July 2011

Rafiq Dossani: Muslims of India - Their Politics, Identity and Economy

Wed, Aug 10 2011 - 6:00pm

Muslims of India: Their Politics, Identity and Economy

Rafiq Dossani, Ph.D.; Author; Senior Research Scholar, Stanford University 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 »

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 »

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 +.

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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 »

Jose Antonio Vargas: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant

Mon, Jul 11 2011 - 6:30pm

Jose Antonio Vargas: My Life As an Undocumented Immigrant

This program is sold out

Jose Antonio Vargas, Former Reporter, The Washington Post; Founder, Define American

In conversation with Phil Bronstein, Editor-at-Large, Hearst Newspapers
“I convinced myself that all would be OK if I lived up to the qualities of a 'citizen': hard work, self-reliance, love of my country.” Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist Vargas just revealed to Read more »