Personal Growth

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Ben Franklin Circles

Wed, Mar 1 2017 - 6:30pm

Join us monthly, every first Wednesday, for a 21st-century version of Ben Franklin’s mutual improvement club. One evening a week, for more than 40 years, the founding father discussed and debated with his friends the 13 virtues that he felt formed the basis for personal and civic improvement, a list he created when he was 20 years old. The virtues to which he aspired included justice, resolution and humility (but don't misunderstand Ben on that one—his explanation of humility was "imitate Jesus and Socrates"). Read more »

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Socrates Café

Mon, Feb 27 2017 - 6:30pm

On one Monday evening of every month the Humanities Forum sponsors Socrates Café at The Commonwealth Club. Each meeting is devoted to the discussion of a philosophical topic chosen at that meeting. The group's facilitator, John Nyquist, invites participants to suggest topics, which are then voted on. The person who proposed the most popular topic is asked to briefly explain why she or he considers that topic interesting and important. An open discussion follows, and the meeting ends with a summary of the various perspectives participants expressed. Read more »

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Gopi Kallayil: Brain, Body and Consciousness

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Thu, Feb 2 2017 - 7:00pm

Gopi Kallayil, Chief Evangelist for Brand Marketing, Google; Author, The Internet to the Inner-Net: Five Ways to Reset Your Connection and Live a Conscious Life
Andrew Trader, Venture Partner, Maveron & Co-Founder, Madison Reed—Moderator

The Internet has become humanity’s invisible central nervous system connecting us with a click of a button. Yet the most important technology is still within us: our brain, body and mindfulness. Read more »

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Sallie Krawcheck: The Power of Women, Work and Wallet

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Thu, Feb 2 2017 - 6:30pm

Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and Co-founder, Ellevest; Author, Own It: The Power of Women at Work
Tina Sharkey, Co-Founder and CEO of Brandless, Entrepreneur; Investor; Advisor—Moderator

Are you ready to take charge of your career and financial destiny? Let Sallie Krawcheck show you how to harness your potential and fearlessly go after your goals. Read more »

Past event

Ben Franklin Circles

Image - Ben Franklin Circles
Wed, Feb 1 2017 - 6:30pm

Join us monthly, every first Wednesday, for a 21st-century version of Ben Franklin’s mutual improvement club. One evening a week, for more than 40 years, the founding father discussed and debated with his friends the 13 virtues that he felt formed the basis for personal and civic improvement, a list he created when he was 20 years old. The virtues to which he aspired included justice, resolution and humility (but don't misunderstand Ben on that one—his explanation of humility was "imitate Jesus and Socrates"). Read more »

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Blinding Flash of the Obvious: Changing Your Feelings with Your Beliefs

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Wed, Feb 1 2017 - 5:15pm

Steven Campbell, M.S., Information Systems

Campbell presents an eye-opening look at the latest research on how our feelings do not come from what has happened to us, or past events in our lives, or the relationships we have. They come from our beliefs about what has happened to us, and the beliefs about those events, and our beliefs about those relationships. When you change those beliefs, your feelings follow. Read more »

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Tim Ferriss: Tools of Titans

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Tue, Jan 31 2017 - 7:00pm

Tim Ferriss, Entrepreneur; Public Speaker; Author, Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
Naval Ravikant, CEO and Co-Founder, AngelList—Moderator Read more »

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Ben Franklin Circles

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Wed, Dec 7 2016 - 6:30pm

Join us monthly, every first Wednesday, for a 21st-century version of Ben Franklin’s mutual improvement club. One evening a week, for more than 40 years, the founding father discussed and debated with his friends the 13 virtues that he felt formed the basis for personal and civic improvement, a list he created when he was 20 years old. The virtues to which he aspired included justice, resolution and humility (but don't misunderstand Ben on that one—his explanation of humility was "imitate Jesus and Socrates"). Read more »

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Resilience: A Story about Hope and Research

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Thu, Dec 1 2016 - 6:00pm

Nadine Burke Harris, M.D., FAAP, Founder and CEO, Center for Youth Wellness
Joyce Dorado, Ph.D. UCSF Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools
Jane Stevens, Founder, Publisher, ACEs Connection
James Redford, Director and Producer, Resilience—Moderator Read more »

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Dan Ariely: The Hidden Logic that Shapes Our Motivations

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Wed, Nov 16 2016 - 7:00pm

Dan Ariely, Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics, Duke University; Author, Payoff: The Hidden Logic that Shapes Our Motivations; Twitter
Jenny Dearborn, Chief Learning Officer, SAP—Moderator

Every day we work hard to motivate coworkers, friends, family members and, most important, ourselves. Some people believe in positive reinforcement or financial incentives, others in tough love. But what works best? Read more »

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