January 2010

Sun Up: Scaling Solar Power in California

Tue, Jan 12 2010 - 6:00pm

Sun Up: Scaling Solar Power in California

This program is sold out

Bob Epstein, Founder, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Mike Peevey, Chair, California Public Utilities Commission
Mike Splinter, CEO, Applied Materials
Nancy McFadden, Senior Vice President, PG&E

Solar power is surging in popularity as a renewable energy source, yet still remains a small part of California’s overall energy supply. Read more »

Electric Transmission: Enabling a Smart Grid

Tue, Jan 12 2010 - 6:00pm

Electric Transmission: Enabling a Smart Grid

Mason Willrich, Board Chair, California Independent System Operator; Director, California Clean Energy Fund; Senior Advisor, MIT Energy Innovation Project

As America continues to develop clean, non-carbon-based electricity, our century-old electric grid is emerging as a major bottleneck. Meanwhile, public-policy oversight of electric power is a hodgepodge of 50 different states’ approaches to regulation. Read more »

Science & Tech Planning Meeting

Tue, Jan 12 2010 - 6:15pm

Science & Technology Planning Meeting

Please join us to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Science & Technology Member-Led Forum relaunch efforts. We explore visions for the future through science and technology. If you would like to join our planning committee to brainstorm, organize, chair and/or volunteer for programs for the months ahead, you are invited to this meeting. Read more »

Failing Up In Business

Mon, Jan 11 2010 - 6:00pm

Failing up in Business

Barry Moltz, Author, Bounce!

In conversation with Cassandra Phillipps, Executive Producer, FailCon; Founder, WebWallflower Events

Conventional wisdom teaches us that the road to business success is a straight one – if you work hard you’ll win big, and if failure finds you at least there will be lessons to be learned. Not so, says entrepreneurship expert Barry Moltz, who regularly serves up unorthodox views on dealing with failure and defining success. Read more »

I Just Sit Down and Remember: The Artwork of Hilda Robinson

Mon, Jan 11 2010 - 10:00am

I Just Sit Down and Remember: The Artwork of Hilda Robinson

In conjunction with the Art of Living Black (TAOLB), an exhibition featuring the work of Hilda Robinson will be on display until March 5th. TAOLB is a yearly celebration of the artistic talent of the Bay Area African American community. Using the radiant colors of oil pastels, Robinson gives us a personal look at her urban neighborhood, and the vibrant life of her African American community. Read more »

Not a Genuine Black Man

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Mon, Jan 11 2010 - 6:30pm

Not a Genuine Black Man

Brian Copeland, Actor; Host, KGO Radio; Playwright, “Not a Genuine Black Man”; Author, Not a Genuine Black Man

Copeland grew up in San Leandro when it was ranked one of the most racist suburbs in America. Segregation, housing discrimination and police harassment welcomed him when he moved to San Leandro with his parents in 1972. Congressional hearings and federal investigations were conducted, and through a series of media inquiries and court cases the city started to change. Read more »

Raj Patel in SV

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Thu, Jan 7 2010 - 7:00pm

Raj Patel

Author, Stuffed and Starved and The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy

If economics is about choices, who gets to make them? Activist and academic Patel says that prices often mislead us, and he reveals the "hidden costs" of goods. To demonstrate his argument that the free market and corporations distort price and value, Patel suggests that the true price of a hamburger would be $200 if we factor in the hidden environment and health costs. Read more »

Change and Transformation: Participating in the Emergence of New Worldviews

Thu, Jan 7 2010 - 6:00pm

Change and Transformation: Participating in the Emergence of New Worldviews

Marilyn Schlitz, President & CEO, Institute of Noetic Sciences

The Institute of Noetic Sciences studies consciousness transformation, seeking guideposts that help us navigate our individual and collective responses to change. They have explored world traditions, identifying both diverse and perennial themes that shape our experiences and promote health and healing. Schlitz will explain her work and tackle some questions: What is consciousness transformation? Read more »

Raj Patel in San Francisco

Wed, Jan 6 2010 - 6:00pm

Raj Patel

Author, Stuffed and Starved and The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy

If economics is about choices, who gets to make them? Activist and academic Patel says that prices often mislead us, and he reveals the "hidden costs" of goods. To demonstrate his argument that the free market and corporations distort price and value, Patel suggests that the true price of a hamburger would be $200 if we factor in the hidden environment and health costs. Read more »

Jonah Lehrer

Tue, Jan 5 2010 - 7:00pm

Jonah Lehrer

Note: Advance tickets are no longer available. Walk-ins are welcome.

Author, How We Decide

Over the last 20 years, neuroscience research has fundamentally changed our understanding of decision making. Lehrer, a critically acclaimed science writer and the popular blogger behind “The Frontal Cortex,” explains what the latest in cutting-edge research can tell us about how our minds work. How do we make decisions? Read more »