October 2011

Dan Roam: What to Do When Words Don't Work - POSTPONED

Thu, Nov 17 2011 - 6:00pm

What to Do When Words Don’t Work

This program is postponed until January 31. Please register here.

Dan Roam, Founder and President, Digital Roam Inc.; Author, The Back of the Napkin and Blah, Blah, Blah: What to Do When Words Don’t Work

In business, politics and life, we’re surrounded by “blah” – misleading and unintelligible words. Read more »

The Great Disruption

Mon, Nov 7 2011 - 12:30pm

The Great Disruption

Note new time!

Paul Gilding, Professor, Cambridge University Program for Sustainability Leadership
Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute 

It's time to stop just worrying about climate change, says Gilding; instead, we need to brace for impact, because global crisis is no longer avoidable. Read more »

Sun Up

Thu, Nov 17 2011 - 6:00pm

Sun Up

Dan Shugar, CEO, Solaria
Tom Dinwoodie, CTO, SunPower

California continues to be bullish on solar power, but the sun still supplies a tiny fraction of the state’s electricity. What’s the best way to scale solar – on the roofs of homes, through utility scale plants, or on commercial buildings and marginalized land? China is having a huge impact on solar technology and markets. What does that mean for U.S. companies and consumers? Join us for a conversation with two solar pioneers. Read more »

Would Cyberwar Have Worked Faster in Libya?

Oct 18, 2011 @ 1:45 PM

The New York Times reports that the United States seriously considered using some form of cyberwarfare in its campaign to topple the Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi. The intention would have been to undercut the Libyan government's ability to counter Western airstrikes in the country.

The idea was shelved, however. According to the Times: Read more »

Beyond Petroleum: Lessons from the Gulf of Mexico

Fri, Oct 21 2011 - 10:00am

Beyond Petroleum: Lessons from the Gulf of Mexico 

Note new location! Now occurring at SF Club Office

Bill Reilly, Co-Chair, National Oil Spill Commission
Bob Graham, Co-Chair, National Oil Spill Commission 

How much safer is offshore oil drilling 18 months after the Deepwater Horizon sank on Earth Day 2010? The president’s commission found systemic problems with industry practices and regulatory oversight. Read more »

Nada Prouty: Jihad Jane or Patriot?

Fri, Nov 18 2011 - 12:00pm

Jihad Jane or Patriot

Nada Prouty, Former CIA Agent; Author, Uncompromised: The Rise and Fall and Redemption of an Arab American Patriot in the CIA

Jonathan Curiel, Author, Al'America: Travel Through America's Arab and Islamic Roots - Moderator

Prouty was raised in Lebanon but came to America as a youth. The U.S. became her adopted home, where she became a respected undercover agent, first for the FBI, then for the CIA. Read more »

Do or Die: Can Traditional Media and New Media Both Survive?

Thu, Oct 20 2011 - 6:00pm

Do or Die: Can Traditional Media and New Media Both Survive?

This program is postponed. Read more »

North Beach Walking Tour #4

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Wed, Oct 19 2011 - 2:00pm

North Beach Walking Tour

This program is sold out

Join another Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure! Read more »

Our Summer in Tehran

Wed, Oct 19 2011 - 6:00pm

Our Summer in Tehran

Justine Shapiro,  Filmmaker, Our Summer in Tehran and Promises; Former Globe Trekker on Public TV
Marjaneh Moghimi, Film Producer and Founder, Butimar Productions
Gina Baleria, Communications Director, California Forward - Moderator

Shapiro and Moghimi will discuss and show excerpts from the moving film Our Summer in Tehran, which aired nationally on public television last spring and summer. Read more »