Ethan Elkind, Author, Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City Hon. Rod Diridon, Emeritus Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute
Both Los Angeles and San Jose are reinventing themselves from auto-oriented cities to the “railtowns” of tomorrow. What has Los Angeles learned from the South Bay, and what can we learn from LA’s recent transit expansions? Elkind and Diridon offer their thoughts on this important issue.
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 »
Kate Brown, Governor, Oregon Jay Inslee, Governor, Washington
Can California and other West Coast economies accelerate the global transition to clean energy technologies? The chief executives of Pacific Coast states and provinces say policies pushing clean power have boosted their economies and created jobs. Companies involved in solar power and electric vehicles agree. But some business groups say going green can hit consumers in the pocket book and hamper the economy. 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.