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SFDebate Asks Is Buying Locally Grown Food Just Market Hype?

Tue, Nov 24 2009 - 7:00pm

SF Debate Asks, Is Buying Locally Grown Food Just Marketing Hype?

Is buying locally really better for the environment and the community than buying generic grocery store products? Those supporting the locally grown food movement advocate for neighborhood business owners and argue that local options provide more environmentally friendly food and a boost for the local economy. However, some don’t buy it - figuratively and literally. Critics claim locally grown food uses too much land to produce the same amount of food and use inefficient delivery systems. Read more »

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The Millennial Changemakers

Mon, Nov 23 2009 - 6:30pm

The Millennial Changemakers

Erica Fernandez, Stanford student; Grassroots Organizer Opposing Liquefied Gas and Pesticide Spraying in S. CA
Rachel Barge, Director and Founder, Campus InPower
Alec Loorz, Founder, Kids vs. Global Warming
May Boeve, Co-coordinator, 350.org

The Millennials and Generation Y are perhaps the most eco-savvy generations in U.S. history. Born between 1978 and 2000, 95 million youth are inheriting an ecosystem on the brink. Read more »

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Minds For Sale: The Future of the Internet - and How to Stop It

Thu, Nov 19 2009 - 6:30pm

Minds for Sale

Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law, Harvard University; Author, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It

In conversation with Amanda Congdon, Co-president, Oxmour Entertainment; Co-owner, Rocketboom; Independent Videoblogger, Starring Amanda Congdon

Imagine a future in which passengers on a subway stare into screens for a few minutes – and earn as much money in that time as their respective skills and stations allow. Read more »

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John Perkins: How to Remake the Global Economy

Wed, Nov 18 2009 - 6:30pm

How to Remake the Global Economy

John Perkins, Author, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and Hoodwinked

Economic hit man Perkins has confessed the sins of predatory politicians and analyzed the reasons for the current meltdown. A reformed economist, he warns that returning to our “normal” blueprints for the global economy would prove disastrous. Read more »

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Tim Brown: Change By Design

Mon, Nov 9 2009 - 6:30pm

Tim Brown

CEO, IDEO; Author, Change By Design

One myth of innovation is that brilliant solutions leap fully formed from the minds of geniuses. In reality, we don’t simply realize solutions; we design them. Design thinking is now being applied to address a wide range of concerns, from delivering clean drinking water to improving airport security and microfinancing.  IDEO is a leading design firm that has introduced us to ‘design thinking’. Read more »

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SuperFreakonomics with Steve Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Wed, Nov 4 2009 - 8:00pm

SuperFreakonomics with Steve Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Steve Levitt, Economics Professor, University of Chicago; Blogger, The New York Times; Co-author, Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics
Stephen Dubner, Journalist; Blogger, The New York Times; Author, Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics

In Conversation with Alan Murray, Deputy Managing Editor and Executive Editor Online, Wall Street Journal
 
INFORUM’s Next 21st Century Visionary Aw Read more »

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The Street Food Movement: SF Hearts the Cart

Thu, Oct 29 2009 - 6:30pm

The Street Food Movement: SF Hearts the Cart

Anthony Myint, Mission Street Food
Brian Kimball, Magic Curry Kart
Steven Gdula, Gobba Gobba Hey
Charles Phan, Executive Chef, Slanted Door
Tamara Palmer, Contributor, Pavement Cuisine, SF Weekly – Moderator

These days you can barely walk down some streets without bumping into a taco truck, a sausage stand or the tamale lady. Read more »

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Free Screening - By The People: The Election of Barack Obama

Thu, Oct 22 2009 - 6:30pm

Free Screening of By the People: The Election of Barack Obama

Film screening and discussion with special guest Ronnie Cho, Former Obama Campaign Staffer

Get an all-access pass to the dramatic campaign and grassroots movement behind Barack Obama’s history-making journey to the White House, including never-before-seen footage of the president and his staff as well as exclusive interviews with those who were behind the scenes on his road to inauguration. Read more »

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Redefining Growth: Build It Green

Thu, Oct 15 2009 - 6:30pm

Redefining Growth: Build It Green

Ed Mazria, Founder, Architecture 2030
Peter Calthorpe, Principal, Calthorpe Associates
David Assmann, Deputy Director, San Francisco Department of the Environment
Leslie Gueverra, Associate Editor, Greener World Media  - Moderator Read more »

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Ray Anderson: Carbon Footprint Zero

Mon, Oct 5 2009 - 6:30pm

Ray C. Anderson: Carbon Footprint, Zero

Chairman and Founder, Interface, Inc.; Former Co-chair, President’s Council on Sustainable Development; Author, Confessions of a Radical Industrialist: Profits, People, Purpose--Doing Business by Respecting the Earth

If Anderson could make the dramatic transformation of emission rates from 10,447 tons of solid waste, 605.3 million gallons of contaminated water, 704 tons of toxic gases and 62,800 tons of carbon dioxide a year to zero emissions, why can't we all? Read more »

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