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RIO+20 UN Earth Summit: Can We Put the World on a Path to a Sustainable Future?

Thu, Oct 20 2011 - 6:00pm

RIO+20 UN Earth Summit: Can We Put the World on a Path to a Sustainable Future?

Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator, Region 9, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
S. Jacob Scherr, Director, Global Strategy and Advocacy, Natural Resources Defense Council
Kerry Curtis, Professor Emeritus, Golden Gate University - Moderator Read more »

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Cheng Siwei: Challenges to Re-balancing China's Economy

Thu, Oct 20 2011 - 12:00pm

Challenges to Re-balancing China's Economy

Cheng Siwei, Chair, International Finance Forum (Beijing); Chairman, World Economic Forum’s Chinese Advisory Council; Recipient, The Asia Foundation’s Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Visiting Fellow Award

The past three decades have witnessed China’s dramatic transformation from a largely agrarian economy to an urban society with a highly skilled labor force in manufacturing, and increasingly in the high-tech industry. Read more »

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Our Summer in Tehran

Wed, Oct 19 2011 - 6:00pm

Our Summer in Tehran

Justine Shapiro,  Filmmaker, Our Summer in Tehran and Promises; Former Globe Trekker on Public TV
Marjaneh Moghimi, Film Producer and Founder, Butimar Productions
Gina Baleria, Communications Director, California Forward - Moderator

Shapiro and Moghimi will discuss and show excerpts from the moving film Our Summer in Tehran, which aired nationally on public television last spring and summer. Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo

Wed, Oct 19 2011 - 5:30pm

Humanities West Book Discussion: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Join us to discuss The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo, as background reading on medieval Paris and its centerpiece, the Gothic cathedral masterpiece justly famous throughout the world. The discussion will be moderated by Lynn Harris. Neither the author nor Quasimodo will be present.

MLF: Humanities
SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. discussion
Cost: FREE
Program Organizer:
George Hammond

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Tomas Sedlacek: Economics of Good and Evil

Tue, Oct 18 2011 - 6:00pm

Economics of Good and Evil

Tomas Sedlacek, National Economic Council, Prague; Lecturer, Charles University; Author, The Economics of Good and Evil; Advisor to Vaclav Havel

In his best-selling books in the Czech Republic, former advisor to Vaclav Havel Sedlacek shows how economics is woven out of history, myth, religion and ethics. Come listen to a fascinating ride that will take you from the Epic of Gilgamesh through the Bible and the Greeks to today’s pop culture in film – a fresh look at economics as part of our culture. Read more »

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Philip Schultz: My Dyslexia

Tue, Oct 18 2011 - 12:00pm
This program is cancelled
Past event

Science and Technology Planning Meeting

Mon, Oct 17 2011 - 6:15pm

Science & Technology Planning Meeting

Join fellow Club members with similar interests and brainstorm upcoming  Science & Technology programs. All Commonwealth Club members are welcome. We explore visions for the future through science and technology. Discuss current issues and share your insights with fellow Club members to shape and plan programs for the months ahead. 

MLF: Science & Technology
Club Office
Time: 6:15 p.m. Read more »

Past event

Rod Ponath, M.D.: Selected Remarks on Correctional Psychiatry

Mon, Oct 17 2011 - 5:15pm

Selected Remarks on Correctional Psychiatry

This program is postponed

Rod Ponath, M.D.

Working as a psychiatrist at San Quentin State Prison is not what Dr. Ponath expected. In less than 15 years, he has witnessed it transition from what felt like the last health-care frontier in a third world country to a state-of-the-art setting with a $140 million health-care services building where one might discuss the unique cultural competencies required to treat prison inmates. Read more »

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Amory Lovins: Reinventing Fire - Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era

Mon, Oct 17 2011 - 12:00pm

Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era

Amory Lovins, Author; Co-founder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

Renowned environmentalist Lovins maps business-led pathways for the U.S. to phase out fossil fuels and win the global clean energy race. He envisions a future in which a 2.6-times larger U.S. economy in 2050 could need no oil, coal or nuclear energy, use one-third less natural gas, and save trillions. Read more »

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Redesigning Learning - Hope or Hype?

Thu, Oct 13 2011 - 6:00pm

Redesigning Learning: Hope or Hype?

Arnold Wasserman, Chairman, The Idea Factory, Singapore; Founding Principal, Collective Invention, San Francisco
Scott Stropkay, Co-founder and Partner, Essential
Kevin O’Malley, CEO, TechTalk / Studio – Moderator

In schools from Singapore to San Francisco to Copenhagen, designers worldwide are on a mission to teach non-designers how to use new methods of creative problem solving. Read more »

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