October 2010

Theodore Sorensen, JFK's Speechwriter, Passes Away

Oct 31, 2010 @ 5:45 PM

Ted Sorensen, author of some of the most famous presidential speeches of the mid-20th century, died today at the age of 82.

You can listen to the audio of his May 17, 2010, Commonwealth Club program here, or you can watch the video of the event below:
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Video of Secretary of State HIllary Rodham Clinton

Oct 27, 2010 @ 4:37 PM

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed Climate One at The Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on Friday, October 15, 2010. Here's the video:
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James Hansen

Thu, Oct 14 2010 - 7:00pm

James Hansen: Storms of My Grandchildren

James Hansen, Climate Scientist; Author

A pioneer in climate science, Hansen testified at Al Gore's seminal Congressional hearings on global warming in the late 1980s. Read more »

Bill Drayton: Social Entrepreneur Series

Tue, Oct 26 2010 - 6:00pm

Bill Drayton

Founder and Chairman, Ashoka

With the creation in 1981 of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, Drayton put forward the notion that the individual person driving the change is worth supporting, rather than the organization itself. He contends that the most powerful force is a big idea in the right hands: those of an entrepreneur who is not only going to make the idea happen, but spread it across society. Read more »

Share Economy: Business & Lifestyle Shift Where Access Trumps Ownership

Tue, Oct 26 2010 - 6:00pm

Share Economy: Business and Lifestyle Shift Where Access Trumps Ownership

This program is postponed

Lisa Gansky, Co-founder and CEO, GNN; Co-founder, Ofoto; Author, The Mesh: Why the Future of Business Is Sharing

Mesh companies, from ZipCar to NetFlix, are creating a "share economy" using social media, wireless networks and data crunched from every available source to provide people with goods and services at the exact moment they need them, without the burden and expense of owning th Read more »

Marijuana Economics: Prop 19

Wed, Oct 27 2010 - 6:30pm

Marijuana Economics: Prop 19

Richard Lee, Author, Proposition 19; Founder, Oaksterdam University
Beau Kilmer, Co-director, RAND Drug Policy Research Center
Tim Rosales, Campaign Manager, No On Prop 19

Will California become the first state to legalize the production and sale of marijuana? November ballot measure Proposition 19 would allow local governments to choose whether and how to regulate and tax marijuana. Read more »

Vikram Akula

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Wed, Oct 27 2010 - 7:00pm

Vikram Akula

Founder and Chair, SKS Microfinance; Author, A Fistful of Rice

Raj Judge, Corporate Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati - Moderator

SKS Microfinance is one of India’s largest microfinance organizations. Akula discusses how he combined philanthropy and capitalism to solve global problems in a new way. Most recently, SKS Microfinance won approval to proceed with an IPO which would make it the first microlender to go public in India. Read more »

The Corporate Lattice: Achieving High Performance in the Changing World of Work

Thu, Oct 28 2010 - 6:00pm

The Corporate Lattice: Achieving High Performance in the Changing World of Work

Cathleen Benko, Chief Talent Officer, Deloitte; Author, Mass Career Customization

The old corporate ladder metaphor is dead. What has emerged in its place is the corporate lattice, says top executive Benko, which is flatter, more collaborative and in tune with the changing workplace and workforce. Read more »