Upcoming Events: Silicon Valley
Steve Jurvetson: From Hotshots to Moon Shots - The World of Silicon Valley InnovationDate: Tue, April 21, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Steve Jurvetson, Partner, DFJ; Twitter @dfjsteve
Alison van Diggelen, Host, “Fresh Dialogues”; Contributor, BBC – Moderator
Steve Jurvetson believes in moon shots and puts his money where his mouth is, quite literally. As Partner of DFJ, he has invested in SpaceX and Planet Labs, and proved to have an uncanny knack for backing successful startups, including Tesla Motors, Hotmail and Skype. He will share his perspective on disruptive innovation, how he chooses which startups to fund, as well as his unique insights on the future of artificial intelligence, biotech and Silicon Valley.
David BrooksDate: Tue, April 28, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
The Road to Character
David Brooks, Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times; Author, The Road to Character; Twitter: @nytdavidbrooks
Judge LaDoris H. Cordell (ret), Independent Police Auditor, City of San Jose — Moderator
How is character developed? In a society that emphasizes success and achievement, Brooks illustrates what humility, inner worth and moral depth really mean.
Brooks is a popular political commentator, and his New York Times column reaches over 800,000 readers around the world.
Joseph Stiglitz: The Great DivideDate: Wed, April 29, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Former Senior Vice President of the World Bank
Joseph Stiglitz, Professor, Columbia University; Author, The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them; Twitter @JosephEStiglitz
Michael Moritz, Managing Member, Sequoia Capital — Moderator
We are living in an era defined by economic uncertainty and bitter politics: The gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow, an emboldened Wall Street has shrugged off attempts at regulation, and important political policies have become the playthings of financial interests. Still, economist Joseph Stiglitz believes that a healthy economy and a fair democracy are within our grasp. By taking what he sees as practical political steps, such as making those at the top pay their fair share, spending more in areas that we all value – education, health, and infrastructure – and eliminating the corrosive advantages built into our markets, Stiglitz argues that we can once again create the opportunities that have for so long defined America, and get the country back on track.
Stiglitz is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
Leonard Mlodinow: The Evolution of ScienceDate: Wed, May 13, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Theoretical physicist and author
Leonard Mlodinow, Theoretical Physicist; Author, The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos; Twitter: @lmlodinow
As humans, we have a natural inclination to question how the world around us works. Whether it’s wondering how we stay firmly planted on the ground, or how we came to develop our own intellectual capabilities, this thirst for understanding has been the driving force behind scientific breakthroughs from antiquity through modernity. Mlodinow, himself a ground-breaking physicist, celebrates the curious nature that forms the cornerstone of scientific inquiry, and offers an in-depth look at the history of science from the birth of reasoning to the formation of the defined fields of physics, chemistry and biology. Hear about the great philosophers, scientists and thinkers who have shaped human thought and played integral roles in the evolution of science.
Kelly McGonigal: The Upside of StressDate: Thu, May 21, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Kelly McGonigal, Health Psychologist; Lecturer, Stanford University; Author, The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It
We’ve all heard stress can make us sick, but can it be a good thing? McGonigal debunks stress myths and shares how it can make us stronger, smarter and happier.
So stop losing sleep – you don’t need to get rid of stress, she says, just learn how to embrace it.