January 2011

Growing Food and Wisdom

Tue, Jan 25 2011 - 6:00pm

Growing Food and Wisdom

Joan Gussow, Author, Growing, Older
Novella Carpenter, Author, Farm City

A young farmer and an older one will speak about the joys and frustrations of food production in the wilds of Oakland and in a Hudson River village. Read more »

Ronald Reagan at 100: A Personal, Behind the Scenes Look

Tue, Jan 25 2011 - 6:00pm

Ronald Reagan at 100: A Personal, Behind-the-Scenes Look

Tyrus Cobb, Ph.D.,  Former National Security Council Member and Special Assistant to President Reagan

This February 6th, Ronald Reagan would have turned 100. A participant in many private meetings with President Reagan and various world leaders, Cobb will share with us his intimate perspective on Reagan and his relationships with such world leaders as Gorbachev, Thatcher, Mulroney, Kohl and Pope John Paul II. Read more »

The True Cost of Public Pensions: Reform or Bust?

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Tue, Jan 25 2011 - 6:30pm

The True Cost of Public Pensions: Reform or Bust?

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R. Sargent Shriver's 1963 Peace Corps Speech to The Commonwealth Club

Jan 20, 2011 @ 2:13 PM
R. Sargent Shriver, the Peace Corp's first leader and a longtime public servant, passed away earlier this week. We wanted to share with you a speech he gave to The Commonwealth Club of California on October 11, 1963, in which he discussed the volunteer organization.

Below are two scans from a 47-year old copy of The Commonwealth, the official magazine of The Commonwealth Club. Click on the images below to view them in larger size; you can print them out for clearer viewing, if you wish.

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Eric Schmidt Steps Aside as Google's CEO

Jan 20, 2011 @ 1:42 PM

Google's Eric Schmidt announced today that he was stepping aside as CEO of the online giant and assuming the role as executive chairman.

Schmidt reported that: Read more »

EVs + Smart Grid. People Power: Rethinking Electricity

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People Power: Rethinking Electricity

Dian Grueneich, Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
Mark Duvall, Director of Electric Transportation and Energy Storage, Electric Power Research Institute
Ted Howes, Partner, IDEO
Greg Dalton, Founder of Climate One, Moderator Read more »

EVs + Smart Grid. Pedalpower: Accelerating EVs into the Fast Lane

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Horsepower: Accelerating EVs into the Fast Lane

Anthony Eggert, Commissioner, California Energy Commission, Transportation Lead
Diane Wittenberg, Executive Director, California EV Strategic Plan
Diarmuid O'Connell, Vice President of Business Development, Tesla Motors
Marc Geller, Co-founder, Plug-In America
Greg Dalton, Founder of Climate One, Moderator

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Remembering L. Jay Tenenbaum

Jan 18, 2011 @ 4:17 PM
The Commonwealth Club of California lost a treasured member of its Board of Governors January 16 when L. Jay Tenenbaum passed away in Woodside, California. He was 87.