October 2010

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 »

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 »

Michael Krasny: Questions About God, Spirituality, and Life

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Wed, Oct 20 2010 - 6:00pm

Questions About God, Spirituality and Life

Michael Krasny, Host, KQED Radio’s “Forum”; Author, Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest

Unlike many folks who emphatically say “No!” or “Yes!” to the notion of god, Krasny is among the millions who know they don’t know. A radio host, college professor and literary scholar, he has spent decades leading conversations on every imaginable topic. Read more »

Ava Roy, Director of Hamlet on Alcatraz

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Wed, Oct 20 2010 - 6:00pm

Director Ava Roy, Hamlet on Alcatraz

In conversation with Stuart Bousel, Artistic Director of No Nude Men Productions, Founding Director of the San Francisco Theater Pub, Associate Artist of Atmostheatre

Come meet the 29-year-old, Oakland-based actor and artistic director of the We Players theater troupe. We Players presents site-specific performance events that transform public spaces into realms of participatory theater. Read more »

The Skeptical Environmentalist & The Sierra Club: Lomborg & Pope tackle Climate Change

Tue, Oct 19 2010 - 8:00pm

The Skeptical Environmentalist and The Sierra Club: Lomborg and Pope Tackle Climate Change

Bjorn Lomborg, Author, Cool It; Skeptical Environmentalist
Carl Pope, Chairman, The Sierra Club
Craig Miller, Senior Editor, Climate Watch, KQED Radio - Moderator

Watch the movie Cool It (before it even comes out in theatres!), then debate the issues. Read more »

Condoleezza Rice Photo Slideshow, 10-18-10 at The Commonwealth Club

Oct 19, 2010 @ 3:30 PM
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited The Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco yesterday, speaking about her new book Extraordinary Ordinary People. Photos by Ed Ritger.