidates have excellent diction and on camera presence.

Age: 21 – 65 years old. (We will make acceptations for the extraordinary candidates.)

Interests: Passionate about the world, humanitarian and environmental issues, volunteering, serving, and understands the urgency of the crossroads facing humanity.

Athletic Ability preferred: former Olympian, or exceptional skill and talent in a particular sport or activity: Karate, Pole-Vaulting, Skating, Skiing, Horseback Riding, Soccer, Scuba Diving, Kayaking, Mountain Climbing, Sky Diving, Kite Surfing, Dancing).  We will also consider anyone with a disability. In other words, we are looking for people who appreciate and greatly value the ability of their body, and have worked on their bodies and physical skills.

Profession or Vocation: Leading groups, teams with commitment to service, think; Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther-King, Gandhi, Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa— people who are emerging icons because of their commitment, wisdom, and passion for our collective resources.  These individuals are known in their communities because of what they have done, and what they are trying to do is greater than “self” interest, or any kind of personal gain.  Genuinely altruistic individuals and unstoppable forces who are determined to use their life for the highest good possible. Also a person might be someone who is pioneering in science and technology, but contributes by serving a societal need with their gifts of knowledge and wisdom.

Culture/Spiritual Ties: These individuals are active and knowledgeable about cultural heritage, active with family, and have a very strong commitment to their spiritual beliefs— these can be based in one or more religions, as long they are steeped in their country’s traditions.  Ideally they are well versed in their own countries heritage, for example, Israeli/Judaism, Italian/Catholic, Saudi Arabian/Muslin— they at least have extremely strong roots, and they have a strong sense of their heritage.  

One of the ways you can become a candidate is to log onto the casting website, and fill out as much information as you can, so we can get to know you virtually.  Please create a user name and login here; http://casting.worldteam.tv

“Reality, if rightly interpreted, is grander than fiction.”

Thomas Carlyle (1795 – 1881) Scottish essayist, historian

Orangetown Green Microgrid-World Team Now

by Suzanne Maxx

 

6760135001_14c59a1490_oWorld Team Now found a rare opportunity in New York State for our renewable energy demonstration project after exploring projects in California, Colorado, Hawaii, and other islands, for the whole World Team project’s development.   We searched for a project to team-up on, and lead with the goal to serve a local community to show a real big change. The project that is moving fast forward is rooted back in New York, in the town of Orangetown.  We have teamed up extraordinary partners and are now leading the community project the “Orangetown Green Microgrid”.

The NY Prize and more…

New York happens to be leading with very interesting and creative approaches to renewable energy policy, and public adoption with both the New York Prize and the efforts to Reforming the Energy Vision, (REV) – both of which are designed to be game changers for energy generation with utilities, and for communities. We were looking for the right opportunity to execute the plan to deploy multiple renewable energy distributed generation systems, and link them together within a community, to make a model for others around the world to replicate for greater energy independence.  Our goals happen to now coincide with numerous funding opportunities, such as the NY Prize for Microgrids, among other programs in New York State, and nationally.

World Team Now is planning to create a distributed energy community demonstration project, called a “microgrid”, that will be part of World Team’s pilot project to bring many potential benefits besides economic savings to the town of Orangetown.

For those who wonder what is a microgrid? The Department of Energy’s (DOE) defines a microgrid as;

“A group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources (DER) with clearly defined electrical boundaries that acts as a single controllable entity with respect to the grid [and can] connect and disconnect from the grid to enable it to operate in both grid connected or island mode.”

Visual example of a community microgrid courtesty of Innovations Toronto

Visual example of a community microgrid courtesy of Innovations Toronto

The community microgrid will band together facilities in the region to support one another’s energy capacity by creating connected electricity generation, energy systems, energy storage, and loads, so the interconnected group can team up to survive independently on its own, by disconnecting from the utility’s electrical power grid.  The microgrid is capable of operating continuously with a choice of both grid-connection and “island” mode. The resiliency of the microgrid is critical to society, for backup energy generation. This is particularly valuable to all stakeholders, especially during extreme weather events and emergencies, providing an option to disconnect and support vital public services and power to residential customers and critical operators such as hospitals, first responders and water treatment facilities when the utility’s grid is challenged.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) has announced the availability of up to $40,000,000, under the three-stage NY Prize Community Grid Competition (NY Prize), to support the development of community microgrids. A community microgrid is where the interconnected set is in a community, like a town center.

Our Orangetown Green Microgrid

 World Team Now has assembled an outstanding team of electrical and mechanical engineers, construction firms, contractors, and best-of-breed microgrid technology suppliers.

The Orangetown Green Microgrid plans to be centered on the civic, police, fire department, water and sewage facilities, communication facilities, schools, colleges, commercial buildings, such as conference centers, shopping centers, large stores, hotels, companies, office parks, gas stations and data centers. The town’s properties are being evaluated in accordance with the considered development striving to bring the town additional revenue from land use with the potential for renewable energy generation. Existing backup generators will be considered as distributed generation or load reduction resources. Renewable energy technologies will be evaluated to replace existing systems or we will add new renewable energy generation facilities to reduce the carbon footprint of the overall microgrid and provide energy to balance demand. Energy efficiency technology will be evaluated for all participants to reduce demand. Energy storage will be evaluated in key locations to load shift to balance out load.  Interconnection cables, switchgear, power electronics, command and control equipment, data communication, control & optimization software will be added to tie the microgrid together, to operate, and make intelligent decisions in real time.

 World Team Now’s Journey on the Orangetown Green Microgrid

Early in the fall season of 2014, I remained in New York after our efforts with the People’s Climate March and the UN General Assembly, we found this opportunity for our World Team project. World Team Now’s VP and Director of Technical Strategy, Albert Boulanger’s work at Columbia University’s Center for Computational Learning Systems (CCLS) had their computer servers in Orangetown at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, where he worked prior.  Since our focus is energy efficiency, we saw an opportunity here to explore the concept of bringing a campus to net zero energy usage.  That processes lead us to Orangetown, New York as one initiative the Earth Observatory could do is to join a community microgrid.

The town of Orangetown had our community microgrid proposal on the Town Board meeting’s agenda up for a board vote on April 15th 2015. The first time we presented to the town of Orangetown the opportunity raised a lot of questions about this new concept of a community microgrid.

We got a sense of the community of Orangetown as the locals turn out had filled, not only the meeting auditorium, but the outside hall with people of all ages for core community issues at stake.  Our World Team project, with World Team Now in the lead for the NY prize was up for a board vote.

Representing World Team Now; Albert Boulanger, Suzanne Maxx, Sally Odin, John Bellicicco, Scott Frank

Representing World Team Now; Albert Boulanger, Suzanne Maxx, Sally Odland, John Bellicicco, Scott Frank

Scott Frank, John Bellacicco, Albert Boulanger and I spoke for power resiliency, savings, through our “Green” campaign with our community distributed energy microgrid.  Andy Stewart, the Town Supervisor, of Orangetown made the motion for our community microgrid – he truly has championed this project for the community.  We needed a majority vote out of the five board members. It was seconded, but then two board members, voted “No”, and the last board member to vote, who broke the tie, elaborated on his reservations, and at the end said, “Some other town will take the money if we don’t, so I vote, yes”.  We got the majority, a victory!  But it gives us a sense of the challenges ahead launching World Team here in Orangetown, and actually doing the project with the multiple renewable energy thrusts.  For now, we are doing the first stage – applying for the feasibility study and assessment proposal for the community microgrid.

Orange and Rockland Utility Inc., gave us a letter of support to proceed with the community microgrid after a successful meeting where we presented our team, and our Orangetown Green Microgrid concept.

At World Team Now’s core, we “Team-up” to demonstrate how our species can live in better balance with our resources. We go at projects using the principle of building leading teams, joining up leading companies, individuals, communities and entities for a  more holistic approach to a project.  World Team Now is using its expansive network of renewable energy expert advisers to help shape its execution team along with our Honorary, Emeritus, and Advisory Board Members – our website soon will reflect many of the people on board.

The World Team project has a quarter of a century of development, which includes a team of leading thinkers connected to innovative renewable energy technology, Intellectual Property and our media platform.  We plan to make our Green microgrid economic and ecological, “ECO” friendly. The countdown to World Team’s media platform and pilot has started! Our goal, to actually tell-a-vision, could be a model for many other communities, and ideally our whole world. But the reality is you all, who have helped us to preserve over the years, the team that has believed in the vision—is to who we owe deep gratitude.  Thank you for being able to see the possibility of our World Team project, which is indeed what makes T.E.A.M. work; vision and action together. Thank you! Journey on…

 

 

 

 

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