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 »

The New, New Math: Calories & Carbon

Thu, Oct 21 2010 - 6:30pm

Calories and Carbon

Ken Cook, Founder and President, Environmental Working Group
Whendee Silver, Professor of Ecology, UC Berkeley; Marin Carbon Project
Helene York, Director, Bon Appetit Management Company Foundation

Improving our eating habits is one of the best ways to reduce our environmental and carbon footprint, while also  trimming our waistlines.  How do we get the biggest bang for our dietary bucks?  When it comes to climate change, are domestic steak and imported salmon created e Read more »

Eats, Shoots and Leaves: Food Photographers Dish on Art and Technique

Mon, Oct 25 2010 - 6:00pm

Eats, Shoots and Leaves: Food Photographers Dish on the Art and Technique of Food Photography

Shing Wong, Photographer
Pim Te', Food Blogger; Author and Photographer, Chez Pim
Megan Gordon, Freelance Food Writer; Food Blogger, A Sweet Spoonful
Richard Pelletier, Photographer; Copywriter, Lucid Content - Moderator

In our Bay Area food-centric culture, it isn't unusual to see people taking pictures of food at restaurants, farmer's markets and festivals. Read more »

Arthur Brooks: Free Enterprise Versus Big Government : The Battle For America's Future

Mon, Oct 25 2010 - 6:00pm

Free Enterprise Versus Big Government: The Battle for America’s Future

Arthur Brooks, President, American Enterprise Institute; Author, The Battle: How the Fight between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America's Future

Brooks outlines a new culture war – not the old struggle over guns or abortion or religion, but over two competing visions of America. In one, America continues as a unique and exceptional nation organized around the principles of free enterprise. In the other, the U.S. 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 »