Fusion Energy League NJ Meetup
We bring people together to bring nuclei together.
We invite physicists, engineers, financiers, activists, policy makers, software coders, game and app designers, entrepreneurs, marketing wizards, artists, musicians, filmmakers, chefs and all who have a passion for igniting fusion energy. We seek those who are focused on the science, as well as those who are inspired by the metaphor. Fusion enthusiasts, and the fusion curious. Meet your fellow fusion fighters. Do your thing for the advancement of fusion. What's your thing?
Auspicious NJ Beginnings
We are the first Meetup group to use the categories "fusion energy" and "plasma physics". We plan to have our first meetup in the Princeton area, then Rutgers. Folks from Philadelphia and New York are welcome! Going forward, we hope to create and coordinate with similar Meetup communities in other states, and around the world.
Our meetups aim to empower, connect and organize the fusion community to tackle the fusion challenge. Fusion is an epic scientific challenge. It is also an exquisite policy, financing, marketing, educational and social challenge. Join us in interrogating the reality of fusion and brainstorming ways to hack it. Anything might happen. It will get epic.
Some thoughts on Meetup themes (feel free to suggest more):
Pro Fusion Policy Support:
The fusion budget is under attack. MIT's C-Mod is the closest to the chopping block, PPPL is in line for massive cuts and other projects have already been cut. We admire the work of MIT folks and their http://fusionfuture.org website in fighting the cuts. Their legislative action center asks, "Need help composing a letter or email to Congress in support of C-Mod?" - - We will brainstorm ways to expand on this theme, bringing more signatures on line. We'll develop templates for all the fusion programs. Add on and describe the broad range of fusion projects that are under-funded or de-funded. The idea is to increase the volume of the story - to help policy makers & the public see the broader impact of fusion, the base of the iceberg of fusion possibility. Help folks get in touch with the fusion going on in their own back yard that they are probably not aware of. Marketers welcome!
Fusion Web Platform
Brainstorm ways to turn our website into the ultimate empowering pro fusion netcentric web platform. This would work for general public fusion enthusiasm, and also for coordinating hard core science pursuit. To paraphrase Jasmine at Google,
"Fusion needs to develop a better web presence; It could do with some standard ways of releasing experimental data. Presently, trying to scrape together data on who's doing what with whom is pretty painful. Web searches give you a million hits from zeroenergyblogs and two hits from paywalled journal sites. I think that the FEL is in a good place to fix that particular problem, and that [specific fusion research groups] can be a model implementation of a fusion methodology making its data (news, discussion, results, etc.) organized and useful."
Fusion Parameter Space - Data Framework
We're looking for better ways to communicate the range of possibilities of fusion. This discussion of the fundamental parameter space of fusion is a great starting point for organizing data and information about the fusion endeavor that can feed into the rest of our projects. Data wizards! We need you!
Building on the previous data framework brainstorming step, we will translate the data on fusion projects into apps that help make the fusion endeavor legible to politicians, the public, taxpayers, investors, artists... From peer review to the public. Some app ideas:
Games & Popular Engagement:
We'll work the above into fusion themed games, helping people connect with the fusion endeavor.
We'll play with the "League" meme and think of ways to leverage sports schemas for energy.
Further meetups will look at other ways in which fusion and culture can intersect and be mutually supportive. We'll explore the Fusion Story (Epic Quest! Political Thriller! Cliffhanger! Make Sci-Fi real!) And recruit celebrities to visit fusion sites and tweet/have photo ops about it. Stars for bringing a star to earth.
And more! Join in!
More ways to connect with the League:
Many conversations have led to the creation of the Fusion Energy League. Many more will shape what is to come. Jump in!
- Register on our website to post in the forums and be a part of the fierce fusion conversaton.
- Become a regular contributing blogger on the site.