Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk, MP, Premier of Queensland, Australia Jeffrey Bleich, Former U.S. Ambassador to Australia—Moderator
Introduction by Dr. Jaleh Daie, Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors
Queensland is Australia’s second largest state and the third most populous, with more than 4.5 million inhabitants. The Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, premier of Queensland, is one of her country’s leading political figures. Read more »
Larry Brilliant, M.D., Chairman, Skoll Global Threats; Former Executive Director, Google.org Wavy Gravy, Entertainer, 60's Icon, Activist, Philanthropist Zoë Elton, Director of Programming, Mill Valley Film Festival—Moderator Read more »
Explore one of San Francisco’s 44 hills, and one of its original "Seven Hills." Because of great views and its central position, Nob Hill became an exclusive enclave of the rich and famous on the west coast who built large mansions in the neighborhood. This included prominent tycoons such as Leland Stanford, and other members of the Big Four. Highlights include the history of four landmark hotels: The Fairmont, Mark Hopkins, Stanford Court, and Huntington Hotel. Read more »
Jessica Herrin, Founder and CEO, Stella & Dot Family Brands; Author, Find Your Extraordinary: Dream Bigger, Live Happier and Achieve Success on Your Own Terms Jory Des Jardins, Author, Media Strategist and Co-founder, BlogHer—Moderator Read more »
Mark Kurlansky, Author, Cod, Salt, and Paper: Paging Through History
For the past two millennia, paper has been one of the simplest pieces of human technology. It has formed the foundation of civilizations and promoted revolutions. It has also been essential to the development of education, commerce, arts, religion, and language. But what will we start to lose as we continue to move toward a paperless society?
Kurlansky traces the evolution of paper and explains why paper will never go out of style.
James Madara, M.D., CEO, American Medical Association; Former Dean, University of Chicago School of Medicine Hilary Seligman, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco—Moderator Read more »
Noah Diffenbaugh, Associate Professor of Earth System Science, Stanford
Noah Diffenbaugh and other scientists have shed further light on why Californians should care about the weather up in the land of Santa Claus. A conversation on the connection between dirty fuels, white sea ice, brown lawns and what we can expect in the future now that we realize El Niño didn’t kill the drought.