Upcoming Events: San Francisco

Thu 5/15

Go to Truly Heal Your Body, Your Life and the World from Cancer

Truly Heal Your Body, Your Life and the World from Cancer

Date: Thu, May 15, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM

Marcus Freudenmann, Founder, Truly Heal; Director and Producer, Truly Heal Your Body, Your Life and the World from Cancer; Producer, Cancer Is Curable Now 

Marcus Freudenmann is an expert in the world of alternative and integrative treatments for cancer. He will address the complexity of these treatments, as well as how to evaluate a patient effectively with a systematic approach. Through such an evaluation a practitioner and patient can create an individualized treatment plan. Freudenmann says such treatment plans can eliminate root causes of cancer, heal underlying trauma and help patients find life purpose and joy.

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The Purpose Economy: Passion, Community and Profits

Date: Thu, May 15, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
A blueprint for a new economic era.
Aaron Hurst, Founder, Taproot Foundation; CEO, Imperative; Author, The Purpose Economy
 
We are in a new economic era that is driven by connecting people to their purpose. A new breed of startups – like Etsy, Zaarly, Elance, Tough Mudder, Kickstarter and Airbnb – are responding to our desire for purpose by finding new ways to engage with like-minded communities near and far.
 
Founder and advisor to the Taproot Foundation, where he was the lead architect in developing the $15 billion pro bono service market, Hurst presents a blueprint for a new economic era that is transforming work, organizations and markets to better serve people and the world.

Fri 5/16

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Jose Cuisia, Jr., Philippine Ambassador to the U.S.

Date: Fri, May 16, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM

Prospects and Challenges of the Philippine Economy in 2014 and Beyond

As his country recovers from Typhoon Haiyan, a massive natural disaster with a heavy human toll and far-reaching economic effects, Ambassador Cuisia will discuss the growth and challenges facing the Philippine economy as well as his country’s crucial relationship with the United States. Cuisia was nominated by President Benigno S. Aquino III to the position of ambassador on November 30, 2010. Previously he served as central bank governor and chairman of the Monetary Board and chairman of the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation Board.

Mon 5/19

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Week to Week Political Roundtable and Member Social 5/19/14

Date: Mon, May 19, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
A must-attend political discussion and social event.

Larry Gerston, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, San Jose State University; Political Analyst, NBC Bay Area; Author, Not So Golden After All: The Rise and Fall of California; Twitter @lgerston 
Carla Marinucci, Senior Political Writer, San Francisco Chronicle; Twitter @cmarinucci
John Zipperer, Vice President of Media & Editorial, Commonwealth Club - Host
Additional Panelist TBA

California's electing new leaders this year, and issues like income inequality and affordability are dominating the headlines. Week to Week will take a look at the issues and the people in local, state and national politics. In its first two years, Week to Week has become a must-attend political discussion and social event. Join our panelists for informative and engaging commentary on political and other major news, audience discussion of the week’s events and our news quiz!

And stay after the program to meet other smart and engaged individuals and discuss the news over snacks and wine at our member social (open to all attendees). 

Go to No Child Left Inside

No Child Left Inside

Date: Mon, May 19, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Nicole Ardoin, Assistant Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education 
Zenobia Barlow, Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Center for Ecoliteracy 
Running Grass, Regional Environmental Justice Coordinator, EPA; Founder, Three Circles Center in Sausalito, Expert on Multicultural Approaches to Children and Environmental Education
Laurette Rogers, Co-Founder, Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed (STRAW)
Mitchell Thomashow, President Emeritus, Unity College;  Director, Presidential Fellows Programs, Second Nature  – Moderator

 

Spring heralds the beginning of the outdoors season but despite the demonstrated positive effects that nature has on kids, many children remain glued to screens or stuck inside prepping for yet another standardized exam. Will it always be "heads in tech"? Or will it also be "feet on the ground"? If children are not given opportunities to connect with the natural world, who will be the stewards of the future? Join a roundtable discussion of experts and educators hosted by Orion Magazine, publisher of the new anthology, Leave No Child Inside, to examine the merits and opportunities inherent in experiential outdoor play and learning for all children and their abilities.

Tue 5/20

Go to Anya17: Human Welfare and the Aesthetics of Opera
This event is Cancelled

Anya17: Human Welfare and the Aesthetics of Opera

Date: Tue, May 20, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Art in the world of social change.

This event has been cancelled

Ben Kaye, Librettist, Anya17; Poet 
Spokesperson from United Nations Women, TBA 
Celebrity Advocate Against Human Trafficking, TBA

Opera Parallèle produces operas that explore emerging aesthetics in a context of contemporary social values, including the American premiere of Anya17, a new opera by British composer Adam Gorb and librettist Ben Kaye. Anya17 addresses human trafficking, creating a poignant example of how the arts can be used to advocate social change.

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Freakonomics with Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner

Date: Tue, May 20, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
How to make smarter, harder, and better decisions.

Steven Levitt, Author, Think Like a FreakFreakonomics and SuperFreakonomics
Stephen Dubner, Author, Think Like a FreakFreakonomics and SuperFreakonomics

Now, it’s time for you to think like a “freak.” Levitt and Dubner’s newest masterpiece helps us get whacky to analyze the decisions we make, the plans we create and even the morals we chose. Get freaky – and these statistic gurus will teach you how to make smarter, harder, and better decisions. With practical insights from “The Upside of Quitting” to “How to Succeed – With No Talent,” Levitt and Dubner have again turned our brains inside out and made statistics sexy. There’s a hidden side to everything. Get the inside scope from freakonomists Dubner and Levitt.

Wed 5/21

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Inside College Football: Ask the Commissioners

Date: Wed, May 21, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Opportunities and challenges facing college football.

Larry Scott, Commissioner, Pac 12; Former Chairman and CEO, Women’s Tennis Association; Former President and COO, ATP Properties
James Delany, Commissioner, Big 10
Ted Robinson, Emmy Award-winning Broadcaster; Announcer, Pac 12 Network, and San Francisco 49ers – Moderator

As the 2014 season begins to take shape, hear the heads of the two college conferences with the largest television and media footprint discuss the opportunities and challenges facing college football, including compensation for student-athletes, safety issues and the advent of playoffs, as the sport continues its unparalleled growth. Predictions are also likely, including for the Bay Area Bowl that will feature a team from each conference.

Thu 5/22

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This event is Sold Out

North Beach Walking Tour

Date: Thu, May 22, 2014
Time: 1:45 PM
Find hidden gems with Rick Evans

Join another Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure! Explore vibrant North Beach with Rick Evans during a two-hour walk through this neighborhood with a colorful past, where food, culture, history and unexpected views all intersect in an Italian “urban village.” In addition to learning about Beat generation hangouts, you’ll discover authentic Italian cathedrals and coffee shops. 

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Leonard Susskind & Art Friedman: Quantum Mechanics - The Theoretical Minimum

Date: Thu, May 22, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
A lively and accessible introduction to a famously difficult field

Leonard Susskind, Felix Bloch Professor of Theoretical Physics, Stanford University; Co-author, Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum

Art Friedman, Data Engineer; Co-author, Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum

Come hear physicist Susskind and data engineer Friedman present a lively and accessible introduction to a famously difficult field, the theory and associated mathematics of quantum mechanics, which attempts to understand the behavior of sub-atomic objects through mathematical abstractions. Susskind and Friedman offer crystal-clear explanations of the principles of quantum states, uncertainty and time dependence, entanglement and particle and wave states, among other topics. They provide a tool kit for amateur scientists to learn physics at their own pace.

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The Economist's John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge Talk Smart Government

Date: Thu, May 22, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM

John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief, The Economist; Co-author, The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State
Adrian Wooldridge, Management Editor and Schumpeter Columnist, The Economist; Co-author, The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State

From its unsustainable debt load to a gridlocked Washington, the American government is failing. John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge are asking the tough questions. Are China and India pulling ahead? Will the West be left behind? Will democracy and liberty triumph in the 21st century? Believing that world growth is being inhibited by dysfunctional government, Micklethwait and Wooldridge are calling out the big bad nation-state. Join us for a discussion with the gurus who make global economics provocative.

Thu 5/29

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The Faraway Nearby

Date: Thu, May 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Rebecca Solnit, Author, The Faraway Nearby

Award-winning San Francisco author Solnit reaches beyond her own life to the stories she heard and read that helped her navigate the difficult journey through her mother's illness, disintegrating memory and eventual death. Exploring the essential elements of empathy for dealing with irreparable loss, Solnit has created a marvelous Russian doll of a book with a narrative as rich as the fairy tales she recreates. 

 

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SF’s Power Women of Eventbrite, ModCloth & One Kings Lane

Date: Thu, May 29, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
A conversation on growing your business.

Julia Hartz, Co-Founder and President, Eventbrite

Susan Gregg Koger, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, ModCloth

Alison Pincus, Co-Founder, One Kings Lane; Founder, Hunters AlleyOn

Jory Des Jardins, Co-Founder and President of Strategic AlliancesBlogHer – Moderator

ModCloth, One Kings Lane, and Eventbrite are three ventures that have revolutionized the field of e-commerce, transforming our access to and interactions with the goods and services we want.  We’re bringing together the three power women behind these companies for an in-depth look at building a successful brand in the nation’s tech hub, the changing nature of the online marketplace, and what it’s like to be a woman business leader. Julia Hartz and her ever-evolving team of “Britelings” have grown Eventbrite into a company with award-winning culture, focused on bringing the world together through live experiences. Susan Gregg Koger, one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30,” is reinventing online shopping with one-of-a-kind social community. Digital media fiend Alison Pincus boldly launched One Kings Lane in the middle of the 2009 recession, only to have it become one of the fastest growing online businesses, worth almost $1 billion. Join us as we host three of the most innovative young female tech entrepreneurs for a conversation on gutsily growing your business and being a woman power player.

 

Mon 6/2

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Week to Week Political Roundtable and Member Social 6/2/14

Date: Mon, June 02, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Let's have a mid-year political check-in. 

Josh Richman, State and National Politics Reporter, Bay Area News Group, San Jose Mercury NewsOakland TribuneContra Costa Times; Twitter @Josh_Richman
Additional panelists TBA

Let's have a mid-year political check-in. Week to Week takes a look at the issues and the people in local, state and national politics. Join our panelists for informative and engaging commentary on political and other major news, audience discussion of the week’s events and our news quiz!

And come early before the program to meet other smart and engaged individuals and discuss the news over snacks and wine at our member social (open to all attendees). 

Tue 6/3

Go to Secrets of Treasure Island: Uncovering the Navy's Radioactive Legacy

Secrets of Treasure Island: Uncovering the Navy's Radioactive Legacy

Date: Tue, June 03, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

George Moore, Scientist-in-Residence, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies
Kai Vetter, Head, Applied Physics Program, Nuclear Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dale Smith, Member, Treasure Island Restoration Advisory Board
Matt Smith, Reporter, The Center for Investigative Reporting – Moderator

The island in the middle of San Francisco Bay where the city plans to build a second downtown was once home to military training schools and ship operations that included dangerous radioactive substances inclucing radium, cesium and plutonium. The U.S. Navy says there is now no risk to the island's residents, as the island is prepared for even more construction. Yet in March, 2014, the military announced that it will test residents' homes for radioactive waste. Experts question whether the Navy's investigation will permit and include independent research, investigation and findings in addition to the Navy's testing and what the military use and history of Treasure Island means for the island and for San Francisco Bay.

Wed 6/4

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Fixing Global Poverty: What Works and What Doesn't

Date: Wed, June 04, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Thomas A. Nazario, Professor, Author

Thomas A. Nazario, Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law; Author Living on a Dollar A Day: The Lives and Faces of the World's Poor; Founder & President, The Forgotten International

People often spend too much time discounting one proposal aimed at tackling a problem in order to shore up or push another. As with many of the world's great problems, however, there is no silver bullet that will resolve them all, but advocates insist that solutions do exist. After traveling around the world and visiting with some of the world's poor, Nazario, author of Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World's Poor, will present some strategies he believes can help to end a great deal of the poverty and suffering presently experienced by one-sixth of the world's people. Nazario’s expertise lies in the area of children’s rights and global poverty. He has testified before Congress and appeared on many national television and radio shows, including “Oprah” and “The Larry King Show.”

Thu 6/5

The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money and Today's Push for Performance

The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money and Today's Push for Performance

Date: Thu, June 05, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
A discussion that could explain the rise of ADHD.

Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley; Vice-Chair for Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF
Richard M. Scheffler, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Health Economics and Public Policy, UC Berkeley; Director, Nicholas C. Petris Center; Director, Global Center for Health Economics and Policy Research

ADHD diagnosis is soaring, but is it a real psychiatric disorder — or a social construction used to label kids or adults who don't fit the norm? The speakers argue for the reality of ADHD, with clear biological underpinnings and documented impairments, but only if diagnosis is done carefully. Competition for admission to the best schools and high-paying jobs intensifies today's push for performance, fueling the ADHD explosion. Come hear a discussion of the high-stakes testing policies in schools, direct-to-consumer advertisements and the quality of diagnostic standards that could explain the sharp rise of ADHD and medication treatments.

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Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel: Reinventing American Health Care

Date: Thu, June 05, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Trends that will determine the market in 2020 and beyond.

Dr. Ezekiel EmanuelVice Provost for Global Initiatives and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania; Author, Reinventing American Health Care

Emanuel has written a brilliant diagnostic explanation of why health care in America has become such a divisive social issue, how money and medicine have their own – quite distinct – American story, and why reform has bedeviled both liberal and conservative presidents for more than 100 years. He will forecast six mega trends in health that will determine the market for health care in 2020 and beyond.

Mon 6/9

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The 83rd Annual California Book Awards

Date: Mon, June 09, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Meet the state's top literary achievers

Since 1931, the California Book Awards have honored literary excellence among authors in the Golden State. At our special awards ceremony, we will bestow gold and silver medals in several categories, including: fiction, nonfiction, first fiction, poetry, young adult, juvenile, Californiana and contribution to publishing. Hear from some literary giants and amazing writers. See you at the ceremony!

Wed 6/11

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Jack Devine: An American Spymaster's Story

Date: Wed, June 11, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM

Jack Devine, Founding Partner and President, The Arkin Group; Author, Good Hunting: An American Spymaster’s Story

As one of the legendary spymasters of our time, Jack Devine served America’s interests for more than 30 years in a wide range of covert operations, ultimately overseeing the Directorate of Operations, a CIA division that watches over thousands of American covert operatives worldwide.

Good Hunting is his guide to the art of spy craft, told with great wit, candor and common-sense wisdom. Caricatured by Hollywood, lionized by the right and pilloried by the left, the CIA remains one of the least understood instruments of the United States government. Now Devine sees the agency trapped within a larger bureaucracy, losing swaths of turf to the military and, most ominous of all, being transformed into a paramilitary organization, thereby degrading its capacity to do what it does best.