October 2009

Rosabeth Moss Kanter: What Business Owes Society in a Post-Bailout World

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Wed, Oct 21 2009 - 6:00pm

What Business Owes Society in a Post-Bailout World

Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor, Harvard Business School; Author, SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth, and Social Good

Kanter’s insights have guided leaders worldwide for over 25 years through teaching, writing and direct consultation for major corporations and governments. Read more »

Tim Flannery - Chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council

Wed, Oct 21 2009 - 6:30pm

Tim Flannery

Chairman, Copenhagen Climate Council; Author, Now or Never: Why We Must Act Now to End Climate Change and Create a Sustainable Future

Greg Dalton, Founder, Climate One - Moderator

One of the world's leading scientists and notable climate experts offers a pragmatic roadmap of the environmental challenges we face in dealing with climate change and the potential solutions toward sustainable living. Read more »

Three Images of a Changing Arctic and The Futures They Represent

Tue, Oct 20 2009 - 6:00pm

Three Images of a Changing Arctic and the Futures They Represent

This program is postponed

David Caron, C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Berkeley; Author, Resolution of Private International Disputes

The Arctic is changing quickly. This year appears to be setting a record for minimum summer ice coverage, according to many reports. Read more »

Taylor Branch: Inside the Clinton Tapes

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Tue, Oct 20 2009 - 6:00pm

Taylor Branch

Historian; Author, The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President

Joseph Fink, President, Dominican University of California; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors - Moderator

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Branch will share the confidential interviews he conducted with President Bill Clinton throughout his two terms in the White House. Read more »

President Pro Tem Steinberg: California Gridlock

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Tue, Oct 20 2009 - 6:30pm

California Gridlock

Darrell Steinberg, President Pro Tem, California State Senate

Jerry Lubenow, Former Director of Publications and Current Managing Editor, California Journal of Politics and Policy, Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley – Moderator 

California is broke. The world’s eighth largest economy has suffered recurring budget shortfalls that have driven it to lay off state employees by the thousands and pay its creditors in I.O.Us. Read more »

The Viagra Diaries

Mon, Oct 19 2009 - 5:15pm

The Viagra Diaries

Barbara Rose Brooker, M.A., Journalist; Author, The Viagra Diaries

What is the Viagra generation? Brooker explores love, romance and dating after the age of 60 through monologues from her latest novel. The local native, who did not publish her first novel until the age of 50, is interested in creativity past middle age. Read more »

The Commonwealth Nov/Dec 2009

Issue 9

Middle East expert Reza Aslan headlines our combined November/December issue, in which he talks about the experiences of Muslims in America -- and of Americans with Islam. Read more »

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Ralph Nader

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Fri, Oct 16 2009 - 7:00pm

Ralph Nader

Activist; Former Presidential Candidate; Author, Only the Super-rich Can Save Us!

Kirk Hanson, Executive Director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University - Moderator

What if some of America’s most powerful individuals decided it was time to fix our government and return the power to the people? Nader ponders what would happen if a cadre of “superrich” individuals focused on unionizing Wal-Mart, advancing clean elections and improving the environment with alternative forms of energy. Read more »

Future of Books Test

Thu, Oct 15 2009 - 6:00pm

The Future of Books

Kevin Hunsanger, Owner, Green Apple Books
Jared Friedman, Co-founder, Scribd
Brewster Kahle, Director and Co-founder, Archive.org (invited)
David Hellman, Senior Assistant Librarian, San Francisco State University – Moderator

Will the printed word become obsolete? Access to information is constantly changing, and the popularity of e-books and online material is on the rise. To survive, publishing companies are trying to adapt to new forms of written media. Read more »

Redefining Growth: Build It Green

Thu, Oct 15 2009 - 6:30pm

Redefining Growth: Build It Green

Ed Mazria, Founder, Architecture 2030
Peter Calthorpe, Principal, Calthorpe Associates
David Assmann, Deputy Director, San Francisco Department of the Environment
Leslie Gueverra, Associate Editor, Greener World Media  - Moderator Read more »