Catch an interview with Tamara or the “Human Power Possibilities” presentation, described below, on the following dates in a city near you.

Thanks to pedals, treadles, and cranks, our muscles have operated machines since Medieval times. Could we once again rely on human power, rather than fossil fuels, to run our lives? How much power can one person generate? Discover the answers to these questions and learn about ingenious human-powered contraptions used around the globe today.

Upcoming Appearances:

None scheduled at this time.

Previous Appearances:

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2008
Time: Noon
Place: Home Green Home
207 S. Main Street
Viroqua, WI
Date: Monday, October 27, 2008
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Willy Street Coop
1221 Williamson Street
Madison, WI
(At this event you’ll get to see Kevin Blake’s pedal-powered snow plow)
Date: Thursday, October 30, 2008
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Chicago Center for Green Technology
445 North Sacramento Boulevard
Chicago, IL
(At this event you’ll get to see bike-powered machines made by members of Chicago’s Working Bikes Cooperative)
Date: Saturday, November 1, 2008
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Place: Remodel Green 08 Expo
Eastern Michigan University Student Center
Ypsilanti, MI
Date: Saturday, November 8, 2008
Time: Noon
Place: Natural Built Home
4020 Minnehaha Avenue
Minneapolis, MN
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2008
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Builders Booksource
1817 Fourth Street (Near Hearst)
Berkeley, CA
Date: Sunday, November 16, 2008
Time: Noon
Place: At the San Francisco Green Festival
Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: University of Toronto’s Bahen Centre for Information Technology, Room 1170
40 St. George Street
Toronto, ON
(Hosted by Fertile Ground bookstore and featuring representatives from Chocosol, which uses pedal-powered cacao bean grinders.)
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009
Time: TBD
Place: Knight Center for Environmental Journalism
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Place: Earth Day Conference
Hamilton Center
UW-Whitewater
Whitewater, WI
Date: June 19-21, 2009
Time: Most of the weekend
Place: MREA Renewable Energy Fair
With the Working Bikes Cooperative
Midwest Renewable Energy Association
Custer, WI
Date: July 25-26, 2009
Time: Most of the weekend
Place: The Green Builder’s Guild Tent
(with pedal-powered machines for fair-goers to try)
Kickapoo Country Fair
La Farge, WI
Date: September 18-20, 2009
Time: TBD
Place: The Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association (MAREA) Renewable Energy Fair

Author Bio:
Tamara Dean is a writer with varied interests whose published work includes best-selling technical books, fiction, and essays. She lives in Wisconsin with her partner David in an eco-friendly home they built from compressed earth blocks and reclaimed timbers. They routinely use human-powered devices in the home and garden and experiment with new contraptions in the workshop.