Minutes Left to Bid in Our Worldchanging Ideas Auction

In less than one hour, we'll start to close the bidding in our Worldchanging Ideas Online Auction. If you want something, now's the time to bid!

Now's your last chance to win some incredible stuff, from Ed Burtynsky's cutting-edge art, to a phenomenal vacation among the polar bears, to exclusive access to some of the most exciting conferences in 2009 and 2010. And, as you can see from the current bids listed below, you have a unique opportunity to own these prizes for well below their street value.

Bidding closes Friday, May 15 beginning at 8:30 a.m. PDT. All bidding closes by 10:00 a.m. PDT.
Click here to place your bids!

Proceeds from this auction will benefit Worldchanging. And don't forget: all gifts, including auction proceeds, will be matched up to $100,000, so every dollar you give as an auction bid will be worth two dollars in the end.

Going once ... going twice ... don't miss your chance to win:

Four Limited Edition Prints By Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky, Worldchanging's board president, is one of Canada's most respected photographers. His works are included in the collections of 15 major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Bibliotèque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

These prints will auction separately.

Landscape Study #7, West Virginia 1983
edition 6/25
digital chromogenic colour print
image size: 20 x 24 inches
board size: 26 x 30 inches
Street Value: $3,000-$4,000
Current Bid (as of 1 p.m. PDT on 5/14/09): $800

Railcuts #4, C. N. Track, Thompson River, British Columbia 1985
edition 14/25
digital chromogenic colour print
image size: 18 x 22 inches
board size: 24 x 28 inches
Street Value: $3,000-$4,000
Current Bid (as of 1 p.m. PDT on 5/14/09): $800

Shipyard #13, Qili Port, Zhejiang Province, China 2005
edition 17/25
digital chromogenic colour print
image size: 22 x 18 inches
board size: 28 x 24 inches
Street Value: $3,000-$4,000
Current Bid (as of 1 p.m. PDT on 5/14/09): $800

Shipyard #18, Qili Port, Zhejiang Province, China 2005
edition 18/25
digital chromogenic colour print
image size: 22 x 18 inches
board size: 28 x 24 inches
Street Value: $3,000-$4,000
Current Bid (as of 1 p.m. PDT on 5/14/09): $810

250_LongNow.jpgOne Year of Membership to Long Now
Street value: $2,500
Current Bid (as of 1 p.m. PDT on 5/14/09): $535

Your yearlong membership to Long Now includes complimentary entry into all seminars and events about Long-term Thinking and other special Long Now events. In addition, you will receive an invite to join an after Seminar dinner for two. The dinner is generally with the speaker from the evening's seminar plus Long Now board members and sponsors.

250_lift_color.jpg2 conference tickets to Lift 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland on March 3-5
Street value: $1994
Current Bid (as of 1 p.m. PDT on 5/14/09): $500

Lift is a series of events built around a community of pioneers who get together in Europe and Asia to explore the social implications of new technologies. Each conference is a chance to turn changes into opportunities by anticipating the major shifts ahead, and meeting the people who drive them. Lift has been inspiring and connecting pioneers since 2006. Lift attendees are coming from the private (entrepreneurs, managers, investors, researchers), academic (students, professors, researchers), media and art (designers, artists, journalists) and international (NGOs, UN agencies) sectors.

250_DesignIndaba.jpg2 tickets to the 2010 Design Indaba Conference in Cape Town, Feb. 24 - 26, 2010, plus airfare to Cape Town and accommodations for the duration of the event.
Street value: $1100 for tickets, airfare and accommodations TBD
Current Bid (as of 1 p.m. PDT on 5/14/09): $555

Leading international creatives have been unfolding new worlds of possibility and inspiration at the annual Design Indaba Conference since 1995. Designers, executives, fanatics and delegates have come to see the experience as an idea tonic. The 2010 edition runs in February at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa and will host more than 30 international industry pacesetters. The Design Indaba conference has been sold out for four years in a row. By attracting the world’s brightest talent, Design Indaba has become a respected institution on the creative landscape and one of the few multi-sectoral events that celebrates all the creative sectors.

250_SXSW.jpgTwo Platinum Passes to SXSW, March 12-21, 2010 in Austin, Texas
Street Value (based on 2009 ticket prices): $2,290
Current Bid (as of 1 p.m. PDT on 5/14/09): $760

SXSWeek brings together three unique industries. The Platinum Pass allows for access to SXSW Interactive, SXSW Film and SXSW Music. The SXSW INTERACTIVE FESTIVAL celebrates the creativity and passion behind the coolest new media technologies. The SXSW FILM CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL explores all aspects of the art and business of independent filmmaking. The SXSW MUSIC AND MEDIA CONFERENCE features a legendary festival showcasing more than 1,800 musical acts of all genres from around the globe on over eighty stages in downtown Austin.

250_Etech.jpg2 Tickets to the 2010 Etech conference. Conference dates TBD
Street value: (based on 2009 ticket prices) $2,980
Current Bid (as of 1 p.m. PDT on 5/14/09): $500

ETech, the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, is O'Reilly Media's flagship "O'Reilly Radar" event. ETech gathers together the world's most interesting people to bring to light the important and disruptive innovations that we see on the horizon, rather than the ones that have already arrived. ETech hones in on what's going to be making a difference not this year, or maybe even next year, but around the corner as the market digests the next wave of hacker-led surprises. Since 2002, ETech has put onstage the blue sky innovation, from thought leaders finding ways to solve the world's ills to hackers modding, breaking and building for the fun of it, from P2P and swarm intelligence to social software and collective intelligence. Radical and unknown at the time, today many of the ideas first seen at ETech are on the tongues of investors and business pundits -- and in the hands of consumers, fundamentally changing the way we live, work and play.

2 Tickets to PICNIC in Amsterdam on Sept. 23-25, 2009.
Street value: (based on 2008 ticket prices) €2490 plus VAT/approx. $3,377 plus tax
Current Bid (as of 1 p.m. PDT on 5/14/09): $500

From 23 to 25 September 2009, thousands of creative minds ready to make a difference, will join forces in Amsterdam for the fourth edition of PICNIC. PICNIC brings together the world’s top creators, innovators, entrepreneurs and investors to explore the future of products and services at the intersection of media, technology, arts and entertainment. PICNIC is not about observation — the focus is participation. PICNIC is a platform to seek inspiration, network with peers, create a new service, experience new tools, find a business partner and participate in shaping the future. Find out more.

250_NaturalHabitat.jpgTrip for Two for a 2009 Classic Polar Bear Expedition by Natural Habitat Adventures
Street value: $9,790 for a 2-person trip
Current Bid (as of 1 p.m. PDT on 5/14/09): $3,050

Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s premier nature travel company, dedicated to providing our guests with the planet's greatest nature expeditions. Bid on a trip for 2 for a 2009 Classic Polar Bear Expedition by Natural Habitat Adventures. This Classic Polar Bear Expeditions is Natural Habitat Adventures’ "flagship" polar bear adventure. Polar bear watching in the polar bear capital of the world -- Churchill, Manitoba!

R/T flight from Winnipeg to Churchill, accommodations, all meals (except either lunch or dinner on your final day in Churchill), services of NHA's professional Expedition Leaders and assistants, all activities/entrance fees, evening wildlife and cultural presentations, all taxes and service charges.

250_CAS.jpgCalifornia Academy of Sciences: Green Tour for Winner and 9 Guests in San Francisco, CA
Street Value: $350
Current Bid (as of 1 p.m. PDT on 5/14/09): $127.50

Join the California Academy of Sciences' Manager of Sustainability Programs, Aaron Pope, as he takes you and eight guests on a special green tour of its new, cutting-edge green facility and its exhibits. Aaron will provide a unique, behind-the-scenes perspective on the Academy’s sustainability program, climate change exhibit, environmentally friendly building design, living roof ,and all other things green-related at the Academy. The winner will coordinate with Aaron Pope on setting a date once the auction ends.

250_nau.jpgNau Women's Rebound Jacket and Men's Rebound Jacket
Street value: $340
Current Bid (as of 1 p.m. PDT on 5/14/09): $102.50 for women's jacket; 152.50 for men's jacket

The Rebound Jacket is an unassuming technical shell that's waterproof, breathable, as soft as a shirt and packs to the size of a grapefruit. But what truly sets it apart is its remarkable 4-way stretch, for complete freedom of movement in a shell that's simple, quiet and light. The Rebound Jacket's polyester fabric is both 100% recycled and recyclable. Created from recycled post-consumer and post-industrial polyester waste, the Rebound employs cradle-to-cradle ECOCIRCLE® technology, so that at the end of its long life it can be sent back to us and recycled once again into polyester fibers for reuse. (Winner will choose size and color once the auction ends.)
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250_Worldofgood.jpgHand-coiled Bamboo Bowls from World of Good
Street value: $120
Current Bid (as of 1 p.m. PDT on 5/14/09): $47.00

Everything you make looks more delicious in these bowls! Independent Vietnamese artisans in the Cat Dang Village craft them using a long tradition of hand-coiled bamboo work, then partner with various workshops around town. Original Good, World of Good, Inc.’s signature fair trade line of stylish, handmade gifts, fashion accessories, and home décor, enables more than 150 artisan groups in 34 countries around the world earn a sustainable living.

WUG_auction%20image.jpgWorldchanging: A User's Guide to the 21st Century, signed by Alex Steffen
Street Value: $TBD
Current Bid (as of 1 p.m. on 5/14/09): $20.02 (second copy currently at $15)

Worldchanging: A Users Guide for the 21st Century is a groundbreaking compendium of the most innovative solutions, ideas and inventions emerging today for building a sustainable, livable, prosperous future. This paperback copy is autographed by the editor, Alex Steffen.

WUG_auction%20image.jpgWorldchanging tote bag full of our favorite books
Street Value: $TBD
Current Bid (as of 1 p.m. PDT on 5/14/09): $32.75 (second bag currently at $26.05)

This Worldchanging canvas tote bag is packed with a few of Worldchanging's favorite titles, hand-picked from our library by Executive Editor Alex Steffen. In addition, we will add a signed copy of our book, Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century.

For additional information about the auction or any of the items please contact brittany [at] worldchanging [dot] com

Lead image: flickr/walknboston, Creative Commons license.

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