November 2010

George Weyerhauser Climate Program on KGO HD this Month

Nov 17, 2010 @ 3:37 PM

For those of you in the Bay Area who might like to catch The Commonwealth Club's program with George Weyerhauser ("Climate Countdown"), it will air on KGO HD Channel 715 on Sunday, November 28, at 10:00 p.m.

Hopeful Huffington?

Nov 17, 2010 @ 3:33 PM
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Arianna Huffington will speak to a sold-out audience at the Commonwealth Club on Thursday evening (check our web site, standing room tickets may still be available) about her new book, which has an off-putting yet increasingly relevant title: Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream. Read more »

The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

Wed, Nov 17 2010 - 6:00pm

The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

Tim Wu, Author; Policy Advocate; Professor, Columbia University

Wu warns that each new major medium, from the telephone to cable TV, arrived on a wave of idealistic optimism only to ultimately become the object of industrial consolidation. Every free and open technology was in time centralized and closed, a huge corporate power taking control of the “master switch,” says Wu.  As a similar struggle looms over the Internet today, the stakes have never been higher. Read more »

William Foote: Social Entrepreneur Series

Wed, Nov 17 2010 - 6:00pm

William Foote

Founder and CEO, Root Capital; Ashoka Global Fellow

Root Capital is best-in-class in the new world of social investment. This nonprofit social investment fund has provided more than $120 million in credit to 235 grassroots enterprises in 30 countries in Latin America and Africa, with an astounding 99-percent repayment rate from our borrowers and a 100-percent repayment rate to investors. Read more »

The Darwin Awards

Tue, Nov 16 2010 - 6:30pm

The Darwin Awards

Wendy Northcutt, Founder, The Darwin Awards; Author, The Darwin Awards Countdown to Extinction

Reyhan Harmanci, Culture Editor/Writer, Bay Citizen - Moderator

The Darwin Awards are given each year to the people who “remove themselves from the gene pool in a sublimely idiotic fashion” – think juggling active hand grenades or checking the inside of an oil barrel for flammable materials, with a lighter. Read more »

A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Business of Film and Television Writing

Tue, Nov 16 2010 - 6:00pm

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Business of Film and Television Writing

Richard Walter, Screenwriting Chair, UCLA; Author, Essentials of Screenwriting

Walter shares business and film strategies, news, and success stories. His students have written more than 10 projects for Steven Spielberg, plus blockbusters and indie productions, including Milk and Sideways. Read more »

The Conscientious Carnivore: A Guide to Humane and Sustainable Meat Eating

Mon, Nov 15 2010 - 6:00pm

The Conscientious Carnivore: A Guide to Humane and Sustainable Meat Eating

Mac Magruder, Grass-fed Beef Farmer, Magruder Ranch
Deborah Krasner, Author, Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat
Marissa Guggiana, President, Sonoma Direct Sustainable Meats; Author, Primal Cuts: Cooking with America's Best Butchers
Chris Cosentino, Executive Chef,  Incanto;  Food Network Star; Offal Cuisine Specialist
Traca Savadago, B Read more »

How To Talk With Your Doctor (and Other Secrets of Medical Practice For Patients)

Mon, Nov 15 2010 - 5:15pm

How to Talk with Your Doctor (and Other Secrets of Medical Practice for Patients)

Calvin Chou, M.D., Ph.D.

Dreading your next visit to the doctor’s office? Want to become a more comfortable and confident patient? Chou will explain how best to be prepared for an encounter with a physician. Read more »