June 2014

The LGBT Journey

Featured Program

Seldom does social change happen so quickly. From the Mattachine Society to Harvey Milk to federal marriage equality and beyond, the LGBT journey has built upon the lessons of previous civil rights efforts, moving with particular speed in the past couple years. But the journey isn’t quite over. This August, the Commonwealth Club shows how this happened, what it means today, and where it’s headed — all in a month of special programming exploring the new social and political reality for LGBT citizens. Read more »

Waterfront Walk

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Thu, Oct 16 2014 - 1:45pm

Join Rick Evans for his new walking tour exploring the historic sites of the waterfront neighborhood that surrounds the location of the future Commonwealth Club headquarters. Hear the dynamic stories of the entrepreneurs, controversial artists and labor organizers who created this recently revitalized neighborhood. This two-hour tour will give you a lively overview of the historic significance of this neighborhood and a close look at the ongoing development.

China Today, China Tomorrow

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Fri, Oct 3 2014 - 12:00pm

Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Natural Resources Defense Council, China Program Director Read more »

Joe Zee: What’s In, What’s Out, What’s You

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Mon, Sep 22 2014 - 6:30pm

Joe Zee, Editor in Chief and Executive Creative Officer, Yahoo Style; Former Creative Director, Elle; Twitter
Carolyne Zinko, Style Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle; Twitter Read more »

Peter Thiel

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Tue, Sep 30 2014 - 7:00pm

Peter Thiel, Co-founder, PayPal; Author, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Quentin Hardy,  Deputy Tech Editor, The New York Times – Moderator

Who will create the next big idea? It could be you. Thiel is a Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur who invested in hundreds of startups, including Facebook, Space X, and Spotify. Hear Thiel discuss what’s behind the Zero to One philosophy and becoming successful and unique in today’s business world.

Deepak Chopra and Rinaldo Brutoco: Changing Energy, Changing Consciousness

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Mon, Sep 15 2014 - 9:00am

Deepak Chopra, MD, Founder, The Chopra Foundation; Author of more than 80 books translated into 35 languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers.
Rinaldo Brutoco, President, Chopra Foundation; Founding President, World Business Academy; Author, Freedom from Mid-East Oil
Greg Dalton, Host and Founder, Climate One – Moderator Read more »

Necessary Wisdom

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Mon, Sep 29 2014 - 6:00pm

Jacob Needleman, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Philosophy, SFSU; Author, Necessary Wisdom
Stephanie Kriebel, Board Certified Health Coach; Educator; Chair, Personal Growth Member-Led Forum - Moderator Read more »

Michael Malone: The Story Behind Intel

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Wed, Aug 6 2014 - 6:30pm

Michael Malone, Author, The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company
Angie Coiro, Host, “In Deep” – Moderator Read more »

Keystone & Beyond

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Thu, Aug 21 2014 - 6:00pm

David Baker, Energy Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
John Cushman, Author, Keystone & Beyond; Former Reporter, The New York Times
Additional panelist TBA Read more »

Stewart Brand and Ryan Phelan: Genetic Rescue for Extinct and Endangered Wildlife

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Tue, Sep 16 2014 - 6:00pm

Stewart Brand, Co-founder, Revive and Restore; Founder, The Long Now Foundation; Founder/Editor, The Whole Earth Catalogue
Ryan Phelan, Co-founder and Executive Director, Revive & Restore Read more »