Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Earthcast08 - My Personal Timeline

I write this personal timelime simply as a means for me to have a record of this incredibly powerful experience during the Earthcast08 24 Hour Webcastathon. Thanks again to all of the Earthcast08 Team Members and of course the many people that listened in throughout the world on Earth Day 2008. All times are in USA CDT. Cheers!

Monday, September 21st:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Opening hour of the Earthcast08 24 Hour Webcastathon (location-Whole Foods, Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA).

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm - It's Elementary with special guest, Mark Ahlness (my location-Whole Foods)

9:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Alice's Restaurant with Alice's husband as the guest (my location-Whole Foods)

10:00 pm -10:10 pm Walk home from Whole Foods

10:10 pm -11:00 pm Listen to Jose's broadcast in spanish (location - my home in Milwaukee)

11:00 pm -11:10 pm Derrall and I make a mess of the situation while we try to grab the stream (location-home)

11:10 pm -Midnight...Derrall and I get our act together and we pull in Cindy Zautcke, a member of the Parents as Partners webcasting team, into the call to talk about issues of sustainability and conservation from a parental point of view. (location-home. Cindy's location-Madison, WI. Darrell's location-Northern California/Bay Area)

Tuesday, September 22nd:
Midnight-1:00 am Jose, Elderbob, and Doug begin their 3 hour marathon. I'm listening in from my home.

1:00 am - 2 am Jose, Elderbob, and Doug continue 1:45 I consume 2 hardboiled eggs and a chocolate chip cookie which Derrall refers to as the breakfast of champions. Eating was a smart move, because I would only go on to eat a bowl of noodles during the entire balance of the 24 hour webcastathon!

2:00 am - 2:30 am Listening to Jose, Elderbob, and Doug keep it going.

2:30 am - 5:00 am Sleep time. Although I can't say that I slept very well

5:00 am - 6:00 am I wake up to Jose and the crew speaking with Cristina who has the stream and is passing along to Andreas...

6:00 am - 6:30 am Listening to Andreas and his university students broadcasting live from their university in Germany

6:30 am - 7:30 am Ride my bike to work and get ready as fast as possible at school.

7:30 am - 8:15 am Work with the production team for the "Wildcat Morning News" and post their project online for the Middle School to watch. The theme of the show, "Earth Day." While working with the students I listen to Pam Shoemaker's shift

8:15 am- 9:00 am - 5th grade student come in classroom--listening to Sheila Adams and her students

9:00 am - 9:30 am - 5th grade students in the iMac studio, listening to Pam talk to her guest from General Motors about green transportation.

9:30 am - 10:00 am - scrambling to get ready for our Middle School student assembly with Earth Day Keynote speaker, Jason Czarnezki.

10:00 am -10:25 am - I nervously grab the stream and Jason and I have a little informal conversation about all things Earth Day

10:25 am -11:00 am - Jason delivers Earth Day Keynote to the middle school students about a "Greener Manifest Destiny." His talk is also broadcast out via worldbridges, with listeners in Germany, the US, Canada, the UK, Portugal, amongst other locations. He handles questions from the students and we even pull a few out of the chat room (from the UK and Chicago area)

11:00 am -1:00 pm The torch is passed to Drew Buddie in the UK. I speak with a few of Drew's colleagues and a student of his, Jemma. At about 12:40 I stepped away and grabbed a bowl of noodles for lunch.

1:00 pm -2:00 pm Drew and I pass the torch out to Derrall Garrison in Cupertino, CA

2:00 pm -3:00 pm Doug grabs stream and Mrs. Durff talks about earth day with her students. at 3:15 or so we do a skype out call to Sue Helleman in Surry, BC Canada

3:00 pm-4:00 pm - Doug takes the handle and talks with Emma and Kelly from USM. Doug then takes Peta White's session and plays 20 minutes of it...

4:00 pm-5:00 pm - Kip Jacobs, science teacher from University School of Milwaukee, and several students have a conversation about the greening of our school

5:00 pm-6:00 pm - We pass the baton down to Jason Robertshaw in Sarasota, FL for a conversation on ocean health

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - The 24th and final hour of the Earthcast

7:00 pm-8:00 pm - World Bridges community assembly

8:00 pm-9:15 pm - Bike ride of the most difficult bike rides home ever!

9:15 pm-9:45 pm - A little dinner

9:45 pm Time for bed...a great day for me has come to an end

Summary of the 24 Hours:

Hours of sleep......2.5 hours

Food consumed...2 hard boiled eggs, a chocolate chip cookie, and a bowl of noodles

Experience of working with an incredibly inspiring and talented group of people all around the world...PRICELESS


  1. Incredible work, Matt. What a project. You should be so proud--everyone involved should be so proud of this.

  2. Thanks for the comment, Susan. It was quite a project and while I'm pretty bleary eyed as I sit here at my desk getting ready to go home, I'm quite happy to have been a part of the Earthcast08 team.

    Thanks again for your kind works, Susan!