Youth and women members of parliament from around the world will discuss how they are harnessing opportunities presented by social media and mobile technologies to strengthen engagement between citizens and their elected representatives. How are women and young politicians using technology to promote deliberation and compromise and more inclusive political leadership, rather than political polarization? What opportunities and challenges does the rapid pace of technological change pose for democratic governance in different countries around the world? Read more »
The Humanities Forum brings Socrates Café to The Commonwealth Club. It will be held every third Wednesday evening for the discussion of philosophical issues. At each monthly meeting the group's facilitator, Bob Enteen, will invite participants to suggest topics, which are then voted on. The person who proposed the most popular topic will briefly explain why she or he considers the subject interesting and important.Read more »
Peter Leyden, Former Managing Editor, Wired; Founder and CEO, Reinventors; Co-author, The Long Boom
There is no place on the planet better positioned than the Bay Area to drive the creation of a digital, global, sustainable civilization for the 21st century. Leyden, former managing editor of Wired magazine, presents a dazzling multimedia presentation covering the many tech, economic, social and political transformations that will unfold right here in the coming decades.
Caryl Hart, Member, Parks Forward Commission; Director, Sonoma County Regional Parks; Former Chair, California State Parks and Recreation Commission Lisa Mangat, Acting Director, California Department of Parks and Recreation Steve Szalay, Special Advisor to California Natural Resources Agency for Parks and Recreation Kerry Curtis, Professor Emeritus, Ageno School of Business, Golden Gate University - Moderator Read more »
The Master and Margarita is woven around a visit by the devil to the fervently atheistic Soviet Union. In part, it is angled against a suffocatingly bureaucratic social order. The novel alternates between two settings. The first is 1930s Moscow, and the second setting is the Jerusalem of Pontius Pilate.Read more »
NoViolet Bulawayo, Author, We Need New Names Cristina Henriquez, Author, The Book of Unknown Americans Bich Minh Nguyen, Author, Stealing Buddha’s Dinner: A Memoir Sal Pizarro, Columnist, The San Jose Mercury News – Moderator Read more »