Deepak Chopra and Rinaldo Brutoco: Changing Energy, Changing ConsciousnessDate: Mon, September 15, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM
Exploring the deeper impact of energy consciousness.
Deepak Chopra, M.D., Mind-Body Physician; Author, The Soul of Leadership
Rinaldo Brutoco, President, Chopra Foundation; Founding President, World Business Academy; Author, Freedom from Mid-East Oil
Greg Dalton, Host and Founder, Climate One – Moderator
Our guests say that changing our choices about energy changes consciousness. Where should our energy come from – fossil fuels and nuclear plants? Or 100 percent safe, clean and renewable sources? Chopra and Brutoco say that because energy is the fundamental macro system of human society, once we change our consciousness about energy, we are capable of changing our consciousness about everything. Chopra and Brutoco will discuss the Moonshot Project aimed at eliminating global warming and fossil fuels to lead the planetary shift toward safe energy. As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Chopra’s goal is to transform the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellness. Core areas of Brutoco’s work include clean energy, climate change analysis and mitigation as well as sustainable business strategy.
Still Got It, Still Doing It: Sexuality and Intimacy in Older AdultsDate: Mon, September 15, 2014
Time: 5:15 PM
Rick Nizzardini, LCSW; Clinical Counselor & Faculty, San Francisco State University; Lecturer, UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare and the CSU-East Bay Educational Psychology Program; Former Attorney
This presentation will focus on highlighting the often-overlooked issue of sexuality and older adults. With the cultural lens almost uniformly focused on sexuality and youth, where does that leave older adults in our society? Indeed, with a large portion of the baby boomer generation now over 65 years older, this issue demands that we shine the light on how older adults thrive as sexual beings in the 21st century. We will engage in group dialogue and watch video clips that present an affirmative view of sexuality in older adults and also explore the challenges older adults face as they continue to develop sexually in later life.
Powering InnovationDate: Mon, September 15, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Katie Fehrenbacher, Reporter, GigaOm
David Crane, CEO, NRG
Amazon, Apple, Google and your local power company: One of these things is not like the other. But NRG Energy executive David Crane says utilities should aspire to be in league with the strongest tech brands. What’s at stake? Electric companies must quickly find innovative ways to deliver clean and affordable energy, or more severe weather will destabilize the global economy. Government regulation alone won’t get the job done.
NRG is involved with some of the largest solar energy projects in the world including Ivanpah and Agua Caliente in California. Crane says consumers should have choices and that doesn’t mean deciding between powering your home today and the health of your family and our planet tomorrow. Katie Fehrenbacher writes about how innovative technologies are bringing exciting new changes to the way America produces and uses energy. Join us for a conversation about innovation, connected lifestyles and powering our future.
Science & Technology Planning MeetingDate: Mon, September 15, 2014
Time: 6:15 PM
Join fellow Club members with similar interests and brainstorm upcoming Science & Technology Member-Led Forum 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.
Stewart Brand and Ryan Phelan: Genetic Rescue for Extinct and Endangered WildlifeDate: Tue, September 16, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Stewart Brand, Co-founder, Revive and Restore; Founder, The Long Now Foundation; Founder/Editor, The Whole Earth Catalogue
Ryan Phelan, Co-founder and Executive Director, Revive & Restore
Brand and Phelan seek to restore extinct species to their former homes in the wild. Their organization Revive & Restore’s flagship project The Great Passenger Pigeon Comeback is underway to bring the iconic passenger pigeon back from extinction using the genome of the band-tailed pigeon and genomic technology. Not shying away from the gargantuan challenges of de-extinction, the organization is pushing forward an endeavor to recreate the woolly mammoth in order to generate ecosystem changes capable of altering adverse climate change on a global scale. These audacious projects also advance the use of biotechnology for the genetic rescue of existing endangered species, such as Revive & Restore’s newest project: the endangered black-footed ferret.
Revive & Restore helps coordinate efforts so that genomic conservation can move ahead with the best current science, plenty of public transparency and the overall goal of enhancing biodiversity and ecological health worldwide. Phelan is a serial entrepreneur and was the founder and CEO of two innovative health-care companies, DNA Direct and Direct Medical Knowledge. Brand, founder of the Whole Earth Catalogue, was trained as a biologist at Stanford and served as an infantry officer in the US Army.
Week to Week Political Roundtable and Member Social 9/16/14Date: Tue, September 16, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Informative and engaging commentary!
Josh Richman, State and National Politics Reporter, Bay Area News Group, San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times; Twitter @josh_richman
Carla Marinucci, Senior Political Writer, San Francisco Chronicle; Twitter @cmarinucci
The Cutting Edge of Science and Homeopathy and NanomedicineDate: Wed, September 17, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Dana Ullman, MPH, CCN, Author, Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines; Founder, Homeopathic Educational Services
The body of evidence for homeopathy and nanopharmacology is so much larger than most people realize, says Ullman. He promises that this talk will highlight the best studies from the most respected physicians and scientists who have published in leading peer-review journals. Both basic science and clinical research will be discussed in user-friendly language. This talk will also describe plausible mechanisms of action for the nanodoses used in homeopathic medicines. He says that the cutting edge of conventional medicine today is exploring the power of nanodoses as a compelling and safer way of infiltrating cell membranes and blood-brain barriers. He will discuss the implications of homeopathy as a cutting edge science and medicine.
Humans According to DataDate: Wed, September 17, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Christian Rudder, Co-Founder, OkCupid; Author, Dataclysm
Our personal data has been used to spy on us, hire and fire us, and sell us stuff we don’t need. OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder — writer of the popular blog OkTrends and Harvard mathematics graduate — has made a name for himself by mining big data to reveal the uncanny and surprising truths behind human behavior. In his new book Dataclysm, Christian strives to harness the infinite potential of the online to do more than predict the next election cycle or try to market a product. Instead, he aims to use big data to understand human nature, from our politics to our standards of beauty to our racism.
Join us for our inaugural Oakland event at the very cool Impact Hub to confront our essential selves according to Facebook, Google, Twitter and the data collecting engines of the internet age.
General Anthony Zinni: Before the First Shots Are FiredDate: Thu, September 18, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
How does the U.S. decide to go to war?
General Anthony Zinni, USMC (ret.); Special Envoy to the Middle East (ret.); Author, Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose off the Battlefield
The question of whether the U.S. should act as the world’s police force has been disputed for decades – should the U.S. respond to issues abroad with military force? Retired four-star General Tony Zinni examines this question and breaks down the process of how the U.S. decides to go to war in his latest book. Drawing on his extensive military career spanning several decades, General Zinni analyzes America’s history of military action, the role of government in the military process and the necessary shifts in order to make the decision to go to war a more transparent process.
Ruth S. DeFries: The Big Ratchet - How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural CrisisDate: Thu, September 18, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Exploring the cycle of crisis and growth with Ruth DeFries.
Ruth S. DeFries, Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development and Chair, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University; Author, The Big Ratchet
The Big Ratchet is the story of how in the 20th century a range of technologies – from fossil fuels to scientific plant breeding to nitrogen fertilizers – combined to nearly quadruple our population in a century and to grow our food supply even faster. To some, these technologies are a sign of our greatness; to others, of our hubris. MacArthur fellow DeFries argues that the debate is the wrong one to have. Limits do exist, but every limit that has confronted us, we have surpassed. That cycle of crisis and growth is the story of our history; indeed, it is the essence of her book. Understanding it could reveal not just how we reached this point in our history, but how we might survive it.
Benedict Carey: How We LearnDate: Thu, September 18, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
What if everything we know about learning is wrong?
Benedict Carey, Science Reporter, The New York Times; Author, How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens; Twitter: @bencareynyt
Jenny Dearborn, Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer, SAP – Moderator
What if almost everything we know about learning was wrong? With our brain sensitive to mood, timing, location and environment, how do we absorb and retain information? Find out more about whether repetition is necessary, why sleeping and daydreaming can be important to the learning process, and hear Carey’s tips for the best techniques to remember more. Carey has been with The New York Times for 10 years and writes about neuroscience, psychiatry, neurology and everyday psychology.
Van Jones & John Hope Bryant: How the Poor Can Save CapitalismDate: Fri, September 19, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Financial dignity for the “teetering class.”
Van Jones, Host, “Crossfire”; Former Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, White House Council on Environmental Quality
John Hope Bryant, Founder and CEO, Operation HOPE; Author, How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class
"There is a difference between being broke and being poor; being broke is a temporary economic situation, but being poor is a disabling frame of mind.” John Hope Bryant
Van Jones will talk with Bryant about his work as founder of Operation HOPE. Bryant plans to revive the American economy by building financial dignity and empowerment for the “teetering class” to rise out of poverty, while reigniting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s "Poor People’s Campaign” for economic justice.
Van Jones is the president and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy. He has also written two New York Times best sellers about the green economy and progressive politics.
John Hope Bryant was raised in Compton and South Central Los Angeles and has tirelessly promoted the virtues of hope, self-esteem, empowerment and opportunity for all. He has received more than 500 awards and citations for his work to empower low-wealth communities and has been an advisor to the last three sitting U.S. presidents. Bryant’s new book is How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class.
Art Murmur Gallery Walk in Uptown OaklandDate: Sat, September 20, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM
Explore the vibrant East Bay community of artists.
Danielle Fox, PhD, Art Consultant and Gallery Director, SLATE Contemporary; Former Executive Director, Oakland Art Murmur
Heard the buzz about the Oakland art gallery scene? Explore Uptown Oakland with a guided tour highlighting galleries surrounding the heart of Oakland’s Art Murmur. Visit selected exhibits during this two-hour stroll that includes presentations by featured artists. At the end, participants 21 and over can compare notes while tasting award-winning Two Mile Wines (included).
San Francisco Neighborhood Newspapers: Creating Healthy and Informed Environments and NeighborhoodsDate: Mon, September 22, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Explore the impact of SF's community newspapers.
Juan Gonzales, Founder and Editor, El Tecolote
Paul Kozakiewicz, Publisher, Richmond Review and Sunset Beacon
Willie Ratcliff, Publisher, San Francisco Bay View
Glenn Gullmes, Publisher, West Portal Monthly – Moderator
San Francisco's vibrant community newspapers play a critical role in the environment, health and safety of the city's distinct neighborhoods. Join San Francisco media and news publishers and reporters who have created and maintained a “hometown view” of what is happening in and to San Francisco and its many diverse communities. Find out what it means to report first-hand on the streets of San Francisco and why this reporting is so important for the future development of the city.
Joe Zee: What’s In, What’s Out, What’s YouDate: Mon, September 22, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Get a rare glimpse into the fashion world.
Here’s a chance to improve your own sense of style in a world where the clothes you put on each morning send a message. As San Francisco Fashion Week begins, noted fashion expert Joe Zee will provide a rare inside look at the trends that dominate the fashion industry. He’ll also bring behind-the-scenes stories about designers and the celebrities who wear them. Having previously held fashion editorial positions at W, Details, Vanity Fair and House & Garden, Zee will also discuss his latest role at Yahoo.
Creating the New Work Paradigm: Employee Loyalty and RetentionDate: Tue, September 23, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
Naomi Chavez Peters, Global Executive Talent, Salesforce
Divyasmita Ghatak, Chief People Officer, GoodData
Dan Finnigan, CEO, Jobvite
Dan Grosh, Managing Partner, Calibre One - Moderator
To attract and retain employees, some companies are now offering unconventional perks like luxury transportation, free meals, onsite massages, babysitting, and even dry cleaning services. Is this the new standard for companies? Are these additional perks meeting employee expectations and keeping them engaged and happy? How cost-effective is this practice? Hear the latest retention strategies from the talent development leaders at Salesforce, GoodData and Jobvite.
Nob Hill Walking TourDate: Tue, September 23, 2014
Time: 1:45 PM
Eegance, urbanity, scandals and fabulous views!
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. Visit the city’s largest house of worship, Grace Cathedral, and discover architectural tidbits and anecdotes about the railroad barons and silver kings. A true San Francisco experience of elegance, urbanity, scandals and fabulous views.
Roberto Trotta: The Edge of the Sky – All You Need to Know About the All-There-IsDate: Tue, September 23, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Trotta tells the story of the most important cosmology discoveries
Roberto Trotta, Theoretical Cosmologist, Astrophysics Group, Imperial College London; Author, The Edge of the Sky
From the big bang to black holes, from dark matter to dark energy, from the origins of the universe to its ultimate destiny, Trotta’s book The Edge of the Sky tells the story of the most important discoveries and mysteries in modern cosmology – with a twist. He uses a lexicon limited to the thousand most common words in the English language, excluding “physics,” “energy,” “galaxy,” or even “universe.” Through the eyes of a fictional scientist (Student-People) hunting for dark matter with one of the biggest telescopes (Big-Seers) on Earth (Home-World), Trotta explores the most important ideas about our universe (All-there-is) in language simple enough for anyone to understand.
Tavis SmileyDate: Wed, September 24, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
The real story of Martin Luther King Jr's final year
Tavis Smiley, TV Host, Public Broadcasting Service; Radio Host, Public Radio International; Author, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Final Year
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations in U.S. history, but little is remembered about the trials and tribulations he faced in his final year. Award-winning television and radio broadcast host Smiley chronicles the final 365 days of Dr. King’s life. Despite assaults on his character and ideology, Dr. King remained committed to ending racial inequality and segregation in our country. Hear more about his story of leadership and perseverance.
Heather Burnett Gold: Empowering Communities with Gigabits to the HomeDate: Thu, September 25, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
President, Fiber to the Home Council North America
Heather Burnett Gold, President, Fiber to the Home Council North America
Certain communities around the United States have recently coalesced around an idea: America needs a critical mass of communities with exceptional bandwidth so we can foster human capital that knows how to design, build, operate and, above all, innovate using the best networks in the world. The movement is nascent, but early examples are proving successful, such as the bond rating increase Kansas City received thanks in part to Google Fiber, and Tom Friedman reporting how Chattanooga has changed from “a slowly declining and deflating urban balloon, to one of the fastest-growing cities in Tennessee.” Heather Burnett Gold will discuss the process of becoming a “gigabit city.” She claims it’s not a matter of economics or engineering; it’s about organization.