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Moms Making Change: Lessons in Family Activism

Mon, Apr 18 2011 - 6:00pm

Moms Making Change: Lessons in Family Activism

This program is postponed

Vicki Abeles, Producer and Co-director, Race to Nowhere
Dana Gorman, Founder, THRiiiVE
Kimberly Danek Pinkson, Founder, Ecomom and Ecomom Alliance
Judi Shils, Founder and Director, Teens Turning Green
Christie Dames, Co-founder and CEO, TechTalk / Studio – Moderator

There’s a new movement afoot – and it’s not June Cleaver. Read more »

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Marcus Wohlsen - Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life

Thu, Apr 14 2011 - 6:00pm

Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life

Marcus Wohlsen, Science Writer, Associated Press Read more »

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Arts Planning Meeting

Thu, Apr 14 2011 - 5:30pm

Arts Forum Planning Meeting

Join fellow Commonwealth Club members in discussing ideas for arts programs and exhibitions at The Commonwealth Club. Be part of the process to help shape programs of fine art, drama, music and dance in the coming year.

MLF: The Arts
Location:
Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. planning meeting
Cost: FREE
Program Organizer:
Anne Smith

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The New Leadership Mindset: 10 Misconceptions about Compromise at Work

Wed, Apr 13 2011 - 6:00pm

The New Leadership Mindset: Ten Misconceptions About Compromise at Work

Elizabeth Doty, Co-founder, WorkLore; Author, The Compromise Trap

As we recover from the economic crisis, many professionals are asking themselves: Can we avoid the widespread compromise and excess that marked the first decade of the 21st century?  Based on conversations with more than 400 professionals in dozens of industries, Doty outlines 10 misconceptions that got us into trouble and the new leadership mindset necessary for organizations of true integrity Read more »

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The Baha'i Faith

Tue, Apr 12 2011 - 6:00pm

The Baha'i Faith

Farhad Sabetan, Ph.D. in Economics; Human Rights Defender
Michael Pappas, Executive Director, SF Interfaith Council

Come learn about the history, tenets and values of the Baha'i faith, which upholds the unity of God and the oneness of the human race. The Faith was founded in 19th century Persia by the Prophet/Founder Baha'u'llah. It is the 2nd largest minority religion in Iran, but its adherents have been discriminated against in Iran and elsewhere. Its Holy Shrines and offices are in Israel. Read more »

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Lessons from England: Holding Health Care Providers Responsible For Quality and Costs

Tue, Apr 12 2011 - 12:00pm

Lessons from England: Holding Health-Care Providers Responsible for Quality and Costs

Chris Ham, CEO, The King's Fund; Professor of Health Policy and Management, University of Birmingham

Much of the attention paid to health reform has focused on insurance coverage, but another important aspect of the new law will be to foster “accountable care organizations” that would take responsibility for improving outcomes and controlling costs. Read more »

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Is Capitalism a Condition of an Immature Social Psychology?

Mon, Apr 11 2011 - 6:00pm

Is Capitalism a Condition of an Immature Social Psychology?

Matt Cantor, Columnist, Berkeley Daily Planet

Monday Night Philosophy will attempt to remove the obfuscating (and dismal) economic language from our discussion of capitalism versus socialism, communism and anarchy. What remains is how we share and get along in modern societies. Capitalism has been associated with freedom and well-being in the U.S. for generations. Is this a valid assumption? Does capitalism create freedom? Is fairness important, and what does that look like? Read more »

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Cosmic Wisdom: An Astronomer Looks at Human History...and Our Future Prospects

Thu, Apr 7 2011 - 6:00pm

Cosmic Wisdom: An Astronomer Looks at Human History...and Our Future Prospects

This program is sold out

Sandra Faber, Ph.D., University Professor, UC Santa Cruz; Staff Member, UCO/Lick Observatory

We now know more about the distant universe in many ways than we do about our own planet.  Using breathtaking images and computer simulations, cosmologist Faber will tell the story of how human beings got here and where we are headed, cosmically speaking. Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: The Bull of Minos by Leonard Cottrell

Wed, Apr 6 2011 - 5:30pm

Humanities West Book Discussion: The Bull of Minos by Leonard Cottrell

Join us to discuss The Bull of Minos: The Great Discoveries of Ancient Greece, by Leonard Cottrell. He presents the story of two of the most heroic yet controversial figures in archaeology: Heinrich Schliemann, who discovered the remains of Troy, and Arthur Evans, who unearthed the great city of King Minos. These discoveries proved that what had been assumed to be myths were historically real. The Cretans did indeed worship the cult of the bull. Read more »

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Speaking Up: Presenting to Executives

Tue, Apr 5 2011 - 6:00pm

Speaking Up: Presenting to Executives

Rick Gilbert, Founder and Chairman, PowerSpeaking, Inc.; Author, PowerSpeaking: How Ordinary People Can Make Extraordinary Presentations

Top decision makers in business, the nonprofit world or government can be tough audiences. Yet the outcome of presentations can mean career and project success, or a new job search. Read more »

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