January 2011

William Draper: The Start Up Game (SV)

Thu, Jan 20 2011 - 7:00pm

William Draper

Entrepreneur; Author, The Startup Game

Tom Vertin, Head of Global Sales and Service, Silicon Valley Bank - Moderator Read more »

Successful Strategies for Products That Win

Tue, Feb 8 2011 - 6:00pm

Successful Strategies for Products That Win

Steve Blank, Serial Entrepreneur; Founder, E.piphany; Professor, UC Berkeley and Stanford Engineering; Author, Four Steps to the Epiphany

From a leading serial entrepreneur, learn a step-by-step strategy for entrepreneurs and investors to successfully organize sales, marketing and business development for a new product or company. Packed with concrete examples, Blank offers insight into what makes some startups successful and leaves others selling off their furniture. Read more »

Food Justice

Wed, Feb 9 2011 - 6:00pm

Food Justice

Robert Gottlieb, Professor, Occidental College

In today’s food system, farm workers face hazardous conditions, low-income neighborhoods lack supermarkets but abound in fast food franchises, and food products sometimes resemble more of a high calorie chemical mash than a wholesome and healthy product. Opposing these conditions, a movement for food justice has emerged, which seeks to transform our food system from field to table. Read more »

Jacqueline Novogratz: Social Entrepreneur Series

Wed, Jan 12 2011 - 6:00pm

Jacqueline Novogratz

This program is cancelled

Founder and CEO, The Acumen Fund 

Acumen Fund is a global philanthropic venture capital fund that seeks to prove that small amounts of philanthropic capital, combined with business skills, can build thriving enterprises that serve vast numbers of poor people in developing economies. It now has 26 investments in a number of developing countries in south Asia and Africa. Read more »

San Francisco Giants' Bruce Bochy, Brian Sabean at Commonwealth Club in February

Jan 11, 2011 @ 4:40 PM
Fresh off their World Series-winning season and right before heading to spring break to defend their title, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy and senior vice president and general manager Brian Sabean will appear together at a special Commonwealth Club of California event on February 3.

Watch Timothy Ferris: The 4-Hour Work Week (Video)

Jan 11, 2011 @ 9:41 AM

Author Timothy Ferris recently visited The Commonwealth Club of California's Inforum division. Our video partners at BeNow.tv streamed the event live over the internet, and here is an archived version of the video from that program:

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It's All About Cookies

Tue, Jan 11 2011 - 6:00pm

It’s All About Cookies

Alice Medrich, Baker; Cookbook Author, Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies

Medrich is often referred to as the First Lady of Chocolate – and for good reason. She introduced us to chocolate truffles in 1976 at her Bay Area dessert shop chain Cocolat and has written numerous award-winning cookbooks about chocolate. Lucky for us, she has turned her prodigious baking skills to cookies. Read more »

David Brooks: Politics and Culture in the Age of Obama

Tue, Jan 11 2011 - 6:30pm

David Brooks: Politics and Culture in the Age of Obama
Columnist, The New York Times; Commentator, PBS "NewsHour"

Dan Schnur, Chairman, Fair Political Practices Commission of California; Director, Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California - Moderator

This program is sold out. Brooks will be speaking in Silicon Valley on March 22. Read more »

The Art of Living Black: Artworks by Karin Turner and Dr. Ajuan Mance

Mon, Jan 10 2011 - 10:00am

The Art of Living Black: Artworks by Karin Turner and Ajuan Mance

This year, The Commonwealth Club celebrates Black History Month with an exhibition of paintings that address the issues of race and gender. Artist Turner and Ajuan Mance, artist, writer and professor, are both Bay Area women of African descent. Read more »

World Energy, Water and Food

Mon, Jan 10 2011 - 6:00pm

World Energy, Water and Food

Lynn R. Wallis, Retired Director of Public Affairs and Media Relations, GE Energy

If the crisis resulting from energy and water shortages continues, the world faces an ugly process of de-development, says Wallis. Providing the food necessary to supply the growing world population will require significantly more energy and water to improve food yields from the available arable land. For example, it requires the energy equivalent of one half glass of diesel fuel to produce a glass of milk. Read more »