October 2010

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 »

Prost! A Taste of Oktoberfest

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Wed, Oct 20 2010 - 7:00pm

Prost! A Taste of Oktoberfest

This program is cancelled

Don’t miss an opportunity to take in a little of Germany’s biggest festival without the airfare. You will enjoy tastings of five of the official beers of Oktoberfest and a delicious sampling of authentic German appetizers including Sauerbraten and Oatzda Bavarian cheese dip. Join us for a frothy, fun and informal evening of beer and food. Read more »

The Farallon Islands

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Thu, Oct 21 2010 - 6:00pm

The Farallon Islands

Terri Watson, Executive Director, Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association

Though visible on a clear day, few people have been out to the Farallon Islands, just 27 miles off our coast. The Farallon Islands and the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary are an important and biologically diverse ecosystem, closely connected to the health of our local environment and economy. Because of this rich marine life, the U.S. commerce secretary designated this ocean wilderness as a National Marine Sanctuary in 1981. Read more »

One-day Farallon Islands Adventure - 2

Sun, Oct 31 2010 - 6:00am

One-Day Farallon Islands Adventure

This trip is sold out. If you are interested in being on the waiting list please e-mail travel@commonwealthclub.org

Join The Club as we sail out to the rarely visited Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary aboard Seaward, a beautiful 82’ classic schooner. The sanctuary encompasses over 1,200 square miles of open ocean and coastal waters as well as bays and estuaries. 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.