July 2011

Power Down

Fri, Jul 22 2011 - 12:00pm

Power Down

The Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham, President, The Regeneration Project
Chris King, Chief Regulatory Officer, eMeter
Gregory Walton, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Stanford University

We know what we should do to reduce our personal and societal carbon footprint. Why don’t we do more? Many citizens and consumers have made strides big and small in their personal and professional lives but can clean tech make energy efficiency sexy? Read more »

"The White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga

Mon, Aug 1 2011 - 5:30pm

The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga

We will discuss this biting satirical novel, winner of the 2008 Man Booker Prize and set in modern-day India, about an up-from-poverty chauffeur and his wealthy but corrupt employers. As a reminder, this is a book discussion; the author will not be present. Read more »

INFORUM's Drink & Think - Happy Hour at 25 Lusk

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Wed, Jul 27 2011 - 6:00pm

Inforum's Drink & Think - Happy Hour at 25 Lusk

As summer is starting to heat (or fog) up and our recovery from last month's INFORUM happy hour is complete, this month's happy hour moves to Twenty Five Lusk. Lusk is one of San Francisco's most polished lounges, with an equally delicious cocktail and bar bites menu. Come out for an INFORUM specialty cocktail and a chance to connect with like-minded people from all walks of SF life. Read more »

SFDebate Asks, Should This House Approve the California Budget Compromise?

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Tue, Jul 19 2011 - 7:00pm

SFDebate Asks: Should This House Approve the California Budget Compromise?

On June 30th, the final day of the fiscal year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a balanced California budget, settling a $26.6 billion deficit mainly with massive spending cuts, but also via deferred payments and, some say, much-too-optimistic revenue projections. The contested budget assumes $4 billion in projected revenues which, if not realized in about 6 months, could trigger another $2.5 billion in spending cuts -- $1.5 billion of it coming from schools. Read more »

Social Capital: The Intersection of Money and Meaning, Part Two

Thu, Sep 1 2011 - 6:00pm

Social Capital: The Intersection of Money and Meaning, Part Two

Gary Bolles, Founder and CEO, xigi; Consulting Producer, Google Zeitgeist
Sarah Brooks, Director of Social Innovation, Hot Studio
Fiona Hovenden, Ph.D., Vice President, Collective Invention; Co-author, The Gendered Cyborg
Kevin Jones, Founder, Good Capital; Convener, SOCAP
Kevin O’Malley, President, TechTalk / Studio – Moderator

SOCAP is a multi-platform organization dedicated to the flow of Read more »

India Now Series

Member-Led Forum

The land of the earliest civilizations has added a growing space program to its national image, revealing its ever-growing role in modern international science and commerce. India’s pervasive scarcity combined with its mind-boggling diversity and growing connectivity are turning the country into a large-scale living laboratory where grassroots entrepreneurs and corporations are coming up with frugal inventions – or “indovations” – that are affordable and sustainable. India is on the move. Read more »

We're on Google+!

Jul 13, 2011 @ 10:43 AM

You can now connect with The Commonwealth Club on the new social networking site Google +.

If you've got a Google+ account, add us to your circles. Or you can find us directly at .

Chinatown Walking Tour #2

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Wed, Jul 20 2011 - 10:00am

Chinatown Walking Tour

Enjoy another Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure! Join Rick Evans for a memorable midday walk and discover the history and mystery of Chinatown. Explore colorful alleys and side streets. Visit a Taoist temple, an herbal store and the famous Fortune Cookie Factory. There is a short break for tea during the tour.

Location: Meet at Chinatown Gate, corner of Grant and Bush, in front of Starbucks
Time:  10 a.m. -1 p.m. Read more »